Tamron Hall, the keynote speaker Wednesday at the Promax Station Summit at The Mirage in Las Vegas, held sway in front of a full house of local TV marketing executives. Seated on stage with her executive producer, Bill Geddie, Hall won over the audience with her story of humble origins and hard work in local TV news.
Black Country introduces viewers to a Black America they haven’t seen on TV. An African-American culture dedicated to a country lifestyle; including horses, trail rides, bush track racing and raising younger generations to value the connection between nature, hard work and each other.
KMIZ, the ABC affiliate in Columbia, Mo., took home six first-place honors at the annual MBA convention last weekend in Branson. “It is gratifying to be recognized by our peers but more importantly knowing our newscasts make a positive impact on people’s lives in Mid-Missouri,” said Curtis Hancock, KMIZ’s news director.
At a pre-season party in Steubenville, Ohio, a heinous crime took place: the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team. The film asks: “Why didn’t anyone stop it?”
WREX, the NBC-CW affiliate in Rockford, Ill., produced a series of news reports, Lives on the Line, to bring awareness about Scott’s Law, or the Mover Over Law, which requires a driver to slow down and move over when approaching any emergency vehicle along the side of the road that displays flashing emergency lights.
The award was created in partnership with the family of the late CBS News correspondent Morley Safer to recognize a story or series of stories that reflects Safer’s journalistic legacy. “The Morley Safer Award honors reporting that changes how we understand the world,” said Bob Schieffer, one of the award judges and former CBS News journalist and Safer colleague. “As Morley did during his legendary career, the award honors journalists who challenge conventional thinking through stories graced by precise and eloquent language.”
WGN’s Morning News has a national reputation, well-earned, as being different from most nearly every other local TV stations’ morning news. Some might say it’s more National Lampoon than news. More Saturday Night Live than news. But according to the May ratings, morning news viewers in Chicago like it more than any other morning newscast.
When tornadoes touched down in Dayton, WDTN stayed with viewers throughout, covering the damage, and then set up relief efforts to raise money for the victims. “Our brand mission is Working For You and we’ve never been more proud to say it, and more importantly, live it,” said Jason Doyle, WDTN’s creative services director.
Taking a 120-mile bike ride down the beach with WPTV’s Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle looks like fun. But the best part is he raises money for charity and awareness about the beginning of hurricane season along the way.
The Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl started 5 years ago on WTVO/WQRF. Since then, more than 1500 students representing more than 50 high school have participated. “Aside from local news, you don’t see a lot of TV stations producing 40 straight weeks of a locally-originated show like this,” said Kelly Lattimer, WTVO/WQRF’s general manager.