It’s been tough for the city of Buffalo, N.Y. First, a city used to snow gets a crippling blizzard. Then, a member of the Buffalo Bills football team is carted off the field, and the game is canceled. “These were difficult stories, so we wanted to keep the tone optimistic, positive, a bit uplifting and community-centric,” says Dan Meyers, the marketing director at WGRZ.
Now, more than ever before, people are turning to local TV news for information they can trust about the changing conditions in their town, their city, county and state due to the coronavirus. And local TV marketers are responding with messages of hope and optimism, togetherness and kindness. Not the usual themes of local TV news promotion, but maybe the ones we need to hear right now.