I want to take a moment to personally thank each and every one of you who watch.
I have enjoyed being the General Manager of KAIT for the past two years.
I recently accepted the same position with WMC channel 5 in Memphis and will be serving at WMC starting Monday, so this is my last Better Region 8.
With that in mind, I wanted to leave you with a few quick thoughts.
Region 8 is one of the most special homes I have had in my travels in the television business.
I can say without a doubt you are the nicest people I have had the honor of knowing and serving.
I'm going to miss joining you each week to deliver A Better Region 8, but I will just be across the river.
We will have a new General Manager joining us very soon. His name is Chris Conroy and I worked with Chris for 5 years at WMC.
You will enjoy Chris and I know you will welcome him with open arms -- the same way you did me.
Thank you again for all your feedback, support, help and viewership. You all make this A Better Region 8.
I will work for food.
This week, the Region 8 News Team will be working for your food and donations.
We need your help to Fill the Foodbank this Wednesday, November 13th from 6 in the morning until 630 at night.
Just swing by Kroger on Caraway and drop off your food or monetary donations to help the Northeast Arkansas Food Bank Fill the Food Bank.
It's going to be freezing outside, but we aren't going to let that stop us from collecting donations for our neighbors who need a helping hand to put food on the table.
You won't even have to get out of your car. Stay warm, drop by and we will come right to you to collect your donation.
We all need to do our part to Fill the Foodbank.
Your donations will Make This A Better Region 8.
Hi Friends, I am Tracey Rogers, Vice President and General Manager of KAIT.
Recently many of you were affected by the recent disruption of our signal on the DISH Network system. As you know by now, we are back on the DISH Network system.
We know this has been an inconvenience for you and your family. We want to thank you for your patience and above all else your loyalty during this time. Many of you called and emailed us. Others posted comments on our facebook page. Here at KAIT we had the pleasure of speaking or corresponding with many of you. We just want to thank you for taking the time to reach out to us and express your support and at times, concern. KAIT has served this community for 50 years and our commitment to you is stronger than ever. We take great pride in being your source for entertainment, local news, weather and sports right here in Region 8. Once again, from the staff here at KAIT thank you so much for your patience.
Thank you so much Region 8 for helping us celebrate our 50th Anniversary this week. KAIT signed on the air July 15, 1963 and we were not going to let this major milestone pass without a big party. It was so good to see so many of you this week during our celebration at the station. This special anniversary is all about you. We do what we do every day to serve you, the people of Region 8, and it's truly a privilege. Thank you for supporting us and allowing us to come into your homes every day. This is not a responsibility we take lightly and understand how important it is to cover the news, weather and sports in your community. I am just thankful to be part of the KAIT family and part of Region 8. All of you help make this A Better Region 8.
A member of my KAIT family gave me some food for thought this week. One of our directors, Melvin Johns, told me about a small way he works to help keep Region 8 clean. Now that spring has sprung Melvin takes a walk in the mornings. He grabs a garbage bag and picks up the trash along the way. A lot of rubbish has accumulated over the cold winter months. Melvin says it's a small gesture, but we all know a small gesture made by a lot of people can make a huge impact on our community. Of course, you don't have to do it every time you walk, but instead of saying look at all of that trash do something about it. Bring a bag along. We have come a long way when it comes to litter, but unfortunately we still have members of our community who use the sides of our roads as a trash can. I think Melvin had a great idea. If you are taking a walk, grab a bag, pick up what you can safely and help make our roadways more beautiful. Helping clean up litter will make this A Better Region 8.
Valentine's Day is Thursday and then we have a very special day planned for you to open your hearts and give to Make A Wish. You see, there are children in Region 8 who need extra special love because they are just fighting to live. Children like 5-year-old Zaviah from Parkin, Arkansas. Zaviah had her wish granted in December. She wished for a shopping spree and that's exactly what she got at the Mall at Turtle Creek. Zaviah got her own personal shopper and some help from her twin sister Zariah. It takes all of us to grant wishes. That's why this Friday the Jonesboro Radio Group and KAIT are joining forces to hold the 15th Annual Have A Heart Wish A Thon. We will be collecting donations from 6 in the morning until 7 at night. The donations will go to grant wishes for children who are fighting life threatening diseases. You will be able to call in a donation or stop by one of the many bucket brigades spread out across Region 8. Please have a heart, give if you can and let's grant these children's wishes and make this A Better Region 8.
Heaven forbid you ever find yourself or a family member in need of blood due to a tragic accident or other life threatening situation. But if you do, you know you can count on the American Red Cross to be there. That's why each year KAIT joins the American Red Cross to hold Drive For Life. This is a 3 day event that kicks off Friday, January 18th at 10am at Saint Bernards Auditorium on East Washington Street. You will have 3 days to swing by and give the gift of life. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the American Red Cross will accept blood donations. Those donations tend to drop off after the holidays so this is the perfect time to remember to stop in and give. We will be there Friday from 10 to 7, Saturday from 11 to 5 and again on Sunday from 11 to 5. I'll be there Sunday, and I want to encourage you to give blood, save a life, and make this A Better Region 8.
It's the Thanksgiving holiday week and weekend and I'm sure at some point over the next few days you will be making a mental list of everything you are thankful for. Throughout the month, I have so enjoyed reading on Facebook what my friends are thankful for, and wanted to share a few of my favorites. Laying On The Couch Watching, A Good Movie, Laughing Until My Stomach Hurts, The Little Things, Hot Showers, Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies and naps. And then there are the much more serious things like freedom, America, our troops, family, friends and good health.
I would like to add just a few more. I'm thankful for all of these things and I am especially thankful for you our viewers, we consider you our Region 8 Family. Thank you for bringing us into your homes and allowing us to serve you again this year. You make this A Better Region 8.
In an effort to keep in touch with you, our viewers, we use different tools to gauge what you like about KAIT, Region 8 News, and what you feel we need to work on. One thing I learned recently is there may be some confusion about A Better Region 8. I wanted to take a moment to explain what A Better Region 8 is and why I deliver these editorials every week. A Better Region is an editorial and that means it often includes my opinion about a story or situation facing our communities. Sometimes I use this editorial to bring awareness to situations or somethings that will improve Region 8. It's also a tool to spark thinking and public discussion about our communities. A Better Region 8 is not a news story. At times, A Better Region 8 is *about* a news story, but is never intended to take the place of a news story. When I am out and about, I enjoy getting the chance to speak with many of you about A Better Region 8, KAIT and Region 8 News. I certainly don't expect you to agree with me on every editorial, but I do hope you feel comfortable letting me know your thoughts. Together we can make this A Better Region 8.
This week we celebrate the birth of our nation. That means a day off from work for many of us, picnics, swimming pools and fireworks. But hopefully, it means so much more than that to you. There are two groups of Americans. Those who've read the Declaration of Independence and need to re-read it and those who have never read the Declaration of Independence. This year, I want to issue you a challenge. Take a few moments and read or re-read the Declaration of Independence. We are going to make this easy for you. We have posted a copy of the Declaration on our website. You may read the Declaration for yourself here ». In preparing for today's A Better Region 8, I re-read the Declaration myself and it renewed my appreciation for this great country I live in. It also makes me appreciate even more the thousands of soldiers around the world who are protecting our freedom including members of the 1039th engineer company who left Region 8 this weekend - final destination Afghanistan. In this day and time, I think we could all use a renewed appreciation for all we have and the freedoms we enjoy thanks to the founding fathers of our nation. Log on, read the Declaration of Independence and renew your faith in A Better America and A Better Region 8.