It is indeed rare for three local TV competitors in the same market to forget their differences and to come together to honor a beloved member of the community. On Monday night, three local TV affiliates in Columbus, will air Standing with Chris, a program to honor the life of the late Chris Bradley and to promote the importance of bone marrow donation and show Central Ohio viewers how they can help save lives.
An old-fashioned brains vs. brains quiz show, one high school against another in a fast-paced test of student knowledge is entering into its fifth season on WTVO and WQRF in Rockford, Ill. “It proves that people will still tune in to watch locally originated programming that offers value to the viewer and business owner,” said Kelly Lattimer, WQRF’s general manager.
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
Two candidates, one running for the first time, will debate live from the studios of WROC Rochester, N.Y., tonight looking to replace a woman who held the seat for more than 30 years. “Last week, we were proud to bring our viewers the New York Gubernatorial Debate, and now we’re honored to not only carry a debate, but also host it in our studio,” said Wendy Bello, WROC’s general manager.
The employees working at WMBB in Panama City, Fla., endured personal hardships while covering Hurricane Michael. A news director from another market sent to help recounts what he saw while there. “When they finally got a moment to stop and breathe, they had time to reflect. Their stories would break your heart yet inspire you at the same time. While their priority was helping their community and serving as a voice for others, they had their own stories to tell.”
WATN, the ABC affiliate in Memphis owned by Nexstar, wants you to consider their opening in Memphis for a creative services director. In addition to WATN, you’ll also oversee their Fox and CW affiliates. The team there is committed to being LOCAL, as in Local Memphis.
“No person should go a day without a coat to keep them warm for the cold winter ahead,” said Joe Abouzeid, WDTN’s general manager. And to that end, the station in Dayton begins its 35th year of collecting coats to distribute to those less fortunate.
With a rare Category 5 hurricane bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands, KHON Honolulu got coverage help from owner Nexstar’s Washington bureau and stations in California, Nevada and Pennsylvania. The effort led to an outpouring of support from the community. “I’ve never in my life seen anything like it,” said Kristina Lockwood, KHON’s general manager.
This week, Social Scorecard is in West Michigan’s largest city, Grand Rapids, just 30 miles east of Lake Michigan, to find out what WXMI is serving on Facebook to make it the most engaged. The secret ingredients are an appetite for food and short, easily digested videos.
KARK’s new morning news anchor took an RV tour of 36 counties covering 1,600 miles. I’ve seen many promos, and marketing and advertising campaigns that introduce a news personality to a newscast, many of them clever and memorable, but I’ve never seen one quite like this. It flat out works.