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WAVY in Hampton Roads, Va., Continues 30-Year Tradition of Collecting Coats

Date Posted: 12/18/2023

Nexstars WAVY in Hampton Roads, Va., is conducting its 31st annual Coats for Families drive through December 31. Last year, they collected more than 9,000 coats. WAVY says it is proud to continues its mission of helping those in need through our 10 On Your Side Coats for Families drive. For many families, a warm coat is not just a piece of clothing; it represents security, protection, and the knowledge that their community cares.

WAVY Collects 60,000 School Supplies

Date Posted: 10/2/2023

Nexstar Media Groups WAVY in Hampton Roads, Va., collected more than 60,000 school supplies for area students in need this fall. Now in its thirty-first year, Operation School Supplies demonstrates the stations commitment and dedication to helping school children in their community by ensuring that they have the resources necessary to excel. The local support for Operation School Supplies is truly amazing, says Carol Ward, general manager, WAVY. The enthusiasm and generosity displayed by our community and our partners truly exemplify the spirit of unity and compassion that makes our region special.

B101.5 Supports Local Charities All Year

Date Posted: 7/8/2022

Each week in 2022, Fredericksburg, Va., station B101.5, owned by Centennial Broadcasting, and their partner Radley Automotive are giving away $1,000 to a lucky winner, who keeps half the prize and chooses a charity to receive the other half. We are thrilled to partner with Radley Automotive to award B101.5 winners this amazing cash prize in the hope that their choice of charity will do much good and pump extra dollars back into the local community, says Market Manager Mark Bass.

Norfolks WAVY 10 Collects 16,000 Coats for Families in Need

Date Posted: 2/15/2022

For 29 years, WAVY10-TV in Norfolk, Va., has teamed up with local businesses, nonprofits and churches to collect, clean and distribute winter garments to families in need. This year the WAVYs 10 On Your Side Coats for Families campaign set a new record by gathering more than 16,000 coats.

Hampton Roads residents turned out in windy, frigid weather to donate and gently used coats for people of all ages.

We are elated that the Hampton Roads community came together to make a lasting difference by donating a record setting number of coats says Carol Ward, WAVYs GM. It is humbling and a testament to the power of 10 On Your Side and the strength of our community partners.

TEGNA Stations KARE and KXTV Receive Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards

Date Posted: 2/9/2022

Two TEGNA, Inc., stations received a 2022 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award honoring excellence in broadcast, online and documentary journalism.

KARE (Minneapolis, Minn.) won for KARE 11 Investigates: Cruel & Unusual, which exposed how Minnesota jail officials ignored preventable inmate deaths. KXTV (Sacramento, Calif.) was honored for Fire-Power-Money, their investigative series on Pacific Gas & Electric Companys role in the deadliest wildfire in Californias history.

Audacy Raises Over $200,000 for Pediatric Care in Norfolk

Date Posted: 11/22/2021

Audacy raised $220,000 for pediatric care in Norfolk, Va., through 94.9 The Points (WPTE-FM) 20th annual Radiothon to benefit Childrens Hospital of The Kings Daughters (CHKD). 94.9 The Point morning show hosts Mike Powers and Woo Woo broadcasted live from the station November 10-12 to raise money for the regions only childrens hospital. Listeners learned what makes a childrens hospital unique and heard stories of strength and resilience from CHKD patients and their families.

The 94.9 The Point Radiothon is part of Audacys commitment to supporting the communities it serves. Since its inception 20 years ago, the radiothon has raised more than $5 million in support of the hospital.

WAVYs Collects 15,000 Coats For Families

Date Posted: 3/1/2021

WAVY, Nexstars NBC affiliate in Porstmouth, Va., collected new and gently used coats for people of all ages for their for the "10 On Your Side Coats for Families" campaign, in its 28th year. Because of the communitys generosity, this seasons campaign collected, cleaned, and distributed more than 15,000 coats. The campaign ended on February 10.

During such a difficult year, says Carol Ward, WAVYs GM, the generosity from our community partners and the people of Hampton Roads has made this seasons Coats for Families drive the most successful yet.

WZRV-FM Feeds 40,000 With Annual Event

Date Posted: 12/18/2020

Royal Broadcastings WZRV-FM Front Royal, Virginia raised more than six months worth of meals during the annual "Camping for Hunger" food drive in mid-December. The 8,600 pounds of food and nearly $11,700 in cash donated equates to approximately 40,000 meals--enough to cover six months worth of need.

For 12 years now, this community has proven it supports its own. Were merely the conduit for the great work individuals and businesses do in support of this mission, said Andrew Shearer, President, Royal Broadcasting. Im truly humbled that we can be a part of it.

Due to covid, on-air personalities Lonnie Hill, Randy Woodward, and Alyssa McBeth along with station owner Andrew Shearer and other staff members did not sleep on the bus this year, but instead hosted a virtual radio-thon for a week, from the parking lot of the studio in Front Royal, VA.

Saga Stations Donate 1.1 Million Meals

Date Posted: 11/25/2020

Saga Communications WAFX-FM and WNOR-FM Hampton Roads, Va. collected more than a million meals to help feed local families during the 24th annual Mayflower Marathon food drive, held the weekend of November 20. The collected donations benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore .

Foodbanks have seen a substantial rise in need due to the ongoing pandemic.

In the most challenging year ever for the Foodbanks, our listeners and client partners donated enough money and food to create more than 1.1 Million meals for people in Hampton Roads, said WAFX-FM and WNOR-FM brand manager, Mike Beck.

WSLS Supports Roanoke Community

Date Posted: 8/22/2020

Graham Media Groups WSLS Roanoke, Va., has supported the community in many ways in 2020. Some of their initiatives include:

  • Clear the Shelters: An NBC initiative and partnership with multiple area animal shelters to help animals get adopted.
  • Polar Plunge: A partnership with Special Olympics in Southwest Virginia during one of their major fundraisers, which raised $8,500.
  • Home for Good: A partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family.
  • Find Your Money: In July, WSLS helped viewers claim $169,000 in unclaimed property.
  • 30 Days of Hope: An initiative highlighting foster children available for adoption.

WSLS Airs 20/20 Focus: The Push For Equality

Date Posted: 8/14/2020

Graham Media Groups WSLS 10 Roanoke, Va., aired an hour-long original production called "20/20 Focus: The Push For Equality" on Aug. 6. The special program put a spotlight on racial disparities, covered a wide breadth of history and explored how Virginia can move forward toward a more equitable future.

Racial injustices dominate headlines daily; its our responsibility to go past that. Journalists must dig deep into the issues, station News Director Rick Moll said. The work WSLS 10 put in to share difficult conversations while educating is a testament to the connection between our brand and our viewers.

It was sobering, informative, engaging and full of hope, said Graham Media Group President and CEO Emily Barr.

Nexstar Hosts Town Hall With Virginia Senators and Governor

Date Posted: 4/22/2020

Nexstar hosted a live virtual Town Hall meeting, Virginia Responds: Your Questions Answered, with U.S. Senators from Virginia, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on April 21. They addressed Virginias response to the coronavirus outbreak and take viewer questions. Viewers submitted questions via social media using #VirginiaResponds The event was produced by Nexstars ABC affiliate WRIC-TV Richmond and also aired on WAVY-TV (NBC/FOX) in Norfolk, WFXR-TV (FOX) in Roanoke, WDVM-TV (Ind) in Hagerstown, MD, and WJHL-TV (ABC/CBS) in Tri-Cities, Tenn.

WSLS Airs Coronavirus: A Community Conversation

Date Posted: 4/6/2020

Graham Media Groups NBC affiliate WSLS-TV Roanoke partnered with broadcasters across western Virginia on "Coronavirus: A Community Conversation, which aired on April 6. The hour-long prime time event featured a panel discussion with clinicians from the Virginia Department of Health, Carilion Clinic, LewisGale Medical Center and the Salem VA Medical Center. They answered questions from the public and covered topics such as a situational brief for the region and health systems, what citizens can do and how community groups can help. In addition to WSLS, the program aired on Grays CBS affiliate WDBJ, Nexstars Fox affiliate WFXR, Sinclairs ABC affiliate WSET, Mel Wheeler Inc.s WFIR-FM, NPRs WVTF-FM and on streaming services.

As local community servants and first informers, we are very proud to be teaming up with community health care experts for this unprecedented hour-long broadcast, said Douglas F. Easter, executive director for the Virginia Association of Broadcasters. The broadcasters of Virginia want you to know that we are here for you and we will continue to work as hard as we can for our local communities in these unprecedented times of need. We can all work together to beat this terrible disease."

WNOR-FM and WAFX-FM Serve 700,000 Meals for Families in Need

Date Posted: 11/24/2019

Saga Communications-owned WNOR-FM Hampton Roads, Va., and WAFX-FM Suffolk, Va., collected enough food to serve over 700,000 meals during the 23rd annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive benefits from November 22 - 24. The event benefits the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and Virginia Peninsula Food Bank.

WCVE-TV Richmond Hosts U.S. Senate Debate

Date Posted: 11/1/2018

Commonwealth Public Broadcastings PBS affiliate WCVE Richmond hosted an October 2 debate between U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and his Republican challenger, Corey A. Stewart.

WFLS Raises Over $131,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

Alpha Medias WFLS-FM Fredericksburg, Va., raised $131,000 with their annual radiothon for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, held March 1 2. The two-day radiothon culminated with a Family Fun Festival celebration on March 3.

WWBT-TV Honored by American Red Cross

Date Posted: 4/20/2017

Raycom Medias NBC affiliate WWBT-TV Richmond, Va. was honored with the American Red Crosss Good Neighbor Award on April 20. The station partners with the aid organization whenever emergencies strike the state. Also, American Red Cross employees often staff the stations call center, making it possible for viewers to make donations. "It was humbling to meet and hear the stories of so many wonderful volunteers and people who truly care about our community. It was an honor to accept on the behalf of NBC12," said WWBT Marketing Director Brandon Seier.

WBQB-FM Raises $118,000 for Childrens Hospital

Date Posted: 11/3/2016

Centennial Broadcastings WBQB-FM Fredericksburg, Va. raised $118,000 to benefit Childrens National Health System in a telethon held November 3 - 4. On behalf of Childrens National Health System, we are grateful to B101.5 for leading the Care-athon and inspiring their listeners and local community to generously support children and families in Fredericksburg and across the Washington, D.C., region, said Childrens Hospital Foundation Associate Director of Corporate Sponsorships Erin Stoker. Because of these critical donations, we are able to develop therapies, improve treatments, find cures, and care for every child in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

Alpha Media Fredericksburg Surpasses $1.2 Million for Charity

Date Posted: 6/3/2016

Alpha Medias 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.

WAVY-TV Airs Special Report on Cancer Risk Among Firefighters

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

LIN Medias CBS affiliate WAVY-TV Portsmouth aired a special report detailing how and why firefighters are two times more likely to develop conditions such as testicular cancer, myeloma and non-hodgkins lymphoma. Toxins, released into the air when materials burn, can seep through protective gear and touch the firefighters skin before subsequently entering the blood stream.

WWBT-TV Helps Send Children to Camp

Date Posted: 5/7/2016

Raycom Medias NBC affiliate WWBT-TV joined Radio One to promote Miss. Community Clovias 9th Annual "Send a Kid to Camp Radiothon." In one day, the station helped raise more than $20,000 to help at risk youth ofcCentral Virginia attend summer camp.

African-American Reporter Interviews KKK Members

Date Posted: 4/7/2016

Raycoms NBC affiliate WWBT Richmond, Va. aired a series of stories on hate groups after seeing KKK recruitment flyers in mailboxes. African-American reporter Chris Thomas met with the Imperial Wizard for the Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the Jefferson National Forest. Klan members wore shirts that said Original Boys from the Hood during the interview. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) estimates there are 32 active hate groups in Virginia.

WFLS-FM Raises $136,089 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 4/1/2016

Alpha Medias WFLS-FM Fredericksburg, VA raised $136,089 for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital during a three-day fundraising event. WFLS held a radiothon on March 10-11 and The 93.3 WFLS St. Jude Fun Day on March 12, with a Washington Redskins Autograph Signing, games and live music.

WAVY-TV Urges Viewers to Steer Clear of Distracted Driving

Date Posted: 3/3/2016

Media Generals NBC affiliate WAVY-TV Hampton Roads, Va. is encouraging drivers to Steer Clear of Distracted Driving through on-air messages with traffic reporter Jen Lewis in honor Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. According to Distraction.gov, at any given daylight moment, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.

WSET Investigates Defective Guardrails

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

Sinclairs ABC affiliate WSET-TV Lynchburg, VA uncovered failures in testing guardrails on state highways that could have left thousands of faulty guardrails on the road. The guardrails could impale drivers on impact, but Virginia is now removing them. Citing WSETs investigation, Virginias senators have sought an investigation into guardrails on federal highways nationwide.

WCAV-TV Raises $120,000 for Salvation Army

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Gray Televisions 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).

WAVY-TV Collects Tons of School Supplies

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Media Generals NBC affiliate WAVY-TV and Entercoms WWDE-FM Portsmouth, Va., collected more than 40,000 school supplies during WAVYs "10 On Your Side Operation School Supplies," held throughout August. During the campaign, viewers and listeners could visit a local Farm Fresh store and purchase bags filled with school supplies for five dollars. The bags were then donated to children who attend 13 different local school districts.

Radio Station Helps Cancer Patients Wish Come True

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Centennial Broadcastings WFVA-AM and WBQB-FM Fredericksburg, Va., aired a September 1 interview with Andi McConnell of the Fairy Godmother Project and Ceili, an 18-year-old who had decided to stop her cancer treatments. Ceili wanted to see the Rocky Mountains with her family, but cannot fly commercially due to her weakened immune system. Word of Ceilis wish spread after the interview, which WFVA also shared via a podcast. Sister station WBQB-FMs Facebook post resulted in more than 2,000 shares. Within two days, a pilot volunteered to fly her family. Donations covered the $15,000 fuel cost, plus lodging and food for the trip.

WDBJ7 Airs Special on Child Abuse

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Schurz Communications CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV Roanoke, Va. aired Childhood Lost, a one-hour special on child abuse, on Aug. 17. WDBJ encouraged viewers to submit questions for experts to answer. Guests included representatives from Blue Ridge Parenting, Family Service of Roanoke, Child Protective Services and an attorney and guardian for children. Since abused children often have trouble discussing their experiences, WDBJ featured "Forgotten Victims," a program to help kids communicate using books, storytelling and crafts. WDBJs website provides links to resources and videos, including this interview with a survivor.

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, Raycoms 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.

VAB Announces Year-Long Campaign Against Hunger

Date Posted: 8/11/2014

The Virginia Association of Broadcasters (VAB) launched a year-long, statewide food drive and hunger awareness campaign called "Feeding Virginia." More than 150 radio and television stations across Virginia are participating in the initiative, in partnership with the First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe. Broadcasters will air a variety of PSAs throughout the year, as part of the "Feeding Virginia" campaign, and stations will host several food drives to benefit the states seven regional food banks.

Saga Stations Collect Record 577,000 Meals in Chesapeake

Date Posted: 12/6/2013

Saga Communications WNOR-FM and WAFX-FM Chesapeake, Va., hosted the 17th annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive. The three-day event collected a record 577,678 meals for those in need in the Chesapeake area. All food and monetary donations went to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.

WDBJ-TV Broadcasts Debate between Virginias Gubernatorial Candidates

Date Posted: 11/22/2013

Shurz Communications WDBJ-TV Roanoke and Virginia Tech sponsored a debate between the candidates running for Virginia governor. WDBJ-TV broadcast the debate between Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Democratic businessman Terry McAullife live from the state university in Blacksburg, Va. Click here to watch video from the debate.

Shurzs WDBJ-TV to Host Third Gubernatorial Debate

Date Posted: 10/4/2013

Shurz Communications CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV Roanoke, Va., and Virginia Tech announced they will host a third debate between the candidates running in Virginias gubernatorial race on October 24. The debate will be broadcast live from the Blacksburg campus and will also be shown on Gannetts CBS affiliate WUSA-TV Washington.

NBCs WRC-TV Hosts Virginia Gubernatorial Debate

Date Posted: 10/4/2013

NBC-owned WRC-TV Washington partnered with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce to host a debate between Virginias gubernatorial candidates, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and businessman Terry McAuliffe. The debate was moderated by NBC News National Political Director Chuck Todd and aired at 7 p.m. on September 25.

Centennial Broadcasting Contributes to Tornado Relief

Date Posted: 6/7/2013

Centennial Broadcastings stations in Fredericksburg, Va., donated $1,001.50 during the stations Operation: Help Moore event. During the six-hour broadcast, listeners donated over 15,000 relief items and $1,176.50 in contributions. Centennials $1,001.50 donation was used to purchase childrens items such as playpens, baby formula, baby wipes, towels and pillows.

Raycom Stations Raise More Than $100,000 and Collect Truckloads of Supplies

Date Posted: 6/7/2013

Several Raycom Media-owned television stations conducted relief efforts following the tornado. Stations donating to the American Red Cross include WSFA-TV Montgomery, Ala. ($50,232); WMC-TV Memphis ($36,000); WCSC-TV Charleston, S.C. ($10,000); WWBT Richmond, Va. (over $7,000); and KAIT-TV Jonesboro, Ark., organized a statewide telethon. WAFB-TV Birmingham, Ala., collected several storage units full of supplies for the Salvation Army in its one day donation drive. WBRC-TV Birmingham collected 200,000 pounds of water for the Salvation Army. KOLD-TV Tucson, Ariz., filled two semi-trucks with supplies, to be distributed by World Care.


Allbrittons WSET-TV Lynchburg, Va., continued the stations "Here to Help Kids" campaign to raise money for an 11-bed Pediatric Center at Lynchburg General Hospital. WSET-TV recently hosted a fundraiser at the ESPNU "Bracket-Buster" basketball game between the Liberty Flames and the Iona Gaels, both members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, at Liberty University. Five dollars from each ticket sold went to the WSET-TVs "Here to Help Kids" project. The basketball game netted $3,375 in proceeds for the campaign.

WSET-TV Activates Tornado Lifeline

Further east, WSET-TV Lynchburg, Va., activated the "Heart of Virginia Tornado Lifeline" in response to the tornado disasters in Virginia and regions of North Carolina. The National Weather Service confirmed 15 twisters across the Commonwealth with Washington and Halifax counties being hit the hardest.
Supply and donation collection points were set up at two Lynchburg Kroger stores and a Food Lion location in Danville. On-air personalities and other employees from within several departments at WSET-TV were at the collection points to help with the effort. Between the three locations, five pallets of supplies and more than $7,000 were collected.

Buzzy and the WBQB-FM Team Host Monthly Reading Series for Virginia Children

The "Chris and Dee in the Morning Show" on Centennial Broadcastings WBQB-FM Fredericksburg, Va., hosts a monthly reading series featuring Buzzy, the stations bee mascot. Buzzy and the B-crew joined Chris and Dee at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre to read stories with local children. The monthly event is a free program that engages children in reading and serves as a family-friendly outing for area parents and their kids.

WSET-TV Launches Campaign to Fund a Lifesaving Virginia Pediatric Center

Allbrittons WSET-TV Lynchburg, Vir., has launched the Here to Help Kids campaign to support the local Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital raise funds for an eleven-bed Pediatric Center at Lynchburg General Hospital. WSET-TV has provided extensive coverage of the fundraising effort, developed a Web page on wset.com with additional resources, and created a 3-minute solicitation video to be used for corporate fundraising within the community. Each week, the WSET-TV team meets to discuss ideas and track the progress of the campaign.

Entercom Launches Campaign to Support Navy SEAL Families

Entercom Communications Corporation launched a company-wide campaign to assist families who lost loved ones to combat in Afghanistan. The campaign spanned 23 markets and 111 stations. Entercom Norfolk alone raised nearly $50,000 in donated goods and services for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
On August 6, thirty American service members died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Most of the victims were elite Navy SEALs, including several members of SEAL Team Six, the elite unit that killed Osama bin Laden. It was the largest single loss of U.S. life since the beginning of the 2001 Afghan War and is the largest single loss ever suffered by the SEAL community.
The Navy SEAL Foundation provides support in times of adversity and recognizes the achievements of U.S. Navy SEALs.

Media General Stations Aid Sandy Victims

Media General stations that held telethons to raise money for the American Red Cross relief efforts included WBTW-TV Myrtle Beach, S.C.; WCMH-TV Columbus, Ohio ($27,000 raised); WFLA-TV Tampa, Fla. ($28,000 raised); WJBF-TV and WAGT-TV Augusta, Ga. ($15,000 raised); WJHL-TV Johnson City, Tenn. ($25,000 raised); WSAV-TV Savannah, Ga.; and WSPA-TV Spartanburg, S.C. WSAV-TV also ran a ticker promoting Red Cross donations throughout newscasts. WJAR-TV Providence, R.I., dedicated a 7 p.m. newscast to Sandys aftermath. The station replayed top stories that many viewers missed due to power outages and also fielded calls from viewers who wanted to volunteer or donate money to relief efforts.

Tim Kaine Will Participate in Eight Broadcast Debates

Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine announced he will particpate in eight broadcast debates preceding the general election for U.S. Senate. The debates will air on TV and radio stations across Virginia and will be held in geographically diverse regions. Kaine said he wants to work with Republican candidate George Allen so voters can hear from both sides. "George Allen looks forward to engaging in vigorous debates with Tim Kaine on their very different visions for Americas future," Allen spokeswoman Katie Wright said. The debates will be sponsored by a variety of organizations including, Radio One, Allbrittons WJLA-TV, NBC Televisions WRC-TV, Raycom Medias WWBT-TV, Commonwealth Broadcastings WCVE-TV, Media Generals WSLS-TV and Belo Corporations WVEC-TV.

WSET-TV Creates Storm Warning Program

Allbrittons WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Va., produced a 30-minute special weather program titled "Storm Warning! Preparing for Tornado Season" in conjunction with Tornado Preparedness Day in Virginia. The program, hosted by Chief Meteorologist Sean Sublette, was dedicated to providing safety tips and other information to help viewers make the best possible decisions for their families in the event of severe weather. The program aired on WSET-TV twice, and was posted on WSET-TVs website and used in several local classrooms.

WSET-TV Launches Heroes from the Heart of Virginia

Allbittron Communications Companys WSET-TV Lynchburg, Va. launched the "Heroes From The Heart Of Virginia." The project helps local military personnel and their families reach out to each other during the holiday season. The project encompassed all parts of the stations operations including on-air special programming, news stories, PSAs, a dedicated section of the stations website, a Facebook page and a campaign to raise funds to send veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit war memorials there. Additionally, collection points were set up for non-perishable food items to be distributed to local homeless veterans.

Allbritton-Owned WSET-TV Lynchburg, Va., Honors Veterans Past and Present

Allbritton-owned WSET-TV Lynchburg, Va., launched the "Heroes from the Heart of Virginia" campaign to recognize the dedication and sacrifices our men and women in the military both past and present make each day. The project encompassed every aspect of the stations operations: on air in the form of special programming, news stories and public service announcements; on the Internet with a dedicated section of the stations website and a Facebook page; and in the community with a campaign to raise funds and gather goods for veterans overseas. Additionally, WSET-TV partnered with The Exchange Club of Lynchburg to raise more than $3,000 to send a group of local veterans to Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2011 for a tour of the countrys war memorials.

WVEC-TV Supports 25 Years of Miracles

The long-term commitment of WVEC-TV in Norfolk, Va., to The Childrens Hospital of The Kings Daughters has helped bring 25 years worth of miracles to local kids. Each summer, the hospital, which houses the only pediatric emergency room and surgical facility in the area, receives crucial support from WVEC viewers during the "Childrens Miracle Network Telethon Celebration." Donations from the 2007 telethon reached $3.3 million. During the five-hour live broadcast, which is the regions single largest fundraiser for a childrens cause, patients and their families shared stories of perseverance and hope. WVEC medical editor Kathryn Barrett reported live from the hospitals neonatal intensive care unit and local organizations and businesses that held fundraisers throughout the year had the opportunity to present their donations on the air. In addition to the telethon, the station provides year-round support, including weekly news interviews with medical staff from the hospital, public service announcements for additional fundraising campaigns and the participation of station talent at events. WVEC gives more than $100,000 worth of airtime to the hospital each year.

WXLK-FM Supports Area Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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A friend to animals, WXLK-FM in Roanoke, Va., supports its local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals throughout the year. The Saturday before Halloween, the annual "Walk for the Animals" brings out four-legged participants and their owners to raise funds. Complete with a howl-o-ween theme and pet costume contest, the family event raised a record 22,000 in 2007 with the help of WXLKs media sponsorship. In 2008, the station organized an inaugural Easter egg hunt for dogs. A hundred participants were expected for the "K92 Great Egg Beg," and 500 showed up at the "Six Wags" dog park. The $2,500 in proceeds from admission charges went directly to the SPCA. In addition to raising funds to keep the shelter open, the station also helps animals find the right home. The stations "Pet of the Week" segment airs live on the "Danny and Zack" show and features an interview with a representative from the animal shelter and the pet up for adoption. "The staff of WXLK has been instrumental in promoting the mission of the Roanoke Valley SPCA," said Kathy Purdue, director of marketing and special events for the shelter. "They promote the necessity of spaying and neutering, the benefits of microchipping and the value of all animals."

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 cant 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.

WJLA-TV Assists with Youth Driving Program

At the end of the 2006 school year, the viewing area of WJLA-TV in Arlington, Va., had lost more than three dozen teens to motor vehicle crashes. The station, local law enforcement and Northern Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving banded together to design a program about driving safety that could reach young audiences in a individual and lasting way. Now in its third year, "Drive to Stay Alive" has been presented to more than 25,000 young drivers at school assemblies. The 45-minute presentation is hosted by station anchor Leon Harris and medical reporter Kathy Fowler, herself a survivor of a deadly teen crash. Among its many components are a video report produced by the station chronicling teen driving behavior, a presentation by a local police officer about the 40 percent of teen crashes involving alcohol or drugs, Fowlers personal story of survival, a segment by WJLA reporter Horace Holmes who accompanied the Montgomery Alcohol Enforcement unit for a weekend as it pursued underage drinkers and a video memorializing local teens who lost their lives in crashes. A related one-hour primetime special aired on WJLA during prom season 2008 and was then distributed on DVD to high schools throughout the area. Currently, WJLA is in preliminary talks with the Maryland Highway Administration about plans to take the program statewide.

WAVY-TV Provides Winter Coats to Area Children

Thousands of children headed into winter prepared with warm coats thanks to the efforts of WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Va. For 19 years the station has been committed to its "Coats for Kids" campaign, an annual drive that distributes much needed outerwear on a first come, first serve basis to any family in need. The evening news anchors make regular appeals to viewers, whose generosity resulted in the donation of nearly 12,000 coats in 2007. The station coordinates 13 distribution sites throughout Hampton Roads, northeast North Carolina and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. A distribution day is scheduled each November, December and January. "To see the kids getting their coats melts your heart," said Janet Charity of the YWCA, which has hosted a distribution site for many years. "We have families that look forward to the drive every year."

WZRV-FM Airs Live from Red Cross Blood Mobile

Two times each month, WZRV-FM in Front Royal, Va., broadcasts live from a Red Cross mobile blood drive. The station gives away anything that might bring people out. Danishes, Band-aids, station T-shirts and bumper stickers have all been used to motivate listeners. And the efforts have paid off. According to Andrew Shearer, president and owner of Royal Broadcasting, the Allegheny Region of the American Red Cross sees a higher turnout rate when WZRV shows up. "Our presence is meaningful and provides a demonstrable result," said Shearer, who has personally reached the status of a two-gallon donor. Each week, the station runs more than a dozen public service announcements asking the community to join its on-air personalities at a blood drive. WZRV broadcasts live numerous times each year from blood drives in each county within its listening area.

WSLQ-FM Provides School Supplies to Area Students

Many children went back to school ready to learn and stocked with school supplies, thanks to WSLQ-FM in Roanoke, Va., and its annual "Pack the Bus" campaign. For five days in August, Dick and Dave from the stations morning show did a series of live broadcasts from the parking lot of local area stores, where they invited listeners to donate everything from backpacks to pencils to provide for children who would otherwise be without. The crew "packed" the donated supplies in school buses at the event. Officials from the 21 school systems that benefit from the campaign joined the WSLQ team for the live broadcasts. The 2007 event provided $50,000 worth of school supplies, covering children in schools throughout the entirety of the stations geographic listening area.

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