High school seniors graduating in 2020 and excited for their moment on stage got their dreams dashed when the coronavirus crisis forced schools to delay, cancel or postpone graduation ceremonies. In Jacksonville, Bob Ellis, the general manager of Graham Media’s independent WJXT, said he felt compelled to do something to help “fill the emptiness so many people felt at having to stay home and have those graduations cancelled. It seemed a natural to go and figure out how to make it happen.”
96 Hours of Anguish is a raw, real and graphic look at the destruction in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian, which struck the islands starting Sept. 1. Vic Micolucci, WJXT reporter and photojournalist Jesse Hanson spent four days, 96 hours, on the ground and in the air covering the disaster from the hardest hit areas.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, 21,000 fans packed a football stadium to watch six high school football teams play a triple header, and thousands more watched the first-ever triple-header football broadcast on WJXT, Graham Media’s independent station in Jacksonville, Fla., or watched it stream online.
WJXT, Graham Media’s independent station in Jacksonville, Fla., hopes a series of special reports and podcasts will generate new leads. The television special reports are about 3 minutes, and the podcasts, more in-depth, run about 22 minutes.
Never-before-seen footage highlights an hour-long documentary, High Rise – The Flood and Fury of Hurricane Irma , on WJXT tonight at 8. “The storm surge was nothing like we’d seen before,” said Bob Ellis, WJXT’s general manager.