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UPDATE: KOAA’s Town Hall On School Safety

A KOAA town hall meeting brought together members of the Colorado Springs community to brainstorm solutions to prevent school tragedies, an event that was the subject of Monday’s column on Market Share.

KOAA, the NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs owned Cordillera Communications, hosted the event on Monday night.

It was an opportunity for everyone in the community to hear how school threats are handled, addressing some of the parent concerns brought forward and how local school systems say they can move forward.

KOAA streamed the event on Facebook Live, where almost 10,000 watched the video.

Since the Florida shooting, Colorado Springs area police have spent almost 400 hours investigating school threats.

“I want you all to understand that every threat that comes in, in the smallest and slightest mention to the most serious is investigated at onset,” said Sgt. Lisa Cintron, the supervisor of CSPD School Resource Officers.

Click here to read more about the event.

You can watch  the entire town hall meeting here:

KOAA Hosts Town Hall Meeting On School Threats

KOAA, Cordillera Communications’ NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs, is hosting a town hall meeting focused on school threats tonight from 6:30 to 9.

School Threats: A Community Action Plan brings together local school districts, law enforcement agencies, Aspen Pointe, and UCCS Ent Center for the Arts to learn more about threat investigations, responsible reporting, and the actions parents can take during a crisis.

Ryan Hazelwood

“When it comes to the safety of our students we must have a clear and comprehensive plan,” said Ryan Hazelwood, KOAA’s news director.

“We always watch out for our community and sometimes that means bringing the right people together to create change. We may not be able to stop school threats but we can give parents the tools and information they need to respond.”

KOAA news anchors Rob Quirk and Elizabeth Watts will lead the conversation to learn more about threat investigations, responsible reporting and the actions parents can take during a crisis.

The event is free and open to the public.

KOAA will also broadcast the town hall on its primary channel from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., and switch to its secondary channel from 7 to 9.

The town hall will also stream live on KOAA.com.

KXLF Studio Pictures From 1953 And Today

KXLF, the CBS affiliate in Butte, Mont., owned by Cordillera Communications, sent along a picture of its original building.

The station is responding to an article earlier this week about KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa, restoring its original building back to how it looked in 1916 when it was a car dealership.

According to Matt Reid, KXLF’s production director, this is a “photo of the KXLF studio located in Butte, Mont., founded Aug. 14 in 1953.” It is Montana’s oldest television station.

Reid also sent a more modern exterior picture of the building, which according to the station’s chief engineer, Mike Warner, was renovated sometime in the late 1960s, early ’70s.

If you’ve got a TV building history story and pictures to share, send them with a note to [email protected]

KSBY’s New Set Overshadowed By Mud Slides

(Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

KSBY, Cordillera Communications’ NBC affiliate serving California’s Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and San Luis Obispo market, debuted a new set this week, but the station didn’t have time to celebrate.

Coverage of breaking news of the flooding and mud slides that hit the area took precedent.

“We put our new set on the air at 5 p.m. on Monday as it was just starting to rain,” said Kathleen Choal, KSBY’s general manager.

“We’ve been swamped with wall-to-wall coverage of the devastating mudslides and flooding in our market.”

Here are a couple examples of their coverage:

Now, as to the new set. Here’s a time lapse video of the construction.

The new set was a collaboration between Devlin Design Group and KSBY. The station had limited space but lofty aspirations.

The result, a modular, technologically advanced, scenic storytelling environment created by maximizing the space and scale of the design elements.

The textures on the set reflect the beauty of the California coast. Stacked stones and a soft wave pattern appear throughout the design.

KRIS Finds Harvey Victims Entangled In Red Tape

Harvey’s winds have blown themselves out, and the flood waters he left behind have receded.

CNN and The Weather Channel are long since gone.

Schools are just now reopening and the millions of dollars donated from high-profile concerts and countless less visible means across the country are nowhere to be seen.

What remains are thousands of residents mired in red tape, trying to get help from government agencies like FEMA and/or other institutions like the Red Cross.

Jessica Savage

Jessica Savage, an investigative reporter for KRIS, the NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas, owned by Cordillera Communications, says FEMA and the Red Cross have had a strong presence in the area since Harvey hit.

Yet, residents are exasperated.

“They’re caught in this government red tape, that’s the frustration we’re hearing. Navigation through the government bureaucracy is difficult for a lot of people,” says Savage.

And even though the response time from FEMA may take only days, “the reasons are really vague,” says Savage, for those denied benefits.

“They don’t understand why they were denied benefits.”

How many of those who apply for benefits have been turned down?

“When we ask FEMA for the number of people who’ve been denied, that’s when we hit a brick wall. They would not release that information. So we have no idea how many are affected by the FEMA denials.”

Savage says the station has filed a public information request for that data.

These are the stories local TV stations like KRIS, and many others in areas hit by Harvey are reporting on now.

KRIS is one of the TV stations I follow on Facebook and when Jessica’s story popped up, I wanted to see what other stories the station was covering related to Harvey’s aftermath.

If your station is aggressively focusing your news assets to cover stories that are helping hurricane victims in your area cut through the red tape, to find the right agencies, to give your viewers specific information about what’s available for their recovery, I’d like to write about it.

Contact me at [email protected] or 817-578-6324.

Jessica Savitch

NOTE: Readers of a certain age may see Jessica Savage’s name and think of Jessica Savitch, a local and network news anchor who died in a car accident in Pennsylvania in 1983.

I asked Savage if anyone else comments on the similarities.

“People remember her because she was one of the first female news anchors,” said Savage.

Savitch was hired at KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, as the station’s first female reporter. A few months later, she became a weekend anchor, the first female news anchor in the South.

Savitch moved on to KYW in 1972, then the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia.

“Before she went to Philly, she was in Houston,” said Savage. “When I lived in East Texas, people thought I was her.”

Here’s an interview with Savitch from NBC News. There’s an annoying watermark across the video, sorry.

Local TV’s Support For Flood Victims Growing

TV stations all across the country, either in conjunction with their broadcast group owners, or on their own, are conducting fundraisers to help victims in Texas and Louisiana deal with devastating flooding due to Hurricane Harvey.

At many of the Scripps-owned TV stations, some of which have already been mentioned in earlier columns, Scripps employees assembled phone banks at many stations while waters were still rising.

“As journalists, we often tell the stories of people involved in tragic events like this,” said Sean McLaughlin, Scripps vice president of news.

“Today, we have the opportunity to lead an effort to help those who have lost everything. We can use our company’s reach, spanning from coast to coast, to raise money to ease the burden on the storm’s victims. It is who we are at Scripps.”

KNXV in Phoenix raised $185,000 during its phone bank over two days. That included a $50,000 donation from the Healthy Sprouts Community Foundation.

WXYZ and WMYD in Detroit coordinated a two-day telethon and raised more than $138,000.

At WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla., the station raised more than $66,000 with its two-day phone bank.

WCPO in Cincinnati raised $100,000 over two days of afternoon-into-evening phone banks.

And in Tulsa, Okla., KJRH raised $16,000 with its Monday phone bank.

In Baltimore at Hearst’s NBC affiliate, WBAL, American Red Cross volunteers have been staffing the phone banks since Monday evening. Donations have eclipsed $260,000, as the phones continue to ring.

“There’s no shortage of adjectives to describe the pictures we’re seeing out of Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,” said Dan Joerres, WBAL’s general manager.

“As powerful as they are, those images don’t even begin to tell the story of the heartache felt by the tens of thousands of people who now have nowhere to live. The phones have been ringing off the hook, as the response from people throughout Maryland has been incredible.”

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, KCRG, Gray’s ABC affiliate, held a two-hour telethon with the Greater Iowa chapter of the American Red Cross, collecting $46,015. The total includes a $10,000 match from University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

“We went through our own devastating flood here in Eastern Iowa back in 2008,” said Thom Spritz, KCRG’s general manager. “Harvey hits home for so many people in our area.”

Another Gray station, NBC affiliate WEAU Eau Claire, Wis., created a PSA Toolkit that was sent to all the Gray stations so they can quickly get localized announcements on air.

In Boston, WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate, raised more than $500,000, and counting with its RELIEF FUND 5: Help for Houston telethon during yesterday’s day-long fundraising event.

“When our community rallies to support a worthy cause, the results are always amazing,” said Bill Fine, WCVB’s general manager.

“And this time to raise more than a half million dollars in just hours to provide help for Houston is simply awe inspiring.”

In Corpus Christi, Texas, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Cordillera Communications’ KRIS, the NBC affiliate, announced a fundraising with the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group to leverage all donor contributions to benefit residents in the seven Texas counties surrounding Corpus Christi.

To speed donations and relief efforts, KRIS and Cordillera will match the first $50,000 donated.

Other Cordillera TV stations nationwide will assist in communicating and promoting this relief fund effort.

KOAA, Colorado Springs Earns 2 Murrow Awards

KOAA, the NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs owned by Cordillera Communications, received two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the small market television category.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Murrow Awards since 1971.

Other states in KOAA’s region include Arizona, New Mexico Utah and Wyoming.

KOAA won in the News Documentary category for a special focused on teen suicide prevention.

“In our community, a high teen suicide rate is the story that must be addressed,” said Evan Pappas, KOAA’s general manager.

“Our news team produced a documentary that not only confronted the problem but gave teens and parents tools to start a discussion about suicide.”

Here’s the list of the regional Murrows won by KOAA:

KOAA, Overall Excellence

Click here to watch submission for Overall Excellence.

KOAA, News Documentary
Start the Conversation – A Teen Suicide Cluster

KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

KOAA Leads Colorado Springs Social Media


KOAA, the NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs owned by Cordillera Communications, leads the market by a nose — less than 40,000 social media actions as its nearest competitor — in the past six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee.

KOAA posted 1.2 million total social actions in that period, accounting for 25% of the total engagement generated by the DMA with more than 4.8 million social actions overall.

KOAA also led the market in actions per post with 181.

KKTV, Gray’s CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs, came in second with 1,163,814 social media actions in the same time period.

KKTV led the market on Twitter with just over 24,000 actions.

The Colorado Springs Independent, a weekly newspaper and the largest locally-owned media company in Colorado Springs, led the market on Instagram with just over 8,500 actions.

Ben Lloyd

Ben Lloyd, KOAA’s newly-minted digital executive producer, attributes the station’s winning Facebook performance to a change in focus and staffing.

“Today, literally everyone’s involved in creating content for Facebook,” he says. “That’s where a lot of our viewers are, plus people who are not our viewers. The challenge for any broadcaster is reaching the audience you want to reach, no matter what the platform.”

And by everyone, he means all of the station’s anchors, reporters, producers and meteorologists, along with dozens of other newsroom staffers, a big jump from just the two or three people on the web team who focused on it previously.

That’s been an adjustment for the newsroom that is communicated and reinforced daily.

Lloyd says weather and traffic are the main content drivers for KOAA on Facebook, and at times, the two are linked together.

Colorado Springs is over a mile above sea level though some areas are significantly lower and higher, like Pikes Peak, which rises above 14,000 feet. So weather conditions can vary significantly over the area, which often has a direct effect on road conditions and traffic.

“It makes a big difference, so we focus on Facebook Live whenever there’s bad weather and traffic,” Lloyd says.

Road conditions in Colorado Springs

Driving conditions in Colorado SpringsDetails on school, business and organization delays/closures: http://www.koaa.com/story/34196939/weather-delays-and-closures-for-friday

Posted by KOAA 5 on Friday, January 6, 2017

Like many stations, KOAA shares Facebook comments by users as a regular feature in its newscasts.

Lloyd says this happens mostly during the morning news, but it’s in the process of incorporating AccuWeather’s Storyteller system into newscasts, which will let staffers interact more with viewers on-air and online.

Lloyd credits KOAA’s marketing department with actively engaging in social media, especially in primetime when people may be watching television but have their Facebook feed open.

“They’re actually looking for and creating content to put on our Facebook page that pushes back to the website to push people to our broadcast,” he says.

News5 Extra: Awesome Super Bowl Commercial

Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division stationed in Fort Carson became part of a Super Bowl commercial for Hyundai last night. They got a big surprise we're certain they will never forget. Take a look at what was shown around the world and let us know what you thought.Read more: http://bit.ly/2liXncj

Posted by KOAA 5 on Monday, February 6, 2017

But even with its success on the platform, Lloyd says the station is still navigating its best use and how it can strengthen its broadcasts.

“We’re still trying to figure out not only what the audience wants, but how all this relates to our product on-air.”

Broadcasters Unite For La. Flood Relief Concert

raycomimagesT2SAMBGXWhat started out as an ambitious idea on the part of Raycom Media to help the Red Cross disaster relief efforts for people affected by the recent flooding in Louisiana kept getting bigger and bigger.

The concert, Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief, aired Monday and has raised more than $800,000 thus far for American Red Cross Louisiana Flood Relief, and donations are still being counted.

Harry Connick, Jr.

Harry Connick, Jr.

Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson

Originally, the announcement came from Raycom and featured Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson, both Louisiana natives, as hosts. The concert was to be aired on the Raycom stations and across the country on the Bounce TV diginet.

But in the weeks and days leading up to the event, there were announcements almost every day with more performers like Aaron Neville joining the bill and more broadcast companies like Sinclair airing the concert.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. Broadcast companies partnering on a live program to benefit victims of a natural disaster.

The live show was carried by Raycom Media, Bounce TV, the ABC Owned and Operated Stations, Hearst Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Cordillera Communications, Meredith, Graham Media Group and Cox Media Group.

Viewers also watched a streaming of the show on a special website that carried an additional hour of performances after the broadcast portion ended.

Louisiana Rising Concert PictureConnick and Jackson co-hosted the live show from Baton Rouge’s River Center Theater. Better Than Ezra, Aaron Neville, Hunter Hayes, Rebirth Brass Band, Luther Kent, Chris LeBlanc, Herman Jackson Jazz Quartet, Quiana Lynell, David Torkanowsky, Chris Thomas King, MacKenzie Bourg, Sonny Landreth, Dwayne Dopsie and Zachary Richard were among artists who performed.

Throughout the broadcast, Matthew McConaughey, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., John Goodman, Britney Spears, James Taylor, Trace Adkins, Governor John Bel Edwards, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Scott Bakula, Vanessa Ferlito, Les Miles and Tim McGraw lent messages of support.

The broadcast concluded with Connick Jr. on the piano and all artists singing You Are My Sunshine, which is one of Louisiana’s state songs made popular by former Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis.

Pat LaPlatney

Pat LaPlatney

“We are thrilled with the results so far,” said Pat LaPlatney, Raycom’s president.

“We appreciate all the artists who donated their time and energy to the concert. We are grateful to our broadcast partners that helped us reach markets beyond the Raycom Media footprint. Thank you to all our sponsors and the many who donated their goods and services. This was a tremendous effort to raise awareness and money to help the people of South Louisiana recover.”

Donations are still being accepted at www.redcross.org/supportLA.

KVOA Exposé Of Controversial School Photos Wins Murrow Award

6585972_GKVOA, Tucson’s NBC affiliate owned by Cordillera Communications, won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting in the small market television category of Region 3 which comprises Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

8596997_GThe story, Lost in Translation, showed the controversial pictures one teacher used in a local school that students claimed were racists and inappropriate.

Regional Award winners automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in June.

KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona