“Rather than just one promo,” said Scott Brady, WDRB’s creative services VP, “we launched a whole new news campaign. This was a half-day of tremendous viewing sampling with much of our competitors’ audience tuning in as well! The Strategy was Super Bowl Sunday rather than just the Big Game Ad.”
Scott Brady, the creative services director for WDRB, faced a difficult marketing dilemma in September. He had to promote the station’s new 5 o’clock newscast without mentioning the name or showing the face of one of the newscast’s anchors.
At the Promax Station Summit last week in Las Vegas, attendees filled the room for the session Zero Budget Magic, to see how imagination, and little more, is the only currency allowed in spots submitted from stations across the country. Here are all 40 of them.
With the addition of WDRB News@5, WDRB will produce 9.5 hours of local news on weekdays, and 64 hours of local news a week. “We will be adding six to eight new people, taking our newsroom to over 100 people, the largest television, radio or newspaper newsroom in Kentucky,” said Bill Lamb, WDRB’s general manager.
Local TV stations ramp up the coverage of March Madness to share the excitement, the drama and the human interest stories beyond the scores. “That’s really all people are talking about, especially in March,” said Russ Poteet, news director for KLBK in Lubbock, Texas, home of Texas Tech.