WPVI, mired in last place in the news ratings in the 1960s, changed its format, leading to four straight decades of TV ratings dominance in Philadelphia.
“Most local TV news marketing doesn’t drive viewership.” That’s a startling statement from Marv Danielski, who directs news promotion for Sinclair. But in this Market Share Executive Interview, he reveals what he has found does work in 30 years in the trenches.
The one place keeping millions of Americans informed to the rapid disruptions in their daily lives, right down to where they live, is local TV news. And local TV news marketers are reminding viewers of that fact with calm, measured, and reassuring messages.
WPVI Philadelphia doesn’t just broadcast the parade, it produces it in its entirety. More than 10,000 parade volunteers, marchers, dancers, singers and performers will participate in the parade this year. “We take enormous pride in presenting this wonderful parade to the city we love,” said Bernie Prazenica, WPVI’s general manager.
When Wendy Chioji died on October 7th, my Facebook feed was literally taken over by people who knew her and wanted to share their pictures and stories about her. Wendy was the news anchor and reporter at WESH, the Hearst NBC affiliate in Orlando, and that’s where our paths crossed. Family, friends, co-workers, other cancer survivors, people who climbed mountains with her and others who were inspired by her strength, her spirit and her composure, share their thoughts here about how Wendy made their lives brighter.
Kristie Gonzales was recruited by Tegna to be KVUE’s general manager, even though it was to be her first time in the corner office. “They took a chance on me and they believed in me and supported me during my first year,” she says.
In a new promo, four reporters talk about their dreams of working at WPVI’s Action News in Philadelphia, considered a legacy station for its near total dominance of the local news ratings for decades. “The DNA of the spot is that 6abc is a destination goal for many in the industry and it’s even more desirable if you grew up here,” said Mike Monsell, WPVI’s VP of Marketing.
WPVI will distribute 10,000 Kidde smoke alarms to local families in need. Since 1992, with the help of local fire companies, the station has distributed hundreds of thousands of smoke alarms to residents throughout the Philadelphia area.
When a local TV station invests millions to own and operate its own helicopter, it expects that chopper to be promoted as part of the station’s coverage brand. And so we’ll see examples of how local TV stations around the country have promoted their choppers over the years
Several local TV affiliates in Philadelphia are making sure that Eagles fans are getting as much double coverage of the game as they can handle. Special programming before and after the game, and live reports from New Orleans are just some of the coverage fans can enjoy.