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The Buzz Shifts TV Partnership From KATV to KARK/Fox 16

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Signal Media’s sports radio KABZ-FM, 103.7, is teaming up with KARK and Fox 16, shifting their television partnership for breaking news and weather reports to the NBC and Fox affiliates after years of coordination with KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock’s ABC station.

News Director Ernie Paulson of KARK, Channel 4, as well as Fox 16, announced the new partnership over the weekend on social media in tandem with Justin Acri, general manager of KABZ.

The partnership started today, April 15.

Acri thanked KATV for a “successful partnership over the years,” but said the radio station was excited to move forward with KARK/Fox 16 “for the latest news and weather reports on KABZ, known as The Buzz, and severe weather reports on the station and KBUZ-FM, 106.7 and sister station KKPT-FM, 94.1, known as “The Point.”

The move surprised some Buzz listeners, especially fans of former Arkansas Razorback linebacker David Bazzel, a KABZ star who has done notable work with KATV over the years.

In his announcement, Acri said KATV meteorologist Melinda Mayo is expected to keep her normal slot on KABZ’s “Morning Mayhem” show, and that Channel 7 sportscaster Steve Sullivan would appear on its “Out of Bounds” and occasionally “Drivetime Sports” segments moving forward. “They are great contributors and important, long-term trusted voices in the state and we are thrilled to continue to have them on our air,” Acri said.

Paulson wrote that the new partnership with KABZ will provide reports from KARK’s “Arkansas Storm Team” on the Signal stations.

KARK’s chief meteorologist, Todd Yakoubian, joined Channel 4 this year after leaving KATV last year, ending 18 years with Channel 7. Yakoubian’s weather reports will appear on 103.7, along with weather from Fox 16’s Chief Meteorologist Carmen Rose. Meteorologists Pat Walker, Joel Young, Julianna Cullen and Alex Libby will also contribute weather updates.

Paulson praised 103.7’s range of sports talk shows and “personalities like David Bazzel, Justin Moore, Roger Scott, and Justin Acri, along with our own KARK 4 Today anchor, D.J. Williams, and Fox 16 Sports Director Wess Moore.”

Williams, another former Razorback star, joined KABZ in January as co-host of “The Zone,” with Acri and producer Christian Weaver.

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