The Arkansas Association of Broadcasters and Nexstar stations across Arkansas hosted a live virtual Town Hall meeting with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on April 9 in primetime to address the statewide response to the current coronavirus outbreak. Arkansas State Health Director Dr. Nathaniel Smith joined the event. Viewers submitted questions to Governor Hutchinson and Dr. Smith via social media using the hashtag #AskAsa.
The event was hosted by KARK-TV Anchor Bob Clausen and KLRT-TV Anchor Donna Terrell, Fox16 Ancho. It aired on eight stations operated by Nexstar, including KARK-TV (NBC) and KLRT-TV (FOX) in Little Rock, WREG-TV (CBS) in Memphis, KNWA-TV (NBC) and KFTA-TV (FOX) in Fayetteville, KTVE-TV (NBC) in Monroe, LA, KTAL-TV (NBC) in Shreveport, LA, and KOZL-TV (MyNet) in Springfield, MO. It also broadcast on Gray’s NBC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro and livestreamed on station websites.