Don Roberts is retiring after 33 years behind the anchor desk at WAVY News 10 Today. “I am constantly in awe of what Don does to make our community a better place,” says Sarah Zak, WAVY’s news director.
Crime-fighting choppers, weather and investigative testimonials, late news images and a weather app promo done in May from markets like Seattle, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Austin and Richmond offer ideas and, perhaps, inspiration.
For 29 years, WAVY Norfolk, Va., has teamed up with local businesses, nonprofits and churches to collect, clean and distribute winter garmets. This year it gathered more than 16,000 coats, a new record.
TV stations make meaningful contributions and connections in a variety of beneficial ways with their communities. Here’s a round-up of how some stations are helping and serving their communities.
“Even in one of the toughest years most of us have experienced, WAVY was On Your Side, and helped so many people,” said Jason Ruel, WAVY’s promotion producer.
On May 31, 2019, a Virginia Beach city engineer shot and killed 12 people and seriously injured four others at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. Today, the Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation will donate $20,000 to The Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund, to assist the families of those killed or wounded during the mass shooting.
“We launched the daily stream earlier this week as an additional resource for people to get the latest headlines on the virus from trusted, local news sources,” said Austin Kellerman, Nexstar’s director of digital content. “With all the misinformation out there, this is a way to get trusted information out to the public.”
Kristen Joyal has been named marketing director of WTLV, (First Coast News), Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla.
Carol Ward, general manager of WAVY and WVBT said, “It is an incredible asset to have these professionals on our side.” According to Ward: “WAVY is Hampton Roads‘ leading source for news, weather, traffic and sports and it is no doubt due to the daily contribution of Don Roberts, Don Slater and Bruce Rader.”
The 10 On Your Side Coats for Families drive, now in its 27th year, teams up with local businesses, non-profits, churches, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, and Entercom Radio group to make the mission possible.