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News4Jax Dedicates Streaming Series to Election Coverage

Date Posted: 3/4/2024

A dedicated streaming series from Graham Media Groups News4Jax in Jacksonville, Fla., discusses debates, trends, patterns, election laws and more in what the station calls an election year like no other. News4JAX anchor of The Morning Show, Bruce Hamilton, is hosting this series, which aims to give viewers all the information you need to make informed decisions this election year.

WKMG Investigates Public Record Delays

Date Posted: 3/20/2023

An investigation from Graham Media Groups News 6 WKMG in Orlando explored delays in release of public records to citizens and journalists caused by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis offices practice of reviewing these records from state agencies. The report discussed the legality of these delays, including analysis from watchdog organizations and nonprofits, state officials and the governors office. Whether its intentional or not, it has the obvious effect of unreasonably delaying the constitutional right of access to public records, said a representative from the Florida Center for Government Accountability.

Radiothon Raises $125,000 for Food Bank

Date Posted: 8/19/2022

Northeast Florida radio station WNZF, owned by Flagler Broadcasting, raised $125,000 for Grace Community Food Pantry during a six-hour radiothon. A lot of times the people that have the least are the ones that give the most, Flagler Broadcasting President David Ayres said. A little bit from a lot of people adds up, and weve had a few people donate a large amount.

iHeartMedia Supports Local Jobs Expo in Florida

Date Posted: 7/21/2022

iHeartMedia Central Florida helped present the second Florida Jobs Now Career Expo in July. We look forward to bringing our 2nd of three recruiting events this year to Central Florida, said Barbara Latham, iHeartMedia Area President for Orlando and Melbourne. As a business ourselves serving our local community in Central Florida, we continue to realize the need from our business partners to fill jobs and is a top priority. We feel uniquely poised to help connect these businesses with people living or moving to Central Florida as an essential part of our efforts in our local communities.

WPTV Reports on Floridas Vaccine Rollout

Date Posted: 7/14/2022

A local perspective on national stories can be a lifeline for viewers. This in-depth report from Scripps Local Media-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fl., examines the unique situation in Florida for the vaccine rollout. The station shares communications from the state health department and interviews local pediatricians and parents.

WLWT5 Reports on Vaccines for Kids

Date Posted: 7/14/2022

Cincinnati, Ohios WLWT5, owned by Hearst Television, reported on a vaccine clinic at a local hospital and included an interview with Childrens Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Patty Manning-Courtney about COVID vaccine hesitation. "We appreciate how seriously families take the decision to vaccinate their children and how much concern there has been around safety on both sides of this equation," Manning-Courtney said. "I cant think of a pediatrician who hasnt vaccinated their child in every age group. We are the first to line up and do this. And if you have a good trusting relationship with your pediatrician, then I think and you asked that question, What would you do with your child? We all say we would vaccinate."

WEAR Helps Seniors Beat the Heat

Date Posted: 7/7/2022

The Senior Chill Out campaign from Pensacola, Fla.s WEAR-TV, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, collected 472 fans, 467 air conditioners and $96,146 in cash from viewers and corporate donors. Now in its twelfth year, the campaign collaborates with the Council on Aging to help provide senior years relief during the summer heat.

WEAR senior news anchor Sue Straughn, a champion of the campaign, wrote her thanks to the local community of Angels for their support. For the hundreds who are safer today because of your kindness, Channel 3 says, thank you.

First Coast News Reveals Mobile Mammography Buddy Bus

Date Posted: 6/10/2022

Jacksonville, Fl.s First Coast News ran a two-week campaign to promote the reveal of the Buddy Bus, a mobile mammography unit paid for by contributions from the community.

The name of the bus is a reference to the stations 30-year effort, Buddy Check, which has encouraged women and men to do monthly breast self-checks.

The entire reason we are doing this is to save more lives, said First Coast News Anchor Jeannie Blaylock. Mammograms save lives. We just need to get people to get out and do it.

Beasley Supports UNICEF in Ukraine

Date Posted: 4/6/2022

The Beasley Best Community of Caring campaign from Beasley Media Group is bringing its stations together to support the humanitarian efforts of UNICEF for the children affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

Right now, over seven million children in Ukraine and its bordering countries are in need of food and clean water, medical care, clothing and a safe place to sleep. UNICEF is scaling up its emergency response inside the country while also racing to meet the urgent needs of vulnerable children and families on the move as they stream into neighboring countries.

Miamis WPLG Shares Ways South Floridians Can Help Ukrainians

Date Posted: 3/3/2022

In an emergency, many peoples first question is how they can help. With active disinformation campaigns surrounding the crisis in Ukraine, sharing trustworthy resources is especially important. Berkshire Hathaways WPLG in Miami, Fla., collected donation requests from a variety of both local and international nonprofits for anyone in south Florida looking to help.

News4Jax Spotlights Local Woman Worried about Family in Ukraine

Date Posted: 3/1/2022

Can you imagine being 5,500 miles from family and knowing they are fighting to survive? asked Graham Media Groups News4Jax in Jacksonville, Fla. They spoke to a local woman with family in Ukraine to bring this story home for their viewers. All I want to know at this point is if theyre alive -- if theyre okay, said Lena Skalska. Skalskas father and family are in Kyiv. She copes with not only the daily fear but a sense of helplessness knowing they are in the middle of a war that has bombs falling near their home in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Armed Russian troops and armored vehicles marching past their home.

WIRK West Palm Beach Raises Money for Wounded Veterans

Date Posted: 8/23/2021

Hubbard Broadcastings WIRK Indiantown, Fla., morning show team Tim Leary and Chelsea Taylor initiated a campaign to raise $5,000 in five days for the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund (WVRF). When WVRF Executive Director Mike Durkee called the show to invite Leary to join Purple Heart recipients on their annual July Fourth Dive for Freedom in open waters with sharks, Leary challenged their listeners to reach their monetary goal in order to agree to join the dive. By the morning of July 4, the total raised was just under $7,000 and Leary joined the dive as promised.

WTSP Evaluates Red Tide Situation in Aftermath of Hurricane Elsa

Date Posted: 7/27/2021

TEGNAS CBS affiliate WTSP St. Petersburg, Fla., reported on July 10 about the effect of Hurricane Elsa on the lingering red tide situation in the Tampa Bay area, a harmful algal bloom that produces toxins that can kill fish and cause respiratory problems in humans. "It certainly doesnt seem like, as we had all had our fingers crossed, that Tropical Storm Elsa helped the red tide situation, it certainly didnt flush it out of Tampa Bay," said Dr. Lisa Krimsky, a regional water resources extension agent with the University of Florida IFAS Extension. WTSP also reported on July 15 about the symptoms people may experience from swimming in red tide waters, breathing nearby air and eating contaminated shellfish. Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, coughing, shortness of breath and tingling of the fingers and toes can occur, and symptoms can be more critical for those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

WFTX-TV Interviews Emergency Manager Ahead of Hurricane Elsa

Date Posted: 7/27/2021

Ahead of Hurricane Elsa making landfall (later downgraded to a tropical storm), E.W. Scripps Companys Fox affiliate WFTX-TV Cape Coral, Fla., interviewed Patrick Fuller, director, Charlotte County Emergency Management, on July 4 about the preparations for the storm, lessons learned from a previous direct hit from Hurricane Charley in 2004 and how to plan for the rest of hurricane season. Fuller encouraged viewers to be mindful of the threat of storm surge during hurricane season and to know what evacuation zone they reside in, as well as develop a disaster kit and plan for where to go in case of an evacuation.

WJXT Jacksonville Anchor Encourages Vaccine Participation

Date Posted: 4/5/2021

Longtime anchor Tom Wills from Graham Media Groups WJXT Jacksonville, Fla., received the first dose of his vaccine on January 22 and then went on Facebook to urge others to do the same.

I know the appointments are hard to get. But its worth the effort, Wills said. We go back a long ways together and we want to stay together. So go get this shot.

Later that night on the 6 p.m. newscast, Wills said the process could not have been easier and said he experienced no pain and no side effects. He encouraged viewers to get the vaccine to protect not only themselves but their loved ones.

The feeling of having some protection against this virus is indescribable, Wills said.

WHYI-FM Dedicates Programming Day to Celebrate Women

Date Posted: 3/5/2021

iHeartMedias WHYI-FM Miami is celebrating International Womens Day with an all-female programming lineup, playing only music from the incredible women of pop music. The morning show will kick off the music celebration on Monday, March 8 at 9am ET.

"We are so excited for Y100 to spend an entire day devoted to highlighting incredible women in Pop music and media," said WHYI Programming Director Taylor Jukes.

Monday from 5-6pm local time, iHeartMedia stations including WHYI-FM will devote the hour to playing the biggest hits and new music from todays female artists. The radio takeover will be followed at 8pm ET by a live one-hour special stream of "iHeartRadio Presents See Her Hear Her: Celebrating Women in Music" on iHeartRadios social media and streaming sites. The event will feature guest interviews with Gwen Stefani, Cardi B and Kelsea Ballerini.

WTLV-WJXX Jacksonville Forms Vaccine Team

Date Posted: 2/9/2021

TEGNAs NBC affiliate WTLV and ABC affiliate WJXX Jacksonville, Fla., known as First Coast News, formed a Vaccine Team to help answer viewer questions regarding vaccination, consisting of reporters and producers who take calls, emails and texts from viewers and share that information on all their platforms. The mission of the First Coast News Vaccine Team is to uncover new information on production, distribution and availability of the vaccine and then give our community easy access to that information. We are committed to be an advocate by taking questions to medical experts, said Joe Inderhees, the stations news director. A dedicated email address and hotline have been set up for viewers to contact the First Coast News Vaccine Team with questions.

WJXT and WCWJ Jacksonville Honor Black History Month

Date Posted: 2/1/2021

Graham Media Groups WJXT and CW affiliate WCWJ Jacksonville, Fla., will honor Black History Month with special programming highlighting Black culture and the achievements of Black Americans. On WJXT, River City Live Host Eden Kendall will sit down with News4JAX anchors and reporters who have made the decision to wear their hair in a natural or protective style. The series, Passing the Crown, will explain how The Crown Act, or Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, works to make it illegal to discriminate against someone due to the way they wear their hair.

Each day in February, WCWJ will air a short vignette, profiling a moment or person from Jacksonville who played a significant role in African American history. On February 7, WCWJ will air What About Me, featuring the voices and perspectives of African American men beyond the limiting image of entertainers, athletes and criminals. The month caps off with a two-part documentary airing February 21 and 28 titled For Love of Liberty: The Story of Americas Black Patriots, that salutes the contributions of African American men and women throughout our nations history. Hosted by Halle Barry, the documentary features the voices of Morgan Freeman, Lou Gossett Jr. and more.

Rep. Castor and WUSF-FM Offer Insurrection Insight

Date Posted: 1/20/2021

Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14) was in the House office building under lockdown during the attack, and spoke with University of South Floridas WUSF-FM on the phone later that night before the House reconvened. "It was a grotesque spectacle, just shocking to see," she told WUSFs Steve Newborn.

WESH-TV Shares Christmas with 3.8 Million Meals

Date Posted: 12/17/2020

Hearsts NBC affiliate WESH-TV in Orlando, Fla. partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank, a local non-profit, to raise more $1,000,000 during the 35th annual "Share Your Christmas" food drive. The total will provide 3.8 million meals, enough to provide 2 weeks of groceries to more than 3,300 families.

In response to the pandemic, which derailed plans for the traditional food drive, the station pivoted to accept online donations and provide safe ways for the community to give.

All across Central Florida, hearts were opened, resources were shared, and many thousands of families who need help will get it, said Dave Krepcho, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Floridas president.

WSVN Donates $100,000 to South Florida Food Bank

Date Posted: 12/11/2020

Sunbeam Televisions Fox affiliate WSVN-TV Miami and Sunbeam Televisions Ansin Foundation donated $100,000 to Feeding South Florida, a local non-profit that provides food assistance to families in need.

With need for assistance increased due to the pandemic, the donation is able to feed thousands of families across the city facing insecurity.

We are especially pleased that these funds will ensure food is delivered where the need is greatest and hope that these contributions will help stimulate more donations, large and small, from the local communities, said Andy Ansin, Sunbeam Televisions CEO and Ansin Foundation trustee.

WIRK Raises $11,000 for Friends Feeding Friends

Date Posted: 11/23/2020

Hubbard Radios WIRK-FM West Palm Beach raised more than $11,000 for their annual "Friends Feeding Friends" Food Drive on November 21. The station surpassed its original goal of $10,000, but because of the pandemic, the entire event was held virtually. The total will provide more than 68,000 meals for people in the community.

Morning personalities Tim Leary and Chelsea Taylor broadcast the entire program remotely from their homes.

"Friends Feeding Friends has been a signature event for WIRK for 15 years, and Tim & Chelsea were determined to not let 2020 make it a casualty," said WIRK Program Director Bruce Logan. "So even though the event changed to a virtual event -- AND Tim was in COVID-19 quarantine -- they stayed on the air for 12 hours on Saturday. "

Beasley Media Group and ABC7 Support Local Veterans

Date Posted: 11/13/2020

Beasleys WXKB-FM Ft. Meyers, Fla., Morning Personality and Army Veteran Jason Big Mama Jones partnered with Waterman Broadcastings ABC affiliate WZVN on Veterans Day to raise awareness and support for Home Base Southwest Florida Veteran and Family Care. The XXX raised will provide important support services for veterans and their families in Southwest Florida.

In addition to the morning show, Jones hosts "Bravery Network," a weekend program that highlights veterans issues and services available for them and their families. The show can be heard on Beasleys WXKB-FM, WRXK-FM, WJPT-FM, WWCN-FM, WRXK HD-2 and WJBX-FM.

East Coast Radio Prepares for Isaias

Date Posted: 8/4/2020

As tropical storm Isaias approached the East Coast, radio stations began implementing preparedness plans. Entercoms WLYF-FM and WMXJ-FM Miami launched a Tracking the Tropics" resource page on their websites homepages that included links to the National Hurricane Center, to BH Media Groups WPLG-TV and to Miami-Dade and Broward county government websites. WLYF and WMXJ also provided regular, live updates during the storm, while also reminding listeners to keep checking the Tracking the Tropics page.

WPTV Provides Live Coverage of Isaias While Working Remotely

Date Posted: 8/4/2020

Scripps WPTV West Palm Beach provided viewers with weather coverage of Isaias for more than 20 hours. The COVID-19 crisis caused WPTV to update the usual in-person all-hands-on-deck approach, including food planning and sleeping arrangements at the station. They directed, produced and edited stories remotely, while maintaining safe social distancing at all times. View coverage here.

WKMG Hosts "Real Talk" Town Hall

Date Posted: 7/30/2020

Graham Media Groups WKMG Orlando, Fla., began a "Real Talk" initiative to discuss important issues of race and justice in society. One talk, held on Juneteenth, brought together local stakeholders on topics including law, education, health and societal concerns. The second installment tackled the topic of inequity in the justice system. A panel of experts discussed sentencing disparities, wrongful convictions, mass incarceration and other issues surrounding our criminal justice system.

WKMG Investigates Police Brutality and Policing

Date Posted: 7/15/2020

Graham Media Groups WKMG Orlando, Fla., investigated stories of police brutality following the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests. Coverage spotlighted community activists determined to make a difference, and elevated the role conversation plays in demanding change for the community. WKMG created a dedicated station webpage to host resources and stories.

The station also pivoted pivoted the focus of their franchise, Getting Crime Results to examine the relationship between law enforcement and communities. Investigations put a spotlight on how agencies are altering training and improving community policing.

WKMG Highlights Local Black History

Date Posted: 7/5/2020

Graham Media Groups WKMG Orlando, Fla., took additional time and resources to highlight Black stories with a new initiative, Rooted in Central Florida, during February. More than 30 stories detailing local Black history aired on television and were posted to the stations website and social media pages.

WKMG Helps Save Lives on the Road

Date Posted: 6/30/2020

Graham Media Groups WKMG-TV Orlando, Fla., was nominated for a Service to Community Award in the Television Large Market category.

After WKMG-TV news anchor Matt Austin was hit and seriously injured by a texting driver, the station initiated a relentless multi-faceted, multi-year campaign led by Austin to strengthen Floridas texting and driving law. WKMG gathered stories from viewers, created partnerships with law enforcement and legislators and confronted those lawmakers who were creating roadblocks to a piece of legislation designed to save lives on Floridas roadways. After three years of work, on July 1, 2019, those efforts resulted in a new law, making texting and driving a primary offense. In the end, many legislators, including those who were originally against a more robust law, credit WKMG with being a major factor behind its passage.

WJHG Help Secure Federal Hurricane Relief Funding

Date Posted: 6/30/2020

Gray Televisions WJHG-TV Panama City, Fla., was nominated for a 2020 Service to Community Award in the Television Small Market category.

On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael hit an area of the Florida Panhandle nicknamed The Forgotten Coast. By 2019, the area seemed to live up to its name. More than six months after the hurricane wiped out parts of this community, no federal relief aid so critical for recovery had arrived. As locals began to wonder when things would return to normal, WJHG got to work educating the community at large about how long it had been waiting for federal relief funds and what needed to be done to grab lawmakers attention. Through social media, daily coverage of local suffering and national media outreach, this team made sure lawmakers heard the outcry for support. Finally, 236 days following Hurricane Michael, a Federal Disaster Relief package passed and this area was one step closer to not feeling so forgotten.

WKMG-TV Makes Ends Meet to Help Local Communities

Date Posted: 5/20/2020

Graham Media Group CBS affiliate WKMG-TV Orlando recently launched the "Make Ends Meet" initiative, a budget guidance plan for viewers looking to cut back on spending during the COVID-19 crisis. The station is working with a certified financial planner and lawmakers, including Sen. Rick Scott, to help communities deal with economic challenges during the pandemic. The Make Ends Meet initiative has yielded immediate dividends and motivated viewers to donate thousands of dollars to help others in the community after seeing profiles aired on the local station.

WESH-TV and WKCF-TV Collect 4.4 Million Meals

Date Posted: 4/21/2020

Hearsts NBC affiliate WESH-TV and CW affiliate WKCF-TV Orlando, Fla., collected 4.4 million meals for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida during a one-day telethon on April 21. Viewers were encouraged to donate on the stations website to ensure safety protocols were met. Food banks have seen increased need due to the pandemic.

With so many people out of work, and kids not getting school meals, we recognized early on the need for food in our community was at an all-time high, we knew there was a way to help, said John R. Soapes, WESHs general manager.

WJXT Helps Frontline Workers

Date Posted: 4/20/2020

Graham Media Group-owned WJXT Jacksonville, Fla., WJXT launched "Food4Frontline," a community-wide effort to help both frontline workers and local restaurants affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

Weve been telling the stories of doctors, nurses, EMT workers, and other first responders who are so busy caring for others they dont have time to think about eating, said VP and GM Bob Ellis. This is our opportunity to coordinate a meaningful effort to take care of them. To do this and also help local restaurants in the process is our way of living out our mission as Jacksonvilles only truly local television station in these unprecedented times.

Hubbard Donates $1 Million in Designated COVID-19 PSA Airtime

Date Posted: 4/13/2020

Hubbards West Palm Beach, Fla., cluster is donating $1 million in airtime through the end of May for public service announcements from local charities. The campaign, entitled Fight Back Give Back, is to raise awareness and funding for local charities committing to helping the public during the pandemic.

Fifty unique PSAs will begin airing on WRMF-FM, WIRK-FM, WEAT-FM, WMBX-FM and WFTL-AM starting on April 13.

Beasleys WXKB-FM Hosts Medical Supply Drive

Date Posted: 3/27/2020

Beasley Media Groups WXKB-FM Ft. Myers, Fla., collected 20,000 gloves, 500 masks and 60 pairs of eyewear in a medical supply drive on March 24 to support health care workers dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. They delivered the first batch of donations collected to Lee Memorial Health System on March 27.

Big Mama and the Wild bunch continue to have a pulse on the local communitys needs said Vice President and Market Manager Brad Beasley. He and his team always step up to and provide for those in need, especially during difficult times. Big Mama and the Wild bunch are true leaders of our community. I could not be more proud of them.

Emotional Call to WIRK-FM Helps One Family Business

Date Posted: 3/26/2020

An emotional call to Hubbard Broadcastings WIRK-FM Palm Beach County, Fla., shone a spotlight on March 26 on one struggling local business experiencing financial hardship due to coronavirus. Amanda, the daughter of the owner of Morgans Country Kitchen, called the show to let listeners know they were still open for business and shared her worries that her mother would lose the restaurant.

The next day, the owner called in with a heartwarming update. I cant thank you enough for what youre doing for everyone, Patty said to the hosts. Listen here.

WOFL Raises $80,000 for Florida Families Impacted by COVID-19

Date Posted: 3/25/2020

Fox owned and operated WOFL-TV Orlando, Fla., raised $80,000 for a local food bank to help families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Feeding Families in Crisis fundraiser helps Second Harvest Food Bank, which collects and redistributes food donates throughout central Florida. The station highlighted the importance of donating, especially after schools were closed due to the virus, and aired interviews from food bank staff to encourage donations.

Beasley Media Group Southwest Florida Stations Celebrates Hometown Heroes During COVID-19

Date Posted: 3/24/2020

Beasley Media Groups Southwest Florida radio stations - WXKB-FM, WJPT-FM, WRKX-FM, WWCN-FM and WRXK-HD2 - are celebrating individuals in the local community whose acts of kindness continue to serve as an inspiration to others.

Part of the companys Were All in This Together Community of Caring company-wide initiative, listeners are invited to submit the name of someone who is making a difference online at b1039.com, 993espn.com, sunny1063.com, 96krock.com and Playa981.com. Individuals will be saluted on the air and featured on each stations social media platforms.

Being kind to one another can have a life-changing effect in our local community during these unprecedented times, said Beasley Media Group Southwest Florida Vice President and Market Manager, Brad Beasley. We want to salute those who put others before themselves.

WPTV Collects Toys and Food

Date Posted: 1/22/2020

Scripps-owned NBC-affiliate WPTV West Palm Beach, Fla., held its 35th annual Bill Brooks Food for Families Food Drive from October 14 - November 22 and yielded 177,160 pounds of food donations. The food donated will help families in need in the local area. WPTV also collected 3,000 toys during a drive held on December 13 to benefit the United Way of Palm Beach County.

We are so proud of the outpouring of support from the community during the 35th annual WPTV Food for Families Food Drive and 4th Annual Toy Drive, said General Manager Lloyd Bucher. These initiatives are incredibly important to WPTV and our community, and the giving nature of our viewers makes a tremendous difference.

Beasley Southwest Florida Collects Nearly 1,000 Bikes

Date Posted: 12/30/2019

Beasley Media Groups six Southwest Florida radio stations partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation of Lee County to host the 2nd annual Beasley Bike Drive on December 10. WXKB-FM, WJPT-FM, WRKX-FM, WWCN-FM, WRXK-HD2 and WJBX-AM collected 947 bikes and $17,750.

WFSX Sends 80,000 Christmas Cards to the Troops

Date Posted: 12/20/2019

Sun Broadcastings WFSX-FM Ft. Myers, Fla., hand-delivered over 80,000 Christmas cards to American troops serving overseas on December 7. The station encouraged listeners to donate Christmas cards for the 4th annual 10,000 for the Troops promotion. Station host Drew Steele broadcast live from Ramstein Air Base in Germany while delivering the cards.

WLLDs Record Collection For Tampa Kids

Date Posted: 12/18/2019

Beasley Media Groups WLLD-FM Tampa, Fla., collected more than 830 bicycles, four full storage containers worth of toys and over $42,900 in cash and gift cards to benefit the Childrens Home Network in Tampa on December 6 14. Morning show personality Orlando Davis lived on the toy tower, an outdoor platform elevated 30 feet in the air, for eight consecutive days to encourage donations for the annual drive.

WAVW Raises $43,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 12/6/2019

iHeart Medias WAVW-FM Port St. Lucie, Fla.,, exceeded last years total in the Country Cares for St. Jude Radiothon, raising more than $43,000 in an event held December 5 - 6.

WYUU-FM Raises $174,715 to Benefit St. Jude Childrens Hospital

Date Posted: 12/6/2019

Beasley Media Groups WYUU-FM Tampa, Fla., raised a record-setting $174,715 during the 10th Annual Promesa y Esperanza Radiothon to benefit St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital on December 5-6.

It is with events like the St. Jude radiothon that radio stations and media outlets can apply their reach and messaging power to do something incredibly meaningful, said WYUU-FM Program Director Nio Encendio.

WCTV Receives Service to Community Award

Date Posted: 10/1/2019

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, a local Tallahassee couple started collecting relief supplies for the residents of their hometown Jayuya, P.R. Gray Televisions WCTV Tallahassee, Fla., covered the couples efforts and within days, several truckloads of relief supplies were collected and sent to Jayuya. To help further, a WCTV crew traveled to Jayuya to document how the donated materials helped Puerto Ricans recover from the devastation. The station also highlighted the continued struggles many were having getting money for housing repairs. Rather than waiting for the Federal Emergency Management Association to approve or deny financial aid, the station helped raise funds, equipment and materials to help provide new roofs for homes in Jayuya.

WCTV received the NAB Leadership Foundations Service to Community Award for Television Small Market at the 2019 Service to America Awards Gala for their efforts.

WYCT-FM Awarded for Community Service at Service to America Awards

Date Posted: 10/1/2019

The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation awarded ADX Communications WYCT-FM Pensacola, Fla., the Service to Community Award for Radio Medium Market at the 2019 Celebration of Service to America Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes WYCT-FMs dedication to supporting the Santa Rosa Kids House. Santa Rose Kids House offers on-site specialized sexual abuse therapy to help child victims and their families recover. The station raised nearly $15,000 for the non-profit during its inaugural Spring Jam, an all-ages event featuring popular country music acts.

WKMG-TV Receives Service to Community Award for Investigative Reporting

Date Posted: 10/1/2019

Graham Media Groups WKMG-TV Orlando, Fla., received the Service to Community Award for Television Large Market at the NAB Leadership Foundation 2019 Service to America Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. WKMG received the honor for a series of investigative reports featuring first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

WKMGs focused reporting helped expose the states failure to recognize PTSD as a medical injury and provide workers compensation to emergency responders who could not prove physical injury. After WKMG aired their initial report, more first responders were empowered to come forward and speak about their experiences. On March 27, 2018, Governor Rick Scott signed the Workers Compensation Benefits for First Responders Act into law. Governor Scott said WKMGs reporting was instrumental in the passage and signing of the new law.

WJXT Airs Special on Hurricane Dorian

Date Posted: 9/23/2019

Graham Media-owned WJXT Jacksonville, Fla., aired on September 24 96 Hours of Anguish, an hour-long documentary on Hurricane Dorian, which landed in The Bahamas on September 1. Reporter Vic Micolucci and Photojournalist Jesse Hanson spent four days - 96 hours - covering the disaster and captured hours of footage. The resulting documentary highlights Bahamians who struggled to survive and Florida-based volunteer operations bringing crucial supplies into hard to access areas.

WKMG-TV Proclaimed a First Informer

Date Posted: 7/31/2019

Graham Medias CBS affiliate WKMG-TV Orlando received a proclamation from Jimmy Patronis, Chief Financial Officer for the State of Florida, declaring the station a first informer for the community after WKMG received the NAB Leadership Foundation (NABLF) Service to Community Award. The award recognized WKMGs series of impactive investigative reports that featured first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and led to new legislation.

WKMG-TV showed its deeply rooted commitment to public service and epitomizes a broadcasters devotion to positively impacting their community and creating a lasting difference, reads the declaration.

Beasley Media Group Presents Kids Day 2019

Date Posted: 7/21/2019

Beasley Media Group Tampa cluster - WPBB-FM, WQYK-FM, WYUU-FM, WRBQ-FM and WLLD-FM - held its seventh annual Kids Day on July 21. Kids took photos with Star Wars and Marvel characters, plus television star Isaak Presley of Stuck in the Middle and Fuller House. Kids Day featured the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pirate Ship, face painting, cookie decorating, gaming, and a sports center with hockey, basketball, baseball and bowling. At the petting zoo, attendees could interact with baby alligators and pigs. Kids Day 2019 was free for children 14 and under and $5 for ages 15+. School supply donations were encouraged. Proceeds benefited the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.

WPTV Meteorologist Takes 120-Mile Bike Ride for Charity

Date Posted: 6/28/2019

Scripps NBC affiliate WPTV West Palm Beach Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle took a 120-mile bike to raise awareness about the beginning of hurricane season. The 21st annual Steves Ride, which lasted from May 27 31, raised more than $164,000 for the American Red Cross.

WPTV Airs Specials to Protect Beaches, Waterways, Wetlands

Date Posted: 5/6/2019

Scripps NBC affiliate WPTV West Palm Beach aired Protecting Paradise specials, which are focused on multiple environmental issues, ranging from beach bacteria and turtles to aquaculture during WPTVs morning news and its 5 oclock news every day during Earth Week. To culminate the week, WPTV, along with Keep Palm Beach Beautiful, supported and encouraged viewers to sign up to volunteer for the April 27 Great American Cleanup. WPTVs significant commitment to environmental issues is being made with the consultation of who matters most to us, our viewers and our community, said Lloyd Bucher, WPTVs general manager.

WJXT Keeps Search for Missing Girl

Date Posted: 3/4/2019

Graham Medias WJXT Jacksonville, Fla., aired special reports and podcasts in hopes of generating new leads into the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings, who vanished 10 years ago at age five. The three-minute on-air reports and 22-minute podcasts discussed facts and theories about her disappearance. WJXT aims to bring some attention to this case because its still unsolved, said Digital Executive Producer Garrett Pelican. The hope is somebody will have some helpful information and come forward.

WHWY-FM Supports Toys for Tots

Date Posted: 12/19/2018

Community Broadcasters WHWY-FM Fort Walton Beach, Fla., collected a record 2,000 bicycles for Toys for Tots during its eighth annual Bikes or Bust, held November 30 December 3. Afternoon host Bo Reynolds lived on a 30-foot platform for four days, despite heavy rain, to raise awareness. Four hundred bikes went to the area most impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Each one of these bikes represents a child that on Christmas morning is going to wake up and have something that they otherwise wouldnt have, Reynolds said. If we can make their Christmas just a little brighter, thats what we set out to do.

WPTV Collects 100 Tons of Food

Date Posted: 12/19/2018

Scripps NBC affiliate WPTV West Palm Beach collected 100 tons of food during the 34th annual Bill Brooks Food for Families Food Drive to serve people in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. WPTV partnered with schools, local businesses, civic groups and nonprofits during the six-week campaign, which concluded December 8.

WFOR Documentary Earns DuPont Award

Date Posted: 12/19/2018

CBS Miamis WFOR won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for its hour-long documentary, The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide. WFOR spent a year exploring the causes of the contaminated algae in Floridas Everglades after the toxic blue-green algae shut down beaches and businesses in 2016, prompting an economic crisis and pitting communities against each other.

The Everglades is a beloved national treasure, said News Director Liz Roldan. We sought to tell its story differently for local news, via an ambitious documentary that shows how politics, growth and pollution have impacted The River of Grass.

Beasleys Bike Drive Benefits Toys for Tots

Date Posted: 12/1/2018

Beasley Media Groups WXKB-FM, WJPT-FM, WRKX-FM, WWCN-FM, WRXK-HD2 and WJBX-AM Ft. Myers, Fla., collected 872 bikes and raised over $1,000 during the Beasley Bike Drive on December 14 to support Toys for Tots.

Broadcasters: A Lifeline During Hurricane Michael

Date Posted: 11/4/2018

Broadcasters in Florida and across the U.S. provided lifeline coverage before, during and after Hurricane Michael landed on October 10. It caused $8 billion in damage and killed 16 people in Florida and at least 10 in other states. Down power grids and severe damage to newsrooms did not stop coverage. Broadcasters aired more than 70,000 reports on Hurricane Michael, with stations breaking into scheduled programming as many as four times per hour. Radio provided more than 700 hours of coverage. Florida broadcasters aired more than 400 hours of hurricane coverage.

Another familiar aspect is local radio and TV broadcasters were unsung heroes in their first informer roles and in the aftermath, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

Nexstars ABC affiliate WMBB Panama City and Grays NBC affiliate WJHG Panama City were knocked off the air but continued to provide local citizens with critical safety information. Gulf Coast State Colleges WKGC-FM Panama City evacuated to a remote studio at the Bay County Emergency Operation Center. They remained there for at least two weeks, providing cleanup information and food and water locations.

Part of the WKGC mission has always been to provide information before, during and after a storm, said Station Manager Scott Kirkman.

Read more about how radio prepared for the storm and how networks covered Hurricane Michael.

WSCV-TV Miami Hosts Debates

Date Posted: 11/1/2018

Telemundos WSCV-TV Miami hosted a one-hour debate on October 2 between U.S. Senate candidates Senator Bill Nelson and Florida Governor Rick Scott. Topics included immigration, Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaughs nomination and President Trumps response to Hurricane Maria. The debate aired in Spanish on Telemundos WSCV, WTMO Orlando, WWDT Fort Myers and WRMD Tampa; in English on NBCs WTVJ Miami; and in both languages on mobile apps.

WSCV also hosted and aired a one-hour Spanish-language debate on October 13 between candidates for Floridas 27th U.S. Congress seat: Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, Broadcast Journalist Maria Elvira Salazar, and Immigration Attorney Mayra Joli.

Telemundos Decision 2018 campaign includes a weekly public affairs show, local town hall meetings, exclusive Hispanic Opinion Polls and the Tu Vota Cuenta (Your Vote Counts) campaign.

WFOR-TV Hosts Florida Gubernatorial Debate

Date Posted: 11/1/2018

Hearsts ABC affiliate produced a Florida gubernatorial debate between Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum on October 24.  Television stations that aired the debate include: Waterman Broadcastings NBC affiliate WBBH Fort Myers, Gray Televisions ABC affiliate WCJB Gainsville, TEGNAs ABC affiliate WJXX Jacksonville, CBS-owned WFOR Miami, Nexstars ABC affiliate WMBB Panama City, Sinclairs ABC affiliate WEAR Pensacola, Hearsts NBC affiliate WESH Orlando, Grays WCTV Tallahassee, Nexstars NBC affiliate WFLA Tampa, and Hearsts ABC affiliate WPBF West Palm Beach.

Telemundo Orlando Hosts Debate in Spanish

Date Posted: 10/31/2018

Telemundo-owned WTMO Orlando produced and aired the first scheduled televised Florida gubernatorial debate between candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis. Telemundos WSCV-TV Miami, WTMO-TV Orlando, WWDT-TV Fort Myers and WRMD-TV Tampa aired the debate in Spanish on October 16.

WKMG-TV Increases Scholarship to $150K for Homeless Teen

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Date Posted: 10/30/2018

Graham Media Groups WKMG-TV shared the story of Savohn Thomas with employees of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, hoping to help Thomas secure a work-study position. Instead, their outreach resulted in the school more than tripling his $40,000 scholarship. Thomas received a scholarship that would cover the entire cost of tuition through graduation, totaling $150,000.

Thomas found himself homeless and moving from one place to another at the start of his senior year of high school. At times, he even spent nights at a bus stop. Thomas also had to walk almost 20 miles to make it to class at Cypress Creek High School. "School was always a drive for me because it took time out of the times like being helpless, and it gave inspiration," Thomas recalled. Watch the video here.

Telemundo Miami Hosts Senate Debate with Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott

Date Posted: 10/2/2018

Telemundo-owned WSCV-TV Miami hosted a U.S. Senate debate on October 2 between Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott. It was the only debate aired in Spanish language.

As part of our (a href="https://www.nbcumv.com/news/wscv-telemundo-51-1-station-south-florida-kicks-%E2%80%9Cdecisi%C3%B3n-2018%E2%80%9D-election-coverage-hispanic?show=1067346&network=5266626">Decisin 2018 coverage, this one-of-a-kind forum will help Floridas Spanish-speaking community understand where each candidate stands on the issues that matter most to them before they head out to the polls to exercise their right to vote this November, said President and GM Jorge Carballo.

WPTV-TV Meteorologist Rides for Red Cross

Date Posted: 7/1/2018

Scripps NBC affiliate WPTV-TV West Palm Beach Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle began his annual Ride for the Red Cross on June 4. For the 20th year, Weagle spent five days riding a bicycle across the entire market to mark the beginning of hurricane season and raise awareness of the Red Cross. He auctioned his bike after the ride, donating the money to local Red Cross chapters.

WJAX-TV Targets Veterans Medical Debt

Date Posted: 6/28/2018

Cox Media Groups CBS affiliate WJAX-TV Jacksonville, Fla., spent $12,000 to wipe out crushing medical debt for local military families. WJAX also started the #RIPVetDebt campaign, in partnership with the non-profit RIP Medical Debt, to continue addressing the issue. Viewers and local businesses joined the cause. Efforts by WJAX have paid off more than $3.3 million dollars in local medical debt for veterans.

WFTV Relieves Medical Debt for 1,000 People

Date Posted: 6/28/2018

Cox Medias ABC affiliate WFTV-TV Orlando recently paid $1 million of medical debt for 1,000 people after Investigative Reporter Todd Ulrich investigated the system under which medical debt can be sold to collection agencies multiple times and for pennies on the dollar. WFTV received a flood of responses from viewers wanting to help, so they created an online donation page to continue the effort.

Todd Ulrich has been making a difference in the lives of Central Floridians for decades, said News Director Matt Parcell. This is some of the most impactful reporting he and Channel 9 have ever done.

Nexstar Stations Work Together to Cover Subtropical Storm Alberto

Date Posted: 6/1/2018

Nexstars FOX affiliate WZDX-TV Huntsville, Ala., sent their chief meteorologist, Maggie Dinizio, to their sister station, ABC affiliate WMBB-TV in Panama City, Fla., to assist in covering Subtropical storm Alberto. Dinizio helped with non-stop coverage to keep local viewers informed as Alberto came ashore in the Florida panhandle. While Dinizio was in Panama City, WZDX-TV meteorologist Jordan Dressman worked through his days off keeping Tennessee Valley viewers apprised of the possible impact Alberto might have as the storm headed north through the state.

WTVT Aired Democratic Gubernatorial Debate

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Date Posted: 5/3/2018

Fox-owned WTVT Tampa, Fla., hosted a debate between all four leading Democratic candidates for Florida governor. The debate took place at the stations studio in Tampa on April 18 and was broadcast at 6:30 p.m. The debate covered topics important to the Tampa community, such as school safety, crime, mental health services and hurricane preparedness. Watch the debate here.

Hosted by Mark Wilson and Kelly Ring, and moderated by Craig Patrick, the participants of the hour-long debate included Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and businessman Chris King.

Debates Set for Candidates Running for Florida Governor, U.S. Senate

Date Posted: 5/1/2018

Hearsts ABC affiliate WPBF-TV Tequesta, Fla., will produce debates between the Democratic and Republican nominees for Florida governor and U.S. Senate, organized by Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association. Debates are scheduled for October 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and will be carried across all of Floridas 10 media markets.

Statewide Debates to Air on CBS Miami

Date Posted: 5/1/2018

CBS Television Stations WFOR-TV Miami will host statewide Florida Gubernatorial debates. The Republican and Democratic primary debates will be held on August 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. The one-hour debates will be broadcast statewide through a consortium of TV stations in Floridas 10 major media markets.

These high-profile events will attract a significant and diverse viewership, said Vice President and General Manager Adam Levy. Our commitment is to produce an excellent exchange among the candidates in both the Republican and Democratic primaries.

WJXT Hosts Live Discussion on School Safety

Date Posted: 4/30/2018

Graham-owned WJXT-TV Jacksonville, Fla., aired a live town hall discussion, Generation Under Fire, on March 14 in partnership with the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University. Students, parents, educators and law enforcement officials discussed how dangerous situations are handled in local school districts, and how students can get involved. View WJXTs wrap-up discussion.

No matter your personal feelings, there is a common thread that we at New4JAX have determined is worth spending our airtime and efforts trying to solve, and that is keeping our families safe, said General Manager Bob Ellis.

Beasley Fort Myers Supports Habitat for Humanity

Date Posted: 4/17/2018

Beasley Media Group announced on April 17 that 30 employees from the Fort Myers, Fla., cluster and corporate staff recently volunteered at Habitat for Humanitys home sites in Collier County. As part of Beasleys Community of Caring initiative, team members nailed siding on the exterior of a house, installed windows and put roofing paper on two homes for local families in need. This is what radio is all aboutserving as a lifeline to help our local community, said Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley.

WCTV Awarded Service to Community Award for Television Small Market

Date Posted: 4/1/2018

WCTVs 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.

Univision Miami and Miami Dade College Hold Community Town-Hall about School Safety

Date Posted: 4/1/2018

Univision-owned WLTV-TV and WAQI-AM Miami and its digital platforms hosted Ni Una Muerte Ms, (Not One More Death) on March 22, a town-hall meeting to address school safety concerns. Award-winning anchor Ambrosio Hernandez moderated the event, which featured Miami-Dade Public Schools (MDPS) Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and a panel of experts, elected officials, student leaders, and parent. Panelists addressed questions from the audience and those sent via Facebook.

First Informers: Hurricane Irma

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Date Posted: 3/1/2018

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma struck the southeastern United States. As Irma approached, radio and television broadcasters took to the airwaves to warn those in the storms path about the oncoming danger. During the storm, local broadcasters provided lifeline support as first informers, relaying emergency and disaster relief information. And after the skies cleared, radio and TV stations played a critical role in the recovery and rebuilding efforts of their hometown communities.

These feats of courage, dedication and generosity demonstrated by local radio and TV broadcasters are captured in this short film produced by Media Arts Professor Scott Hodgson and his students at the University of Oklahoma, and Chandra Clark, professor of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama.

Beasley Media Groups WQYK-FM Radiothon Raises $300,620

Date Posted: 12/7/2017

Beasley Media Groups WQYK-FM Tampa partnered with St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital to host a Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon on December 7 and 8. The two-day fundraising event collected a total of $300,620 to benefit St. Jude.

WPBB-FM Collects Thousands of Toys for Kids

Date Posted: 12/1/2017

Beasley Media Groups WPBB-FM Tampa morning personalities Chadd & Kristi held their 17th annual "Toys for Tots Toy Drive" on December 1. The all-day live broadcast encouraged donations, collecting tens of thousands of toys to benefit less fortunate families throughout the Tampa Bay community. We are so excited to be doing our 17th annual marathon Toys for Tots Toy Drive because it is such an amazing day, knowing that through our listeners and partners help, we are putting smiles on thousands of kids faces right here in Tampa Bay, said Morning Show Host and Program Director Chadd Thomas.

Cox Media Group Supports Small Businesses After Irma

Date Posted: 10/21/2017

Cox Media Group (CMG) launched an initiative, Cox Media Group Cares Tampa Bay to help small businesses recover after Hurricane Irma. Many small businesses faced power outages, lost inventory, or closed for days. CMG stations are featuring local businesses each Saturday between October 21 and November 25 and providing free on-air, online and social media promotion throughout the week. The initiative will benefit 40 local small businesses with approximately $250,000 in promotional support.

CMG understands local businesses are an important part of our communities, said Keith Lawless, Vice President/General Manager for CMG Tampa. The disruption from Hurricane Irma has greatly impacted these businesses. We are proud to help support them at a time when they need it most.

Beasleys WYUU-FM Hosts Hurricane Maria

Date Posted: 9/13/2017

Beasley Media Groups WYUU-FM Tampa partnered with Walmart for a Hurricane Relief Drive. The drive, held September 24 25, raised money to support Hurricane Maria relief efforts. CaringForPuertoRico.org provided cargo planes to deliver supplies directly to Puerto Rico.

Fort Myers Stations Provide Refuge

Date Posted: 9/10/2017

Montclair Communications ABC affiliate WZVN-TV Naples, Fla., and Waterman Broadcastings NBC affiliate WBBH-TV Fort Myers, Fla., provided 65 hours of continuous coverage, with the combined newsroom staffs of 110 people, including eight meteorologists, working 12 hours on and 12 hours off. They became a refuge for staff members families and pets, serving hundreds of meals to the 236 people, 26 dogs, plus cats, reptiles and a Macaw. The guests, who ranged in age from 87 years old to two weeks, slept in mechanical rooms, the conference room and hallways. The eye of the hurricane passed directly over both the studios and their transmitter site, breaking a water main and crashing a tree onto a parked car. Both stations suffered minor service outages, but simulcasting ensured uninterrupted local coverage. The stations over-the-air signals served as a lifeline, as millions lost cable and satellite TV service. Station websites received nearly three million page views per day.

WYUU-FM Host Stays On Air for 19 Hours

Date Posted: 9/10/2017

Beasleys WYUU-FM Tampa midday host Nio Fernandez recognized a need for information in Spanish, so he broadcast in the Spanish language for 19 straight hours. Hundreds of listeners called in to talk about their experiences, such as seeing trees fall on cars, or to share information about stores that had water and supplies still in stock. Listeners who had been evacuated to neighboring states followed Beasley stations using mobile apps. Fernandez said callers told him, If it wasnt for you, wed have no idea whats going on there.

Tampa Radio Believes in BNice

Date Posted: 7/12/2017

Beasley Media Groups 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.

WTBN-AM Tampa Talks Race

Date Posted: 2/16/2017

Salem Media Groups 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. Watsons 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 ESPNs Sage Steele, was simulcast nationwide and can still be accessed at UnderOUrSkinForum.com.

Todd Ulrich of WFTV is Consumer Champion

Date Posted: 1/29/2017

The Orlando Sentinel recently profiled Todd Ulrich, a well-respected, long-time consumer investigative reporter with Cox Medias ABC affiliate WFTV Orlando. Todd Ulrich is a champion for trust, said Holly Salmons, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau in Central Florida. We appreciate his love for transparency and ethics. His tenacity has helped countless consumers and has helped to drive a larger divide between the good guys and the bad guys in business.

Ulrich receives more than 250 requests per week and reports roughly 100 stories a year. WFTV contacts the business even if a story doesnt air and keeps a database of complaints so Ulrich can look for patterns. Many stories involve restaurant inspections and used car sales. As Florida is one of the few states with no used-car sales protection, these stories often affect low-income families.

Other recent stories have included local grocery stores with poor inspection histories, a new automobile scam on Facebook and a local man who lost $28,000 in a social media scam. Viewer Kevin Nowak had trouble with his refrigerator from Sears Home Services for more than a year. Within a month of Ulrichs contact with the corporate office, Nowak received a replacement. Some business people hurl insults at Ulrich when he confronts them. Youre the biggest piece of garbage, and Im sure that will be edited out, said one. Ulrich does not let this bother him. I consider myself a consumer advocate along with being a consumer investigator, he said.

WFLA Reunites Residents With $2.3 Million

Date Posted: 11/14/2016

Media Generals 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.

WJXT Investigation Leads to Senate Investigation

Date Posted: 11/1/2016

Graham Media Groups WJXT-TV Jacksonville, Fla., aired an investigation into Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shortcomings, resulting in a U.S. Senate committee demanding answers. WJXT exposed deplorable living conditions at some HUD facilities in a series of investigative reports about Jacksonville housing complexes, including Eureka Gardens.

WKMG Anchor Issues Texting and Driving Call to Action

Date Posted: 10/17/2016

Graham Media Groups 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.

Simulcasting Allows South Florida Stations to Spread Critical Information

Date Posted: 10/8/2016

For Entercom Miami/Fort Lauderdale stations, simulcasting was a key component to a successful communication strategy during Hurricane Matthew. We are devoting more time to simulcasting, said Entercom Miami/Fort Lauderdale Director of Programming and Operations Rob Sidney. For example, talk-centered stations devoted programming to weather updates and information. Music stations interspersed local news, weather and traffic with locally-generated content, calls and preparation information.

Alpha Media Stays Live and Local During Hurricane Matthew

Date Posted: 10/8/2016

Alpha Media West Palm Beach stayed live throughout the course of Hurricane Matthew to provide important updates and information to its area listeners. In addition to constant weather updates, the stations aired conversations with community leaders and shared critical information, such as locations where listeners could obtain shelter or supplies. Alpha Media West Palm Beach Market Manager Elizabeth Hamma said the station is a conduit of critical information for our listeners.

CBS Radio Miami Tracks Storm, Provides Critical Information

Date Posted: 10/8/2016

With the threat of historic Hurricane Matthew barreling toward the Florida Coast, CBS Radio Miami (WKIS-FM, WPOW-FM, WQAM-AM) wasted no time in providing weather updates and critical evacuation information. On-air and via social we are reminding listeners how to prepare before the storm such as supply lists, family plan, securing your property/yard, pets and overall safety during and after the storm, said CBS Radio Miami Vice President of Programming Rob Morris. The station cluster also manned communication lines to gather information from area residents. Additionally, the cluster worked closely with sister station WFOR-TV to ensure updates and information were shared with as many people as possible.

iHeartMedia Miami, WIOD Partner to Provide Continuous Storm Coverage

Date Posted: 10/8/2016

iHeartMedia Miami, iHeartMedia Latino and NewsRadio 610 WIOD provided coverage before, during and after Hurricane Matthew tore through Florida and up the East Coast. WIOD broadcast all related press conferences and added five hours of local programming as the storm headed toward the Florida coast. On October 6, all station employees and other programmers temporarily moved into the WIOD building in order to provide around-the-clock coverage. Additionally, the station updated breaking news alerts every hour in both English and Spanish, and partnered with NBC-owned WTVJ Miami and area meteorologists to provide the most up to date information.

Cox Media Jacksonville Utilizes Social to Keep Listeners Informed

Date Posted: 10/7/2016

Stations in the Cox Media Jacksonville cluster relied on their websites and social media platforms as an effective way to communicate important Hurricane Matthew updates to area residents. Were posting interactive maps to track the storm with layers that show local top flood zones and traffic issues, said Cox Media Groups Director of Branding and Programming Aaron Schachter. Everything they could need is on our websites, and we make it easy to share as a resource to anyone looking for information. This is about using different ways to talk to and engage listeners.

WPLG Airs Town Hall Meeting On Gun Violence

Date Posted: 9/16/2016

Berkshire Hathaways 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.

WFLA-TV Helps Tampa Viewers Reclaim $1 Million

Date Posted: 9/8/2016

Media Generals 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.

WJXT-TV Holds Multiple Debates

Date Posted: 8/16/2016

Graham Medias WJXT-TV Jacksonville held debates for the following races: State Attorney on August 16; 4th Congressional District on August 17; and 5th Congressional District on August 18. The hour-long debates were held in Jacksonville Universitys Swisher Theater. The debates aired on WJXT-TV and were livestreamed on the stations website.

CBS Holds Debate in Floridas 23rd Congressional District Race

Date Posted: 8/14/2016

CBS owned-and-operated WFOR Miami held a debate between incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova in the race for Floridas 23rd Congressional District on August 14. The hour-long debate was broadcast live during the stations Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede program. It will likely be the only race debate before the August 30 election.

Univision Provides Multi-Platform Coverage of Orlando Massacre

Date Posted: 7/24/2016

Univision News reported from Orlando within hours of the Pulse shooting, providing coverage on television, radio and digital platforms. A special digital report "49 vctimas del odio (49 victims of hatred) launched on June 17. The exclusive report Inside the house of Omar Mateen was picked up by media organizations in the U.S. and all over the world, including in Italian and Dutch. Univision Puerto Rico aired the hour-and-a-half special Unidos por Orlando (United for Orlando) on June 17. Univisions news magazine show produced Aqui y Ahora (Here & Now); Terror en Orlando (Terror in Orlando) on June 19 and El Omar Que Yo Conoci (The Omar I Knew) on June 24.

WFTV Investigates Hidden License Plates

Date Posted: 7/14/2016

Cox Medias ABC affiliate WFTV Orlando investigated new ways drivers are hiding license plates from traffic cameras. Each year, thousands of dollars in fines are lost to drivers who hide their plates.

WFTV Investigates Attorney Generals Involvement In Red Light Ticket

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Cox Media Groups ABC affiliate WFTV Orlando investigated Attorney general Pam Bondis involvement in a local red light camera case. A local driver, who is fighting a red light camera ticket, said he was shocked when the highest law enforcement official in the state took an interest in his case. But court documents obtained by the station show that, in part, the motivation for Bondi is money. The 9th Circuit has already ruled in previous cases that companies cant replace cities and counties. The question: Can drivers use that as a defense to get tickets tossed? And, if they can, how much money does the state stand to lose?

WFTV Investigates Area Schools Background Check Process

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Cox Media Groups ABC affiliate WFTV Orlando investigated area schools background check process after a high school coach was arrested on a drug charge. The coach failed to disclose his criminal history years ago on his employment application, and was recently accused of running a multistate drug ring. The district didnt catch the issue until after the coach, Benjamin Jenkins, was allowed on the field and in classrooms after failing to disclose a misdemeanor drug arrest on his 2014 application, and no background check was performed.

WFTX-TV Investigates Beach Water Quality

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

E.W. Scripps Fox affiliate WFTX-TV Fort Myers, Fla. investigated beach water quality after bacteria and potentially toxic algae began plaguing local waterways. The problem, likely sparked by Lake Okeechobee water releases, is gaining national attention, but the solutions to the problems remain in short supply.

Television Station Groups Unite to Cover Tragedy

Date Posted: 6/19/2016

TVSpy reported on television station groups collaborative efforts. Cox Media Groups 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.

Hearsts 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 Groups (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 cant imagine what they and their viewers are going through."

Radio Provides Extensive Coverage of Unthinkable Terror Attack

Date Posted: 6/19/2016

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 Obamas planned trip to Orlando on June 16.

iHeartMedia Orlandos 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," iHeartMedias 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 CMGs 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.

Broadcasters Support Orlando Community Following Massacre

Date Posted: 6/19/2016

Radio Ink also reported on CBS Radio and Cox Media Groups efforts in the week following the attack. CBS Radios 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 Groups 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 Orlandos OneOrlando Fund.

OTA Broadcastings 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 nights 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."

Television Networks Provide Wall-to-Wall Coverage

Date Posted: 6/16/2016

Broadcasting & Cable provided details on network television coverage of the massacre. The television networks main anchors - CBSs Scott Pelley, NBCs Lester Holt and ABCs David Muir also all flew to Orlando on June 12 to broadcast special evening newscasts. ABC sent six reporters to assist those already in Orlando, with NBC dedicating four reporters to the story. Charlie Rose and Gayle King of "CBS This Morning" also broadcast from Orlando. Coverage in the days that followed included special editions of "Dateline NBC" and ABCs "20/20" that were devoted to the massacre.

Television Networks Provide Wall-to-Wall Coverage

Date Posted: 6/14/2016

Broadcasting & Cable provided details on network television coverage of the massacre. The television networks main anchors - CBSs Scott Pelley, NBCs Lester Holt and ABCs David Muir also all flew to Orlando on June 12 to broadcast special evening newscasts. ABC sent six reporters to assist those already in Orlando, with NBC dedicateing four reporters to the story. Charlie Rose and Gayle King of "CBS This Morning" also broadcast from Orlando. Coverage in the days that followed included special editions of "Dateline NBC" and ABCs "20/20" that were devoted to the massacre.

WESH-TV Coverage of Orlando Massacre

Date Posted: 6/12/2016

Hearsts NBC affiliate WESH-TV Daytona Beach supplemented its wall-to-wall coverage with live breaking news coverage with Spanish captioning on its sister station, Estrella TV Orlando during primetime on June 12. This live coverage was distributed to Hearsts Spanish stations in Sacramento, Tampa, Albuquerque and Monterey.

WFTV Investigates Contractor Accused of Deceiving Consumers

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Cox Media Groups ABC affiliate WFTV Orlando exposed a contractor for deceiving consumers. After viewer Bessie Hudson claimed McMurphy Fencing collected $2,000 for a new fence but did not deliver, WFTV found seven other families had the same issue. When reporter Todd Ulrich contacted McMurphy, he promised a full refund for Hudson. It never came. Ulrich found that McMurphy Fences illegally uses a different companys address in legal documents. Thanks to WFTV, Floridas Attorney General sued McMurphy for unfair and deceptive trade. The police later charged him with grand theft and fraud.

WHPT-FM Supports Kids With Cancer

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Cox Media Groups WHPT-FM Tampa Bay afternoon host Drew Garabo threw a party on June 4 for children battling cancer. At the event, he presented an iPad to 12 of the kids. The party concluded WHPTs Apple a Day program in May. Morning host Mike Calta also helped raise over $13,000 through his show. Children should have to worry about what video game they want to play, or how to ace a test, not about fighting for their life. Im hoping that we can help them keep their mind occupied at such a challenging time, Garabo said.

WPLG Investigates Failed Bullying Policies

Date Posted: 5/12/2016

Berkshire Hathaways ABC Affiliate WPLG-TV Miami aired an investigation by reporter Bob Norman into the Broward County Public School Systems failed bullying policies. WPLG also exposed Dillard High Schools inactivity in addressing the repeated bullying and alarming physical and verbal attacks on students targeted by gangs of classmates.

WINK-TV Uncovers Sex Offenders

Date Posted: 5/12/2016

Fort Meyers Broadcastings 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 sheriffs office. The stations work led to criminal investigations headed by the county.

WLTV Honors Outstanding Local High School Students

Date Posted: 5/5/2016

Univision-owned WLTV Miami honored ten local high school seniors with its 19th annual Orgullo de Nuestra Juventud (Pride of our Youth) award, presented at a lunch on May 5. Six students received awards for academic excellence and community service, while the other four were recognized for academic growth. The students received college scholarships and gift cards to help with expenses.

WFLA Tampa Expands Midday News

Date Posted: 5/4/2016

Media Generals NBC affiliate WFLA Tampa, will be expanding its local news coverage with a new one-hour midday newscast at 11 a.m. beginning on June 13. Meteorologist Leigh Spann will join co-anchors Stacie Schaible and Gene Ramirez.

WFTV Investigates Bacteria in Lagoons

Date Posted: 5/1/2016

Cox Media Groups WFTV-TV Orlando aired an investigative story on May 1 in which reporter Christopher Heath highlighted the fact that scientists from Florida Atlantic University have discovered a new link between peoples exposure to a deadly bacteria in Florida lagoons and estuaries known as Vibrio and their consumption or handling of raw and uncooked fish or shellfish.

WJXT Event Provides Free Dental Treatment to 2,900 People

Date Posted: 5/1/2016

Graham Media Groups WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. partnered with the Florida Dental Association on a free clinic that provided over 5,000 dental procedures to 2,900 patients on April 22 23. The services, valued at $2.7 million, included fillings, examinations, extractions, root canal therapy, childrens care and cleanings. People began to line up two days prior to the event. "The ability of WJXT to get the word out and reach the dentally underserved was absolutely astonishing as witnessed by the tremendous turnout of dental patients on both days," said Dr. Roger Robinson, an event organizer.

WTVJ Partners With YMCA to Prevent Drowning

Date Posted: 4/28/2016

NBC-owned WTVJ-TV Miami partnered with the YMCA of South Florida on a week-long Swim Week series, which aired April 1822. The series addressed the high rate of drowning for children younger than 14. We hope that our viewers benefit from the information our series will provide so in the end, no one has to suffer from more drowning tragedies, said General Manager Larry Olevitch. The series highlights stories of families affected by drowning and YMCA resources available to viewers. The YMCAs mobile aquatic team travels to local communities throughout the summer to offer free swim lessons.

Cox Celebrates Earth Day

Date Posted: 4/14/2016

CMG Orlando Radio and Cox Events held Keep Winter Park Beautifuls Earth Day in the Park on April 10. The event included yoga, sustainability projects, tree giveaways and seedling plantings.

WLTV Launches Sunday Public Affairs Show

Date Posted: 4/12/2016

Univision-owned WLTV Miami debuted a new Sunday morning public affairs show, "Al Punto Florida," on April 24. The hour-long program features politicians, newsmakers and celebrities discussing issues that affect the Hispanic community in Central and South Florida. The shows premiere featured an exclusive interview with former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio; a segment on the impact of the Hispanic vote in Florida; and analysis of the 2016 Miami-Dade County mayoral race.

WOFL Now Airs Six Hours of Local News Each Morning

Date Posted: 4/4/2016

Fox-owned WOFL-TV Orlando expanded its morning weekday local newscast to begin at 4 a.m., starting April 25. The station now offers six hours of local news from 4 to 10 a.m. each weekday, bringing the weekly total to 53 hours.

Cox Media Group Cleans Up Local Waterway

Date Posted: 3/17/2016

Cox Media Group Orlando hosted the 2016 team Cox Orlando River Cleanup with American Rivers and Keep Seminole Beautiful on March 12. The cleanup was held at Wekiva island in Longwood, Fla. Cox employees picked up nearly 1,000 pounds of trash.

WSNN-LD Provides Lifeline Coverage of Sarasota Tornado

Date Posted: 3/2/2016

Suncoast News Networks WSNN Sarasota, Fla., provided lifeline coverage of tornados on Jan. 17 that killed two and caused widespread property damage. Meteorologists Justin Mosely, Cassie Nall and Joshua Rivas accurately predicted the storms development off the Gulf Coast, providing viewers with ample warning so they could prepare. WSNN provided more than nine hours of continuous live coverage. In the following weeks, WSNN covered rebuilding efforts, including Governor Rick Scotts trip to Siesta Key. "Our viewers depend upon SNN," said President and General Manager Doug Barker. "They know when the weather turns bad, SNN will be there live and will stay live as long as conditions warrant." Read comments from appreciative viewers.

WESH Celebrates Black History Month

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

Hearsts NBC affiliate WESH Orlando highlighted and honored local black Central Floridians who have made significant contributions to the community.

WJXT Investigates City Waste

Date Posted: 2/4/2016

Graham Media Groups WJXT-TV Jacksonville, Fla. aired an investigative report on February 8 showing that the city was prepared to write off millions of dollars of municipal property found to be missing or stolen over the past several years. WJXT analyzed a list of hundreds of missing or stolen city equipment from June 2014 to July 1, 2015 that included courthouse video systems, ice machines, breathalyzers, and even bullet proof shields. The purchase prices of the items on the list totaled $1.2 million. One week after the report aired, new legislation was introduced to the council authorizing the director of finance to delete all unaccountable items from their books from 2010 to 2016.

WESH-TV Investigates Medicine Problems

Date Posted: 2/1/2016

Hearsts NBC affiliate WESH-TV Daytona Beach, Fla. conducted an 11-month investigation into a rule intended to curb drug abuse in Florida that prevented dying patients from getting pain medication their doctors had lawfully prescribed. The investigation forced change at pharmacies and in Floridas capitol.

Radio Hosts Participates in Baby Basics Walking Challenge

Date Posted: 1/20/2016

On-air personality Joe Winner of Beasleys WXKB-FM Cape Coral, Fla. participated in the 7th Annual Baby Basics Walking Challenge, which raises money to buy diapers for babies in low-income families whose parents are working but not receiving federal or state assistance. These event raised enough to purchase 120,000 diapers.

WJXT Uncovers Unsafe Living Conditions

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

Graham Media owned WJXT Jacksonville exposed unsafe conditions at the Eureka Gardens Apartments, including crumbling staircases, mold and gas leasks. WJXT brought attention to residents frustration, which they voiced when the complex passed a Department of Housing and Urban Development inspection. Eureka Gardens owner subsequently announced plans for major changes.

Telemundo Invests in Local Initiatives

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

The Miami Herald recently highlighted Telemundo Station Groups 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 Cncer (League Against Cancer) generates most of the organizations 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 youre not 100 percent fluent in English, you come to us every day for your entertainment and information.

WTSP Tampa Investigates Political Influence

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

Tegnas 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 Pranskys 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 Tampas lobbying rules. The county administrator asked the sheriff to review the award of a $1.35 million contract to one of Leythams clients, who used her as a subcontractor.

WWSB-TV Launches 7 p.m. Newscast

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Calkins Medias 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.

WKMG-TV Adds 4 p.m. Newscast

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Graham Media Groups 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.

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 Orlandos Joe Kelley and WCFB-FM Daytona Beachs Monica May moderated the panel, which aired and streamed live on both stations. Experts discussed local law enforcements 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.

WSCV-TV Nets $4 Million for Cancer Research

Date Posted: 7/17/2015

NBCs Telemundo affiliate WSCV-TV Miami raised $4.1 million during a telethon for La Liga Contra el Cancer, bringing the events 17-year total to $60 million. La Liga Contra el Cancer provides free medical screenings and treatments. "As we move into our 31st year, we remain committed to our audience as providers of journalistic excellence in our newscasts, as a preferred provider of entertainment and as a major supporter of efforts on behalf of our community," WSCV President Jorge Carballo told TVNewsCheck.

WDBO-FM Orlando Hosts Discuss Domestic Violence

Date Posted: 6/4/2015

Cox Media Groups 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, Floridas 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 Groups five Orlando radio stations: WDBO-FM, WWKA-FM, WCFB-FM, WMMO-FM and WPYO-FM.

Jacksonville Debate Airs on Radio, TV

Date Posted: 6/4/2015

Bayshore Televisions CBS affiliate WJAX-TV Jacksonville hosted a debate on May 6 between candidates for Jacksonville mayor, incumbent Alvin Brown and Republican challenger Lenny Curry. Cox Media Groups WOKV-FM Jacksonville also broadcast the event.

Florida Association of Broadcasters Makes Presidential Forum Available

Date Posted: 6/4/2015

The Florida Association of Broadcasters provided a satellite uplink for local and national stations to cover the Economic Summit on June 2nd. During the event, Florida Governor Rick Scott hosted prospective 2016 Republican Presidential candidates, who each had 30 minutes to discuss their views on jobs and economic growth. Morning speakers included Scott, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The afternoon program featured New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul declined the invitation.

WESH-TV Meteorologists Tony Mainolfi and Amy Sweezey Bolster Read to Me Campaign

Date Posted: 3/15/2015

Hearst Television owned NBC Affiliate WESH-TV Daytona Beach, Fla. meteorologists Tony Mainolfi and Amy Sweezey worked to promote national Read to Me literacy campaign, which urges adults to read to children. In addition, the two meteorologists encouraged local actors to volunteer for BookPALS, or Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools.

WLLD Hosts Toy Drive for Nonprofit, The Childrens Home

Date Posted: 2/9/2015

Beasley Broadcast Groups WLLD-FM Tampa raised $12,254 and 305 bicycles in its third annual toy drive benefiting The Childrens Home. The Childrens Home serves abused and abandoned children and their families through therapeutic and traditional foster homes, in addition to supporting relative care-givers. In just three years Orlandos Toy Drive has raised over $22,000 in gift card and cash donations, 1,100 bicycles and thousands of toys.

Univision Hosts Its Fourth Annual Education Week

Date Posted: 12/4/2014

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

Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Debates Air on Local Stations

Date Posted: 11/20/2014

Charlie Crist and Rick Scott, candidates for Florida governor, met in three debates: Oct. 10 on Spanish-language Telemundo; Oct. 15 on CBS owned-and-operated WFOR-TV Miami; and Oct. 21 on Graham Media Group owned-and-operated WJXT Jacksonville. Univisions owned-and-operated WLTV-TV Miami and WAQI-AM Miami hosted a debate on Oct. 21 between Carlos Curbelo and Joe Garcia, candidates for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

WFOR-TV Miami Commits Air Time for Political Debates

Date Posted: 11/20/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WFTS Tampa Reunites Missing Boy With Family

Date Posted: 10/2/2014

Scripps ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa reunited a missing boy with his family. Paul Ezekiel Fagan, who has a mild learning disability, was last seen playing in his front yard on September 25. WFTS anchor Cameron Polom saw a child fitting his description after a press conference on his disappearance the next day. After confirming the child was Paul, Polom brought him home. Click here to watch Pauls emotional reunion with his grandmother and father.

NFL Domestic Violence Issues Spark Initiatives at WFTS Tampa

Date Posted: 10/2/2014

Broadcasters ramping up domestic violence initiatives through special news reports, telethons and tributes to victims following recent NFL incidents include E. W. Scripps WEWS Cleveland, WFTS Tampa and Raycoms Honolulu stations, CBS affiliate KGMB and NBC affiliate KHNL, according to Broadcasting & Cable. In addition, Capitol Broadcasting launched the "eNOughNC" campaign, with WRAL-TV and WRAZ-TV Raleigh, NC producing two PSAs that debuted during an NFL game featuring Ray Rices former team, the Ravens, and ran on WILM Wilmington and Capitol radio stations. "eNOughNC" provides education on how to break the domestic violence cycle.

WSCV Miami Hosts Spanish-Language Gubernatorial Debates in Several States

Date Posted: 10/2/2014

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

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

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

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

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

WXKB-FM Distributes Thousands of Back-to-School Items

Date Posted: 9/8/2014

Beasley Broadcastings WXKB-FM Estero, Fla., recently partnered with Lipman Produce to sponsor a backpack giveaway event. WXKB-FM collected more than 1,200 backpacks, 300 bike helmets, 2,000 pounds of food, 50 free haircuts and much more, all of which were donated to students across Southwestern Florida.

Univision Radio Miami Supports Local Childrens Shelter

Date Posted: 8/12/2014

For two weeks during July, the employees of Univision Radios Miami stations collected nearly $500 and several boxes of food and non-perishable items for the children of His House Childrens Home located in Miramar, Fl. His House Childrens Home is a private, nonprofit, faith-based group that provides residential care for abused, abandoned and neglected children in a home-like setting. The radio stations assisted the organization, which is constantly receiving and supporting children in need of help.

President Calls on Broadcasters to Spread Climate Message

Date Posted: 6/9/2014

President Barack Obama recently invited eight weather broadcasters to the White House to help raise awareness of the National Climate Assessment, a new report that explains how the warming climate is causing dramatic changes across the United States. The New York Times reports, "Polls show that local television weathercasters are among the most trusted media figures." Broadcasters who were invited included NBCs Al Roker, and meteorologists from Gannett Broadcastings CBS affiliate WLTX-TV Columbia, S.C., and NBC-owned WTVJ-TV Miami.

WLTV-TV Honors Outstanding Miami High School Students

Date Posted: 6/9/2014

Univisions WLTV-TV Miami honored 10 outstanding South Florida high school students with its 17th annual Papa Johns Pizza Orgullo de Nuestra Juventud (Pride of our Youth) Awards. The awards luncheon was hosted by WLTV-TV news anchor Alina Mayo Azze. Six of the 10 students were recognized for academic excellence and outstanding commitment to civic duty. The four other students were recognized with the Academic Achievement Award for demonstrating academic growth and overcoming setbacks in their personal life. The students were awarded scholarships by Papa Johns Pizza, and Miami-Dade College offered each student free tuition if they chose to pursue their university education there.

WFOR-TV to Hold Florida Gubernatorial Debate on Oct. 15

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

CBS Televisions WFOR-TV Miami announced it will produce and broadcast a statewide televised debate for the major candidates running in the Florida governors race later this fall. The hour-long debate is slated to air from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 15, and will be held at Broward Colleges Davie Campus. The debate will be broadcast on 10 other stations across the state, including Hearsts ABC affiliate WPBF-TV.

WLTV-TV Promotes Univision Education Campaign

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Univisions WLTV-TV Miami has visited more than 18 schools and participated at several events as part of the Pequeos y Valiosos (Young and Valuable) campaign, which raises awareness among parents about the importance of actively interacting with their children every day, from birth through the pre-school years, in order to help them learn. During these school visits, education reporter Maria Fernanda Lopez has read to the children and facilitated workshops for their parents. The campaign invites parents and families to make a pledge to engage with their kids for at least 15 minutes each day, without interruption.

WPOW-FM Gives Bullied Boy the Royal Treatment

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Beasley Broadcasting Groups WPOW-FM Miami recently held an anti-bullying rally for a local nine-year-old boy after learning of his struggles at school. WPOW-FM staff reached out to local sponsors to give the student, Osmany Franco, the royal treatment on his way into school. He drove in a convertible to Redland Elementary School and was joined by WPOW-FMs morning show host "Big Al," the Miami Marlins team van, and a police escort. Osmany, who suffers from developmental issues, will also receive VIP seats to a future Miami Heat game, and will participate in the halftime free throw contest.

WEAR-TV to Collect Money for Victims of Recent Storms

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Sinclairs ABC affiliate WEAR-TV Pensacola, Fla., is teaming up with the United Way and several local radio partners to raise money to help the victims of the recent storms. WEAR-TVs staff will broadcast live from two local malls from 5 a.m. 7 p.m. on May 9 to collect monetary donations from viewers and listeners. All the proceeds will be donated to the United Way.

WTSP-TV to Host Florida Gubernatorial Debate on Oct. 7

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Gannetts CBS affiliate WTSP-TV St. Petersburg, Fla., announced it has partnered with the Tampa Bay Times and the University of South Florida (USF) to present a statewide, televised gubernatorial debate on October 7. The debate will broadcast live on CBS stations across Florida, and Gannetts NBC affiliate WTLV-TV in Jacksonville. The event will be held in the USF Music Concert Hall before an audience of 500 guests.

WPTV-TV Launches Campaign to Raise Autism Awareness

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

Scrippss 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 stations 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.

WLTV-TV Miami-Fort Lauderdale

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

As part of Univision Educacin, Univisions WLTV-TV Miami-Fort Lauderdale launched its fourth year of "Camino a la Universidad" (Road to the University), a series of workshops that pairs exceptional students with professional adults who assist students and motivate them to reach their personal, educational and professional goals. The program focuses on those students who have the desire and skills to succeed, but whom also need extra support to reach their potential. The informational sessions feature inspirational speakers that will provide college and career planning advice to help the students throughout their college application process.

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.

WLTV-TV Miami Celebrates Univisions Education Week 2013

Date Posted: 11/12/2013

Univisions WLTV-TV Miami organized many events during Univisions Education Week 2013 to inform parents and prepare students for higher education. WLTV-TV held an education town hall moderated by reporter Sandra Peebles to discuss the college application process. The station also kicked off its 12th annual "Club de Libros 23" in which WLTV-TVs education reporter, Maria Fernandez Lopez, visits schools every week and reads with students.

WFTS-TV Tampa Takes Action to Fight Domestic Violence

Date Posted: 11/12/2013

Scripps Televisions 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.

Univisions WLTV-TV Makes Strides During National Citizenship Day

Date Posted: 10/4/2013

To support National Citizenship Day on September 17, Univisions WLTV-TV Miami partnered with the Florida International University Law Departments 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.

WSCV-TV Miami Cancer Telethon Raises $4.5 Million

Date Posted: 7/8/2013

Peg Broadcastings WSCV-TV Miami raised $4.5 million for the Liga Contra el Cancer (League Against Cancer), which offers free screenings and cancer treatment to low-income patients. "This annual telethon raises the funds ...[so] the organization can continue to provide the medical services and specialized care that will save so many lives in our community," Jorge Carballo, president-GM, told TVNewsCheck. The telethon was dedicated to the memory of salsa performer Celia Cruz, a major supporter of Liga Contra el Cancer.

WPOW-FM Host Drives 80,000 Pounds of Supplies to Moore

Date Posted: 6/7/2013

Beasley Broadcast Groups WPOW-FM Miami collected 80,000 pounds of supplies such as water, non-perishable food, baby supplies, pet supplies, electric wheelchairs, toiletries, rakes and shovels for tornado victims in Moore, Okla. During three days of live broadcasts, the station encouraged residents to write "messages of hope" on their donated items to add a personal touch. WPOW-FM afternoon host Africa traveled 27 hours from Miami to Moore with the two trucks that contained the 80,000 pounds of goods. The Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Club provided 300 retired police officers as an escort on the journey, which WPOW-FM documented on-air and via social media.

WZNS-FM Helps Make Prom a Night to Remember

Date Posted: 5/10/2013

Cumulus Medias 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.

WTKS-FM Host Connects Missing Orlando Boy With His Family

Date Posted: 3/1/2013

Clear Channel-owned WTKS-FM Orlandos "The Bucket Show" helped reunite a mentally disabled 13-year-old boy after he wandered away from the residential facility in which he lives. The boys stepfather called WTKS-FM and asked for help to get the word out about his missing son. WTKS-FM posted the boys picture and information online. Within two hours, the boy was spotted by a listener and reunited with his family.

Beasleys WXKB-FM Partners With American Cancer Society

Date Posted: 3/1/2013

Beasley Broadcasting Groups WXKB-FM Estero, Fla., has partnered with American Cancer Society to promote the Relay for Life Fort Myers Beach and raise money for the Society. WXKB-FM is holding an online auction, and all proceeds will go to the local American Cancer Society. WXKB-FM is also urging listeners to form a Relay for Life Team to fundraise for the Society. The Relay will take place on April 13.

Beasley Supports UNICEF in Ukraine

The Beasley Best Community of Caring campaign from Beasley Media Group is bringing its stations together to support the humanitarian efforts of UNICEF for the children affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

Right now, over seven million children in Ukraine and its bordering countries are in need of food and clean water, medical care, clothing and a safe place to sleep. UNICEF is scaling up its emergency response inside the country while also racing to meet the urgent needs of vulnerable children and families on the move as they stream into neighboring countries.

WKMG-TV Orlando, WJXT-TV Jacksonville, WPLG-TV Miami Offer Free Airtime

Candidates for the 2012 elections will be eligible for free airtime and free Web-time in the 30 days preceding the general elections. Post-Newsweek stations will offer free airtime on its television stations in the battleground states of Texas, Florida and Michigan: WDIV-TV Detroit; KPRC-TV Houston; WPLG-TV Miami; WKMG-TV Orlando; WJXT-TV Jacksonville; and KSAT-TV San Antonio. In addition to the presidential race, each state has important senatorial and congressional races.

"The 2012 elections are of critical importance, both locally and nationally. Our responsibility as news and public affairs leaders is to ensure that candidates and voters have a platform for rigorous public discussion and debate, said a station representative.

In addition to free airtime and Web-time, Post-Newsweek stations will offer at least 10 minutes per weekday to locally produced political news during the political season, featuring on-air debates, town hall meetings and public service announcements to encourage voter participation.

WCKT-FM Raises Over $287,000 for Childrens Hospital in Florida

Clear Channels WCKT-FM Ft. Meyers, Fla., raised over $287,000 during their 10th annual "Helping Kids with Cancer" radiothon to benefit Childrens Hospital at Lee Memorial Health System. All proceeds from the events record-breaking total went to the Barbaras Friends fund, which helps fill treatment and educational needs so pediatric oncology patients do not have to travel far for care.

NBCs WTVJ-TV Miami Broadcast Senatorial Debate

NBC-owned WTVJ-TV Miami televised a Florida senatorial debate on October 17, featuring incumbent Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Connie Mack. The debate was part of "Decision 2012: Before You Vote" and was produced by the partnership with Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association. All 11 television markets in Florida broadcast the debate live.

WFLA-TV Aids 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.

WHIF-FM Palatka, Florida Holds Candidate Forums

Independently-owned WHIF-FM Palatka, Florida held candidate forums with all the local candidates in the primary and general elections and made the audio available online. The station also hosted discussions to explain various amendments on the ballot.

WESH-TV Orlando Airs Special Political Program in Advance of Election Day

Hearst Broadcastings WESH-TV Orlando aired a 30-minute daily political program "Commitment 2012: Extra" from Oct. 8 through Election Day. The show included live conversations and debates with local candidates, election news and campaign developments. The program was an extension of Hearsts "Commitment 2012," which offers at least 12 minutes of political news per weekday. "WESH 2 News has always taken our role seriously when it comes to informing and educating our viewers before they head to the ballot box," Bob Longo, WESH news director, told Broadcasting & Cable. "This important election season, were giving viewers an even greater chance to learn about the candidates asking for their votes and the issues so important to our community."

NBC News and Telemundo Partner on Election Coverage

NBC News will partner with Telemundo to cover the presidential election. "Decision 2012" will include joint monthly polls, coverage of the campaigns and conventions and events focused on the role of the Hispanic vote, estimated at 22 million eligible voters. The partnership provides Telemundo access to NBC News political content and gives NBC News the benefit of Telemundos expertise in the Hispanic community. "This parnership will allow Telemundo and NBC News to offer news in both languages, reaffirming our deep commitment to inform and empower our community," said Emilio Romano, president of Telemundo Media. NBC News Senior Vice President Alexandra Wallace will oversee the effort.

NBC News Hosts GOP Debate

Four GOP candidates - Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul - participated in a debate sponsored by NBC News, the Tampa Bay Times, The National Journal and the Florida Council of 100. It was the first of two debates focused on the Florida GOP primary.

"Florida has often been the stage for history in politics; we look forward to hosting a substantive and stimulating forum for the candidates to make their case to the voters in this crucial state and the whole country," said NBC News Senior Vice President of Specials Mark Lukasiewicz.

The event was aired live on the NBC television network and was also streamed live on nbcpolitics.com, nationaljournal.com, and tampabay.com. Telemundos live broadcast featured simultaneous Spanish-language translation.

WSUA-AM Miami Talks Politics In 2012

El Dorado Broadcasters Spanish Talk WSUA-AM Miami will start the new year with a greater emphasis on political coverage through a new weekly show "Caracol Decision 2012". The show will air live every Tuesday from 8-9 p.m. until election night and will be hosted by veteran news journalist Yoly Cuello, who has covered the last four elections for Radio Caracol. The coverage will include exclusive interviews with local, state, and national candidates from both parties, top political experts, and discussions among listeners on topics that are important to them.

WMOR-TV Offers Show Tickets to Military Families

Hearst Corporations WMOR-TV Tampa and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey donated tickets to military families at MacDill Air Force base in Tampa as part of the stations annual Hometown Heroes promotion. WMORs Hometown Heroes allows deployed military personnel to provide holiday greetings to loved ones in the Tampa Bay area.

Beasleys WXKB-FM Collects School Supplies for Fort Myers Kids

Beasley-owned WXKB-FM Cape Coral, Fla. recently delivered two pallets of school supplies to the Collier County School district to kick off the new academic year. The stations "Big Mama and The Wild Bunch" staff partnered with Pepsi to collect an assortment of supplies including pencils, pens, markers, crayons and notebooks for area students in need. Together WXKB-FM and Pepsi constructed a house made out of soda cans in the parking lot of a local Wal-Mart. The radio crew broadcasted live from inside the house for four-and-a-half days. In total, the "Big Mama and The Wild Bunch" team collected more than $10,000 worth of school supplies. The station also adopted 43 students from the Abuse Council Treatment Center. Each of the 43 kids received a new outfit for their first day of school and supplies for the academic year.

Radio Stations Encourage Residents to File Gulf Coast Claims

Northwest Florida radio broadcasters recently organized a half-hour radio program that updated listeners about the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) filing procedures in the wake of the BP Gulf Coast oil spill, including how to file initial claims and what to do if a claim has been denied. The project was organized by Dave Cobb, general manager of Sunshine Broadcasting. "The BP oil spill hurt the economy of Northwest Florida," he noted. "Radio stations have come together to promote the importance of filing and [if denied] refilling claims to Ken Feinbergs GCCF organization." Many Northwest Florida radio stations also began a 60-day radio advertising campaign that encourages Floridians to file claims. Thus far, radio stations have donated $192,018 in airtime to this initiative.

John Walsh Joins WWNN-AM on the Hunt for Floridas Most Wanted

Beasley Broadcast Group-owned WWNN-AM Boca Raton, Fla., broadcasts a weekly community-minded radio show, "All Points Bulletin with Sheriff Al Lamberti." During the program the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff speaks with law enforcement experts about local crime trends and issues. To date, the show - which debuted February 2010 - has been directly responsible for the capture of eight fugitives and has profiled more than 70 additional criminals. Recently, WWNN-AM welcomed "Americas Most Wanted" host John Walsh who contributed to the "Youre on Our List" segment of the show, which is dedicated to apprehending South Floridas most wanted criminals.

WPOZ-FM, WMYZ-FM , WHYZ-FM Launch Ellis and Tylers Dash for Health

New Years resolutions to eat right and work out are always easier to keep with a little encouragement, which is why WPOZ-FM, WMYZ-FM and WHYZ-FM in Orlando, Fla., started Ellis and Tylers Dash for Health. The stations morning show team, Ellis Feaster and Tyler McKenzie, invited listeners to join an eight-week wellness initiative, with an ultimate goal of getting both themselves and their fans healthier. Each weekday, local health experts went on the air to give helpful advice about everything from eliminating high-fat foods from the dinner table to finding a balance between family, work and a healthier lifestyle. In addition, weekly emails containing tips and practical recipe ideas were sent to participants, and free Dash for Health exercise classes were offered at area YMCAs. We feel this is an amazing opportunity to join with the community to learn how to make healthier lifestyle changes a priority in 2009, said McKenzie.

WOKV-AM/FM Hob Nob 2011 Provides Access to Jacksonvilles Political

Cox Media Groups WOKV-AM/FM Jacksonville, Fla., held Hob Nob 2011, an exclusive event for local Floridians to meet and greet nearly all of the major candidates running in the areas spring elections. More than 700 people, including leaders from business and government, attended the March 10 gathering and cast ballots in a straw poll. Twenty-nine candidates were represented with tables at Hob Nob, and several made appearances with their supporters. WOKV-AM/FM reporters covered the event and gathered exclusive audio with key candidates for Jacksonville mayor and sheriff. Hob Nob 2011 was an excellent opportunity for Jacksonville residents to learn more about the politicians running for elected office and served as a forum for discussing the key issues affecting area residents.

WPOW-FM Raises $50,000 to Help Family with Funeral for Three Kids

When Lazaro DJ Laz Mendez of WPOW-FM Miami, Fla., heard that a local family was struggling to pay for funeral services after their three children were tragically killed in a car accident, he went to the airwaves. During five hours of broadcast, Mendez brought the community together, raising more than $50,000 for a proper burial. Many listeners called in to share their own stories of loss and remembrance, and others came to the station to give in-person donations, including children who brought in their piggybanks.

WPOZ-FM Hosts Free Health Expo

WPOZ-FM in Altamonte Springs, Fla., provided expectant moms and parents of young children with free health and safety information at its second annual Little Ears Expo. The expo featured informational booths covering such topics as CPR, parenting techniques, insurance and financial planning, childrens fashions, scrap booking, car-seat demos and more. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn about preschool options, health, nutrition and behavioral patterns of young children. In addition to visiting various booths, expectant mothers in their second and third trimesters received a free live 4-D ultrasound at the expo. Throughout the day, experts also delivered seminars on pediatric first aid, what to expect in a babys first year, breast feeding and pool safety.

WLYF-FM Co-Sponsors "Walk for the Animals"

More than 4,000 pet owners and their wagging best friends showed up on a Saturday morning in February to participate in the local "Walk for the Animals," a fundraising event cosponsored by WLYF-FM in Miami, Fla., every year. The event raised $195,000 for the Humane Society of Greater Miami in 2007, a 42 percent increase from 2006. Talent from WLYF hosts the walk and live updates air every hour. In the weeks leading up to the fundraiser, the station uses live and recorded announcements to invite its listeners to join the "LITE FM Paws Patrol" team or create their own. The station Web site lists information and acts as a gateway for the registration process. "Thanks to the airing of public service announcements, live mentions and deejay endorsements before the event, we can ensure that more than 3,000 people join our efforts. At the event, WLYF puts on a show and ensures that everyone has a memorable time," said Emily Marquez-Dulin, the executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. "This event could not be what it is without WLYF."

WMOR-TV "Pool Patrol" Initiative Addresses the Dangers of Drowning -

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Drowning is the number one cause of death for young children in Florida. To help reduce that number, WMOR-TV in Tampa Bay, Fla., started its "Pool Patrol" initiative. The station has run hundreds of spots covering four different topics: pool safety and what to do in case of an emergency; swim safety and the benefit of swim classes; securing pool areas with proper fencing and alarms; and the importance of "Water Watchers" supervising all children younger than 14 when near a pool. The station doesnt stop at the microphone. It also prints and distributes 20,000 water safety activity books through the Pinellas County Health Department and member agencies of the Hillsborough County Water Safety Team, which includes a wide variety of civic, community and public health groups. "We feel these books are a valuable asset for informing children and their caregivers about staying safe in and around water," wrote Kathy Moes of the Childrens Board of Hillsborough County in a letter to the station. "Thank you so much for producing this valuable community resource."

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 WFLAs 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."

WPBF-TV Airs Lifeline Hurricane Information

Situated in the path of Atlantic hurricanes and located in the state hit by the most tornadoes each year, WPBF-TV in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has a commitment to preparing and protecting the people in its community when severe weather threatens. The station produces an annual hurricane special and devotes a special series to protecting families, pets and property in the face of a storm during newscasts. A "Hurricane Homepage," which includes an interactive radar map to track weather activity and a Hurricane and Storm Survival Guide, makes up a comprehensive section of the station Web site. Viewers are invited to meet the WPBF Weather First meteorologists in person to discuss the latest in hurricane protection and awareness at three major hurricane expos each year. In addition, the Weather First team goes into the classroom and in front of groups to talk about severe weather and how to stay safe throughout the year.

WJXT-TVs "Take It to Heart" Campaign Highlights Heart Disease for Women

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WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., partnered with the Baker-Gilmour Cardiovascular Institute to help alert its female viewers about the threat of heart disease, which kills more American women than all cancers combined. Since the "Take It to Heart" campaign began in 2003, free screening events have been a cornerstone in the programs outreach efforts to the community. The 2007 event provided cholesterol and blood glucose testing as well as blood pressure measurements to more than 1,700 people. WJXT aired live coverage throughout the day, and the mayor of Jacksonville proclaimed February 7 as "Take It to Heart Day." News stories and public service announcements support the campaign, as well as billboard messages. Businesses are invited to bring "Take It to Heart" to their employees by distributing risk awareness sheets and other materials developed for the campaign. To date, 20 businesses have participated. The program has been recognized with several awards, including a state award from the American Heart Association and a Wellness Council Award for workplace health. In 2008, the screening event grew to include three local hospitals in three counties within the stations broadcast area.

WMXJ-FM Fundraiser Nets $30,000 for Families of Officers

When two police officers lost their lives in the line of duty, WMXJ-FM in Miami, Fla. organized a benefit concert to support the families left behind. The "Cop Rock 2007 Friday Night H.O.P. (Help Our Police)" event starred Chuck Negron and the Classic Rock All Stars at an outdoor venue. In addition to raising awareness of the violence that law enforcement faces to keep neighborhoods safe, ticket sales and donations brought in $30,000, which was spilt between the Miami-Dade County chapter of The Police Officers Assistant Trust and the Sheriffs Foundation of Broward County. During the two weeks prior to the event, the station aired two interviews with the bands during its morning show, more than 100 public service announcements and pre-recorded promotional spots and more than 100 live mentions. Station talent emceed the concert and the station donated 336 staff hours in total to make "Cop Rock" a success. A five-hour live broadcast of the concert allowed listeners throughout the community to partake.

WQYK-AM/FM Raises $327,000 for St. Jude

Raising awareness and funds to help children fight cancer and other catastrophic illnesses comes easy to WQYK-AM/FM in Tampa, Fla. The stations held their annual "St. Jude Kids Radiothon," a two-day event that included live broadcasts, music and on-air personalities discussing how even small donations add up to make a big difference in the lives of those affected by pediatric cancer. This year, the stations efforts raised $327,000. The money helps provide medical treatment to children who come to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital from the immediate area, as well as nationally. The stations 19-year total for the radiothon tops $5.5 million. Operations Manager Mike Culotta says the effort is a success because "everybody at the station works together as a team." The radiothon is part of the thousands of minutes WQYK provides to local charities, community projects and awareness campaigns each year.

WSUN-FM Releases "Green Room CD Project" to Support Environment -

WSUN-FM in St. Petersburg, Fla., uses its "Green Room" to record live performances of major and local artists. These in-studio performances are released in an annual 97X Green Room CD, with all net proceeds going to an environmentally minded charity, most recently the Nature Conservancy, which has protected 1.2 million acres of natural lands in Florida and heads up the Florida Reef Resilience Program. The "Green Room CD Project" raises critical awareness of the benefiting organizations. Promotions for the most recently released volume as well as CD inserts include information on the Nature Conservancy and steer listeners on how to get involved. More than 15,000 copies have been sold to date, and 97X Green Room volumes have consistently been the number one selling rock disc in Tampa during the first week of sales. In a related effort, WSUN is working with the Ocean Conservancy to recruit volunteers for the organizations annual coastal clean up. A Memorial Day benefit concert organized by WSUN raised $6,000 for the Ocean Conservancy, doubling its budget for this years clean up; recyclables that were placed in bins set up at the concert are being converted into material that will be used to make sweaters for children. "Im a native Floridian. The environment is what we live for," said WSUN on-air personality Shark. "As a radio station, we can get people involved with conservancy and raise awareness about organizations doing good in the area."

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!" (Its 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.

WKMG-TV Launch Get Out the Vote Campaign

To make viewers aware of their option to vote by absentee ballot, WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla., teamed with the League of Women Voters for a "Stay at Home and Be Counted" campaign. In the month leading up to Floridas presidential primary, the station broadcast public service announcements (PSAs) hundreds of times showing the ease of voting by mail. The four station-produced announcements featured WKMGs top anchors voting on their schedule and in the privacy of their own homes. Viewers were directed to the Leagues Web site for details on ordering absentee ballots within the seven counties covered in the stations viewing area. In production and airtime, WKMG donated $75,000 worth of services to the campaign. Absentee ballot requests were up 300 percent when compared to the 2004 primary elections, and the League credits the campaign with the results; similar efforts are being recommended across the country. To continue this voter momentum into the general election, WKMG has partnered with the League for a "Central Florida Video Challenge." High school students, film and college students, and the community at large have been asked to create 30-second PSAs about how their votes count. For each of the three categories, the top videos will be posted on the stations Web sites so viewers can vote for their favorites. The winning spots will be played for a two-week rotation to inspire those in the Sunshine State to get out and vote.

WYCT-FM Hand-delivers 14,000 "Letters from Home" to Troops

Part of a close-knit military town, WYCT-FM in Pensacola, Fla., adopted local Naval Reserve Battalion 11 before it shipped out to Kuwait. Days before the sailors departure, a crew from the station went out to the base and recorded live interviews with these brave men and women. On the day of their departure, the station gave the sailors a send off and provided box lunches. During Thanksgiving, WYCTs morning show host Dana Cervantes went to visit the battalion overseas and hand-delivered 14,000 "Letters from Home." The station also linked up with WEAR-TV to air personal messages from the sailors via satellite for family members back in the United States. WYCTs efforts will continue until the battalion arrives back home safely. The station has made a commitment to make sure these men and women know how much their community and country care. WYCT was a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.

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. WQBAs 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.

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 teams commitment to the local community. The proclamation mentioned WXFB-FMs 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.

WTLV-TV and WJXX-TV "Buddy Check" Program Focuses on Breast Cancer Awareness

"Buddy Check," a program developed by WTLV-TV and WJXX-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., in partnership with Baptist Medical Center, is helping women find breast cancer early, when it is easiest to treat. Every 12th day of the month, the stations run stories during the morning, early evening and late-night newscasts, reminding women to perform breast self-exams and encouraging them find a buddy who will remind them as well. To highlight the importance of the program, the stations run a monthly feature story about a person who credits finding her breast cancer to "Buddy Check." To date, 285 local women and men have contacted the station to say "Buddy Check" saved their lives. The program was implemented by Jeannie Blaylock, an award-winning anchor whose enthusiasm and dedication to the mission of educating women on the value of early detection has remained one of the programs greatest strengths since its inception 16 years ago. Blaylock continues to speak to groups around the community about the importance of breast self-exams. More than 2 million free "Buddy Check" kits have been distributed to women throughout the globe, and the program has been duplicated in more than 50 U.S. cities.

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