The fast-moving fire forced nearly 35,000 residents to evacuate and at least one shopping center was destroyed. Within 12 hours of igniting, the fire became the state’s most destructive in terms of structures lost.
For the past 23 years, WPTV’s Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle spends 5 days on a bike riding down coast of Florida to raise awareness for hurricane preparedness and funds for the American Red Cross. This year’s ride was virtual and featured live looks from different locations around the community.
“Central Alabama has experienced a one-two punch the last few weeks with tornadoes and severe weather,” says Susana Schuler, GM of WVTM Birmingham, Ala.
Taking a 120-mile bike ride down the beach with WPTV’s Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle looks like fun. But the best part is he raises money for charity and awareness about the beginning of hurricane season along the way.
Nebraska Broadcasters Association member radio and TV stations came together last Friday to hold flood relief drives that yielded $441,919 in donations to the American Red Cross. “This couldn’t have happened without the voluntary efforts of countless people from amongst our station membership,” said Jim Timm, NBA’s president.
The statewide #NebraskaStrong Drive for Flood Relief involves NBA member radio and TV stations asking their audiences to donate to the American Red Cross to aid the ongoing recovery efforts.
Yesterday, TV and radio stations across the state held a tornado relief telethon, Together for Alabama, that was coordinated by the Alabama Broadcasting Association. “Broadcasters are always there for the communities they serve and at times like these, we bring everyone together in a way like no other,” said Sharon M. Tinsley, Alabama Broadcasters Association’s president.
During a week of giving, WTVD, along with its corporate owner, The Walt Disney Co., collected over $1 million to help provide overnight shelter stays, emergency supplies, medical assistance, meals and other life-saving services to the people of North Carolina. “This is a great example of how people come together when there is a need,” said Caroline Welch, WTVD’s general manager.