LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – THV11 General Manager Marty Schack announced this week that legendary broadcaster Craig O’Neill has signed a new contract with the Little Rock CBS affiliate to remain on the air for another year.
This year marks Craig’s 50th year in broadcasting. The Arkansas State University grad began his career in radio in 1969.
It wasn’t until 2000 that Craig began a new chapter in television. He started as Sports Director at THV11, then known as “Today’s THV,” and was later promoted to the news anchor desk where he remains today.
Craig was planning to retire this year, but when asked what made him change his mind, he said, “THV11 has so much creative momentum I can’t retire right now! Besides, from what I can tell, I’m looking younger!”
Craig is often talked about for his sense of humor, his countless pranks, and his boisterous laugh; but it’s his giving spirit that will, in addition, continue to live on. He has emceed more than 9,000 charity events and has helped raise over 40 million dollars for Arkansas and its communities.
It was announced in 2017 that Craig was, in essence, “retiring” from emceeing most events. He now focuses on giving back in a different way: with “Craig’s Reading Road Trip.” He travels from school to school and library to library, reading to Arkansas children and helping to inspire them to be “lifetime readers.”
Schack said, “We look forward to spending this additional year celebrating Craig’s career in broadcasting and saluting his endless commitment to the community.”
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