In the hit CBS comedy, Young Sheldon, the main character is a child prodigy, academically gifted in the sciences. In a promo campaign for WBOC’s Dan Satterfield, the station’s chief meteorologist, the spots depict Satterfield as a child resembling young Sheldon.
Most people who work in local TV marketing come to the position by happenstance. A new program at the NBC/Telemundo owned stations fast tracks candidates with the right stuff to step right into a position at their stations. “We really should be growing our own,” said Dianne Hannes, creative services director at WMAQ, NBC’s Chicago O&O.
WCIA, the CBS affiliate in Champaign, Illinois, has been able to digitize 1580 hours of old news stories from their news archives. From that footage, the station has created a segment called, From the Vault, which airs on WCIA’s newscasts and its afternoon lifestyle show, CI Living.
In Cincinnati, WLWT, the Hearst NBC affiliate, polls its viewers and Facebook users for their favorites, then sends a news team out to try it out. “We’ve done 3 so far, with a combined 100,000+ views,” said Pete Salkowski, WLWT’s creative services director.
Viewers watching the Super Bowl in some markets said the local TV news promos were the best commercials during the game. I loved it!!! I had to go back and watch it again!! So true!!
How often do we read about teachers using their own money to buy supplies for their students because of cash-strapped school systems? This is a great example of how TV station news operations can, and do, hold community leaders accountable.
WISC wanted Devlin Design Group to consider the future of news broadcasting when it came to designing the station’s new set. The design needed to showcase technology, increase production values, spotlight talent, and reflect the vibrant Madison, Wisconsin capitol city community.
WAPT in Jackson, Miss., promises in a new promo that its news coverage is exciting, urgent and unique. “The goal of all our promo campaigns is to help our viewers understand exactly what that looks like,” said Brett Kenyon, WAPT’s creative services director.
WGAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pa., is partnering with nearby Millersville University to preserve and digitize 30 years of the station’s news footage from 1949 through 1979. “When I first saw a portion of the archive in WGAL’s basement, I knew they had an unmatched treasure of historically significant material,” said Dr. Daniel Wubah, Millersville University’s president.
Chicago’s WMAQ positions its news chopper, Sky 5, as above it all. Here are a couple new promos. Diane Hannes, the station’s VP of creative services, sent these along inspired by the Market Share two-part series, Marketing Local TV News Choppers.