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WLS Names David Lee VP Of Creative Services

David Lee

WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago, has named David Lee vice president of audience development and creative services effective March 26.

John Idler

“David has been a creative force in the ABC station group and it’s exciting to have someone with his diverse experience and vision join WLS,” said John Idler, WLS’ general manager.

“David’s creative instincts combined with his expertise mining the digital space make him the ideal person to lead our station’s talented Creative Services Department.”

Lee comes to WLS from KTRK, the ABC O&O in Houston, where he held the same title.

Prior to joining KTRK, Lee worked as the creative services director at KFSN, the ABC-owned affiliate in Fresno, Calif., and at KXLY, the ABC affiliate in Spokane, Wash.

Lee was born and raised in Great Falls, Mont., and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in film and television production.

After college and a brief stint working in Hollywood, Lee began his TV career in Great Falls producing commercials, promotions and directing newscasts.

He also worked at WMAZ in Macon, Ga., and for 10 years at KMSP in Minneapolis.

Lee has been a part of many Emmy-award winning productions, and is a graduate of NAB’s 2012 Broadcast Leadership Training Program.

He currently serves on ABC’s affiliate marketing advisory board.

KHOU’s Police Investigation Wins duPont Award

KHOU, Tegna’s Houston CBS affiliate, was awarded an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for its investigation, Transparency, that examined a lack of accountability and improper use of police body cameras in the city of Houston.

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Crashing Deer And Seeing Dead People, It’s Sweeps

I recently moved a wee bit out in the country outside Philadelphia, so this promo spoke to me.

I often see deer in the middle of the day on the side of road, and there, they are cute. But having one walk out in front of your car at night is frightening and can be deadly.

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For Houston, KHOU Rallies ‘Round The Astros

It was just two months ago that we were all watching Hurricane Harvey dump 40 to 50 inches of rain on Houston, causing historic flooding.

These days, we’re all watching the Houston Astros play to win the World Series.

But families and businesses in Houston, including KHOU, the Tegna-owned CBS affiliate, are still in temporary quarters, scrambling to find permanent homes.

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New KHOU News Promo Is Pure Poetry

To differentiate your local TV news operation from the others in your market in the minds of consumers, you need to stand for something.

In Houston, at KHOU, the station stands for Houston.

I don’t know of any local TV news promos that use poetry as copy, and certainly none that use it as effectively as KHOU, Tegna’s CBS affiliate in Houston.

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KPRC Houston Anchor To Give Car To Flood Victim

Dominique Sachse

In a story I first saw on the website, http://ftvlive.squarespace.com/, a Houston news anchor, Dominique Sachse is giving away a car to a victim of the flood caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Dominique Sachse anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. news for KPRC, Houston’s NBC affiliate owned by Graham Media.

Here’s what was posted on the YouTube link.

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Again, Local TV Delivers During Crisis

The extraordinary flood coverage local TV stations provided in Texas and Louisiana has not gone unnoticed.

“If anything is seriously amiss in town, you can be sure that the TV stations will be on it and you can trust what they report.”

That’s from our own Harry Jessell, TVNewsCheck’s editor, in the insightful piece he wrote about the “irreplaceable role” local TV plays “when disasters strike as one did in Houston this week.”

So it’s no wonder that, according to a TVNewsCheck article on a recent study by the TVB, that Southern Texas communities overwhelmingly chose local broadcast television as their preferred news source for storm coverage over all other media.

In my 30 plus years of working in local TV news and its marketing, I’ve seen how local TV newsrooms come together during a crisis, whether it’s a wildfire, a tornado, a hurricane, or something man-made, like when crack cocaine turned some quiet residential New Orleans streets into a drive-by shopping mall back in the 1980s.

Mostly, the people who work in local TV news are in it for the right reasons, to serve the public, to inform, to expose injustice, to make a difference.

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This Morning in Houston — Local TV Facebook Videos

When a major news event hits a community, like what is unfolding in Houston right now, the dynamics inside local TV stations change dramatically.

It’s an all-hands-on-deck mentality to serve the public.

Newsroom staff might not go home for days, and in some cases in Houston, because of flooded roads, I’m guessing many can’t.

Many will sleep wherever they can in the newsroom. Some might be lucky enough to catch a shower and a nap at a hotel.

And while they are all working at the station, many of them will have families that are flooded out of their homes, and need to be evacuated themselves.

If that’s the case with someone at your station, we want to know about it. Call me at 817-578-6324, or email me at [email protected].

I trolled many of the network affiliated Facebook pages for the local TV stations in Houston, and most were streaming live coverage.

Here are a few examples of Facebook videos from overnight and this morning, starting with a video from KHOU about how it handled flooding at its own station and studio.

Texas TV Stations Use Facebook To Cover Flood

Texas TV stations sitting under a stalled Tropical Storm Harvey are using Facebook, especially Facebook Live, to keep users/viewers informed during this cataclysmic flooding event.

Many residents without power can’t watch TV so local television stations must turn to social media to put information in the palms of people’s hands.

This picture of a group of woman trapped in water up to their chests in a nursing home was shown on quite a few stations’ Facebook page.

The one woman can be seen calmly knitting. It was reported that shortly after this picture was taken, the women were rescued and taken to the hospital.

For those of us outside the state, CNN was one of the few cable channels offering continuous coverage and at times, it was powerfully riveting and deeply sad.

In a surreal story, played out live on TV, a CNN crew riding in a volunteer’s boat were hailed by a lady trapped inside an apartment building with her elderly parents.

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KPRC Profiles Bomb Shelters, With Amenities

KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston owned by Graham Media, aired a story profiling an earth-sheltered condo development for those worried about the apocalypse.

Forget the austere bomb shelters of the 1950s, these condos have all the amenities including a golf course, a polo field., a spa, three 15-acre lagoons, running trails, a gun range, an equestrian center, restaurants, shops and a lavish fountain.

“It was really just the all-inclusive package that drew me in,” said one person on the waiting list.

Should the unthinkable happen, all condos will be connected through tunnels to food storage, exercise rooms, a pool, a greenhouse and vaults containing your DNA for future procreation.

Check out this eye-catching promo. The 2017 May sweeps ends tomorrow.

NOTE: I was tempted to put down some money for one, but didn’t see any mention of tennis courts.

Luxury doomsday condos are located right here in Texas. Go inside the five-star lodgings with KPRC2 Ryan Korsgard, tonight at 10: http://bit.ly/2qcRxe1

Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Monday, May 22, 2017