Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Posted on 3/7/2019
Initial calculations show that stations raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for relief efforts. Online donations are still being accepted and totals continue to be tallied, but results include:
NBC affiliate WSFA-TV Montgomery - $120,000
NBC affiliate WAFF-TV Huntsville - $56,000
ABC affiliate WTVM-TV Columbus, Ga., - $16,000
CBS affiliate WTVY-TV Dothan - $3,000
The Georgia Association of Broadcasters encouraged its member station to participate in the tornado relief efforts. Raycomís ABC affiliate WTVM Columbus held a telethon on March 6 and Nexstarís CBS affiliate WRBL and PMB Broadcasting in Columbus held fundraisers on March 7.
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