| Arnie Pye|
|Occupation||Channel 6 helicopter reporter|
|First Appearance|| "Some Enchanted Evening" (voice only)
"Homer Alone" (in person)
|Voiced By||Dan Castellaneta|
Arnold "Arnie" Pye is a disgruntled, somewhat eccentric helicopter traffic reporter for Springfield’s KBBL-TV (Channel 6). His segments are titled Arnie Pye with Arnie in the Sky. In some of the early episodes, he was referred to as "Bill Pye". His accent implies that he may have originated from New York or New Jersey. His name is a play on "Ernie Pye", a famous news reporter.
Dislike of Brockman Edit
He has an apparent dislike of anchorman Kent Brockman, with whom he often gets into arguments on the air, because Kent is a much bigger and luckier star.
Pye’s helicopter once crashed; he managed "Tell my wife I love—” before the live feed was lost. The incident was dismissed with a chuckle by the oblivious Brockman. However, he survived and has been seen in several episodes afterward.
"Arnie Pye in the Sky" is a play on words with the expression "pie in the sky".
Replacing Brockman Edit
When Kent was demoted to a Weatherman and eventually fired, Arnie briefly became the new head anchor. He briefly took some joy in usurping Kent Brockman as News Anchorman by drawing a "Kent Stinks" graffiti on the Weather Map while Kent was broadcasting the weather. However, his joy was short-lived when he learned that in addition to Kent Brockman being demoted, the entire station had to suffer a $10,000,000 dollar fine for Kent Brockman's "shameful swear-aroney", especially when the fine also cost their mascot, Newshound, laser eye surgery to fix his lazy eye. Pye hated Brockman even more as a result, and was also present when Kent Brockman was fired from the station for suspected cocaine use. During his stint as News Anchor, he spoke in a deeper, smoother voice, but returned to his normal register when he got excited near the end of the report. (A similar gag was used in a previous episode with Bumblebee Man, who took over Brockman's desk and spoke perfect English as he delivered the news, right up until the end.)
Note: Many of his appearances are brief, background roles. Episodes in which he has an actual role are in bold.