WVUE’s late fringe sports programming is a hit for viewers, beating the kings of comedy, Kimmel, Colbert and Fallon. See how WVUE is promoting these sports specials almost every night of the week.
Fox’s WTVT won first place in the Large Market category in TVNewsCheck’s inaugural Social Media Excellence Awards. Its news director reveals how the station uses the natural beauty of the area to heighten engagement with its users.
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.
WJZY, the Fox-owned affiliate in Charlotte, spent 18 months trying to find an organ donor for an Army vet in desperate need of a kidney. Due to the unfortunate passing of a 10 year old, the vet got his kidney. “Without the support [FOX 46] gave me as a veteran, as a person, and the love that you all showed me, I wouldn’t have made it.”
By donating $15,000 to nonprofit, RIP Medical Debt, WXIN will forgive $1.5 million dollars in medical debt for almost one thousand people. “Every day we tell the stories that affect our viewers and when we can find a way to change the lives of the people we serve, it is a privilege,” said Jamie Aitke, WXIN’s general manager.
The school superintendent for one of the smaller districts in Illinois was about to retire with a $1.7 million dollar buyout, in addition to his $400,000 yearly compensation. His district has only 1,100 students. Luckily for taxpayers, Dane Placko, an investigative reporter for WFLD in Chicago, confronted the school board. “All I know is that if we hadn’t gone down there and confronted the board about this contract and this payout that he was due, I don’t think anyone who had the capacity to actually look into it would have asked any questions.”
WXIX partnered with Cincinnati Bell and the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross to raise more than $45,000 for Hurricane Michael relief. “While watching the unfolding story of Hurricane Michael,” said WXIX’s general manager, “it became clear FOX19 NOW needed to become involved and send help to those suffering after the storm’s devastation. That’s when we decided to produce all-day coverage to support rescuers and victims of the disaster.”
WSVN’s owner, Ed Ansin, through his foundation, has donated $50,000 to the Feeding South Florida relief fund. “The Ansin Foundation and WSVN are committed to helping the communities most in need.”
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.
The CBS-Fox combo earned two regional Emmy awards for coverage of an EF2 tornado. “For the second year in a row, this team has shown its commitment to breaking news, keeping folks safe and sharing stories that have impacted our viewers’ lives,” said Becky Gardner, KGAN-KFXA’s news director.