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Univision Houston and Arizona Hold Immigration Phone Banks (Univision Houston)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 2/8/2017

Univision Houston and Univision Arizona hosted citizenship and immigration phone banks throughout the month of February. Volunteers received thousands of calls with questions on how to become a U.S. Citizen, requirements, benefits and alternatives to fee payments. They also produced community forums on executive orders on immigration, addressing the concerns of close to 1,000 attendees.




KLTV’s “7 Investigates” Uncovers Critical Issues (KLTV)

Topic: Investigative Reporting
Date Posted: 1/24/2017

Raycom’s ABC affiliate KLTV Tyler, Tx. achieves results with its “7 Investigates” initiative. This includes exposing water problems in Tyler and prompting the city to respond; launching an investigation that led to new state and (pending) federal legislation on 911 call with Kari’s Law; and uncovering unethical actions by Judge Joel Baker. “KLTV’s 7 Investigates is constantly working for the people in East Texas,” said a station representative. “Through this initiative, we’ve helped empower citizens with knowledge, and we vigilantly work to make East Texas a better, more transparent place to live.




TEGNA Stations Air In-Depth Investigative Report (WXIA-TV, WTSP, KHOU, WFAA)

Topic: Investigative Reporting
Date Posted: 12/30/2016

Local TEGNA stations are focusing on in-depth investigations. Reporter Jeremy Campbell led NBC affiliate WXIA-TV Atlanta on “Charlie Foxtrot,” a five-part series showing that veterans are denied benefits after being less-than-honorably discharged when they should be offered treatment for PTSD. WXIA posted the series online before broadcasting it on Veteran’s Day, and provided it to other stations with tips on localizing the story. WXIA and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chair Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) hosted a viewing and panel discussion on Capitol Hill. WXIA also got 12,000 people to sign a petition urging Congress to pass the Fairness for Veterans bill, requiring the military to consider PTSD or traumatic brain injury in discharge decisions. The bill passed.

Other examples of long-form investigative journalism include Campbell’s four-part series on heroin overdoses in Atlanta’s wealthy suburbs, which generated four million views online in one week. The follow-up on-air special was one of WXIA’s most-watched specials in recent years. Investigative reporter Noah Pransky at CBS affiliate WTSP Tampa wrote a 6,000-word story to accompany his five-minute television story on one PR consultant’s influence on local politics. CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston investigated police body cameras. Through an initiative at ABC affiliate WFAA Dallas, citizens join a reporter to conduct interviews to help them better understand journalism.




CBS Radio Dallas Raises a Record $1.26 Million (KLUV-FM, KMVK-FM and KRLD-AM)

Topic: Health Awareness Campaigns
Date Posted: 12/30/2016

CBS Radio Dallas KLUV-FM, KMVK-FM and KRLD-AM raised a record $1.26 million in the 11th annual “Christmas is for Children” Radiothon, held December 8 - 9 for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. “The Christmas is for Children Radiothon is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, and this year exceeded our expectations in every way,” said Children’s Medical Center Foundation President Brent E. Christopher. “We also appreciate the dedicated team of professionals at CBS Radio for their support and passion, highlighted by the extraordinary Jody Dean and El Chiquilin, whose desire to help children included devoting a remarkable 26 hours – each – to hosting the event.”




Univision Houston Celebrates the Holidays (Univision Houston)

Topic: Children’s Issues
Date Posted: 12/28/2016

Univision Houston distributed 1,500 toys to local families and children at the Univision Houston Fiestas Navideñas at PlazAmericas, held December 4. The event included activities, a visit with Santa, a tamale contest, magicians and music. Univision Houston also helped 50 children in the community through the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree Program.”




Houston Radio Raises $655,000 for Pediatric Care (KKBQ-FM, KHPT-FM, KTHT-FM and KGLK-FM)

Topic: Health Awareness Campaigns
Date Posted: 12/2/2016

Cox Media Group’s stations KKBQ-FM, KHPT-FM, KTHT-FM and KGLK-FM Houston raised $655,000 for Texas Children’s Hospital in the 13th annual radiothon, December 1 – 2. Money supports patient care, education, research, a new pediatric tower center and the opening of a community hospital.




Central Texas Radio Stations Help Those in Need During the Holidays (Emmis Radio Austin)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Emmis Austin Radio’s seven radio stations supported the local community through the following efforts:

• KLBJ & 99.7FM: This season’s Operation Thank You donation drive on Veteran’s Day raised over $12,000 benefitting the Fisher House Foundation at Fort Hood, which provides no cost lodging services for military families during a loved one’s service-related hospital stay.
• KGSR hosted its sold-out 26 Anniversary Party, benefitting the SIMS Foundation, featuring Band of Horses, Kurt Vile, and Lucy Dacus at ACL Live at the Moody Theater on December 14.
• KLBJ raised over $7,500 to help less fortunate families in Central Texas in its seventh year of the Dudley and Bob with Matt Show’s Breaking and Entering Christmas.
• 101X (101.5FM) celebrated 11 years of partnering with Austin’s Habitat For Humanity chapter with two sold out Emo’s shows this week, featuring hit alternative acts Phantogram , Bishop Briggs, and Local Natives, plus Austin’s own Calliope Musicals.
• BOB-FM is a proud supporter of the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade, along with the rest of its six Emmis Austin Radio sister stations.
• 107.1 La Z and Latino 102.7 conducted their bi-annual Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon, December 9 and 10, raising $165,679 to benefit Dell Children’s Medical Center.




WOAI-AM Raises $243,000 (WOAI-AM)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 12/1/2016

iHeartMedia’s WOAI-AM San Antonio hosted a radiothon and silent auction that raised a record-breaking $243,034 in two days to benefit The Elf Louise Christmas Project, a local non-profit organization that purchases and delivers toys during the holiday season for the region’s less fortunate children. Louise Locker, the woman behind the Elf Louise Christmas Project, is in her 48th year of delivering toys and other gifts to needy children in the San Antonio area.




Alpha North Dallas Hosts Get Their Coat-Drive On (Alpha Media Dallas)

Topic: Neighbors in Need
Date Posted: 11/4/2016

Alpha Media Dallas collected more than 3,000 coats in fourth annual “Share the Warmth Coat Drive,” held October 3 - November 4. Texas Laundry and Dry Cleaning cleaned the coats in advance of delivery on November 10 to hundreds of families. A special pick-up time was set aside for veterans. “We are proud and thrilled with the continued growth of our Share the Warmth Coat Drive and the number of people we’re now able to help,” said Alpha Media Market Manager David Smith




KXAS-TV Discovers School Bus Scandal (KXAS-TV)

Topic: Investigative Reporting
Date Posted: 10/31/2016

NBC-owned KXAS Dallas conducted an investigation into Dallas County Schools bus drivers that led to 13 drivers being fired and 229 suspended. Records obtained by KXAS found more than 480 traffic citations have been issued to school bus drivers since Jan. 1, 2014 for violations such as running red lights. In some cases, bus drivers were caught on camera running past other buses that had their stop arms extended for loading or unloading students. Dallas County Schools had never punished the drivers involved. Instead, the district spent $80,000 of taxpayers’ money to pay the fines.




KIII Hosts Prescription Drug Takeback Day (KIII-TV)

Topic: Drug Prevention
Date Posted: 10/22/2016

TEGNA’s ABC affiliate KIII Corpus Christi, Tx. hosted prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 22 to help fight the prescription medicine abuse crisis. The station participated in the DEA’s national event, through which people could safely dispose of prescriptions.




Alpha Media San Antonio Raises $131,000 for Thanksgiving Dinner Radiothon (Alpha Media San Antonio)

Topic: Neighbors in Need
Date Posted: 10/21/2016

Alpha Media San Antonio raised a record $131,000 in the ninth annual “Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner Radiothon,” held October 21. The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner is named for a late local restaurateur who began serving meals to hundreds of people in need 36 years ago. His daughter Patricia Jimenez continues the event, which currently serves Thanksgiving Day meals to 25,000 people. "We’re appreciative of Alpha Media for hosting the radiothon for a ninth straight year and the generosity of the San Antonio community never ceases to amaze us,” Jimenez said.




KOYE Raises Over $92,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network (KOYE-FM)

Topic: Children’s Issues
Date Posted: 10/20/2016

Alpha Media’s KOYE-FM Frankston, Tx. helped raise $92,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network during its fourth annual two-day radiothon. The radiothon was held October 20-21 and all proceeds were donated to local East Texas families needing medical assistance from the Children’s Miracle Network at Trinity Mother Frances hospitals and clinics. “KOYE has a fantastic staff and caring audience. We are proud that our listeners gave from their hearts in such a big way,” remarked KOYE Sales Manager Corinna Ruiz.




Univision Houston Encourages Millennials to Speak Their Mind (Univision Communications)

Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
Date Posted: 10/18/2016

Univision Houston hosted a ‘Millennial Debate’ on October 18. Democrat, Republican and Independent young voters discussed a range of topics including gun control, immigration and student debt. The debate broadcast exclusively on Facebook Live, reaching more than 100,000 people.




Univision Houston Educates Families on Financial Aid (Univision Houston)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 10/13/2016

Univision Houston partnered with Project GRAD and the Houston Public Library to promote “CaféCollege’s” workshops every Saturday during October on FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If families could not attend, they were encouraged to call Univision Houston’s FAFSA phone bank on October 5 to get answers about deadlines, requirements, qualifications and how to apply. The initiative is part of Univision Network’s annual campaign, ¡Estudia, Hay Dinero! (There’s Money to Study!), which provides information regarding financial aid for higher education.




WFAA Collects 2,000 Books (WFAA-TV)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 9/2/2016

TEGNA’s ABC affiliate WFAA Dallas hosted “Shelly’s Summer Bookworms” from August 19 – September 2, during which they collected and donated over 2,000 books to Children’s Health hospitals. Every Tuesday during the campaign, reporter Shelly Slater focused on reading, shared tips on how to make reading cool for kids and featured adults who are inspiring change within literacy programs.




KRGV Collects Money and Donations for Flood Relief (KRGV-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 8/29/2016

Manship Station’s ABC affiliate KRGV-TV Welasco, Tx. raised $74,000 on August 29 to support American Red Cross flood relief efforts in Louisiana. They also filled two semi-trucks with 150,000 pounds of water, cleaning materials, diapers and other supplies. “This is an awesome display of human kindness, of human graciousness for people they don’t even know [who] are suffering and need help,” said Mary McMinn of the American Red Cross.




KJTV Raises $238,000 in Texas Boys Telethon (KJTV)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 8/20/2016

Ramar Communications’ Fox affiliate KJTV Lubbock, Tx. raises $238,000 in the Texas Boys Ranch telethon on August 20. The telethon included music from West Texas artists and auctions for donated items, including a Kliff Kingsbury-autographed Texas Tech helmet and football, and an LCU basketball signed by the 2016 national championship team.




Dallas Radio and TV Raise $167,000 for ‘Line of Duty’ Fund (KTVT Dallas, KTXA Fort Worth and CBS Radio Dallas/Fort Worth)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 8/13/2016

CBS-owned KTVT Dallas, KTXA Fort Worth and CBS Radio Dallas/Fort Worth partnered with local Albertsons grocery stores to raise money in support of the police officers and their families affected by the July 7 shootings in Dallas. The effort provided $167,600 for the Dallas Foundation’s Line of Duty Fund.




Broadcasters Cover Racial Tensions ()

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 8/12/2016

On July 7, a sniper opened fire at a protest in Dallas against police violence, killing five officers and wounding seven others. This shooting came within days of violent incidents in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge. Local broadcasters immediately provided wall-to-wall coverage of the situation and forums for solace and discussion in the weeks that followed.

All Access reported that some journalists used their personal vehicles or Uber to travel to the scene and were not able to leave because the crime scene was still active. “The staff remains committed to serving the people of Dallas-Ft. Worth,” Service Broadcastings’ KKDA-AM Director of Operations George Cook told Inside Radio. “I am very proud of the efforts under pressure demonstrated by the K104 Family and the KRNB Smooth Crew.”

- iHeartMedia Dallas also re-imaged to include “#DallasStrong on digital platforms.
- Cumulus Media’s WBAP and KILF-AM went commercial-free and pulled all contesting, jingles and station imaging. Radio Ink interviewed Program Director Tyler Cox about the station’s approach to coverage.
- CBS Radio’s KRLD-AM Dallas aired a special edition of “Weekend Roundup” entirely devoted to the Dallas shootings and the recent police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge and Minnesota.
- ABC aired "America in Crisis: Ambush in Dallas" and a special edition of "20/20."
- CBS "48 Hours" aired a special, "Bringing A Nation Together."
- According to RBR, “Radio One, Inc. stated that it is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent events in our country. There is no doubt that this is a critical moment in our history.”
- A CBS journalist filed a report while down, almost on his stomach. Another was so close to the site where a bomb detonated early on July 8 that viewers could hear the explosion. “It was a pretty harrowing experience but we got solid coverage,” said CBS Dallas President and General Manager Gary Schneider told Broadcasting & Cable.
- Watch video here from CBS News Dallas correspondent Manuel Bojorquez, who was a short distance away when the gunman opened fire.

Stations Provide Solace Following Shootings

Television Stations that held town hall meetings to address racial tensions include:
- TEGNA’s ABC affiliate WFAA-TV Dallas on July 16. WFAA also raised $716,000 for the fallen officers in a “Stand United” campaign.
- Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate KIRO-TV Seattle hosted, aired and streamed a one-hour conversation on July 13.
- TEGNA’s ABC affiliate KVUE Austin aired a video on Facebook, getting almost two million views.
- Raycom’s Fox affiliate WXIX Cincinnati aired special reports and programming throughout the day on July 15, including an hour-long special, “Black, White and Blue: A Community Conversation.” Activists, city leaders and former law enforcement officers came to the station to discuss the nation’s toughest questions and how those issues affect Cincinnati.
- Scripps’ ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV aired “Detroit 2020: Unify Detroit” on July 14.
- Raycom’s CBS affiliate WAFB Baton Rouge held a town hall: “Where Do We Go From Here?”
- TEGNA’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston hosted a town hall, “Courageous Conversation.” It was intended to last an hour and a half, but continued for four hours.
- Manship Station’s ABC affiliate WBRZ Baton Rouge raised $185,000 in the “Unite for Our Heroes Telethon” on July 28 on WBRZ, WBRZ.com, and Facebook Live to benefit the families of the officers and deputies who were killed or injured. “During this tragic time for our community, we were just trying to find a way, like so many others, that we could help,” said Director Jake Manship.
- TEGNA’s NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV Buffalo aired a half hour special and moderated a on July 18.
- ABC-owned KGO-TV San Francisco hosted a two-hour live town hall “
A Bay Area Conversation.”
- Hearst’s ABC affiliate WCVB Boston aired “5 On: Race in Boston” July 14.
- TEGNA’s ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, Mich. used the morning drive to hold a community conversation with a project called “LOVE/Hate.”
- Bounce TV and one of its founders, Martin Luther King III, launched an on-air and online initiative asking the Justice Department to require that local law enforcement be trained in de-escalating incidents with African Americans.
- TEGNA’s CBS affiliate WUSA Washington aired “Race: An Honest Conversation” for viewers to discuss the shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. They used the hashtag #9TalksRace.

Radio Stations that held town halls and fundraisers

- Alpha Media’s KMKT-FM Dallas organized a Stop the Music, Stop the Violence” community conversation at its headquarters on July 8 and a forum on July 15. The program aired on WFXE-FM, WOKS-AM, WKZJ-FM, WIOL-FM and WEAM-FM. “The purpose is to open up the phone lines to have a real conversation with the listeners and the citizens of Columbus, Georgia, to give them an outlet to express any of their feelings as to whether the things happening nationally are impacting them locally,” said Business Manager Geniece Granville.
- Alpha Media’s KXL-FM Portland Ore. personality Lars Lawson held a fundraiser for law enforcement on July 15 to benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We are extremely excited about hosting this event and letting Law Enforcement Officers know that there are many people who truly support them and sincerely appreciate the job they do each day,” said Operations Manager Bruce Collins.
- Summit Media’s WBHK-FM Birmingham hosted a “Silence the Violence Rally” on July 14.




KLUV-FM Wins Award for $1 Million Fundraiser (KLUV-FM)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 8/5/2016

CBS Radio’s KLUV-FM Dallas received the Bonner McLane Public Service Award from the Texas Association of Broadcasters in August. The honor recognized KLUV for raising more than $1 million in “Christmas is for Children” Radiothon last December. The radiothon supports Children’s Health, the nation’s seventh largest pediatric children’s hospital system.




Texas Stations Raise Money for Police Fund (KTVA-TV, KTXA-TV, CBS Radio Dallas/Fort Worth)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 8/4/2016

CBS owned-and-operated KTVT Dallas, KTXA Fort Worth and CBS Radio Dallas/Fort Worth partnered with local Albertsons grocery stores to raise money in support of the police officers and their families affected by the July 7 shootings in Dallas. The effort provided $167,600 for the Dallas Foundation’s Line of Duty Fund.




KHOU-TV Receives Multiple Media Awards (KHOU-TV)

Topic: Local News
Date Posted: 7/14/2016

Tegna Media’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston was honored with multiple awards at the annual Lone Star Awards banquet by the Houston Press Club. In 2016, the station took home 14 Lone Star Awards, more than any other media organization in Texas, including television, radio, magazines and public relations. First Place Winning entries for the station included:

• TV Journalist Of The Year: 1st place: Scott Noll
• TV Breaking News: 1st place: Marcelino Benito, Scott McKenney– “Shots Fired Into Crowd At Vigil”
• TV Investigative Series: 1st place: Jeremy Rogalski, Keith Tomshe– “Keeping HPD Honest”
• Internet Collaborative News Reporting: 1st place: KHOU.com – “Fallen Deputy Darren Goforth”




KHOU-TV Receives Multiple Media Awards (KHOU-TV)

Topic: Local News
Date Posted: 7/14/2016

Tegna Media’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston was honored with multiple awards at the annual Lone Star Awards banquet by the Houston Press Club. In 2016, the station took home 14 Lone Star Awards, more than any other media organization in Texas, including television, radio, magazines and public relations. First Place Winning entries for the station included:

• TV Journalist Of The Year: 1st place: Scott Noll
• TV Breaking News: 1st place: Marcelino Benito, Scott McKenney– “Shots Fired Into Crowd At Vigil”
• TV Investigative Series: 1st place: Jeremy Rogalski, Keith Tomshe– “Keeping HPD Honest”
• Internet Collaborative News Reporting: 1st place: KHOU.com – “Fallen Deputy Darren Goforth”




Univision Houston Encourages Summer Reading (Univision Houston)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 7/14/2016

Univision Houston partnered with the Houston Public Library to promote the 2016 Summer Reading Program “Aim for the Stars.” The Summer Reading Program encourages kids and teens to read during the summer months to elevate their reading skills in preparation for the next school year. Univision Houston also promoted the Company’s “Pequeños y Valiosos” campaign, a cross-platform campaign encouraging Hispanic parents to engage in specific actions that will boost early cognitive and social-emotional development among young children ages 0-5.




KPRC-TV Investigates University Sexual Assault Claims Process (KPRC-TV)

Topic: Investigative Reporting
Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate KPRC-TV Houston investigated how Baylor University handles allegations of sexual assault after several woman came forward claiming the university failed to properly handle their claims. An Austin attorney representing Baylor informed KPRC the university would not release the records until the Texas Attorney General’s Office ruled on whether those reports were subject to open records law. Many legal experts say that the school is circumventing the law and should be required to release the records.




KRIS-TV Investigates State Highway Standards (KRIS-TV)

Topic: Investigative Reporting
Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Cordillera Communications NBC affiliate KRIS-TV Corpus Christi, Tx. investigated a report from the Government Accountability Office that suggested state transportation departments and highway safety device manufacturers aren’t doing enough to ensure what lines the nation’s highways is properly vetted, tested and then, kept track of, once installed. Learn more about the investigation here.




KXXV-TV Serves as Media Sponsor for Nonprofit Golf Event (KXXV-TV)

Topic: Neighbors in Need
Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Raycom Media’s KXXV-TV Waco, Tx. served as a media sponsor for the Economic Opportunities Advancement Corporation’s Annual Golf Tournament, which helps transition individuals and families out of poverty. With the station’s assistance, the tournament raised $18,301.99.




Broadcasters Cover Racial Tensions ()

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 7/1/2016

On July 7, a sniper opened fire at a protest in Dallas against police violence, killing five officers and wounding seven others. This shooting came within days of violent incidents in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge. Local broadcasters immediately provided wall-to-wall coverage of the situation and forums for solace and discussion in the weeks that followed.

All Access reported that some journalists used their personal vehicles or Uber to travel to the scene and were not able to leave because the crime scene was still active. “The staff remains committed to serving the people of Dallas-Ft. Worth,” Service Broadcastings’ KKDA-AM Director of Operations George Cook told Inside Radio. “I am very proud of the efforts under pressure demonstrated by the K104 Family and the KRNB Smooth Crew.”

- iHeartMedia Dallas also re-imaged to include “#DallasStrong on digital platforms.
- Cumulus Media’s WBAP and KILF-AM went commercial-free and pulled all contesting, jingles and station imaging. Radio Ink interviewed Program Director Tyler Cox about the station’s approach to coverage.
- CBS Radio’s KRLD-AM Dallas aired a special edition of “Weekend Roundup” entirely devoted to the Dallas shootings and the recent police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge and Minnesota.
- ABC aired "America in Crisis: Ambush in Dallas" and a special edition of "20/20."
- CBS "48 Hours" aired a special, "Bringing A Nation Together."
- According to RBR, “Radio One, Inc. stated that it is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent events in our country. There is no doubt that this is a critical moment in our history.”
- A CBS journalist filed a report while down, almost on his stomach. Another was so close to the site where a bomb detonated early on July 8 that viewers could hear the explosion. “It was a pretty harrowing experience but we got solid coverage,” said CBS Dallas President and General Manager Gary Schneider told Broadcasting & Cable.
- Watch video here from CBS News Dallas correspondent Manuel Bojorquez, who was a short distance away when the gunman opened fire.

Stations Provide Solace Following Shootings

Television Stations that held town hall meetings to address racial tensions include:
- TEGNA’s ABC affiliate WFAA-TV Dallas on July 16. WFAA also raised $716,000 for the fallen officers in a “Stand United” campaign.
- Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate KIRO-TV Seattle hosted, aired and streamed a one-hour conversation on July 13.
- TEGNA’s ABC affiliate KVUE Austin aired a video on Facebook, getting almost two million views.
- Raycom’s Fox affiliate WXIX Cincinnati aired special reports and programming throughout the day on July 15, including an hour-long special, “Black, White and Blue: A Community Conversation.” Activists, city leaders and former law enforcement officers came to the station to discuss the nation’s toughest questions and how those issues affect Cincinnati.
- Scripps’ ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV aired “Detroit 2020: Unify Detroit” on July 14.
- Raycom’s CBS affiliate WAFB Baton Rouge held a town hall: “Where Do We Go From Here?”
- TEGNA’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston hosted a town hall, “Courageous Conversation.” It was intended to last an hour and a half, but continued for four hours.
- Manship Station’s ABC affiliate WBRZ Baton Rouge hosted “Unite for Our Heroes Telethon” on July 28 on WBRZ, WBRZ.com, and Facebook Live to benefit the families of the officers and deputies who were killed or injured. “During this tragic time for our community, we were just trying to find a way, like so many others, that we could help,” said Director Jake Manship.
- TEGNA’s NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV Buffalo aired a half hour special and moderated a on July 18.
- ABC-owned KGO-TV San Francisco hosted a two-hour live town hall “
A Bay Area Conversation.”
- Hearst’s ABC affiliate WCVB Boston aired “5 On: Race in Boston” July 14.
- TEGNA’s ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, Mich. used the morning drive to hold a community conversation with a project called “LOVE/Hate.”
- Bounce TV and one of its founders, Martin Luther King III, launched an on-air and online initiative asking the Justice Department to require that local law enforcement be trained in de-escalating incidents with African Americans.
- TEGNA’s CBS affiliate WUSA Washington aired “Race: An Honest Conversation” for viewers to discuss the shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. They used the hashtag #9TalksRace.

Radio Stations that held town halls and fundraisers

- Alpha Media’s KMKT-FM Dallas organized a Stop the Music, Stop the Violence” community conversation at its headquarters on July 8 and a forum on July 15. The program aired on WFXE-FM, WOKS-AM, WKZJ-FM, WIOL-FM and WEAM-FM. “The purpose is to open up the phone lines to have a real conversation with the listeners and the citizens of Columbus, Georgia, to give them an outlet to express any of their feelings as to whether the things happening nationally are impacting them locally,” said Business Manager Geniece Granville.
- Alpha Media’s KXL-FM Portland Ore. personality Lars Lawson held a fundraiser for law enforcement on July 15 to benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We are extremely excited about hosting this event and letting Law Enforcement Officers know that there are many people who truly support them and sincerely appreciate the job they do each day,” said Operations Manager Bruce Collins.
- Summit Media’s WBHK-FM Birmingham hosted a “Silence the Violence Rally” on July 14.




Alpha Media, Amarillo Supports Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive (KGNC-FM, KGNC-AM, KXGL-FM)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 6/24/2016

Alpha Media’s KGNC-FM, KGNC-AM and KXGL-FM Amarillo, Tx. partnered with Coffee Memorial Blood Center for the “Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive” on June 24. The event collected 332 units of blood from 390 donors. Local law enforcement and first responders provided tours of emergency vehicles and cooked at the event. “It makes all the difference in the world having a partner who takes ownership of the event and invests in the success of our organization,” said Suzanne Talley, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Coffee Memorial.




KHOU Raises $52,000 for Flood Relief (KHOU-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 6/7/2016

TEGNA’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston raised $52,000 for American Red Cross flood relief in a telethon held June 7 to support the hundreds of families who were displaced by recent flooding.




KXAS Investigates Dangerous Bridge Posts (KXAS-TV)

Topic: Investigative Reporting
Date Posted: 5/23/2016

NBC-owned KXAS-TV Dallas aired “NBC 5 Investigates: TxDOT Failing to Protect Drivers from Concrete Bridge Posts on Freeways” on May 23. Reporter Scott Friedman and the investigative team discovered the Texas Department of Transportation is failing to protect drivers from some concrete bridge posts that sit dangerously close to the edge of freeways. Friedman found that deaths have occurred in some spots where posts were less than five feet from the roadway with no protective barrier or guardrail installed.




KOSA Telethon Raises $1.1 Million (KOSA-TV)

Topic: Children’s Issues
Date Posted: 5/19/2016

Gray’s CBS affiliate KOSA-TV Odessa, TX raised $1.1 million in a telethon held April 23-24 for the Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center. The Center provides a variety of multidisciplinary services to children and adults in the community.




Tens of Thousands Celebrate the 36th Annual ‘Festival de Mayo’ Along with Univision Houston (Univision Houston)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 5/12/2016

Univision Houston presented its 37th Annual “Festival de Mayo,” a one-day celebration of Hispanic culture featuring live performances by regional Mexican artists, authentic food and cultural exhibits. Local non-profit organizations also provided information to families on various topics including education and employment services. Univision Houston promoted the “Vota Por Tu America” campaign and helped people register to vote. News Anchors from Noticias Univision 45 and Univision Radio personalities interacted with community members. Over 50,000 people attended.




KPRC Houston Investigates City Corruption (KPRC-TV)

Topic: Investigative Reporting
Date Posted: 5/12/2016

Graham Media Group’s KPRC-TV Houston exposed a consumer scam involving a businessman with ties to Mayor Sylvester Turner. The City Council awarded Ricardo Gonzalez’s company, USA Auto Collision Center, a contract to tow vehicles involved in accidents. The city allows companies to charge $155.50 per tow, but Gonzalez charges $3,000. Gonzalez, who donated $10,000 to the Mayor’s campaign, allegedly has customers unknowingly consent to additional charges, in a scam commonly referred to as flipping.




Univision Breaks Ground on Media Centers at Middle Schools (Univision)

Topic: Education
Date Posted: 4/29/2016

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) broke ground on April 29 at five new Univision Media Centers at middle schools in Austin, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and Oakland. All five ceremonies broadcast live on Univision’s morning show “Despierta América” and marked the culmination of Yo Soy Univision Contigo (I Am Univision Contigo), the national employee week of service. At the Media Centers, Univision staff members provide students with experience in media production and editing. Univision broke ground on its first Media Center in the Bronx earlier this year.




Houston Stations Provide Critical Weather Updates (Cox Media Group)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 4/21/2016

Cox Media Group Houston aired 42 hours of extensive coverage of a devastating flood that ripped through the area in April. Continuous weather, traffic and closings information helped keep local residents safe and in-the-know. Following the flood, the stations aired information regarding clean-up efforts.




KXAN Austin Investigates Racial Profiling (KXAN-TV)

Topic: Investigative Reporting
Date Posted: 4/12/2016

Media General’s NBC affiliate KXAN-TV Austin reporter Brian Collister’s investigation, titled "Racial Profiling Whitewash,” looked into Texas state troopers traffic tickets. When Collister reviewed 16 million traffic citations issued by Texas state troopers in a five-year period, he uncovered that state troopers routinely ticketed Hispanic drivers, but reported to the state that the drivers were white to avoid accusations of racial profiling. The investigation began in response to the Sandra Bland case. Bland, a black woman, was pulled over for a routine traffic stop that ended in a violent confrontation and her arrest. Police found her hanged to death in her jail cell three days later.




KTRK Reporter Saves Man From Flooded Car (KTRK-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 4/12/2016

Broadcast television stations that shared video of their reports on the Houston floods with TVNewsCheck included TEGNA’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV, Fox-owned KRIV, ABC-owned KTRK-TV, and Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate KPRC-TV. KTRK Houston reporter Steve Campion helped a man to safety during the floods that submerged much of the Houston area on April 18. Campion was about to go live on-air when he noticed a car slowly sinking into nearby and a man crawling out of the door. He helped the man to safety seconds before the car became fully submerged. View video of the rescue.




Radio Serves Houston During Floods (CBS Radio Houston, KQBT-FM, KKBQ-FM, KGLK-FM, KRBE-FM)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 4/12/2016

Local radio stations aired in-depth coverage and supported the Red Cross as 240 billion gallons of rain flooded Houston on April 18. Six people died in their cars and 1,200 people required rescuing. All Access reports that these stations included CBS Radio Houston, iHeartMedia’s KQBT-FM, Cumulus’ KRBE-FM and Cox Media’s KKBQ-FM and KGLK-FM. "We’ve been in ’taking care of our listeners’ mode for the last two mornings, and our team is meeting throughout the day today to plan a longer-term response to serve Houston as the city recovers," said Ty McFarland of independently-owned KSBJ-FM.




KPRC Raises $670,000 for Flood Relief (KPRC-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 4/12/2016

Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate KPRC-TV Houston extensively covered the historic flooding that hit the Houston metro area on April 18. In addition to the live broadcast, the station utilized Facebook Live, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and its website to get critical information to viewers on mandatory evacuations, traffic, property damage, relief efforts and casualties. KPRC also raised $670,000 during a phone bank for the American Red Cross hosted inside the station’s studios on April 19 – 20. KPRC partnered with Kroger grocery stores to continue accepting donations for the Red Cross. "It is our pleasure and our privilege to serve our community," said Promotions Director Mariah Gardner.




KRGV’s Heart of the Valley Addresses Diabetes Epidemic (KRGV)

Topic: Health Awareness Campaigns
Date Posted: 4/9/2016

Manship Station’s ABC affiliate KRGV-TV Weslaco, Tx. dedicated its full resources to address the impact of diabetes during its two-week "Heart of the Valley" initiative, which aired from March 28 - April 10. KRGV aired 23 stories at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., examining the roots of the diabetes epidemic and how to address it. All reports also aired in Spanish and are available online in both languages. KRGV hosted 10 hour-long Facebook Livestream sessions with a local doctor or expert addressing different aspects of diabetes and answering questions. The Facebook sessions reached 56,000 people and generated 1,000 comments, 2,300 reactions and 300 shares. During the two-week initiative, 6,500 free diabetes screenings were completed. Viewers shared that "the stories empowered them to speak out for their own health and realize they aren’t alone in battling the disease," said General Manager John Kittleman. "We are proud of the effort."




Univision Houston Celebrates Area Children (Univision Communications)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 4/7/2016

Univision Houston participated in the 28th Annual McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival. As one of Houston’s signature events to educate the public about child abuse and the mission of child advocates, the festival welcomed over 50,000 people. Univision Houston engaged with families about Univision Contigo campaigns “Vota por Tu America” and “Pequeños y Valiosos” to empower families in the community.




CBS Dallas Raises $265,000 to Wipe Out Kids Cancer (KTVT, KTXA)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 4/5/2016

CBS-owned KTVT and KTXA raised $265,000 for Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) during a telethon held April 12. During the broadcast, the stations aired special segments on the research funded by WOKC and introducing viewers to some of WOKC’s Ambassador Families who are battling childhood cancer.




Townsquare Media Raises $1.4 Million for St. Jude (Townsquare Media)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 4/4/2016

Townsquare Media, Inc. raised $1.4 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the group’s third national Country Cares radiothon, March 3-4. Townsquare stations in 16 markets, including Albany, NY; Owensboro, Kentucky; Lafayette, Louisiana; and Tyler, Texas, participated to help St. Jude continue their life saving treatments. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.




KRBE-FM Partners with NCAA (KRBE-FM)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 4/3/2016

Cumulus Media’s KRBE-FM Houston was the official radio partner for the “NCAA Final Four Dribble Fueled by Powerade.” On April 3, the station held a contest to choose the “Honorary Dribbler,” who would help lead more than 3,500 kids as they dribbled basketballs from Houston’s City Hall to the George R. Brown Convention Center to help kick off the NCAA Final Four Championship activities and game.




KBMT Raises $250,000 For Texas Flood Relief (KBMT)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 4/3/2016

TEGNA’s ABC affiliate KBMT Beaumont, Tx. led a state-wide donation drive on March 24 to support the American Red Cross flood relief efforts. TEGNA stations across Texas raised $250,000 during the “SETX Flood Relief: 12 Hours of Giving.”




KTAL-TV Texarkana Nets $25,000 for Flooding (KTAL-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 4/2/2016

Nexstar’s NBC affiliate KTAL-TV Texarkana, TX raised $25,000 on March 18 in the ’6 Hours of Caring’ telethon to support flood relief efforts. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards joined the telethon to praise the community for pulling together.




KRYS-FM Corpus Christi Raises $51,000 for Children’s Hospital (KRYS-FM)

Topic: Children’s Issues
Date Posted: 3/4/2016

iHeartMedia’s KRYS-FM Corpus Christi, TX raised $51,000 for Driscoll Children’s Hospital in a radiothon on March 4. Morning show hosts Big Frank and CoCo broadcast live for 12 hours, with patients, parents, physicians and staff sharing their stories. In 14 years, the event has raised $818,500.




Univision El Paso Hosts ‘FAFSA Nights’ at Local High School (Univision El Paso)

Topic: Education
Date Posted: 3/3/2016

Univision El Paso and the El Paso Chamber of Commerce hosted FAFSA fairs at local high schools. Many families are not aware that $150 billion in federal funds is available yearly for higher education, so a lot of money goes unused. FAFSA fairs were attended by 2,370 students and 2,254 parents. More than 3,000 FAFSA applications were submitted.




Univision Houston Promotes Civic Engagement (Univision Houston)

Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
Date Posted: 3/2/2016

Univision Houston launched the Bilingual Text Messaging Tool to provide tips and timely updates on national and state level elections. Since February, 1,044 people have subscribed to the tool. The initiative is part of Univision Contigo’s voter engagement campaign, “Vote For Your America.”
In addition, Univision Houston partnered with the National Association of Latino of Elected Officials (NALEO), Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and the City of Houston on a Citizenship and Immigration Forum on March 12. Out of the 161 attendees, 43 received assistance with their citizenship applications.




WFAA Raises $400,000 for Tornado Relief (WFAA-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 2/16/2016

Tegna’s ABC affiliate WFAA Dallas raised $400,000 for American Red Cross disaster relief efforts. The Dec. 26 tornado outbreak was deemed the deadliest outbreak to hit Dallas in 65 years, killing 13 people and destroying hundreds of homes. WFAA held a phone bank on Dec. 28, set up online donations and partnered with a local grocery store, Tom Thumb, for in-store donations.




KTAB Raises $1.3 Million for Rehab (KTAB-TV)

Topic: Neighbors in Need
Date Posted: 2/16/2016

Nexstar Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate KTAB-TV Abilene, Texas, raised $1.3 million on Jan. 16 during the West Texas Rehabilitation Telethon. Since the event’s inception, KTAB has raised $40 million for the rehab center. This year’s telethon included a silent auction, musical performances and a variety of activities.




Cumulus Dallas Radiothons Net $1.2 Million in 2015 (Cumulus Dallas)

Topic: Neighbors in Need
Date Posted: 2/16/2016

Cumulus Media Dallas - KPLX-FM, KSCS-FM, WBAP-AM, KLIF-FM, KTCK-AM and KESN-FM - raised $1.2 million for charities in 2015. They raised $205,449 for Cook Children’s Hospital, $303,157 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and $500,400 for Austin Street Center. Additionally, they provided lifeline tornado coverage on Christmas Day and worked with the Red Cross on disaster relief. Other events supported the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Special Olympics Texas, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), Charles E. Nash Elementary School’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Learning Center and the Denton State Supported Living Center.




KYTX Named Station of the Year (KYTX-TV)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 2/16/2016

Tegna’s CBS affiliate KYTX Tyler, Texas, was named the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) National "Television Station of the Year." KYTX was nominated along with stations in 170 television markets. During the station’s 12-year partnership with CMN, KYTX has raised millions of dollars in an annual telethon, supported local events and educated the community on CMN’s local impact. "This award is a testament to the work they do, their professionalism, skill, and compassion for the community they serve," said Robin Rowan, Director of CMNH at Trinity Mother Frances. Watch video.




Univision Houston Celebrates Career and Education Day (KXLN-TV)

Topic: Education
Date Posted: 2/15/2016

Univision-owned KXLN-TV Houston partnered with the Houston Hispanic Forum on February 13 for the 30th Annual Career and Education Day. Approximately 15,000 students and parents attended the event, which featured information on attending college, careers, financial aid assistance and scholarships.




Houston Stations Co-Host Mayoral Debate (KXLN-TV, KTRK-TV)

Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Univision’s KXLN and ABC’s KTRK-TV Houston co-hosted a mayoral runoff debate featuring candidates Bill King and Sylvester Turner on December 2. KTRK-TV broadcast the event live, and KXLN aired it at 10 p.m. that evening. It also streamed live. Watch the full debate.




CBS Radio Packs 9,250 Meals (KJKK-FM, KLUV-FM, KMVK-FM, KRLD-FM, KRLD-AM, KVIL-FM)

Topic: Neighbors in Need
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Team members at CBS Radio Dallas’ KJKK-FM, KLUV-FM, KMVK-FM, KRLD-FM, KRLD-AM and KVIL-FM donated their time to pack 9,250 meals in the North Texas Food Bank warehouse on December 9.




CBS Dallas Raises $61,000 for Tornado Relief (KTVT-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

CBS Dallas’ KTVT-TV and CBS-owned radio stations in Dallas raised $61,000 on December 28 to support the Salvation Army’s relief efforts, following tornadoes that devastated the area. During the tornado, CBS stations provided their viewers and listeners with this crucial life-line weather coverage.




WFAA-TV Raises $68,000 for Tornado Relief (WFAA-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Tegna’s ABC affiliate WFAA-TV Dallas raised more than $68,000 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in less than three hours in a telethon held December 28. The money supports disaster relief efforts following a string of tornadoes on December 26 that killed 11 people and destroyed hundreds of homes. It was the deadliest tornado outbreak to hit North Texas in more than 65 years.




KPLX Raises $303,000 for St. Jude (KPLX-FM)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Cumulus’ KPLX-FM Dallas raised $303,157 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a radiothon held December 3-4.




KASE-FM Austin Raises $231,000 for St. Jude (KASE-FM)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

iHeartMedia’s KASE-FM Austin raised $231,000 in its "St. Jude Country Cares Radiothon," held on December 3-4.




CBS Dallas Raises $1 Million for Hospital (KLUV-FM, KMVK-FM, KRLD-AM)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

CBS Radio Dallas - KLUV-FM, KMVK-FM and KRLD-AM - raised $1 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in a radiothon held December 10-11. "CBS Radio DFW is one of the strongest supporters in our quest to be by the side of parents across North Texas," said Children’s Health President and CEO Christopher J. Durovich.




WOAI-AM Raises $277,000 for Holiday Gifts (WOAI-AM)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

iHeartMedia’s WOAI-AM San Antonio raised $277,000 in the "WOAI Elf Louise Radiothon," held December 5-6. The Elf Louise Christmas Project is an all-volunteer organization that gave gifts to more than 19,000 local kids.




KKHH-FM Helps Teachers Buy Supplies (KKHH-FM)

Topic: Neighbors in Need
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

CBS Radio’s KKHH-FM Houston and Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union (GCEFCU) surprised elementary school teacher Rafael Carballo with $500 for school supplies on November 19. KKHH morning show host Sarah Pepper launched the "Sarah Pepper Cares" initiative so local students can nominate teachers each month.




Univision Holds Education, Business Forums (KXLN-TV)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Univision’s KXLN-TV Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown and the ACT presented "Parent Academy," a free education workshop on November 14 attended by 100 people. Topics included college admission, financial aid and the importance of broadband access to education. KXLN also hosted a financial town hall, "Pequeños Negocios, Grandes Ideas" (Small Business, Big Ideas), on November 5. The forum, attended by 250 people, was designed to foster the growth of Hispanic-owned small businesses.




KOYE-FM Tyler, Tx. Raises $100,000 (KOYE-FM)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Alpha Media’s KOYE-FM Tyler, Texas, raised more than $100,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network in a radiothon on October 22-23. Proceeds from the event assist local families who are receiving care from the Children’s Miracle Network at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.




KSCS-FM Dallas Raises $205,000 (KSCS-FM)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Cumulus Media’s KSCS-FM Dallas raised more than $205,000 for Cook Children’s Hospital in a radiothon on Oct. 7. According to Radio Ink, KSCS raised $121,322 last year. The money will help fund daily operations, including patient care and equipment maintenance. (View photos).




KHOU Houston Investigations Exposes City Housing Troubles (KHOU-TV)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Tegna’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston exposed city housing troubles through a series of investigative reports. Even though the public housing waiting list has 24,000 people on it, some public housing residents make close to $100,000 each year. KHOU’s investigation shows that officials had knowledge of the situation. (Watch video via TVNewsCheck).




Alpha Media Raises $114K for Thanksgiving (KTSA-AM, KZDC-AM, KTFH-FM, KJXX-FM, KLEY-FM, KSAH-FM)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Alpha Media San Antonio stations KTSA-AM, KZDC-AM, KTFM-FM, KJXK-FM, KLEY-FM and KSAH-FM raised $114,000 on Oct. 16 in a fundraiser for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. Local restaurateur Raul Jimenez began the event in 1979 to serve senior citizens who live alone and/or cannot afford to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for themselves. In 2015, the event served 25,000 meals.




KCBD Collects Food and Funds for Area Counties (KCBD-TV)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 12/10/2015

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate KCBD Lubbock, Tx. concluded its 33rd annual “U Can Share” food drive on December 6. The station raised over 335,000 pounds of food and $125,000 for the South Plains Food Bank. The donations will directly benefit people in 20 counties.




Broadcasters Across the Country Host and Air Debates, Critical Election Coverage (KHOU-TV)

Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
Date Posted: 11/5/2015

Tegna’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston sponsored and aired an hour-long debate on Oct. 17 with seven of the 13 candidates for mayor (watch video).
Tegna’s NBC affiliate KUSA-TV Denver used its Video Call Center system for a post-GOP debate show on Oct. 28. The system allows viewers to be seen on-air as they interact with hosts. KUSA also used the platform when covering the 2015 NFL preseason.




WFAA-TV Raises Funds and Awareness for Communities Foundation of Texas (WFAA-TV)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 10/14/2015

American Broadcasting Company’s ABC affiliate WFAA-TV Dallas was the media sponsor for the Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day. The station provided extensive coverage, including news segments, PSA airtime and online news stories.. A record $33.1 million was raised in 18 hours. More than 2,000 north Texas non-profits benefitted from the event.




KXAS Awarded for Story on Veterans (KXAS-TV)

Topic: Military-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 9/3/2015

NBC owned-and-operated KXAS-TV Ft. Worth and The Dallas Morning News won the 2015 Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism, recognizing the creative use of digital tools. Their entry, “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises,” investigated the Army’s "Warrior Transition Units.” The units should help service members with physical and psychological wounds adjust to civilian life, but the journalists found allegations of harassment in documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. After seeing the reports, U.S. Senator John Cornyn wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Army, calling the issues raised by the series "highly disturbing." Within nine days, the Army ordered training to address the matter.




Texas Broadcasters Document Public Service (Texas Association of Broadcasters)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 9/3/2015

The Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) surveys its member stations in order to document the public service efforts of broadcasters in Texas. Since 1998, stations that responded to TAB’s survey have raised or contributed $4.98 billion to their communities, including $499 million for charities since 2004. They produced more local news than ever, averaging 27 hours per week. TAB proudly reports that 723 children have been saved nationally since 1998 (including 296 from Texas) by the AMBER Alert program, which was created by Dallas broadcasters. TAB shared this video, produced by NBC owned-and-operated KXAS-TV Dallas, highlighting local broadcasters’ role in providing lifeline emergency information.




KRGV Raises $327K for ’Teach the Children’ (KRGV-TV)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Manship Station’s ABC affiliate KRGV-TV Welasco, Texas raised more than $327,000 during its 32nd annual "Teach the Children" telethon on July 26. "Teach the Children" raises funds for school supplies and clothing for economically disadvantaged children entering the first grade. In KRGV-TV’s neighborhood, more than 85 percent of children qualify for this type of programs.




Houston’s ABC and Univision Stations to Live Stream Mayoral Debate (KXLN-TV, KTRK-TV)

Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Univision Communication’s owned-and-operated KXLN-TV and ABC owned-and-operated KTRK-TV Houston will co-host the Houston Mayoral Debate on Sept. 10, and will live stream the event exclusively on the KTRK and KXLN websites. Univision will also include a simultaneous Spanish-language translation. ABC-13 will telecast the debate that same night at 10:35 p.m. Viewers are encouraged to submit questions in English or Spanish on Twitter using #HOUSTONVOTE. The mayoral candidates include Chris Bell, Stephen Costello, Adrian Garcia, Ben Hall, Bill King, Marty McVey and Sylvester Turner. KTRK aired this profile of Chris Bell in advance of the debate. “We are thrilled with our partnership with ABC-13. By co-hosting this mayoral forum, we are providing a great service to our community. The top mayoral candidates will have an opportunity to convey their respective visions and plans for the city of Houston,” said David Loving, general manager of Univision Houston Local Media.




RTDNA Announces Winners of the 2015 Personal Finance Reporting Awards (KERA-FM)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Nexstar Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate KLAS-TV Las Vegas and North Texas Public Broadcasting’s KERA-FM Dallas won the 2015 RTDNA/NEFE Award for Personal Finance Reporting from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). KLAS-TV’s Emmy Award-winning journalist Michelle Mortensen and photojournalist Sarita Kichok were honored for the "8 On Your Side Consumer Series." Mortensen launched the "Debt Destroyer" program in 2015 to help viewers become financially stable. On the radio side, KERA-FM’s award-winning reporter Courtney Collins was honored for "One Crisis Away: Inside a Neighborhood."




Dallas Reporter Wins 2nd Murrow Award (WBAP-FM, KLIF-AM)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 8/3/2015

Cumulus Media’s WBAP-FM and KLIF-AM Dallas-Fort Worth reporter Eric Bushman has been honored with a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the RTDNA for his reporting on the U.S. Ebola outbreak last year. Bushman also received a Murrow Award last year for his coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.




KSAT San Antonio Covers Storm, Raises $10K (KSAT-TV)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 7/17/2015

Graham Media Group’s ABC affiliate KSAT-TV San Antonio provided wall-to-wall coverage of tornado and flood warnings on May 23. Staff worked all night and into the morning to track storms and provide tornado and thunderstorm alerts. It was all hands on deck as the station provided extended weather coverage on air, online, on mobile and on social media. As the devastation in Hays and Blanco counties became clear the next morning, KSAT aired information about road closures, power outages and community needs. KSAT raised $10,000 for flood relief for families in one afternoon. Click here for a sample of KSAT’s coverage.




TV Raises $43,000 for Texas Tornado Relief (WFAA-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 7/17/2015

TEGNA Media’s ABC affiliate WFAA-TV Dallas led TEGNA stations in Texas in raising nearly $43,000 for the American Red Cross and Van Community Ministries for tornado relief in Van, TX. On May 10, 145 miles per hour winds killed two people, injured dozens and damaged 100 homes. WFAA launched the #LetsHelpVan campaign in six hours, distributing promo spots, social media materials and donation information to the participating TEGNA stations: ABC affiliates KVUE-TV Austin, KIII-TV Corpus Christi and KBMT-TV Beaumont; CBS affiliates KHOU-TV Houston, KENS-TV San Antonio, and KYTX-TV Nacogdoches; NBC affiliate KCEN-TV Temple; and Fox affiliate KXVA-TV Abilene.




Radio and TV Aid Texas Tornado Vicitms (KYTX-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 6/4/2015

Gannett Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate KYTX-TV Tyler, TX partnered with Alpha Media’s four-station cluster in Tyler to help the victims of a tornado in Van, TX on May 10 that killed two people and injured dozens more. The stations become a dropoff point for food, clothing and cash donations. During power outages, local residents had relied heavily on radio for news and information about the storm. After the tornado passed, Alpha Media stations aired information about the dropoff points and told listeners: "We are asking you once again to help our fellow neighbors."




KLTV-TV Story Leads to New Law in Texas (KLTV-TV)

Topic: Safety Initiatives
Date Posted: 6/4/2015

Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate KLTV-TV Tyler, TX aired investigative stories on the murder of Kari Hunt, a mother of two, who was killed by her estranged husband in a hotel room. Hunt’s children witnessed the crime, while one tried unsuccessfully to dial 9-1-1, not knowing she had to dial 9 first to get an outside line. KLTV-TV’s story helped bring this to the attention of State Senator Kevin Eltife, who sponsored a bill requiring direct access to 9-1-1 from certain telephone systems. Representative Chris Paddie introduced Texas Statehouse SB 788 (aka Kari’s Law) in the House. It is now ready for the Governor’s signature. Other states are now working on passing this law or variations. Read more here.




Houston Station Awards High School Seniors (WLTV-TV)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 6/4/2015

Univision owned-and-operated WLTV-TV Miami honored 10 local high school seniors with its "Orgullo de Nuestra Juventud" (Pride of our Youth) award and college scholarships on May 1. Six students were recognized for academic excellence and community service, while four received awards for academic growth in spite of significant personal setbacks.




Houston Station Awards High School Seniors (Univision Houston)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 6/4/2015

Univision Houston hosted its 36th Annual "Festival de Mayo," a one-day celebration of Hispanic culture featuring live performances by regional and Mexican artists, authentic food and cultural exhibits. Ten non-profit organizations provided information on education, training, employment services, parent education for at-risk communities and support programs to deal with alcoholism. More than 40,000 people attended the event.




NAB Education Foundation Announces iHeartMedia San Antonio as NABEF’s Special President Award (iHeartMedia)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 4/7/2015

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) announced the winners for the 2015 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners will be honored at the Celebration of Service to America dinner held Tuesday, June 16 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
“Broadcasters have an unwavering commitment to serving the public, and the Service to America Awards are an opportunity for us to celebrate those radio and TV stations that epitomize what it means to be a broadcaster,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “This year’s winners have gone above and beyond to create a positive and worthwhile impact on the communities they serve.”
The NABEF President’s Special Award recognizes historic and extraordinary achievement by a broadcaster.This year’s recipient was iHeartMedia, San Antonio, Texas.
iHeartMedia Show Your Stripes is a long-term effort to help guide veterans back into civilian life by highlighting their valuable training and experience. Since the program’s launch, iHeartMedia has invested over $150 million in radio, digital and out-of-home resources to highlight the skills brought back by returning service men and women and their value to employers. Show Your Stripes is the largest public service campaign in the company’s history. The campaign spans iHeartMedia’s 858 owned radio stations across 150 markets, with each station addressing unemployment needs that are specific to each individual community. In addition to nationally produced spots, local radio stations produce PSAs that reflect their community. In July 2014, the company launched a 30-minute long form public affairs show. Local stations also explored opportunities to promote and participate in regional veteran-focused career fairs.




Competitors Help Station After Plane Crash (KCBD-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Date Posted: 3/13/2015

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate KCBD-TV Lubbock, Texas, was knocked off the air after a plane flew into a radio tower, killing the pilot. Nearby radio stations pitched in to ensure that KCBD-TV was back on-air within 12 hours.




Univision Events on Immigration, Education (Univision Houston)

Topic: Education
Date Posted: 3/13/2015

Univision Houston hosted a Citizenship and Immigration Forum on Jan. 24 to provide resources related to pursuing U.S. citizenship. The event, which 300 people attended, featured informational sessions, free attorney consultations and access to service providers. Univision Houston’s Career and Education Day on Feb. 14 provided students and parents informatiosn on college access, careers, financial aid and scholarships. The event complemented a national campaign, ¡Estudia, Hay Dinero! (There’s Money to Study!), that ran on 67 radio stations, 61 television stations and social media. It included PSAs featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, a $1,000 scholarship sweepstakes, a text-message hotline, workshops on the federal student loan program, and digital resources.




KTRH/KPRC Host Recognized by Fisher House (KTRH/KPRC)

Topic: Military-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 2/15/2015

iHeartMedia owned KTRH-AM and NBC Affiliate KPRC-TV Houston, Tex. host Matt Patrick was recognized for his efforts in his annual Radiothon for Fisher House. Fisher House Manager Frank Kelley presented the awards for his service to Patrick. The talk show host’s Radiothon held on Veteran’s Day weekend raised $40,000.




KRGV-TV’s “Tim’s Coats” Event Celebrates 30th Anniversary (KRGV-TV)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 2/15/2015

Manship Family’s ABC affiliate KRGV-TV Weslaco, Tex. celebrated the 30th anniversary of “Tim’s Coats,” a program that distributes winter coats. Texas’ Rio Grande Valley is one of the poorest areas in the U.S., with an 85 percent poverty rate. Each winter, KRGV-TV partners with the Southwest Dry Cleaners Association to clean, mend and distribute donated coats. In 30 years, the program has distributed over 250,000 coats.




KLUV and KRLD’s “Christmas is for Children” raises $1 million (KLUV-FM and KRLD-FM)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 2/9/2015

CBS Radio’s KLUV-FM and KRLD-FM Dallas raised more than $1 million for the Children’s Medical Center which is, the seventh-largest pediatric hospital in the country. Twenty patients and families shared their stories on air to share their stories. “CBS Radio DFW has become a very strong ally with us in being by the side of parents across North Texas. We are extremely grateful,” said Christopher J. Durovich, president and CEO of Children’s Health.




Univision Houston and the Salvation Army Partner to Help the Community for the Holidays (Univision Houston)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/20/2015

During the holiday season, Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) Houston, Tex. worked with the Salvation Army to help 50 underprivileged children the Greater Houston region through the Salvation Army’s “Operation Angel Tree” program. The program collected and distributed toys during the holiday season.




Univision Houston Promotes Family Health (KXLN-TV and KLTN-FM, KOVE-FM, KAMA-FM, and KQBU-FM)

Topic: Health Awareness Campaigns
Date Posted: 1/20/2015

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) Houston, Tex. hosted Copa Univision, a soccer tournament to promote family health. On Dec. 6-7, 72 teams participated this year in soccer matches at the Houston Sports Park. Over 3,000 people attended the tournament and enjoyed music and entertainment. KXLN-TV news anchors signed autographs. In addition, Univision Radio stations including KLTN-FM, KOVE-FM, KAMA-FM,and KQBU-FM provided free giveaways to participants.




WBAP-AM Aids Supported Living Center (WBAP-AM)

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/13/2015

Cumulus Media’s WBAP-AM Dallas collected 1,000 gifts during a week-long fundraiser to benefit the physically and mentally challenged adults at the Denton State Supported Living Center. Santa delivered the gifts during a holiday party. WBAP-AM also collected money for necessary medical equipment and supplies.




Emmis Austin Serves Families and Troops (KLBJ-AM/FM, KBPA-FM, KLZT-FM and KGSR-FM)

Topic: Military-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/13/2015

Emmis Communications’ Austin, Texas stations KLBJ-AM/FM, KBPA-FM, KLZT-FM and KGSR-FM participated in Chuy’s Parade, which collected thousands of toys. KLBJ-AM’s "Operation Thank You" raised $19,000 for the Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation, which assists families with a household member deployed during the holidays. KLZT-FM raised $146,000 for Dell Children’s Medical Center during and also helped distribute more than 1,000 Thanksgiving meals through El Buen Samaritano’s "Hands for Hope" mission.




San Antonio Listeners Wrap 5,000 Gifts (KTSA-AM)

Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 1/13/2015

Alpha Media’s KTSA-AM San Antonio hosted its 16th annual Wrappin With Jack campaign. During the event, 700 volunteers wrapped over 5,000 gifts that had been donated to benefit the Family Service Association of San Antonio. Host Jack Riccardi wanted to ensure that no child was told that Santa couldn’t come this year because the family is going through tough times.




San Antonio Listeners Wrap 5,000 Gifts (KTSA-AM)

Topic: Neighbors in Need
Date Posted: 12/4/2014

Alpha Media’s KTSA-AM San Antonio, Texas, and its five sister stations raised $128,000 during the 7th annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner Radiothon to support San Antonio’s A Feast of the Heart. The program started 35 years ago, when late restaurant owner Raul Jimenez served free Thanksgiving dinners to more than 200 needy people. This year, the event served more than 25,000 people. "We associate our stations with so many wonderful organizations, but this one is one of the most genuine," said Operations Manager Greg Martin.




Univision Hosts Its Fourth Annual Education Week (Univision)

Topic: Education
Date Posted: 12/4/2014

Univision’s Education Week 2014, held Oct. 4 - 11 across its 128 radio and TV stations and its multimedia platforms, included on-air segments; phone banks that answered more than 3,000 questions from viewers; and online college fairs. More than 2,000 viewers attended a free education fair in San Antonio on Oct. 4, which included exhibits and sessions on scholarships, financial aid, career planning and bilingual education. WLTV Miami’s Education Week events included "Camino a la Universidad," a workshop that educated 11th grade students and their parents on the steps needed for a college education; its 13th annual "Club de Libros 23," a Parent Academy with sessions on enrollment, financial aid and scholarships; and phone banks for questions on education.




CBS Television Commits Air Time for Political Debates (KTXA-TV)

Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
Date Posted: 11/20/2014

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

  • KTXA Dallas, Oct. 5, Governor [Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis]; Lt. Governor [Dan Patrick, Leticia Van de Putte]

  • KYW-TV Philadelphia, Oct. 5, Governor [Tom Corbett, Tom Wolf]

  • WBZ-TV Boston, Oct. 7, Governor [Charlie Baker, Martha Coakley, Evan Falchuk, Scott Lively, Jeff McCormick]

  • WJZ-TV Baltimore, Oct. 7, Governor [Anthony Brown, Larry Hogan]

  • WBBM-TV Chicago, Oct. 14, Governor [Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner]

  • WFOR-TV Miami, Oct. 15, Governor [Charlie Crist, Rick Scott]

  • KCNC-TV Denver, Oct. 24, Governor [John Hickenlooper, Bob Beauprez]

  • WCCO-TV Minneapolis, Oct. 26, Governor [Mark Dayton, Jeff Johnson]

  • WCCO-TV Minneapolis, Nov. 2, U.S. Senate [Al Franken, Mike McFadden]




  • Salem Radio Stations Hold Get Out the Vote Rallies (KSKY-AM)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
    Date Posted: 11/20/2014

    Salem Communications hosted listener rallies in Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago to encourage voters to cast their ballots. The rallies were hosted by KSKY-AM Dallas on Oct. 18; KRLA-AM Glendale, Calif. on Oct. 19 (Townhall 2014); and WIND-AM Elk Grove Village, Ill., on Oct. 24-25.




    Radio and Television Stations in Texas Air Debates in English and Spanish (KUVN-TV Dallas, KERA-FM Dallas, KERA-TV Dallas, KXAS-TV Dallas, KXTX-TV Dallas)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
    Date Posted: 11/20/2014

    On Oct. 24, Univision owned-and-operated KUVN-TV Dallas aired and streamed a debate between U.S. Senate candidates John Cornyn and Democratic challenger David Alameel. The debate broadcast in both English and Spanish. On Sept. 30, North Texas Public Broadcasting’s KERA-FM and PBS affiliate KERA-TV Dallas hosted, aired and streamed a one-hour live debate with candidates for Texas Governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Senator Wendy Davis. Co-producers of this debate, which re-aired on KERA-TV on Oct. 1 and Oct. 5 and on KERA-FM on Oct. 3, include NBC owned-and-operated KXAS-TV Dallas and Telemundo owned-and-operated KXTX-TV. The Texas Association of Broadcasters provided translation and closed-captioning services, and funded satellite distribution to radio and television stations statewide.




    Univision Celebrates Get-Out-the-Vote Initiative (KXLN-TV)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
    Date Posted: 11/20/2014

    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.




    Gannett’s Election Coverage Spans Broadcast, Online Platforms (WFAA-TV Dallas)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
    Date Posted: 11/20/2014

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

    • Gannett Broadcasting stations produced, aired and streamed over 50 debates across the country. Participating stations included CBS affiliate WMAZ-TV Macon, Ga., which hosted two debates between Georgia’s candidates for U.S. Senate and one debate featuring candidates for Georgia governor.

    • Gannett Broadcasting stations that produced exclusive online candidate interviews and aired special programming featuring political analysis and information on key issues included Gannett’s NBC affiliate KARE Minneapolis, NBC affiliate WKYC-TV Cleveland and ABC affiliate WFAA-TV Dallas.

    • NBC affiliate KUSA-TV Denver’s "Balance of Power" program featured political analysis on critical issues and information on local and statewide candidates. "Balance of Power" aired monthly beginning in May and twice in October.




    Telemundo Hosts Spanish-Language Gubernatorial Debates in Several States (KTLM, KGBT, KTMD Houston, KVDA San Antonio, KXTX Dallas, KERA Dallas, KXAS Dallas)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
    Date Posted: 10/2/2014

    Telemundo is hosting 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. The debate series and other initiatives on Telemundo-owned stations include:

    • California, September 4: KVEA Burbank, PBS affiliate KQED San Francisco and the Los Angeles Times hosted a debate between incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari, which also aired on KNSO Fresno, KSTS San Jose and KUNA Palm Springs.

    • Texas, September 19: KTLM and CBS affiliate KGBT produced a debate between Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, which KTMD Houston and KVDA San Antonio also televised. Dallas stations KXTX, KERA and NBC affiliate KXAS co-hosted an Abbott and Davis debate on September 30.

    • Florida, October 10: WSCV Miami is hosting a Spanish-language debate between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist.

    • Enfoque, a public affairs program: Airs on stations in Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, San Jose, Phoenix and Tucson and provides in-depth analysis of relevant local, regional and statewide topics.




    Texas Stations to Hold Gubernatorial Debate September 19 (KGVT-TV, KTLM-TV)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
    Date Posted: 9/8/2014

    Sinclair-owned CBS affiliate KGBT-TV Harlingen, Texas, and Sunbelt Communications’ Telemundo affiliate KTLM-TV McAllen, Texas, announced the stations have partnered with The Monitor to host the first gubernatorial debate for candidates Attorney General Greg Abbott and Senator Wendy Davis who are running in the statewide election. The debate will broadcast live from 6-7 p.m. 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, FOX affiliate KFOX-TV El Paso and Gray Television’s CBS affiliate KBTX-TV Bryan, Texas.




    CBS Radio Dallas Employees Volunteer at Area Food Banks (CBS Radio Dallas)

    Topic: Neighbors in Need
    Date Posted: 9/8/2014

    CBS Radio Dallas employees spent the afternoon of August 5 volunteering at area food banks as part of a team-wide day of community service. Eighty-two employees worked together in the warehouses of the North Texas Food Bank and the Tarrant Area Food Bank to help provide nearly 13,000 meals for hungry North Texans.




    KMVK-FM Gives Away 3,000 Backpacks to Dallas Kids (KMVK-FM)

    Topic: Education
    Date Posted: 9/8/2014

    CBS Radio’s KMVK-FM Dallas gave away 3,000 free backpacks filled with school supplies to Dallas-Fort Worth school children during the station’s "Back to School Fair." The Fair events took place at local supermarkets in El Rio Grande locations from August 13-17. The events drew large crowds of excited, local listeners.




    WFAA-TV Encourages Dallas Bookworms to Keep Reading During Summer (WFAA-TV)

    Topic: Education
    Date Posted: 9/8/2014

    Gannett’s WFAA-TV Dallas hosted a summer-long campaign to encourage kids to read during summer break. WFAA-TV anchor Shelly Slater led the campaign, called "Shelly’s Summer Bookworms." Every Thursday during the 4 p.m. newscast, Shelly featured a Summer Bookworms segment. She visited recreation centers and camps, donated more than 4,000 books that were collected from WFAA-TV viewers and encouraged students to read. Classes that successfully completed reading assignments were welcomed to tour the station and watch a live newscast.




    KAMX-AM Host Walks 100 Miles, Raises $20,000 for Veterans (KAMX-AM)

    Topic: Military-Focused Initiatives
    Date Posted: 8/12/2014

    Entercom’s KAMX-AM Austin afternoon host Jay Styles recently completed the "Mix 94.7 and Jay Styles Courage Walk" to raise money for Wounded Warrior Project and veterans who are battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Jay walked 20 miles per day for five days straight to raise money for the effort and encourage listeners to support his mission. In total, Jay walked 100 miles and collected more than $20,000 for veterans.




    Univision’s KXLN-TV Encourages Dreaming Through Reading (KXLN-TV)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
    Date Posted: 8/12/2014

    Univision’s KXLN-TV Houston partnered with the Houston Public Library to promote its summer reading program during the months of June and July. The program encourages school children to read during their summer vacation, use the library as a place tehy 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.




    KXLN-TV Promotes Bilingual Literacy on Children’s Day (KXLN-TV)

    Topic: Education
    Date Posted: 6/9/2014

    Univision’s KXLN-TV Houston participated at the Día de los Niños (Children’s Day) event at the Children’s Museum of Houston in conjunction with the Consulate General of Mexico and other non-profit organizations. The event focused on promoting bilingual literacy. Parents were encouraged to take a pledge, as part of Univision Contigo’s Pequeños y Valiosos early childhood educational program, to commit to engaging with their kids in reading, singing or playing for at least 15 minutes every day. KXLN-TV news talent were present at the event during story time, and engaged with the children, while the Mexican Consulate distributed around 500 bilingual children’s books throughout the event.




    WFAA-TV Collects Thousands of Wedding Dresses to Make Angel Gowns for BabieS (WFAA-TV)

    Topic: Neighbors in Need
    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    Gannett’s ABC affiliate WFAA-TV Dallas reporter Janet St. James recently reported on a local nonprofit, NICU Helping Hands, whose mission is to take donated wedding gowns and turn them in to beautiful Angel Gowns. These gowns serve as burial and baptismal gowns for babies who do not make it home from the hospital. After posting the story on WFAA-TV’s Facebook page, the outpouring of viewers who wanted to donate their dresses led to a one-week, wedding dress donation drive at the station. Over 1,000 wedding dresses were donated locally, and since the story went viral, over 3,000 wedding dresses have been donated from across the country. Each donated dress will make approximately 12 Angel Gowns. NICU Helping Hands volunteers estimate their warehouse now holds enough wedding dresses to make over 40,000 Angel Gowns. Click here to watch video of the dress drive.




    KXLN-TV and KTRK-TV Host Affordable Care Act Phone Bank (KXLN-TV, KTRK-TV)

    Topic: Education
    Date Posted: 4/13/2014

    Univision’s KXLN-TV and ABC-owned KTRK-TV Houston partnered to host an Affordable Care Act (ACA) phone bank on March 5 at the Univision Houston studios in Texas. The general public was invited to call in to get their ACA questions answered by qualified, bilingual volunteers from the Texas Organizing Project. The goal of the phone bank was to provide the general public with information about the benefits and implications of the health reforms and to explain the registration process. The phone bank receieved 704 calls. Both KXLN-TV and KTRK-TV covered the event live on their evening newscasts.




    WRBL-TV Schedules Debates for Georgia Candidates (KXLN-TV, KFTH-TV and KAMA-FM)

    Topic: Education
    Date Posted: 3/17/2014

    Univision’s KXLN-TV, KFTH-TV and Univision Radio’s KAMA-FM Houston partnered as media sponsors at the Houston Hispanic Forum’s Annual Career and Education Day. Various universities, colleges, nonprofit organizations and companies joined more than 10,000 students, teachers and parents to share valuable information about different career paths and financial aid. On-air talent participated as panelists in the Broadcasting and Media seminars. They spoke about Univision Scholarships and handed out Univision school supplies to students from booths in the exhibitor area. Students also heard personal accounts about life experiences in the broadcasting industry from news anchors and reporters.




    WACO-FM Travels to Afghanistan to Support the Troops (WACO-FM)

    Topic: Military-Focused Initiatives
    Date Posted: 3/17/2014

    Clear Channel’s WACO-FM Waco, Texas, morning program, The Zack and Jim Morning Show, broadcast live from Afghanistan for a week in February to show support for members of the military who are stationed overseas. The show featured exclusive interviews with servicemen and women and listeners’ shout-outs of appreciation. This trip marked the fourth time WACO-FM’s hosts have traveled to a war zone to show appreciation for American men and women in uniform.




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

    Topic: Health Awareness Campaigns
    Date Posted: 2/11/2014

    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. Univision staff participated as donors and more than 200 individuals were screened with 155 donating blood. The blood drive helped to save 465 lives, according to the Red Cross.




    KRGV-TV Hosts Several Drives to Support South Texans (KRGV-TV)

    Topic: Neighbors in Need
    Date Posted: 2/11/2014

    Manship Stations’ ABC affiliate KRGV-TV Weslaco, Texas, hosted several events to make the holidays brighter for those less fortunate. For two weeks, KRGV-TV held the "Sharing Basket" food drive which collected enough meals for 2,700 families. The KRGV-TV Toy Drive also collected more than $10,000 to buy toys that were distributed to children in foster care, local hospitals and in low income communities along the Texas-Mexico border. In addition to these drives, the station is currently holding its "Tim’s Coats" drive to collect new and slightly worn coats. The project began in October and runs until March. So far, KRGV-TV has collected 4,000 coats and 400 hats.




    KIII-TV Collects Hundreds of Baby Items for Military Families (KIII-TV)

    Topic: Military-Focused Initiatives
    Date Posted: 2/11/2014

    London Broadcasting’s KIII-TV Corpus Christi partnered with the USO and the Black Chamber of Commerce to host the third annual Diaper Drive to support military families with small children. Hundreds of items including diapers, wipes and other infant hygiene products were collected during the 13-hour drive. Video from the event is available here.




    KWTX-TV Collects 1.9 Million Lbs. of Food for Local Pantries (KWTX-TV)

    Topic: Neighbors in Need
    Date Posted: 2/11/2014

    Gray Television’s CBS affiliate KWTX-TV Waco, Texas, partnered with the Boy Scouts of America, the Texas Army National Guard and the H.E.B. Grocery Company to host the 24th annual Food for Families drive to collect non-perishable items for local food banks and pantries. The event gathered 1.4 million pounds of food. Over the past 24 years, KWTX-TV and its partners have collected more than 19 million pounds of donations.




    CBS Radio Dallas Packs 23,000 Meals for Local Families (CBS Radio Dallas-Ft. Worth)

    Topic: Neighbors in Need
    Date Posted: 1/10/2014

    On “Giving Tuesday,” December 3, employees of CBS Radio Dallas-Fort Worth volunteered their time at the North Texas Food Bank. Team members sorted and packed dozens of pallets of food items, producing more than 23,000 meals for local families in need.




    CBS Radio Raises $1 Million for Children’s Medical Center (KLUV-FM, KMVK-FM)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
    Date Posted: 1/10/2014

    CBS Radio partnered with Children’s Medical Center for the "2013 Christmas is for Children Radio." The eighth annual four-day event was supported by CBS Radio and broadcast live on KLUV-FM and KMVK-FM Dallas. The radiothon raised more than $1 million, and all of the funds raised will go to support patient care and hospital programs and services.




    Univision Radio & KXLN-TV Help with Health Care Enrollment (Univision Radio, KXLN-TV)

    Topic: Education
    Date Posted: 12/6/2013

    On November 16, Univision Radio and Univision’s KXLN-TV Houston hosted an Affordable Care Act town hall and an enrollment and health fair. The event featured remarks from U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and a panel discussion with Reps. Gene Green, All Green and Sheila Jackson Lee. KXLN-TV’s news anchor Lizzet Lopez and Univision Radio’s on-air host Renzo Heredia moderated the discussion. The event had nearly 2,000 people in attendance, approximately 207 people enrolled on-site and 494 attendees scheduled appointments for future enrollment.




    KUHT-TV Houston Airs a Two-Hour Debate Before Mayoral Election (KUHT-TV)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
    Date Posted: 11/22/2013

    The University of Houston’s PBS station KUHT-TV broadcast a two-hour forum-style debate with candidates in Houston’s mayoral race. Incumbent Annise Parker faced her five challengers: Ben Hall, Don Cook, Eric Dick, Keryl Burgess Douglas and Michael Fitzsimmons in the event hosted by the League of Women Voters.




    Univision Radio Dallas Raises $762,000 with St. Jude Radiothon (KLNO-FM)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
    Date Posted: 10/4/2013

    Univision Radio’s KLNO-FM Dallas won the coveted St. Jude’s Radio Partner of the Year, Promesa y Esperanza Award for raising $762,000 for the 2013 campaign during the station’s annual radiothon. Over the past 15 years, KLNO-FM has raised more than $6 million for the local hospital. All proceeds go directly to research, patient treatments and hospital costs.




    Belo’s WFAA-TV Helps Local Organizations Raise $25 Million (WFAA-TV)

    Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
    Date Posted: 10/4/2013

    Belo’s ABC affiliate WFAA-TV Dallas served as the media sponsor for the fifth annual Communities Foundation of Texas’s North Texas Giving Day. Each year the Foundation hosts a day when people around the world can donate to North Texas-based nonprofits. WFAA-TV raised awareness about the day with coverage during the station’s news segments and with a series of PSAs. This year, WFAA-TV’s efforts helped the Foundation raise $25.2 million for 1,351 local charities.




    KAMX-FM Launches 17th Drive to Collect Bikes for Austin Kids (KAMX-FM)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives
    Date Posted: 8/8/2013

    ESPN Radio hosted the 9th annual "Don’t Give Up ESPYS V Foundation Auction," which raises money and awareness for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The on-air and online auction included autographed apparel, footballs, baseballs, basketballs and other sporting "experiences," such as a tour of an ESPN radio station with a radio personality. This year the auction raised more than $781,000. ESPN Radio has raised more than $6.5 million to fund cancer research since the first event.




    Sinclair’s KFOX-TV El Paso Hosts Debate (KFOX-TV)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage
    Date Posted: 7/8/2013

    Sinclair Broadcasting’s KFOX-TV El Paso, TX broadcast a one-hour debate on June 3rd with six candidates vying for three city representative seats. Topics included job creation, the military, open space, education, technology and urban development. The discussion also covered controversial decisions such as building a new ballpark, demolishing the City Hall building and providing benefits to gay and unmarried partners of city employees.




    KRGV-TV Raises Funds for Playground (KRGV-TV)

    Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
    Date Posted: 7/8/2013

    Texas Station Builds New Playgrounds in Moore, OK Manship Stations’ KRGV-TV Weslaco, TX’s Project Playground raised $80,000 to replace two elementary school playgrounds in Moore, OK that were destroyed by the tornado. KRGV will also replace trees and include a memorial made by kids in Weslaco. "It is great the way our broadcaster community, radio and television, come together to help those in need," said General Manager John Kittleman.




    CBS Dallas / Fort Worth Continues to Raise Money (KTVT-TV, KLUV-FM)

    Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
    Date Posted: 6/7/2013

    CBS-owned KTVT-TV Fort Worth and KLUV-FM Dallas partnered with the Dallas Cowboys and Albertsons Markets to raise money for tornado victims. The initial phone bank on May 16 raised more than $19,000 and a follow-up effort the next week added $45,000. Additional funds will be collected via online donations, mailed checks and the in-store donations through June 6.




    Texas Stations Support Firefighters Hurt in Fertilizer Blast (WACO-FM)

    Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
    Date Posted: 5/10/2013

    Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s WACO-FM Waco, TX organized an online auction of artist memorabilia to benefit the West, TX fire department, whose members were among the first responders to the explosion at the fertilizer plant that killed 12 and injured 200. CBS Radio’s Houston stations, including KILT-FM, held a relief effort at a grocery store that aimed to fill an 18-wheeler with bottled water, blankets, toiletries and non-perishable food.




    KLBJ-AM Collects Supplies for Troops (KLBJ-AM)

    Topic: Military-Focused Initiatives

    Since the beginning of the war in Iraq, KLBJ-AM in Austin, Texas, has held an annual one-day drive each November to make sure troops from nearby Fort Hood have the means to call home during the holidays. Starting three weeks before "Operation Call Home," the campaign becomes the station’s main focus. Recorded and live promotional announcements play every hour around the clock, raising awareness of soldiers’ needs and directing listeners how to help. The campaign also has a large presence on the KLBJ Web site. On the day of the drive, the station sets up donation points throughout the area, and the morning and afternoon shows broadcast live from the location designated as "Operation Call Home" headquarters. In the past five years, KLBJ listeners have donated more than $250,000 to the effort, providing thousands of soldiers with one-hour calling cards. Each year, after the donations have been totaled, officers from Fort Hood come to the station for a live broadcast during which they share what it means to be able to call home from a war zone and what it means to families to hear their loved one’s voice.




    KDHT-FM Collects Toys for Children (KDHT-FM)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives

    Every holiday season, Boogie and Mimi, two marquee personalities from KDHT-FM in Austin, Texas, can be found at various locations throughout the city encouraging listeners to help stuff a 26-foot truck completely full with Christmas toys for the less fortunate. This 50-hour live broadcast is the single largest toy drive event for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign benefiting Central Texas. Hundreds of live and recorded promotions support the “Stuff-A-Truck” event, which is now entering its third year. During each of Boogie and Mimi’s day-long live broadcasts from toy drop-off locations, listeners get to hear the personal stories of people who provide their families with Christmas gifts from Toys for Tots during financially uncertain times. The station also interviews Marines who carry out the program and community members who stop by to give. Each year, listeners fill the truck with more than 2,000 toys, making it possible for many children in the area to have a very special holiday.




    San Antonio’s KAJA-FM Collects More Than $407,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (KAJA-FM)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives

    Clear Channel-owned KAJA-FM San Antonio, Texas helped raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a two-day radiothon. The station successfully raised $407,236 during the 28-hour event, which represents an increase of almost $100,000 from KAJA-FM’s total last year. Over the past two years, the San Antonio station has raised more than $714,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.




    KNDE-FM’s Kittypalooza Provides Care to 60 Rescued Cats in Brazos County, Texas (KNDE-FM)

    Topic: Animal Protection

    Bryan Broadcasting-owned KNDE-FM College Station, Texas, held a "Kittypalooza" drive to raise money for the medical care of 60 cats seized from an animal-hoarding situation in Brazos County. Due to their cramped and filthy living conditions, some of the cats were sick and struggling to survive. The four-hour broadcast, organized by morning show hosts Frito and Alli, raised more than $11,000 for the Brazos Animal Shelter’s Tahoka Rescue Fund. Monies in the fund are used specifically for emergency medical treatments of shelter animals and to subsidize Half-Price Adoption events.




    KPYN-AM Helps Victims of Texas Wild Fires (KPYN-AM)

    Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery

    Freed AM Corp.’s KPYN-AM Atlanta, Texas hosted a five-hour radiothon in September to raise money for victims of the Bear Creek, Texas fire that destroyed over 40,000 acres and 100 area homes. Donations were given to the Community Services of Northeast Texas and distributed to families through the American Red Cross.




    News Gets Personal for KXAS Reporter (KXAS-TV Dallas)

    Topic: Health Awareness Campaigns

    NBC affiliate KXAS-TV Dallas anchor and reporter Kristi Nelson recently shared a touching, personal story of donating a kidney to her mother during a multi-part series titled "Kristi’s Gift." "I’m doing this because she’s my mother and I love her and I think she has a wonderful spirit," said Nelson. "I also think it’s an especially important message to send to minority communities, including African Americans and Hispanics. The message is that we need to take care of ourselves and that if we do have contributing factors to kidney disease we can control them."
    The series examined kidney disease, organ donation and transplantation from the emotional perspective of a daughter who witnessed her mother taking dialysis three times per week. In addition to the on-air series, Kristi’s Gift has its own page on the NBC 5 website with kidney disease resources and the stories of others who are awaiting transplants. Kristi’s Gift aired on KXAS newscasts in three parts and was produced by NBC 5’s Emmy Award winning team.




    Cumulus Media’s Michael Baisden Helps Return Missing Girls (Cumulus Media)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives

    The partnership between the Cumulus Media Networks-syndicated Michael Baisden Show and The Black and Missing Foundation has been directly responsible for finding three missing children in one month. In one recent case, Jhada Clark had been missing for more than a month after her father took her out of state. After the father’s co-workers heard Jhada’s story during the show, they convinced him to turn the missing girl over to local authorities. Jhada was reunited with her mother, Rose Walker.
    Baisden’s show highlights a child who is currently missing every day during the show. Details about missing children are also profiled on the show’s website and social media outlets. Listeners learn how to provide information to local law enforcement agencies.




    Houston Morning Man Runs for Kids With Cancer (KKBQ-FM)

    Topic: Health Awareness Campaigns

    Cox Radio’s KKBQ-FM (93Q) morning show host Kevin Kline ran 62 miles a day for a week to help raise awareness and money for the Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Kline, who doubles as president of the Snowdrop Foundation, which raises money for the hospital, ran on a .75 mile loop around the center. Why 62 miles? There are 62 beds being occupied by kids at the center.
    Kline invited listeners and other supporters to join him and run any distance they choose. The Snowdrop Foundation supports the center’s cutting edge work in pediatric cancer research, provides twice annual weekend excursions for patients, and awards college scholarships to pediatric cancer patients and childhood cancer survivors.

    "This is to symbolically show what the children have to go through, through their chemotherapy," Kline said. "There is nothing comfortable about this; they actually experience pain. I just experience degrees of discomfort."




    WFAA-TV Dallas Supports North Texas Giving Day (WFAA-TV)

    Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives

    Belo-owned WFAA-TV Dallas teamed up with the Communities Foundation of Texas to generate awareness for the 4th Annual "North Texas Giving Day." Through a new public service announcement campaign and news coverage, WFAA-TV helped increase the number of people who donated on "North Texas Giving Day," (September 13) by 35%. Over 37,500 people opened their wallets to benefit more than 900 local charities. The total amount raised was more than $14.4 million.




    TAB, Univision and Others Host Dewhurst and Cruz Debate (KERA-TV, KERA-FM, KCEN-TV, Texas Association of Broadcasters)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage

    TAB, Univision and Others Host Dewhurst and Cruz Debate The Texas Association of Broadcasters, in partnership with Univision, North Texas Public Broadcasting’s KERA-TV, KERA-FM Dallas and other partners, hosted a debate between Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and challenger Ted Cruz in preparation for a senate runoff election on July 31. The first debate aired live on Univision, the KERA stations, as well as London Broadcasting Company’s KCEN-TV’s multicast channel, Me TV, on June 22.




    Belo’s Dallas Stations Cover Texas Senate Race (WFAA-TV, KVUE-TV, KHOU-TV, KENS-TV)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage

    Belo Broadcasting’s Texas television stations, WFAA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, KVUE-TV Austin, KHOU-TV Houston and KENS-TV San Antonio, produced and aired the Texas Senatorial debate featuring candidates, Ted Cruz, David Dewhurst, Craig James and Tom Leppert. WFAA-TV’s John McCaa moderated a panel of journalists who questioned the candidates. The debate streamed live on station websites and the website for The Dallas Morning News. Belo offered all television stations the Spanish language broadcast and allowed all Texas radio stations to air the event.




    Cumulus Dallas Cluster Hosts Event to Help Texans Find Jobs (Cumulus Media Network’s Dallas Cluster)

    Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives

    Cumulus Media Network’s Dallas cluster recently hosted the "Putting Texans Back to Work" event at the Irving Convention Center. Dan Bennett, Cumulus Dallas vice president and market manager welcomed the network’s syndicated radio host, Geraldo Rivera, to the event, which was part of Rivera’s nationwide tour to help people who are unemployed find a new job. More than 5,000 people attended the event and took advantage of the opportunity to meet face-to-face with 125 North Texas company recruiters.




    DonorsChoose.org Chosen for Clear Channel Push (Clear Channel Media & Entertainment)

    Topic: Education

    Clear Channel Communications named DonorsChoose.org as its quarter one 2012 non-profit partner. DonorsChoose.org raises funds for teachers’ classroom projects. "Tools for Classrooms," a collaboration between Clear Channel Communities, DonorsChoose.org and Chase, will spotlight the lack of educational resources in U.S. classrooms. A three-month radio campaign will air 300,000 radio spots nationally on 850 stations. Personalities and artists such as Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Clarkson, LMFAO and Kris Allen encourage listeners to contribute to DonorsChoose.org. Chase and other partners will match donations for a total commitment of $250,000.
    "I am really excited to partner with other great musicians in an effort to help teachers like my wife in communities all around the country," said Kris Allen, platinum recording artist and 2009 American Idol winner.
    Approximately 40 percent of U.S. classrooms use DonorsChoose.org. Teachers use the website to post specific requests for their classrooms, such as pencils for a poetry writing unit, violins for a recital or microscope slides for biology. Visitors to the website decide which project to support and DonorsChoose.org delivers the materials once the funding goal is reached. Contributors receive photos of their selected project, a thank-you letter from the teacher and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent; those who donate $50 or more receive hand-written thank you letters from students.
    Each quarter, Clear Channel Communities will spotlight a leading national non-profit organization that addresses critical issues in one of four focus areas: family and social impact; health and wellness; education and literacy; and music and arts.




    Kidd Kraddick Raises $415K For Children’s Trip to Disney (Kidd Kraddick Morning Show)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives

    Clear Channel’s Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, in partnership with Southwest Airlines, raised more than $415K in a four hour period. Kidd’s Kids 2011 will take 51 terminally/chronically ill or physically challenged children and their intermediate families to Orlando for five amazing days at Walt Disney World. Donations will cover all expenses: hotel, park passes, meals, transportation, spending money and souvenirs for the 184 children and family members.
    Donations came through the Southwest Airlines call center, texting, online and Kidd Kraddick in the Morning’s national affiliate markets. Kraddick will broadcast from Walt Disney World November 17-21 during his annual Kidd’s Kids trip.
    Southwest Airlines provides Kidd’s Kids a complimentary aircraft equipped with WiFi and a unique Kidd’s Kids decal, as well as private hangars in Dallas and Orlando. Southwest employees volunteer their time before, during and after the trip. Additional Kidd’s Kids major partners include WDW and Disney Events Group, TeleTouch/Hawk Electronics, Imlach Group/Atlas Van Lines, Swan and Dolphin Hotel, The Orlando Magic, Consolidated Restaurant Operations and Mears Transportation/Hello-Florida.
    The Kraddick Foundation was founded in 1991 by Kraddick. The first Kidd’s Kids trip was to Sea World in San Antonio and benefited five families. Due to the generosity of Kidd’s listeners and corporate donations, the program now takes between 40 and 50 families to Walt Disney World each year. Over the years, almost 800 children and their families have attended the Kidd’s Kids trip.




    KENS-TV Honors Businesses Conserving Water (KENS-TV)

    Topic: Environment

    Together with the San Antonio Water Systems, KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas, honors local businesses and community organizations that are taking action to conserve water. Each year, the Water Saver Awards go to organizations and businesses that have used innovative technology, education and new practices to make a difference. For a two-week period, Chief Meteorologist Bill Taylor pays tribute to the "Water Saver" winners during newscasts, talking about how the honoree has made a difference. Taylor also hosts the awards banquet, which the station covers in a news package. Since the program’s inception, 1.5 billion gallons of water have been saved. KENS has been a sponsor of the awards since 2001. Throughout the year, the station also airs water conservation stories with tips and information to help viewers do their part to save water.




    Clear Channel’s WOAI-AM Collected $152,686 for San Antonio’s Children (WOAI-AM)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives

    Clear Channel’s WOAI-AM San Antonio hosted the station’s 16th annual radiothon and silent auction to raise money for San Antonio’s Elf Louise Christmas Project, which provides holiday presents to 20,000 local children. On December 4 and 5, WOAI-AM broadcast live from the North Star Mall and featured appearances from Clear Channel-San Antonio radio personalities, along with District Attorney Susan Reed and Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller. The station successfully raised $152,686. Since 2007, the event has collected more than $700,000. Click here to watch a YouTube video of the radiothon.




    Emmis Stations Raised Over $25K for Fire Victims (KLBJ-FM, KLBJ-AM, KGSR-FM, KBPA-FM and KGSR-FM)

    Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery

    Following the central Texas wildfires, Emmis Austin Radio raised over $25,000 for the Red Cross of Central Texas and collected three truckloads of much-needed supplies for the Catholic Diocese Charities of Central Texas. These donations added to a large delivery truck full of supplies collected earlier in the week from listeners of the Dudley and Bob Show on Emmis’ KLBJ-FM 93.7 to benefit the first responders and fire victims. Participating stations included: KLBJ-FM, KLBJ-AM, KGSR-FM, KBPA-FM and KGSR-FM.
    News Radio KLBJ-FM also provided live continuous media coverage of the wildfires that tore through central Texas. KLBJ’s listeners called in throughout the night with firsthand accounts, which provided local residents with invaluable information regarding the fire’s path, damage, and relief efforts.




    Post-Newsweek Stations Offer Free Airtime (KPRC-TV, KSAT-TV)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage

    Candidates for the 2012 elections will be eligible for free airtime and free Web-time in the 30 days preceding the general elections. Post-Newsweek stations will offer free airtime on its television stations in the battleground states of Texas, Florida and Michigan: WDIV-TV Detroit; KPRC-TV Houston; WPLG-TV Miami; WKMG-TV Orlando; WJXT-TV Jacksonville; and KSAT-TV San Antonio. In addition to the presidential race, each state has important senatorial and congressional races.
    "The 2012 elections are of critical importance, both locally and nationally. Our responsibility as news and public affairs leaders is to ensure that candidates and voters have a platform for rigorous public discussion and debate,” said a station representative.
    In addition to free airtime and Web-time, Post-Newsweek stations will offer at least 10 minutes per weekday to locally produced political news during the political season, featuring on-air debates, town hall meetings and public service announcements to encourage voter participation.




    Cumulus Sends Santa to Dallas Schools (KLIF-AM)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives

    Cumulus Media’s KLIF-FM Dallas delivered over 800 toys to elementary schools kids in disadvantaged neighborhoods around Dallas and Ft. Worth. “Seeing the looks on the faces of those kids through the eyes of Santa Claus is something I’ll never forget,” said News Director Dave Williams, according to NTS Media. “Especially on this particular week in which the news is all about the unimaginable tragedy of Newtown.”




    Belo Corp. Offers Candidates Free Airtime (Belo Corporation)

    Topic: Politics and Election Coverage

    Belo Corporation’s "It’s Your Time" will provide congressional and gubernatorial candidates free air time for the ninth consecutive election cycle. In each of the six weeks before the general election, news stations will air at least one hour of political coverage. The debates with local, state and federal candidates will also run on multicast channels. Station websites will host archives of debates and interviews, candidate issue statements, e-town meetings and voter registration information. Belo will promote its smartphone and iPad apps and Facebook and Twitter conversations. Candidates get five minutes of free airtime: four to address voters and one to answer questions. In 2010, Belo’s "It’s Your Time" provided 151 candidates with more than 18 hours of free airtime. "Belo has a long-standing commitment to providing robust election coverage that helps create an informed electorate in the local communities we serve," said Peter L. Diaz, Belo’s president, media operations.




    Salem Radio Raises Funds for America’s Hungry (Salem Radio)

    Topic: Neighbors in Need

    Talk hosts from Salem Radio Network in Irving, Texas, teamed with Feed the Children to raise money to for America’s hungry. Even amid a weak economy, listeners of Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America,” “The Mike Gallagher Show,” “The Dennis Prager Show,” “The Michael Medved Show,” “The Hugh Hewitt Show” and Janet Parshall’s “America” donated more than $200,000 during the week-long campaign. The sum is enough to feed more than 40,000 families of four for an entire week. “We are doing double, even triple, the donations generated last year,” said Tom Tradup, vice president of news and programming at Salem Radio Network. “This is proof of the one-on-one bond that Salem Radio Network talk hosts have with their audience and the inherent generosity of the American people.”




    KXPS-AM Supports Classic Rock Summer Blood Drive (KXPS-AM)

    Topic: Health Awareness Campaigns

    Each year, KXPS-FM in Dallas, Texas, inspires thousands of volunteers to roll up their sleeves and donate blood at the station’s week-long Classic Rock Summer Blood Drive. The most recent drive, which took place at three locations across Dallas and Fort Worth, inspired 3,500 listeners to give blood. Live entertainment, celebrity visitors and giveaways, including autographed guitars from ZZ Top and The Eagles, were all arranged by the station. In addition, KXPS ran on-air announcements starting three weeks prior to the drive, built a dedicated Web page and broadcast live on-site. The station has been part of the Summer Blood Drive since its beginning. In its 34-year history, 40,000 donors have participated, saving countless lives. KZPS was recognized nationally by America’s Blood Centers with its Media of the Year Award of Excellence for the significant role it has played in supporting community blood programs.




    Stations Provide Coverage of Hurricane Ike (KPRC-TV, KHOU-TV, KTRK-TV, KRIV-TV, KRBE-FM and KUHF-FM)

    Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery

    Television and radio stations joined together to provide timely and lifesaving information as Hurricane Ike ravaged the Texas coast. KPRC-TV, KHOU-TV, KTRK-TV, KRIV-TV, KRBE-FM and KUHF-FM in Houston, Texas, provided crucial wall-to-wall storm coverage leading up to Ike and in the recovery phase following the devastation. Stations broadcast continuously throughout the week, with some staff working 12-hour shifts or more. In addition to working overtime, stations implemented new technology to report on location from the Galveston seawall during serious power outages. Storm coverage took precedent over stations’ regularly scheduled programming as the stations worked to keep Houstonians informed and safe. As people lost power, local radio stations picked up KHOU’s signal and continued its broadcast. KHOU reporters described the broadcast picture to listeners to make sure they knew what to expect as the hurricane picked up speed and made landfall. The stations’ Web sites also proved critical in keeping the community informed and provided a global audience with live streams of hurricane coverage.




    KYKX-FM Raises Funds for Area Women’s Shelter (KYKX-FM)

    Topic: Neighbors in Need
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    The Women’s Center of East Texas was almost without a home when KYKX-FM of Longview, Texas, stepped in to lend a helping hand. The center, which provides a safe haven, crisis intervention and comprehensive support services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, was getting ready to move to a larger facility but lacked the funds needed to secure temporary housing while the new facility was being finished. That’s when KYKX came in with a plan for a "Request-A-Thon." During the 12-hour event, the station accepted song requests from listeners in exchange for pledge donations, and on-air interviews with the center’s director gave the community a chance to learn more about the center’s important work. The station ran announcements prior to the event and promoted it on its online community calendar. In addition, the station provided 720 minutes of Web streaming and 72 hours of hard work by staff. he result: $12,000, enough money to provide the center with a year’s worth of temporary housing. "The response from KYKX listeners was above and beyond. You can tell what an impact the station has on this community by the amazing response we got," said Shannon Trest, executive director of The Women’s Center of East Texas.




    KSAT-TV Holds Telethon for Army Fisher House (KSAT-TV)

    Topic: Military-Focused Initiatives

    Upon the return of several injured soldiers from the Iraq war, KSAT-TV in San Antonio, Texas, held a day-long telethon for the Army Fisher House, a place where service men and women are taken care of until better healed to return to their lives before the war. The Fisher House also supports the families of our soldiers, helping them learn how to endure the stresses associated with a loved one’s serious medical condition, such as blindness or amputation. The entire KSAT news team was behind the effort, broadcasting 20 live updates and asking for pledges. Viewers’ donations totaled more than $130,000, enough money to fund the Army Fisher House for a year. KSAT’s telethon was particularly noteworthy because the station approached the Fisher House to offer its services; the organization is restricted from asking for any donations or charity work directly. Funds generated by the telethon will be used to improve the facility, provide amenities and enhance the range of services provided. Given the need within the community and the success of the effort, KSAT vowed to hold similar events in the future for both community and military organizations.




    KRGV-TV Focuses on Education (KRGV-TV)

    Topic: Education

    From promoting the benefits of education to creating academic challenges, KRGV-TV in Welasco, Texas, is doing its part to help improve lives in the Rio Grande Valley, where many families live in poverty near the Texas-Mexico border. For the past six years, the station has actively supported "Gear Up," which encourages parents and students to consider post-secondary education. The program, which serves 21 school districts, provides mentoring opportunities and information regarding college options and financial aid. The station produces a weekly "Gear Up" feature story that airs during the 10 p.m. newscast, and station talent volunteer as mentors. Anchorwoman Letty Garza is spokesperson for the project and spends countless hours speaking to students about education. "I am certain that without the partnership we share with KRGV, communicating the Gear Up message to the entire Rio Grande Valley population would have been nearly impossible," said Tina Atkins, director of Gear Up. "This truly represents an investment in the future of the Rio Grande Valley." The commitment to education also comes through with "Masterminds," an effort in which the station produces an academic quiz for high school students. Teams face off on subjects including history, math, English, current events, art and music. The station donates production time, air time and even makes a $100 library donation to each school. KRGV was honored with a 2008 Service to America Award for its commitment to children.




    KDAF-TV Features Children Looking for Homes (KDAF-TV)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives

    Helping children find "forever homes" is one of the many ways KDAF-TV in Dallas, Texas, puts its community first. The station’s "A Child to Love" program, which involves the Gladney Center for Adoption and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, is now in its third year. Each week, a child in need of a permanent home is featured during the Monday "News at Nine" broadcast. The station promotes the segment with public service announcements profiling the child and through the station’s Web site. Since its inception, the station has shared the stories of 167 children, 74 of whom have found permanent homes. Last year, the station celebrated the airing of its 100th child profile with its Dolls & Balls Toy Drive, Easter Egg Hunt and Adoption Expo. At the event, viewers donated toys for children in foster care, 100 foster children participated in an egg hunt and information about adoption was distributed to prospective families. The station’s efforts to produce, promote and air "A Child to Love" total more than $160,000 in donated airtime annually. KDAF was the recipient of the 2007 Bonner McLane Public Service Award presented by the Texas Association of Broadcasters.




    KGSR-FM Hosts ’Fan Fare Friday’ (KGSR-FM)

    Topic: Neighbors in Need

    Providing great music while raising funds to protect the elderly from the heat of a Texas summer was the goal behind "Fan Fare Friday," an event organized by KGSR-FM in Austin, Texas, to benefit Family Eldercare. The station organized a concert featuring local musicians and required the donation of a box fan or the monetary equivalent for admission. Seventy-five minutes of live and recorded announcements on the air and streamed on the station’s Web site rallied listeners to attend. The value of donations exceeded $50,000. KGSR broadcast live from the event for 12 hours and thanked the crowd with t-shirts and CDs giveaways. In January 2008, KGSR was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in the Greater Austin Area as Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation for its fan drive efforts.




    KVUE-TV Raises Funds for Area Humane Society (KVUE-TV)

    Topic: Animal Protection

    When the air-conditioning system in the local humane society unexpectedly broke in the heat of the Texas summer, KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, stepped in and organized a drive to raise money for the purchase of a new unit. Even with a temporary cooling system buying time, the Austin Humane Society was in need of $200,000 for the purchase of a permanent replacement, and the funds were needed quickly. The KVUE newscasts covered the ongoing story each day. During the weathercast, viewers were asked to donate and an update was given on where the fundraising efforts were in relation to the goal. More than 120 public service announcements reminded viewers to donate. In less than three weeks, the drive had exceeded its goal. Not only was a new unit ordered and paid for in full, excess funds were given to help maintain it. The more than a hundred residents of the shelter spent the rest of the summer cool and healthy. During the fall, KVUE was honored with the 2007 Austin Humane Society’s Guardian Award for its assistance in solving the air conditioning crisis.




    KLOL-FM Helps Clean Up Texas Coastline (KLOL-FM)

    Topic: Environment

    Even the beaches are bigger in the Lone Star State, which is why Spanish station KLOL-FM in Houston, Texas, along with 37 other television and radio stations from across the state solicited the help of thousands of volunteers to help clean up the Texas coastline. The "21st Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup" brought out 6,782 volunteers to rake, gather, pick up and bag more than 140 tons of trash from more than 160 miles of Texas beaches. Each year, volunteers are given data cards to record information about the marine debris, which is then used to further research on how to mitigate pollution along the coast. KLOL focused its efforts on nine different beach locations, airing public service announcements and placing the event on the station Web site homepage to inspire listeners to join in. Adopt-A-Beach cleanups are held twice each year, and with the statewide commitment of radio and television stations, more than 365,000 volunteers have participated since its inception. "Adopt-A-Beach volunteers are remarkable," said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. "Their dedication to Texas beaches is an inspiration."




    KODA-FM and KRIV-TV Host Annual ’Operation School Supplies’ (KODA-FM and KRIV-TV)

    Topic: Education

    The 17th annual "Operation School Supplies," supported on the air by KODA-FM and KRIV-TV in Houston, Texas, worked to ensure children were able to head into the classroom with the necessities. Pens, pencils, markers, notebooks, crayons and construction paper were all collected for elementary school children in the greater Houston area, where, in some counties, nearly 20 percent of school-age children are living in poverty. Media sponsorship has helped the campaign gain significant momentum since the program’s inception. News segments, live broadcasts, interviews with staff from "Operation School Supplies," Web site exposure, public service announcements and KRIV reporter Lanny Griffith’s determination to stuff a bus full of supplies at one collection site has resulted in an outpouring of community support. The most recent "Operation School Supplies" collected $150,000 worth of materials and benefited more than 32,000 students in 330 schools and 31 districts.




    KKBQ-FM Launches (KKBQ-FM)

    Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives

    The "New Q Morning Zoo" from KKBQ-FM in Houston, Texas, takes its show on the road every Thursday to visit a town on the outskirts of its listening area. The "In Your Backyard" broadcast gives locals an opportunity to be part of something to which they normally wouldn’t have access, and promotes tourism and community involvement. Promotional mentions about the five-hour broadcast run during the first half of the week. The community being paid a visit receives a homepage presence on the station’s Web site. Each year, the effort requires more than 250 staff hours. The result: Staff get to meet listeners from the entire broadcast area, and local businesses in less trafficked areas enjoy increased exposure.




    KASE-FM Supports March of Dimes Walk America (KASE-FM)

    Topic: Youth-Focused Initiatives

    Participants in the March of Dimes Walk America were treated to three country music stops along the course, compliments of KASE-FM in Austin, Texas. A big supporter of the organization and its local chapter, the station also provided more than 300 minutes of promotional announcements about the walk and conducted a live interview with the March of Dimes executive director and a mother who experienced the tragic loss of a child due to premature birth. Online, the station created a designated Web page for the event, including the ability to join the KASE staff and listener team, streamed 300 minutes of promotion for the event, and sent out an email blast to its "VIP Club" members. Taking the title as the largest event in the walk’s history, the event raised $857,000 in a single day.




    For more examples of how Texas’ local radio and TV broadcasters are serving every local community, please contact the Texas Association of Broadcasters .