WTIC To Air News Stories About Hope

TV viewers often complain that local news is always about the bad: crime, fires and car accidents.

Not enough positive news, they say. Stories that showcase hope, courage in the face of adversity, are rare on many stations.

Especially when it comes to children.

WTIC, the Tribune-owend Fox affiliate in Hartford, Conn., is partnering with the Make-A-Wish Connecticut to change that.

Pam Keough

“This partnership with WTIC is huge for us. We estimate that we’re currently reaching about 80% of eligible kids in Connecticut,” said Pam Keough, Make-A-Wish Connecticut’s president.

“That means there’s still a lot of kids out there who are missing out on life-changing wish journeys and our hope is that these weekly stories will help us reach them. Reaching more kids also means we’re going to need even more support from our community, and viewers at home are going to learn about the countless ways they can make wishes come true here in Connecticut.”

Every week, WTIC will feature a segment called, Make-A-Wish Stories of HOPE, to introduce viewers to a Connecticut child and their family, health care professionals and the communities that helps to grant wishes.

Those wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give kids with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival.

The Make-A-Wish Stories of HOPE will air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. with a rebroadcast on Wednesday morning’s news and again on Sunday morning’s news.

“It’s especially meaningful to partner with Make-A-Wish Connecticut, who brings happiness to people when they need it most,” said Jon Hitchcock, WTIC’s general manager.

“Together, we will be able to expand the foundation’s reach and increase the awareness of its mission, leading to more wishes being granted to children with critical illnesses in Connecticut.”

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