Since WDTN Daton, Ohio, developed the first Food for Friends campaign in 1982, more than 13 million food items have been collected and distributed to families in need. “Dayton is one of the hungriest cities in America and we know the need throughout the Miami Valley is greater than ever,” said Joe Abouzeid, WDTN’s general manager
A devastating wildfire burning in California has claimed 42 lives, making it the deadliest in the state’s history. KCRA and KQCA held a disaster relief drive that raised more than $1,250,000 to support people impacted by the wildfires. “The devastation from the Butte County wildfire is just staggering,” said Lori Waldon, KCRA’s news director. “Most likely it will get worse.”
The idea of having your morning news team appear at night might seem crazy on the surface of it. But the WGN Morning News is not your typical news program. Chicago’s top-rated morning news team will present a two-hour, live primetime special tomorrow night starting at 7. Expect a few surprises.
John Altenbern, president of CJ&N, weighs in on what TV stations should be thinking about now that Nielsen is surveying almost year round. “Everyone now at least is on the same playing field, and that will help move this along so that there’s a common language that everyone will speak, what are ratings and what do they mean and perhaps how to sell them.”
More vintage TV news print ads sent by local TV stations, including one promoting a new tower capable of reaching 2 million cows. “I laughed when I read your article about old TV newspaper ads. My how times have changed!”
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.
WPIX’s David Hyman, the station’s VP of marketing and creative services, will be inducted into the NY NATAS Silver Circle, an honor bestowed on those who have devoted a quarter of a century or more to the television industry and have made significant contributions to the New York television market.
Randy Thurman, creative services director at KHSB in Kansas City, sent along some promos for the Kansas City Chiefs which feature a well-known Hollywood actor. Seems the actor is a big fan of the Chiefs and happened to be in town. “I guess the point of it all is never be afraid to ask anyone, even a Hollywood actor, to do something – they might actually say yes,” said Thurman.
Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate, WCAU and Telemundo62, host a live interactive special to answer viewers’ questions about breakthroughs and advancements in cancer research spanning prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. “Our goal is to use our multiple platforms on-air and online, to educate, inspire, and spark conversation in two languages about breakthroughs and advancements in cancer,” said Anzio Williams, WCAU’s news director.
Gray’s NBC affiliate in Fargo is supporting a message of unity by the Fargo Police Department.“Stations shouldn’t be afraid to partner with the men and women who keep us safe and put their lives on the line every day in order to bring the community together to do something that is meaningful for the community,” said Ike Walker, KVLY’s news director.