High school students across the country are walking out of class to protest gun laws, and the stories are playing predominately on TV stations’ Facebook pages. For many stations, it’s become a national story that has no local boundaries.
I follow a lot of TV stations’ Facebook pages. Over the past few days, my feed has been inundated with stories about high school students leaving school, taking to the streets to protest, appearing before city or school officials, or going to their state capitol to protest gun violence. What follows are just a few of many, many posts by stations across the country.
I think it’s remarkable and I applaud the students’ movement.
Earlier this week, I asked TV stations sending crews to the Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl to share their experiences, the behind-the-scenes, fun stuff.
Then I got the flu. The ‘flu’ needs a more sinister name, something that connotes the pit of misery that one gets from the plague.
In any event, it’s not easy for a local news crew to respond with their behind-the-scenes pictures and accounts. First, they’re busy, and second, they need permission.
No problem, I completely understand.
But I did make it out of bed to some of the Philly station’s Facebook pages to see what I could find.
From WPVI, the ABC O&O, Sarah Bloomquist took to a zip line in 6 degree weather for a super ride. What a trooper!
It’s about 1,200 miles from Philadelphia to Minneapolis, about 18 hours by car. In a news van, the trip can be an eternity. But that didn’t stop two cameramen from WPVI from beating the boredom with a fun video.
From NBC-owned WCAU, this reporter filed this Facebook video from inside a plane full of fans. The fans are so boisterous, you really can’t hear what the reporter is saying, but you get the gist.
Here’s that same reporter getting a send-off in the airport before departure.
From KYW, the CBS O&O, here are some behind-the-scenes of how the media deals with the cold.
NOTE: No audio for the first 20 seconds or so.
Also from KYW, an Eagles fan in Keyna teaches his students to sing the Eagles’ song.
From Fox-owned WTXF, this video shot in Philly, shows an Eagles’ fan who’s taken his devotion to a new level, his basement.
Also from WTXF, this somber story about a little boy from New York who had to visit Philadelphia often to get treatment at a local hospital. In the process, he became an Eagles’ fan because many of the players and coaches stopped by his room to give him encouragement. That little boy lost his battle with leukemia, but this story shows how the game of football can mean so much to a sick little boy, and how much his fight means to the team.
And this video is hysterical as a young lady, a die-hard Eagles fan, coming out of dental surgery thinks she missed the Super Bowl.
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, 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.
A KYW Philadelphia cameraman was on the sidelines shooting the Eagles/Cleveland Browns game last Sunday when Eagles’ receiver Jordan Matthews hauled in a pass for a touchdown.
Kyle Hall captured all the action and kept shooting as Matthews took in the pass in the end zone and then his momentum caused him to crash his helmet into the lens of Hall’s camera, giving Hall a swollen lip, but an unforgettable shot.
CBS3 cameraman Kyle Hall will forever be linked to Carson Wentz after taking this shot (literally) of Wentz's first touchdown! Thankfully, Kyle is okay.
Posted by CBS Philly on Monday, September 12, 2016
When shooting, sports and news camera professionals have only one eye open and can only see what they view through the lens of their camera.
I have some advice for Hall. Check out the 1966 Billy Wilder movie, The Fortune Cookie, and get yourself a lawyer like the one portrayed by Walter Matthau.
In the movie, Jack Lemmon plays a network cameraman who gets hit by an NFL player on the sideline. The lawyer, played by Matthau, is Lemmon’s on-screen brother-in-law. They both decide to fake a serious injury while they sue the network, the NFL and the stadium.
The only thing to come of it was laughs.
Kyle, if you decide to go the litigation route, go for free sideline passes for life, or at least the remainder of the season.
KYW and WPSG, the CBS and CW affiliate in Philadelphia owned by CBS, is airing its 7th annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Telethon today from 6 in the morning until 8 tonight live on both channels.
The event has raised more than $5.1 million for the charity since the first telethon in 2010.
All funds raised through the telethon will directly benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region.
RMHC of the Philadelphia Region grants hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to support local non-profit programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities Telethon is presented by Capital One, Shop Rite, The Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association, and Health Partners Plans.
All during the month of October, the city skyline of Philadelphia is being bathed in pink to remind everyone to stay vigilant in the fight against breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
For 14 years, CBS O&O KWY has teamed up with Susan G. Komen Philadelphia for the event, Lights for the Cure.
Beyond the message broadcast by the lights, KYW and its sister station, CW affil WPSG, will air stories as reminders for women to schedule mammograms.
Lights for the Cure is the area’s first public service campaign to use the lighting of buildings and landmarks to promote a cause, according to KYW.
KYW and Komen Philadelphia thank Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Tri State Toyota Dealers for their support.
The skies over Philadelphia will be bathed in pink all this month as part of a joint venture between KYW-TV, WPSG and Susan G. Komen Philadelphia to raise awareness about breast cancer.
KYW and WPSG, the city’s CBS and CW affiliates, respectively, are part of CBS Television Stations. October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
From the Battleship New Jersey docked in nearby Camden, N.J., to Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly to the Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces up north in the Lehigh Valley, buildings and landmarks throughout the region went pink on Oct. 1, with most remaining lit throughout the month. This year, The Liacouras Center and the fountain at Franklin Square will join the campaign for the first time.
Lights for the Cure was launched in 2002 by KYW and the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen and is the area’s first public service campaign to use the lighting of buildings and landmarks to promote a cause.
“Our stations have a powerful voice in this region,” says Jon Hitchcock, KYW general manager, “and we are honored to use it to inform our viewers about such a critical issue.”
“The awareness, vigilance, fundraising and unified efforts driven by campaigns like Lights for the Cure and by partners like CBS all work together to create a formidable force,” says Elaine I. Grobman, Komen Philadelphia CEO, “and I am confident one day soon we will finish this fight.”
It’s not often that a news anchor works at the same TV station for 32 years. But such is the case with Pat Ciarrocchi at KYW, the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia. Ciarrocchi was inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame on May 4, the first female TV news anchor so honored.
“I’m thrilled to be the first,” said Ciarrocchi, adding she “was touched by the moving tribute” put together by her co-workers.
To see a complete list of the PAB Hall of Fame members, click here.
When asked how TV news has changed in those 32 years, Ciarrocchi said when she started, “everything was shot on film. I recently did a live broadcast from Rome using a device not much bigger than a bread basket that was connected to my cell phone.”
Here’s a video I found on YouTube when KYW celebrated Ciarrocchi’s 30th anniversary:
Ciarrocchi cited her most recent trip to the Vatican as one of her proudest moments. She accompanied Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to invite Pope Francis to the city in 2015.
“I love stories about the human spirit,” Ciarrocchi said, “and to use TV to tell those stories that send a universal message.”
Ciarrocchi was also recognized with a PAB award for Outstanding TV Feature story.
Ciarrocchi’s advice for new, upcoming journalists? “Be curious, feel you want to be an advocate, and develop the ability to be a good story teller.”
Sound advice from someone who has served the viewers of Philadelphia for so many years.