Television personality Rick Rowe named festival Grand Marshal

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Rick Rowe

In the fast pace, ever changing landscape of the media, ArkLaTex residents have enjoyed the luxury of a constant fixture bringing them the hidden treasures of our community for four decades. It’s because of his passion for the people and places that make up the ArkLaTex, that Rick Rowe has been selected the 2019 Natchitoches Christmas Festival Grand Marshal.

Rowe, a storyteller extra-ordinaire, was born and raised in Bossier City. However, through the years he has developed a special attraction to Natchitoches and has helped promote our beauty, history and uniqueness. Festival organizers said that through the years Rowe has been a great promoter and ambassador for Natchitoches Parish. He’s championed our events, our people and our history. They also cited his special segments from Natchitoches each year prior to the official turning on of the lights in November. Rowe said he was overwhelmed at his selection.

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Rowe said it is a real privilege to do what he does and serving as the Grand Marshal is truly an honor. “What can I do to help,” he added. He said his association with Natchitoches has been of mutual benefit for the parish and for him. Rowe added, “You have given me some wonderful stories to tell our viewers in the ArkLaTex and we’ve been able to spread your remarkable story throughout the four states we serve.” He began his journalism career at KTBS, the ABC affiliate in Shreveport, while still attending LSUS. He took a summer intern position with the station shooting “wrecks and fires” and has never looked back. It’s now been a 40-plus year career and he’s never worked anywhere else. His entire career has been with the family owned KTBS, where he has served in a multitude of capacities. It speak volumes to the affection and devotion he has for our area.

There’s no telling when or where Rick Rowe will show up in the KTBS coverage area that extends from Northwest La. to East Texas, South Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. Since he regularly gets up at 3 a.m., he has a head start on many of his viewers.

He is a daily fixture on the KTBS 3 First News show, which airs from 4:30-8 a.m. Monday through Friday. He may be telling a story or just showing video he shot in the area, but his segments are highly anticipated. Rick Rowe has captured a number of awards during his distinguished career as a photojournalist. Most recently, he received two Emmys for stories and a pair of Photojournalist of the Year awards. Last year, he was named Multimedia Journalist of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. Just recently, he was named to lead the KTBS 3 annual tour of unique destinations around the globe. On Mondays, his segment is “Where in the ArkLaTex is Rick Rowe.”

For example, one Monday morning he was in Tyler, Texas, at the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. That’s where he saw the very first broadcast truck used by ESPN. Tuesdays are designated as “Tasty Tuesdays” and you’ll find him at a unique eatery showcasing their goods. Wednesday is “ArkLaTex Made” where he is live from an area business spotlighting their goods and/or services. On Thursdays it’s his human interest, inspirational and touch the strings of your heart “Stories from the Heart.” Every Friday during football season, you’ll find Rowe at one of the area high schools visiting with cheerleaders, students, coaches and staff motivating the students on and off the field.

This segment is called “Sport of the Game.” As Grand Marshal of the Christmas Festival, Rowe joins a distinctive list of area and state treasures to have the honor.

There will be no guessing Dec. 7 as to “Where in the ArkLaTex is Rick Rowe”….he’ll be in the lead car of the Natchitoches Christmas Parade.