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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.

WBAL No. 1 News In Baltimore’s July Ratings

WBAL, Baltimore’s NBC affiliate owned by Hearst, finished in first place among adults 25-54 in every major weekday newscast in the July ratings.

This includes the 4:30, 5 and 6 a.m. time periods as well at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.

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WBAL-TV Adds Super Bowl Coach To Ravens Preseason

Evan Washburn, Brian Billick and Gerry Sandusky, left to right

WBAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Baltimore, has added former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick to its broadcast team for all four of the Ravens 2017 preseason games.

Billick, who led the Ravens to a Super Bowl XXXV Championship, joins Gerry Sandusky, WBAL’s sports director, and Evan Washburn who will handle reporting from the sidelines.

“From a successful coaching career to his extensive involvement analyzing NFL games, Brian brings a unique insight that our fans will enjoy,” said Dick Cass, Ravens president.

“His ability to share past experiences as a coach and communicate in a captivating manner makes him an outstanding partner for Gerry, who is regarded as one of the NFL’s best play-by-play talents.”

“This group will certainly deliver a broadcast that is both informative and entertaining,” said Dan Joerres, WBAL’s general manager.

The preseason broadcasts will simulcast on WBAL-TV and radio in the Baltimore market. Additionally, broadcasts can be seen in six other television markets and heard on 23 regional affiliates.

WBAL Special Tackles Maryland’s ‘State Of Addiction’

Tonight at 7 on WBAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Baltimore, the station will air a special titled, 11 TV Hill: State of Addiction, about Maryland’s heroin and opioid crisis.

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A Year After Baltimore Riots, WBAL-TV Looks Ahead

ct-baltimore-riots-police-racism-national-guard-perspec-0430-20150429On April 27, 2015, protestors demonstrating the death of Freddie Gray by the Baltimore police department turned violent.

Thousands of troops from the Maryland National Guard were called in to quell the unrest. But before it was over, more than 300 businesses were damaged, cars and buildings were looted and set on fire and hundreds were arrested.

Dan Joerres

Dan Joerres

“While the events of April 27, 2015, are still fresh in our minds, the past year has also produced much positivity in Baltimore City,” said Dan Joerres, WBAL’s general manager. WBAL is the Hearst NBC affiliate in Baltimore.

Baltimore Rising will highlight much of the progress being made as our city moves forward.”

Baltimore Rising is a one-hour special airing tomorrow night at 7 on WBAL. The program will explore where the city’s been, how far the city has come over the past year, and examine where Baltimore is going, according to the station.

WBAL TV/Radio Airing Baltimore Mayoral Debate Tonight

wbal tvWBAL_Newsradio_1090Hearst’s Baltimore stations WBAL-AM and NBC affil WBAL-TV will simulcast an hour-long debate between six Democratic candidates competing for mayor of Baltimore tonight at 7.

The debate will originate from the studios of Maryland Public Television, and will also be simulcast on MPT, live streamed on WBAL.com, WBALTV.com, the WBAL-TV mobile app and MPT’s YouTube channel (MarylandPublicTV).

Dan Joerres

Dan Joerres

““WBAL-TV is committed to making sure our viewers are able to make an informed decision at the polls during this important election year,” said Dan Joerres, WBAL-TV’s general manager.

The mayoral debate takes place just two days before the start of primary election early voting in Maryland on April 14.