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KMKT-FM Raises $50,000 for Law Enforcement

Date Posted: 9/15/2018

Alpha Media’s KMKT-FM Dallas and the Classic of Texoma car dealership raised $50,000 for the Texoma Back the Badge Foundation in their second “Wheeler and Castellanos Back the Badge Memorial Golf Tournament” on September 14. The Texoma Back the Badge Foundation assists law enforcement agency employees dealing with illness, serious injury, or death. The tournament was renamed after law enforcement officers Rickey Wheeler and Vinny Castellanos, who succumbed to cancer this year.

KXAS Recovers $1 Million for Consumers

Date Posted: 8/1/2018

NBC-owned KXAS-TV Dallas’ consumer investigative unit, NBC 5 Responds, has recovered more than $1,000,000 for viewers and has responded to more than 16,000 consumer complaints since the unit’s launch in November 2015. NBC 5 Responds answers every consumer email and phone call. Recent cases include:

  • Consumer investigator Wayne Carter recently secured $1,700 from an air conditioning service so a family could replace their A/C compressor during the hot summer.
  • The NBC 5 Responds team secured a full manufacturer refund after a car dealership refused to fix a recurring gas leak in a new vehicle.
  • Consumer investigator Samantha Chatman helped a group of customers recoup $39,900 collectively from a contractor who owed them money.
  • The NBC 5 Responds team secured a policy change from an auto company after a viewer was denied a loaner car several times during an airbag recall. The company is now required to make loaner cars more readily available.

"Our consumer team has the knowledge and experience to deal with roadblocks that consumers may face when trying to fight businesses for the money or services they feel they are rightfully owed," said Vice President of News Mark Ginther. "We are proud to stand up for our viewers by providing information and taking action to help them get the resolution they need."

KNXV Holds Water Drive

Date Posted: 8/1/2018

Scripps’ ABC affiliate KNXV-TV Phoenix collected 106,000 water bottles during a drive held from July 1 – 7. The water bottles will help those in need during the hot summer months.

KCRA-TV Wins Murrow Award

Date Posted: 8/1/2018

Hearst’s NBC affiliate KCRA-TV Sacramento won a Murrow Award in the “Overall Excellence” category for Large Market Television. KCRA provided top-notch coverage of critical events, including the California wildfires and subsequent recovery efforts, emergency conditions at a local power plant and the Las Vegas massacre. They also investigated health hazards at the Sacramento courthouse and high amounts of lead found in water at a local school.
“KCRA 3 has been committed to providing our viewers with the most comprehensive news coverage for more than 60 years,” said President and General Manager Elliott Troshinsky.

WBAL-TV Supports Local Students and Arts

Date Posted: 8/1/2018

Hearst’s NBC affiliate WBAL-TV Baltimore held a four-hour seminar on July 27 for the Baltimore City Schools Student Media. Students took a station tour, viewed a live newscast and watched the taping of the weekly public affairs program. They also interacted with and asked questions of WBAL’s media professionals. “We were thrilled to host these incredibly talented students and look forward witnessing their collective contributions to broadcasting in the coming years,” said President and GM Dan Joerres.

WBAL also participated in the 37th annual “Artscape,” a three-day festival drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors every July. Attendees received autographed cards and took pictures with on air personalities at the station’s media booth. “Artscape serves as one of many opportunities throughout the year for WBAL-TV to meet our viewers on their turf – in the communities where they live and work,” said Public Affairs Director Jerome Chester.

KOLN / KGIN Collects 265,000 Lbs. of Food

Date Posted: 7/1/2018

Gray Television’s CBS affiliate KOLN / KGIN Lincoln, NE, collected 265,000 pounds of food in its 31st annual “10/11 Can Care-a-Van,” June 1-8. During the week-long food drive, the station travels around the viewing area to collect donations for local food pantries. In 31 years, the station has collected total over 4.9 million pounds of food.

“The best part of this is that it truly is a ‘local’ effort,” said Community Services Director Sara Blann. “The communities plan their own events, getting community groups involved and coming up with creative ways to boost donations. We assist with promotional efforts. ALL their donations stay local.”

TEGNA Announces Foundation Grant Recipients

Date Posted: 6/29/2018

TEGNA recently announced the first round of 2018 TEGNA Foundation Media Grants, supporting projects ranging from developing diversity in media to funding for immersive newsroom experiences for student journalists. Information on the awardees can be found here.

“Developing the next generation of journalists and leveling the playing field to strengthen our industry for the future are key priorities for us,” said TEGNA President and CEO Dave Lougee.

KXDR-FM Pulls Plane for Special Olympics

Date Posted: 6/2/2018

Cherry Creek Radio’s KXDR-FM Missoula, Mont., participated in Special Olympics Montana’s 2018 Plane Pull fundraiser on June 2. Teams raise money to participate, and all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Montana. Teams compete to pull a 45,000-pound airplane 25 feet, the fastest. In addition to their team, KXDR-FM provided on-air promotion of the event and emceed onsite on June 2.

The New York State Broadcast Association Presents “Serving New York” Awards

Date Posted: 6/1/2018

The New York State Broadcast Association (NYSBA) recently presented the “Serving New York” award to stations for service to their community conducted in 2017. The 59 winning stations from seven regions throughout the state hosted a variety of efforts that NYSABA representatives say “demonstrate the unique importance of broadcasting to the fabric of your communities.” Initiatives included telethons for hurricane relief, fundraisers to support childhood cancer research, school supply drives, winter coat collections and many more. Descriptions of the public service performed by each winner can be found here.

KIRO-TV’s Jesse Jones Inspires Free Credit Law

Date Posted: 4/1/2018

Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate KIRO-TV Seattle investigative reporter Jesse Jones won his fight for "Free Credit Freezes for All" on March 13, when Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 6018 into law. Jones began producing an investigative series after credit bureau Equifax’s data breach impacted the personal and financial data of 147 million people. The company waited months to notify consumers. Within a few months, Washington residents will be able to freeze and unfreeze their credit file with the three major credit agencies without having to pay a $10 fee.

“It’s why we do this. It’s why I do this. Making real, actual, and lasting change,” Jones said.

“Every news story we report on, every investigative piece we pursue, every element of our local programming is produced with the need of the viewer as our primary focus,” said Vice President and General Manager Greg Bilte. “We couldn’t be prouder of Jesse’s team for their passion and dedication on behalf of Western Washington consumers. KIRO 7 will continue to provide the resources and platforms for Jesse and everyone in the newsroom to pursue the issues that will positively impact people’s lives.”

WCTV Awarded Service to Community Award for Television – Small Market

Date Posted: 4/1/2018

WCTV’s “Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam” is a two-week drive during which students are encouraged to collect jars of peanut butter and jelly for struggling families in the local community. In its first year, the initiative collected nearly five tons of supplies. The drive helps fill food bank shelves at a time when demand is high, especially in this community where 25,000 children rely on school meal assistance.

NBC, Telemundo Recover $20 Million for Consumers

Date Posted: 3/31/2018

Consumer investigative teams at local NBC and Telemundo stations have recovered more than $20 million for consumers since 2014. The NBC Responds and Telemundo Responde units have answered more than 250,000 consumer inquiries. For example, Telemundo Arizona helped a woman recover unpaid wages from her former employer so she could pay for medical care. NBC Chicago’s recovered more than $190,000 after discovering that certain couches contain “bonded leather,” an imitation material. “As many communities continue to recover from recent natural disasters, our consumer teams are helping viewers navigate through the rebuilding processes by providing them with direct help or delivering vital information through their reporting,” said NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations President Valari Staab.

KKFS-FM Raises Money to Fight Sex Trafficking

Date Posted: 3/17/2018

Salem Media Group’s KKFS-FM Sacramento raised $13,000 for Blue Heart International on March 17th during its Ladies Night event, attended by 1,300 women. The sixth consecutive sold-out Ladies Night Out event included inspirational music from recording artist Plumb, comedy by Amy Barnes, food, a photo booth and other vendors. Missy McCall from Blue Heart International spoke about the organization’s efforts to rescue and find homes for trafficked women in Sacramento and surrounding areas.

Beasley Media Group Boston Partners With Project Bread

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

Beasley Media Group Boston is partnering with Project Bread to promote the anti-hunger organization’s year-round efforts to combat hunger in Massachusetts and increase awareness of statewide services. Beasley’s Boston stations WBQT-FM, WROR-FM, WBOS-FM, WKLB-FM, WBZ-FM and WRCA-AM will also promote Project Bread’s 50th Celebration, including the “Walk for Hunger & 5K Run” on May 6.

“Our motivation for partnering with Beasley Media Group is that they truly care about the issue of hunger in Massachusetts, and they are willing to use their expansive platform for good,” said Project Bread President Erin McAleer. “They are as invested as we are in achieving sustainable solutions to end hunger in our state, and we look forward to working with them for our 50th Celebration and beyond.

“Beasley’s family of stations broadcast live and local, and they connect authentically with their listeners at the community level. This partnership was a no-brainer for Project Bread,” McAleer continued. “They are a phenomenal partner, and their stations provide a fantastic vehicle for us to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our state and the work that Project Bread does to address food insecurity in Massachusetts. We are already seeing the impact of their support.”

KIRO-TV Relieves $1 Million in Medical Debt

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate KIRO-TV Seattle relieved $1 million in viewers’ medical debt following consumer Advocate Jesse Jones’ investigation into the medical debt collection system. Medical debt is the top cause of bankruptcy in the U.S., with 19 percent of Americans in collections. KIRO-TV and Jones then worked with RIP Medical Debt to purchase $1 million worth of medical debt for $12,000.

More than 1,000 viewers received a letter informing them that their debt was paid. The original segment on February 5 received an extraordinary response by viewers wanting to help. As a result, KIRO-TV is seeking a platform to allow viewers to donate toward helping others pay off medical debt.

“I am a cancer survivor who has survived medical debt,” said Jones. “I’ve been on payment plans. I also have a job and insurance, but there are others out there not as fortunate as I am. It’s important to me to share their stories… and make a difference.”

“We are proud to support Jesse’s commitment to consumer advocacy and our entire news staff will continue to deliver in-depth and investigative reporting to help our viewers stay informed about major stories that impact their lives,” said Vice President and General Manager Greg Bilte.

WKHX-FM Aids Police Officer’s Widow

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

Cumulus’ WKHX-FM Atlanta morning hosts Cadillac Jack and Ali Mac delivered a customized handicap accessible SUV to a police officer’s widow in nearby Locust Grove. On February 9, Officer Chase Maddox was fatally shot while serving a warrant, leaving behind his pregnant wife, Alex, and their seven-year-old special needs son. Alex delivered their second son days later. “When I was holding Brodie, it was like I was holding a piece of Officer Maddox,” said Cadillac Jack. “And as a father, looking at this newborn baby, I was heartbroken that he’ll never meet his father.”

KGTV Million Meals Campaign Raises $1 Million

Date Posted: 2/26/2018

Scripps’ ABC affiliate KGTV-TV San Diego raised more than $1 million, enough for more than four million meals, in a month-long drive held last December. KGTV’s fifth annual “Month of a Million Meals” was held in partnership with Feeding San Diego. “We are so impressed with the generosity of San Diegans,” said General Manager Joel Davis. “They gave so much we more than quadrupled the original goal.”

Univision Announces Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Board

Date Posted: 2/1/2018

Univision Communications announced the creation of a Corporate Social Responsibility External Advisory Board on January 10. The External Advisory Board (EAB) will provide strategic advice, thought-leadership and best practices to inform Univision’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Internal Council. The EAB will advance community empowerment platforms to build strong minds, promote healthy habits and celebrate diversity.

NBCU Stations Launch Project Innovation

Date Posted: 2/1/2018

The NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC-owned stations launched Project Innovation, a grant challenge that will award $5 million in two years. Grants of up to $225,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that use technology to promote civic engagement, digital skills and STEM education. The 11 participating markets are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, Miami, San Diego, Boston and Hartford, Conn. “Project Innovation weds our identity as an innovative global media company with our stations’ deeply rooted commitment to the communities they serve,” said Vice President of Community Impact Jessica Clancy. Project innovation winners can be found here.

Meredith’s Local Stations Give Back

Date Posted: 2/1/2018

Local television stations owned by Meredith Communications performed outstanding community service in 2017. Stations raised money for disaster relief efforts, scholarship initiatives, cancer research, mentoring programs and more. Details are available in this annual report.

WCMH-TV Helps Serve Seven Million Meals

Date Posted: 1/10/2018

Nextstar’s NBC affiliate WCMH-TV Columbus, Ohio, partnered with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to raise almost $1.8 million in an 18-hour fundraiser on December 13. The fifth-annual “Double Your Donation Day” collected enough money to serve seven million meals to local families.

NY Radio Raises $1.1 Million to Fight Hunger

Date Posted: 1/1/2018

Entercom’s WCBS-AM, WINS-AM, WFAN-AM and WFAN-FM New York partnered with WhyHunger to raise awareness about hunger and poverty through its annual Thanksgiving radio tradition, “Hungerthon.” The campaign includes exclusive online auctions and radio promotions that continued through December 13. For the second year in a row, “Hungerthon” raised $1.1 million to invest in long-term solutions to hunger that will enrich communities and nourish people.

WMTV-TV Madison ‘Share Your Holidays’ Sets Record

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Date Posted: 12/31/2017

Gray’s NBC affiliate WMTV-TV Madison, Wis., collected a record 4.18 million meals for the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin during the 2017 “Share Your Holidays” campaign held throughout November and December. The food bank serves approximately 500 people each month. Watch the video here.

KNXV-TV Raises Over $600,000 for Arizona Families

Date Posted: 12/17/2017

Scripps Television Station Group’s ABC affiliate KNXV-TV Phoenix held their 16th annual “Operation Santa Clause” from November 16 through December 20. KNXV-TV collected food, toys, clothes and monetary donations to benefit local families in need through St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) and Military Assistance Mission (MAM). The campaign raised a total of $611,636.

WCVB-TV and the Salvation Army of Massachusetts ’Fill the Kettle’

Date Posted: 12/11/2017

Hearst’s ABC affiliate WCVB-TV Boston led the “Celebrity Bell Ringing” for the Salvation Army of Massachusetts Red Kettle Drive on December 11. The red kettles are a vital source of funding for Salvation Army programming and services for hundreds of thousands of children, families and seniors across Massachusetts each year. WCVB-TV reporters, Kathy Curran and Mike Beaudet, and WCVB-TV anchors, Doug Meehan and Maria Stephanos, took turns ringing the bell at the red kettle to collect money for those in need this holiday season.

WMIT-FM Listeners Feed 71,391 Through Local Rescue Missions

Date Posted: 12/5/2017

Blue Ridge Broadcasting Company’s WMIT-FM partnered with seven local rescue missions to provide 71,391 meals through their “Hope to the Hungry” campaign on December 5. WMIT-FM gave listeners the opportunity to “give where they live,” apportioning donations to rescue missions in Asheville, Charlotte, Henderson, Hickory, Shelby, Waynesville, and Greenville.

KRWM-FM and KING-TV Feed Five Million

Date Posted: 12/5/2017

Hubbard Radio Group’s KRWM-FM Seattle partnered with TEGNA’s NBC affiliate KING-TV for their 17th annual “Home Team Harvest” campaign benefitting Northwest Harvest. With four live broadcasts on December 2, day one of the campaign generated enough food for 4,156,321 meals. Home Team Harvest will continue to collect donations through the end of December in order to reach their goal of providing five million meals to community members in need.

WMGK-FM Collects 12,800 Turkeys

Date Posted: 12/4/2017

Beasley Media Group’s WMGK-FM Philadelphia held its annual "John DeBella Turkey Drop" on November 21, collecting over 12,800 turkeys and donations for area families in need, exceeding the amount raised in previous years by a wide margin. The event is the largest one-day food gathering event of its kind in Philadelphia. Proceeds from the John DeBella Turkey Drop benefit Cityteam Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization that works to provide year-round food and support services to less fortunate individuals, families, shelters and agencies in the local community.

WMMR-FM Collects 1.6 Million Pounds of Food

Date Posted: 12/4/2017

Beasley’s WMMR-FM Philadelphia media personalities celebrated their 20th year of the "Preston & Steve Camp Out for Hunger." Preston and Steve lived in the parking lot of Xfinity Live! Philadelphia from November 27 to December 1 to solicit food donations from listeners and businesses in the greater Philadelphia area. This year’s efforts yielded over 839 tons of food – that’s 1,679,823 pounds. Combined with $272,683 in monetary donations, this campaign provided over 2.2 million meals for individuals facing hunger insecurity.

WTOC-TV Collects 6,700 Pounds of Food

Date Posted: 12/4/2017

Raycom Media, Inc.’s CBS affiliate WTOC-TV Savannah held its “WTOC’s Day of Giving” food drive on November 16. The event secured donations totaling 6,792 pounds of food, exceeding last year’s total by more than one ton. All of the donations served America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia and were used to create Thanksgiving baskets for local families in need.

WXYZ-TV’s ‘Together We Can’ Collects 16,800 Pounds of Food

Date Posted: 12/4/2017

Scripps Television Station Group’s ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Detroit held its 9th annual “Together We Can” food drive benefitting the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. The 25-day event ran from October 24 through November 17, collecting more than 16,800 pounds of nonperishable food items. Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan was able to reach more than 500 soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in the local community with the amount raised from the event. “One in six people in Michigan struggle with hunger, so it’s more important than ever that we help those in need throughout our community, especially during the holiday season,” said WXYZ and WMYD Vice President Mike Murri.

WBBO-FM Collects Food for Families

Date Posted: 12/4/2017

Press Communication’s WBBO-FM Atlanta radio personalities Tad and Drex lead a “Stuff the Truck” food drive on November 16 to provide Thanksgiving dinners to food-insecure families in support of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The Atlanta metro area community faces one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the nation, where one in four children go to bed at night not knowing when they’ll have their next meal. Broadcasting live, WBBO-FM was able to collect 4,800 pounds of food, including 2,792 pounds of turkey, 1,522 pounds of canned goods and 486 pounds of produce. “Our listeners are great! When we ask them to give, they always come through and help worthy causes like the Atlanta Community Food Bank,” said Chris Eagan, Director of Branding and Programming. “Giving back to the communities we serve is exactly what local radio does best.”

Alpha Media North Dallas Gives Back All Year

Date Posted: 12/3/2017

Alpha Media’s KLAK-FM, KMKT-FM and KMAD-FM Dallas had a record-breaking year in community giving. Initiatives included a new scholarship program for two local high schools. The McKinney Food Drive provide consistent food for residents at the Samaritan Inn, plus 500 meals for Thanksgiving. Toy drives held by all three stations, plus the cluster’s annual coat drive, all collected record amounts for families in need.

“We are very committed to our community, especially during the holiday season when the need is often the greatest,” said Market Manager David Smith. “This was a fulfilling way to conclude 2017 with much more in the works for 2018!”

WMAR-TV ’Fills the House’ for Ruth Maryland

Date Posted: 12/1/2017

Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WMAR-TV Baltimore partnered with House of Ruth Maryland to encourage Baltimore residents to donate money and other items to the women and children who found shelter at the House of Ruth Maryland. WMAR-TV matched all monetary donations made December 1-20 and devoted the entire day of broadcasts on December 20 to promoting the “Fill the House” campaign. Additionally, WMAR-TV presented the House of Ruth Maryland with 595 backpacks filled with teddy bears and books.

Alpha Media Dallas Food Drive Raises $130,000

Date Posted: 11/23/2017

Alpha Media’s KMKT-FM, KLAK-FM and KMAD-FM Dallas held their 21st annual “Bob Skaggs Food Drive” on November 21-23. The three-day event raised more than $130,000.

“This kind of outpouring is just the sort of generosity we’ve come to expect in this unique community,” said Alpha Media, North Dallas Market Manager David Smith. “The consistent increase in annual donations is nothing short of amazing. We are always left speechless, humbled and honored to be a part of this iconic event.”

WJRZ-FM Fills 50 Foot Semi-Truck with Donations

Date Posted: 11/19/2017

Beasley Media Group’s WJRZ-FM Tom’s River, N.J., held its “Share the Joy” collection drive and live radio broadcast November 18-19. The station collected $1,832 in cash and checks; $275 in gift cards; 13 pallets of food; 20 turkeys; 13 pallets of clothing; and 375 toys to benefit Ocean County Hunger Relief and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean City. “Year after year, 100.1 WJRZ’s listeners come through for local families in need at the holidays during our ’Share the Joy’ broadcasts, and 2017 was no exception,” said Program Director Matt Knight. “100.1 WJRZ’s listeners are dedicated to ensuring that people are able to enjoy the holidays a little bit more than they would have.”

Rascal Flatts Surprise Attendees at ’Vegas Strong: A Night of Healing’

Date Posted: 10/19/2017

Beasley Media Group hosted “Vegas Strong: A Night of Healing” concert on October 19. Country Music Superstars Rascal Flatts surprised attendees with a special live performance. Nashville Recording Artists Big & Rich performed “God Bless America” in honor of the victims, survivors and first responders. The concert, which 7,000 people attended, was streamed live nationwide. One hundred percent of donations received benefit the Steve Sisolak Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, which has collected $11.3 million to date.

WFXG Collects 250 Coats for Area Children

Date Posted: 10/19/2017

Raycom Media’s Fox affiliate WFXG-TV Augusta, Ga. held its fourth annual “Coats For Our Children” drive in partnership with the Salvation Army on October 19. By the end of the day, the station had collected enough winter clothes to outfit 350 people, including 250 coats.

WSOY-AM Collects 1.5 Million Pounds of Food

Date Posted: 10/6/2017

Neuhoff Communications’ WSOY-AM Decatur, Ill. collected more than 1.5 million pounds of food during the “Community Food Drive,” held October 6. The food will be distributed to those in need through the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and other organizations. Area schools also participated in the drive.

Broadcasters Join Forces to Unite Nevada

Date Posted: 10/6/2017

Nevada Broadcasters Association promoted “Broadcasters Unite Nevada Day,” held October 6 in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and over 500 injured. Local radio and TV personalities showed their support by wearing the state colors of blue and silver on air and encouraging residents to do the same, showing they are “Nevada Proud and Vegas Strong.”

WZSR-FM Provides Accessible Van

Date Posted: 8/25/2017

Mayber, who has a spinal cord injury, on August 25 at a “Sock Hop” dance event hosted by the station. The van was the top item on her wish list, followed by her desire to attend a sock hop. The family couldn’t afford the van on top of medical expenses, but the wheelchair accessible van became a priority after Melissa’s mom suffered a heart attack trying to lift Melissa into a vehicle for her doctor’s visit. WZSR-FM on-air personalities regularly promoted their fundraising efforts for the van in the months leading up to the sock hop. Seeing the joy on Melissa’s face, News Director Stew Cohen said, “I realized in that very moment why WZSR-STAR cherishes its public service work in the community.”

Beasley Media Group Launches ‘Community of Caring’ Initiative

Date Posted: 8/14/2017

Beasley Media Group launched a “Community of Caring” initiative across its 63 radio stations. A rotating public service announcement (PSA) series and social media campaigns address opioid abuse, bullying, racism and mental health. Beasley will also host “Day of Caring” events, allowing employees to volunteer at non-profits during work hours. “As a company, we take all of these issues very seriously,” said CEO Caroline Beasley. “The rotating PSA and social media campaigns, combined with our Day of Caring events across all of our markets, underscores our company’s strong commitment to making a difference in the communities we serve.”

WSB Care-a-Thon Raises $1.75 Million

Date Posted: 7/28/2017

Cox Media Group’s WSB-AM/FM Atlanta raised a record $1.75 million in the 17th annual WSB Care-a-Thon, held July 28. The 37-hour radio event supports research and programs at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

WWSI Hosts Immigration Phone Bank

Date Posted: 7/20/2017

NBC’s Telemundo affiliate WWSI-TV Philadelphia hosted its third live, informational phone bank on July 20 to answer viewer questions about immigration-related topics. The phone bank featured 18 Spanish-speaking legal experts who provided free, confidential advice and counsel to local callers. “One measure of a television station can be how it leverages its resources to help just one local viewer, or 100,” said Paul Greeley of TVNewsCheck.

Milwaukee Station Hopes Murals Will Spark Dialogue

Date Posted: 7/19/2017

Milwaukee Public School’s WYMS-FM Milwaukee has used grant money to commission local artists to paint murals aimed at spurring community conversations. Artist Stacey Williams-Ng will work on the first mural from July 31 – September 10. Katie Mullen and Jordan Pintar will work on the second mural from September 1 – October 6. “We want these pieces to propel dialogue,” said Marketing Director Alyssa Feuerer. By seeding thought-provoking messages through the city, we hope to encourage people to be more accepting and empathetic with their neighbors.”

KNXV-TV Phoenix Hosts Water Drive

Date Posted: 7/18/2017

Scripps’ ABC affiliate KNXV-TV Phoenix partnered with White Water Bottling Company and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance for a water drive on July 20 that resulted in more than 1,500 cases of water being donated to the food bank. “Arizona is a fantastic place to live, but we all know that the heat can be deadly during the summer months,” said News Director Chris Kline. “Helping St. Mary’s get enough water to help our neighbors in need aligns with ABC15’s goal of making Arizona a better place to live.”

WHBQ-TV Helps Community

Date Posted: 7/18/2017

Cox Media Group’s Fox affiliate WHBQ-TV Memphis has held several events in the community. In July, WHBQ collected school supplies for Communities in Schools, Teacher Toolbox and United Way. Through the supplies collected, more than 35,000 Mid-South students will receive necessary items for the school year. In April, WHBQ’s “Family Focus” collected non-perishable food items for the Mid-South Food Bank, serving more than 16,000 people.

WSAW and WZAW Help Raise $331,285 for Families of Shooting Victims

Date Posted: 7/12/2017

Gray Television’s CBS affiliate WSAW-TV and Fox affiliate WZAW-TV Wausau, Wis., raised $331,000 for the families of the victims of a deadly shooting in the Wausau community. On March 22, 2017 four people lost their lives in three separate but connected shootings in three local communities. Central Wisconsin Media Partners and River Valley Bank organized Victims Family Fund the day after the deadly shootings. WSAQ-TV and WZAW-TV provided public service announcements and WZAW dedicated time in their newscasts to remind viewers how they can help support the Victims Family Fund. The campaign, originally slated to run from March 23 - April 30, was extended an extra month thanks to an influx of contributions. All money was given directly to help the surviving families of the four victims.

WPEG-FM Raises $30,000 for Salvation Army

Date Posted: 7/12/2017

Beasley Media Group’s WPEG-FM Charlotte raised $30,000 as its morning show host “No Limit Larry” held a 28-hour radiothon on July 13 for the Salvation Army’s summer overflow shelter. The Salvation Army helps homeless women and children with their immediate needs of shelter, food and social services. On-air personalities slept outside of the Salvation Army during the live broadcast to demonstrate their commitment.

Tampa Radio Believes in ‘BNice’

Date Posted: 7/12/2017

Beasley Media Group’s WPBB-FM Tampa supports listeners through the “#bNice” campaign. Morning show hosts Chadd & Kristi recently gathered hundreds of dollars worth of supplies for a local domestic violence shelter after learning that they were in need. They also recently treated a little girl, Alidy, who had tragically lost her father, to an amazing Disney-filled day. In May, Chadd & Kristi delivered treats to local firefighters during one of the worst fire seasons in memory.

KSAS-TV Collects Food

Date Posted: 7/11/2017

Sinclair’s Fox affiliate KSAS-TV and MyNetworkTV affiliate KMTW-TV Wichita partnered with the local soccer team FC Wichita to hold a supply drive in mid-July to benefit two local charities. The stations collected 530 pounds of food for the KS Food Bank and a variety of supplies for Catholica Charities, including microwaves, toasters, crock pots and silverware.

WFFH-FM Hosts "You Matter Saturday" Events

Date Posted: 6/25/2017

Salem Media Group’s WFFH-FM Nashville hosts monthly “You Matter Saturday” events. “You Matter” events are hope-filled events which provide free food distribution, health screenings, dental care, extended health care, financial counsel and live music to the area’s economically challenged. These service events include a coalition of partners brought together by 94FM the Fish (WFFH), including One Generation Away food distribution ministry, area hospital and medical service providers, dental providers and financial services providers.

WTAE’s ‘Chronicle’ Showcases Pittsburgh’s Reinvention

Date Posted: 6/21/2017

Hearst’s ABC affiliate WTAE-TV Pittsburgh aired “Chronicle: Only in Pittsburgh” on June 21 to show how the city that once faced collapse has reinvented itself. The program showcased the key role Pittsburgh will play in the world over the next several decades, highlighting local innovators and the fusion of technology and education. “This installment of Chronicle proves that the Steel City is more than ready to help write history,” said General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III.

WGCI-FM Aims for “Peace in the Streets” in Chicago

Date Posted: 6/11/2017

iHeartMedia’s WGCI-FM Chicago is organizing several “Peace in the Streets” Summer Block Parties in light of recent shootings. The block parties, hosted by the “Chicago Morning Takeover” team, showcases the importance of maintaining peaceful communities and features WGCI live broadcasts, food, music, games, prizes and community resources.

The Society of Professional Journalists Announces 2016 Sigma Delta Chi Awards

Date Posted: 5/3/2017

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) recently announced the recipients of the 2016 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism. Judges chose the winners from entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. Winning radio and television stations provided reports of national events, including the Pulse night club shooting and protests at Standing Rock, in addition to topics such as cases of black lung in Appalachia, voting rights of felons and domestic violence. View all the winners here.

WCVB Supports Community Activities

Date Posted: 3/31/2017

Hearst’s ABC affiliate WCVB-TV Boston supports the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, which invites men and boys to help end violence against women. WCVB’s Mike Lynch joined Sports Directors from Cox’s Fox affiliate WFXT-TV, Sunbeam-owned WHDH-TV and CBS-owned WBZ-TV to shoot a PSA titled “Reimagine Manhood” to promote the campaign. All four stations debuted the PSA during the March 1 evening news. During the 10th anniversary celebration of White Ribbon Day, the sports directors publicly pledged to be part of the solution in ending gender-based violence.

In addition, WCVB has been the annual media sponsor of the Ellie Fund Red Carpet Gala for close to 20 years. The exclusive viewing of the 89th Annual Academy Awards on February 26 raised $300,000 for breast cancer support services. WCVB anchors Ed Harding, Maria Stephanos, Emily Riemer and Ben Simmoneau emceed the event and posed on the red carpet with guests. The Ellie Fund hosts the only officially sanctioned Academy Awards party in Massachusetts.

Univision Arizona and Cronkite School Air ‘Cronkite Noticias’

Date Posted: 3/31/2017

Univision Arizona and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication have partnered on a regular 30-minute news program. “Cronkite Noticias” launched February 17 and airs on KFPH-TV Flagstaff every other Friday during the academic year. Bi-lingual students in the Cronkite School report on the economy, education, sustainability, immigration and other issues important to the region’s Latino communities.

KFSH-FM LA supports Heart Transplant Patient

Date Posted: 3/31/2017

Salem Media Group’s KFSH-FM Los Angeles recently received information about Lexi, a local girl in need of a heart transplant. KFSH shared Lexi’s story on-air and via social media. KFSH’s “The Fish Cares Team” also participated in a community event to raise money and support Lexi. Station personnel were thrilled to find out that Lexi will receive a new heart.

Rep. Cramer Reaches Constituents Through Radio

Date Posted: 2/23/2017

U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND) participated in 164 town halls in 2016, more than any other member of Congress. They air on iHeartMedia’s KFYR-AM Bismarck, Leighton Enterprises’ KNOX-AM Grand Forks, Three Way Broadcasting’s KHND-AM Harvey and Forum Communications’ WDAY-AM Fargo. Cramer is so dedicated to these discussions that he sometimes calls in from votes on the House floor. “It’s been fun because I get to listen to people’s questions and concerns,” Cramer told Roll Call.

WTBN-AM Tampa Talks Race

Date Posted: 2/16/2017

Salem Media Group’s WTBN-AM Tampa aired live interviews and discussions on race relations on February 16 in partnership with Tyndale House Publishers and NFL tight end Benjamin Watson. Watson’s book, Under Our Skin, inspired the event. Personality Bill Bunkley hosted live interviews with the six panelists, including Watson, each of whom offer unique perspectives. Thousands of listeners engaged in the conversation. The main forum, moderated by ESPN’s Sage Steele, was simulcast nationwide and can still be accessed at UnderOUrSkinForum.com.

WINS-AM Addresses Cyberbullying

Date Posted: 2/15/2017

CBS Radio’s WINS-AM New York City has produced an eight-part series, “Living in Live Time,” and a related campaign called “I Decide Today,” to address cyber-bullying. The New York Education Department reports a 19 percent increase in the city’s public schools and a 31 percent increase in charter schools. The series includes dozens of interviews with experts, kids and celebrities. It also features two young women who had plastic surgery because they didn’t like how they looked in selfies.

“Part of our mission is to explore important issues but we also want to improve the lives and the communities we serve,” News Director Ben Mevorach told Radio Ink. “The response to our last series on the heroin epidemic and the heroin summit we co-hosted (more than 600 people attended) was so overwhelming, it confirmed for us that we were connecting in a meaningful and powerful way. We believe Living in Live Time can be used as part of the curriculum in schools across America and as a discussion starter in every family that has teens and tweens.”

“Univision Contigo” Community Empowerment Program Relaunched

Date Posted: 2/8/2017

The next evolution of Univision Contigo, the award-winning corporate social responsibility, will focus on empowering communities to build strong minds, promote healthy habits and celebrate diversity. Univision Contigo will promote science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) opportunities. The platform will provide content about diabetes, obesity, fitness and the outdoors. In addition, Univision will embark on a year-long campaign highlighting positive role models that embrace our diverse communities.

Univision Houston and Arizona Hold Immigration Phone Banks

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.

Univision Houston and Arizona Hold Immigration Phone Banks

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.

WBLS Celebrates Black History Month

Date Posted: 2/1/2017

Emmis’ WBLS-FM New York City released an original content series, “Living Black History,” beginning February 1 in honor of Black History Month. The series focuses on African Americans making history today, including Tamika Mallory, Arva Rice, Rev. Al Sharpton, Imhotep Gary Byrd, and Rev. Jesse Jackson. View the episode featuring Tamika Mallory here.

Record Participation for Wisconsin Broadcasters Association’s ‘Awards for Excellence’

Date Posted: 1/27/2017

Wisconsin radio and television stations submitted a record number of on air, digital and social media projects for consideration for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) Awards for Excellence. The 1,783 submissions - up from 95 in 2015 - came from 101 radio stations and 34 television stations. The Awards for Excellence will be presented at the WBA Awards Gala on May 6. “The Awards for Excellence have evolved so much over the years to recognize all the new tools our members are using to connect with local audiences,” said WBA President and CEO Michelle Vetterkind. “The awards give everyone a chance to see the best of what’s happening in local broadcasting.”

ABC Radio Launches Podcast

Date Posted: 1/27/2017

ABC Radio recently launched a weekly podcast called “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis.” Jarvis speaks with women in Hollywood, business, technology, fashion, comedy, food, sports and startups about their accomplishments. The first three episodes feature Arianna Huffington; co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post; Wende Zomnir, founding partner of Urban Decay Cosmetics; and actress Danielle Brooks. “Rebecca Jarvis’ No Limits podcast lets listeners learn how success is achieved, whether in business or life, by focusing on a remarkable group of women who inspire and inform with humor and candor,” said ABC Radio Vice President Steve Jones.

RTDNF Announces 2017 First Amendment Award Honorees

Date Posted: 1/26/2017

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) announced the recipients of its 2017 First Amendment Awards. "At a time when freedom of the press is facing unprecedented challenges, our honorees stand up for values that are critically important to democracy," said RTDNF chair Kathy Walker.

  • Bill Whitaker of CBS News won the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award. The 30-year veteran has covered the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney in 2008, George W. Bush in 2000 and Michael Dukakis in 1988, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the pro-democracy uprising in Tiananmen Square.
  • Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC News Radio, won the First Amendment Service Award. Under Jones’ leadership, ABC News Radio has received some of the highest honors in broadcasting including more than a dozen Edward R. Murrow Awards and 10 International Radio Festival Awards. Jones joined ABC News Radio in 1986 and has covered the Iran-Contra affair and the first Gulf War.
  • Stanley S. Hubbard, President and Chairman of Hubbard Broadcasting, won the First Amendment Leadership Award. Hubbard oversaw the building of the first successful UHF television station in a VHF market, created the world’s first satellite news gathering organization and established United States Satellite Broadcasting. He is an inductee in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and NAB Distinguished Service Award recipient.

Scripps’ Delivers 40,000 Children’s Books

Date Posted: 1/23/2017

E.W. Scripps employees around the country delivered 40,000 children’s books to local markets and read with kids to celebrate National Reading Day on January 23, through the Scripps Howard Foundation’s “If You Give a Child a Book…” campaign. Monetary donations reached $143,000. “This campaign is helping to make the Scripps vision of creating a better informed world accessible to even the most disadvantaged children in our communities” said Scripps Howard Foundation President and CEO Liz Carter. Participating ABC affiliates include:

  • KERO-TV Bakersfield, Calif., employees participated in story time at Frank West Elementary School. Kids got their own book and played with a live Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • WRTV Indianapolis worked with School on Wheels. Volunteers tutor children experiencing homelessness.
  • ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa partnered with the Junior League of Tampa to give books to local schools.
  • KNXV Phoenix partnered with the Arizona’s Children Association to give books to kids as they enter foster care.
  • WMAR-TV Baltimore helped the Maryland Book Bank, a mobile library through which children can select up to five books to keep.

WBAL Honors MLK, Local Leader

Date Posted: 1/16/2017

Hearst’s NBC affiliate WBAL-TV Baltimore President and General Manager Dan Joerres produced an editorial honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jeff Pitts, founding father of the Baltimore Westsiders. The programs aired January 16, MLK Day. Founded in 1962, The Westsiders are the first and oldest community marching band and have provided thousands of youth with a structured, safe environment and the opportunity to travel.

Vermont Radio Collects 27 Tons of Food

Date Posted: 12/28/2016

Great Eastern Radio’s WRFK-FM, WWFY-FM and WSNO-AM Barre collected two tractor-trailers worth of food donations and lots of cash for the Salvation Army’s emergency food shelf in Barre. In less than 60 hours, the stations raised a record 26.7 tons of food and $16,000 in cash. “It’s all about neighbors helping neighbors,” said morning show host TJ Michaels.

KSBW Hosts Record-Breaking Food Drive

Date Posted: 12/28/2016

Hearst’s NBC affiliate KSBW Salinas, Calif. collected a record 15,000 pounds of food and $177,000 in the “Share Your Holiday” drive, held December 9. This was the event’s 30th year.

KAUS-AM/FM Collects, Distributes Holiday Meals

Date Posted: 12/21/2016

Alpha Media’s KAUS-AM/FM Austin-Albert Lea, Minn. accepted monetary donations from the community to fill grocery bags for local families who otherwise would be able to afford a holiday meal as part of its ninth annual “Feed-A-Family” event. On December 21st, every KAUS radio employee was on hand at the local Hy-Vee to fill the holiday bags alongside volunteers from the community. Over 500 bags were distributed to people who pre-registered through the local Salvation Army and $10,000 in Hy-Vee store credit was given to the Salvation Army Food Shelf. Nearly $32,000 in retail grocery products was distributed to those in need. Each holiday bag provides a holiday meal for four.

WSGW-AM Holds Radiothon for Area Non-profit

Date Posted: 12/21/2016

Alpha Media’s WSGW-AM Saginaw, Mich. raised $53,250 during a radiothon it held December 21. The money was donated to Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan, which has homeless shelters in both Saginaw and Bay City and combined houses over 200 people per night.

WMAR-TV Collects Toys Ahead of Holidays

Date Posted: 12/16/2016

Scripps TV’s ABC affiliate WMAR-TV Baltimore partnered with area businesses for the 18th annual “It’s Kindertime Toy Drive.” The drive has helped distribute more than 800,000 toys during its long history, and generated countless donations to area organizations.

WRAL Documentary Starts Community Conversation

Date Posted: 12/15/2016

Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate WRAL-TV Raleigh aired documentary, “Black and Blue,” commercial-free during prime time on December 15. The program examines the relationship between police and the African-American communities in Raleigh. Immediately following the documentary, WRAL invited community and faith leaders, law enforcement and the community to join the conversation online. “This is a complex topic that deserves meaningful and ongoing action and dialogue beyond news coverage of the shootings,” said General Manager Steven D. Hammel. “WRAL is committed to providing it using every path we have into the community.”

KFVS Food Drive Nets Tons of Goods

Date Posted: 12/11/2016

Raycom’s CBS affiliate KFVS-TV Cape Girardeau, Mo. hosted the second annual "Heartland Food Drive" from December 5 - 11. The 14,200 pounds of food collected in Missouri provided 12,909 meals for local families. KFVS aired PSAs, utilized social media and partnered with Wither’s Broadcasting radio stations to encourage viewers to donate. One Facebook post reached more than 52,000 people.

WCMH-TV Collects Toys and Over $41,000 for Area Children

Date Posted: 12/10/2016

Media General’s NBC affiliate WCMH-TV Columbus, OH, in partnership with the Columbus Division of Fire, collected enough toy donations to fill two semi-trailers and more than $41,000 in monetary and gift card donations during the 39th annual “NBC4 Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive.” "I’m always inspired and awed by the kindness of our neighbors in Central Ohio, witnessing them share their blessings with others less fortunate; it rekindles your belief in the innate goodness in the human spirit," said WCMH-TV Vice President and General Manager Ken Freedman.

WKHM-AM/FM Toy Drive Raises Over $8,000

Date Posted: 12/9/2016

Jackson Radio Works’ WKHM-AM/FM Jackson, Mich. partnered with Walmart for its annual toy drive benefitting Toys for Tots on December 9. While broadcasting live from 6:00-9:00 a.m. onsite at the local Walmart, area citizens made cash and toy donations. To aid this effort, Walmart offered 10 percent off the entire toy department for those wishing to make a donation. Over $8,000 in toys and monetary donations was raised.

WKHM-FM Adopts Families for the Holidays

Date Posted: 12/9/2016

Jackson Radio Works’ WKHM-FM partnered with 14 area businesses for its annual “K-105.3 Cares” promotion. These businesses helped the station purchase around $1,400 in gifts for two adopted families through The Salvation Army.

WMC-TV Helps Provide 200,000 Meals to Viewing Area

Date Posted: 12/7/2016

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WMC-TV Memphis held its annual “Holiday Food Drive” benefitting Mid-South Food Bank on December 7. The station collected enough food and money to provide 200,000 meals across the viewing area.

WAAF-FM’s ’Rock For Change’ Raises Over $105,000 For Food Banks

Date Posted: 12/7/2016

Entercom’s WAAF-FM Boston’s annual "Rock for Change" raised more than $105,000 in a drive held December 7-9 for area food banks. “For decades, WAAF and their listeners have creatively raised funds and awareness about hunger for the Greater Boston Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank and the New Hampshire Food Bank and we are all incredibly thankful for this partnership each and every year,” said Greater Boston Food Bank President & CEO Catherine D’Amato.

WIS-TV Provides Holiday Gifts for Over 9,000 Individuals

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WIS-TV Columbia, S.C. partnered with the Palmetto Project for the 26th annual “Families Helping Families Phone Bank.” Each year, WIS works with the Palmetto Project, a statewide non-profit organization, to organize and publicize the gift-giving campaign. WIS maintains a phone bank for 10 days to compile a list of donors, who spend on average $300 each to “adopt” a needy individual or family. Family sizes range from two to 10 or more. The 2016 event provided gifts for more than 3,000 applicant families (totaling more than 9,000 individuals), with an estimated value of over $1.5 million.

KWBW-AM Assists Local Families

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Eagle Communications’ KWBW-AM Hutchinson, Kan. raised $18,000 for the station’s “Project Concern” program to supports families in need at Thanksgiving time through the Salvation Army. KWBW runs promos and does live reads throughout November asking listeners to donate. Every qualified family that asked for help this year received assistance. KSBW also partners with a local grocery store to turn cash into gift cards. “Project Concern” started more than 20 years ago.

Central Texas Radio Stations Help Those in Need During the Holidays

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.

WTXF-TV Partners with Phillies to Honor Area Veteran

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Fox’s owned-and-operated WTXF-TV Philadelphia partnered with major league baseball team the Phillies to honor Anthony Conly, an area man who had been honorably discharged from the Army in 2002. He received a signed glove, jersey and was invited to attend the Phillies Phantasy Camp.

WYAV-FM Collects 13,000 Pounds of Food

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Jackson Radio Works’ WKHM-FM partnered with 14 area businesses for its annual “K-105.3 Cares” promotion. These businesses helped the station purchase around $1,400 in gifts for two adopted families through The Salvation Army.

KFXX-AM Raises Over $100,000 for Special Olympics Oregon

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Entercom’s KFXX-AM Portland held its sixth annual radiothon benefitting Special Olympics Oregon. The station raised a total of $173,000. “This was our most successful radiothon yet, and we could not have done any of it without the best audience in radio,” said station anchor Isaac Ropp.

KUSA-TV Provides Over 475,000 Meals to Those in Need

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

TEGNA’s NBC affiliate KUSA-TV Denver held a food drive on November 12. Through donations from area residents, the station collected enough food to provide more than 475,000 meals to those in need during the holiday season. “It was great being back in Colorado and seeing everyone come together for the 34th year in a row to do such a tremendous service,” said KUSA President and General Manager Steve Carter.

KSLA-TV Raises $250,000 for Area Charities

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Raycom Media’s KSLA-TV Shreveport, La. Sold raffle tickets on behalf of The House for Hope, which is a non-profit that builds a house in a newly developed community for a family in need. In total, the station rose $250,000, which was then distributed between four area charities.

KKRV-FM Purchases $10,000 in Holiday Gifts for Area Children

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Alpha Media’s KKRV-FM Wenatchee, Wash. purchased $10,000 worth of holiday presents for children at the local Women’s Resource Center. The station received Christmas lists from 36 children and every item on the lists was received. Several local businesses assisted by purchasing items for every child’s stocking.

Alpha Media Stations Raise Toys and Money for Area Families

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Alpha Media’s Brookings, South Dakota stations KKQQ-FM, KBRK-AM/FM, KDBX and KJJQ concluded 2016 by collecting $70,000 for Project Joy. Thirty five thousand dollars in toys was collected and an additional $35,000 was raised in cash donations to purchase toys and clothing for 458 kids in Brookings County. Project Joy gives families in need an opportunity to receive holiday gifts through the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and organizations.

KOLD-TV Collects Funds and Food for Area Food Bank

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Raycom Media’s KOLD-TV Tucson held its 17th annual “Stuff the Stagecoach” on December 1. The station collected $14,000 in donations and 3,500 pounds of food, which were then donated to the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank.

Univision Arizona Empowers Local Entrepreneur

Date Posted: 11/30/2016

Univision Arizona and a panel of judges selected Vanessa Nielsen as the winner of “Véndeme tu Sueño” (Pitch Me Your Dream) season 2 on November 17 at Univision Arizona Studios. “Véndeme tu Sueño” seeks to promote original ideas and startup ventures from Hispanic entrepreneurs in Arizona. Sol Book Box, the winning business idea, is a female-founded subscription-based service that provides culturally appropriate books and items to children of bilingual families to encourage Spanish-language literacy and cultural preservation. Nielsen will be awarded $30,000 in media support from Univision Arizona and SEED SPOT, one of the top social impact incubators in the United States for entrepreneurs.

KVAL-TV Collects Food and Supplies for Those in Need

Date Posted: 11/29/2016

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate KVAL-TV Eugene, Ore. completed its annual “KVAL Take A Bite Out of Hunger Food Drive” on November 29. Non-perishable foods and monetary donations were collected, providing much needed reserves to pantries and kitchens for the winter months. In total, the station collected enough food for 9,518 meals.

Alpha Media’s Salina Stations Help Collect Hundreds of Toys

Date Posted: 11/28/2016

Alpha Media’s KSAL-AM and Y93.7 Salina, N.Y. assisted Saint Francis Community Services’ “Christmas for Kids” campaign by collecting hundreds of toys through on-air donations and several community toy drives from November 28 through December 13. “We are so thankful for Alpha Media in orchestrating the events to raise awareness and collect toys and clothes for the children of Saint Francis. This year, they made sure Christmas wishes came true for 70 individual children in our care, with an abundance of additional gifts to help meet the needs of the additional 700 kids served by Saint Francis in Salina and surrounding communities,” said Director of Marketing for Saint Francis Community Services Vickee Spicer.

WOIO/WUAB Partners with Local Law Firm to Help Area Families

Date Posted: 11/22/2016

Raycom Media’s WOIO/WUAB-TV Cleveland again partnered with Ohio-based personal injury law firm Kisling, Nestico & Redick (KNR) in hosting the fourth annual “KNR Coats & Cans for Kids Turkey Giveaway.” WOIO broadcast live during their noon and evening newscasts, along with Facebook Live & social media engagement with KNR, as they handed out 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys in exchange for a canned good to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank or a gently used coat for The Salvation Army and Volunteers of America. Twenty thousand pounds of non-perishable food was collected, which will serve over 16,000 meals – plus hundreds of coats were collected for local needy families in Northeast Ohio. Station Managing Partner Rob Nestico said “It’s overwhelming to see so many people donating to help their neighbors in need and we are so thankful to everyone who came out to support us.”

Alpha Media Stations Collect Food for The Salvation Army

Date Posted: 11/21/2016

Alpha Media’s North Dallas-Sherman-McKinney, IA stations hosted the “20th Annual Bob Skaggs Memorial Food Drive” November 21-23. Nine U-Haul trucks were filled and 178,920 food items were collected in support of The Salvation Army of Grayson County, which helps community members in need.

WTOC-TV Raises Funds and Food for Those in Need

Date Posted: 11/17/2016

Raycom Media’s WTOC-TV Savannah/Hilton Head held its second annual “Day of Giving Food Drive for Second Harvest” on November 17. The station partnered with Ken Nugent Attorneys and Kroger to collect 4,615 pounds of food and $1,453. Together, the collected food and money will provide 7,265 meals to those in need.

WFLA Reunites Residents With $2.3 Million

Date Posted: 11/14/2016

Media General’s NBC affiliate WFLA Tampa consumer reporter Shannon Behnken hosted a six-and-a-half hour phone bank on November 14 that netted residents more than $2.3 million of unclaimed cash. The money is often from dormant accounts in financial institutions, insurance and utility companies, securities and trust holdings. “The volume of calls we received was unbelievable, proving once again that News Channel 8 is truly ‘On Your Side’,” said WFLA General Manager Andy Alford.

WECT-TV Collects Over 3,000 Coats

Date Posted: 11/7/2016

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WECT-TV Wilmington held its annual “Coats for the Coatless” November 7-11 in partnership with area William/Hangers Cleaners and The Salvation Army. In total, 3,714 coats were collected.

Cumulus Des Moines Hosts Record-Setting FriendsGiving

Date Posted: 11/6/2016

Cumulus Media Des Moines hosted a world-record setting FriendsGiving on November 6 to bring awareness and donations of food and clothes for local people in need. More than 600 people participated in the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Number of People Breaking Bread" and enjoyed a traditional holiday meal per day. The event benefited Hope Ministries, which feeds about 450 people per day. “We tried to come up with a fun way to get people talking about it and engaged in the conversation of how they can help people right in their community with clothes and food donations," said Event organizer, Elizabeth Stewart.

WSOU-FM Collects 640 Pounds of Food

Date Posted: 11/4/2016

Student-run WSOU-FM at Seton Hall University participated in the “Students Change Hunger” program, collecting 640 pounds of food for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The haul was 300 pounds more than was collected by the station in 2015. WSOU kicked-off its 2016 food drive on November 4 as part of the station’s College Radio Day activities.

WTOC-TV Collects Holiday Gifts for Area Children

Date Posted: 11/1/2016

Raycom Media’s WTOC-TV Savannah/Hilton Head partnered with the Marines to collect holiday gifts for area children through Toys for Tots. Approximately 500 toys were collected.

WOIO/WUAB-TV Collects 20,000 Pounds of Food and Hundreds of Coats for Those in Need

Date Posted: 11/1/2016

Raycom Media’s CBS affiliate WOIO-TV and WUAB-TV Cleveland partnered with Ohio-based law firm Kisling, Nestico and Redick (KNR) for the fourth annual “KNR Coats & Cans for Kids Turkey Giveaway.” The station distributed 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys in exchange for canned goods to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank or gently used coats for The Salvation Army and Volunteers of America. In total, 20,000 pounds of non-perishable food was collected, which will serve over 16,000 meals. Hundreds of coats were collected.

TEGNA Stations Deliver for ‘Make A Difference Day’

Date Posted: 10/22/2016

TEGNA stations across the country participated in the company’s 25th annual Make a Difference Day, one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide, held October 22. Here are a few examples:

• ABC affiliate KVUE-TV Austin helped flood-proof the Katherine Anne Porter School, which educates underserved kids from seven counties. The school flooded four times in two years.
• ABC affiliate WFAA-TV Dallas: staff worked with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), with the aim of providing a volunteer to each abused and neglected child in foster care.
• ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Grand Rapids: volunteers packed healthy snacks in kid-friendly decorated bags for Kids’ Food Basket. The nonprofit organization feeds 7,500 children.
• NBC affiliate WKYC-TV Cleveland: organized volunteers who helped spruce up a farm that works with children with learning needs.
• CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston: dozens of employees and their families gathered at The Sheltering Arms Adult Day Center for adults who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Volunteers striped the parking lot, painted interiors, made holiday cards, prepared emergency kits, refinished specialty made chairs and did gardening.
• NBC affiliate KUSA-TV Denver: volunteers boxed food for more than 100 food banks in Colorado.
• ABC affiliate KBMT Beaumont, Tx.: helped raise money to build a new adoption center to replace one that was destroyed in a fire.
• CBS affiliate WUSA Washington, D.C. filled its studios with volunteers to assemble bikes and toys for a local Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
• ABC affiliate KXTV Sacramento: volunteers participated in the Run for a Safe Haven 5K to raise funds for funds for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
• NBC affiliate KGW-TV Portland, Ore.: collected new unwrapped toys that more than 130 nonprofits in Oregon and Southwest Washington will distribute during the holiday season.

WKMG Anchor Issues Texting and Driving Call to Action

Date Posted: 10/17/2016

Graham Media Group’s CBS affiliate WKMG-TV Orlando anchor Matt Austin suffered a severe concussion and required 10 staples in his head last month after his car was totaled by a driver who was texting. On the 11 p.m. news on October 17, Austin issued a call to action about texting and driving, in the hopes of inspiring change to laws that he considers to be lenient. Austin reported that the driver did not receive a ticket because the officer did not see that the other driver was texting.

Univision Houston Educates Families on Financial Aid

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.

WPLG Airs Town Hall Meeting On Gun Violence

Date Posted: 9/16/2016

Berkshire Hathaway’s ABC affiliate WPLG Miami aired an hour-long primetime special about gun violence on September 16. The program is part of its “My Future, My Choice” initiative, which focuses on youth and gives voice to parents who lost children to gun violence. “We are fully invested in this endeavor, and we want this town hall meeting to also serve as a youth summit where young minds can hear, contribute to the dialogue and feel free to respond to ideas for solutions,” said WPLG President Bert Medina.

WXYZ Explores the Muslim American Experience

Date Posted: 9/14/2016

Scripps’ ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Detroit launched a multipart digital video series “Muslim American: Inside a Growing Michigan Community” on September 14. WZYZ explores issues that impact Muslim Americans and help debunk myths associated with Islam in order to build bridges in the community. The series visits Dearborn, which has one of the highest concentrations of Muslim Americans, and takes viewers into the Islamic Center of America to help explain the teachings of Islam. Some videos feature people sharing their personal experiences while others use graphics and animation.

WAWZ-FM Produces ‘Empty Shoe Memorial’

Date Posted: 9/11/2016

Pillar of Fire’s WAWZ-FM Princeton, N.J. produced its “Empty Shoe Memorial” in honor of the anniversary of 9/11. WAWZ-FM staff visited local business in July and August to collect 2,996 shoes to represent every person lost in the attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the four plane crashes. The shoes were displayed in a local meadow from September 10 – 18 and then donated to Soles 4 Souls, an organization that fights poverty by repurposing gently-worn shoes.

WFLA-TV Helps Tampa Viewers Reclaim $1 Million

Date Posted: 9/8/2016

Media General’s NBC affiliate WFLA-TV Tampa investigative reporter helps Tampa viewers get $1 million in unclaimed property and money on August 11. Investigative consumer reporter Shannon Behnken hosted a one-day phone bank that helped residents reclaim more than 4,000 accounts totaling over $1,051,000. The phone bank connected viewers to a Florida database of unclaimed money and property from dormant accounts in financial institutions, insurance and utility companies, securities and trust holdings. The property can include items such as watches, jewelry, coins, stamps and cash. “The volume of calls we received was unbelievable proving once again that News Channel 8 is truly On Your Side,” said General Manager Andy Alford. Watch video via TVNewsCheck.

Milwaukee Station Airs Special About Violence

Date Posted: 9/6/2016

Weigel Broadcasting Company’s CBS affiliate WDJT-TV Milwaukee aired a one-hour commercial-free special report on September 6 to address the gun violence and unrest in the city. The broadcast included a roundtable discussion with five families who have lost loved ones to gun violence, plus remarks from Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, County Sheriff David Clarke and community leaders.

Univision Promotes Oral Health

Date Posted: 9/1/2016

Univision Communications Inc. is partnering with the New York University College of Dentistry to provide oral health content for Univision’s healthcare website, Univision Salud (Univision Health). Topics include: “Everyday Habits That Harm Teeth,” “Orthodontic Care for a Beautiful Smile,” “Bad Breath – Causes and Cures” and “Overcoming Dental Fears.” NYU Dentistry’s experts will also be featured in Univision website videos and Univision TV stories on oral health topics. Personal stories will introduce Univision’s younger viewers to the field of dentistry.

WAVE Launches ‘Taking Back Your Streets’

Date Posted: 8/31/2016

Raycom’s NBC affiliate WAVE Louisville will host a community event later this month as part of “Taking Back Your Streets,” an on-air and online initiative to address the area’s growing violent crime problem. WAVE dedicated its 7:30 p.m. newscast on August 31 to a special program that launched the campaign. “Taking Back Your Streets” investigates reasons for the increase in violence, uses former police officers as safety experts to inform viewers about how to protect themselves and highlights successful tools to effect change. In the first nine months of 2016, Louisville had more than 80 murders.

WTMJ-AM Airs Two-Hour “Community Conversation”

Date Posted: 8/17/2016

Scripps’ WTMJ-AM Milwaukee held a community conversation regarding social unrest on August 17, following violence and protests over the shooting death of an armed black suspect by local police. The special served as a forum for local residents, clergy, politicians and police to discuss life in the most challenged areas of the city. “The violence that erupted this week is a reminder of the struggles many face in our community. WTMJ Radio will lead the way for a productive listening session, where leaders can get together and offer solutions. Now is not a time for finger pointing, it’s a time to listen,” VP/GM Tom Langmyer said. In addition to being aired on WTMJ, it was streamed on the station’s website and via “Facebook Live.”

Univision Contigo Kicks-Off Back-to-School Season with Expanded Education Initiatives

Date Posted: 8/13/2016

Univision’s Houston and Los Angeles stations helped more than 30,000 students prepare for the new school year. Events on August 13 included Houston’s “6th Annual Mayor’s Back to School Fest,” an onsite Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Partnerships with Children’s Institute and El Salvador Foundation in Los Angeles provided backpacks, clothes, health screenings and immunizations for students, plus social service resources for parents. Also, Univision expanded its multi-platform education campaign “Regresa a Clases con Univision” (Back to School with Univision) on August 15. The campaign provides parents, students, mentors and educators with more than 10 weeks of programming on education topics, including early-childhood enrichment, college prep, STEM skills and applying for financial aid.

Broadcasters Cover Racial Tensions

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.

Texas Stations Raise Money for Police Fund

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.

KPWR-FM Examines Social Unrest

Date Posted: 8/4/2016

Emmis’ KPWR-FM Los Angeles station host J Cruz hosted an open dialogue to address recent violence that has erupted throughout the country. Cruz said, “We wanted to provide a safe place for our listeners to get answers to their questions and give them a platform to discuss what could be done.” Special guests included Rapper The Game, America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, KPWR-FM host Yesi Ortiz, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, #BlackLivesMatter organizer and Cal State LA professor Dr. Melina Abdullah and LA Journalist Wendy Carrillo. Rapper The Game, performed a spoken word poem that he wrote with his son that specifically addresses the challenges facing young African Americans. Watch a performance of the poem here.

WIAT-TV Organizes Flag Signing

Date Posted: 8/4/2016

Media General’s CBS affiliate WIAT-TV Birmingham organized a flag signing to show support for police officers across the country, following the deadly ambush of five Dallas officers. Morning show hosts Matt Murphy and Andrea Lindenberg hand-delivered the flag to Dallas Police Chief David Brown. Watch more here.

WBRZ-TV Holds Telethon for First Responders

Date Posted: 7/28/2016

Manship Station’s ABC affiliate WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge raised $185,000 during the “Unite for our Heroes Telethon” on July 28. “All the funds were placed directly in our long-established First Responders Fund, which will benefit victims and their families who need help now and in the future,” said John G. Davies, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which manages the fund. Law enforcement and community leaders, including Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mayor Kip Holden, participated in the telethon.

WBRZ-TV Holds Telethon for First Responders

Date Posted: 7/28/2016

Manship Station’s ABC affiliate WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge raised $185,000 during the “Unite for our Heroes Telethon” on July 28. “All the funds were placed directly in our long-established First Responders Fund, which will benefit victims and their families who need help now and in the future,” said John G. Davies, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which manages the fund. Law enforcement and community leaders, including Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mayor Kip Holden, participated in the telethon.

WKOW-TV Raises Racial Awareness

Date Posted: 7/22/2016

Quincy Media’s ABC affiliate WKOW-TV Madison aired a 90-minute, commercial free documentary titled “Our Wisconsin: Equity & Justice For All?” on July 22. The program examined the disparities between white and black people, including infant mortality, student performance and graduation rates, unemployment and poverty. “Because our audience is predominantly white, we decided to make our documentary the ‘black voice’ that many Wisconsinites never hear,” said WKOW-TV anchor Greg Jeschke. The special also aired on ABC affiliates in Wausau, La Crosse and Eau Claire.

Univision Arizona Empowers Community to Speak Up

Date Posted: 7/22/2016

Univision Arizona partnered with Councilman Valenzuela and Silent Witness to produce a special live call-in show to encourage community involvement following the recent wave of crimes in the Maryvale area in Phoenix. The two-hour special, titled “Voces de Maryvale” (Voices of Maryvale), aired July 22. It featured a panel discussion with Councilman Valenzuela, Phoenix Police Commander for the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct Sean Patrick Connolly and local area residents, followed by questions from a live audience.

WXIX-TV Produces Social Issues Programming

Date Posted: 7/15/2016

Raycom Media’s FOX affiliate WXIX-TV Cincinnati broadcast “Black, White and Blue: A Community Conversation” on July 15 following the deaths of two unarmed black men in in Minnesota and Louisiana. The special focused on topics such as policing with body cameras, race and justice. As part of the project, activists, city leaders and former law enforcement officers came to the station to discuss the nation’s toughest questions and how those issues are felt in the community. Viewers also interacted via social media.

WMGB-FM Supports Local Police Department

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Cumulus Media’s WMGB-FM Macon, Ga. sponsored the first annual “Back the Blue Glow Run 5K/10K,” a partnership with the Warner Robins Police Auxiliary, which kicked off National Police Week 2016. The Auxiliary supports officers and their families within the Warner Robins Police Department. Their mission is to promote a positive, family support system for the bravest men and women on the force. The event raised $8,000 to purchase tourniquet holsters for the local officers.

WTOC-TV Promotes Community Health

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Raycom Media’s owned-and-operated WTOC-TV Savannah, Ga. served as a media sponsor for the 14th annual “Smart Living Expo & Health Fair.” The event provides free health screenings to area residents. A total of 1,750 people attended.

Univision News Offers Naturalization Exam Tool

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Univision News has launched an interactive digital tool to help U.S. residents prepare for the official citizenship examination required by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The free, user-friendly Citizenship Exam Tool provides a practice test featuring the 100 questions that appear on the test. Users can take the test as many times as they want, in English or Spanish, and can review their answers to learn the correct responses. The tool can be accessed on computers and mobile devices via the “Examen de Ciudadanía” (Citizenship Exam) button on UnivisionNoticias.com and Univision.com.

WHAS-TV Provides Grants to Non Profit Organizations

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

TEGNA’s ABC affiliate WHAS-TV Louisville accepts grant proposals from non-profit organizations that serve Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Grants are awarded through the TEGNA Foundation, whose mission is to invest in the future of the communities it serves and in the future of the industry.

WECT-TV and WSFX-TV Listen to Area Residents

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WECT-TV and FOX affiliate WSFX-TV Wilmington, N.C. hold two meet and greet events each month, where local community members are encouraged to share the types of things they would like covered.

KLAL-FM Collects More than 300,000 Boxes of Cereal

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Cumulus’ KLAL-FM Wrightsville, AR collected more than 300,000 boxes of cereal for the Arkansas Food Bank in the “Summer Cereal Drive.” KLAL-FM staff members spent nearly a month traveling from town to town collecting cereal The Drive provides local families with non-perishable breakfast items that are both nutritious and kid-friendly, so families in central Arkansas do not have to skip the most important meal of the day. In 15 years, the drive has provided over 2.1 million boxes of cereal.

WDIV-TV Broadcasts Fireworks Show and Celebration

Date Posted: 7/4/2016

Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV Detroit was the television sponsor of the annual Ford Fireworks. In addition to broadcasting the firework presentation, the station hosted the “Super Singer” contest, which gives area singers and musicians the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience.

Broadcasters Cover Racial Tensions

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 Salina Hosts Blood Drive and Golf Tournament

Date Posted: 6/27/2016

Alpha Media Salina, Kan. held a “Pump up the Volume” blood drive contest June 27-29, between Salina’s nine radio stations. Listeners can sign up to donate to the American Red Cross on the stations’ entry form at the donor site. The station that signs up the most donors receives a plaque. The 336 units of blood collected will help 1008 patients.

Alpha Media Salina also hosted a “Mulligan Stew Golf Tournament” on May 27. In order to get a mulligan, golfers must bring soup for the Salina Emergency Food Bank and Rescue Mission, which served 41,000 meals last year. About 20 - 25 teams participate and bring enough soup to fill a pickup truck.

WNTG-FM Employees Help End Hunger

Date Posted: 6/25/2016

Cumulus Media’s WNTQ-FM Syracuse employees Amy Robbins and Rick Roberts emceed the annual “Ride and Run for the Rescue” on June 25. All proceeds went toward ending hunger in the community. A total of $140,845 was raised, which equates to 63,000 plates of food for hungry community members.

Alpha Media, Amarillo Supports Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive

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.

WECT-TV Helps Less Fortunate Stay Cool in Summer

Date Posted: 6/23/2016

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WECT-TV Wilmington, N.C. collected nearly 600 fans for its annual “Fran’s Fans Summer Fan Drive” on June 23. Named after long-term anchor Frances Weller, the initiative collects fans and other cooling devices, which are then distributed to members of the community in need.

KING-TV Hosts “Pride & Peace” Community Forum

Date Posted: 6/20/2016

TEGNA’s ABC affiliate KING-TV Seattle held a special community forum on June 20 with local leaders and law enforcement. Participants discussed how to move forward as a community in the wake of the events in Orlando. Viewers watched "Pride and Peace" at 7 p.m. on air, online and on the KING 5 app.

WTVM-TV Promotes Home and Community Safety

Date Posted: 6/18/2016

Raycom Media ABC affiliate WTVM-TV Columbus, Ga. held its “Give9 Day of Service” on June 18. Participants learned about home safety from a variety of sponsors. Children had the opportunity to practice live TV reporting with real station equipment. Additionally, the station distributed free car seats and bike helmets.

Radio Provides Extensive Coverage of Unthinkable Terror Attack

Date Posted: 6/15/2016

Radio Ink and Inside Radio provided details on broadcast radio stations’ response to the tragedy. CBS Radio brought personnel from all of its morning shows to help WQMP-FM and WOMX-FM Orlando. As listeners asked how they could help, CBS provided information on where to donate blood.

Westwood One sent two reporters, Alan Scaia and Scott Kimbler, to Orlando on June 12 to cover the massacre. The station group quickly committed to keeping Scaia and Kimbler in Orlando all week to cover the aftermath and President Obama’s planned trip to Orlando on June 16.

iHeartMedia Orlando’s WFLA-FM, WXXL-FM, WJFF-FM and WYGM-AM preempted programming to air extensive news coverage produced by WFLA-FM and partners WOFL-TV and WESH-TV. "The LBGT community is well represented within our on-air talent and so there was poignancy to many of the talent exchanges," iHeartMedia’s Chris Kampmeier said. He added that radio has a unique ability to "allow and embrace listeners calling in to share their feelings and any direct knowledge of the situation they may have... They want to feel like they are part of the community and being on the radio and/or hearing those who are helps everyone feel connected and involved."

"Watching radio doing just that with its audience during such heartbreak these past few days was another reminder of the value of our storied industry and why radio talent matter," Cumulus and Westwood One Vice President Lori Lewis told All Access. "The Orlando radio market, along with cities across the country, shined in the darkest times."

"Where radio distinguishes itself and what truly spotlights its niche among all media is/was and will continue to be, its distinct ability to reach out, dig in and be part ’of’ the community," said Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti.

Cox Media Group (CMG)’s Orlando stations WPYO-FM, WCFB-FM, WMMO-FM, WWKA-FM and WDBO-FM worked with CMG’s ABC affiliate WFTV to simulcast live coverage and provide reports to stations nationwide. Morning show hosts from all stations gathered at WDBO for an on-air roundtable discussion, allowing listeners to react while the news team gathered and distributed information. CMG Orlando staff members worked around the clock, providing 12 hours of wall-to-wall coverage on June 12.

"We knew that this story would capture the community, the state, and the nation and we wanted to provide a way for listeners to learn, share, and connect with each other and with our on-air team," said Operations Manager Drew Anderssen. "[We were] getting very diverse calls, most from concerned listeners who want to be able to contribute in some way to the needs of the community. Many are sharing their stories from loved ones and their families/friends."

“We are an extension of the community and we are here for our listeners to vent, cry and share their feelings,” WQMP-FM and WOMX-FM Program Director Dennis Martinez told Inside Radio.

Television Station Groups Unite to Cover Orlando Tragedy

Date Posted: 6/15/2016

TVSpy reported on television station groups collaborative efforts. Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate WJAX-TV Jacksonville, ABC affiliate WSB-TV Atlanta, Fox affiliate WFXT Boston, CBS affiliate WHIO Dayton, and its Washington, D.C. bureau sent reporters, photographers and producers to support ABC affiliate WFTV Orlando.

Hearst’s NBC affiliate WESH Orlando was joined by team members from its Washington, D.C. bureau, ABC affiliate WPBF-TV West Palm Beach, plus NBC affiliates WBAL-TV Baltimore, WXII Winston-Salem, N.C., WYFF-TV Greenville, S.C., and WGAL Lancaster, Pa.

Fox-owned WOFL received support from stations in Tampa, Philadelphia and Chicago during wall-to-wall coverage from 6 a.m. to 11:40 p.m. on June 12. On June 13, WOFL focused on the police investigation and the effect on the community from 5 – 10 a.m. and in special hour-long newscasts at noon and 4 p.m.

It does give you pause for what this business is all about, which is providing a service and information to the public,” WOFL Vice President of News Jeff Zeller told Broadcasting & Cable.

Graham Media Group’s (GMC) NBC affiliate WDIV Detroit told TVSpy that all GMG stations made an effort to assist CBS affiliate WKMG Orlando, as the station provided wall-to-wall coverage. "Our hearts go out to the people of Orlando. WKMG is part of the Graham Media family and we all support each other," said WDIV General Manager Marla Drutz. "I can’t imagine what they and their viewers are going through."

Broadcasters Support Orlando Community Following Massacre

Date Posted: 6/15/2016

Radio Ink also reported on CBS Radio and Cox Media Group’s efforts in the week following the attack. CBS Radio’s WQMP-FM Orlando hosted a blood drive on June 13, also collecting donations of water, sports drinks and orange juice for blood donors. CBS Radio also worked with the city to plan and promote a candlelight vigil. Stations promoted and provided complete live coverage of local vigils across the country.

Cox Media Group’s Orlando stations broadcast and streamed on June 13 a two-hour roundtable discussion "Orlando Terror Attacks. Our City Reacts," during which on air hosts discussed the massacre and took calls from listeners. WWKA-FM and WRDQ-TV will host abenefit concert on June 21 for the City of Orlando’s OneOrlando Fund.

OTA Broadcasting’s MyNetworkTV affiliate KMIR-TV Palm Springs, Calif. invited the public to attend a special live event "Standing United," held June 17. The Palm Springs mayor, LGBT and Islamic officials, and other local faith and community leaders will participate in the event. "Standing United" will air with no commercial interruptions and stream live on KMIR.com and Facebook LIVE. "We heard the community loud and clear at Sunday night’s vigil in Palm Springs," said KMIR News Director David Reese. "They want to come together after this tragedy and KMIR News is committed to doing our part to make that happen."

WJLA’s Emotional Tribute To Orlando’s Tragedy

Date Posted: 6/15/2016

Sinclair’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV Washington, D.C. shared with TVNewsCheck its emotional tribute expressing support for the victims and their families affected by the Orlando massacre. WJLA used the voices of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington spontaneously singing “We Shall Overcome” in front of the White House on June 12. On June 13, WJLA extended a 5’x20’ banner in the middle of D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle, asking viewers and passersby to sign messages of love and hope.

WMC Supports Family of Fallen Officer

Date Posted: 6/7/2016

Raycom’s NBC affiliate WMC-TV Memphis partnered with the Memphis Police Department (MPD) to support the family of Police Officer Verdell Smith, who was killed in the line of duty on June 4. In 12 hours on June 7, WMC and MPD staff members raised $43,000 in front of the WMC studio.

Alpha Media Fredericksburg Surpasses $1.2 Million for Charity

Date Posted: 6/3/2016

Alpha Media’s WFLS-FM, WNTX-AM/FM, WVBX-FM and WWUZ-FM Fredericksburg, Va. raised $1.2 million in a radiothon held May 5 – 6. The event benefits the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, which distributes the funds to local charities.

KFVS Honors Everyday Heroes

Date Posted: 6/2/2016

Raycom’s CBS affiliate KFVS-TV Cape Girardeau, Mo. honored 12 local “Everyday Heroes” at the 3rd annual honors banquet on June 9. One “hero” is selected from viewer nominations each month and is profiled in a local newscast and honored at the annual banquet. This year’s heroes make a difference through their work in domestic violence, elderly care, special needs children, holiday toy drives, childhood obesity and caring for veterans. The banquet also raised $30,000 for the local Red Cross. “The presentations are special and emotional for these heroes who go about doing wonderful things for their communities, without wanting recognition,” said KFVS Director of Marketing Paul Keener. “By honoring these volunteers, we hope to inspire others to become everyday heroes in their communities.”

WLBT-TV Awarded Excellence Award

Date Posted: 6/2/2016

Raycom’s WLBT-TV Jackson was awarded the Golden Bow Tie Award of Excellence by Jackson Public Schools. The award was given to the station for their continuing coverage of the students, teachers, and staff of the district.

Children’s Hospital of Illinois Recognizes 93.3 The Drive’s John Riley

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Alpha Media’s WPBG-FM Peoria, Ill. morning host John Riley received the Bill Houlihan Professional Award from Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Every year Children’s Hospital of Illinois recognizes advocates throughout Central Illinois who are making a difference in the lives of children. The Bill Houlihan Professional Award recognizes a professional who advocates for children through their work, going beyond the daily expectations. John has hosted and coordinated the “Drive for Miracles” Radiothon for the past 15 years, raising well over $3 million for Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Alpha Media SVP/Market Manager, Mike Wild commented on the announcement, “John’s family has experienced the amazing work of Children’s Hospital first hand, making him the perfect advocate. He has a wonderful passion and is dedicated to helping families that are going through difficult times.” "How we care for our children is one of the most telling aspects of any community...and thanks to Children’s Hospital of Illinois, our children have the best. We are proud of our efforts with the Radiothon, and to be in the same company of others who have been nominated or received this award is truly humbling," remarked John.

Nexstar Launches Company-Wide Community Service

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Nexstar Broadcasting Group launched Nexstar Founder’s Day of Caring, a new community project, on June 17. The company aims to generate 20,000 hours of community service across 104 stations in 54 markets by offering employees paid hours of service to support local causes and intends to match every hour of community service with a corresponding dollar donation.

“Nexstar was founded two decades ago with one television station in Scranton, Pa., based on a commitment to deliver exceptional service to the local communities where we operate,” said Perry Sook, Nexstar’s founder and president.

“To this day, our employees’ unwavering dedication to the people and communities we serve across the United States has been fundamental to our success as we now own or provide services to 104 television stations in 54 markets.”

“The launch of our inaugural Nexstar Founder’s Day of Caring is an extension of the exceptional work our local teams have done, and continue to do, to serve local communities across the country,” said Sook.

HNN Raises Funds for Area Nonprofits

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Raycom Media’s HNN Honolulu partnered with Regal Cinemas for a charity benefit during its grand opening. For three days, 100 percent of proceeds from movie tickets, popcorn and soft drinks went to three local non-profits: Make A Wish Hawaii, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii and UH West Oahu - Academy for Creative Media. In addition to on-air spots promoting the event, HNN also produced a version of the promo that aired to captive audiences at Regal’s other Hawaii locations.

WCSC-TV Collects Books in Memory of Slain Community Member

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Raycom Media’s WCSC-TV Charleston, S.C. sponsored the “Carolina Strong Book Drive,” honoring Mother Emanuel AME shooting victim Cynthia Graham Hurd. Throughout June, the station encouraged viewers to donate through promos, live news coverage and digital elements, resulting in thousands of donations that will help continue Cynthia’s life work in teaching children to read. The drive was presented in partnership with WBTV, Charleston County Public Library and Reading Partners.

WCSC-TV Keeps Community Members Cool During Summer Months

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Raycom Media’s WCSC-TV Charleston, S.C. is supporting “Project Cool Breeze” all summer. The initiative from South Carolina Councilman Wendell Gilliard provides new fans and air conditioners to elderly persons, 60 years of age or older. In addition to an on-air PSA, the station covered the kickoff event and distribution as well as included multiple pushes for donations.

Alpha Media’s “Project Salina” Collects Food for Those in Need

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Alpha Media’s KSAL-AM and KYEZ-FM Salina, Kan. collected 320 boxes of tuna and hamburger helper meals during “Project Salina,” held throughout May. They exceeded the goal of 300 boxes, promoting the drive through remote broadcasts from local food markets, public service announcements (PSAs) and news coverage on the stations. Ashby House, Salina Rescue Mission and Domestic Violence of Central Kansas distribute the food to those who cannot afford groceries.

Univision Draws 100,000 to Voter Registration Drives

Date Posted: 5/26/2016

Univision has drawn 100,000 people to 145 citizenship workshops, forums and voter registration drives across the U.S. as it aims to register three million new Latino voters this election season. Univision launched a PSA campaign in English and Spanish on its 126 television and radio stations. Its new election-based texting tool has 130,000 subscribers from all 50 states.

WALB-TV Participates in Weather Event

Date Posted: 5/25/2016

Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate WALB-TV joined Midland Weather Radio and Sumter County Emergency Management to host the "NOAA Weather Radio Programming Event", held May 25. WALB-TV meteorologists helped attendees understand weather radios and broadcast live from the event.

WALB-TV Goes Live

Date Posted: 5/19/2016

Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate WALB-TV Albany, Ga. brought its 6:00 p.m. newscast to five different towns. Local fans had the opportunity to watch the broadcast be produced and interact with the on-air personalities.

WAFB Partners with the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Date Posted: 5/19/2016

Raycom Media’s CBS affiliate WAFB-TV Baton Rouge partnered with the Baton Rouge chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the 20th annual “Race for the Cure” on March 5. Nearly 75 percent of the organization’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, screenings and treatment programs, specifically for underserved women. The remaining net income supports national foundation efforts.

WTVM Raises Funds for Local Charities

Date Posted: 5/19/2016

Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate WTVM-TV Columbus, Ga. partnered with the “Thunder in the Valley Air Show” to raise money for local charities. To date, the family-friendly event has raised more than $750,000.

WWL is “Taking a Stand” Against Violence

Date Posted: 5/18/2016

TEGNA’s CBS affiliate WWL New Orleans launched “Taking a Stand” to tackle violence in New Orleans, which has one of the country’s highest crime rates. It explores causes and solutions and spotlights people making a difference. “The violence issue is key to our future,” said News Director Keith Esparros. “We feel it’s crucial to understand the causes and effects of violence, to look at those who are making a difference, and to try to change the conversation on an issue that will help determine the direction of our region.”

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

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.

WINK-TV Uncovers Sex Offenders

Date Posted: 5/12/2016

Fort Meyer’s Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate WINK-TV Ft. Meyers, Fla. conducted an investigation that found at least 13 offenders who were not following the state law requiring them to register their internet information and social media accounts with their local sheriff’s office. The station’s work led to criminal investigations headed by the county.

Univision Highlights Community in Rebranding Efforts

Date Posted: 5/11/2016

On May 11, Univision announced that all its local TV news operations will rebrand with the tagline “Tu Gente. Tu Voz” (“Your people. Your voice”). “The campaign shows our local news anchors for who they truly are—renowned, award-winning journalists who not only report the news but who are also part of the communities they report on,” said Univision Communications’ Chief Marketing Officer Jessica Rodriguez.

WBRC-TV Hosts a Job Fair

Date Posted: 5/11/2016

Raycom Media’s Fox affiliate WBRC-TV partnered with the City of Birmingham and the Department of Labor to host a job fair on May 11. One-hundred-fifty companies representing 4,700 jobs were present. More than 5,000 residents participated.

WATE-TV Crew Members Assist Victims of Car Crash

Date Posted: 5/6/2016

Hearst’s ABC affiliate WATE-TV Pittsburgh reporter David Kaplan and photographer Eric Hinnabusch helped victims of a multi-car crash that occurred on May 6. The station crew members witnessed the crash and immediately went to the aid of a woman trapped in one of the cars, in addition to phoning for help. Click here to view the video.

KNIN-TV Partners with Idaho Gives

Date Posted: 5/5/2016

Raycom Media’s Fox affiliate KNIN-TV Boise partnered with Idaho Gives, a single-day statewide charitable giving celebration that highlights the diversity of nonprofit organizations. On May 5th, thousands of people showed their support for Idaho’s nonprofits by making an online donation through the Idaho Gives web site. KNIN-TV aired stories leading up to the event featuring local non-profits. The day of the event, the station went live in Good Morning Idaho, and FOX 9 News at 9 soliciting more donations. Thorough these efforts, KNIN-TV helped Idaho Gives raise more than $1 Million.

KVAL CanDo! Food Drive Breaks Record

Date Posted: 5/4/2016

Sinclair’s CBS affiliate KVAL-TV Eugene, Ore. collected more than 33,500 meals in the eighth annual KVAL CanDo! Food Drive on April 13. “KVAL’s commitment to the CanDo! Food Drive is fabulous and really helps us bring in healthy non-perishable foods at a time when our food supplies begins to decrease over the summer,” said Beverlee Potter, FFLC Executive Director. “Thank you for your commitment to feeding people throughout Lane County.”

WIS-TV Raises $1.6 Million for Local Non-Profits

Date Posted: 5/3/2016

Raycom’s NBC affiliate WIS-TV Columbia, S.C. raised $1.6 million during the Midlands Gives radiothon, May 3. The Central Carolina Community Foundation dispenses the funds to local non-profit organizations.

Cromwell Radio Earns 2016 Special Olympics Illinois Outstanding Media Group Award

Date Posted: 5/2/2016

Cromwell Radio’s WMCI-FM, WWGO-FM and KZTP-FM Mattoon, Ill. will receive the “2016 Special Olympics Illinois Statewide Outstanding Media Sponsor” on June 10. The award recognizes an individual or organization that communicates the achievements of Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers through news features and social media, in addition to raising money. Cromwell Radio Group has supported the Special Olympics for more than a decade. On-air personalities act as emcee and master of ceremonies for the Special Olympics Family Festival and Polar Plunge. KZTP’s Polar Plunge team raised $5,000 this year. Cromwell Radio airs countless PSAs about Special Olympics Area 9 competitions, in addition to providing remote broadcasting support, radio marketing, and a call to action for events that benefit the organization. Undoubtedly, the Cromwell Radio Group of Mattoon deserves the recognition of Outstanding Media Support for Special Olympics Illinois and much more, as it truly is a comp\any that cares about its community,” said Jessica Duncan of Special Olympics Illinois.

KUSA-TV Shred-A-Thon Sets Records

Date Posted: 5/1/2016

TEGNA’S NBC affiliate KUSA-TV Denver raised $94,000 for Metro-Denver Crime Stoppers in the 9th annual Shred-a-thon, held May 14 at six locations throughout the metro area. Metro-Denver Crime Stoppers supports local law enforcement agencies by offering cash rewards for tips that help solve crimes. The Shred-A-Thon is Crime Stoppers’ biggest fund raiser. In addition, hundreds of thousands of pounds of sensitive documents were shredded at the event. Last year, KUSA raised $75,000.

WMC-TV Holds Fundraiser for Fallen Firefighter’s Family

Date Posted: 4/19/2016

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WMC-TV Memphis joined with the Memphis Fire Department and Cumulus Radio Group to hold a fundraiser for the family of Lt. Rodney Eddins, who died while fighting a fire. WMC Action News 5 employees and Memphis Firefighters stood in front of the studio from 6:00 a.m. -6:30 p.m. with donation buckets. More than $13,000 was raised for his family.

WFXT Honors Lives Lost in Boston Bombings with Blood Drive

Date Posted: 4/14/2016

Cox Media Group’s Fox affiliate WFXT-TV Boston participated in the Red Cross “Boston Strong Blood Drive” on One Boston Day in April. The event and blood drive are held in honor of the lives lost and individuals injured during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

WTMX-FM Honored for Commitment to Chicago

Date Posted: 4/13/2016

Hubbard’s WTMX-FM Chicago will receive the NAB Crystal Heritage Award, April 19 at NAB Show. Only five others have won the award, which honors stations with five Crystal Radio Awards for exceptional year-round community service. WTMX does more than host the Eric & Kathy radiothon, which has raised $27 million for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in 16 years. “We do a lot of lower-profile fundraisers to help out our listeners; be it for a family who has lost a mother or father, a young cancer patient who needs support in paying for treatment, or someone else who needs financial and human assistance in our listening area,” said Market Manager John Gallagher. “WTMX’s heart and soul is truly committed to the city of Chicago.”

KAIT-TV Partners with ArkansasGives

Date Posted: 4/7/2016

Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro partnered with local nonprofit Arkansas Gives for a fundraiser on April 7. Over $4 million was raised. An additional $500,000 was distributed among area nonprofits.

KDEW-FM Stuttgart Raises $36,000 for Kiwanis

Date Posted: 4/6/2016

Arkansas County Broadcasters’ KDEW-FM Stuttgart, AR raised $36,000 on April 8 during the Stuttgart Kiwanis Radiothon. The funds support the Kiwanis’ community and child-focused projects, including Boys Scouts, Boys State, Girls State, a local Food Bank, Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie, scholarships for graduating high school seniors, children’s programs at the Grand Prairie Center, Easter Seals, a Back Pack Program, Restoration of Hope, Stuttgart Parks and a Teachers Appreciation Luncheon.

WBAL-TV Airs ’Baltimore Rising’ Special

Date Posted: 4/6/2016

Hearst’s NBC affiliate WBAL-TV Baltimore aired a one-hour special, “Baltimore Rising,” on April 27, to mark the one-year anniversary of the day that protesters demonstrating the death of Freddie Gray turned violent. The program explored how far the city has come over the past year and examine where Baltimore is going.

WEHT-TV Raises $1 Million in Easter Seals Telethon

Date Posted: 4/4/2016

Nexstar’s ABC affiliate WEHT-TV Evansville, IN raised more than $1 million in its 39th annual Easter Seals Telethon, held April 10. The Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center offers therapy services to children and adults with disabilities who cannot otherwise afford services. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke joined the WEHT news crew on-air and proclaimed April 10 "Easter Seals Day" in Evansville.

WTVA: A Broadcast Pioneer

Date Posted: 4/3/2016

Heartland Media’s NBC affiliate WTVA Tupelo, Miss. started as a dream of broadcast engineer Frank Spain, who wanted to build a station in his hometown. He spent three years designing and building the antenna, transmitter and cameras from scratch in his garage. The station went on the air in 1957 as WTWV and soon produced numerous firsts for Mississippi commercial television. It was the first to devote its entire daily morning schedule to educational programming; the first to broadcast a live basketball game; and first to air a live telethon for an entire broadcasting day, raising money to fight cerebral palsy. It switched its call letters to WTVA in 1979. Spain served as CEO until his death in 2006.

WTNH Collects 13,000 Meals for Food Bank

Date Posted: 4/3/2016

Media General’s ABC affiliate WTNH New Haven, Conn. collected 2,542 pounds of food and $5,504 for the Connecticut Food Bank on April 1, amounting to 13,126 meals. "With one in seven households struggling to put food on the table in Connecticut, we believe strongly in rolling up our sleeves to help fight hunger in our state," said General Manager Mark Higgins.

Seven Ways WHKO-FM Makes Dayton Better

Date Posted: 3/29/2016

WHKO-FM Dayton was recognized by the Dayton Daily News in an article published March 3, titled “7 ways K99 makes our community better.” “Of course you’ve heard [Nancy Wilson and James Frye] host K99.1 FM’s morning show, but few people know how much they serve the community,” wrote Kamron Taylor. “It’s intrinsically tied to the station’s mission to connect with the community -- and the station provides a platform for the two to make it happen.” Taylor then goes on to provide seven reasons why the station makes the community better.

KDVR Helps Local Widower

Date Posted: 3/6/2016

Tribune’s Fox affiliate KDVR Denver stepped in to help viewer Tom Ast. While on her deathbed, Ast’s wife of 45 years encouraged him to take the cruise they had already booked. He agreed to go with family and friends who could share in her remembrance. However, when he canceled his wife’s reservation, the cruise line charged a $853 “rebooking fee.” If he didn’t pay it, he would lose his $11,000 trip payment. After Ast told KDVR his story, the station contacted the cruise line. Ast was refunded the $853.

WJR-AM Raises $1 Million for Salvation Army Bed & Bread Program

Date Posted: 3/3/2016

Cumulus’ WJR-AM Detroit raised $1 million for the Salvation Army Bed and Bread program in a radiothon held February 26. The Radiothon is the program’s primary source of funding. The Bed & Bread program serves more than 4,200 meals to the Detroit community, which amounts to more than 1.5 million meals annually, and provides shelter to 500 people every night. The Salvation Army Bed & Bread recently expanded its truck routes to deliver to new underserved areas.

WWJ Brings in $1.5 Million for Heating Bills

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

CBS Radio’s WWJ-AM Detroit raised $1.5 million in the 13th annual "Winter Survival Radiothon" for The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) on February 12. THAW provides emergency energy assistance to families in financial crisis due to job loss or serious illness. THAW’s utility partners match every dollar raised.

Univision’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Date Posted: 2/17/2016

Univision released its first corporate social responsibility report. Titled “Access for All,” it showcases how Univision’s corporate values of integrity, collaboration, innovation, diversity, service and excellence help the company deliver on its responsibility to Hispanic and multicultural communities.

CBS LA Earns a Dozen Golden Mike Awards

Date Posted: 2/16/2016

CBS-owned KCBS-TV, KCAL-TV and KNX-AM were honored on Jan. 23 with a dozen Golden Mike Awards from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California, recognizing excellence in local broadcast journalism. KCBS won for David Goldstein’s investigation into water waste at federal facilities and a feature on a California Highway Patrol officer who was hit by a car while on duty. KCAL won for a feature about military veterans finding refuge in caring for sick and injured birds. KNX-AM earned five Golden Mikes for breaking news coverage of an officer-involved shooting and regular features, such as KNX Afternoon News, KNX Traffic on the 5s and KNX Money Hour.

Student-run WSOU-FM Stays On air

Date Posted: 2/16/2016

Seton Hall University’s WSOU-FM stayed live on air while the university was closed. Students worked in shifts to provide news, weather and traffic updates. "Experiences like these help prepare students for their careers and demonstrate that student-run college radio stations can be vital souces of information for the communities they serve," said General Manager Mark Maben.

KYTX Named Station of the Year

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.

WPRI-TV Raises $1 Million for Meeting Street

Date Posted: 2/16/2016

Media General’s CBS affiliate WPRI-TV Providence, R.I., raised more than $1 million in its Jan. 31 telethon for Meeting Street’s educational programs. Meeting Street serves almost 5,000 children each year, many of whom have significant learning disabilities. The annual telethon attracts hundreds of guests and tens of thousands of viewers and is Meeting Street’s largest fundraiser. The telethon included special segments featuring children in Meeting Street’s programs. Seven-year-old Molly, who has cerebral palsy, hosted a significant part of the broadcast. Watch video.

Broadcasters Increase Local News Coverage

Date Posted: 2/16/2016

Television broadcasters that recently increased their local news programing include:

•Hearst’s NBC affiliate KCRA-TV Sacramento added a one-hour weekday newscast at 4 p.m. on Jan. 25. It features live HD traffic updates and breaking news coverage from the air.
•Sinclair’s NBC affiliate WOAI San Antonio added a half-hour noon newscast on Jan. 25 that features developing local stories, breaking news and a weather forecast. "We continue to look for opportunities to serve our community," said News Director Blaise Labbe.
•Hearst’s NBC affiliate WLWT-TV Cincinnati added a half-hour 10 p.m. newscast on Jan. 11 that airs in addition to the station’s existing 11 p.m. news.
• Tribune’s Fox affiliate KTVI St. Louis launched a half-hour weeknight 11 p.m. newscast on Jan. 18. It is anchored by award-winning journalists Shirley Washington and Jasmine Huda.
• Hearst’s ABC affiliate WCVB-TV Boston launched two new half-hour weeknight newscasts at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Jan. 11.
• Cox Media Group’s Fox affiliate WFOX Jacksonville, Fla., added an additional hour of weekday local news on Jan. 11.
• The News Press & Gazette’s ABC affiliate KMIZ Columbia, Mo., added six hours of local news programming to its weekend lineup on Jan. 9, with newscasts at 6 and 8 a.m.
•Sinclair’s CBS affiliate WPEC West Palm Beach, Fla., added an hour-long 9 a.m. newscast on Jan. 11, bringing its weekly total to 42 hours of news. In addition to breaking news, weather and live event coverage, the newscast includes a strong interactive component.
• Hearst’s NBC affiliate WBAL-TV Baltimore expanded its "11 News Tonight" to one hour on Jan. 31. They now offer 38 hours of original, locally-produced news every week.

WFSA Hosts Record-Setting Job Fair

Date Posted: 2/15/2016

Raycom’s NBC affiliate WSFA Montgomery, Ala., the Alabama Department of Labor and the City of Montgomery hosted a job fair on February 18. A record 3,300 people and 70 employers attended.

WBTV Provides Free Credit Counseling

Date Posted: 2/15/2016

Raycom’s CBS affiliate WBTV Charlotte provided free credit counseling services through a hotline on February 10. Credit counselors helped 534 callers, 134 of whom booked full counseling appointments.

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

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.

WSOY-AM Collects 1.3 Million Lbs. of Food

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Neuhoff Communication’s WSOY-AM Decatur, Ill. collected 1.3 million pounds of food in the 14th annual WSOY Community Food Drive, held Oct. 9. The drive benefits Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Inn, Northeast Community Fund, the Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project and Reasonable Services. WSOY recognized five local schools for outstanding participation. (Watch video).

Alpha Media Raises $114K for Thanksgiving

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.

KFOG-FM Donates $200,000 to Bay Area Food Banks

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Cumulus’ KFOG-FM San Francisco donated $200,000 to Bay Area Food Banks on Nov. 12, which came from the proceeds of last year’s "Live From the Archives 2,." a benefit CD featuring singles from current rock artists. KFOG’s CDs are the biggest single fundraiser for these Bay Area Food Banks: Alameda County Community Food Bank; Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano; Napa Valley Food Bank; Redwood Empire Food Bank; San Francisco-Marin Food Bank; and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. On Nov. 6, KFOG released its 22nd annual benefit CD "Live from the Archives 22," featuring Train, Michael Franti and Cage the Elephant.

WCAV-TV Raises $120,000 for Salvation Army

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Gray Television’s CBS affiliate WCAV-TV Charlottesville, Va. raised $120,000 in its telethon for the Charlottesville Salvation Army, held Oct. 20. All of the money raised remains local and helps provide shelter and food for people in need. In 2014, the Charlottesville Salvation Army served more than 41,400 meals. (Watch video).

WAPT Challenge Collects 220,000 Cans

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate WAPT-TV Jackson, Miss. collected 220,326 cans of food in its “Food for Families Football Challenge,” which asks local high schools to collect cans at football games. WAPT’s PSA featuring Sen. Roger Wicker, Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Greg Harper encouraged participation. In 24 years, WAPT has collected almost 3.7 million cans.

Univision’s Education Week 2015

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Univision’s Education Week 2015, held Oct. 3-10 on 126 radio and television stations, reached hundreds of thousands of families. Resources, tools and programs covered issues related to early childhood development to college readiness. Local phone banks answered more than 2,000 viewer questions. The “Academias para Padres” (Parent Academies) connected 1,300 people in three cities with education experts. Univision’s KMEX-TV Los Angeles kicked off Education Week on Oct. 3, when 15,000 people attended the "Feria de Educación" (Education Fair). One hundred non-profit organizations and 50 workshops addressed financial aid, scholarships and parent engagement. More than 45,000 books were distributed.

WOIO Collects a Ton of Food

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Raycom Media’s CBS affiliate WOIO Cleveland collected hundreds of coats and 2,875 pounds of food on November 20, when it gave away 1,000 free turkeys to those who donated to the fifth annual "Share Your Holidays" drive. Many turkeys are donated back for area residents in need. The Salvation Army of Summit County, Volunteers of America of Greater Cleveland and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank distributed the donations.

KGTV Kicks Off Month of a Million Meals

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

E.W. Scripps’ ABC affiliate KGTV San Diego collected 100,000 meals on December 1 in a phone bank for the "Month of a Million Meals" campaign, which runs until December 31. KGTV will host another phone bank on December 15. The drive is coordinated in partnership with Live Well San Diego, Feeding America San Diego and software company ESET. KGTV promoted the drive with the social media hashtag #feedingsandiego. (Watch video.)

WMYX-FM Stuffs a Bus With 100,000 Meals

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Entercom’s WMYX-FM Milwaukee collected more than 100,000 meals in the 18th annual "Stuff the Bus" food drive, led by morning show hosts Wes and Elizabeth on November 25. Five Milwaukee County Transit System buses were stuffed with food, including 235 turkeys, during the 12-hour live broadcast. The drive benefits Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

KFVS ’Heartland Food Drive’ to Provide 8,000 Meals

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Raycom Media’s CBS affiliate KFVS-TV Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Withers Broadcasting’s radio stations collected 10,000 pounds of food in the inaugural “Heartland Food Drive” on December 2. The donations will provide 8,000 meals through foodbanks in southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and western Kentucky. (Watch video.)

WTNH Food Drive Fills Two Trucks

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Media General’s ABC affiliate WTNH-TV New Haven, Conn., filled two trucks with non-perishable food and turkeys on November 21 during "Forecast to Help End Hunger" for a local food bank. Meteorologists interacted with hundreds of viewers at the event. (Watch video.)

WJAR-TV Raises $83,000

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Sinclair Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate WJAR-TV Providence, R.I., raised $83,000 in the "10 Cares Thanksgiving" telethon for The Salvation Army in October. Proceeds provided Thanksgiving food baskets to families in southern New England. (Watch video.)

KWBW’s 2015 ’Project Concern’ Breaks Records

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Eagle Communication’s KWBW-AM Salinas, Kan., raised a record $25,500 to help local families through the "2015 Project Concern," held in partnership with Dillon’s and Midwest Superstore. KWBW ran promos and talked about the drive daily on the morning show. Thanks to "Project Concern," 1,700 people in the 550 families that requested help received assistance. All funds stay local and were distributed through the Hutchinson Salvation Army, the Hutchinson Christian Soup Ministry and a local church that offers a free lunch on Thanksgiving.

Arkansas Stations Collect 3,000 Turkeys

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Hearst Television’s ABC affiliates KHBS-TV Fort Smith, Ark., and KHOG-TV Fayetteville, Ark., collected 3,000 turkeys in the "Feeding Hope" food drive, held November 20. (Watch video.)

WTVA Tupelo, Miss. Raises $319,000 for Regional Rehab Center

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Heartland Media’s NBC affiliate WTVA Tupelo, Miss., raised a record $319,000 for Regional Rehab Center on November 21-22. The center’s free resources include physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, audiology and dyslexia treatment. In the past year, the center has helped more than 1,300 people in 18 counties who cannot afford therapy. The $319,000 far surpasses the $200,000 raised in 2014. (Watch video.)

Celebrity Concert Raises $187,000

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Paxton Media Group’s NBC affiliate WPSD-TV Paducah, Ky.’s 59th annual "Telethon of Stars Celebration Concert" raised $187,000 on November 14 to support local Easter Seals programs for children and adults with special needs. Performers included Lee Greenwood, The Talleys, Brian Hyland, The Chiffons, Johnny Tillotson and Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles.

Morning Show Helps Save Veteran from Foreclosure

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

The "Chaz & AJ Morning Show" on Connoisseur’s Conn. stations WDRC-FM Hartford, WPLR-FM New Haven and WFOX Stamford, helped raise almost $16,000 for a local veteran in risk of foreclosure. Brendon Cameron, who served in the U.S. Air Force in Desert Storm, lives in Middletown with his wife, Janette, and two daughters. In March, he suddenly developed symptoms consistent with Gulf War Syndrome, including epilepsy, tremors, weakness and memory loss. He and Janette, who provides round-the-clock care for her husband, needed $8,000 to avoid foreclosure on their home. On Veterans Day, Chaz & AJ featured the Cameron family on the morning show, raising $16,000 before the show ended. "We’ve done some amazing things on the air," Chaz said. "This I will remember forever."

WJLA Helps Mom, Eight Kids Living in Car

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Sinclair’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV Washington, D.C., aired a segment on November 30 about a mother and her eight children living in a car. Investigative reporter Jennifer Donelan found Maria Herrera and the kids, who range in age from one-year-old twins to 15. After Herrera’s alleged abuser kicked them out of their apartment, five different organizations turned them away because of the family’s size. After the story aired, D.C.’s Department of Human Services placed them in temporary housing until something permanent is found. (Watch video.)

KMJ Listener Donates Car to Cancer Patient

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Cumulus Media’s KMJ-AM Fresno, Calif., helped local cancer patient Wilson Odom, whose car had been stolen from his home on November 29. The car was his only means to get to his cancer treaments and was the only transportation for his wife and seven children and grandchildren. Listener Glynn Ward had recently bought a car when morning hosts Matt Otstot and Blake Taylor shared the story on November 30. Instead of selling her old car, she brought it to KMJ for them to donate. Tears streamed down Odom’s cheeks when KMJ delivered the car.

Univision Holds Education, Business Forums

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.

KSTP-FM Honors Teenage Cancer Victim, Collects $531,000

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Hubbard Radio’s KSTP-FM St. Paul, Minn. raised $531,000 on December 11 for Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. KSTP’s "12 Hours of Hope" event at Mall of America culminated with 5,500 people singing "Clouds." Written by teenager Zach Sobiech and produced with KSTP’s help, the song went viral before he passed away from osteosarcoma in 2013. "It was absolutely amazing. People of all ages and backgrounds standing shoulder-to-shoulder singing at the top of their lungs to celebrate the season and honor Zach Sobiech and all children who are battling cancer or other childhood diseases and illnesses," Vice President and Market Manager Dan Seeman said. "[It] was a VERY PROUD moment for everyone associated with Hubbard Broadcasting. It speaks to the power and reach of KS95. But even more so, it speaks to the tremendous heart of KS95." Watch video.

WGHP-TV’s 25-Year Tradition of Community Service

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Tribune’s Fox affiliate WGHP-TV High Point, N.C., collected over 500,000 cans of food during its December holiday concert series. In November, the station collected $115,000, plus five truckloads of toys. WGHP also collected 17,000 coats in October. Watch video from TVNewsCheck on WGHP’s 25-year tradition of public service.

’9Cares Colorado Shares’ Collects $328,000

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Tegna Media’s NBC affiliate KUSA-TV Denver collected almost 328,000 pounds of food, plus $82,000 and truckloads of clothing and toys during the 33rd annual "9Cares Colorado Shares," held November14. Watch video.

KSBW’s ’Share Your Holidays’ Sets Records

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Hearst’s NBC affiliate KSBW Salinas, Calif. raised a record $177,000, plus 10,000 pounds of food and 7,000 toys, during its 29th annual "KSBW Share Your Holiday" campaign, held December 11.

KCRG Raises $100,000 for Healthy Meals

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Cedar Rapids Television’s ABC affiliate KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids, Iowa, raised $100,000 on December 6 for the Heritage Area Agency on Aging in the "Fill the Plate" telethon. In 2014, Heritage delivered 330,000 healthy meals to low-income seniors in Eastern Iowa.

WSAW-TV Wausau Collects Record $63,000

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Gray’s CBS affiliate WSAW-TV Wausau, Wis.’s 12th annual "Share Your Holidays" campaign, held December 4-18, raised a record $63,000 for the Salvation Army and Neighbor’s Place food pantries.

WMAR Investigates School Issues

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

E.W. Scripps’ ABC affiliate WMAR-TV Baltimore regularly investigates issues at local schools, including problems with mold and air conditioning units. WMAR posts stories online under "Classroom Concerns." WMAR was the media partner for the second annual “Get Connected: Special Needs Resource Fair” on Nov. 7. The event featured exhibitors and workshops with resources on speech therapy, sensory integration, summer camps, schools and assistive technology.

KHOU Houston Investigations Exposes City Housing Troubles

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).

KNBC Exposes Radioactive Waste Cover-Up

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

NBC-owned KNBC-TV Los Angeles revealed a cover-up of radioactive waste and toxic chemicals that endangered thousands of kids at a camp. Families claim that camp staff and board members covered up evidence for 65 years. Workers told KNBC’s investigative team that they were ordered to secretly release radioactive gases into the wind. Watch part one and part two of the investigation.

KNTV Finds Calif. Drought Answers In Israel

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

NBC’s KNTV San Francisco sent news teams to Israel to learn about how they handle water shortages. News segments aired Nov. 2. “Not many TV stations have the vision, let alone the budget, to send an investigative team half way around the world in the hopes of finding solutions to a major problem plaguing its region and, the entire state,” said TVNewsCheck’s Paul Greely.

NewsON Launches Local TV News App

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Local news provider NewsON launched an app on Nov. 4 to provide consumers with live and on-demand local newscasts and news clips. The app’s video content from 118 stations in 90 markets covers 75 percent of the United States and is available on Apple, Android and Roku devices. Viewers can find stations via an interactive map. At launch, participating stations include those in NewsON’s owner group - ABC Owned Television Station Group, Cox Media Group, Hearst Television, Media General and Raycom Media - plus Graham Media Group and Tegna stations. Hubbard Broadcasting joined NewsON as an investor.

WDVE-FM Raises $653,000 for Hospital

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

iHeartMedia’s WDVE-FM Pittsburgh raised a record $653,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation on Sept. 26. The live broadcast featured musical performances and guest appearances from Arthur Moats and Jarvis Jones of the Pittsburgh Steelers. "As we celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Children’s Hospital, we are so grateful for community partners like 102.5 WDVE, who have been loyal and supportive of our mission throughout the years," said Foundation President Greg Barrett.

’Alison & Adam Memorial Fund’ Nears $90K

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

The “Alison & Adam Memorial Fund” has raised $88,175 for the families of the victims of the Aug. 26 Roanoke TV shooting. NAB and the Radio Television Digital News Association launched the fund on behalf of Alison Parker and Adam Ward of Schurz-owned CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV Roanoke, who were killed on-air. Proceeds will be distributed evenly between the families of Parker and Ward, Vicki Gardner, who suffered gunshot wounds, and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Donations will be accepted until Nov. 30.

WCHR-FM Host "Boards" on Billboard

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Townsquare Media’s WCHR-FM Tom’s River, N.J. raised $119,000 for Ocean of Love Foundation. During the fundraiser, DJ Andy Chase spent five days braving the elements and living on top of a billboard to raise awareness of the Foundation. Currently, 53 families affected by childhood cancer receive support from Ocean of Love. Watch this video showing fire trucks pull up to Andy’s billboard with sirens blaring to donate $9,500. Listen to audio and watch video of Andy coming down from the billboard.

Indianapolis Radiothon Collects $250,000

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Emmis’ WIBC-FM Indianapolis raised $250,000 in its annual Salvation Army telethon, held December 4-5. Children could take pictures with Santa in the Emmis lobby on December 4 as part of the event. Watch video.

Community Service Awards for Radio and Television Broadcasters

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

NAB offers two awards programs that provide an opportunity for radio and television stations to receive national recognition for their year-round service to local communities.

The 10 winners are announced at the annual NAB Show, held April 16-21, 2016 in Las Vegas. Enter your station here.

The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) hosts the Celebration of Service to America Awards to honor the outstanding public service commitment of local television and radio broadcasters. Join broadcast industry leaders, philanthropists, government officials and members of the press at this annual black tie gala, June 21, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Enter your station here.

WJR-AM Detroit Raises $1 Million

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Cumulus’ WJR-AM Detroit’s "2015 Mitch Albom S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon," held December 10, raised a record $1 million for the Mitch Albom charities. Guests included Hugh Jackman, Billy Bob Thornton, Jane Pauley, Craig Ferguson and Alice Cooper. Watch video.

WQKL-FM Collects A Million Meals

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Cumulus’ WQKL-FM Ann Arbor, Mich., collected a record one million meals during its annual five-day food drive, "Rockin’ for the Hungry," held December 2-6 to benefit Food Gatherers in Washtenaw County. "’Rockin’ for the Hungry’ is more than a food and fund drive for Food Gatherers – it brings people together to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our community," said Food Gatherers President and CEO Eileen Spring.

KELO-TV Sioux Falls Distributes 4,000 Coats

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Media General’s CBS affiliate KELO-TV Sioux Falls, S.D., distributed more than 4,000 coats last month. "Operation KEEP KELOLAND Warm" was inspired by a homeless woman’s death from exposure to extreme cold. Local temperatures can fall to 42 degrees below zero. More than 300 people attended each of the four distribution events, where they selected coats, hats, gloves and scarves. Watch video.

KMOV, WBAL, WRAL Are duPont Award Winners

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Several stations were recently honored with Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.

•Meredith’s CBS affiliate KMOV St. Louis was honored for the hour-long, commercial-free documentary "The Injustice System," on the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
• Hearst’s NBC affiliate WBAL-TV Baltimore’s Jayne Miller was honored for her investigative work on the death of Freddie Gray. "Her exemplary reports raised important questions about probable cause, police policy, and accountability," the judges found. "Miller asked probing, smart questions and followed up with clear analysis of a fast-changing story."
•Capitol Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate WRAL-TV Raleigh reporter Leyla Santiago and photographer Zac Gooch won for "Journey Alone," on illegal immigration and unaccompanied minors in North Carolina.

KCBD Collects Food and Funds for Area Counties

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.

iHeartMedia Binghamton Brings Holiday Season to Area Seniors

Date Posted: 12/10/2015

iHeartMedia Binghamton made sure many lonely seniors in nursing homes had a great holiday season. “Gifts for Goldens” is a Christmas wish tree for seniors in the Binghamton area. The station group teamed up with Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, a local nonprofit group focused on seniors helping seniors.

WSFA Answers Viewers Questions Through Phone Bank

Date Posted: 12/3/2015

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WSFA Montgomery Ala. held a two hour phone bank regarding renter’s rights. Legal experts fielded calls from more than 150 local viewers and helped them make more informed decisions about how and when to rent.

Connoisseur Media Long Island Stations Support “Turkey Brigade” for People in Need

Date Posted: 11/12/2015

Connoisseur Media Long Island helped to welcome Stew Leonard’s Grocery to Long Island with their first annual “Long Island Turkey Brigade.” Stew Leonard’s Stores distributed 2,000 free turkeys to people in need. The stations introduced the company to many local agencies, non-profits, church groups and community groups who need extra help this season to feed families for Thanksgiving and beyond.

KNXV Wins 19 Regional Emmys

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

E.W. Scripps’ ABC affiliate KNXV Phoenix won 19 regional Emmy Awards for local news. "I’m incredibly proud of our entire ABC15 team," Vice President and General Manager Anita Helt said. "They come to work every day ready to take action on behalf of Arizonans." Honors include:

  • Newscast Morning: "Monsoon Madness: The Day the Valley Flooded"
  • Newscast Day/Evening: "Phoenix Treading Water - The Flood of the Century"
  • Breaking News: "Monsoonal Mayhem – Phoenix Underwater"
  • Military: "Veterans Hung Up On, Can’t Get Through to VA Hotline"
  • Journalistic Enterprise: "Dave Biscobing Investigates"

Radio Helps Police Following Child’s Death

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

Cumulus Media’s KKOB-AM and KOB-FM Albuquerque provided support to a grieving city after a four-year-old girl was shot and killed in a road rage incident on Oct. 20. Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden called KKOB as Morning Show Host Bob Clark discussed the story with listeners. Police Chief Eden said, "We know that 770 [KKOB-AM] is heard around the Southwest and we need your help in tracking down truckers who may have witnessed the road rage shooting." Listen to this audio clip from his call, which shows KKOB’s importance in the community.

The next morning, KOB-FM hosts Carlos & Kiki dedicated their show to listener calls, which covered news tips on the shooter and reasons "why we need to hug our kids." KOB asked listeners to donate to a GoFundMe account for the girl’s family. The account raised $40,000 by noon, ultimately reaching $66,000. This horrific event demonstrates "the power of local radio to bring communities together during difficult times and to help keep our communities safe," said a Cumulus Media spokesperson. Watch news segments featuring Carlos & Kiki here and here (starts at 5:14).

KOBI Provides Solace After School Shooting

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

California Oregon Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate KOBI-TV Medford, Ore. provided lifeline information after a tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1 left nine dead and nine injured. KOBI’s wall-to-wall coverage provided critical updates and solace to the community. In the weeks that followed, KOBI covered vigils, services and memorials, and provided information on how to support the victims’ families. Bob Wise, KOBI vice president and general manager, shared this information:

"Some days we are covering the best day of someone’s life, the next might be someone’s worst tragedy. Unfortunately, on October 1, the worst came to life in front of us... KOBI TV staff has worked hard to provide information to its viewers in a way to honor the victims, respect their family and friends, and to address the overriding issues that led to this happening in our backyard. It reminds us all, once again, the importance of local broadcasting and how, when needed, broadcasters are at the epicenter of teamwork, communication and effort to inform viewers, through good times and difficult times."

WTSP Tampa Investigates Political Influence

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

Tegna’s CBS affiliate WTSP St. Petersburg, Fla. aired "The Gatekeeper," a newscast and 6,000-word online story with links to public records and online-only videos based on reporter Noah Pransky’s year-long investigation into private public relations consultant Beth Leytham. Pransky found evidence that Leytham may be skirting lobbying registration laws. Her clients include Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan. After the story broke, a city council member called for a review of Tampa’s lobbying rules. The county administrator asked the sheriff to review the award of a $1.35 million contract to one of Leytham’s clients, who used her as a subcontractor.

Telemundo Invests in Local Initiatives

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

The Miami Herald recently highlighted Telemundo Station Group’s local initiatives, including the addition of nine "Telemundo Responde" investigative units. The unit has recovered more than $3.5 million for consumers by investigating local businesses such as auto mechanics and tax agencies. The annual telethon for the Miami-based Liga Contra el Cáncer (League Against Cancer) generates most of the organization’s yearly budget. "We want to be the station that breaks news and covers weather for our audience," said Telemundo Station Group President Manuel Martinez. "We have a specific relationship with our audience, because if you’re not 100 percent fluent in English, you come to us every day for your entertainment and information.

KCRA Investigates Veterans Hospital

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

Hearst-owned NBC affiliate KCRA-TV Sacramento investigated the slow response time of Mather VA Hospital. Surveillance video shows a local veteran on the ground in pain outside of the emergency room. No one from the hospital came to help, even as his wife pounds on the door. Following the news segment, the hospital fixed the emergency call button and camera feed. (Watch video).

KWTV-TV Crucial in Oklahoma City Tornado

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

On Oct. 24, a drunk driver drove into a crowd at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring 47 others. Team Radio’s "Triple Play Sports" stations, including KOSB-FM, pre-empted live game day programing to provide complete coverage. Anchor Jordan Woodruff was live on-air about 45 minutes after the car struck the crowd, interviewing witnesses and gathering news. Woodruff’s co-hosts, Steve Daniels and Tom Dirato, provided comfort to listeners and aired the live broadcast of the Stillwater Police Department press conference. During the game, Team Radio focused on the tragedy, updating listeners on the number of injuries and probable cause. "I was very proud of these four guys who instinctively knew what to do upon hearing the news of the tragedy," said Team Radio Owner Bill Coleman. "They became great informers instead of sports broadcasters."

KNTV Exposes Dangerous Food Storage

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

NBC owned KNTV-TV San Francisco was honored with a national Emmy Award in the outstanding regional news story category for its investigative series "Inside Sysco: Exposing North America’s Food Sheds." Sysco is the world’s largest food distributor, with annual sales of $48 billion and customers that include schools, hospitals and restaurants all over the world. After KNTV’s investigation exposed Sysco for storing food in unrefrigerated storage sheds, the company was forced to settle a consumer protection lawsuit in California for almost $20 million. (Watch video via TVNewsCheck).

Meteorologist Receives National Honor

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

Meredith Corp.’s NBC affiliate WSMV Nashville Chief Meteorologist Lisa Spencer received the National Weather Association’s 2015 NWA Broadcaster of the Year Award, which recognizes broadcasters who contribute significantly to the dissemination of critical weather information. Spencer and WSMV’s weather team regularly travel across Tennessee promoting severe weather preparedness via their "4WARN Weather Alert Tour." Spencer has helped raise thousands of dollars through tornado and flood relief telethons. She also leads "Warm Coats from Warm Hearts," which collects thousands of coats each year, and "Heat Wave Help" to collect air conditioners. (Watch video).

WAVE-TV Telethon Aids ’Supporting Heroes’

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WAVE-TV Louisville, Ky., raised $15,000 for the non-profit organization Supporting Heroes on September 11. Supporting Heroes provides families of public safety personnel killed in the line of duty with $3,000 to cover financial needs until state or federal benefits arrive.

WMTV ’Goes Orange’ to Fight Hunger

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Gray Television’s NBC affiliate WMTV Madison, Wisc., hosted a "Go Orange" campaign on September 3. The initiative brought in 72,000 meals for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin. WMTV asked viewers to take a selfie while wearing orange and post it to Facebook with the #Orange4SHFB hashtag.

WFIE-TV Raises $293,000 for Muscular Dystrophy

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WFIE-TV Evansville, Ind., raised $293,000 in its "14 Hours for MDA" fundraiser, held September 1 to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). This was the 45th consecutive year that on-air personality Mike Blake hosted the telethon. According to the MDA, WFIE hosts the country’s largest event to support the organization’s work to fight muscular dystrophy.

Cumulus Fresno Food Drive Collects $73,000

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Cumulus Media’s KMJ-AM/FM Fresno, Calif., hosted a food drive on August 25 - September 1 that raised more than $73,000 for a local food bank. The station also collected 1,055 lbs. of canned food, 2,810 lbs. of potatoes and 1,000 lbs. of frozen turkeys. Listen to an audio clip from the station broadcast.

Television Stations Across the Country Expand Local News

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

The following stations are among those that have recently expanded local news coverage:

  • Fox owned-and-operated KTVU-TV Oakland, Calif., added a 9 a.m. newscast on September 14. KTVU also airs local news at 7 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 5 p..m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. In the past year, KTVU added 13 hours of local news and sports, for a total of 62 hours per week.
  • Telemundo owned-and-operated KNSO-TV Fresno, Cailf., debuted its first local newscast on September 1. The one-hour Spanish-language program airs weekdays from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • E.W. Scripps’ ABC affiliate KGTV San Diego launched a 4 p.m. local newscast on September 14. KGTV broadcasts local news from 4:30 - 7 a.m. and from 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WECT-TV Wilmington, N.C., debuted "First at Four" on September 14. WECT also airs local news from 5 - 7 a.m., at noon, from 5 - 7 p.m. and at 11 p.m. "We realize viewers are not always able to catch the news in traditional times," said News Director Scott Saxton.
  • Block Communications’ Fox affiliate WDRB-TV Louisville, Ky., expanded its weekday midday news from half an hour to a full hour on September 21.
  • Tegna Media’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV Houston extended its 4 p.m. news from half an hour to a full hour on September 14.
  • Sinclair Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate WKRC-TV Cincinnati expanded "Good Morning Cincinnati" on September 21. It now airs from 7 - 9 a.m.
  • WNCT-FM Stays On-Air After Fire

    Date Posted: 10/14/2015

    Beasley Broadcasting Group’s WNCT-FM Greenville, N.C. stayed on-air after a fire on September 4 caused an estimated half a million dollars in damage. WNCT-FM, North Carolina’s oldest radio station, has always been located in the same building. The station’s commitment to its listeners inspired them to broadcast immediately following the fire. “They listen to us for entertainment, news, weather, (to) find out what’s going on in the community ... It’s part of their life," said General Manager Brad Hood.

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

    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.

    WRAL-TV and Radio One Raleigh Team up for HungerFreeNC

    Date Posted: 10/14/2015

    Capitol Broadcasting Company’s CBS affiliate WRAL-TV Raleigh, N.C. partnered with Radio One Raleigh for a second year to expand HungerFreeNC, a week of special programming that raises money for a different hunger-focused non-profit each year. This year’s beneficiary was Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Through broadcast radio and television, plus online and social media efforts, the movement raised $112,000. “This is about using the power of the media for good,” says WRAL-TV Vice President and General Manager Steven D. Hammel. “Together with Radio One Raleigh, we can reach hundreds of thousands of people. With North Carolina ranking fifth in the nation in hunger, we knew this year’s effort had to be bigger.”

    WDIV-TV Promotes Local Community Event and Charities

    Date Posted: 10/14/2015

    Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Detroit provided month-long coverage of “Arts, Beats & Eats.” The event, which helps support local charities, raised $360,000. WDIV-TV provided month-long coverage of the event, including a PSA and reports that highlighted the charities who benefitted from the raised funds.

    WEPN-FM New York Raises $15,000

    Date Posted: 9/14/2015

    ESPN Sports WEPN-AM/ESPN New York 98.7 FM raised over more than $15,000 for the V Foundation for Cancer Research at its 11th annual Tee it Up Golf Classic. The event featured ESPN anchors Linda Cohn;, Trey Wingo, NFL analyst Trey Wingo; and former Patriots, Jets and Lions lineman Damien Woody;, former Giants players Shaun O’Hara and Jeff Eagles;,and former Jets players Ray Lucas, Marty Lyons and Greg Buttle.

    WTOP-FM Personality Assists with Traffic Jam

    Date Posted: 9/14/2015

    During a particularly busy evening for Washington, DC area police, WTOP Director of Traffic and Weather Operations Jim Battagliese headed to the heart of the city to report on the subsequent traffic jams. Upon surveying the tie-ups, Battagliese began assisting the police with directing traffic. A letter of recommendation from the police states, “Without being asked, and with no personal gain, Mr. Battagliese sacrificed his time to support the mission of the U.S. Park Police in a time of need.”

    LA City Council Recognizes KLOS-FM

    Date Posted: 9/14/2015

    Cumulus Media’s KLOS-FM Los Angeles was recognized by the Los Angeles City Council when the group declared Aug. 8 “95.5 KLOS ‘80s Rock Day.” L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson presented the official proclamation on The Heidi and Frank Show on Aug. 5. “A warm congratulations to KLOS for withstanding the test of time and remaining the preferred rock and roll station for millions of rock music fans,” said Wesson.

    WALA-TV Expands News Programs

    Date Posted: 9/3/2015

    Meredith Corporation’s Fox affiliate WALA-TV Mobile, Ala., introduced new Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts on Aug. 8. Reporter Candace Murphy and meteorologist Matt Barrentine anchor the newscasts. On Aug. 24, WALA extended its weekday late newscast to 90 minutes, to broadcast from 9-10:30 p.m. “We are committed to being the place Gulf Coast residents turn to for local news, weather and information — all day, every day,” said News Director Scott Flannigan. “Expanding our 9 p.m. news presence gives us the chance to do more investigations, more weather coverage and be of more service to our viewers.”

    WKMG-TV Adds 4 p.m. Newscast

    Date Posted: 9/3/2015

    Graham Media Group’s CBS affiliate WKMG-TV Orlando will offer a 4 p.m. newscast starting Sept. 7. The station announced the additional newscast on social media and during regular newscasts. It will feature anchors Julie Broughton, Matt Austin, Lisa Bell and Ginger Gadsden and Chief Meteorologist Tom Sorrells.

    WWSB-TV Launches 7 p.m. Newscast

    Date Posted: 9/3/2015

    Calkins Media’s ABC affiliate WWSB-TV Tampa will launch "ABC 7 News at 7:00" on Sept. 14 to focus on investigative reporting and discussions with local newsmakers. It will be anchored by Emmy award-winning journalist Alan Cohn, who also won a George Foster Peabody award in 2007 for a story on defective parts installed on Black Hawk helicopters. “We... believe strongly in localism and have expanded our commitment to providing quality news and local programming,” said General Manager Jeff Benninghoff. “We believe that this 7 p.m. newscast will provide the perfect forum for more in-depth reporting — and debate — on important issues and stories in the Suncoast community.”

    Telemundo Boston Adds Local News

    Date Posted: 9/3/2015

    Telemundo owned-and-operated WNEU-TV Boston began airing local newcasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. in August. "Noticiero Telemundo Boston" is the latest in a series of efforts to bolster local news coverage at Telemundo stations nationwide. The newscasts broadcast from a state-of-the-art newsroom and feature on-screen graphics and visuals that complement WNEU’s digital properties. “We are ecstatic that Telemundo Boston will debut its first-ever live and locally produced weekday newscasts to help fill the void for Spanish-language viewers that has existed in our market for far too long,” General Manager Mike St. Peter said in a statement.

    RTDNA Announces Winners of the 2015 Personal Finance Reporting Awards

    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."

    RTDNA Announces Winners of the 2015 Personal Finance Reporting Awards

    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."

    Roanoke, Broadcast Community Shaken After Journalists Killed On-Air

    Date Posted: 9/3/2015

    The fatal on-air shootings of Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, of Schurz Communications’ CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV Roanoke, Va. caused shock, anxiety and sadness throughout the industry. The Roanoke community and fellow broadcasters across the country expressed their grief and support. "Every morning we watch these people on TV, it’s like they’re part of your family," WDBJ viewer Donna Toliver told USA Today.

    WDBJ, a station known for its commitment to local news, did not miss a newscast due to the tragedy. “We watched them be absolutely stalwarts on camera, and bawl their eyes out after,” said Schurz Communications Senior Vice President of Broadcasting Marci Burdick. “The resilience of the team remains visible and amazing.”

    Parker and Ward’s deaths also brought national attention to the vulnerability of local reporters who deliver essential news every day. Atlanta-based reporter Jaye Watson’s eloquent essay describes why journalists are willing to take risks. “I didn’t know Alison Parker or Adam Ward, but I would bet they entered this business with an idealized, deep desire to make the world a better, more informed place. They wanted to tell good stories. They wanted to be part of the change.”

    Following the tragedy, NAB, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences launched the “Alison & Adam Memorial Fund” for the victims’ families, for which $40,000 has already been committed. “Our hearts are heavy with grief over this horrifying act of violence against two individuals with a zest for life and a love of broadcasting," said NAB President Gordon Smith. NAB also flew its flags at halfmast at the association’s headquarters to honor the victims.

    Seattle Anchor Delivers Food to Firefighters

    Date Posted: 9/3/2015

    Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate KIRO-TV Seattle anchor Jesse Jones delivered a truckload of groceries and supplies on Aug. 24 to a command center in Okanogan, WA, as firefighters battled the largest wildfire in state history. Jones realized that in addition to food, the volunteers needed gas cards for travel and to run generators. On Aug. 27, Jones collected gas cards for residents and volunteer firefighters, many of whom worked for 14 days straight. Jones also teamed with iHeartMedia’s KBKS-FM Tacoma personality Bender to raise more than $13,000 for firefighters and evacuees. This powerful video shows how the community benefited from Jones’ efforts.

    Texas Broadcasters Document Public Service

    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.

    iHeartmedia Syracuse Promotes Local Businesses

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    iHeartMedia Syracuse, in partnership with the Onondaga County Agriculture Council, created a robust multi-media campaign that provided consumers in Onondaga County with the knowledge they need to buy food grown within their county. The campaign centered on the message of “Buy local. Buy Onondaga Grown.” Every retailer, restaurant, market, and farm stand offering Onondaga Grown food items was invited to participate by requesting a free kit containing small “Buy Local Onondaga Grown” stickers that could be affixed to signage, large window clings, posters, and more. The kit was also available as a free digital download. Participants were then listed at a web portal hosted at all five iHeartMedia radio station websites. Consumers now had a straightforward way to change their shopping habits to include Onondaga Grown products.

    WSYT-TV Produces PSAs for Area Causes

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    Brittlecone Broadcasting’s Fox affiliate WSYT-TV Syracuse worked with local East Syracuse Minoa High School and their TV production classes to create anti-bullying PSAs featuring students. Additionally, the station sponsors ACR Health, a local AIDS Foundation, with their charity walk/ runs and produces PSAs and short form video for their internal use.

    WFLR-AM Partners with Area Nonprofit to Assist Terminally Ill

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    Finger Lakes Radio Group’s WFLR-AM Geneva, N.Y. partnered with Kueka Comfort Care’s “Krossin’ Keuka” swim. For the seventh year, the station hosted event representatives to inform the public about the nonprofit organization and how the swim assists in their efforts to care for terminally ill area residents. The event raised just over $60,000.

    Finger Lakes Radio Group’s WFLK/WCGR turned a listener promotion into an opportunity for listeners to donate food to Trevor’s Gift and to learn more about the March of Dimes efforts to help mothers whose babies have been born prematurely. “K101.7 and 104.5” hosted a “Ladies Night Out” in February with hundreds of are women coming to a local hotel to enjoy entertainment and local vendors. They were encouraged to bring food that is used to fill backpacks of nutritionally needy children in the Finger Lakes for use over weekends and vacations when students don’t have access to the school cafeterias. Additionally, the stations provided literature and an opportunity to donate to the March of Dimes. Attendees of Ladies Night out participated in these initiatives very generously and were pleased that we helped the community in addition to providing a reason to go out on a cold winter’s night.

    WROC-TV Helps Reintroduce Domestic Violence Center

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    Nexstar Broadcasting’s WROC-TV Rochester, N.Y. partnered with a local agency, Tipping Point Communications, to develop a public service campaign focused on reintroducing Willow Domestic Violence Center through public service announcements, news stories and live studio interviews. The focus of the campaign will be to inform the public that Willow is prepared to provide services to not just women who are in abusive situations but children, men and even pets.

    Area Stations Increase Reporting on Drug Activity

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    Citing a dramatic increase in drug use in Chautauqua County in 2015, News Director Dave Rowley, in cooperation with local law enforcement, greatly increased Chadwick Bay Broadcasting’s WBKX and WDOE’s coverage of local drug activity, arrests, and convictions. The stations now provide a comprehensive daily news coverage of this major issue impacting Chautauqua County, enhanced with bi-weekly live interviews with law enforcement officials and local elected leaders addressing the problem.

    Entercom Stations Sponsor Public Service Campaigns

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    Throughout the year the Entercom stations of Buffalo sponsor a number of public service campaigns. The stations act to promote and provide support for a number of events. The Women’s and Children’s Hospital is extremely important to Buffalo. In addition Veteran’s One Stop provides much needed support for Buffalo’s Veterans. The stations hosted a celebrity roast of hockey legend Mike Robitaille at the Seneca Niagara Casino. The event raised $7,500 for both Women & Children’s Hospital and Veteran’s One Stop of Western New York.

    WETM Provides Awareness of Wellness Topics

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s WETM’s “18 Cares” is a community service program that seeks to provide awareness to its audience about issues related to personal/community safety, health and wellness. “18 Cares” events are promoted within newscasts promotional announcements and public service announcements. These themed events are tied in with non-profit partners. Each month, a different issue is addressed. Over the past year, the station has promoted a number of issues each month including, water safety with the YMCA, pet safety, back to school safety, hunger awareness, breast cancer awareness, gun safety, and holiday toy drives.

    WAUB Promotes the Arts

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    Auburn Broadcasting’s WAUB-AM Auburn, N.Y. helped promote the local arts with regular guest appearances on the Finger Lakes Morning News by people with the Schweinfurth Art Center, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, the Hangar Theater, Auburn Chamber Orchestra and Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival.

    WXXI-AM Raises Awareness and Acceptance of People with Disabilities

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    National Public Radio’s WXXI-AM Rochester, N.Y. has partnered with The Golisano Foundation, the nation’s leading foundation dedicated to helping individuals with intellectual disabilities, for 10 years. The station and foundation developed a week-long program to help inform the community about the “abilities” of those we consider to be “disabled.” That first initiative, “Dialogue on Disability,” was an instant success, with radio, television and online programming reaching tens of thousands of people. Each year, “Dialogue on Disability” continued to grow and to have more impact. Due to this growth, the station approached the Golisano Foundation and proposed a partnership to focus on “inclusion.” With grant support of the Foundation, WXXI launched “Move to Include,” a year-long initiative to encourage our community to become more welcoming towards, and more inclusive of, people with intellectual disabilities.

    WYRK-FM Hosts Charitable Groups

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    Since the inception of the radio station in 1981, Townsquare Media’s WYRK-FM Buffalo has invited charitable groups and organizations to promote events on the air free of charge. And with the introduction of its website more than 15 years ago, those public service announcements are also promoted on wyrk.com. Organizations have access to the Events section and can add the specifics of their upcoming events themselves. As part of the “What’s Happening” feature.

    The Buffalo Broadcast Association (BBA) launched a brand new “BBA Cares” community initiative this past year, which is specifically designed to give back- as an organization, to the local community. BBA created several television/audio PSAs for the Family Help Center, which provides services for families with children at high risk across the county. They also created another television spot for Mercy Flight, which provides helicopter transport services from accidents to hospitals across several counties in Western New York.

    Both are non-profits. The BBA worked with their board members and the non-profit organizations to make it happen and provided them at absolutely no cost- everyone involved from our board donated their time and expertise.

    WMCA-AM Partners with Numerous Nonprofits

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    Salem Media Group’s WMCA-AM New York provides support for a worthy cause with its donor campaigns each month. In this past year alone, the station sent children to school with the School Scholarship Program, provided food for starving children around the world with Food for Orphans, Feed the Children, and Food for the Poor, and provided safety and hope through organizations like Bible League and Christian Solidarity International. This past month, WMCA partnered with the Bowery Mission to provide meals for thousands of homeless and hungry men, women and children in the community. Over the span of two weeks, the station exceeded its goal by 20 percent, raising enough funds to provide meals for over 8,000 people.

    WYJB-FM Raises Funds for Sexual Assault Victims

    Date Posted: 8/13/2015

    Pamal Broadcasting’s WYJB-FM Albany has participated in the “Walk A Mile in her Shoes” community march for the past four years. The event raises funds for and awareness of sexual assault victims. This year, the event raised over $47,000, which was donated to the Samaritan Hospital’s Sexual Assault & Crime Victims Assistance Program.

    WPVI-TV Partners in Nation’s Largest Free Music Festival

    Date Posted: 8/12/2015

    ABC owned-and-operated WPVI-TV Philadelphia was the official media partner for Musikfest, an 11-day concert, the largest of its kind, held in Bethlehem, PA. The event, held August 5 – 11, was presented by ArtsQuest, a nonprofit that supports the arts and culture in the local area. Attendees could select from more than 550 music and art performances across 16 indoor and outdoor stages. Some of the performers included Darius Rucker, Culture Club and 3 Doors Down.

    Radio One Baltimore Holds Unity Concert

    Date Posted: 8/3/2015

    Nearly 18,000 people gathered at Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park on July 25 to attend an eight-hour gospel concert put on by Radio One’s new Gospel station Praise 106.1 (W291BA/WLIF-HD2). Along with the music, by over a dozen artists, the event featured station personalities and local politicians, all pushing for peace in the streets of Baltimore. "I believe this event was a catalyst for change. When 18,000 people can gather peacefully for the purpose of prayer, praise, empowerment, and fun then I know Baltimore is on its way to healing," said Howard Mazer, Radio One Baltimore GM/VP.

    Dallas Reporter Wins 2nd Murrow Award

    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.

    WDIV-TV Detroit Provides Vital Storm Information

    Date Posted: 7/17/2015

    Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Detroit provided vital information as severe storms on June 22 threatened the annual Ford Fireworks celebration, which hundreds of thousands of people attend. As the official media partner, WDIV advised event producers to begin an hour early so attendees could avoid severe weather. WDIV aired updates every 15 minutes during evening newscasts and provided continuous weather coverage when tornado warnings were in effect. At least two tornados touched down. Staff worked all night to broadcast and stream updates, warnings and damage reports, reaching 1.3 million people in 24 hours. Social media comments included:

    Bette Platt: "Thank you [meteorologist] Ben Bailey, it was a long night, but know that you helped many, many people through that crazy storm."

    Camille Seaberry: "Great job tonight. Appreciate being able to stay informed while the internet was down. Turned the TV right to you!"

    On June 18 - a few days before the storms – a WDIV event allowed viewers to purchase discounted weather radios that are programmed to provide neighborhood-specific alerts. In six years, WDIV has distributed approximately 40,000 weather radios. "We’re right here every day looking out for our viewers… To us, that is what being local is all about," said Director of Local Programming Laurie Oberman.

    Charleston Broadcasters Cover Shooting Spree

    Date Posted: 7/17/2015

    On June 17, a gunman opened fire on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., shooting 10 and killing nine in what the shooter admitted was racially-motivated.

    Broadcasters across America aired breaking news and provided listeners with an outlet for emotional expression following the tragedy. They altered programming, changed playlists and took calls from listeners, allowing them to express shock and anger.

    Cumulus Charleston Vice President and Market Manager Sherry Dollar told Radio Ink that after the shooter was caught, stations made a conscious effort to promote the "Charleston Strong" message. Dollar praised program directors for connecting with listeners, by expressing genuine, raw emotion and cutting into syndicated shows to add a local element. All five stations WMGL-FM, WWWZ-FM, WNSH-FM, WTMA-AM and WSM-FM highlighted the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, which supports the victims’ families.

    Other stations, including Apex Broadcasting’s WMXZ-FM Isle of Palms and WXST-FM Hollywood; CBS Radio’s WVEE-FM Atlanta; WHUR-FM Washington, D.C. and Cumulus Media’s WWWQ-FM Atlanta, interrupted nationally syndicated programs in favor of local programming, interviewed local political and religious leaders and aired President Obama’s news conference live.

    KSAT San Antonio Covers Storm, Raises $10K

    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.

    WTAE Airs Chronicle: Burning Questions

    Date Posted: 7/17/2015

    Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate WTAE-TV Pittsburgh aired "Chronicle: Burning Questions" on June 24 and June 28. Its four-month investigation showed that local fire departments do not meet national standards for response times due to personnel shortages, budget issues and outdated equipment. WTAE also highlighted the National Fallen Firefighter Fund, which supports the Hal Bruno Comfort Zone Camp for kids who lost a parent in the line of duty. "This installment of Chronicle examines how volunteers are struggling to make do with a 200-year-old system, putting our communities at risk," WTAE President and General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III told TVNewsCheck. "Our team took great care to uncover the problems firefighters face and possible solutions."

    RTDNA Announces Winners of the 2015 National Edward R. Murrow Awards

    Date Posted: 7/17/2015

    The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the 2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award winners, recognizing outstanding radio, television and online news organizations. RTDNA selected 104 winners from 4,200 entries.

    CBS News earned seven Murrow Awards: Breaking News, Continuing Coverage, News Series, Newscast, Use of Video, Writing and Best Website. CBS Radio News won for Continuing Coverage, Feature Reporting and Newscast. Overall Excellence award winners are:

    • ABC News, New York (Network Television)
    • ABC News Radio, New York (Network Radio)
    • TEGNA Media’s NBC affiliate KING-TV Seattle (Large Market Television)
    • Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate KETV-TV, Omaha, NE (Small Market Television)
    • CBS Radio’s WCBS-AM/FM New York (Large Market Radio)
    • New Hampshire Public Radio, Concord, NH (Small Market Radio)
    RTDNA also announced the 2015 Kaleidoscope Award winners for excellent coverage of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity. Winners include the University of Washington’s KUOW-FM Seattle (large market radio) for "Two Indias: Near and Far" and General Communication’s CBS affiliate KTVA-TV Anchorage, AK (small market television) for "Season of Sacrifice, Season of Hope."

    Broadcasters Air Public Service Messages

    Date Posted: 7/17/2015

    At the 2015 NAB Show in April, NAB Public Service provided non-profit partners with the opportunity to share their PSAs with radio and television stations. Local broadcasters are an invaluable resource to non-profit organizations, as they communicate critical public service messages to communities across America. NAB recently released this video of public service partners thanking broadcasters.

    KOMU Earns Recognition from Missouri and Kansas City Broadcasters

    Date Posted: 7/17/2015

    The University of Missouri’s NBC affiliate KOMU-TV Columbia earned six first-place awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association: Documentary Public/Affairs: "No 1 Left Behind," on homeless veterans in Missouri; Special Program: "No 1 Left Behind;" Feature Reporting: World Series coverage; Best weathercast: meteorologist Rosie Newberry; Website; and Promotion: "KOMU 8 News Promise."

    KOMU earned five first-place awards from the Kansas City Press Club, which accepts entries from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. Awards include: Investigative Reporting: "Target 8: Spice makers use new compounds to make product legal;" Public Service Project: "Grand Opening of Joplin Schools;" Beat Reporting: "Inside Infertility;" Sports Reporting: "Love is Blind;" and Entertainment Reporting: World Series coverage. "These awards showcase KOMU 8’s commitment to journalism excellence and public service, and we are proud of and honored by this recognition from our peers across the region," said General Manager Marty Siddall.

    WFAN Raises $400K for Officers’ Families Convicts

    Date Posted: 7/17/2015

    CBS Radio’s WFAN-FM New York raised $400,000 during "Boomer & Carton’s True Blue Charity Softball Game" at Yankee Stadium on June 3. More than 17,200 people attended the event, which benefits the Silver Shield Foundation, the NYC PBA Widows’ and Children’s Fund and the families of three slain police officers: Brian Moore, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. WFAN’s Dan Chozahinoff told Radio Ink it was "the single greatest night in the history of WFAN." View photos here.

    Cox Orlando Hosts Discussion With Police

    Date Posted: 7/17/2015

    Cox Media Group Orlando hosted "Unity in the Community: Law Enforcement in Central Florida" on June 10. WDBO-FM Orlando’s Joe Kelley and WCFB-FM Daytona Beach’s Monica May moderated the panel, which aired and streamed live on both stations. Experts discussed local law enforcement’s role in the community and answered listeners’ questions. Panelists included Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orlando Police Chief John Mina, Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith, former Chief Judge Belvin Perry and Executive Director of Crimeline Barb Bergin.

    WDIV-TV Honors Vets, Gives Voice to Local Musicians

    Date Posted: 6/22/2015

    Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Detroit held a live broadcast of the 57th Annual Ford Fireworks on June 22nd. The fireworks, dubbed as one of Detroit’s hallmark summer events, honors veterans and the relationship between the United States and Canada. The “Super Singer” competition, in which five local singers compete for a $2,500 cash prize and a front-of-the-line pass to audition for NBC’s “The Voice” was also held at the fireworks.

    WBRZ-TV Hosts Fill a Prescription for the Needy Campaign

    Date Posted: 6/15/2015

    Manship Station’s ABC affiliate WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge hosted its 18th annual Fill a Prescription for the Needy campaign February 18-April 6. Two hundred collection bins were set up at over 100 locations and three lunches were held to help raise additional funds. All proceeds benefitted the Baton Rouge St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, which has been serving the area for 20 years .

    Oldest Active Broadcaster Celebrates 90th Birthday

    Date Posted: 6/15/2015

    Bob Massey, also known as “The Classy Bob Massey,” celebrated his 90th birthday on March 9. An announcer for KSQM-FM of Sequim, Washington, Massey is believed to be the oldest active on-air broadcaster in the country.

    KVVU-TV Surprise Squad Impacts Community and Veterans

    Date Posted: 6/4/2015

    Meredith Corporation’s Fox affiliate KVVU-TV Las Vegas launched the Surprise Squad in December 2013. The Surprise Squad travels around Las Vegas performing random acts of kindness for local residents. The surprises have included providing people in need with groceries, gas and furniture. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Surprise Squad personally delivered flowers to four families who lost a loved one to military service. KVVU-TV donated money in honor of each family to provide care packages for troops or lay wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery through the Wreaths Across America organization. Click here to watch videos of more of their work.

    WDBO-FM Orlando Hosts Discuss Domestic Violence

    Date Posted: 6/4/2015

    Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM Orlando aired a one-hour special, Awareness & Action: Domestic Violence on May 6. The program discussed how every minute, 20 people are victims of intimate partner violence and about 25 percent of all women will experience domestic violence at some point. The panel included Belvin Perry, Former Chief Judge, who presided over the Casey Anthony murder trial; Jeff Ashton, Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney and prosecution team member in the Casey Anthony trial; and several experts from the law and social services fields. The program aired live on WDBO-FM and streamed online on Cox Media Group’s five Orlando radio stations: WDBO-FM, WWKA-FM, WCFB-FM, WMMO-FM and WPYO-FM.

    WTTG-TV: Wish Comes True for 97-year-old Woman

    Date Posted: 6/4/2015

    Fox Television’s owned-and-operated WTTG-TV Washington, D.C. helped make a wish come true for 97-year-old local woman Vivian Bailey. WTTG-TV aired this story in April about Bailey’s recent visit to the U.S. Capitol – the first field trip of her lifetime. Bailey, an Army veteran, grew up in the segregated South where only white kids went on field trips. For years, Bailey has raised money for field trips at the school where she volunteers in the D.C. suburb of Columbia, MD. Bailey told the children she’d like to take a trip to the White House. After the story aired, she received an invitation to visit the White House. Click here for photos and video of her visit, during which she met President Obama and Vice President Biden.

    KVAL-TV Food Drive Sets Station Record

    Date Posted: 6/4/2015

    Sinclair Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate KVAL-TV Eugene, Ore. raised a record 34,441 meals in the 7th annual "KVAL CanDo! Food Drive" on April 15. The two-week event culminated in a day-long telethon. "Not only does the KVAL CanDo! Food Drive consistently bring in donations during a time when reserves are low, it garners an enormous amount of attention for the very real need in our community," said Dawn Marie Woodward, media coordinator of Food for Lane County.

    Houston Station Awards High School Seniors

    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.

    New York Radio Hosts Apple-a-Day Program

    Date Posted: 6/4/2015

    Cumulus Media’s WPLJ-FM New York City morning show co-host Jayde Donovan surprises local pediatric cancer patients with new Apple iPads through her "Apple-a-Day" program. Donovan surprised a different local pediatric cancer patient with a new iPad each day in May on her morning show. At the "iPad Party" in Times Square, 20 children received tablets. "I’ve seen how this one small gesture can change a child’s outlook in such a positive way. This technology offers them a bridge into the world they are not currently able to be a part of," Donovan said. "My program is not going to change the world, but it can change that child’s world." More than 200 children have received an iPad through the "Apple-a-Day program" since 2011.

    KNX-AM Airs

    Date Posted: 6/4/2015

    CBS Radio’s KNX-AM Los Angeles hosted a special series Graduating to Broke on May 14, with two reports an hour from 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. KNX-AM examined the rising, often prohibitive cost of education from pre-school to advanced degrees. As the average college graduate incurs about $30,000 in loans, some experts believe student debt could cause the country’s next financial crisis. Topics included: How competition to get kids into top schools raises costs, whether high-end universities are worth it, why a college education in some countries is free, how today’s kids are asked to bring supplies because schools can’t afford materials, and why a college degree no longer guarantees a good job.

    WKLH-FM Raises $1.3 Million for Children’s Hospital

    Date Posted: 6/4/2015

    Saga Communication’s WKLH-FM Milwaukee morning hosts Dave Luczak and Carole Caine raised a record $1.3 million in their annual fundraiser before the Memorial Day weekend. During the 36-hour radiothon for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the morning show broadcast live from the hospital, speaking about available programs. Since its with patient families and hospital staff inception in 1998, the radiothon has raised over $22 million.

    Family Radio Network Helps the Homeless

    Date Posted: 5/6/2015

    Northern Wisconsin’s WEMI/WEMY, owned and operated by the Family Radio Network, raised over $343,000 worth of hygiene and cleaning products during their 23rd annual “Help for the Homeless” collection. Collected supplies were donated to 79 local crisis programs.

    WHO-AM Employee Advocates for New Legislation

    Date Posted: 5/6/2015

    iHeartMedia owned WHO-AM Des Moines, IA afternoon drive host Simon Conway met Kerri Kasem, daughter of the late Casey Kassem, and was inspired by her story about being denied access to her father during his final days. Through radio advocacy, Conway joined Kassem’s state-by-state campaign to develop protective legislation. The work paid off when on April 24, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed the “Adult Visitation Bill” into order. Iowa is the first state to enact such legislation.

    WDNB-FM Holds Free Concert, Collects Food for Local Pantries

    Date Posted: 5/2/2015

    Bold Gold Media’s WDNB-FM Liberty, N.Y. held “ThunderBash 10” on May 2. The free concert included performances by country music starts Eric Palsay, David Adam Byrnes, and Cooper Boone, among others. Attendees were asked to bring a non-perishable food item, which were then donated to area food pantries.

    KBHP Station is 2015 Crystal Radio Award Finalist

    Date Posted: 4/20/2015

    Congratulations to Hubbard Radio LLC KBHP-FM Bemidji, Minn. for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.

    "Bemidji, located at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Northwestern Minnesota, is home to professors, health care professionals, lumberjacks, families in poverty and KBHP-FM. With such a diverse listenership, KBHP strives to remain relevant, offering programming vital to the area. Listeners of all ages rely on KBHP for comprehensive weather reports and current local, state and national news. KBHP values involvement in the community and hosts “Chat- About,” a weekday public service show that examines issues of local concern. In 2014, “Chat-About” featured 250 guests representing 170 agencies. KBHP also broadcast 4,450 minutes of local public service announcements, valued at $125,000. University and technical college students can apply for $46,500 worth of scholarships due to KBHP and its owners’ commitment to education. KBHP helped community organizations raise $750,743 for their programs and services, collect 21,000 pounds of food and 2,820 winter clothing items. In addition, the 26th Annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse raised $44,440, bringing its 26 year total to $1.01 million. For 42 years, KBHP-FM and its dedicated staff have been proud to serve their community and embrace localism, knowing they play a vital role in their listeners’ lives, striving to make positive differences for them."

    KIKV Station is 2015 Crystal Radio Award Finalist

    Date Posted: 4/20/2015

    Congratulations to Hubbard Radio LLC KIKV-FM Alexandria, Minn. for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.

    "KIKV-FM, a 100,000 watt regional country music, news and information station, serves nine counties located in the heartland of Minnesota, surrounded by vacationland and farm country. KIKV-FM’s powerful signal reaches 100,000 listeners across 24,000 square miles. Since 1992, Arbitron has rated KIKV-FM number one of 10 area radio stations. In 2014, KIKV-FM assisted local charities in raising over $1,295,319.00, collected 20,000 pounds of food and 2,563 winter clothing items for needy families, helped the Red Cross collect 9,396 units of blood and publicized charitable initiatives across nine counties. The on-air support for community appeals exceeded $100,000. In addition, over 13,000 public service announcements valued at $217,000 were broadcasted. KIKV-FM’s public affairs program, Community Focus, examined issues of local concern and featured 142 guests representing 75 organizations. KIKV-FM’s most comprehensive public service initiative is its annual 23- hour radiothon to End Child Abuse, raising $48,000 in 2014. Since the first radiothon in 1991, over $967,000 has been raised. KIKV-FM’s positive community image is reinforced by its dedicated staff of 13, who give generously of their time and energy to the towns, cities and counties they serve. KIKV-FM, a powerful voice helping to enrich the lives of its listeners for 44 years."

    KLIN-AM Station is 2015 Crystal Radio Award Finalist

    Date Posted: 4/20/2015

    Congratulations to NRG Media Limited Liability Company KLIN- AM Lincoln, Neb. for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.

    "For any News/Talk station, the first responsibility is to the local community. Here at KLIN-AM, we regard our commitment to public service as a privilege as well as a responsibility because of the bonds forged over generations between this station and our listeners. Everyone on the KLIN team is emotionally vested in the stories we cover, the people we interview and the information we provide 24/7. The traditions, values, struggles and triumphs of everyday life one hears about on KLIN-AM aren’t just news about people – they are about our neighbors and friends. It’s with this appreciation for those around us that KLIN-AM works every day to demonstrate its ability to help make a positive impact in our community. In 2014, KLIN-AM’s staff and its supportive family of listeners rose to the occasion time after time, raising $766,000 for charities. In addition, KLIN-AM furnished 20,000 minutes of public service airtime, and staff contributed 1,500 volunteer hours to causes in the Greater Lincoln area, but our work is never done. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves in 2015 even more for the good of our listeners as we reaffirm our pledge to helping make Lincoln a better place to live."

    KPCW Station is 2015 Crystal Radio Award Finalist

    Date Posted: 4/20/2015

    Congratulations to Community Wireless of Park City KPCW-FM Station in Park City, Utah for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.
    "As a nonprofit community licensee, KPCW-FM is literally owned by our listeners. Our mission is to inform, educate and entertain. We are the only radio station licensed in Summit County and one of just two broadcasting to Wasatch County, one of the fastest growing counties in America. Our niche is local news and information. No other radio broadcaster fills that role in either county. For our community, 2014 was a watershed year. Following three years of contentious litigation over a lease, the family owned Park City Mountain Resort was forced to sell to a large out-of-state public ski corporation. As the town’s leading employer and economic engine, the resort ownership dispute was the biggest story in town in decades. As the only daily source of immediate information and with a staff of three (out of a staff of eight) devoted solely to news coverage, KPCW kept anxious listeners alerted to every significant development and angle. KPCW proved the continued critical importance of local radio. We provided the town a public forum in which to learn and express opinions about dynamic changes happening in their community. When news broke, it broke on KPCW-FM."

    KRMG Station is 2015 Crystal Radio Award Finalist

    Date Posted: 4/20/2015

    Congratulations to Cox Media Owned KRMG-FM Tulsa, Okla.for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.
    "KRMG-FM raised $268,000 in two days for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma, their single largest fundraising campaign in the state; KRMG and our community see it as over 38 wishes we get to grant to local children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. KRMG partnered with Habitat for Humanity Tulsa to build another house for a family in 2014 – we made the American dream come true for one family by owning a home in our great community. When you live in Tornado Alley, severe weather is at the top of everyone’s mind. KRMG, Tulsa’s Severe Weather Station, held our first StormCon, designed to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at how we do severe weather coverage. We invited our community to this free event to learn from KRMG StormChasers, our chief meteorologist, and the meteorologist-in-charge from National Weather Service-Tulsa with pictures, video and safety tips to keep their families safe and informed. We gave away safety tools like windup severe weather radios and flashlights to those in attendance and we also gave one family an EF5 rated Storm Shelter. The American Red Cross needs blood year-round; holidays are a difficult time. KRMG-FM and our community collected 194 new pints in two days. We saved lives."

    KLCK Station is 2015 Crystal Radio Award Finalist

    Date Posted: 4/20/2015

    Congratulations to Hubbard Radio LLC KLCK-FM Station in Bellevue, Wash. for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.
    "Click 98.9 welcomed a new morning show mid-year and their collective energy, passion and dedication to our community is unmistakable. Several of our on-air hosts are new to the Seattle area but became immersed and involved from the start, giving their personal time and making donations. This year, staff has given their time helping with events, finding those local organizations that resonate with them. Some examples are cancer prevention and treatment; animal rescue; shelters and adoption; youth programs; preparing and serving meals for the homeless; and participating in several run/walk events this year, some individually and some as a team. As a station, our commitment to serving and making a difference continues to be a priority. This year we supported over 30 charities."

    KPRS Station is 2015 Crystal Radio Award Finalist

    Date Posted: 4/20/2015

    Congratulations to Carter Broadcast Group Inc KPRS FM Station in Kansas City, Mo. for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.

    "In 2014, KPRS-FM continued to build on its legacy as the people’s radio station by being the number-one outlet for community outreach. KPRS-FM used the airwaves and online mediums (website, social media and mobile application) to bring awareness to 41 community-based campaigns. KPRS-FM donated 1,220 (:30) and (:15) public service announcements and conducted 29 free two-hour broadcasts on location from various events. Our on-air staff’s visibility in the marketplace was unbelievable this year with more than 780 hours of volunteer work, emcee/hosting duties, speaking engagements and several school visits keeping us connected to the people of our community. This year our efforts contributed to raising over $1.38 million in funds for nonprofit and charitable causes. Our goal as a communications company is to bridge the gap between those with resources and those who need them. We keep our listeners informed daily with breaking news updates, emergency weather coverage and trending topics relevant to the betterment of their lifestyles. KPRS-FM is a trusted resource for information on area job fairs, access to free health services, youth engagement and free entertainment for the entire family, staying true to our 64 - year commitment of serving Kansas City, one radio at a time."

    KFOR-AM Station is 2015 Crystal Radio Award Finalist

    Date Posted: 4/20/2015

    Congratulations to Digity LLC KFOR-AM Lincoln, Neb. for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.

    "For 90 years, the legendary KFOR-AM has stood for integrity, unparalleled community service and live, local programming. In 2014, almost 1,700 less fortunate children received specifically requested Christmas gifts from KFOR’s Operation Santa Claus thanks to the generosity of KFOR listeners. KFOR-AM selflessly focuses on the needs and interests of the community to help with projects to feed hungry families in need through the Food Bank of Lincoln, raises awareness for those battling blood cancers through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, supports the families of loved ones struggling with Alzheimer’s, honors our local veterans and helps provide books to area first- and second-graders. KFOR-AM employees donated over 1,200 hours of volunteer time in community outreach, from reading in schools to emceeing charity events. More than 15,042 PSA minutes of free airtime were given to community programs and nonprofit organizations. Through our on-air community service programs, Lincoln Live and Problems and Solutions, KFOR-AM interviewed over 400 people in 2014. Other public service interviews numbered more than 500. Our morning team has a combined total of 113 years at KFOR-AM. The station is the consistent leader in our community of 265,000 – perfectly exemplifying everything the NAB Crystal Radio Award represents."

    NAB Education Foundation Announced Capitol Broadcasting Co. As Service to America Award Winner

    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.”

    This year’s Service to America Awards will honor the following broadcaster:

    SERVICE TO COMMUNITY AWARDS
    This category honors radio and television broadcasters for individual campaigns, projects or programs that serve the public good or otherwise provide exemplary service to their local communities.

    Televsion
    Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc., Raleigh, N.C.
    Capitol Broadcasting Co. (CBC) has been working for almost a year on a domestic violence initiative called eNOugh NC. The effort included a domestic violence task force charged with building local and national awareness of this issue that impacts one in four women. Through a collaboration with local government partners and agencies, CBC-owned WRAL and WRAZ held a televised panel discussion with survivors and thought leaders, created a website for abuse victims, ran more than 2,000 PSAs, posted TV and internet ads, conducted a social media campaign, aired a half hour documentary and held a three hour phone bank, taking 400 calls from across eight states. In addition, within 36 hours of the Ray Rice story breaking, WRAL devoted 2.5 minutes of advertising inventory to CBC produced PSAs during the national premier of Thursday night NFL. These 60- and 90-second PSAs featured the men of CBC, speaking out against domestic violence.

    Category Finalists:
    KVVU-TV Las Vegas, Nev., Meredith Corporation – Local Media Group
    WCHS/WVAH Charleston, W.V., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    WHAM-TV Rochester, N.Y., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    WLTV Miami, Fla., Univision Communications Inc.
    WTAE-TV Pittsburgh, Penn., Hearst Television Inc.

    NAB Education Foundation Announces WCCO-AM as Service to America Award Winner

    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.” This year’s Service to America Awards will honor the following broadcaster:

    SERVICE TO COMMUNITY AWARDS

    This category honors radio and television broadcasters for individual campaigns, projects or programs that serve the public good or otherwise provide exemplary service to their local communities.

    Radio
    WCCO-AM Minneapolis, Minn.
    Owner: CBS Radio

    Through PSAs, events and fundraisers, WCCO helped the hungry through year-round outreach. With “Let’s Kick Hunger Day,” WCCO engaged listeners, celebrities and charity groups to replenish food shelves across 59 counties. Teaming up with local congregations, civic groups, corporations and listeners, WCCO helped power the month-long Food Share campaign, the largest food drive in the country. In partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers, WCCO supported the “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive,” which collected 1.73 million pounds of food. Finally, the 11th Annual Union Gospel Mission radio-thon featured stories of those whose lives had been touched by such efforts and broke a new record, providing help for the homeless, poor and addicted.

    Category Finalists:
    WGFB/WRTB/WXRX/WNTA Rockford, Ill., Mid-West Family Broadcasting
    WRJC Mauston, Wisc., Murphy’s Law Media Group LLC
    WSOY-AM Decatur, Ill., Neuhoff Communications

    NAB Education Foundation Announces KEX-AM As Service to America Award Winner

    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.” This year’s Service to America Awards will honor the following broadcaster:

    SERVICE TO CHILDREN AWARDS

    These awards spotlight television and radio stations for outstanding programs, campaigns and public service announcements produced for the benefit of children.

    Radio

    KEX-AM Tigard, Ore. Owner: iHeartMedia

    Since 1987, the KEX Kids Fund has provided eye glasses and hearing aids to children whose families cannot afford them in 16 counties of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The program is funded primarily by donations from KEX listeners who contribute through a four-day pledge drive that begins each year on Thanksgiving morning. The annual radio-thon raises approximately $100,000, allowing the Kids Fund to meet the needs of approximately 1,000 children each year. Teachers report that students who are served by the KEX Kids Fund, given proper hearing and vision, invariably move from the bottom to the top of their classes. Since the program’s inception, thousands of children have been helped and millions of dollars have been raised.

    Category Finalists:

    KIRO-FM Seattle, Wash., Bonneville International Corp. WARR-FM Warrenton, N.C. Darensburg Broadcasting WROQ/WTPT/WFBC/WSPA/WYRD-FM/WORD-AM Greenville, S.C., Entercom Communications Corporation

    NAB Education Foundation Announces WVIZ as Service to America Award Winner

    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.” This year’s Service to America Awards will honor the following broadcaster:

    SERVICE TO CHILDREN AWARDS
    These awards spotlight television and radio stations for outstanding programs, campaigns and public service announcements produced for the benefit of children.

    Television
    WVIZ Cleveland, Ohio
    Owner: Ideastream
    Cleveland area schools have the second worst dropout rate in the country. To address the educational challenges in the community, WVIZ, WCPN and WCLV partnered to create a nonprofit organization with a mission to address this issue. Throughout 2014, the group expanded its early childhood literacy efforts and partnered with other organizations to help older students stay in school. Through televised programming, they brought attention to community resources and raised awareness for the types of dangers youths face during after school hours. The group also hosted a drop-out prevention day, gathering more than one-hundred 8th graders who received advice from and interacted with experts and recent graduates. WVIZ produced content from this event for local television, radio, web and social media, and followed up with the students at their schools. In addition to assisting students, the group also provides resources for parents and educators.

    Category Finalists:
    WHAS-TV Louisville, Ky., Gannett Broadcasting
    WISN-TV Milwaukee, Wisc., Hearst Television
    WJLA-TV Washington, D.C., Sinclair Broadcasting Group

    NAB Education Foundation Announces Service to America Award Winners

    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.” This year’s Service to America Awards will honor the following broadcasters:

    SERVICE TO AMERICA TELEVISION AWARD

    This award recognizes a television station for the totality of its efforts and its commitment to excellence in serving its community.

    KING-TV Seattle, Wash.
    Owner: Gannett Broadcasting

    Through a combination of programming, fundraising and hands-on support, KING-TV met the challenges of 2014 head-on. In addition to supporting more than 100 non-profit organizations, raising more than $1 million for the American Red Cross and attending 170 community events, they also forged new paths with their coverage and response to local disasters. When the Oso Landslide occurred, KING helped fundraise for relief, got the word out about specific needs and mobilized local businesses to help. When wildfires hit, KING responded, raising money and awareness. After a student shooting at a local high school, KING aired a one-hour prime time special, pausing only for local PSAs. Finally, for their annual Home Team Harvest, KING raised 4.6 million meals. Personally invested and fierce in their involvement, KING exemplifies unwavering commitment to community service.

    Category Finalists:
    KVUE-TV Austin, Texas, Gannett Broadcasting
    KVVU-TV Las Vegas, Nev., Meredith Corporation – Local Media Group
    WMC-TV Memphis, Tenn., Raycom Media, Inc.
    WRAZ Raleigh, N.C., Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc.

    SERVICE TO CHILDREN AWARDS
    These awards spotlight television and radio stations for outstanding programs, campaigns and public service announcements produced for the benefit of children.

    Radio

    KEX-AM Tigard, Ore.
    Owner: iHeartMedia

    Since 1987, the KEX Kids Fund has provided eye glasses and hearing aids to children whose families cannot afford them in 16 counties of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The program is funded primarily by donations from KEX listeners who contribute through a four-day pledge drive that begins each year on Thanksgiving morning. The annual radio-thon raises approximately $100,000, allowing the Kids Fund to meet the needs of approximately 1,000 children each year. Teachers report that students who are served by the KEX Kids Fund, given proper hearing and vision, invariably move from the bottom to the top of their classes. Since the program’s inception, thousands of children have been helped and millions of dollars have been raised.

    Category Finalists:

    KIRO-FM Seattle, Wash., Bonneville International Corp.
    WARR-FM Warrenton, N.C. Darensburg Broadcasting
    WROQ/WTPT/WFBC/WSPA/WYRD-FM/WORD-AM Greenville, S.C., Entercom Communications Corporation

    Television
    WVIZ Cleveland, Ohio
    Owner: Ideastream

    Cleveland area schools have the second worst dropout rate in the country. To address the educational challenges in the community, WVIZ, WCPN and WCLV partnered to create a nonprofit organization with a mission to address this issue. Throughout 2014, the group expanded its early childhood literacy efforts and partnered with other organizations to help older students stay in school. Through televised programming, they brought attention to community resources and raised awareness for the types of dangers youths face during after school hours. The group also hosted a drop-out prevention day, gathering more than one-hundred 8th graders who received advice from and interacted with experts and recent graduates. WVIZ produced content from this event for local television, radio, web and social media, and followed up with the students at their schools. In addition to assisting students, the group also provides resources for parents and educators.

    Category Finalists:
    WHAS-TV Louisville, Ky., Gannett Broadcasting
    WISN-TV Milwaukee, Wisc., Hearst Television
    WJLA-TV Washington, D.C., Sinclair Broadcasting Group

    SERVICE TO COMMUNITY AWARDS

    This category honors radio and television broadcasters for individual campaigns, projects or programs that serve the public good or otherwise provide exemplary service to their local communities.

    Radio WCCO-AM Minneapolis, Minn.
    Owner: CBS Radio

    Through PSAs, events and fundraisers, WCCO helped the hungry through year-round outreach. With “Let’s Kick Hunger Day,” WCCO engaged listeners, celebrities and charity groups to replenish food shelves across 59 counties. Teaming up with local congregations, civic groups, corporations and listeners, WCCO helped power the month-long Food Share campaign, the largest food drive in the country. In partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers, WCCO supported the “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive,” which collected 1.73 million pounds of food. Finally, the 11th Annual Union Gospel Mission radio-thon featured stories of those whose lives had been touched by such efforts and broke a new record, providing help for the homeless, poor and addicted.

    Category Finalists:
    WGFB/WRTB/WXRX/WNTA Rockford, Ill., Mid-West Family Broadcasting
    WRJC Mauston, Wisc., Murphy’s Law Media Group LLC
    WSOY-AM Decatur, Ill., Neuhoff Communications

    Television

    Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc., Raleigh, N.C. Capitol Broadcasting Co. (CBC) has been working for almost a year on a domestic violence initiative called eNOugh NC. The effort included a domestic violence task force charged with building local and national awareness of this issue that impacts one in four women. Through a collaboration with local government partners and agencies, CBC-owned WRAL and WRAZ held a televised panel discussion with survivors and thought leaders, created a website for abuse victims, ran more than 2,000 PSAs, posted TV and internet ads, conducted a social media campaign, aired a half hour documentary and held a three hour phone bank, taking 400 calls from across eight states. In addition, within 36 hours of the Ray Rice story breaking, WRAL devoted 2.5 minutes of advertising inventory to CBC produced PSAs during the national premier of Thursday night NFL. These 60- and 90-second PSAs featured the men of CBC, speaking out against domestic violence.

    Category Finalists:

    KVVU-TV Las Vegas, Nev., Meredith Corporation – Local Media Group
    WCHS/WVAH Charleston, W.V., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    WHAM-TV Rochester, N.Y., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    WLTV Miami, Fla., Univision Communications Inc.
    WTAE-TV Pittsburgh, Penn., Hearst Television Inc.

    President’s Special Award

    The NABEF President’s Special Award recognizes historic and extraordinary achievement by a broadcaster.

    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.

    The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc., Bonneville International Corporation, and the National Association of Broadcasters. In recent years, singer, songwriter, musician and producer, Stevie Wonder; multiple award-winning actress Glenn Close; Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges; entertainment industry icon Quincy Jones; legendary rock star Sir Elton John; former President Bill Clinton; First Lady Laura Bush; Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; boxing legend Muhammad Ali; former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter; former First Lady Nancy Reagan; among others have been presented with the Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award at the event. Details about the Celebration of Service to America Awards are available here.

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

    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.

    WBRZ Hosts 2nd Annual Big Day Giveaway to a Lucky Bride

    Date Posted: 3/15/2015

    Manship Stations’ ABC affiliate WBRZ Baton Rouge, La. hosted the “Big Day Giveaway” in March. The winner received a wedding reception at the Oak Lodge center. Participants that sought to win the prize entered the contest by visiting WBRZ’s website and explaining what winning would mean to them.

    Members of Congress Support Local Broadcasters

    Date Posted: 3/13/2015

    Several members of Congress praised broadcasters in speeches given on the House floor and submitted comments for the record on Feb. 25. The Representatives commended local broadcasters for their charitable work and their vital role as first informers during times of emergency.

    Click to watch C-SPAN’s video of comments from Rep. Kevin Cramer (ND-At Large), Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1), Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1), Rep. Ted Poe (TX-2) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27).

    Rep. Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr. (GA) submitted comments into the Congressional Record stating, "Every community is impacted by broadcasters, the individuals who have dedicated their lives to disseminating important information by radio and television."

    In other comments submitted into the Congressional Record, Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) said, "Broadcasters play an important role in our country. I want to applaud the work of broadcasters, particularly those in Sacramento, for working diligently to cover and provide local news programing to our communities, and for being strong community partners."

    KGO-TV Investigates Health Care Access

    Date Posted: 3/13/2015

    ABC owned-and-operated KGO-TV San Francisco recently aired investigative reports on the Covered California health care program. Thousands of people who signed up for the program last year reported that they could not find a doctor to care for them under their new plan. The California Department of Managed Health Care is now investigating complaints.

    WROC-TV’s ’Rubber Room’ Report

    Date Posted: 3/13/2015

    Nextar Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate WROC-TV Rochester, N.Y., aired a special report on Feb. 12 called "The Rubber Room." The report exposed how teachers under investigation for misconduct were sent to the Alternative Work Location, dubbed "The Rubber Room." In the spring of 2014, the 15 teachers and administrators sent to the Alternative Work Location received their salary but were not given any work assignments, the report revealed.

    Raycom Media Airs Selma Anniversary Special

    Date Posted: 3/13/2015

    Forty-two Raycom Media stations aired the documentary "SELMA: A March to Remember" on Feb. 2 to honor events of Bloody Sunday and the historic Selma-to-Montgomery March that followed in 1965. Leaders, participants and witnesses who discussed their experiences in "SELMA: A March to Remember" included former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and U.S. Representative John Lewis, a leader in the Students for Non-violent Coordinating Committee. "As an Alabama based company, we are proud to be able to document the stories and history of our state, especially an event of this magnitude that has helped change our nation," said Raycom Media President and CEO Paul McTear.

    WDIV-TV Reporter Goes Undercover to Examine Homelessness in Detroit

    Date Posted: 2/18/2015

    Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Detroit’s investigative unit, including reporter Kevin Dietz, went undercover for a four-part series on homelessness. They exposed the dangers people face while living on the streets and spent several days with parents who gave up their children due to addiction or joblessness. He also talked to a former nun who makes sandwiches for the hungry. Every day, shelters in Detroit turn away 3,000 people. In the report, Dietz noted that people who are uncomfortable giving money can give granola bars, water bottles, or clean clothes. Several homeless people expressed a desire for a central location to become sober, acquire clothing and learn job skills. Following the report, tens of thousands of dollars and truck loads of clothes and blankets were donated to local organizations.

    WLWT-TV Serves Cincinnati’s Children During Hospital Stays

    Date Posted: 2/17/2015

    Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate WLWT-TV was a finalist for the 2014 NAB Education Foundation Service to America Awards. WLWT-TV’s Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund, established on radio in 1939 and considered to be America’s longest-running broadcast charity, aims to ensure each child receives a toy of their own to keep during an overnight stay in a Greater Cincinnati hospital. Other services include book carts, activity centers, TVs, DVD players, games and birthday and holiday parties for hospitalized children. It currently serves 15 hospitals and has raised more than $20 million. Today, the Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund remains a top priority for WLWT. The annual fund drive runs from Oct. 4 (Ruth Lyons’ birthday) through Dec. 25. The Fund receives ongoing support on all WLWT platforms through promotional, public service and news stories highlighting some of the millions of children and families who have benefited.

    WGBO Collects 430 Units of Blood

    Date Posted: 2/15/2015

    WGBO-DT Chicago Univision collected 430 units of blood from more than 600 people on January 21. The pints of blood will help save 61 lives.

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

    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.

    WBLS, WQHT, and WLIB Host Third Annual “Spread the Warmth” Coat Drive

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    Emmis Communications’ WBLS-FM, WQHT-FM and WLIB-AM New York partnered with Geico and Fedelis Healthcare this past holiday season to gather collect coasts for local communities. The third annual “Spread the Warmth” Coat Drive collected new and gently worn coats to support New York Cares, the New York City’s largest volunteer management organization that runs programs for around 1,300 nonprofits, public schools, and city agencies. The staff of WBLS, WQHT, and WLIB was on-site during the drive giving away prizes and entertaining the holiday shoppers that donated. Click here to see the recap video.

    KTVL Collected 7,200 Bags of Food

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    Sinclair Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate KTVL-TV Medford, Ore. collected 72,000 pounds of food (7,200 bags full) in their annual “Fill the Truck” food drive in partnership with Ray’s Food Place. This record-breaking food drive succeeded in filling a semi-truck trailer with non-perishable food items for local food banks.

    Cumulus Media New York Raises Over 1 Million Pounds of Food

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    > Cumulus Media’s WFAS-AM, WPLJ-FM, WNSH-FM, and WABC-AM New York’s The Daily News Food Drive netted one million pounds of non-perishable food. City Harvest distributed the food to local organizations in mid-January. WFAS-AM personality Tom Joyner kicked off the challenge.

    WWAY Breaks Records in Food Drive

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    Morris Media’s ABC affiliate WWAY-TV Wilmington, NC broke records in their 15th annual Help for the Holidays One-Day Blitz to restock the Salvation Army’s food pantry. This year, WWAY collected 18, 865 pounds of food and $2,600. “The food will keep the food pantry’s shelves stocked well into spring and help hundreds of people in need in our community,” said the Salvation Army’s Maj. Richard Watts.

    Univision Arizona Offer Free Legal Consultation to Citizens

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    Univision owned-and-operated KTVW-TV Phoenix collaborated with the State Bar of Arizona to help local families receive free legal consultation. An estimated 550 people attended the “Access to Justice” event on Dec. 22, during which 13 attorneys offered free legal advice on consumer fraud issues related to immigration law and deferred action. In addition, 286 families received one-on-one consultations.

    Pennsylvania Stations Host Fundraisers

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    Bold Media Group’s WDNH-FM, WYCY-FM and WPSN-AM Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penn. have made it a tradition to do two concurrent fundraisers during the holiday season. The Michael G. Stanton Shower for Charity raised more $20,000 this year for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas bureau as on-air personality Michael Stanton took a shower in the freezing cold in the dead of winter. To date, “The Michael G. Stanton Shower for Charity” has raised more than $170,000. During the “Toys for Tots Challenge,” listeners helped fill up six trucks of toys with thousands of toys for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots foundation. “Several years ago, when we made the decision to attempt to do two large fundraising efforts concurrently, we wondered if both could be successful… but our listeners rally every year and the promotions continue to get bigger,” said Bold Gold President Vince Benedetto.

    NBC Stations Launch Successful ’Responde’ Programs Nationwide

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    NBC launched “Responde” consumer investigation units at seven Telemundo affiliates: KVEA-TV Los Angeles, WNJU-TV New York, WSCV-TV Miami, KTMD-TV Houston, KXTX-TV Fort Worth, Tex., KVDA-TV San Antonio, Tex. and KSTS-TV San Francisco. Responde has followed up on 700 stories from 13,000 tips and recovered more than $1 million for viewers. The program has helped a Los Angeles woman who was owed nearly $1,000 after participating in a medical research project; a New York victim of identity theft whose bank would not credit him for an unauthorized charge; and a Dallas family living in the dark when their electric company refused to turn on their power for three weeks.

    WROR-FM Holiday CD Benefits Homeless Families in Boston

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    Greater Media’s WROR-FM Boston’s holiday CD raised more than $15,000 for Christmas in the City, an organization that benefits homeless families in Boston. Titled “The World’s Greatest Christmas Album,” the CD is a collection of all of the best holiday songs on WROR-FM’s morning show, Loren and Wally.

    WFSA Raises $33,000 for Those in Need

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate WSFA-TV Montgomery, Ala. hosted its annual 12 Days of Giving event this December. The event raised money, food, and toys for families in need during the holiday season. The proceeds benefited the Montgomery Area Food Bank, Christmas Clearinghouse, and Toys for Tots. In total, $33,000 was raised in addition to 10,245 pounds of food and nearly 4,000 toys.

    KAIT Hosts Blood Drive

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro, Ark.; CBS affiliate KFVS-TV Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg, Miss;. and ABC affiliate WLOX-TV Biloxi, Miss. hosted successful blood drives. KAIT-TV hosted the “2015 Drive for Life” in January, and had a total of 368 people donate. The KFVS-TV Heartland Blood Drive was a three-day event at seven locations throughout Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois that generated 1,091 pints of blood. This particular event has won several awards for community service and continues to be one of the largest blood drives in the Midwest. WLOX-TV’s 32nd Annual Blood Drive in December collected 458 pints of blood for the Red Cross.

    Raycom Media Stations Host Blood Drives Across the Country

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro, Ark.; CBS affiliate KFVS-TV Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg, Miss;. and ABC affiliate WLOX-TV Biloxi, Miss. hosted successful blood drives. KAIT-TV hosted the “2015 Drive for Life” in January, and had a total of 368 people donate. The KFVS-TV Heartland Blood Drive was a three-day event at seven locations throughout Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois that generated 1,091 pints of blood. This particular event has won several awards for community service and continues to be one of the largest blood drives in the Midwest. WLOX-TV’s 32nd Annual Blood Drive in December collected 458 pints of blood for the Red Cross.

    Raycom Media Stations Help Families in Need During Holiday Season

    Date Posted: 2/9/2015

    Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate WWBT-TV Richmond, Va. partnered with Salvation Army this December for the Angel Tree program. Each year, the station adopts children in need so they can wake up to presents under the tree on Christmas. A total of 6,905 children were served with the 43,843 toys collected through the campaign. In South Carolina, Raycom’s NBC affiliate WIS-TV Columbia teamed up with the Palmetto Project to help provide Christmas gifts for needy families. Their efforts helped over 3,000 families this Christmas and collected $200,000 in clothes, toys, and food.

    Univision Local Media Provides Free Immigration Information

    Date Posted: 2/5/2015

    Univision Local Media’s WXTV-TV, WFUT-TV, WADO, WXNY and WQBU New York executed a week-long campaign that provided free information and resources about immigration and the executive order in February. All of the Univision stations participated and provided support for a number of events. The station hosted and manned a three-day phone bank for listeners and viewers that had questions. They hosted a town hall meeting with a panel discussion on immigration issues and describing the free resources that are available. The town hall was attended by more than 500 people. Univision news talent moderated the town hall event.

    WXIA-TV Can-a-Thon Collected Record 229,000 Cans

    Date Posted: 1/20/2015

    NBC Affiliate WXIA-TV Atlanta’s 32nd annual Can-a-Thon for the Salvation Army collected a record-breaking 229,000 cans in 2014. Since 1982, the Can-a-Thon has raised millions of cans. The community came together to donate food, money, and volunteer to make the canned food drive a success.

    Greater Media Detroit Grants Holiday Wishes

    Date Posted: 1/20/2015

    Greater Media Detroit’s employees from WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM and WMGC-FM helped the Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) grant wishes for eight families. Information on the eight families, including their holiday wishes, were posted on the walls of Greater Media Detroit studios. Greater Media Detroit employees ensured that all 50 people in each of the eight families received a holiday gift.

    WOIO and WUAB TV Hold Collection Drive

    Date Posted: 1/20/2015

    Raycom Media’s CBS affiliate WOIO-TV and MyNetworkTV affiliate WUAB-TV Cleveland held the largest collection drive in Northeast Ohio this season. The stations collected gently used and new coats, new toys and non-perishable food items to benefit the Salvation Army, Cleveland and Akron food banks and Volunteers of America.

    WDEL-AM Collects $12,000 in Food Drive

    Date Posted: 1/20/2015

    Delmarva Broadcasting’s WDEL-AM Wilmington, Del., Feed a Friend Food Drive raised nearly $12,000. The event benefitted the Newark Area Welfare Committee, the Sunday Breakfast Mission, the Emanuel Dining Room, YWCA Delaware and the St. Paul’s Church Outreach Center. For each pledge of $11.50, a case of food was donated to those in need.

    WBRC-TV Birmingham Commendable Public Service Efforts in 2014

    Date Posted: 1/15/2015

    Raycom Media owned FOX Affiliate WBRC-TV Birmingham, Ala. hosted a variety of community initiatives in 2014, including six Shred-A-Thons that allowed community members to shred 50,000 tons of documents.
    The station’s Save First Promoting provided local residents with a crash course in tax preparation. The Do Dah Day Event raised nearly $50,000 for local animal shelters. WBRC-TV held year-long PSA campaigns on literacy, breast cancer research, prenatal care, colon care and prostate cancer.
    This holiday season, WBRC Birmingham held a “Gifts for Kids” Christmas event to help the Salvation Army give presents to kids in need.

    KGMB Helps Fellow Broadcaster KHET

    Date Posted: 1/15/2015

    Raycom Media’s CBS affiliate KGMB/KHNL-TV Honolulu donated all of their commercial airtime during its January 13th 10 P.M. newscasts to KHET-TV, the PBS affiliate in Hawaii. KHET used the airtime to request donations for a new broadcast center in the state. PBS Hawaii reported that there was an increase in daily donations following the help from KGMB/KHNL.

    KSBW Holiday Drive Breaks Records

    Date Posted: 1/13/2015

    Hearst Television-owned NBC affiliate KSBW Salinas, Calif. hosted its annual Share Your Holiday drive to benefit the Salvation Army. KSBW collected $161,000 (30 percent more than in 2013), in addition to 10,000 pounds of food and 1,000 toys. "We are humbled by the generosity of our viewers," said KSBW General Manager Joseph Heston. "It’s one thing to profess to want to help others and it’s quite another to step up and actually get it done.”

    WRAT-FM Fills Truck With 15,000 Meals and 9,000 Pounds of Clothes

    Date Posted: 1/13/2015

    Greater Media’s WRAT-FM Lake Como, N.J. provided roughly 15,000 meals to local residents through its 16th annual food drive. WRAT-FM filled a 48-foot tractor trailer with donations for three charities: food for the Food Bank of Ocean and Monmouth counties, clothing for Family Resource Associates, and toiletries for Holiday Express. This included 2,000 tooth brushes and 350 tubes of tooth paste, more than 9,000 pounds of clothes (up from 7,000 pounds in 2013), more than 15,000 pounds of food and 268 turkeys. Donations came in many forms: one donor brought a food-filled shopping cart on the back of his tow truck. A high school sent a school bus filled with donations.

    New York Stations Show Commitment to Public Service

    Date Posted: 1/13/2015

    The New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) recently presented "Serving New York" awards to local broadcast radio and television stations across the state for their public service campaigns. The dozens of award-winning initiatives include awareness campaigns for mental health issues and suicide prevention; fundraisers for breast cancer research, Lupus treatments and bone marrow transplants; anti-bullying campaigns; education fairs; food, winter clothing and school supply drives; and hours of air time donated to cover the Special Olympics. Click on the city names to read more about how broadcasters serve their communities in the regions surrounding New York City, Albany, Binghampton, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.

    Cumulus Nashville Builds Field of Toys

    Date Posted: 1/13/2015

    Cumulus Radio’s Nashville stations WNFN-FM, WKDF-FM, WSM-FM, WGFX-FM, WWTN-FM and WQQK-FM collected 5,000 toys for the Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angel Program. On Dec. 9, the stations formed a "field of toys" at LP Field. The Salvation Army in Nashville reached more than 9,000 "angels" during the 2014 holiday season.

    WRAL-TV Raises $100,000 for the Salvation Army

    Date Posted: 1/13/2015

    Capitol Broadcasting Company’s CBS affiliate WRAL-TV Raleigh collected winter clothes, money and toys for the Salvation Army. Of the $100,000 collected this year, WRAL-TV raised $87,600 in a one-day telethon on Dec. 12. Each year, WRAL-TV helps the Salvation Army achieve its goal of providing two new toys for each family that signs up for the December "Toy Shop," a program that has seen a huge increase in participation in recent years. Since 1989, WRAL-TV has collected more than 150,000 coats and $1.5 million to provide winter clothing for families assisted by the Salvation Army.

    WIBC-FM Indianapolis Raises $253,000

    Date Posted: 1/13/2015

    Emmis Communications’ WIBC-FM Indianapolis raised $253,000 for the Salvation Army during its radiothon. The radiothon, held Dec. 5-6, broke a station record and surpassed the $250,000 goal. WIBC-FM listeners have donated more than $2 million over the last 20 years.

    WBAP-AM Aids Supported Living Center

    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.

    WBZZ Afternoon Host Flick Honored By Salvation Army in Pittsburgh

    Date Posted: 12/8/2014

    FCBS Radio’s WBZZ-FM Pittsburg’s Afternoon Host Flick was honored with the Salvation Army’s “Doing the Most Good” award in early December. Flick received the award for his fundraising efforts and increasing awareness of the Salvation Army’s programs. The annual “Doing the Most Good” awards banquet draws nearly 500 people each year, allowing the Pittsburg community to recognize exceptional support of the Salvation Army.

    Prairie Public Broadcasting’s Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive

    Date Posted: 12/7/2014

    Prairie Public Broadcasting’s PBS affiliate KFME- TV Fargo hosted a Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive in December. The drive spanned communities throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. The event was named for TV personality Mr. Rogers because he, like broadcasters, was primarily concerned with neighborhoods and communities.

    KNOX-FM Raises $30,675 for Salvation Army

    Date Posted: 12/5/2014

    Leighton Broadcasting’s KNOX-FM Grand Forks, ND raised $30,675 for the Salvation Army on Dec. 2. This year’s event, the 10th annual, featured a silent auction and donations from the Valley Dairy Store’s gas sales.

    WMAR Investigative Reporting Improves VA Hospital Wait Times

    Date Posted: 12/4/2014

    Scripps Television’s ABC affiliate WMAR-TV Baltimore’s "In Focus" news program, which provides in-depth reporting and investigations, aired multiple reports highlighting veterans’ health care issues. As of last April, Baltimore’s VA Maryland Health Care System ranked in the top five longest average wait times for veterans new to the system who tried to get a primary care appointment. WMAR-TV spent six months collecting stories from local veterans and their families. During that period, the VA Chief of Staff addressed the issue twice, stating on Oct. 15 that 13 new doctors were hired to reduce wait times.

    Riverfront Broadcasting Named ’2014 Broadcasters of the Year’ for South Dakota

    Date Posted: 9/15/2014

    Riverfront Broadcasting was named “2014 Broadcasters of the Year” at the South Dakota State Broadcasters Annual State Leadership Conference. Riverfront Broadcasting’s eight stations in South Dakota are KYNT-AM, KKYA-FM, KDAM-FM, KCCR-AM, KLXS-FM, KCCR-FM, KORN-AM and KQRN-FM. KYNT-AM Yankton, S.D. was specifically recognized for its outstanding public service. KYNT-AM helped to raise over $800,000 for local charitable organizations. KYNT-AM won a 2013 NAB Crystal Radio Award.

    KING-TV Exposes Nuclear Dump Leak Near Seattle

    Date Posted: 9/8/2014

    Gannett’s NBC affiliate KING-TV Seattle received a Peabody Award for its investigative reporting that uncovered an underground tank leak at a nuclear dump located 200 miles from Seattle. KING-TV found the leak had run into one of the region’s main source of drinking water. KING-TV’s program, "Hanford’s Dirty Secrets," also found that the site’s contractor, the company responsible for the nuclear site’s maintenance, had received a large payment despite failing to address the leak for over a year.

    WTVF-TV Uncovers "Cronyism" in Governor’s Administration

    Date Posted: 9/8/2014

    Journal Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate WTVF-TV Nashville received a Peabody Award for its year-long investigation into the outsourcing of government projects within Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s administration. WTVF-TV presented more than three dozen reports that outlined questionable government activities described as "cronyism." The "Questions of Influence" series has led to a state audit, a review of several state contracts and hearings within the Tennessee legislature.

    WVUE-TV Exposes Illegal Local Campaign Finance Practices

    Date Posted: 9/8/2014

    Louisiana Media Company’s FOX affiliate WVUE-TV New Orleans was honored for its investigative series, in partnership with The Times-Picayune, that uncovered illegal campaign finance practices, unethical activities and a systematic lack of campaign regulation enforcement. WVUE-TV reporters spent thousands of hours diligently digging through campaign filings to uncover the abuse. In the end, the "Louisiana Purchased" series found one-third of the $209 million in statewide campaigns from 2009 to 2012 came from less than 1 percent of donors.

    WBZ-TV and WBZ-AM Cover Boston Bombings

    Date Posted: 9/8/2014

    CBS-owned WBZ-TV and WBZ-AM Boston were recognized for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. As the only local TV station covering the Boston Marathon, WBZ-TV was positioned to provide coverage as it unfolded from the bombing scene. WBZ-AM quickly went into wall-to-wall coverage, interviewing local public safety officials, law enforcement and elected officials to help explain what was happening. As the Peabody Award website notes, WBZ-TV and WBZ-AM received the recognition "for becoming go-to sources, not just for their city but for a stunned nation."

    Univision’s KUVS-TV Hosts 14th Annual Blood Drive, 2,400 Donors Attend

    Date Posted: 8/11/2014

    Univision’s KUVS-TV Sacramento held its annual blood drive, Día de Donar Sangre, in three locations across California on June 6 to benefit BloodSource and the Delta Blood Bank. KUVS-TV provided live coverage throughout the day to drive awareness in the community about the need for blood transfusions and the benefits for transfusion recipients. In total, 2,400 individuals visited one of the three drives to donate blood in Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto.

    WDIV-TV, WTHR-TV, WISH-TV Investigate Helmet Safety at Local Middle Schools and High Schools

    Date Posted: 8/11/2014

    Two stations in Indianapolis investigated helmet safety. LIN Media’s CBS affiliate WISH-TV Indianapolis polled seven local schools for information about their students’ helmets. The results were posted on the station’s website, leading state officials to now require that all area schools report any concussions that occur. Additionally, Dispatch Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate WTHR-TV Indianapolis surveyed 160 schools across Indiana, filing more than 100 requests for schools to share information about their football helmets and concussion records. The station created an interactive map that shows the manufacturers and models of more than 12,000 helmets used by middle school and high school football players across the state. The WTHR-TV investigation found that hundreds of the helmets in use offer little protection from severe head injuries.

    WMAR-TV Launches New Investigative News Program in Baltimore

    Date Posted: 8/11/2014

    Scripps’ ABC affiliate WMAR-TV Baltimore recently announced the station has launched a new, original news program, "ABC2 In Focus," during its 6 p.m. newscast. The program features original, in-depth community reports from WMAR-TV’s team of investigative journalists and producers. "We’ve noticed a thirst in the market for in-depth stories," said WMAR-TV’s News Director Kelly Groft. "We’ll always cover the news of the day, it’s just now, at 6 p.m., we’ll slow down a bit, dig deeper and ask more questions." "In Focus," promoted as "The Next Level in Local News," intends to ask the hard questions, provide relentless follow-ups and target the issues too often ignored in the Baltimore area and beyond.

    WTOP-FM Hosts Contest for Washington Nonprofits

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    Hubbard’s WTOP-FM Washington sponsored an online contest called "Click for a Cause," in which nonprofit organizations in the D.C. metro area could win money or PSA prizes. Listeners were invited to vote for a week in late April, and the winners received up to $10,000 dollars or $5,000 in PSA donations. WTOP-FM Director of Marketing Mary Kay Lemay told All Access, "’Click for a Cause’ provides an opportunity for all sizes of organizations to fundraise in a fun and easy way, and the social aspect allows for grassroots marketing and exposure. We at WTOP are happy to use our megaphone as a catalyst for helping some great causes." Click here to view the winners.

    WXYZ-TV Wages War on Regional Pothole Problem

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    Scripps Media’s ABC Affiliate WXYZ-TV Southfield, Mich., has launched an unprecedented regional war on potholes in the community, with the "Channel 7 Pothole Pledge." Local mayors and city managers in more than 10 cities have signed the pledge, established pothole hotlines for residents to call and report a problem and vowed to fill all potholes reported by citizens in 48-72 hours. Residents can check on progress in their community by following the campaign on Twitter at #7potholepledge.

    KYNT-AM Yankton, S.D. Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Award

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    Riverfront Broadcasting’s KYNT-AM Yankton, S.D. won a 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award for its commitment to informing and serving its local community. KYNT-AM is owned by a female minority and her husband, who both grew up and still live in Yankton. This gives them a unique appreciation for the community, which is passed on to the staff. KYNT-AM’s employees are involved in local schools, churches and organizations. In fact, in 2013, the community-minded staff donated more than 1,000 volunteer hours. The same year, KYNT-AM provided more than 11,000 minutes of public service announcements. The station also helped local charitable organizations raise more than $800,000.

    KCVM-FM Cedar Falls, Iowa Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    In 2013, Coloff Family’s KCVM-FM Cedar Falls, Iowa showed its commitment to community service by donating more than 21,400 minutes of air-time valued at $856,000 to nonprofit groups and organizations. The station’s own 501-C3 charity took its 14th group of chronic and terminally ill children on an all-expense-paid, dream vacation to Disney World. The organization raised a record $92,900 in the effort, and organized two community events attended by more than 20,000 people. Station staff donated more than 832 hours to this effort, and an additional 805 hours to many other worthy causes, for a total of 1,637 hours. The same year, the station recognized hard-working and deserving teachers, promoted animal welfare and recognized community heroes and heroes who fought for America in WWII. Overall, KCVM contributed to campaigns that raised $775,000 for area organizations in 2013. KCVM-FM lived up to its mission statement–Service to Listeners. Service to Advertisers. Service to Our Community.–making it a worthy recipient of a 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award.

    WZUS-FM Decatur, Ill. Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    The Cromwell Group’s WZUS-FM Decatur, Ill. won a 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award for its commitment to making good things happen every day in Central Illinois. In additional to the minutes and hours of airtime and support that WZUS-FM gave to the community in 2013, the station is most proud of the relationship its staff has formed with the people they serve. WZUS-FM has become a real friend to its community, someone listeners can count on in times of need. Whether it is the listener who wants to know if the roads are slick, the new small business owner trying to launch a venture or the charity organization needing to get the word out – WZUS-FM was there for them. Twenty-thirteen was a year where WZUS-FM truly met and exceeded the goal its goal of super-serving their clients and their listeners in every way.

    KHHT-FM Los Angeles Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    After recognizing the challenges of its listeners in Southern California, Clear Channel’s KHHT-FM staff made a commitment to rebuild, renew and restore their special connection with the local community in 2013. The station’s goal was to go above and beyond audience’s expectations and to serve them with resources that would effectively improve their quality of life through education, information and innovation. KHHT-FM achieved its aim, earning the station a 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award. Aside from conducting informative, engaging discussions and events on topics that ranged from home ownership and foreclosure recovery to local entrepreneurship and scholarship opportunities, KHHT-FM also contributed thousands of volunteer hours to meaningful charities and dedicated hundreds of valuable on-air programming hours to PSAs for various nonprofit organizations.

    WWJ-AM Southfield, Michigan Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    For more than 94 years, CBS Radio’s WWJ-AM Southfield, Mich. has been a thread that ties metropolitan Detroit’s diverse community together, telling their stories, sharing their challenges, celebrating their accomplishments while mourning their losses. In that light, WWJ-AM’s efforts to promote and encourage community service made the station a recipient of a 2014 Crystal Radio Award. In 2013, the station not only ran daily on-air PSA, but developed special programming featuring local “difference-makers” and charitable organizations. In 2013, WWJ-AM raised money for numerous causes including more than $655,000 in matching donations during its annual Radiothon for The Heat and Warmth Fund, helping thousands of less fortunate families heat their homes. The enthusiasm for philanthropy was alive and thriving with the station’s staff, clients and listeners who donated hundreds of hours of free time to help feed the hungry, rescue animals, raise money to cure disease, help kids and more.

    WLEN-FM Adrian, Mich. Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    In 2013, independently-owned WLEN-FM Adrian, Mich. responded to local community needs including homelessness, hunger and unemployment, earning it a 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award. While its Michigan community suffered high unemployment and record home foreclosures, WLEN-FM broadened its reach as a community resource, promoted a strong education foundation and helped to build county-wide collaboration. The station’s efforts helped raise more than $2 million in community giving. WLEN-FM sponsored “Hometown Hope,” and each month designed and donated a $3,500 marketing grant to a different local nonprofit organization. The station organized fundraising events and assisted others with their events. WLEN-FM’s staff of 17 donated more than 1,000 volunteer hours. Additionally, it broadcast more than 54,000 PSAs and generated more than 400 hours of community affairs programming.

    KXKT-FM Omaha, Neb. Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    In 2013, Clear Channel’s KXKT-FM Omaha, Neb. made it the station’s mission to help feed hungry kids with a backpack program through the Food Bank for the Heartland. In November 2013, KXKT-FM listeners donated $800,000 to feed hungry kids. KXKT-FM was committed to providing clean, family entertainment and meaningful, impactful community projects. In 2013, the station helped raise $1.8 million for 15 charitable causes. KXKT-FM was most proud of the nine signature events it held to address pressing community needs. These included a motorcycle run for the troops, a grade school book tour and a Healthy Kids Carnival. Since 2007, the station’s advisory board of 15 community leaders has helped identify critical needs in the area, such as violence in North Omaha, senior scams and more. KXKT-FM highlighted several of these issues on-air in 2013. These efforts throughout 2013 made KXKT-FM the recipient of a 2014 Crystal Radio Award.

    KSTP-FM St. Paul, Minn. Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    Hubbard’s KSTP-FM St. Paul won a 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award for its long-term charitable partnerships and commitment to local families. In 2013, KSTP-FM was saddened and inspired by two area kids that died from cancer, Zach Sobiech and Zac Bartz. KSTP-FM’s “Up, Up, Up” Concert for Zach Sobiech sold out and allowed a dying teenager to live out his dream to perform at one of the Twin Cities’ premiere concert venues. Nine months later, 5,000 KSTP-FM listeners filled the Mall of America rotunda to sing and remember Zach and his song “Clouds.” Since the debut of “Clouds” on KSTP-FM, the song has raised more than $350,000 for cancer research. Inspired by the two Zachs, the station’s annual radiothon grew 47 percent over last year’s total, raising $773,049 for children battling cancer and disabilities. KSTP’s Team Moon and Staci recruited 921 listeners to walk in the fight against breast cancer, while 147 joined the station’s Team Mudivor for Multiple Sclerosis.

    WDHR-FM Pikeville, Ky. Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    In 2013, East Kentucky Broadcasting’s WDHR-FM Pikeville, Ky. achieved its primary mission of keeping eastern Kentucky informed of all local events, winning it a 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award. Throughout the year, WDHR-FM took a stand against bullying in the community and organized the region’s first anti-bullying rally. When the station realized its community had the highest number of automobile crashes in Kentucky, WDHR-FM launched the most ambitious campaign in its history called “Drive Down” which aims to reduce those numbers. In 2013 alone, through the events WDHR-FM’s staff and company helped promote, organize and work, more than $300,000 was raised for various local charities and nonprofit organizations.

    KTAR-FM Phoenix, Ariz. Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    Bonneville’s KTAR-FM Phoenix won a 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award for its outstanding public service efforts in 2013. Throughout the year, KTAR-FM dedicated a week of content in primetime to launch a community-based content series, “Voice for a Better Arizona: Arizonans in Need,” with the goal of driving awareness for organizations and individuals in need and offering easy avenues for its listeners to get involved and volunteer. More than 30 local groups were given a platform to share their inspiring stories. As Arizona’s heritage Veterans Day parade was on the financial brink of cancelling, KTAR-FM organized an awareness campaign encouraging donations, and also launched “Honor Our Heroes,” a community-based platform in which listeners nominated local veterans to be selected as one of the seven parade grand marshals. In 2013, KTAR-FM employees also donated more than 700 hours of community service and helped raise close to $2 million in charitable giving.

    Don Jacobs Selected as “2013 Broadcaster of the Year” for His Community Outreach Efforts

    Date Posted: 5/14/2014

    Don “Jake” Jacobs, General Manager of Results Radio and Market Manager of Townsquare Media in Sioux Falls was honored as the “2013 Broadcaster of the Year” by the South Dakota Broadcasters Association (SDBA) at their Annual State Leadership Conference in Rapid City, S.D. The award is given to broadcasters who are especially active in community affairs. Jacobs writes, produces and airs monthly messages to promote broadcasting, local businesses and personal growth and development. Jake has served on numerous local nonprofit boards, and through his leadership at Results Radio, has helped raise money and create awareness for countless organizations helping thousands of people. In the past 5 years alone, Don has helped raise more than $1 million dollars for Cure Kids Cancer and more than $1.5 million dollars for Make-A-Wish.

    KDKA-FM Recognizes Hometown Heroes Who Serve Pittsburgh

    Date Posted: 4/13/2014

    CBS Radio’s KDKA-FM Pittsburgh morning host Larry Richert hosts an event each year to recognize Hometown Heroes who have contributed to the Pittsburgh community. Richert recently awarded the five 2014 honorees at an event at PNC Park. Each hero was recognized individually for their work and received a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice.

    KCPQ-TV Partners with Local Bank to Support Oso Relief Fund

    Date Posted: 4/13/2014

    Tribune Broadcasting’s FOX affiliate KCPQ-TV Seattle has partnered with Umpqua Bank to support those affected by the mudslide disaster. Viewers can stop by any Washington Umpqua Bank location and make donations to the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation – Oso Landslide Relief Fund. One-hundred percent of all donations will go to the Oso fund.

    TBN Hosts "Salute to Gospel" Event

    Date Posted: 3/17/2014

    Trinity Broadcasting Network New York and Senator James Sanders Jr. presented "A Salute to Gospel" in celebration of Black History Month at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, hosted by Hazelle Goodman. Goodman became the first black actress to have a prominent role in a Woody Allen film and developed her one-woman show. Trinity Broadcasting Network set up a booth and gave announcements and giveaways at the event which brought in 350 attendees, and a variety of local entertainment.

    WXYZ-TV Report Prompts Fix to 1,300 Broken Highway Lights

    Date Posted: 3/17/2014

    Scripps-owned WXYZ-TV Southfield, Mich., recently aired an investigative piece that uncovered the numerous broken highway lights scattered across southeastern Michigan. The report prompted the Michigan Department of Transportation to announce a sweeping effort to repair approximately 1,300 lights by the end of the summer. WXYZ-TV highlighted an infrastructure problem in the state and helped to find a solution for the community. Click here to view the video.

    Townsquare Stations Raise $10,000 for Kids’ Ball Field Repairs

    Date Posted: 2/11/2014

    Townsquare Media’s WDOS-AM, WSRK-FM and WZOZ-FM Oneonta, N.Y., partnered to raise money to repair the community’s Little League baseball field after vandals painted graffiti on the outfield fence and concession stand, damaged the PA system and burned down a dugout. During a two-hour simulcast, the stations raised more than $10,000, allowing the community to repair the $3,500 in damage and make enhancements to the field.

    WPTV-TV Launches Campaign to Raise Autism Awareness

    Date Posted: 1/10/2014

    Scripps’s NBC affiliate WPTV-TV Palm Beach, Fla., launched an Impact 5 campaign, to raise awareness of autism. WPTV-TV assembled an advisory panel of parents, educators and autism advocates to guide the station’s on-air and online coverage, which airs every Wednesday in a special segment during the 6 pm newscast and on weekend mornings. The ongoing campaign will also include four phone banks for viewers to call in and ask questions, four primetime specials and a special autism website. Click here to watch videos from the Impact 5 campaign.

    WXYZ-TV Highlights Successful Community Projects in Detroit

    Date Posted: 1/10/2014

    Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Detroit recently launched a special program called, "Taking Action in Detroit," which highlights community projects that are making a difference in metropolitan Detroit. The new show is hosted by WXYZ-TV news anchors and is part of the station’s Community Action Team, an ongoing effort to highlight the important community work being done through partnerships between local businesses and community service organizations. The program will cover local efforts to fight hunger, to give hope to children and to find a cure for cancer.

    KFXX-AM Raises $120,000 for Special Olympics Oregon

    Date Posted: 1/10/2014

    Entercom’s KFXX-AM Portland held its third annual radiothon to support Special Olympics Oregon. The 28-hour event was led by KFXX-AM’s hosts Isaac Ropp and Jason Scukanec, and raised more than $120,000 from listeners. "We can’t thank our listeners enough. They stepped up again and beat last year’s record by more than $45,000," said Scukanec.

    Univision Los Angeles Collects 1,000 Garments During Suit Drive for Homeboy Industries

    Date Posted: 1/10/2014

    Univision Los Angeles and the Women’s Leadership Council in LA hosted a two-week suit drive to benefit Homeboy Industries, an organization that is helping young men and women re-enter society and fulfill their motto of "Jobs Not Jails." The campaign collected 1,090 garments and accessories for men and women. These items will provide Homeboy Industries’ trainees with the proper attire for interviews, school enrollment and social occasions. Homeboy Industries serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs. It also operates seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites.

    Hubbard’s KSTP-FM Honors Late Teenager with 5,000-Person Choir

    Date Posted: 1/10/2014

    Hubbard Radio’s KSTP-FM St. Paul recently honored a local high school student, Zach Sobiech, who died a year ago from cancer. Before Zach passed away, he wrote a song called "Clouds," which was professionally produced and licensed through BMI. In December, KSTP-FM morning hosts Ryan and Shannon invited listeners to the Mall of America to sing "Clouds" together and remember Zach. More than 5,000 people attended the event. Video of the gathering has been viewed over 9 million times on YouTube, and “Clouds” has been downloaded more than 300,000 times on iTunes. After Zach’s medical expenses, all proceeds from the song downloads have gone into a research fund for Zach’s form of cancer.

    WIIS-FM Recognizes Key West Nonprofits and Volunteers with Weekly Awards

    Date Posted: 1/10/2014

    Independently-owned WIIS-FM Key West, Fla., has partnered with the local Community Foundation of the Florida Keys to launch the "Nonprofit and Volunteer of the Week Awards." Each week the Foundation selects a worthy local nonprofit and an outstanding volunteer, and WIIS-FM mentions that person and the organization on air multiple times throughout the week. The winners get on-air recognition, a framed certificate and a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

    WFTS Wins Service to Community Award for Television

    Date Posted: 1/7/2014

    Addressing head-on a significant problem in the Tampa Bay area specifically and in the country as a whole, WFTS launched a six week Taking Action Against Domestic Violence campaign aimed at heightening awareness, educating viewers and inspiring victims of abuse through the stories of survivors. The campaign featured weekly news stories, PSAs, in-studio interviews with local advocates and a one hour commercial-free primetime special that helped raise approximately $230,000. Included in every element of the campaign, the statewide Domestic Violence Hotline saw a 77 percent increase in calls during the six weeks alone. Not stopping there, WFTS reached out to teens with a 16-page special edition on Teen Dating Abuse, produced with the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper and Education Program. This edition was distributed to more than 150,000 high school students and made available online. WFTS also put a spotlight on workplace violence, hosting a Domestic Violence in the Workplace Seminar. Amid numerous public appearances for domestic violence community events, the collection of supplies for domestic violence shelters, a dedicated year-round website page with links and resources and a Facebook page, WFTS has created a lifeline for many suffering in the shadow of domestic abuse. What started out as a campaign to better the community has ended up a campaign that saves lives.

    Service to America Television Award

    Date Posted: 1/7/2014

    A community station in the fullest sense of the word, KTUL has Tulsa at heart. Heavily invested in the well-being and engagement of its residents, KTUL in 2012 produced nearly 50 community projects touching all aspects of life in the community. Their deep involvement is only outdone by the depth and attention given to each initiative. Fulfilling basic needs for warmth and food, KTUL helped launch a wildly successful Spread the Warmth blanket drive during, which 5,000 blankets were collected in just four weeks. They also partnered with local organizations in the Stamp Out Hunger campaign bringing in more than 267,000 pounds of food to the city and surrounding areas. But KTUL not only acts in service, they inspire a culture of service. In 2012, they created an ongoing Random Acts of Kindness campaign. KTUL staff also focus on prevention and health awareness, participating in such projects as the American Heart Association’s year-long Go Red campaign. And no community effort would have lasting effects without healthy children, who are featured at the forefront of KTUL’s busy agenda. Channel 8 staff donated time and talent to a variety of initiatives with the local Park Elementary school, the Tulsa County Library Summer Reading Program and an OK PLAY Children’s Expo. The year 2012 saw record growth for all of KTUL’s annual initiatives and set a true example of service at the heart of a community.

    WFTS-TV Tampa Takes Action to Fight Domestic Violence

    Date Posted: 11/12/2013

    Scripps Television’s ABC affiliate WFTS-TV Tampa partnered with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence on its 2013 Taking Action Against Domestic Violence Campaign. The six-week campaign featured weekly news stories, PSAs, interviews with local advocates, a free community event and an hour-long, commercial-free, primetime special. All campaign elements displayed the statewide domestic violence hotline phone number.

    NY State Broadcast Association Recognizes Stations That Serve

    Date Posted: 11/12/2013

    The New York State Broadcasters Association hosted the "Serving New York" Awards, recognizing broadcasters that have served communities throughout the state. Representatives from the United Way of Boone County and the local American Cancer Society thanked broadcasters for their public service efforts. In all, eight "Serving New York" Awards were presented to stations in the Binghamton area region: Granite Broadcasting’s WBNG-TV, Clear Channel’s WMXW-FM, Northwest Broadcasting’s WICZ-TV, Nexstar Broadcasting’s WIVT-TV and WETM-TV, independently-owned WPIE-AM and WATS Broadcasting’s WAVR-FM.

    iHeartRadio Raised $1 Million

    Date Posted: 11/12/2013

    Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s iHeartRadio Music Festival has raised $1 million for several nonprofits over the past three years. Benefiting organizations include the American Association of Cancer Research, the Alliance for Lupus Research, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. The event has also created many memories for critically ill children and their families through its partnership with Make-a-Wish Foundation.

    NAB Congressional PSA Campaign

    Date Posted: 10/4/2013

    Only 10 weeks remain to run NAB’s 2013 Congressional Public Service Announcements featuring your member of Congress. This year, a record 244 member of Congress and their families from 46 states are featured in NAB’s 2013 campaign. Click here to see if your member participated and to download the spots. The PSAs are available to air through the end of the year. This program is a great opportunity to provide valuable information to your viewers and listeners, while fostering relationships with Congress and reminding legislators of the enduring power of free and local broadcasting.

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

    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.

    Univision’s WLTV-TV Makes Strides During National Citizenship Day

    Date Posted: 10/4/2013

    To support National Citizenship Day on September 17, Univision’s WLTV-TV Miami partnered with the Florida International University Law Department’s citizenship clinic, Hispanic Unity of Florida, Read2Succeed and Catholic Legal Services to provide guidance on the naturalization process and help with the N-400 application. WLTV-TV hosted local workshops to encourage legal permanent residents to apply for U.S. citizenship during National Citizenship Week. In addition, WLTV-TV hosted a phone bank, fielding more than 2,000 calls with questions related to citizenship. As a result, more than 300 applications were processed and additional workshops are being scheduled to assist the rest of the viewers that called into the station.

    KCRA-TV, KQCA-TV Sacramento Collect $365,000 in One Day

    Date Posted: 6/7/2013

    Hearst-owned KCRA-TV and KQCA-TV Sacramento raised more than $365,000 during its Oklahoma Tornado Relief Drive. The stations aired coverage of the relief efforts and solicited viewer donations during newscasts. The American Red Cross provided a hotline and text-to-give campaign to receive donations. "Sacramento may be hundreds of miles from Oklahoma, but the devastation and the stories of heroism touched us all," said Lori Waldon, KCRA news director. "We are overwhelmed by the viewer response and generosity to our Oklahoma Tornado Relief Drive."

    WZNS-FM Helps Make Prom a Night to Remember

    Date Posted: 5/10/2013

    Cumulus Media’s WZNS-FM Fort Walton Beach, Fla., donated prom dresses to 111 teenagers at 17 local high schools whose families could not afford to buy prom dresses. Many of the 450 dresses available to the girls, worth more than $22,000, were new and still had the original tags. WZNS-FM partners with a local mall, which provides store space and dressing rooms. A local dry cleaner, which donates its services. For the past nine years, the campaign has served young people from families affected by the Recession, displacement by Hurricane Katrina and depleted savings from medical bills.

    CBS Minneapolis Sends Winter Packing

    Date Posted: 5/10/2013

    CBS Radio’s WCCO-AM Minneapolis remembered the brutal winter of 2012-2013, even as temperatures passed 60 degrees. Capitalizing on listeners’ desire to say "goodbye" to winter, WCCO-AM set up 25 clothing drop-off locations around the city. The station donated the winter clothing collected to The Good Neighbor’s Coats For Kids drive, to benefit needy kids next winter.

    Meridian Stations Win Award for Service

    Date Posted: 5/10/2013

    Meridian’s WGBC-TV and WMDN-TV Meridian, MS received a Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Award for "Outstanding Community Outreach by a Media Organization." Meridian donated more than $1 million worth of PSA production and air time to the United Way of East Mississippi, The Choctaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity, Hope Village’s Run for Hope and The American Heart Association. The stations head The Golden Apple Awards to recognize outstanding teachers based on nominations from students, parents and faculty.

    KDLT in Sioux Falls Donates Hundreds of Coats for Kids

    Date Posted: 1/12/2012

    Red River Broadcasting Company’s NBC affiliate KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D. participated in its 24th annual Coats for Kids campaign, during which the station and local sponsors called on the community to donate new or gently-used coats. The Salvation Army distributed the hundreds of donated coats to children who need them. Click here to watch KDLT-TV’s PSA encouraging viewers to contribute to the coat drive.

    WCAX Hosts Burlington Mitten Tree

    Mount Mansfield TV’s WCAX-TV’s drive, called "The Mitten Tree," joined with UPS Stores to collect hats, mittens and scarves from viewers and distribute them to organizations throughout the Burlington, Vt. area. Last year, the station distributed over 6,000 pairs of mittens and hats. Due to floods from Tropical Storm Irene, need was greater this year. WCAX-TV received over 200 hats and mittens in the kick-off week.

    CBS Owned KYW-AM Donates Laptops to School

    South Philadelphia High School received a brand new ten-piece laptop computer lab courtesy of CBS Philly’s KYW-AM Newsradio. A dual touch smart board was also donated to the school. John Middlebrook nominated South Philadelphia High School when he won the KYW Newsradio Comcast Laptop Daily Double contest.
    This was the 12th year of the Laptop Daily Double giveaway, which is a partnership between KYW and Comcast. Starting in mid-September, KYW1060 listeners had two chances each day to win a laptop and nominate a school to win the computer lab. South Philadelphia High was chosen randomly from a pool of almost 50 schools selected by this year’s winners.
    “It’s just another step to bring positive changes and make sure students are achieving,” said Principal Otis Hackney.

    WTAM Provides Live Coverage of School Shooting

    Clear Channel Communication’s WTAM-AM Cleveland provided listeners with live coverage of the February 28 shooting at Chardon High School. Mike "Triv" Trivisonno mixed coverage with commentary on the local tragedy that claimed the lives of three students and injured two others. Mike (pictured) remained on the air until 7 p.m. to take calls and give the community a place to talk, something no medium does better than talk radio. Reporter Colleen O’Neill also provided listeners with a report later in the day. The station’s website featured live updates, funeral details, interviews with families, tributes to the deceased as well as donation information in the days following the tragedy.

    KELO-TV Provides Free Air Time for Multiple Organizations

    Fourteen nonprofit organizations will receive $150,000 in air time from KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D., as part of the station’s Tradition of Caring grant program. Recipients were chosen from more than 260 applicants across the station’s broadcast area. The nonprofit organizations chosen include a community food bank, an association serving women refugees and a rural health care agency. “We were amazed by the response to this program. We learned a great deal about the needs in our area and those organizations trying to meet those needs,” said KELO Station Manager Jay Huizenga. “While only 14 were chosen, we don’t plan to forget the others in future public service efforts and in news coverage.” KELO has listed all the organizations that applied for the grant on its Web site as a community resource.

    WBT-AM Provide Information Regarding Slain Officers

    When two police officers were fatally shot in the line of duty, WBT-AM in Charlotte, N.C., broke into programming to provide commercial free-coverage of the news. Later that day, hosts Jeff Katz, a former officer himself, and Tara Servatius did special Sunday talk shows. Then, to help the community heal and to pay respect to the fallen, WBT set aside two afternoons to air the funerals and eulogies of CMPD Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton. Still wanting to do more, the station launched the Blue Ribbon Campaign, providing listeners a way to show their support to police officers throughout the city. The station kicked off the effort with a one-day event, where remotes were set up in two locations and blue ribbons were given away. For the next six weeks, ribbons were distributed through multiple stops by the WBT team throughout the community. In tandem with the campaign, Katz asked the community to provide financial support to the families of the slain officers and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 9. Listeners came through with $50,000 in donations. On the one-year anniversary of the policemen’s deaths, The Jeff Katz Show broadcast a three-hour roadside remote, where the station passed out additional blue ribbons to listeners, and Clark and Shelton were remembered. In total, WBT has given out more than 100,000 blue ribbons.

    KVVU-TV Hosts Fundraisers

    Mrs. Claus wouldn’t have known what to do. "The Great Santa Run," an annual fundraiser for Opportunity Village sponsored by KVVU-TV in Henderson, Nev., reined in more than 7,200 runners clad in red hats and white beards, a number high enough to break the world record for the greatest number of Santas in a single place. Opportunity Village, a nonprofit organization that provides vocational training, job placement and social events for people with intellectual disabilities, partners with KVVU for the race as well as other fundraising activities throughout the year. In addition to creating a public service announcement (PSA) campaign for the most recent run, the station integrated coverage into all of its newscasts. Representatives from Opportunity Village were interviewed numerous times on the air, and on race day, KVVU talent hosted the run, which raised more than $360,000. After the event, the station produced thank-you PSAs for all of the Santas and aired follow-up features for a week. "It’s a major undertaking, and without the support we receive from KVVU, I don’t think we would be half as successful," said Holly Spoor, resource development director for Opportunity Village. "They never lose sight of the Opportunity Village message. Their support is phenomenal." On a related note, KVVU’s chief meteorologist recently hosted the Opportunity Village Celebrity Poker Tournament, which raised $100,000 for the organization.

    KTUU-TV Promotes Tolerance

    After paint ball attacks against Alaskan natives, KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska, decided the community was in need of a campaign championing tolerance. After meeting with community leaders, the station’s "Change of Heart" initiative was born. Every six months, the station produces new 30-second public service announcements (PSAs) that confront the issue of racism. The spots feature high school students and aim to inspire cultural acceptance. In addition, the station runs news segments about the problem of racism and potential solutions. The flagship PSA produced when the effort first began two years ago features the swing choir from East High School performing "Change of Heart," a song written by their music teacher Janie Lidey. The PSA won two Goldie Awards from the Alaska Broadcasters Association and the song earned a Northwest Regional Emmy Award.

    WQYZ-FM Sponsors the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

    It was a day of service to honor Martin Luther King Jr., and WQYZ-FM in Biloxi, Miss., used it to encourage commitment and dedication to community. As a sponsor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the station broadcast from a day-long community celebration, which started with a parade and concluded in John Henry Beck Park, where members of AmeriCorps and volunteer organization Hands On Gulf Coast shared service project opportunities and activities for children focused on Dr. King’s work. In addition to the live broadcast, the station used the airwaves to encourage its listeners to make the holiday a "day on, not a day off," spreading the spirit behind Dr. King’s words, "Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve."

    KNIX-FM Collects More Than 1 Million Canned Goods

    Addressing an increased need for supplies to feed Phoenix’s hungry, KNIX-FM in Phoenix, Ariz., crusaded to collect one million cans of non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul. During the holiday season, St. Vincent de Paul reported an unprecedented need for food, with more calls than ever coming in from families needing emergency food boxes. KNIX conducted a series of radio remotes to collect cans during December 2008 and provided a link to an online donation site to benefit those in need. By the end of the month, the morning team at KNIX delivered more than 1 million cans of food to St. Vincent de Paul.

    Job Seekers Turnout for WPRI-TV’s Eyewitness News Job Fair

    LIN Media-owned WPRI-TV Providence, R.I., hosted the Eyewitness News Job Fair, a state-wide event for job seekers throughout the region. When Rhode Island’s unemployment rate reached double digits, WPRI-TV President and General Manager Jay Howell noted, "In these tough economic times…it’s critical to be proactive members of our community." With that aim, WPRI-TV ran extensive promos during the weeks leading up to the Fair. WPRI-TV’s morning show also offered job seekers tips and insights on how to prepare themselves for their search. More than 100 hiring companies participated in the Job Fair, hosting interviews and providing resume critiques to 5,000 individuals.

    WBAL-FM, WBAL-AM and WBAL-TV Challenge Marylanders to Make Plunge to Support Special Olympic Oath

    Hearst-owned WBAL-FM, WBAL-AM and WBAL-TV Baltimore, Md., recently joined forces to host the 15th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. The event challenged participants to collect pledges from their families and friends for plunging into Sandy Point’s icy waters. The Plunge raised an estimated $3 million for Special Olympics Maryland. All event proceeds support intellectually challenged athletes who participate in the Special Olympics across the state.

    WHJY-FM Rhode Island Pitches In With Relief To Retirees

    Clear Channel’s WHJY-FM 94.1 Providence, Rhode Island jumped into a local debate with “94 HJY’s Pension Relief Fund.” The station gave listeners 10 chances every weekday to win $1,000 and entered each winner into a $75,000 grand prize drawing. "The station likes to give its cash contests titles that are relatable to our audience, topical, and even a little edgy if possible,” said Program Director Chris Tyler. “With the Rhode Island pension fund being local headline news, we knew ’94 HJY’s Pension Relief Fund’ would connect with our listeners and even bring a little levity to a frustrating situation for so many Rhode Islanders." Boch Toyota South is the main sponsor.

    WHAS-TV Raises $85,000 in Storm Relief Telethon

    Belo’s WHAS-TV Louisville broadcast a four-hour "Storm Aid Telethon" on March 5 to raise money for storm victims living in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. According to one of WHAS-TV’s anchors, "The phones were ringing so rapidly. In fact, each time we put the receiver down, someone else was ringing in." In total, WHAS-TV viewers raised $85,125 during the live broadcast. All relief funds were donated to the Red Cross. Click here to watch clips from WHAS-TV’s Storm Aid Telethon.

    th Annual CanDo! Food Drive Raises 17,317 lbs. of Food

    Fisher Broadcasting’s KVAL-TV Eugene, Ore. recently held its fourth annual CanDo! Food Drive on April 18. The event included a live remote with 62 cut-ins from two locations, starting at 5 a.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m. Twenty-eight KVAL staffers manned the locations for a total of 180 hours. Dawn Marie Woodward, media coordinator at Food for Lane County, said, "KVAL CanDo! Food Drive is a well-timed drive because the non-perishable food collected during the holiday drives is gone, and it is crucial to making sure we have canned goods going into the spring months. KVAL is a great partner in not only helping stock our shelves, but sharing our mission as well." Thanks to generous viewers, food for over 13,500 meals was donated.

    WMAQ-TV Sponsors "First Look for Charity"

    Thousands gather to support charities from the Windy City while getting an exclusive preview of the vehicles at the annual Auto Show at "First Look for Charity," a black-tie event sponsored by WMAQ-TV in Chicago, Ill. Now in its tenth year, the sold out gala represents one of the largest single-event fundraisers in the city. In 2008, nearly $2.5 million was generated during the evening, which was co-hosted by WMAQ’s Allison Rosati. Funds go to support 18 local charities, including Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Autism Speaks, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. In addition to the production of public service announcements to raise viewer awareness, WMAQ runs ample news coverage, including live cut-ins from the gala and news profiles of the beneficiaries and their good work.

    WWL-TV Donates $225,000 in Airtime

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    For the 20th year, WWL-TV in New Orleans, La., continued its commitment to the New Orleans City Park Celebration in the Oaks. Backed by airtime worth $225,000, the annual fundraiser had a record year, attracting 70,000 visitors and bringing in $300,000 to help revitalize the landmark, which was damaged in Hurricane Katrina. The station ran promotional announcements for the event and created public service announcements (PSAs) to encourage viewer donations. In a related effort focused on rebuilding the great city of New Orleans, the station aired a four-hour remembrance of the storm. In tandem with the Hurricane Katrina Special, WWL created a series of PSAs that focus on the still present effects of the storm, including spots that raised money to repair community areas and announcements aimed at fighting homelessness and hunger.

    Area Stations Support Homeless Shelter

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    On any given day, the Northlands Rescue Mission for the Homeless houses 80 to 100 people. In any given year, it provides 70,000 meals. To make sure these critical services continue, KKXL-AM/FM, KJKJ-FM, KQHT-FM and KSNR-FM in Grand Forks, N.D., have given on-air support to the mission for the past three years. Substantial airtime is dedicated to raising awareness of the shelter’s work, fundraising efforts and need for volunteers. "Scan Away Hunger," "Brown Bag Luncheon" and "Adopt-a-Room" are just a few of the mission’s events backed by the stations. The mission’s executive director is often a guest behind the microphone, talking about the shelter’s upcoming events and needs. Each year, the stations air more than $40,000 worth of scheduled announcements in support of the shelter. "All five stations have different target audiences, so I am hoping every one in the community hears the message sometime," said Pat McLean, general manager for the cluster. As an expression of thanks for the strong support, the mission presented the stations with a sculpture of a homeless man.

    Nexstar’s KTVE-TV and KARD-TV Assists 12 Louisiana Parishes with Holiday Drive

    Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s KTVE-TV and KARD-TV Monroe, La./El Dorado, Ark., held its 10th annual "Christmas Cheer Food Drive" in which 48 local schools competed to beat hunger by collecting canned food. The effort raised 78,028 pounds of food. All items helped to feed residents in the 12 northeast Louisiana parishes.

    WARH-FM St. Louis Helps Local Food Bank

    Hubbard Broadcasting’s WARH-FM The Arch in St. Louis partnered with Shop ’n Save and GCS Federal Credit Union for the 2012 "Love Handles" campaign. The month-long effort encouraged St. Louis listeners to visit one of 38 Missouri and Illinois Metro area Shop ’n Save locations and purchase pre-packaged "Love Handles" grocery bags for $5 plus tax. Each bag contained a box of Frosted Flakes, a pack of pudding, a beef pasta dinner and two cans of tuna. All donations benefited the food shelter that is closest to each Shop ’n Save where the bag was purchased.

    KDKA-AM Hosts Business Expo in Pittsburgh

    CBS Radio’s KDKA-AM Pittsburgh held a regional business exposition to promote local and regional business opportunities. KDKA-AM’s third "Western Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Expo and Town Hall Meeting," held in conjunction with Range Resources, featured shale industry professionals, a representative from the Pennsylvania Governor’s office, Pennsylvania state representatives Jim Christiana and Marc Gergely and many more. The exhibits and educational breakout sessions at the day-long event were free to attendees.

    Cumulus Dallas Cluster Hosts Event to Help Texans Find Jobs

    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.

    Cincinnati’s WCPO-TV Hosts First Run in Memory of New York Firefighter

    Scripps-owned WCPO-TV Cincinnati sponsored the first Tunnel to Towers run in Cincinnati to remember the victims of September 11 and continue to make a difference in the local community. Tunnel to Towers runs across the country honor FDNY firefighter, Stephen Siller. On 9/11 Siller ran several miles in full turnout gear through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center only to lose his life. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was created by Sillers’ brothers, who wanted to honor their younger brother’s selfless sacrifice. WCPO-TV promoted the Cincinnati run and invited organizers to be guests on the evening news. Additionally, WCPO-TV provided live coverage of the event, and the station’s anchor, Brendan Keefe, emceed the race. All proceeds raised from the run went toward building a "smart" home for Pfc. Kyle Hockenberry, an Ohio soldier who lost both legs and his left arm last year when a terrorist’s bomb exploded in Afghanistan.

    WSFA-TV 12 Days of Giving

    The holidays were brighter for those in need thanks to the annual "12’s Day of Giving," organized by WSFA-TV in Montgomery, Ala. Each year, the station fulfills its mission to help local families make the holidays special when they cannot afford to otherwise by hosting a one-day event that benefits three local charities at once: Toys For Tots, Christmas Clearing House and the Montgomery Area Food Bank. A "12’s Day of Giving" record was set this past holiday season with the collection of more than 5,000 pounds of food, 3,000 toys and $21,000, almost double the donations from the previous year. Promotional spots began running several weeks before the event. On the day of the event, WSFA tents staffed with on-air personalities were set up in a community location for 14 hours. Viewers were encouraged to donate during live broadcasts and hourly updates throughout the day. Each year, more than $10,000 in airtime is donated. The board of the Montgomery Area Food Bank recognized WSFA at the end of 2007, stating, "Your extended coverage of our operation and your overall commitment to helping our food bank has been a very big help to the community that we both serve."

    KRQQ-FM Recognizes "Real Heroes"

    The incredible courage of friends, family and neighbors was on full display at the 9th Annual American Red Cross "Real Heroes" program, sponsored in part by KRQQ-FM in Tucson, Ariz. The program recognizes men, women and children who may be as "ordinary" as your next door neighbor, but whose acts were extraordinary and saved lives. Heroes recognized by the station and the Red Cross included a person who pulled a fishermen from a lake, someone who lifted up the front end of a car to free a bicyclist and a bystander who stepped in to perform CPR on a child trapped in the wreckage of a car crash. To highlight the heroes, KRQQ aired 50 minutes of public service announcements promoting the call for nominations as well as the award ceremony. The station created a custom Web page encouraging listeners to nominate deserving people, and it contributed 40 staff hours to help make the event a community-wide success. Overall, KRQQ’s support brought more than 700 people to the awards ceremony, which raised $110,000 for the Red Cross.

    KTSF-TV Produced PSAs in Five Languages to Promote the Economy

    KTSF-TV in San Francisco, Calif., produced public service announcements (PSAs) in five languages to inform new immigrant job seekers about Upwardly Global, a non-profit organization that helps immigrants find professional jobs. The PSAs, which are airing in Arabic, Tagalog, English, Cantonese and Mandarin, are broadcast nine times each week to the 1.4 million Asian-Americans throughout 10 Bay Area counties KTSF serves. Upwardly Global has seen a direct correlation between the number of applicants for its services and the station’s on-air support. "The challenge is getting word out to this group that we are here to help," said Outreach Coordinator of Upwardly Global Francie Genz. "The airing of the announcements during different ethnic programming has dramatically helped." The station has committed to a year-long campaign in support of Upwardly Global’s effort to help immigrant professionals rebuild their careers.

    KUSA-TV Collected 450,000 Pounds of Food, 10 Truckloads of Clothes, $100,000

    For 25 years, KUSA-TV in Denver, Colo., has been helping fight hunger and poverty. The station’s "9Cares Colorado Shares" campaign brought more than 450,000 pounds of food to low-income and needy Colorado residents last year. That doesn’t even count the hundreds of toys, 10 semi-truck loads of clothing and $100,000 donated by viewers as part of the effort. The November drive, which is the largest one-day collection in the state, has become a tradition. Its successful outreach starts with a combination of 15- and 30-second spots that air from mid-October through the Thanksgiving holiday. Live broadcasts, including regular news mentions, complement the effort along with extensive use of the KUSA Web site. One million dollars in airtime is given by KUSA to the campaign each year. Overall, the "9Cares Colorado Shares" effort reaches more than 90 food banks in the Denver Metro area and a multitude of other community groups. The number of Coloradans assisted by the program is significant. As the economic climate continues to be challenging for many, KUSA’s campaign will no doubt touch even more lives. In a thank you letter to the station, Betsy Strapp, director of the Broadway Assistance Center, wrote, "This food will go a long way in helping out as we strive to meet the needs of the ever-growing poor population of Denver. They will be better fed and therefore healthier because of your efforts."

    WTOP-FM Airs "The Politics Program"

    Radio listeners in the nation’s capitol have the opportunity to not only hear about the tough issues but to discuss them with the decision makers thanks to two programs produced by WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C. "The Politics Program," which airs weekly, has hosted the Maryland and Virginia governors, the D.C. mayor, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate and former Sen. John Edwards. The program mixes analysis with news to provide listeners with the most current insider’s view about the men, women and issues shaping our nation. The station’s "Ask the …" series connects listeners directly with local officials such as the police chief and mayor, supervisors from the county board of supervisors and the general manager of the Metro, the area’s local mass-transit system. If listeners miss a broadcast, both programs are available as Podcasts from the station’s Web site. "The Politics Program" and "Ask the …" are part of the 6,000 minutes of public affairs and local programming WTOP aired in 2007.

    "Great Aloha Run" Supported by KCCN-FM, KINE-FM, KKNE-AM, KRTR-AM/FM and KPHW-FM/Hawai

    From management to part-time employees, all staff members of stations KCCN-FM, KINE-FM, KKNE-AM, KRTR-AM/FM and KPHW-FM in Honolulu, Hawaii, contributed to the stations’ support of the "Great Aloha Run," which generates funds for charities throughout the islands. The stations encouraged listeners to join their team during early registration by offering free station t-shirts to anyone who signed up. In addition to running promotional announcements and providing music at the three-day race exposition, the stations fanned out on the course on race day and provided music to keep the runners going at multiple spots. KRTR provided a live broadcast from the finish line. Since the race’s inception, more than $7.8 million has been raised to support community organizations.

    KITV-TV Airs PSAs to Support United Way

    From families working to restore summer camp cottages to students refurbishing buses into homeless shelters, volunteerism is alive and well in the islands, thanks in part to the efforts of KITV-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii. The station airs public service announcements (PSAs) about the Aloha United Way’s Volunteer Hawaii online tool, where residents who want to volunteer and organizations that need volunteers are matched up. In addition, the station broadcasts a two-minute news package profiling a volunteer or volunteer opportunity broadcasts every week and hosts an annual luncheon to honor those who have given their time to one of the many local charities. According to the Aloha United Way, when PSAs and news stories air, traffic to www.volunteerhawaii.org usually jumps by 200 to 300 percent. With KITV’s support, 8,000 community members now use the tool to volunteer each year. "We could never have gotten the kind of public notice we have without KITV," said Susan Doyle, president and chief professional officer of Aloha United Way." It has been unprecedented for us and made our volunteer program a success."

    KIVI-TV Boise Collects More Than 1,000 Items for Newborns

    It’s a baby shower on a grand scale, and KIVI-TV in Boise, Idaho, is the host. At the station’s inaugural "Community Baby Shower," more than 1,800 items – including clothing, blankets, diapers, wet wipes and formula – were collected for struggling families with infants. KIVI evening anchor Michelle Edmonds spearheaded the event, and the station broadcast live from different drop-off locations throughout the day. KIVI invited viewers to the shower by distributing posters and fliers, as well as running promotional announcements on KIVI and six local radio stations starting 10 days before the event. The station worked with three charity organizations, including the United Way, to distribute the donations and ran a "Three Degree Guarantee," where a monetary donation was made by the station for each newscast that Scott Dorval, KIVI chief meteorologist, was off in his forecast by three degrees in either direction.

    KIMT-TV Mason City Inspires Community

    KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa, works to inspire its community to get involved with good causes through its "Giving Your Best" campaign. The campaign, which launched in 1997, supports several outreach efforts for nonprofits. Twice each year, it funds and organizes a family fair where thousands of residents have the opportunity to learn about local organizations. Every month, it awards someone who exemplifies volunteerism, getting the word out about the good deed through news stories and repeated vignettes. Since many teachers spend their own money to keep their classrooms going, the campaign started "Tools for Schools," which donates durable goods, such as white boards and books, in response to letters students send in nominating their classroom. The station supports "Giving Your Best" with more than $1 million worth of air time each year. "The campaign acts as a catalyst to change things for the better," said KIMT’s Steve Martinson.

    WGN-AM Produces "Hometown Voices Tour"

    The "Hometown Voices Tour," a live on-site series produced by WGN-AM in Chicago, Ill., pays tribute to the people, places and things that make communities throughout Chicagoland unique. Each month, a different local area is selected, and one of four main weekday programs takes its show on the road to broadcast from that location. Programming includes reports about community events, historical information, pressing issues facing residents, interviews with local politicians, and vignettes about interesting people and places. Broadcasts have taken place in public museums, community arts centers, historic buildings and popular neighborhood eateries. During its visit, the station also salutes a "Hometown Hero," who is selected from listener nominations. The "Hometown Photos" section of the station Web site adds an interactive component, allowing community members to share their own pictures of areas the station visits. True to the station’s "The Voice of Chicago" tagline, the tour allows all the communities served by the station to directly be a part of programming. WGN was a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.

    WABX-FM Evansville Organizes Career Fair

    To help its listeners cope with a tight employment market and economic uncertainty, WABX-FM of Evansville, Ind., organized the Careers Now! Fair. Thirty-two local businesses and schools participated, and approximately 750 people attended to learn more about job opportunities, provide businesses with resumes and talk about educational possibilities. The event also offered seminars on resume writing and what to expect when enrolling in a college or university. The high turnout was a direct result of WABX providing more than 100 minutes of promotional announcements prior to the event, highlighting the career fair on the station’s Web site for three weeks, blasting emails to more than 5,000 listeners and contributing more than 250 hours of staff support.

    KNZA-FM Hosts "Spotlight Auction"

    For nearly two decades, KNZA-FM Hiawatha, Kan., has supported the Brown County Fair by turning over the airwaves for a two-night "Spotlight Auction." The fundraiser averages around $9,000 annually, which allows for additional entertainment and activities to be brought to the fairgrounds. The event has continually been successful, evidenced by the fact that in 2007, auctioned items brought in more than 100 percent of their value. Station staff, from management to part-timers, takes turns acting as auctioneers during the seven hours of live broadcast. A month before the event, the station launches a promotional campaign, talking up items to be auctioned. When it comes time to round up the community to go to the fair, the station brings 4-H kids into the studio to record announcements encouraging everyone to head on down.

    Broadcasters Support Local Non-Profits

    The stations’ walls at WEZR-AM, WTME-AM and WOXO-FM in Norway, Maine, are lined with signed posters from the Maine Musical Society. The posters, which are a gift from the society, are testimony to the stations’ unwavering and long-time support of the arts. Each year, numerous organizations receive regular on-air support, including promotional announcements, interviews about upcoming events, news coverage and ticket give-aways to encourage non-concert goers to become hooked. The aggregate support is impressive. Promotional campaigns are produced for each play that takes the stage at the Community Little Theatre, as they have for the past 10 years. Listeners learn about the more than dozen annual events, spanning cabaret to international film, put on by the Local Arts Agency of Lewiston. Plays produced by The Public Theatre enjoy larger crowds because of on-air promotion, as do weekly concerts held at the Franco-American Heritage Center and performances by the Mid-Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Pops. In addition to providing the Auburn Community Band, a group of volunteer musicians, with announcements about upcoming concerts, the stations also helped the band build its Web site. In all, the stations give an estimated $60,000 worth of promotional support each year to keep arts in the area thriving.

    KMJM-FM Produces "Sunday Morning Live" Public Affairs Show

    For 30 years, KMJM-FM in St. Louis, Mo., has produced its "Sunday Morning Live" public affairs show to provide community members a venue to discuss concerns, perspectives and views. In-studio guests include community organizations, political experts and professionals, and topics focus on issues directly affecting the listening audience. In 2007, the St. Louis Public Schools lost their accreditation, making the state of education a principal issue. Board of education officials, including the current superintendent, former superintendent, school board president, local teachers’ union president and a newly state-elected advisory board, were interviewed on the show, giving listeners the opportunity to call in and ask questions. Racial tension in the St. Louis City Fire Department also was a top issue for the year, prompting the show to host the fire chief, city operations manager and mayor as guests. In addition, the station formed a panel to discuss the state of black America and what residents could do to stop hate crimes. KMJM was a National Association of Broadcasters’ Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.

    KXLO-AM Airs "Council on Aging Daily Report" Five Days a Week

    Five days a week,KXLO-AM in Lewistown, Mont., serves seniors in the area by airing a "Council on Aging Daily Report." The five-minute segment has been part of KXLO’s programming for 35 years. During this time, the council has grown from a handful of individuals into a well-known agency advocating on behalf of Montana’s aging population. The "Daily Report," which is also streamed online, arms seniors with needed information and resources ranging from prescription drug issues to the Meals on Wheels menu to available shuttle services to and from town. The program also raises awareness of volunteer opportunities with the council. In a part of the country where some elderly are more than 100 miles from medical care and other necessities, the program’s reach is critical. "KXLO has truly been a lifeline, a companion, a friend and a comforter for all aging citizens in Central Montana for 35 years, and for some a lifetime," said J. Thomas Wojtowick, executive director of the Fergus County Council on Aging. Fred Lark, station owner, was an original board member of the council and participates in the Governor’s Conference on Aging every year.

    WUGO-FM Produced and Aired "Historical Views of Carter County"

    Through a 22-part series, WUGO-FM in Grayson, Ky., passed down the 170-year history of the county to the 3,800 people who live there. General Manager Francis Nash spent a year researching and writing "Historical Views of Carter County." The segments aired twice each day for a month, and daily promotional spots alerted listeners to the opportunity to tune in. At the conclusion of the broadcasts, the series was published as a 75-page history book, and 2,100 free copies were given out as a gift from the station on the 100th anniversary of the courthouse. The station broadcast live from book distribution sites and aired promotional announcements about where to pick up a free copy. Every book was taken within five days. In a letter of thanks to the station, Linda Low, a board member of Olive Hill Historical Society, wrote, "It will be on the book shelves in many Carter County homes for years to come reminding them of their rich history and heritage, and of a community-minded, hometown radio station that cares about its roots." WUGO was a 2008 National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award winner.

    KNXR-FM Raised $80,000 for the Rochester Orchestra

    Each spring, KNXR-FM in Rochester, Minn., helps keeps the sounds of music going strong in the community with "The KNXR Rochester Orchestra Radiothon." Now in its 13th year, the two-day event provides an important source of funding for the independent orchestra, which only receives one-fourth of its budget from ticket sales. On-air talent from KNXR and various local radio stations participate in the event, which includes highlights from past concerts, interviews and an online auction. The 2008 fundraiser resulted in more than $80,000, bringing the running total since 1996 to nearly $800,000. Although not a classical music station, KNXR has recorded the symphony’s concerts and broadcast them to listeners since the 1970s. "I can’t state enough that we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the generosity of KNXR," said Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Executive Director Tony Sertich. "The radiothon saved us from going under 13 years ago. Words fail to describe our thanks."

    WHLH-FM Organized the Peace and Unity Weekend and Rally"

    In a time of high crime statistics, WHLH-FM in Jackson, Miss., organized a community-wide event to unite Jacksonians. The "Peace and Unity Weekend and Rally" took place over three days in the summer of 2007. The station secured the support of community leaders, including the governor and mayor, and several major gospel artists. Heavy play of promotional spots, on-air interviews and an email blast to listeners brought out thousands of people for the festivities in Smith Park. In addition to music, the event included free breakfast, trolley service to and from the rally and on-site giveaways. A live broadcast from the event was followed with news reports and additional promotional spots throughout the weekend. To further promote the goal of unity, WHLH staff distributed 5,000 purple hallelujah vehicle flags prior to and during the event.

    KKAR-AM Hosts the "Monthly Governor’s Call-In Show"

    For nearly a decade, KKAR-AM in Omaha, Neb., and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association have connected the people and their governor through the airwaves. The "Monthly Governor’s Call-In Show," a live broadcast from the KKAR studio that is fed onto a network of 35 stations, allows Nebraskans to directly ask their top state official questions. The station aggressively promotes the one-hour show and the opportunity it brings. "The show gives the community access to their governor and the governor access to the community," said KKAR’s Program Director Neil Nelkin. Discussions have ranged from Social Security to agricultural issues to immigration. Using a parallel format, KKAR also produces a quarterly "Senator’s Call-In Show," which has been broadcast for the past three years.

    WGIR-FM Hosted its "Morning Buzz Classic"

    Once again, WGIR-FM in Manchester, N.H., hosted its annual "Morning Buzz Classic," bringing community members together for a friendly round of golf while raising money for the local United Way. The station encouraged participation with 200 promotional announcements, adding up to 100 minutes of airtime, during the weeks leading up to the fundraiser. The promotions also were streamed online. To garner additional community support, the station featured the fall golf tournament in email blasts and on the station’s Web site. On the day of the tournament, the "Morning Buzz" show broadcast live from the golf club. Now in its 12th year, the event raised more than $9,000 from entry fees, raffles and auctions related to the event. WGIR’s staff dedicated 80 hours of time to make the event a success.

    WBNC-AM Airs Vital Community Reports

    WBNC-AM in Conway, N.H., partnered with the Mount Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Mount Washington Observatory to create a station with a new format; Mount Washington Valley Visitor Information Radio plays no music and doesn’t report any news. Instead, the station provides community reports to support the millions of tourists that flock to the area each year. Every 10 minutes, listeners hear weather reports for the summit. Every half hour, depending on the season, a ski or climbing report broadcasts. When the weather isn’t cooperating, a rainy day report gives visitors information about the Children’s Museum and other indoor activities. The National Forest Service and the Appalachian Mountain Club go on air to provide hikers with trail and safety information. Residents share insider tips, such as how to spot a moose." About 60 percent of what we air is pure community service," said WBNC’s Ron Frizzell. The station was recognized with the 2007 merit honor for the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year Golden Mike Award.

    KPEK-FM Promotes Community Events

    As the exclusive radio sponsor, KPEK-FM in Albuquerque, N.M., helped get word to thousands of families about the LodeStar Astronomy Center’s "Starry Nights" program in 2007. Each Saturday, for eight weeks, families enjoyed an evening under the constellations regardless of how many clouds were in the winter nighttime sky. After the planetarium show, kids and parents had the opportunity to look through the large telescopes in the center’s observatory. Previously a division of the University of New Mexico and now a part of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation, the astronomy center needs the help of local media to make the community aware of its services. Prior to and throughout the "Starry Nights" program, the station aired recorded announcements, live liners and gave away tickets during broadcasts to get the community excited. Eight email blasts went out to the KPEK’s listener database of 5,600, which helped bring more than 3,000 people to the center to learn about the stars. The station supported the "Starry Nights" program again in 2008. "Thanks to KPEK’s continued promotional support in 2008, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation’s refreshed program quickly became the most successful ‘Starry Nights’ series since the event began eight years ago," said Shauna Shannon, marketing manager of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation.

    KTUL-TV Assists with Salvation Army

    The "Red Kettle Drive," a brainchild of KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Okla., brought volunteer bell ringers for the Salvation Army out in force. During newscasts and the "Good Day Tulsa" show in October and November, the station ran a series of stories about the charity’s need for helpers. In conjunction with the stories, the station set up a phone bank for viewers to call in and volunteer. KTUL didn’t just ask their viewers to get involved, they volunteered, too. For three days, station talent took shifts ringing bells at designated kettles. Then, KTUL continued to inspire volunteerism and support for the Salvation Army by encouraging viewers to donate their time to distribute toys and food baskets. The station also reported live from the Salvation Army’s holiday toy drive, drumming up the giving spirit until goals were cut unexpectedly short when a severe ice storm left the area dark for days. With no stores open, there was no opportunity for bell ringing or toy shopping. KTUL went to the airwaves again, asking viewers for monetary contributions so the Salvation Army still could bring Christmas to needy children in the area. With the station’s help, the Salvation Army met its goal. Even though the storm had taken away weeks of time in which donations are usually heavy, more than 1,000 children received gifts.

    KFOR-TV Airs Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

    Turning a tragic event into an inspiring memorial is something that KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, Okla., does each year when it airs a live broadcast of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The more than four-hour special not only allows family and friends throughout the nation to see their loved ones on the course, it also provides tribute to those who were killed and those who survived the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The race acts as a fundraiser for the privately funded Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. In 2007, 16,000 runners participated, raising a record $350,000 for the memorial and museum. Along the course, 158 banners are placed, one for each person killed in the bombing. KFOR conducts interviews with families, survivors and teams running in remembrance of lost friends, loved ones and coworkers. The station also produces and airs spots encouraging people to train for the marathon and promoting participation of little athletes in the Kids Fun Run. In addition to the strong on-air support, six KFOR staff members ran the last marathon. "The station has been with us since the beginning," said Kari Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. "The race represents hope – something fun from a tragic event. The marathon program KFOR produces and airs is an amazing contribution to the city and the nation."

    WBIR-TV Produces Video for United Way

    The annual campaign video WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tenn., produces for its local United Way is shown to 800 companies and results in millions of dollars worth of contributions each year. It’s a project the station has taken on for more than 25 years and is only one of the many ways WBIR supports the organization. From August to November, the station runs public service announcements to help with United Way’s fundraising goals. Weekly updates on the success of the campaign include feature stories about the 50 local agencies the United Way serves. As funds come in, the station posts a "meter of success" on its Web site. And rather than just asking viewers to contribute, the station leads by example. WBIR employees and the station’s owner, the Gannett Co., contributed $75,000 to the United Way campaign in 2007. Year-round support includes news segments featuring United Way representatives and station talent emceeing events and speaking at engagements. "We could not manage without the good folks at WBIR," said President and CEO of United Way of Greater Knoxville Ben Landers. "For at least half of our 86 year history, WBIR has played a role."

    KKBQ-FM Launches

    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.

    KRKO-AM Assists Area Nonprofits

    With the intention of building a stronger community, KRKO-AM in Everett, Wash., has developed the Northsound Fund to assist local nonprofit groups in a meaningful way. The annual grant provides $100,000 in airtime, divided equally among 10 local non-profit organizations. The airtime is focused "on the organization itself: What they do, why they do it and how they are involved in the community," said General Manager Andy Skotdal. "It’s not about a fundraising plea. Fundraising gets tuned out by the listeners after a while. Our goal is to focus on the great work of these organizations." In addition to the Northsound Fund, free airtime is given to charities to publicize specific events. At the end of 10 years, the Northsound Fund will have dedicated $1 million in airtime to area non-profit groups.

    WVVA-TV Assists with Retiring of American Flags

    The U.S. flag code calls for flags that have become faded or torn to be destroyed in a dignified way, which is why WVVA-TV in Bluefield, W.Va., partners with the Marine Corps League to retire flags in Bramwell each Memorial Day. Viewers were asked to bring Old Glories to the station to be disposed of honorably. Following a parade in remembrance of fallen troops, the collected flags become part of a flag retirement ceremony involving the Boy Scouts and members of the Marine Corps League. In another patriotic effort, the station invited viewers to share their personal thoughts on the Stars and Stripes with a "What the Flag Means to Me" essay contest. A nightly winner was chosen from Memorial Day through Fourth of July, and each was given a flag that had flown over the state capitol.

    WXCY-FM Empowers Community

    WXCY-FM in Havre de Grace, Md., brings a little of Nashville to its viewers each year through its Christmas in the Country concert. Always a sold-out event, the station arranges for up-and-coming country recording artists to come in for a night of live music and fun, and donates all the proceeds to a local charity. The station starts promoting the event in November with on-air announcements, a Web site presence and email blasts. This past holiday season, Christmas in the Country brought $6,500 to Open Doors Career Center, an organization that helps empower women that have been out of the workforce to return through assistance with computer skills, clothing for interviews and support. The organization also has been WXCY’s "Non-Profit of the Month." Every month, a selected charity receives $3,000 in airtime, including the scheduled broadcast of 60-second announcements. WXCY’s Bob Bloom has donated his time as a board member for Open Doors for the past seven years. "Bob Bloom’s belief and advocacy of our mission, as well as the support that WXCY has given to our organization through Christmas in the Country, in-kind donations and public service announcements, has been pivotal in gaining the much needed support of our entire community," said Robyn Burke, executive director of Open Doors Career Center.

    Local Broadcasters Host Citizenship Campaign

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    A year-long, comprehensive campaign launched by WLTV-TV in Miami, Fla., together with radio stations WAMR-FM, WRTO-FM, WAQI-AM and WQBA-AM, was pivotal in getting citizenship information to the 600,000 permanent legal residents in the area. The "Ya es Hora ¡Ciudadnia!" (It’s Time Citizenship Campaign) promoted nationalization through public service announcements, special editions of public affairs programming, call-in phone banks that allowed residents to ask questions and extensive information on the stations’ Web sites. The stations also promoted citizenship centers and hosted citizenship application events throughout South Florida. In addition, the radio stations broadcast a series of interviews with legal experts and top immigration lawyers, which allowed listeners to call-in questions. The campaign was timed to encourage legal residents to apply for citizenship before a planned 69 percent naturalization fee hike was implemented by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. "It is critical that permanent legal residents in South Florida have all the relevant facts to make timely citizenship decisions," said Enrique Teutelo, an anchor for WLTV who regularly covers the real-life stories of immigrants.

    WQBA-AM Organizes Town Hall Meeting

    For the listeners of WQBA-AM in Coral Gables, Fla., budget cuts in higher education was a top issue last year, so the station took action and organized a town hall meeting. The community wanted to discuss the effects the cuts would have on the quality and availability of community colleges in South Florida. The forum offered students and educators the opportunity to address elected officials and college presidents about how the loss in funding would impact the quality of available education. WQBA’s Oscar Haza and Bernadette Pardo moderated the event. The community was invited to join through promotional announcements throughout the week prior. Live cut-ins during the meeting broadened the reach of the discussion. Station staff contributed 75 hours to the event. WQBA organizes regular town hall meetings as a venue for area residents to discuss issues facing their communities and neighborhoods.

    Stations Fulfill Last Wishes

    If you could have one wish, what would it be? This is the question stations KROE-AM, KWYO-AM, KZWY-FM, KYTI-FM and KLQQ-FM in Sheridan, Wyo., pose to listeners each year during their annual "Christmas Wish" effort. Overwhelmingly, the requests that come in are for a neighbor, a friend or a loved one in need. Now in its 10th year, the program has provided everything from a new mattress for an elderly man who had slept on the same one for 30 years to groceries for a family of four facing large medical bills. In the first years of the program, the station selected 10 wishes and granted one a day during the days leading up to Christmas. As the program has grown, in addition to 10 days of wishes broadcast on air, the station fulfills as many additional requests as possible. In 2007, the combination of hard work from the stations’ staff and donations from individuals and businesses made it possible to deliver 34 Christmas wishes involving 28 families and 93 children. According to Kim Love, general manager of the five stations, the real impact of the effort was brought home when his wife was approached at church by a woman who told her, "My family and I were recipients of a ‘Christmas Wish.’ I can’t tell you how much this meant to us. It gave us hope. Thank you."

    KCWY-TV Serves as Media Sponsor for Jefferson Awards for Public Service

    As the statewide media sponsor for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, KCWY-TV in Mills, Wyo., asks its viewers to nominate extraordinary people from the community. The first requests air in January, through public service announcements (PSAs) and news stories. Nominees and their stories are then shared through the production of additional PSAs. The four finalists who are then chosen to go on to compete in the national Jefferson Awards are featured in congratulations spots and have their profiles posted on the station’s Web site. Past finalists include a cancer survivor who counsels cancer patients and a foster parent who has brought more than 400 children into her home. Making sure to pay tribute to all nominees, the station hosts an annual luncheon. While recognizing those who are making Wyoming and the world a better place, the Jefferson Awards serve as inspiration for others to volunteer and do good for the community. KCWY was named the 2008 Television Station of the Year by the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters.

    WJAR-TV Continues ’Champions in Action’ Campaign

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    Every quarter, WJAR-TV in Cranston, R.I., selects a grassroots organization championing change in the community and helps it grow by providing extensive on-air support. Now in its fifth year, the "Champions in Action" campaign, a partnership between the station and Citizens Bank, has provided funding and media exposure for dozens of organizations. Through the program, viewers have seen the work of former gang members turned counselors at the Institute for Study and Practice of Nonviolence; volunteers have been recruited to help the Welcome House Shelter; and students have learned about New Urban Arts, an after-school arts mentoring program. WJAR produces public service announcements and news stories about each "champion," and a quarterly breakfast hosted by the station provides recipients with networking opportunities. "When we became a ‘Champion in Action’ recipient, it really catapulted us into a new era," said Robert Cardeiro from the Norman Bird Sanctuary. "It enabled us to reach out to a larger audience and garner more volunteers." In celebration of the program’s fifth anniversary, the station produced a 30-minute special about the many "Champions in Action," both past and the present.

    WTOC-TV Supports United Way

    A day doesn’t go by without WTOC-TV in Savannah, Ga., airing a story or public service announcement (PSA) in support of the United Way of the Coastal Empire. The longtime partnership went into high gear last year during the United Way’s annual fundraising campaign. WTOC wrote, produced and heavily aired a series of "Man of Steel" PSAs for the campaign, which depicted a superhero landing at United Way agencies and concluded with a push to donate to the United Way online. The message came through. At the conclusion of the campaign, more than $8 million in donations had been collected. A feature segment on the making of the "Man of Steel" aired during WTOC newscasts. "WTOC is very good to us," said Lisa Clark vice president of marketing for the United Way of the Coastal Empire. "At every event I can count on them. They have raised awareness in the community of what we are doing." WTOC is already working on this year’s campaign, "Live United."

    WMRD-AM and WLIS-AM Airs "Best of the Valley/Shore"

    In three half-hour live segments each week, WMRD-AM and WLIS-AM in Middletown, Conn., give airtime to the people and organizations that make the River Valley and Connecticut shoreline a great place to live. "Best of the Valley/Shore," hosted by WLIS/WMRD owner Don DeCesare has raised awareness about hundreds of local events and causes during its 12-year run. With two to three guests spotlighted on each show, listeners have learned about benefit concerts and local chili festivals; they have heard the work of authors, performers, and high school bands and choirs. As local cancer survivor and author Marci Alborghetti said of the show and its host, "Without great people like you, I would never have gotten off the ground. You can’t imagine how much your support and kindness meant to the launch of my book."

    KHON-TV’s "The Elderhood Project" Provides Information for Seniors and Their Families

    After Florida, the Hawaii islands have the second oldest population in the United States, which is why KHON-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii began "The Elderhood Project." Now in its second year, the project provides informational resources for the aging population and their families. Segments air every Thursday during both the morning and 5 p.m. news and have covered a variety of topics, including long-term care, elder abuse, identity theft, nursing home qualifications, wills and trusts, and finances. To gain insight on what information seniors need most, the KHON news team meets regularly with an advisory panel, which includes the Counsel on Aging, the University of Hawaii and The Hawaii Caregivers Coalition. Every November, during National Caregiver Month, the station launches its Family Caregiving Awards Program to recognize those who are taking care of the elderly. A winner is chosen from each county in KHON’s viewing area and is featured in a news segment. "KHON is a leader in our community for being the first television station to dedicate news segments and public service announcements about issues facing seniors. We are truly grateful to The Elderhood Project for raising awareness, helping families to plan for their long-term care needs and for inspiring people to advocate for themselves," said Wes Lum, assistant specialist for the University of Hawaii Center on Aging.

    KOLO-TV Participates in Artown

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    From the beginning, KOLO-TV in Reno, Nev., has been part of Artown, a month-long community event acclaimed as one of the most comprehensive art festivals in the country by the National Endowment of the Arts. During its 13 years, the festival has grown from a local event targeted at reviving the downtown area to a month-long celebration offering 350 different performances, the majority of which are free to the public. Dance, music, art and theater are all part of the mix. In addition public service announcements that air the entire month of July, KOLO keeps Artown top of mind with extensive coverage. The festival has a presence in almost every newscast throughout the month. At least once a week the station broadcasts live from a festival event and Artown participants often come in the studio as a guest on the station’s morning show. "KOLO has marketed and publicized the festival in a way we never could have done alone," said Beth McMillan, executive director of Artown. "I can’t say enough about them."

    WAWZ-FM Hosts Concert for Hope

    Following the shooting deaths of three local college students, WAWZ-FM in Zarephath, N.J., brought thousands of people together for a concert to begin the healing process and benefit the Goodwill Rescue Mission in Newark. Through numerous live and recorded promotions, the station invited listeners throughout the region to the "Concert for Hope" and autograph signing with the Casting Crowns, a popular Christian rock group. On-air personalities greeted the crowd of more than 4,000 people, and $5,000 was raised for the mission. "When Casting Crowns’ music started bouncing back off the buildings in downtown Newark, we knew that change was underway," said Stacy Stone, WAWZ’s event coordinator and morning show co-host. The station’s many outreach efforts to its community during the year also included organizing a benefit concert for families that were affected by flooding in the area. WAWZ was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Radio Award in 2008.

    WFLA-TV Produces and Airs Six PSAs for United Way

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    In support of the United Way, WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla., volunteered its talent and time to produce a series of six public service announcements. The station rounded up community leaders and local celebrities to inspire viewers to "Live United." The mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jeff Garcia are among those featured in the spots. To augment the reach of the campaign, the station left its logos and branding off the announcements and distributed them to television stations throughout the Bay. All six announcements are receiving airtime on WFLA. "Simply put, without WFLA’s contribution of creative talent, production and airtime the United Way of Tampa Bay would have not been able to reach our community stakeholders with any degree of impact or frequency," said Douglas Arnold, vice president of marketing and communications for United Way of Tampa Bay. "WFLA demonstrates the highest level of community service to the people of Tampa Bay and continues to provide United Way support that truly makes a difference in our regional operations."

    WYPX-TV Raises Money for International Health Campaign

    WYPX-TV in Guilderland, N.Y., harnessed the power of television to help a local foundation make a difference thousands of miles away in Africa. When the Joshua Foundation of New York first approached Chris Iorio, production manager and public affairs director of Ion Media Networks, of which WYPX is a part, it had delivered $1 million worth of critical medical supplies to Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and was ready to embark upon a similar mission for Ghana and Malawi. With the help of a comprehensive marketing campaign launched by Iorio, the foundation raised enough funds to deliver $7 million worth of medical supplies during this second endeavor. The campaign included the production of public service announcements, which WYPX distributed to other broadcasters both locally and nationally, news coverage, press releases and two special editions of the station’s half-hour talk show "Subject Matters." A press conference at the send-off allowed the community at large to see how their generosity made it possible for boxes upon boxes of medicine to make it to those that might not otherwise survive. "I saw a great need, children and adults dying because they do not have the access to our prescriptions drugs, drugs that we may take for granted," Iorio said. "Being involved in the art of television production and broadcasting, I felt a need to utilize this gift to help make a difference in the lives of others."

    KREZ-FM Airs "Working Woman of the Week"

    Many would agree that a woman’s work is never done, so to celebrate all the hardworking women in its community, KREZ-FM in Cape Girardeau, Mo., asks listeners to nominate those that go above and beyond in their every day lives. On Friday mornings, station personality Tim Bayless announces the “Working Woman of the Week.” This on-air recognition includes a reading of the nomination letter and a sound bite capturing the woman’s reaction to the news, which is delivered through a surprise visit from the KREZ crew, complete with roses. The “Working Woman of the Week” also gets her photo and story posted on the station’s Web site. The station recently honored Debbie Wicks. In a nomination letter, her daughter, Alexis, wrote, “My mother is an amazing woman. She owned her own business for 14 years and always had time to give our family a home cooked meal and get us up for school. She is Super Woman in my eyes.” The segment not only pays tribute to those, like Wicks, who are doing great things, but also helps inspire others to follow in the footsteps of the women profiled.

    WFMZ-TV Encourages Excellence in the Performing Arts

    It’s show time! Every year, WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pa., partners with the State Theatre Center for the Arts for the Freddy Awards, a full-blown show modeled after the Tony Awards that features high school musicals and student performers. The program was developed to encourage excellence in the performing arts. More than 26 high schools participate in the annual competition, which culminates in a live, three-hour telecast during primetime on WFMZ. Chief Meteorologist Ed Hanna co-hosts the show, complete with ensemble performances and acceptance speeches. Two significant college scholarships are awarded to students. The dedication of WFMZ staff, who work overtime and on their own time to make sure the quality of the show is nothing short of flawless, is notable. A network level production truck is brought into the area for three days of rehearsals. The news crew follows the entire story, starting with the announcement of the nominations and finishing with recaps after the show. The Freddy Awards receive multi-media support, including a dedicated section of the station Web site where the live show is streamed and videos are posted of high school performances prior to the awards ceremony. "Since beginning the Freddy Awards, we have seen a consistent increase in the quality and commitment to local high school theater in the viewing area," said WFMZ’s Barry Fisher. The Freddy Awards won the 2007 Associated Press Award for Public Affairs and has been honored with four Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters awards and an Emmy for Outstanding Performing Arts Programming.

    WNZR-FM, WMVO-AM Supports Families During Holidays

    WNZR-FM and WMVO-AM in Mount Vernon, Ohio, helped ensure Mount Vernon families could support themselves during the holidays and beyond with their participation in the “Food for the Hungry” drive in December 2008. The need for food was realized when Salvation Army representatives in the area reported tough times for Knox County residents, with budgets stretched to the limit and food reserves disappearing quickly. Local agencies saw a dramatic rise in the request for food and other emergency help from families who had never requested help before. In response to the community’s need, WNZR-FM and WMVO-AM competed with each other to collect the most cash donations and cans of food for the drive. To supplement the competition, local listeners also donated used items to the “Food for the Hungry” auction. Items donated included hats, dresses, cars and even a trailer equipped for tailgating. The community-wide effort paid off: 54 truckloads full of food and $180,000 were collected and put to use within Knox County.

    WYFF-TV Informs on the Economy

    There is no more relevant issue than today’s economy, which is why WYFF-TV in Greenville, S.C., launched its ongoing series, “Project Economy.” The effort is part of a multifaceted campaign organized by WYFF’s parent station group, Hearst-Argyle Television. In addition to national economic news, daily airtime is being dedicated to money-saving tips, feature stories about unemployed locals seeking work, job trends in the area, and area businesses and their struggles during the recession. The Web site component of the project includes guest bloggers, savings calculators and an interactive online community where members can share advice. To help people find work, WYFF partnered with local radio stations WJMZ-FM and WHZT-FM for a job fair, where participants were able to apply for hundreds of openings and receive help with résumé writing. "WYFF has a long history of helping our community through tough times and this year will be no different,” said Justin Antoniotti, WYFF news director. “‘Project Economy’ is our pledge to help viewers through this economic downturn.”

    WIVK-FM Hosts Christmas Parade

    Santa Claus is coming to town and WIVK in Knoxville, Tenn., is responsible for it. For more than 30 years, the station has hosted the WIVK Christmas Parade, which ends with Old Saint Nick riding into downtown Knoxville on his sleigh. This community event marks the beginning of the holiday season and has become a local tradition. High school bands, dancers, area celebrities and jingling floats wind their way throughout the city. This past December, 40,000 residents lined the streets to watch. In addition to organizing the annual event, station staff participated in the festivities: WIVK’s Colleen Addair sang carols from Santa’s side, deejay “Gunner” rode a horse, on-air personality Jack Ryan broadcast live, and morning show hosts Andy and Alison joined WBIR-TV for a live telecast. The Christmas Parade is just one of the many ways WIVK reaches out to its community. The station is a four-time recipient of the NAB Marconi Station of the Year Award.

    WMDT-TV Keeps Salisbury, Md., Residents Warm this Winter

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    Brechner-owned WMDT-TV Salisbury, Md., collected more than 750 winter coats during the stations’ "Keeping Delmarva Warm" coat drive between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. The station’s Account Executive Teri Monahan explained, "We used the power of our television medium and our website to spread the word of the coat drive. WMDT-TV ran a 30-second promo using our on-air morning news talent asking viewers to take their gently used coats to the local business drop-off sites. The response [was] heart-warming!"

    WBEN-FM Recognizes Philadelphia’s Local Women of Achievement at Annual Luncheon

    Greater Media Inc.’s WBEN-FM Philadelphia, Pa., will host the annual Women of the Week Luncheon to celebrate dynamic women who are making a significant impact in the Philadelphia community through their businesses, charitable work or a combination of the two. This year, Deborah Norville, host of "Inside Edition," and Heidi Hamels, co-founder of the Hamels Foundation, will keynote the event, while WBEN-FM’s morning host Marilyn Russell will emcee the luncheon. Russell hosts WBEN-FM’s weekly Women of the Week radio program on Sunday mornings.

    WLIB-AM Discusses Societal Issues

    New Yorkers have the good fortune of learning community affairs from one of the city’s most experienced advocates thanks to WLIB-AM in New York, N.Y., and its "Dialogue with Dinkins" show. Each week, the interview and call-in program features former Mayor David Dinkins, New York’s first and only African-American mayor to date. As a high-profile personality and statesman, Mayor Dinkins discusses issues including fair housing, police brutality, poverty, homelessness, public education and the city’s economy. Additional public affairs programming includes WLIB’s weekly "Sharp Talk With the Reverand Al Sharpton" and the long-running "Global Black Experience." Both shows regularly cover civil rights issues, race relations and socio-political issues in the city. "Sharp Talk" also broadcasts live from racial justice rallies, economic forums and other community events.

    WWBT-TVm Focuses on Local News

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    "On Your Side," the twice-weekly segment during the 6 p.m. newscast from WWBT-TV in Richmond, Va., takes real action on issues that affect area residents. Topics range from bringing resolution to landlord disputes to recruiting volunteers for the National Folk Festival (which the station also sponsored) to helping convert a home to accommodate a wheelchair. Viewer Keith Frank, who had not slept well in more than a year due to medical reasons and an inadequate mattress, was delivered a new bed. "Words can’t come out for the way I feel or for my appreciation for what you all do," said Frank of "On Your Side." In addition to the broadcast segment, the "Call 12" phone bank, staffed by community volunteers, answers questions about designated topics and takes note of people in need every weekday. The value this programming brings to its viewers has earned the station the Douglas Southall Freeman Award for Public Service multiple times.

    Emmis Communications paints two rooms at Indianapolis Public School

    The corporate team at Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications took time off from their usual work recently to paint two rooms at Indianapolis Public School 56. The rooms had been in desperate need of attention before receiving the much-deserved makeovers. Participants in the paint project included Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan and COO/CFO Patrick Walsh. The event was part of the United Way’s 20th Annual Day of Caring. The Day of Caring is the United Way of Central Indiana’s signature annual initiative that provides members of the Hoosier state concrete activities to give back to their community.

    WTHR-TV Indianapolis Donates to September 11 Memorial

    Dispatch Broadcasting’s WTHR-TV Indianapolis, Ind. held a 13-hour donation drive to raise money for Indianapolis’ new September 11 Memorial. The memorial, which features two 22-foot steel beams from the World Trade Center site, was ready for its debut; however, the project’s organizers did not have enough money to pay the construction costs and maintenance fees. On the Friday before the unveiling, they were at least $30,000 short.

    In response, WTHR-TV held a donation drive in the station’s parking lot from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 9. WTHR-TV’s anchors shot live cut-ins from the lot at the top of each hour, as station staff from every department took shifts collecting donations throughout the day. When the drive concluded, WTHR-TV had raised nearly $39,000 in 13 hours, filling the gap in needed funding for the memorial.

    Broadcasters Foundation Golf Tournament Raised Over $150,000

    The 2011 Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Celebrity Golf Tournament, held in Tarrytown, N.Y., raised more than $150,000 for broadcasters in need of assistance. The Foundation expects to grant $600,000 in aid this year, a 20 percent increase over 2010. Evercore Wealth Management sponsored the tournament. Greater Media Chief Executive Officer Peter Smyth and Katz Television Group President Jim Beloyianis served as co-chairs. More than 140 broadcasters, celebrities and athletes participated.

    Colorado Cumulus Cluster Prepares Families For Winter

    Six Colorado Cumulus stations - KATC-FM, KCSF-AM, KKFM-FM, KKMG-FM, KKPK-FM and KVOR-AM – collected donations from hundreds of listeners during “Operation Warm-up”. The five hour live broadcast solicited thousands of items including coats, hats, gloves, mittens, and boots.

    The winter garments and cash donations will support a Department of Human Services distribution event in December. Cumulus Broadcasting Community Officer Gina Kavali said, “More than 10% of our community is on some sort of living assistance provided by the DHS, it just made sense to act and take care of our neighbors right here, right now. We were honored and humbled when we saw the outpouring of generosity from our listeners throughout Southern Colorado.”

    Paul Finebaum, Morning Show Host Makes Surprise Visit to Special Listener

    Cumulus Media’s popular sports-talk show host Paul Finebaum recently made a surprise visit to the home of one of his avid listeners, Robert Fisher, who is living with cerebral palsy. Fisher’s mom told the local paper "this was the greatest thing that could ever have happened to him."
    Fisher’s regular calls to the station can be controversial. According to the Cedar Valley Courier, "while a couple of hateful callers took issue with Finebaum putting Fisher on the air, the vast majority of listeners embraced him."
    Listeners from all over the country sent Fisher packages, including books, letters and a hat from an Eastern Kentucky University coach. Some listeners feel Fisher grows more confident and articulate the more he calls in to the show. An 83-year-old listener wrote a poem and sent it to Fisher, encouraging him to “keep calling the show because everyone enjoys listening."

    KSBW Holiday Drive Breaks Records

    Hearst Television-owned NBC affiliate KSBW Salinas, Calif. hosted its annual Share Your Holiday drive to benefit the Salvation Army. KSBW collected $161,000 (30 percent more than in 2013), in addition to 10,000 pounds of food and 1,000 toys. "We are humbled by the generosity of our viewers," said KSBW General Manager Joseph Heston. "It’s one thing to profess to want to help others and it’s quite another to step up and actually get it done.”

    Tennessee’s WRCB-TV Promotes Annual Arts Forum

    Sarkes Tarzian’s WRCB-TV Chattanooga served as the official media partner for the Arts Education Partnership’s "Fall 2012 National Forum: Arts Learning without Borders." The two-day event drew arts educators from around the nation. WRCB-TVs news anchor David Carroll moderated a panel at the Forum that addressed social issues like bullying through arts and literacy. Carroll’s stories on the tragedy of a local student who committed suicide after being bullied have drawn national attention and were featured in the 2012 feature film documentary "Bully." WRCB-TV also offered free live streaming of the event through wrcbtv.com and produced and aired a heavy schedule of PSAs for the Forum.

    TAB Hosts Cooperative Career Workshop With NAPTE and TSU

    The Tennessee Association of Broadcasters (TAB) joined the National Association of Program Television Executives (NAPTE), in bringing the free Student Career Workshop, Job Fair and Station Tour to the campus of Tennessee State University. During the event, a panel of TAB’s top radio and television broadcasters presented their experiences and career pathway, along with tips for getting an internship, summer job or early start in the job search process. Recruiters from 15 broadcast groups, representing over 40 stations, spent time with the students to network and discuss job openings.

    WXKB-FM Fort Myers Awarded for Commitment to Community

    Beasley Broadcasting-owned WXKB-FM Fort Myers’ morning show, "Big Mama & The Wild Bund" were recently awarded the key to the City of Naples from Mayor John Sorey for the team’s commitment to the local community. The proclamation mentioned WXFB-FM’s efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the local Little League and to collect supplies for area schools and clothes for children in the Abuse Council Treatment Center.

    WFAA-TV Dallas Supports North Texas Giving Day

    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.

    KGO-AM Spreads Holiday Cheer

    Spreading holiday cheer, KGO-AM in San Francisco, Calif., asked listeners to participate in its “Believe” campaign by sending in letters and emails to the “KGO Radio Santa” about themselves or someone they knew who was struggling to buy something they needed and couldn’t afford. Throughout the month of December, the station’s KGO Radio Santa responded to these letters by giving gifts of up to $1,000, which included keeping the power on for a single mom and her five children by paying their electric bill, helping a mother to visit her son in the military before he was deployed and providing a woman with a co-payment for her cancer treatment. "These folks would have gone without this season because the resources are just not there for them," said KGO Programming Director and Santa Jack Swanson. "KGO Radio feels unbelievably fortunate to be able to give back in this way."

    WSFL-FM and WMGV-FM Provide Medical Assistance to Local Man

    Granting holiday wishes through its “15 Days of Christmas” campaign, WSFL-FM and WMGV-FM in New Bern, N.C. left one listener speechless. The stations teamed together to provide listener Andy Martin with a prosthetic leg. WSFL-FM organized the program and WMGV-FM secured the $13,000 device from a local business since Martin did not have insurance to cover the cost of the prosthetic leg. I’m crying and believe me, I don’t cry,” Martin stated on air. “You’ve got to understand how much this means – there’s no way words can explain.” WSFL Programming Director Cindy Miller said, “In times like these, I forget about the business side of radio and think about how awesome my job is.” In addition to helping Martin, WSFL-FM continued to grant Christmas wishes throughout the holiday season.

    WDNB-FM Recognized for Outstanding Community Spirit and Sullivan County Pride

    The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce recently awarded Bold Gold Media-owned WDNB-FM Liberty, N.Y., the Sullivan County Distinguished Service Award. Each year, the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce recognizes one local business for excellence in business and community spirit. Upon winning the award, WDNB-FM Thunder 102 Market Manager and General Manager Paul Ciliberto said, "This award is the result of community service between Thunder 102, our listeners, partner businesses and stars from the Nashville country music community, and we are proud to accept this award on their behalf."

    Entravision’s Radiothon Raised More Than $1 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

    Entravision Communications Corporation raised $1,242,032.40 during its 3rd annual "Para los Ninos" radiothon hosted by the company’s leading Spanish-language radio networks, La Tricolor, Jose, Super Estrella, Que Pasa, Maria and El Gato. Funds were donated to 13 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in Entravision radio stations’ local markets. "Children’s Miracle Network is very fortunate to have the support of Entravision," said CMN’s Vice President Joe Trevino. "[T]heir efforts allow us to continue to provide the very best care to sick and injured children."

    Stephen King’s Radio Stations Shatter Fundraising Goal

    The Zone Corporation’s Maine-based stations, WZON-AM, WKIT-FM and WZON-FM, owned by Stephen and Tabitha King, raised $241,820 for the Help Keep ME Warm This Winter campaign, shattering the original goal of $140,000. Fundraising efforts began after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notified Maine Housing to expect $23 million in heating assistance funds this winter, down from $55.6 million last year.

    As part of the fundraising effort, morning show host Pat LaMarche spent a week living in a small wooden shed outside the studio in November to raise awareness. In early December, the Lerner Foundation gave $46,000 toward the cause and listeners donated $24,000.

    King had agreed to match up to $70,000 in donations, but that changed when an anonymous donor from California called to donate $50,000, with the condition that King do the same, to which King agreed. “Tabby and I are grateful to everybody who worked to provide heat to people in our area who have come up short,” King said. “Hopefully next year there will be less need and more help from the state and local governments.”

    WMGK-FM Helps Women in Need Dress for Success

    Greater Media’s WMGK-FM Philadelphia’s midday DJ, Debbi Calton, and the Parx Casino staff collected gently-used women’s business attire for Dress For Success Philadelphia. The program assists disadvantaged women who want to transition back into the workforce by providing clothing for job interviews, career development training and a financial literacy program. More than 75 percent of the women that utilize Dress For Success Philadelphia retain jobs for at least a year. In 2011, the program helped over 3,000 women in the Greater Philadelphia area.

    WPVI-TV Partners in Nation’s Largest Free Music Festival

    ABC owned-and-operated WPVI-TV Philadelphia was the official media partner for Musikfest, an 11-day concert, the largest of its kind, held in Bethlehem, PA. The event, held August 5 – 11, was presented by ArtsQuest, a nonprofit that supports the arts and culture in the local area. Attendees could select from more than 550 music and art performances across 16 indoor and outdoor stages. Some of the performers included Darius Rucker, Culture Club and 3 Doors Down.