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Long-running Dialing for Dollars segment on Little Rock's KARK going on hiatus, being retooled

By Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published July 7, 2017 at 2:35 p.m. Updated July 7, 2017 at 4:22 p.m.

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The late Beth Ward (left) and Tom Bonner, both long-time personalities on NBC affiliate KARK-TV, appear during the station's Dialing for Dollars segment in this screenshot taken from the Sept. 4, 1977, edition of the Arkansas Democrat.


A long-running cash giveaway in Little Rock television news will be going on a three-week hiatus as the station embarks on a studio redesign and segment reformat.

Dialing for Dollars, which has been on the air at NBC affiliate KARK-TV since the 1960s, will temporarily be off the air until a new “state-of-the-art studio” is complete, according to a statement posted to the station’s website.

Once work is completed, the segment will also be “revamped into a game show style contest,” the statement reads in part. The new format will be unveiled July 31.

In an emailed statement, KARK News Director Austin Kellerman said this year marks the 50th anniversary of Dialing for Dollars.

"We're relaunching it with a new feel that celebrates its rich history in central Arkansas," Kellerman said.

Other details regarding the change were not released Friday.

On Friday’s noontime show, KARK 4 Today anchor Aaron Nolan and meteorologist Hayden Nix addressed the hiatus.

The desk used for the cash giveaway, featuring NBC’s signature colors and a built-in wheel, was rolled out in a live video on Facebook at the end of the broadcast.

Among the familiar faces previously seen on the Dialing for Dollars segment at noon were the late Beth Ward as well as Tom Bonner and Lonnie Gibbons.

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HM2 says... July 7, 2017 at 8:50 p.m.

My wife and I watched KARK since 1969. But lately it has gotten so bad we just can't tolerate the poor production and sorry on air personalities Excluding Bob Clauson. The shear stupidity of the morning people is unbelievable. So needless to say we have given up on KARK and switched to channel 7. So sad.

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HarleyOwner says... July 8, 2017 at 12:03 p.m.

I have learned to get the complete news coverage, you have to watch all three news coverage. KTHV is the worst. They tend to lean more towards national news instead of local news.

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