KSBW’s 32nd Share Your Holiday event this year pushed the all-time total to $2,181,000 raised for Central Coast families in need. “Our Central Coast Community came together as one, and this year’s results will make a great impact to those in need” said Joseph W. Heston, KSBW’s general manager. “We are all deeply moved and humbled by the kindness of our viewers.”
Working at or owning a local TV station is temporary. Many worked there before you, leaving their impression on the viewers who live in the market. WTVM in Columbus, Georgia, is celebrating its 65th anniversary through the eyes of the people who worked there through the ages.
WCVB, the Hearst ABC affiliate in Boston, raised more than $350,000 to help those still struggling in the aftermath of a gas line disaster in September that caused explosions and more than 80 individual fires in Massachusetts. “We experienced first-hand the staff’s warmth, sincerity, and generosity; and it is clear why WCVB Channel 5 is such a trusted community partner,” said Carol Lavoie Schuster of the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund team.
WAPT, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi continued its annual Turkey Drive tradition with record numbers this year. “Mississippi has long been known as one of the most generous states in the nation,” said Mike Neelly, WAPT’s general manager. “When our neighbors need help, we step up to the challenge, and that’s exactly what we saw with this year’s Turkey Drive.”
The 6abc/Dunkin’ Donuts Holiday Food Drive is in full swing and will get a boost today on Giving Tuesday with the annual 6abc/Dunkin’ Donuts Holiday Food Drive telethon. “With the support of our community and our corporate partners, we’re thrilled to be in our 33rd year to battle hunger in our area.” said Bernie Prazenica, WPVI’s general manager. “Donating is as simple as picking up your phone or clicking on your computer. One dollar provides two meals, so no contribution is too small.”
Travis Sherwin will move from being the news director at Hearst’s WPBF in West Palm to head up the company’s national investigative unit out of Washington, D.C. Sherwin said that while he enjoyed being a news director, “this is where my heart is, telling stories that are compelling and that people care about.”
An old-fashioned brains vs. brains quiz show, one high school against another in a fast-paced test of student knowledge is entering into its fifth season on WTVO and WQRF in Rockford, Ill. “It proves that people will still tune in to watch locally originated programming that offers value to the viewer and business owner,” said Kelly Lattimer, WQRF’s general manager.
Local TV news back in the day used to frequently advertise in the local newspaper. Here are some random print ads that I found interesting. If you’ve got a print ad example from your TV station, or any other for that matter, from yesterday or today you’d like to share, send them to me.
KMBC’s debate tonight will include questions from local voters from across the political spectrum. “Keeping viewers informed as they prepare to vote is an enormous responsibility and one of our most important roles as journalists in Kansas City,” said Dan O’Donnell, KMBC’s news director.
The employees working at WMBB in Panama City, Fla., endured personal hardships while covering Hurricane Michael. A news director from another market sent to help recounts what he saw while there. “When they finally got a moment to stop and breathe, they had time to reflect. Their stories would break your heart yet inspire you at the same time. While their priority was helping their community and serving as a voice for others, they had their own stories to tell.”