Longtime KAIT General Manager Retires

Anderson (r) receives award from Jim Keelor, president of Liberty Corp., KAIT's parent company.
Anderson (r) receives award from Jim Keelor, president of Liberty Corp., KAIT's parent company.

JONESBORO -   You've seen him countless times on KAIT, sharing his opinions on issues that affect not just communications, but your ability to get accurate information in a timely fashion. Today, marks an end of an era at KAIT, as longtime V.P. and General Manager Clyde Anderson officially retires.

In his earliest days at KAIT, Anderson saw a need to connect to the regional community we refer to as 'Region 8'.  From participating on advisory boards to producing fund-raising telethons, he has not only lent his support, but also his 'hands-on' work ethic. In a shining example, under Anderson's guidance, KAIT has helped propel attendance and participation by industries and businesses all over Region 8 in the annual Business Expo, now the largest B-2-B program in the state of Arkansas. "I think that's important. I think we have to be a televsion station for all of Northeast Arkansas. And we have to do more because the people expect more from us because we're the only one," remarked Anderson.

Being a part of the broadcast industry for so many years, does not mean Anderson has been shy of accepting changes, in fact he has been instrumental in bringing many technological advances to the station in Jonesboro.  Beginning with non-linear editing in the early 90s, to high definition, full-power digital broadcasting today, Anderson continually brought KAIT to the forefront of new technologies.

Numerous affiliations and awards have followed Anderson over the years, including the prestigous 'Silver Mic' award presented by the Arkansas Broadcasters Association in 2004.

Dr. Richard Carvell, Chaiman of ASU's Radio-TV Department summed it all up, "We're going to miss Clyde Anderson."

Anderson plans to return to his native Little Rock with wife Donna. That's where he started his career at KARK in the August of 1969, working in sales and, for a time, doing an on-air segment called 'Dialing for Dollars'.