For the past 23 years, WPTV’s Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle spends 5 days on a bike riding down coast of Florida to raise awareness for hurricane preparedness and funds for the American Red Cross. This year’s ride was virtual and featured live looks from different locations around the community.
TV stations help their local communities countless ways, year after year. These days, the need for food, warm clothes, toys, and Thanksgiving turkeys is much greater because of the pandemic. And stations are responding to the need.
Perhaps a significant step toward real equality could begin with televised dialogues, conversations, interactions and discussions so racial inequality gets exposed to thousands of people in communities all over the U.S., and a path to equality begins to emerge.
WPTV provided viewers with weather coverage of Isaias for more than 20 hours all while staying safe and socially distanced. Due to the virus, everything from food planning to sleeping arrangements at the station had to be modified.
The holiday season will be a bit brighter for those in need, thanks in part to two WPTV community initiatives.
“Thank you for coverage during Hurricane Dorian. The calm, practical, truthful, sage educational advice and professional coverage is very much appreciated. No doubt you and our community/state agencies have guided millions in the most organized, well-coordinated efforts I’ve seen in my four decades of living in Florida,” is how one viewer characterized WPTV’s coverage.
Taking a 120-mile bike ride down the beach with WPTV’s Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle looks like fun. But the best part is he raises money for charity and awareness about the beginning of hurricane season along the way.
WPTV’s Protecting Paradise specials focused on multiple environmental issues, ranging from beach bacteria and turtles to aquaculture, which aired during WPTV’s morning news and its 5 o’clock news every day during Earth Week. “WPTV’s significant commitment to environmental issues is being made with the consultation of who matters most to us, our viewers and our community,” said Lloyd Bucher, WPTV’s general manager.
WPTV in West Palm Beach teamed up with schools, local businesses and civic and charitable organizations to help fight hunger. “While unfortunately hunger can’t be resolved with one campaign alone, we at WPTV are grateful to our community for stepping up and helping those suffering in our community,” said GM Lloyd Bucher.
South Florida’s lifestyle — the warm weather, the beaches, the water, the wetlands — are threatened by algae and development. So WPTV West Palm Beach is beginning a year-long campaign to bring awareness to the crisis. “It is our hope that we shed some light as to not just what is happening to our environment, but why and how things are occurring,” said the station’s general manager