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KARK Personalities Through the Years

A look back at 'Smilin' Mack' Carger, Bill Cassaday and Gary Weir (Bozo).
"Smilin' Mack" Carger at KARK in the 1950's
"Smilin' Mack" Carger at KARK in the 1950's
Captain Kark, played by KARK staff announcer Lloyd Denney
Captain Kark, played by KARK staff announcer Lloyd Denney
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Besides its well-known news, sports and weather anchors, there have been many others on KARK's on-air staff through the years.

Bill Cassaday was a newsman in KARK's early days who moved on to being the station announcer. In the 60's, he anchored the news programs "Roadshow" at 4:30 p.m. and "Nightbeat" at 9:05 p.m.

'Smilin' Mack' Carger was a show host who did both radio and television in KARK's early days. Carger was also a professional entertainer on stage. Carger hosted the Barnyard Frolics music show on KARK radio before the station ventured into television.

Little Rock singer/musician Betty Fowler co-hosted the “Little Rock Today” show with Bud Campbell. She also did commercials for the station, which back in those days were always done live. In a 2004 special on KARK's 50th anniversary, Fowler reminisced about some of those "awkward moments."

Lloyd Denney, a station radio announcer also played the role of Captain Kark of "Captain Kark and the Three Stooges," from 1960-67 which aired weekday afternoons. Denney would wear a deputy sheriff costume and teach children about safety.

Financial reporter Mary Ann Campbell presented weekly segments in the 70s and 80s called " 4 Your Money" which shared a variety of information on how to save money.

Gary Weir was a well-known Little Rock personality but you wouldn't recognize him without the makeup and costume that turned him into "Bozo." He was on KARK for a few years in the 1980s.
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