Northwest Arkansas' Best & Worst of 2012

by Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Staff  on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 2:43 pm  

Worst Personnel Decision

We’re still trying to figure out the logic behind this one.

On May 1, KFSM-TV said it was letting go of Mike Irwin, the dean of television sportscasters in the state, who had been covering the Arkansas Razorbacks at KFSM for 37 years.

Simply put, there is no one in the market who can match his perspective on the Hogs. And there’s hardly a thing the public clamors for more than Razorback information.

That’s why, not surprisingly, the 64-year-old Irwin was hired just a few weeks later by NBC affiliate KNWA-TV to complement its Razorback Nation product as a reporter.

Said Irwin shortly after starting at KNWA: “I was planning to retire at age 66. But I’m telling you right now, when I turn 66, if they want me to retire, they’re going to have to come in and pitch me out the door. I’m having too much fun.”


Best Problem-Solver

Sandy Trexler’s frustration with disorganized lingerie drawers spurred her creation of a nifty garment hanger called the Thong Thang. With help from financial partner John Taylor, who also contributed the catchy name, Trexler developed a prototype of the device. The Springdale-based health and fitness consultant received a patent for the Thong Thang in February, and is now marketing it online.


They Said It

“I’m pumped. It’s like they just showed my kid on ‘The Today Show.’”



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