High school seniors graduating in 2020 and excited for their moment on stage got their dreams dashed when the coronavirus crisis forced schools to delay, cancel or postpone graduation ceremonies. In Jacksonville, Bob Ellis, the general manager of Graham Media’s independent WJXT, said he felt compelled to do something to help “fill the emptiness so many people felt at having to stay home and have those graduations cancelled. It seemed a natural to go and figure out how to make it happen.”
Food4Frontline has delivered 3,000 meals and has confirmed the delivery of 10,000 more with local hospitals, service providers and food partners over the next couple weeks. Seems like a win-win.
On Tuesday, September 17th, 52 members of the Detroit Youth Choir took the stage on the NBC hit show, America’s Got Talent. WDIV, Detroit’s NBC affiliate, turned the appearance into a ratings and social media winner. “We were so happy to use the power of TV and digital to rally the community and put a spotlight on Detroit’s kids,” said Marla Drutz, WDIV’s general manager.
96 Hours of Anguish is a raw, real and graphic look at the destruction in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian, which struck the islands starting Sept. 1. Vic Micolucci, WJXT reporter and photojournalist Jesse Hanson spent four days, 96 hours, on the ground and in the air covering the disaster from the hardest hit areas.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, 21,000 fans packed a football stadium to watch six high school football teams play a triple header, and thousands more watched the first-ever triple-header football broadcast on WJXT, Graham Media’s independent station in Jacksonville, Fla., or watched it stream online.
TV managers weigh in on the difficulties of recruiting, especially when it comes to the most difficult job openings to fill in local TV — news producers, account executives and creative services writer/producers.
On Tuesday, KPRC hosted more than 264 staff, friends and fans in the upper deck of Minute Maid Park to execute two card flip stunts between the 3rd and 4th innings of the game to celebrate their 70th anniversary.
Jobs just posted last week on TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings in sales, news, creative services, and advertising research by ABC, Graham and BIA Advisory Services. These openings are in Texas, California, Virginia and in the Midwest.
WJXT and WCWJ, Graham Media’s stations in Jacksonville, partnered with Visit Jacksonville to create an annual voter-centric guide, JaxBest, highlighting the best local attractions and businesses that shape the city. “We invite Jacksonville to watch WJXT and WCWJ for updates on the Jax Best campaign,” said Michael Corrigan, Visit Jacksonville CEO.
New TV job openings posted last week on TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include opportunities at stations owned by Gray, NBC, Meredith, Cox and Graham in Charlotte, Orlando, Atlanta, Boston, San Antonio and the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City area of Michigan.