When a deadly tornado touched down in Birmingham, Ala., during the late news, WBRC’s coverage led the market in household viewers. Station management says strong First Alert branding and an all-hands approach made the difference.
On Monday, January 25th, an EF-3 tornado hit the cities surrounding Birmingham, Alabama killing one person and leaving dozens injured. Today, WVTM in Birmingham Alabama, and the Mid Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross are teaming up for tornado recovery and relief efforts.
New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for a local sales manager in Birmingham, Ala. (DMA 44), at Hearst’s NBC affiliate, WVTM.
“Rather than just one promo,” said Scott Brady, WDRB’s creative services VP, “we launched a whole new news campaign. This was a half-day of tremendous viewing sampling with much of our competitors’ audience tuning in as well! The Strategy was Super Bowl Sunday rather than just the Big Game Ad.”
As you would imagine with the home town team Kansas City Chiefs playing in the Super Bowl, viewership on the Fox affiliate, WDAF, would be high. And the creative services team at Nexstar’s WDAF was ready.
At KOKH, Sinclair’s Fox affiliate in Oklahoma City, the station wanted to “rock the idea of what news promotion can be,” said Ethan Edwards, KOKH’s creative services director, talking about the spot his team put together for the Super Bowl.
KPTV, Meredith’s Fox affiliate in Portland, Ore., used Lego art to create a highly visible and totally original campaign for its morning news program, Good Day Oregon.
Over the next couple days, we’ll share what some Fox affiliates aired on their stations during the Super Bowl, starting with these spots from WBRC, Gray’s Fox affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. (DMA 44).
“What we do is we peruse through every Nexstar station whether it is Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and we are looking for things that are more appealing than just the average, everyday news story that only affects a Little Rock market, a Fayetteville market, or a Birmingham, Alabama market,” says Aaron Nolan, the host of Newsfeed Now.
“This state-of-the-art set with the technology and venues allows us to take the audience into stories, weather tracking and get to the heart of what matters to Central Alabama,” says Susana Schuler, WVTM’s general manager.