Community Outreach

WDTN Continues 34-Year Fight Against Hunger

Since 1982, when WDTN, Media General’s NBC affiliate in Dayton, Ohio, first developed the Food for Friends campaign, more than 13 million food items have been collected and distributed to needy families in the region.

Hispanic TV Group Offers Scholarships, Paid Internships

ZGS Communications, an Hispanic-owned media company, announced the launch of a scholarship and paid internship project in partnership with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

KUSI Scoring With High School Sports Coverage

KUSI dedicated three hours recently during its morning newscast, Good Morning San Diego, to covering high school senior athletes announcing which college they’ll be attending, known as Signing Day.

KNBC Exposes Radioactive Waste Cover-Up

Thousands of kids who went to a popular camp in Los Angeles may have been exposed to radioactive waste and toxic chemicals, according to an investigation by KNBC, the NBC O&O there.

Kids and Agriculture ABC30 special focusing on agriculture education programs

Kids learn how food is grown! ABC30 (KFSN-TV) anchors Liz Harrison and Kevin Musso host “Children First: Kids and Agriculture,” Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 6:30PM. The Children First campaign is a year-long effort focusing on the challenges, problems and opportunities facing our youth in Central California.

WDSU Helps Raise $350,000 For Children’s Hospital

WDSU, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate in New Orleans, devoted four hours of live news coverage to the Jazz Half Marathon for the cancer program at Children’s Hospital there.

WREX Stages Bullying To Test Kids’ Reactions

WREX, the NBC affiliate in Rockford owned by Quincy Newspapers, recruited 15 students to sit in a room together. Two of the kids were actors, and the cameras rolled as one actor began bullying the other.

WRAL Documentary Examines NC’s Troubled Fishing Industry

WRAL, Capitol Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate in Raleigh, is airing an hour-long documentary, Net Effect, that tackles the complex issues.

Red Cross Sends Letter Thanking WYFF For Telethon

WYFF, the Hearst NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C., held an all-day telethon to raise funds to help victims of catastrophic flooding in the region.

Tegna Stations Unite To Make A Difference

When a broadcast group (TEGNA) is able to get all of its television stations to devote one day to helping their communities, it’s proof that local TV is making a positive difference in their markets.

WMAR Relentless In Coverage of Baltimore School Problems

WMAR, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Baltimore, started reporting about concerns with mold and air conditioning issues in Baltimore area schools. They set up a page on their website where concerned residents could go to follow the coverage. To date, there are 15 stories posted there.

WGN Chicago Airs Breast Cancer Special

WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, aired a half-hour special Stories of Hope: Facing Breast Cancer to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Cubs Win! WLS Post Game Coverage Wins!

Chicago ABC-owned station WLS rode the Chicago Cubs to a win after the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals to advance to the National League Championship Series for the first time in 12 years.

WYFF Raises Over $700,000 During Telethon

WYFF, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in  Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville, S.C., teamed up with the Red Cross of Upstate South Carolina to raise more than $700,000 in donations to help flood victims of the recent historic rains.

Fox Houston Viewers Come Together for Cancer Patient’s Wedding

Fox-owned Houston station KRIV showed local TV’s ability to bring a community together. After Nicole Moore, a cancer patient who had lost her hair, won a wig in a contest in April and the wig maker failed to deliver to the soon-to-be-bride, KRIV did a story on the man who stepped in to make sure she had a wig for her planned October wedding.

KNTV Exposé Recognized With National Emmy

KNTV’s Inside Sysco: Exposing North America’s Food Sheds, was honored with a national Emmy Award in the News & Documentary category.

KFOR Recognized With National Emmy

Tribune’s NBC affiliate KFOR Oklahoma City has been honored with the national Emmy award for its spot news coverage of the Moore tornado in May of 2013.

NBCU'S Dallas Studios Get Green

NBCUniversal’s state-of-the art broadcast and multimedia facility — The Studios at DFW — which is located in Fort Worth’s CentrePort Business Park and houses NBC- and Telemundo-owned KXAS and KXTX, has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver New Construction certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

WMAR Baltimore Launches Food Drive For Kids

It’s estimated that more than 500,000 people in the area that Maryland’s Food Bank serves are “food insecure,” lacking access to sufficient amounts of nutritious food, which is a nice way of saying hungry. WMAR-TV

WAVY Stocks Up Kids With School Supplies

Kids in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia started their school year off right thanks to WAVY and its partners, Farm Fresh Food and Entercom Radio’s 101.3 2WD.

WJXT Spends All Week Covering 450-Year-Old Story

America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Fla., is turning 450 years old, and Graham Media’s independent, WJXT, in Jacksonville is helping the city celebrate in style.

WDTN Gives Coats To Kids, 500,000 So Far

For 32 years, less fortunate children and adults in the Ohio Valley area around Dayton, Ohio, have been kept just a little warmer during the winter thanks to WDTN and its sponsors.

Community Remembers Slain Cameraman

Salem High School opened its doors to the community to commemorate the life of an alumnus, Adam Ward, the 27-year-old cameraman for a Roanoke television station who was slain on live TV.

KIRO Delivers Tears Of Joy To Struggling Firefighters

Thousands of firefighters are battling the largest wildfire in Washington State's history. So when a call went out to KIRO’s consumer reporter, Jesse Jones, asking for help, Jones responded.

20,000 Animals Tell NBC/Telemundo, ‘Thank You’

NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations’ pet adoption initiative, Clear the Shelter, found new homes for more than 20,000 animals.

ABC30 Special Focusing on Caring and Kindness

You don’t have to wear a cape to be a hero. Caring and giving to others makes you a superstar. ABC30 (KFSN-TV) anchors Margot Kim and Jason Oliveira host “Children First: Community Heroes,” the latest  half-hour program in The Children First campaign that also includes thirty-second public service announcements, and special stories on Action News.

WDAM: Hurricane Katrina’s Overlooked Story: Mississippi

There is another story about Hurricane Katrina that’s mostly overlooked: What Hurricane Katrina did to Mississippi.  “Our viewers here have since felt like they were left out and ignored when they needed just as much help,” says WDAM, an ABC/NBC affiliate owned by Raycom.

WTAE Helps Seniors, Kids Bundle Up For Winter

Thanks to WTAE, the Hearst-owned ABC affiliate, more than 250,000 new, warm winter coats were provided to needy children and seniors over the last 29 years by The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division. “WTAE is proud to use the power of broadcast television to serve our local communities through this partnership with the Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division,” says Charles Wolfertz III, WTAE’s general manager.

NBC/Telemundo Join For Pet Adoption Initiative

Clear the Shelters pairs up local NBC and Telemundo television stations across the country with more than 300 animal shelters to find new homes for sheltered pets.

WPVI Partners In Nation’s Largest Free Music Festival

WPVI, the ABC O&O in Philadelphia, is the official media partner for Musikfest, an 11-day concert event in Bethlehem, just an hour north of the city in the Lehigh Valley.

Connecticut Stations Compete in Charity Softball Tourney

Fox affiliate WTIC is claiming market dominance on the softball diamond after a charity tournament featuring Hartford’s CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox stations.

WBZ Partners With Largest Athletic Fundraiser In The Country

WBZ, the CBS O&O in Boston, is partnering with the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) to raise $45 million for patient care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

KOIN, Komen Partner To Fight Breast Cancer

Media General-owned CBS affiliate KOIN Portland, Ore. (DMA 23), announced a new partnership with Susan G. Komen of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Station Profile: KOIN-TV

WRAL Fights Hunger With Marketing Blitz

WRAL and Radio One Raleigh are hoping to change the North Carolina hunger problem by creating awareness about the issue and raising funds for community hunger relief.

Station Profile: WRAL-TV

A Powerful PSA From WJBF Augusta, GA

The concept is similar to a PSA from Australia, and tailored to make an inspired message about the dangers of texting and driving.

Station: WJBF-TV
Market: Augusta, GA-Aiken, SC

S.F. Hosts TV Antenna Giveaway

TV Freedom and Antennas Direct will give away "over 300" indoor DTV antennas, part of an effort to demonstrate that folks don't have to pay for cable to get a broadcast signal or programming diversity.

Market: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA

Derek Carr Joins ABC30

Raiders Quarterback will join ABC30 Sports Director Tommy Tran weekly as a special contributor for the upcoming football season. The segment will cover everything from Carr’s second professional season, other National Football League news, and his thoughts on the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Station Profiles: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

WNBC and WNJU Partner for Health Expo

WNBC, NBC’s O&O in New York is partnering and hosting with NBC-owned Telemundo affil WNJU  for the third annual NBC 4 New York & Telemundo 47 Health & Fitness Expo. The expo coincides with the New Jersey State Fair, which will also be happening on the grounds of the stadium.

Station Profiles: WNBC-TV, WNJU-TV
Market Profile: New York, NY

ABC TV Group Funds Youth Service Grants

Disney and its ABC Television Group will fund 125 youth service grants of $500 each as part of its Summer of Creativity program to support service projects in local communities.

Broadcast Group Profile: ABC Television

Local Reality Show? TV Stations Create Their Own Programming

It’s not unusual for TV stations to create their own programming. Mostly, these special programs are produced by the news department. Sometimes, it’s light-hearted, like a special in Jackson, Miss., that focused on unusual town names in the state. Many markets air investigative specials regularly.


Market Profiles: Seattle-Tacoma, WA | Los Angeles, CA | San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA | St. Louis, MO | Dayton, OH | Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA | Louisville, KY | Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC | Rockford, IL | Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA | Greenville-Spartanburg, SC-Asheville, NC-Anderson, SC

WPTV, Palm Beach Post Expose Police Shootings

Palm Beach, Fla., conjures up images of luxurious living, not local law enforcement shooting and sometimes killing unarmed citizens. But that’s what reporters from WPTV, the NBC affiliate there owned by Scripps, and The Palm Beach Post spent a year investigating in a series of special reports, Line of Fire. The results of their investigation began airing on WPTV’s 11 p.m. newscast on the first night of the May 2015 ratings period, earning the station a 5.0 household rating that night. The main story garnered 140,000 page views on, and was the most popular related Facebook post shared nearly 19,000 times.”

Station: WPTV-TV
Market: West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL

WFSB Goes All In For Race Against Breast Cancer

WFSB, Meredith’s CBS affiliate in the market, is the exclusive television partner for the annual Race for the Cure. Although this is the 22nd annual race in Hartford, it's the first time WFSB has been the TV partner. “When they asked us to partner with them,” says Anthony Meliso, WFSB’s director of operations and community outreach, “they said Connecticut has the highest incidence of breast cancer in the United States. That got my attention.”

Station: WFSB-TV
Market: Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)

WSCV Celebrates Anniversary With Telethon

WSCV Miami, Telemundo 51, went on the air in 1985, and recently celebrated this milestone with a telethon for Liga Contra el Cancer that raised $4.1 million. It’s the 17th time the station has held a telethon for Liga Contra el Cancer and the total raised has grown to more $60 million. Liga Contra el Cancer provides all types of medical screenings and treatments, totally free of charge to cancer patients in South Florida who lack the funds or the insurance for these critical live saving services.

Station: WSCV-TV
Market: Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hearst to Focus on Hiring Veterans

Hearst Television has named former WCVB director of engineering Dave Kaylor director of veteran recruiting for Hearst Television. Starting July 1, Kaylor will help Hearsts’s vp of Human Resources recruit military veterans for open positions throughout the station group.

Broadcast Group Profile: Hearst Television

WISH COME TRUE: 97-year-old Woman Meets President Obama, Vice President Biden at White House

Vivian Bailey, a 97-year-old volunteer at Howard County’s Running Brook Elementary School in Columbia, Maryland, was featured on FOX 5 after taking the first field trip of her lifetime to the U.S. Capitol. Somebody at the White House saw our first story and decided to offer  an invitation to Bailey to visit the White House, where she met President Obama and Vice President Biden.

Station Profile: WTTG-TV
Market Profile: Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD)

Sinclair, iHeartmedia Join In UNCF Fundraiser

Sinclair will air UNCF An Evening of Stars in all of its 78 television markets, reaching almost 40% of the country, beginning on June 6, 2015. In addition, in each of Sinclair’s news markets where there is a historically black college or university (HBCU), Sinclair will produce a news feature on that school leading up to the show. iHeartMedia will begin promoting Sinclair’s broadcast of the UNCF television show on 156 of its radio stations in Sinclair’s markets starting the week of June 1, 2015.

Broadcast Group Profile: Sinclair Broadcast Group

All Hands On Deck For Flood At Houston’s KPRC

When disasters or catastrophes happen, manmade or natural, local TV news operations serve their markets the best.

Station Profile: KPRC-TV
Market Profile: Houston, TX

WHEC Airs Powerful Hour-long Special Advocating Choice In Education

Leadership takes courage, and when WHEC decided to air an hour-long special advocating Rochester parents be given vouchers to pull their children out of failing schools so they can be sent to private schools, they knew they were going to face anger. The special ran as an extension of the station’s long-time franchise New York State Exposed.

Station Profile: WHEC-TV
Market Profile: Rochester, NY

Local Cemetery Needs Boost

It's one of Dayton's oldest cemeteries honoring those who fought in wars dating all the way back to the American Revolution, and right now many of the grave sites are overgrown and in desperate need of some TLC. Local veteran Fred Lynch hopes those who see this story will come and  pitch in and help clean up this cemetery in time for Memorial Day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice letting everyone know heroes still live here.

Market Profile: Dayton, OH

During Baltimore’s Painful Week, Local TV Reporters Shine

“I never think about which TV networks or anchors I trust to break news to me in times of crisis, until I’ve been parked in front of the television for hours, scared to move or to break eye contact with the screen. I don’t realize it’s the anchor’s soothing voice or the on-the-ground reporter’s empathetic interviewing style that’s tethering me to their coverage, until I feel my heart rate steadying. So it didn’t immediately occur to me that I was favoring local news networks, rather than cable ones, in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death and Baltimore’s ongoing response to it. But since Monday, when the city’s unrest reached a boiling point, Baltimore’s WJZ and WBAL have been the only networks I’ve trusted.”

Station Profiles: WBAL-TV | WJZ-TV
Market Profile: Baltimore, MD

Scripps Stations Team Up to Help Senior Center Lost in Baltimore Riot

Pastor Donte Hickman was on Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR, talking about the fire that destroyed the future senior housing center he and his church had been working on for the last eight years. WMAR, along with Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV teamed up to connect Hickman with Dr. Michael J. Bluitt, who runs one of the biggest church architecture firms in the United States.

Station Profiles: WMAR-TV | WRTV-TV
Markets: Baltimore, MD | Indianapolis, IN

Bounce TV Announces 17-City Comedy Tour

The Bounce TV diginet targeted to African American audiences today announced a 17-city comedy tour called Off The Chain Live! that which is based on the network’s stand-up comedy series Off The Chain.

Network: Bounce TV

Justice Network Now Distributed in 40% of U.S. TV Homes, Including All Gannett Markets

Earlier this month, a viewer called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a girl featured on the fledgling multicast network. That girl, who disappeared in 2013, was later safely found and returned to her family. Justice Network is now distributed in 40% of U.S. TV homes, including in all Gannett markets.

Broadcast Group Profile: Gannett Broadcasting

Empire State Building Lights Up for New York Telemundo Station

The Empire State Building will shine red in honor of WNJU‘s 50 year anniversary. In 1965, the Telemundo-owned New York market station was the first to bring Spanish language programming to the New York market.

Station Profiles: WNJU-TV
Market: New York, NY

ABC30 Special Focuses on Early Years of Child Development

Action News anchors Graciela Moreno and Dale Yurong host “Children First: The Early Years,” Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 6:30PM. The Children First campaign is a year-long effort focusing on the challenges, problems and opportunities facing our youth in Central California.

Station Profiles: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

Milwaukee CBS Affiliate Scores Big With NCAA Final

Milwaukee’s WDJT had the best ratings for a local metered market station for the 2015 NCAA Tournament Championship Game.

Station Profile: WDJT-TV
Market: Milwaukee, WI

Univision Feria Prosperidad (Prosperity Fair) Financial Wellness Event

Univision Los Angeles held its Feria Prosperidad (Prosperity Fair), a financial wellness event that is part of Univision Contigo’s Hispanic Entrepreneurship Campaign, hosted in collaboration with the University of Southern California (USC).

Feria Prosperidad informed close to 9,000 local aspiring entrepreneurs and families by offering 30 workshops throughout the day on topics, such as small business financing, college financing and scholarship programs, as well as veterans transition resources and immigration consultant fraud.

Station Profiles: KMEX-TV | KFTR-TV
Market: Los Angeles, CA

Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities

KYW and WPSG for the sixth year in a row conducted the Ronald McDonald House Charities Phone Bank, a 14-hour on-air fundraiser that aired live across both television stations. The phone bank brought in $1,176,590, its largest total to date, taking the total of funds raised for the charity to more than $5.1 million since the first phone bank began in 2010.

Station Profiles: KYW-TV | WPSG-TV
Market: Philadelphia, PA

Topeka Jazz Workshop Concert Series

WIBW is completing a yearlong campaign in which the station promoted the Topeka Jazz Workshop concert series. The station created and aired promotions designed to help bolster public awareness of the monthly event of the longest continuously running jazz concert series in the nation. TJW Inc. has been the prime factor in keeping jazz alive and well in Topeka and northeast Kansas.

Station Profiles: WIBW-TV
Market: Topeka, KS

Local Children’s Show & School Visit

WOWT produces Aunt Molly and Friends, a weekly show for children. The station also visited a local school to teach children about weather as part of its Wicked Weather Road Show.

Station Profiles: WOWT-TV
Market: Omaha, NE

WTHR Partners With Indianapolis For Signature Event

WTHR, the NBC affiliate owned by Dispatch Broadcast Group, and Downtown Indianapolis announced a new, exclusive, multi-year broadcast television partnership for Central Indiana’s most beloved holiday tradition, Circle of Lights.

Station Profile: WTHR-TV
Market: Indianapolis, IN

Dangerous Roads: KHOU February Sweeps

Statistics and data tell stories, in the right hands. Dangerous roads and intersections. Dirtiest, and cleanest, restaurants. Safest, and un-safest, neighborhoods. These stories all start with information readily available within city government. This is exactly the kind of story that only local TV news can tell. And should tell. Here is an example from KHOU, the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate in Houston.

Station Profile: KHOU-TV
Market: Houston, TX

Clark County Inmates to Get Life-Changing Television

The Clark County Jail Chaplaincy is creating a new broadcast to be aired exclusively inside the jail in what creators call life-changing television. The broadcast will be called POD TV. About 50 volunteers are helping create local programming for things like drug and alcohol prevention, ministry, and employment opportunities.

Station Profile: WDTN-TV
Market: Dayton, OH

‘I Want to Pull My Gun,’ KHOU Gives Activist New Perspective

Sometimes a TV station does something that transcends the search for better ratings, tells a story that has impact, can maybe, possibly, somehow, start a real conversation about a real problem. KHOU did just that.  The Houston CBS affiliate asked a man who often leads protests against police and police-related shootings if he wanted to walk in an officer’s shoes, to see what they see.

Station Profile: KHOU-TV
Market: Houston, TX

High Schoolers Discover Love for Local TV Weather

When Eastern Connecticut schools closed for a few days because of the recent storm, some of the school kids wanted more. A student at Fitch High School in Groton, Ct. didn’t turn to some fancy internet to see if she could extend her snow vacation, she turned to WTIC meteorologist Dan Amarante.

Station Profile: WTIC-TV
Market: Hartford and New Haven, CT

WGN Chicago Celebrates Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate WGN Chicago (DMA 3) will air special news segments on WGN News at Nine, WGN Midday News and People to People celebrating Black History Month.

Station Profile: WGN-TV
Market: Chicago, IL

Gannett Begins Reporting Project on Police and Trust

Gannett stations on Wednesday unveiled a reporting project focused on community trust and local police–an effort that grew out of conversations between Gannett news directors who wanted to explore solutions in the aftermath of Ferguson.

Broadcast Group Profile: Gannett

WRAL's Gravley Named N.C. Sportscaster Of Year

Jeff Gravley, sports anchor of WRAL Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (DMA 25), has been named North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Station Profile: WRAL-TV
Markets: Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC

Raycom Media Stations Raise $218,000 For Mississippi Tornado Relief

Thanks to the incredible generosity and spirit of the viewers and communities across Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee, four Raycom Media television stations worked with their local communities and the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation to raise $218,000 for tornado victims with a special one-day fundraiser called "Mississippi Tornado Relief: Hope, Help & Healing" on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Station Profiles: WDAM-TV | WLBT-TV | WLOX-TV | WMC-TV
Markets: Hattiesburg-Laurel, MS | Jackson, MS | Biloxi-Gulfport, MS | Memphis, TN

KNTV’s People Stories Make Bay Area Proud

Garvin Thomas is a reporter, photographer, editor and sometimes fill-in anchor at NBC-owned KNTV San Francisco. His Bay Area Proud franchise profiles people, groups and companies making the Bay Area, and the world, a better place to live.

Station Profile: KNTV-TV
Market: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA

All AZ TV Stations To Simulcast Heroin Report

In a highly unusual collaboration, every TV station and most radio outlets across Arizona will simultaneously air a 30-minute, commercial-free investigative report produced by Arizona State University student journalists on the growing perils of heroin and opioid use.

TV stations committed to the simulcast include: Phoenix | Tucson | Yuma

WVUE Reveals Oil Money To Governors’ Descendants

Dirty Deeds, an investigation going back several years, WVUE, the Fox affiliate in New Orleans that’s owned by the Louisiana Media Co., shows how former state governors Huey Long, O.K. Allen and James Noe set up a company, Win or Lose, to collect oil royalties from more than 500,000 acres of land leased off the coast of south central Louisiana.

Station Profile: WVUE

Market Profile: New Orleans, LA

KELOLAND TV Invites Broadcast Television Or Digital Media Students To Apply For Media General’s Minority Scholarship And Training

KELOLAND TV announced that Media General, Inc. (“Media General”; NYSE:MEG), one of the nation’s largest multimedia companies, is now accepting applications for its Minority Scholarship and Training Program until January 30, 2015.

Station Profile: KELO-TV

Market Profile: Sioux Falls (Mitchell), SD

Orlando City Announces FOX 35 as Local Broadcast Partner

Orlando City Soccer Club and WOFL-TV FOX 35 / WRBW MY65 announced a multi-year partnership whereby FOX 35 and its family of networks  will serve as the exclusive English-language local broadcast home for the Lions. The agreement provides FOX 35 / WRBW MY65 with telecast rights to all Orlando City regular season and playoff matches not aired by MLS' national television partners. 

Station Profile: WOFL-TV | WRBW-TV

Market Profile:  Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL

KNTV Investigation Helps Change California Law

A joint investigation into day care centers by KNTV, the NBC O&O in San Francisco, and The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has changed the way parents access information about day cares in California.

Station Profile: KNTV-TV

Market Profile: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA

Bounce TV Airing Martin Luther King III PSA

The PSA was produced by Bounce TV in the wake of recent protests around the country following court decisions in Ferguson, Mo., and New York. King III is a founder and board member of Bounce TV, the  over-the-air broadcast television network designed for African-American audiences.

Network: Bounce TV

WPIX In New York Sports Partnership

Tribune’s New York CW affiliate has formed a sports marketing partnership with Barclays Center, Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders. The station will establish a Brooklyn Studio in Barclays Center.

Station Profile: WPIX-TV
Market: New York, NY

WISH Morning Team Hits The Road Looking For Toys

When the morning news is done at WISH Indianapolis these days, the on-air talent hits the road. But they don’t go home. Instead, they drive around the city collecting toys donated by businesses or organizations for those in need.
Station Profile:  WISH-TV
Market: Indianapolis, IN

Social Media Rescues Snow-Bound Stations

Social media has proved an invaluable tool to Buffalo, N.Y., TV news operations throughout the week-long ordeal that started last Tuesday when early-season storms dumped seven feet of snow in some areas. As the snow piled up, the stations went wall-to-wall with their coverage, but were short-staffed and sometimes unable to put ENG vehicles on snow-clogged streets. Reports from viewers started pouring in as soon as the storm hit, providing a bounty of user-generated content.

A reporter and photographer from Scripps’ WXYZ Detroit have been working at WKWB since last week (a crew from WEWS Cleveland has gone home). Journalists from LIN’s WTNH New Haven, Conn., and WKBN Youngstown, Ohio, arrived at WIVB Friday, and are still there. Staffers from Gannett’s KHOU Houston and WVEC Norfolk, Va., are helping WGRZ.

Markets: Houston, TX | Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH | Buffalo, NY | Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA | Detroit, MI

30,000 Expected in Downtown Visalia

ABC30 Highlights Candy Cane Lane Parade. KFSN-TV ABC30 is a proud sponsor of the one-hour special, “The 69th Annual Candy Cane Lane Parade,” Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. and Christmas Day at 5 p.m. The entire parade will be available on-line at, after the special airs on December 13.

Station Profile: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

Texas Stations Hold Gubernatorial Debate September 19

Sinclair-owned CBS affiliate KGBT-TV Harlingen, Texas and Sunbelt Communications' Telemundo affiliate KTLM-TV McAllen, Texas, partnered with The Monitor to host the first gubernatorial debate for candidates Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis. The hour-long debate broadcast live on Sinclair stations across the state, including NBC affiliate WOAI-TV San Antonio, FOX affiliate KABB-TV San Antonio, CBS affiliate KEYE-TV Austin, CBS affiliate KFDM-TV Beaumont, ABC affiliate KVII-TV Amarillo and FOX affiliate KFOX-TV El Paso.

Station Profiles:  KABB-TV  | KFDM-TV | KFOX-TV | KGBT-TV | KVII-TV | WOAI-TV
Markets:  San Antonio, TX | Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX | El Paso, TX | Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, TX | Amarillo, TX | San Antonio, TX

Rhode Island Gubernatorial Candidates Meet in WPRI-TV Debate

LIN Media's CBS affiliate WPRI-TV Providence hosted Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates Republican Allan Fung, Democrat Gina Raimondo and independent candidate Robert Healey on Oct. 21. The hour-long event covered health care, tax reform and voter identification, among other issues.

Station Profile: WPRI-TV
Market: Providence, RI-New Bedford, MA

WECT-TV North Carolina Airs Debate in Race for U.S. Senate

Raycom Media's NBC affiliate WECT-TV Wilmington, N.C., televised a debate on Oct. 7 between incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis. ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos moderated the discussion, which covered topics including U.S. foreign policy, the Ebola outbreak, the Common Core academic standards, and gay marriage.

Station Profile: WECT-TV
Market: Wilmington, NC

KTUU-TV Airs Debate for Alaska’s U.S. Senate Seat

Schurz Communications' NBC affiliate KTUU-TV Anchorage hosted U.S. Senator Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan on Oct. 29. Sullivan and Begich debated again the next night, Oct. 30, on Alaska Public Telecommunications' KSKA-FM and PBS affiliate KAKM Anchorage.

Station Profile: KTUU-TV
Market: Anchorage, AK

KNTV-TV Hosts Debate for Competitive House Race KTUU-TV Airs Debate for Alaska’s U.S. Senate Seat

NBC owned-and-operated KNTV-TV San Jose, Calif., hosted a debate on Oct. 17 between incumbent U.S. Representative Mike Honda and Democrat Ro Khanna. Honda and Khanna ran in California's 17th Congressional District.

Station Profile: KNTV-TV
Market: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA

KCCI-TV Airs and Streams Live Debates

Hearst Television's CBS affiliate KCCI-TV Des Moines, Iowa, hosted and streamed a live debate on Sept. 28 for candidates running for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat, Republican Joni Ernst and U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley. On Oct. 6, KCCI-TV hosted a debate between Staci Appel and David Young, who both ran for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Station Profile: KCCI-TV
Market: Des Moines-Ames, IA

Debates on Iowa TV Stations Feature High Profile Candidates

Media General's NBC affiliate KWQC-TV Davenport, Iowa aired and streamed three debates: on Sept. 20, incumbent Governor Terry Branstad faced Jack Hatch; on Oct. 11, candidates in the race to represent the state's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives Dave Loebsack and Mariannette Miller-Meeks debated; and on Oct. 11, Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst's debate on KWQC-TV took on national importance, as the outcome of the election affected control of the U.S. Senate.

Nexstar Broadcasting Group aired a debate on Oct. 16 between Braley and Ernst on its ABC affiliate KCAU-TV Sioux City, Iowa and its ABC affiliate WOI-TV Des Moines, Iowa. Nexstar later replayed the debate on its CBS affiliate, WHBF-TV Rock Island, Ill.

Station Profiles: KCAU-TV | KWQC-TV | WHBF-TV | WOI-TV
Markets: Sioux City, IA | Davenport, IA-Rock Island-Moline, IL | Des Moines-Ames, IA

Telemundo Hosts Spanish-Language Gubernatorial Debates in Several States

Telemundo hosted a series of Spanish-language debates in September and October leading up to gubernatorial elections in several states. "We believe it is fundamentally important for our Spanish-language viewers and the Hispanic communities we serve across the country to be actively involved in the discussions that are taking place this election season," said Telemundo Station Group President Manuel Martinez

Market:  Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, TX | San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA | Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, TX | Los Angeles, CA |  Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX | Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN | Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL |

CBS Television Commits Air Time for Political Debates

CBS Television owned-and-operated stations produced and aired debates across the country.

Markets: Denver, CO |  Dallas, TX |  Philadelphia, PA | Baltimore, MD | Chicago, IL | Boston, MA (Manchester, NH) | Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN | Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

Gannett's Election Coverage Spans Broadcast, Online Platforms

Gannett Broadcasting sponsored, hosted and aired 50 political debates nationwide, in addition to producing special news programs during the 2014 election season.

Station Profiles: KARE-TV | KUSA-TV | WFAA-TV | WKYC-TV | WMAZ-TV | WWL-TV
Markets: Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN |  Denver, CO | Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX | Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH | Macon, GA | New Orleans, LA

Univision Celebrates Get-Out-the-Vote Initiative

Univision owned-and-operated KXLN-TV Houston celebrated National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 23 as part of Univision Contigo. Univision Contigo's voter registration initiative helped register more than 60,000 voters nationwide this election season.

Station Profile: KXLN-TV
Market: Houston, TX

KGW Continues 30-Year Toy Drive Tradition

This is the 30th year that KGW, (the station is co-owned by Sander Media and the Statesman Journal newspaper and operated through a shared services agreement by Gannett), has organized the annual event. KGW’s partners this year include Regence, Wells Fargo and local Toyota Dealers, which also act as drop-off locations. KGW uses volunteers from more than 130 nonprofit organizations to distribute the toys.

Station Profile: KGW-TV
Market: Portland, OR

Comedy Is KING In Seattle

The Seattle-based sketch comedy show The [206] delivered a 4.0 ratings among adults 25-54 for its third season premiere last month. The [206], named after Seattle’s area code, is a half-hour, locally–produced comedy show that airs after Saturday Night Live on KING, Gannett’s NBC affiliate.

Station Profile: KING-TV
Market: Seattle-Tacoma, WA

Classroom to Careers

ABC30 airs special on Career Technical Education. ABC30 airs a half-hour special on programs helping high school students go from the classroom to a career. Action News anchors Liz Harrison and Warren Armstrong host “Children First: Career Technical Education.”

Station Profile: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

Local TV News Political Spoof Ads

“Every election cycle we’ve done the 'Political Ad Breaks.' With Iowa being a so hotly contested state, especially in this most recent race, we look at it as an effort to provide some relief for the viewers.” – Chris Hussey, Marketing Director, KWWL.

Station Profile: KUSA-TV | KWWL-TV

Market Profile: Denver, CO | Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Iowa City and Dubuque, IA

KNWA Anchor Breaks Silence About Domestic Abuse

Neile Jones, news anchor at Nexstar’s NBC affiliate KNWA  Fayetteville, Ark., kept a secret from the community. She was a victim of domestic violence. Jones, her parents and sister, explain what Jones experienced in a special segment of the station’s weekly series about domestic violence, Hope for Peace.

Station Profile: KNWA-TV
Market: Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR

WBDT’s Teen Reality Show Premieres With Impressive Ratings

“The premiere generated one of the highest ratings on Dayton’s CW during that time period in the last two years,” says Joe Abouzeid, WBDT general manager. The Valley garnered a 1.8 household rating, a 260% increase from the previous syndicated program airing in that time slot. Multiscreen household ratings were a 2.9 when including viewers who watched The Valley both on-air and streaming online.

Station Profile: WBDT-TV
Market: Dayton, OH

Kind and Compassionate Kids

ABC30 airs half-hour special on children who volunteer acts of kindness. Service to others can also help kids make a difference on campus or in the community. In this half-hour special meet students who volunteer to help children with special needs.

Station Profile: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

Univision's KXLN-TV Encourages Dreaming Through Reading

Univision's KXLN-TV Houston partnered with the Houston Public Library to promote its summer reading program. The program encourages school children to read during their summer vacation, use the library as a place called, "Your Space to Dream," and develop the habit of reading. Children are rewarded for reading a certain amount of books. The program also provides an opportunity for families to spend time together.

Station Profiles: KXLN-TV
Market: Houston, TX

TV Stations Investigate Helmet Safety at Local Middle Schools and High Schools

Television stations across the country have been investigating students' football helmet safety after growing concerns that the sport could cause head injuries. Learn more about the stations' reporting, investigations and results, including an interactive map that shows the manufacturers and models of more than 12,000 helmets used by middle school and high school football players.

Station Profiles: WDIV-TV  | WISH-TV | WTHR-TV
Markets: Detroit, MI | Indianapolis, IN

25 Years Of ‘Louisiana Made, Louisiana Proud’ At WWL

WWL, Gannett’s CBS affiliate in New Orleans, is uniquely qualified to sustain a 25-year non-traditional sales campaign called Louisiana Made, Louisiana Proud that has generated millions of dollars for the station. It’s a legacy station, enjoying news ratings dominance in every time period over decades and through generations. WWL has won many major awards for excellent news coverage

Station Profile: WWL-TV
Market: New Orleans, LA

Honolulu Stations in Hurricane Mode as Twin Storms Approach Hawaii

Stations in Hawaii are in extended coverage mode, with islands preparing for a pair of storms believed to be the worst to hit Hawaii in 22 years.  Honolulu MyNetworkTV affiliate KFVE continued their morning shows into rolling coverage, which can be watching via streaming. “Hawaii News Now,” seen on both NBC affiliate KHNL and CBS affiliate KGMB, is streaming its wall-to-wall coverage. Fox station KHON devoted its entire homepage to hurricane news and preparations. ABC station KITV has a live blog on its Pacific Hurricane Tracker page.

Station Profiles: KFVE-TV, KGMB-TV, KHNL-TV, KITV-TV
Market: Honolulu, HI

Viewers Use New App To Track Weather

The StormPins weather crowdsourcing app turns viewers into “junior meteorologists” by letting them mark, or “pin,” severe weather, as well as the damage it leaves behind, with photos and video on neighborhood maps so other folks know what’s heading their way. Emily Barr, CEO of the station’s owner Graham Media, is such a big believer in StormPins that the company invested in the app. “It really allows local television stations to build a kind of sense of community and reinforce the idea that viewers get to contribute.”

Broadcast Group Profile: Graham Media Group
Markets: Multi

WPVI Philadelphia Sponsors Nation’s Largest Free Music Fest

It’s a major musical event. Bigger than Woodstock, more than a million people attend every year. Spread out over 10 days, it’s free and open to the public. Well-known acts like the Moody Blues, Steely Dan, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, the Avett Brothers and others will give more than 500 performances on 14 different indoor and outdoor stages. And for 10 years in a row, WPVI, the ABC-owned station in Philadelphia is the media sponsor.

Station Profile: WPVI-TV
Market: Philadelphia, PA

WGN Airs Live From Baseball Hall Of Fame

Chicago baseball fans for both the Cubs and White Sox can take a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York thanks to a half-hour special airing live on WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate.

Station Profile: WGN-TV
Market: Chicago, IL

WAVY-TV Getting Ready For School

WAVY, the LIN-owned NBC affiliate in Portsmouth, Va., is kicking off Operation School Supplies. School supplies are collected and donated to children in need throughout 24 school districts. With school starting in some places as early as August 1, residents are being encouraged to drop off school supplies at designated locations throughout the area.

Station Profile: WAVY-TV
Market: Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA

WSET-TV: Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Virginia Association of Broadcasters Launch ‘Feeding Virginia’

Feeding Virginia is a year-long hunger awareness campaign benefitting all seven regional food banks across the Commonwealth by raising funds and increasing donations of food. The campaign will begin July 1 and will be supported by more than 150 local radio and television stations across Virginia, in collaboration with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. This is a first-of-its-kind partnership between a state’s First Family and all members of a state broadcast association.

Station Profile: WSET-TV
Market: Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA

Local School District Advertises to Attract Students

Local school districts are already airing television ads, hoping to get parents' attention. “It's a great avenue to get the word out on what's happening,” said Tim Wilson, superintendent of the Carrollton school district.

Station Profile: WNEM-TV
Market: Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI

WESH Examines Hurricane Forecasting in Special

The station will offer a special to prepare for hurricane season, which officially begins June 1. The special is called "Hurricane 2014: A WESH 2 First Alert Weather Survival Guide." WESH meteorologists Jason Brewer, Amy Sweezey and Eric Burris will help explain how the weather technology has changed.

Station Profile: WESH-TV
Market: Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL

Seinfeld Takes Over New York Train in Marketing Ploy

To promote Seinfeld’s return to an 11 p.m. time slot, WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York, along with Sony Pictures Television and CBS Outdoor, orchestrated the first-ever total train takeover in the history of the Metropolitan Transportation Association (MTA).  The promotion coincides with the first Mets-Yankees Subway Series of the season. Fans heading out on the Seinfeld train to the Mets’ home park, Citi Field, will be reminded that they can watch Seinfeld at 11 on WPIX11.

Station Profile: WPIX-TV
Market: New York, NY

Stations Expand Scope Of Tornado Warnings

TV stations in the path of recent deadly tornados in the plains and the South used a variety of media — not just their broadcast signal — to warn the public of the impending danger. Social media like Facebook and Twitter, station websites and even robotic telephone calls to registered viewers supplemented the traditional on-air, real-time forecasting and reporting.

Station Profiles: KARK-TV | KATV-TV | KOAM-TV
Market: Little Rock-Pine Bluff, AR | Joplin, MO-Pittsburg, KS

WRC Promotes Year-Long Mental Health Effort

 One station is focusing an entire year on the Mental Health subject — WRC, the NBC-owned outlet in Washington, D.C. Changing Minds is a year-long, multi-platform campaign focusing on the issues of mental health.

Station Profile: WRC-TV
Market: Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD)

Black-Oriented TV News: Has Its Time Come?

While its past success rate is poor and its viability is uncertain, television news targeted to African-American viewers is an idea that’s being tried — both locally and nationally — once again. WBTV Charlotte, N.C., is producing three hours a day of news that airs on its Bounce network subchannel. Other diginets, including Soul of the South and the Black Television News Channel are also working on daily national newscasts.

Station Profile:  WBTV-TV
Market: Charlotte, N.C.

WTVA Tupelo Evacuated On Live TV

The Tupelo, Miss., NBC affiliate was evacuated as an apparent tornado bore down on the city and the tense seconds leading up to the evacuation were broadcast out to the station's viewers.

Station Profiles:  WTVA-TV | KLTV-TV
Markets: Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, MS | Tyler-Longview, TX

WRC Launches News Service For 1,000+ Taxis

The Washington NBC-owned station’s new feature with Taxi TV delivers passengers news, weather and entertainment updates as well as an interactive ticker.

Station Profile: WRC-TV
Market: Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD)

Boston’s WCVB Promo Puts Face on Bombing Anniversary

One year later, on Tuesday, April 15, WCVB, Boston’s ABC affiliate, will televise the commemorative events surrounding the anniversary in day-long, special coverage called, Boston Strong: One Year Later.

Station Profile: WCVB-TV
Market: Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)

Town Meetings Good for WGAL’s News and Image

Got a beef? WGAL wants to hear from you. The NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pa., has been bringing people together and listening to their concerns about things going on in their community for the past decade.

Station Profile: WGAL-TV
Market: Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA

NewsCenter 5 Honored With 7 National Headliner Awards

WCVB-TV Channel 5 has won seven National Headliner Awards, winning top marks, including two first-place finishes, in more categories than any other local television broadcaster in the country.

Station Profile: WCVB-TV
Market: Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)

Creativity Counts: ABC30 Special On The Importance Of Arts Education

Music, art, dance, theatre, video production! Exposing kids to the arts can pay off. ABC30 will air a half-hour special on why it’s important to give all children a creative outlet. Action News AM Live anchors Jason Oliveira and Margot Kim host “Children First: Kids and the Arts,” Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 6:30PM.

Station Profile: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

Viewers Help WBIR Do The Right Thing

When Gannett's NBC affliate in Knoxville must make a tough ethical call or simply decide what's appropriate, it uses Facebook to see what its viewers think. “Instead of us all pretending we know what the viewers are thinking, we should ask them,” says News Director Christy Moreno.

Station Profile: WBIR-TV
Market: Knoxville, TN

The Broadway Channel Expands Into Local New York Broadcasting

The Tribune Broadcasting station will team with the Broadway Channel to produce a quarterly series of 30-minute primetime specials, “Broadway Profiles,” with the first of them airing on PIX11 in May ahead of the Tony Awards. They’ll also co-produce a weekly seg covering Main Stem news and events, “What’s Hot on Broadway,” for PIX11 News.

Station Profile: WPIX-TV
Market: New York, NY

Join ABC30 To Help Fight Illiteracy In Tulare County!

The illiteracy rate in Tulare County is close to 32%.  Disney, ABC Television, First Book and ABC30 are teaming up to donate 10,000 books to Read for Life.  The Tulare County organization helps put books into the hands of children in need. ABC30 will broadcast live from College of the Sequoias during the “Be Inspired Children’s Book Drive.”

Station Profile: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

WYFF-TV Raises $172,000 to Help South Carolinians

Hearst-owned NBC affiliate WYFF-TV Greenville, S.C., raised more than $172,000 in donations for two local charities during the holiday season. WYFF-TV partnered with The Greenville News for the Holiday Sunshine Fund. The station provided daily newscast mentions, a call-in effort and news stories to highlight the fundraiser. The effort collected $82,000 to help families with their heating bills, shelter and food this winter. WYFF-TV also partnered with the local Children’s Hospital for the Virtual Toy Drive. The effort raised $90,000 in donations to purchase toys for children in the hospital.

Station Profile: WYFF-TV
Market: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC-Asheville, NC-Anderson,SC

KING-TV Collects 4.5 Million Meals During a Recent Food Drive

Gannett-owned NBC affiliate KING-TV Seattle held the 13th annual Home Team Harvest food drive to collect meals for those in need in the Western Washington community. The 2013 drive collected a record 4.5 million meals, which have been donated to hundreds of food banks and meal programs in Washington state. "We are so appreciative of KING 5 viewers who donated to Home Team Harvest," said Shelly Rotondo, CEO of Northwest Harvest, a local food pantry. "The need for food is high, but so is the generosity of people here."

Station Profile: KING-TV
Market: Seattle-Tacoma, WA

KVOA-TV Collects 13,000 Toys for Tucson Kids

Cordillera Communications’ NBC affiliate KVOA-TV Tucson partnered with local advertisers for the fifth annual Kristi’s Kids Season 4 Hope campaign to collect a variety of items for area children. The event collected more than 13,000 toys, 12,000 pounds of food and enough clothing for 5,000 people. All the donations were distributed to families in Southern Arizona.

Station Profile: KVOA-TV
Market: Tucson (Sierra Vista), AZ

WRC-TV Brings 85,000+ Attendees to Health and Fitness Expo

NBC-owned WRC-TV Washington hosted the 22nd annual NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo in early January. The largest attended consumer wellness exposition in the country brought more than 85,000 attendees to the Washington Convention Center to learn new ways to get in shape, eat healthy and maintain an active lifestyle. WRC-TV staff were on hand to promote the event and participate in demonstrations.

Station Profile: WRC-TV
Market: Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD)

KUVN-TV and Univision Radio Help to Save 465 Lives in Dallas

Univision KUVN-TV Dallas and Univision Radio Dallas/Fort Worth partnered with Carter BloodCare to educate and encourage people to become blood donors. The stations used PSAs, news stories and social media to drive participation during a three-day blood drive in Mesquite, Tex.

Station Profile: KUVN-TV
Market: Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX

KAZT-TV Supports Efforts to End Domestic Violence in Phoenix

Independently-owned KAZT-TV Phoenix recently became the 2014 media partner for the Sojourner Center, the largest women's domestic violence shelter in Arizona.

Station Profile: KAZT-TV
Market: Phoenix, AZ

WYFF Set To Celebrate 60 Years On The Air

Every TV station has a legacy of people, characters, shows, programs and events that has meaning to the people who live in that market. At the Dallas CBS O&O, a new promo campaign reminds people that KTVT has a story to tell about its history and contribution.

Station Profile: WYFF-TV
Market: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC-Asheville, NC-Anderson,SC

KTVT Takes Pride In Its History, Tradition

Every TV station has a legacy of people, characters, shows, programs and events that has meaning to the people who live in that market. At the Dallas CBS O&O, a new promo campaign reminds people that KTVT has a story to tell about its history and contribution.

Station Profile: KTVT-TV
Market: Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX

WPVI Grateful For Philly’s Turkey Day Parade

The ABC O&O stepped in when the annual event was about to be canceled in 1986 and has been sponsoring, producing and airing it ever since. With over a half a million viewers last year, it’s a great example of how a station can maximize its community involvement.

Station Profile: WPVI-TV
Market: Philadelphia, PA

KXAS Donates Historical Film Library To University

NBC O&O KXAS donated three decades of historical news film to The University of North Texas Libraries, Denton, Texas. Thousands of donated film reels from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s offer a moving picture history of newsworthy events to North Texas audiences through the years.

Station Profile: KXAS-TV
Market: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

ABC30 Salutes Terrific Teachers!

Devotes Half-hour Special to Central Valley Educators

The program focuses on how the average person can make a difference in a child’s life and highlights local organizations that work with kids. The Children First campaign includes half-hour programs like “Terrific Teachers”, 30-second vignettes, public service announcements and special stories on Action News.  See Children First specials at

Station Profile: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

Stranger Makes a Single Mom's Day with a Free Meal

A single mother wrote to ABC11 to share a story of what happened to her family at a Pizza Hut in Durham. With all the hardship life can bring you, this story shows that good things can happen to you just as easily!

Station Profile: WTVD-TV
Market: Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC

Columbus Stations ‘Unite to Fight Poverty’

The local TV stations in Columbus, OH, have teamed up with the United Way of Central Ohio in an effort called “Unite to Fight Poverty.”
Station Profile: WCMH-TV, WBNS-TV
Market: Columbus, OH

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Children First: From Poverty to Possibilities— ABC30 special on how kids can change their lives!
Children First is a yearlong effort focusing on the challenges, problems and opportunities facing our youth in Central California. The program focuses on how the average person can make a difference in a child’s life and highlights local organizations that work with kids.

Station Profile: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

WKTV Raises $187,000+ For Flood Victims

The cross-platform money generated by the telethon's broadcast by the Smith Media NBC affiliate in Utica, N.Y., and local radio stations will benefit area residents and businesses affected by recent flooding.

Station Profile: WKTV-TV
Market: Utica, NY

Keeping Your Kids Safe

Children First—ABC30 airs special on school safety
Tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and Taft High School in Kern County have parents wondering if their kids are safe at school. ABC30 airs a half-hour special on measures valley schools are taking to keep our kids safe.

Station Profile: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

Fresno Station Hosts "Ask the Mayor" Town Hall

Newport Television's KGPE-TV Fresno, Calif., partnered with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and the local PBS affiliate for a live "Ask the Mayor" town hall. The program brought the mayor's office to homes throughout Central California and offered residents the opportunity to ask questions.

Station Profile: KGPE-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

WXIN Indianapolis Tackles School Violence

Tribune-owned Fox affiliate WXIN Indianapolis (DMA 26) made addressing violence in schools a priority with four days of extended news coverage and an hour-long televised forum. Common Ground: Stopping School Violence brought educators, law enforcement and parents together in a landmark event. The forum focused on how to better protect children in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut as well as recent violent events at schools in Central Indiana.

Station Profile: WXIN-TV
Market: Indianapolis, IN

Kids Day 2013 Breaks Record!

The 26th Annual Kids Day sponsored by ABC30 and The Fresno Bee set a record with $480,000 collected for Children’s Hospital Central California.

Station Profile: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

Channel 12 connects with on Local Scoops

As Milwaukee television stations vie for a greater share of an ever-shrinking local-news audience, WISN-TV (Channel 12) has decided to go hyper-local under a new partnership with

Station Profile: WISN-TV
Market: Milwaukee, WI

LIN Media Invites Students Pursuing Degrees in Broadcast Television or Digital Media to Apply for Minority Scholarship and Training Program

Each student will receive a two–year scholarship for up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per year, which can be used toward tuition, fees, books, and room and board. In addition, LIN Media will provide each student with hands–on training through a paid internship program at one of its television stations around the country.

Broadcast Group Profile: LIN Media

Newport’s Fresno Station Gives Over 1,000 Flu Shots to Viewers

Newport Television’s KGPE-TV Fresno, Calif., partnered with Walgreens to provide 1,120 free flu shots worth almost $45,000 to viewers."

Station Profile: KGPE-TV
Market: Fresno

Belo’s KING-TV Collects 3.4 Million Meals of Food in Seattle

Belo Corporation’s KING-TV Seattle’s "Home Team Harvest" food drive raised more than 3.4 million meals for local people in need.

Station Profile: KING-TV
Market: Seattle

Hearst's WGAL-TV Collects Thousands of Coats and $229,000 for The Salvation Army

Scripps’ WMAR-TV Baltimore hosted its annual Kindertime Toy Drive for Maryland families and the children of fallen firefighters and police officers. The drive has helped distribute more than 400,000 toys during its long history.

Station Profile: WGAL-TV
Market: Baltimore

Scripps Station Collects 8,000 Toys for Cincinnati Kids

Scripps Television’s WCPO-TV Cincinnati collected more than 8,000 toys during its second annual holiday toy drive, which included a one-hour news special. Six local Kroger grocery

Station Profile: WCPO-TV
Market: Cincinnati

WMAR-TV Hosts Kindertime Toy Drive for Baltimore Children

Scripps’ WMAR-TV Baltimore hosted its annual Kindertime Toy Drive for Maryland families and the children of fallen firefighters and police officers. The drive has helped distribute more than 400,000 toys during its long history.

Station Profile: WMAR-TV
Market: Baltimore

WPVI Brings Power to the People

The Philadelphia ABC O&O uses a news van and a mobile generator to offer power to electricity-starved area residents.

Station Profile: WPVI
Market:Philadelphia, PA

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