Three Gray Broadcasting TV stations in Alabama and Georgia collaborated on a 12-minute video to show what their stations did before, during and after the tornadoes on March 3. Collin Gaston, WBRC’s general manager, said it’s “a compelling story for Washington on how to handle broadcasters going forward, that there’s good value in local TV and they should be on our side.”
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WIAT, Birmingham,Ala.’s CBS affiliate, along with other Nexstar stations throughout Alabama, helped tornado recover. “On Wednesday, we asked viewers of our Nexstar stations to join us in supporting those who need our help,” said Jimmy Cromwell, WIAT’s general manager.
Close to 1,100 Alabamians made donations during the one-day fund raising event and several local corporate donors assisted in fundraising efforts. “In times of need the people of Alabama unite around each other and we truly want to thank our audience and corporate partners for their generosity ” said Susana Schuler, WVTM’s general manager.
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.
WTVM Birmingham, Ala., held a telethon to collect funds for Hurricane Michael relief, and Wells Fargo donated $500,000. “We remain committed to helping during this time of recovery and will continue to support communities across Alabama during this tremendous time of need,” said Leigh Collier, Wells Fargo Central Alabama Region Bank president.
All day today, WBRC and the Birmingham Salvation Army will be answering phones to collect donations for Hurricane Michael relief efforts. “The region is special to so many of us and we view it as our mission to help those in need in any way we can,” said WBRC’s general manager.