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Jeff Lyle of Media Gateway in Little Rock is recovering from a stroke, owner Matthew Davidge said.
Health Care / Investments

Media Gateway Partner Suffers StrokeLock Icon

Somber news comes from Media Gateway, the Little Rock broadcast and master control service outsourcer for TV stations around the country: Jeff Lyle, the media company’s managing partner, has been sidelined by a stroke. read more >
Media Gateway at 1 Shackleford Drive in west Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Legal / Real Estate

Tax Liens Total Nearly $972K for Media GatewayLock Icon

Last year, a slew of tax liens was visited upon SSN Media Gateway LLC, the limited liability company does business as Media Gateway. read more >
The Soul of the South building at 1 Shackleford Drive in Little Rock.
Banking & Finance / Investments / Media & Marketing

Simmons Dismisses Lawsuit Against Soul of the South InvestorsLock Icon

Simmons Bank of Pine Bluff dismissed its lawsuit against investors in the troubled Soul of the South venture without prejudice on Jan. 10. read more >
The Soul of the South building at 1 Shackleford Drive in Little Rock.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Simmons Sues Soul of the South InvestorsLock Icon

Simmons Bank of Pine Bluff sued to recover the a $1.4 million collection effort from the leading investors in the troubled Soul of the South venture. read more >
The Soul of the South building at 1 Shackleford Drive in Little Rock.
Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing

Soul of the South Legal War Drags OnLock Icon

The legal battle over the broadcast license of KMYA-TV, Channel 49, is entering its 23rd month with resolution nowhere in sight. read more >
"Every 30 to 60 minutes I'm anchoring in a different city," says Media Gateway newswoman Anne Imanuel, who appears in four markets. Her job reflects a trend as TV stations outsource news and operations.
 
Media & Marketing

Coming to You Live from 1 Shackleford Drive

In a 31,000-SF multimedia center in Little Rock, The Media Gateway LLC pioneers a new kind of newscasting in a consolidating industry where master control functions, the last line of quality control before broadcast, are increasingly outsourced. read more >
Larry Morton
Legal / Media & Marketing

Chicago TV Station: Larry Morton Dodged Service of LawsuitLock Icon

A new episode of the long-running legal soap opera surrounding the Soul of the South TV network is playing out in Pulaski County Circuit Court, where a Chicago television station is accusing Little Rock businessman Larry Morton of dodging service in a lawsuit. read more >
The broadcast building at 1 Shackleford Drive, once the headquarters of Equity Media Holdings Corp., has housed its share of financial controversy over the years.  It's now being run by Matthew Davidge (inset).
Legal / Media & Marketing

Davidge Sues Soul of the South Investors

Some debt disputes and lawsuits have made the scene since an ownership change visited a broadcast facility and its media gateway operations in west Little Rock. read more >
Larry Morton
Government & Politics / Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing

Soul of the South Investors Battle Over KMYA License

The broadcast license for KMYA-TV, Channel 49, that Soul of the South Network investors are fighting over was an important piece to a funding puzzle two years ago. read more >
Government & Politics / Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing

FBI Peers Into Soul of the South Finances

Inquiries about how the Arkansas Development Finance Authority and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission came to invest more than $1.7 million in Soul of the South's short-lived financial fiasco are being made. read more >
Government & Politics / Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing

Investors Battle Over Valuable Soul of the South License

A schism among Soul of the South investors has erupted into a lawsuit over control of the venture’s most valuable asset: the broadcast license for KMYA-TV, Channel 49. read more >
The Soul of the South building at 1 Shackleford Drive in Little Rock.
Legal / Media & Marketing / Real Estate

New Owner Takes Over Soul of the South Facility

Media Gateway Facility LLC purchased the 30,800-SF studio complex at 1 Shackleford Drive from Rock City Media LLC. read more >
Soul of the South CEO Doug McHenry said the board considered wrapping up operations in a meeting last week, but no decision was made.
Government & Politics / Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing

With Operating Expenses Reduced, Soul of the South’s Future Unclear

The fledgling television network is the subject of at least two lawsuits in federal court and has been notified it owes $250,000 on a loan from the state. But at least one board member says he is hopeful that good things are in the works. read more >
Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Mike Preston with his wife Anne Imanuel.
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

AEDC Director’s Wife Hired as Anchor for SSN Media

The wife of Mike Preston, the new director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, has landed a new job. The television news personality was hired on at SSN Media Gateway at the end of June, according to Managing Partner Jeff Lyle. read more >
Doug McHenry
Legal / Media & Marketing

Soul of the South Owes AEDC $250,000

AEDC says Soul of the South owes payment on a $250,000 loan from the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund that came due June 5. The AEDC granted the loan in December, bringing the total state investment in the company to $1.75 million. read more >
The Soul of the South building at 1 Shackleford Drive in Little Rock.
Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing / Real Estate

Deal To Buy Soul of the South HQ Scorched

An offer to purchase the note on the building housing Soul of the South and several related entities fell through after three days late last month. read more >
Soul of the South Network has a Little Rock home after a $1.6 million deal. (Photo by Jason Burt)
Government & Politics / Investments / Media & Marketing

Soul of the South Board Member Mac Hogan Steps Down

Mac Hogan, who invested $375,000 in the fledgling television network, submitted a brief letter to Secretary Bill Campbell and board Chairman Ladly Abraham on Tuesday. The letter stated that Hogan was resigning from the board and all related entities. read more >
What is the former Rogers Archives in North Little Rock really worth? Displayed is a 1927 photo of President Calvin Coolidge, right, and Gen. Leonard Wood.
Banking & Finance / Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing

Concerns Voiced About Red Alert Proposal in John Rogers Case

The $28 million cash offer to acquire the photo archives and sports memorabilia assets once owned by John Rogers has drawn objections and cautionary filings. read more >
The photo archives built by John Rogers is touted as a $1 billion asset by some and a nonperforming one by its creditors.
Banking & Finance / Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing

New Offer Ready, But Will Money Materialize for John Rogers Collection?

John Rogers has been working closely with a would-be buyer of his former sports memorabilia and photo archive, according to a sworn deposition given by one of his many creditors. The proposal, $28 million in cash plus stock, is awaiting court review. It isn’t the first problematic business deal visited on Arkansas by Tim Holly and his Red Alert Media Matrix Inc. read more >
Soul of the South CEO Doug McHenry said the board considered wrapping up operations in a meeting last week, but no decision was made.
Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing

Soul of the South Mulls ‘Winding Down’

The board of directors for Soul of the South — the 2-year-old television network backed by nearly $2 million in state money — considered winding down operations at a board meeting last week, CEO Doug McHenry said. read more >