Media & Marketing Archive

KARK/KLRT Newsroom Adds Two Meteorologists, Lose Anchor

by Sean Beherec 2/23/2015 12:00 am

In a recent email to staff, News Director Austin Kellerman announced the hiring of two meteorologists — one each for KARK, the NBC affiliate, and Fox-affiliate KLRT-TV, Channel 16 — and the departure of a reporter/anchor.

Conway Hopes To Lure Business to New Airport at Cantrell Field

by Sean Beherec 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Nearly six months after the opening of the new Conway municipal airport, the facility is already buzzing with activity. The planners behind the project have also set their sights on the next steps to grow its role in the state and attract business.

Warren Stephens On $102 Million Media Sale: 'Outstanding' Return on Investment

by Sean Beherec 2/19/2015 04:02 pm

New Media Investment Group Inc. said Thursday that it will purchase "substantially all of the assets of Stephens Media" for $102.5 million in cash. Stephens Media is jointly owned by Warren Stephens and his cousins, Witt Stephens Jr. and Elizabeth Stephens Campbell.

Soul of the South Sued for Alleged Breach of Contract

by Sean Beherec 2/18/2015 01:22 pm

A federal lawsuit against Soul of the South's owners and related entities alleges the fledgling Little Rock network failed to pay for broadcasting time for its programming.

Valuing John Rogers Assets an ‘Interesting' Exercise

by George Waldon 2/16/2015 12:00 am

A $59 million offer to buy the photo archives and sports memorabilia collected by John Rogers has proven as ethereal as the wondrous asset valuations the embattled businessman once proclaimed.

Professors on PBS TV Programs Boost UA Profile

by Marty Cook 2/16/2015 12:00 am

On Wednesday, the TV series “Nova” will premiere its one-hour documentary special “Petra: Lost City of Stone” on PBS. University of Arkansas geoscience professor Tom Paradise, who has worked on the site in southern Jordan for 25 years, played a large role — on screen and off — in the production.

Central Arkansas Commercial Vacancy Rate Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas declined in the fourth quarter, Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange said in its latest report.

The Perfect Arkansas Business Story (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/16/2015 12:00 am

I was reminded of David Allan Coe's recording of Steve Goodman's perfect country and western song when I saw the truly astonishing traffic to the ArkansasBusiness.com website generated by last week's story on the Dunklin family land feud.

Making Change: Social Entrepreneurs on a Mission (Whitney Horton Commentary)

by Whitney Horton 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Businesses have had social impact for a long time, creating jobs and tax revenue for their communities. Yet social entrepreneurs are not content with the rising tide lifting all boats; instead, they go into business with a specific cause in mind.

Drip, Drip, Drip (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/16/2015 12:00 am

People again are chipping away at Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act. Does that mean that the Legislature is in session? Why, yes. Yes, it does.

Greater Little Rock Home Builders Pick Nathan Cooper as President (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Nathan Cooper of River Valley Builders has been named 2015 president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock. Cooper has been a member of the Home Builders Association since 2009 and has served on the board of directors. Justin Keener of Billy Hartness Construction will be vice president, and Tony Dillon of The Dillon Group will be secretary/treasurer.

Power Technology Receives $100k from ASTA to Develop Laser Projection System

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2015 03:12 pm

Power Technology Inc. of Alexander has developed a laser projection technology called Illumina that it believes can replace traditional movie projection systems. The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority has invested $100,000 in the technology.

100 Girls of Code Lands in Arkansas, Aims to Address Gender Gap

by Mark Carter 2/13/2015 01:43 pm

An initiative called 100 Girls of Code that aims to close the gender gap that currently exists in STEM-related fields officially has come to Arkansas.

UA to Induct 4 Into Business Hall of Fame Tonight

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2015 11:21 am

The Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas will induct four into its Business Hall of Fame at a ceremony tonight at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Arkansas Carriers Looking for Innovative Ways to Attract Millennials

by Mark Carter 2/13/2015 10:46 am

The Arkansas trucking industry is looking at new ways to attract young drivers, and Startup Weekend organizer Max Farrell of Little Rock, himself a millennial, suggested some ways to do that.

John Rogers Receiver: Atlanta Group Doesn't Have Financing to Buy Archive

by George Waldon 2/10/2015 02:16 pm

A $59 million purchase offer to buy the assets of four businesses once led by John Rogers of North Little Rock appears to be falling by the wayside.

AAEA Hosting Advanced Energy Day at Legislature Tuesday

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 10:32 am

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association will host its second Advanced Energy Day at the Legislature on Tuesday. The event is open to the public and will feature advanced energy and technology exhibits in the Capitol Rotunda throughout the day plus a policy luncheon.

Communication as a Management Skill (Karen Leonard Expert Advice)

by Karen Leonard 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Often a manager uses communication without realizing its effectiveness as a tool to enhance employee performance. In fact, research shows that the amount and duration of employee motivation and commitment are directly tied to how well a manager communicates. But effective communication is a skill a manager must spend time and effort to perfect.

eVersity and The Innovator's Dilemma (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Utah publishing CEO Clark Gilbert has delivered a directive that's astounded other publishers: You have to separate your online news — your disruptive technology — from your legacy print news. You have to treat it like a different company. You have to staff it with people who have digital DNA. Online news and print news are different products with different business plans, he said, and their staffs have different jobs to do for different customers.

Net Neutrality (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, made a strong case last week when he announced that he would ask his fellow commissioners to adopt what's known as the “Title II” approach to Internet neutrality.