by Max Brantley
Last time I checked, KATV General Manager Mark Rose, though confirming that Channel 7 was giving some thought to a move from its long-time location at Fourth and Main, said no specific plans had been nailed down.
I'm hearing now that the station's move to western Little Rock, Chenal Valley area, is firming up. I'm checking.
Likeliest buyer would be Stephens Inc., which has acquired a signifcant portion of the Main Street corridor (and cleared a lot of that).
(Hey, maybe they could put the veteran service center there. No liquor store across the street, Mayor Stodola.)
UPDATE: Mark Rose got back to me. No deal has been done, period, he says. He confirmed that the station had looked at property on Rahling Road, as well as several other properties out west. "We're just looking at anything with enough square footage and parking to see if it could ever come to fruitiion," he said. He added, "Personally, I think it's time to look at a new location or a major renovation, so that's kind of why we're seeing what's available."