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WXYZ’s Stephen Clark Retires To Pursue Country Music Career

Not many news anchors write and perform country music.

But WXYZ’s Stephen Clark does. And he’s following his passtion right to Nashville.

Now that he officially retired from his other passion yesterday, being a journalist.

Clark has done it all as an anchor, reporter and TV photographer.

But after 16 years as an anchor and and multi-platform journalist at WXYZ and WMYD, he’s handing in his press card in favor of his guitar and songwriting.

WXYZ and WMYD are Scripps’  ABC and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Detroit.

“I became a journalist more than 40 years ago to tell inspiring stories of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things,” said Clark.

“As I begin my retirement, I’m happy to report the story of Detroit’s comeback is perhaps my favorite story over these past 40 years. The reborn, revitalized and re-energized Detroit has inspired me to get involved in my own community and I can’t begin to describe how happy I am to have been even a small part of one of the greatest stories of all time.”

Clark started his career as a newspaper photographer in Colorado.

He worked as a TV photographer, reporter and anchor at stations across the country, including KCNC in Denver, KGTV in San Diego and WCBS in New York.

He ran a news bureau in Washington, D.C., covering political stories for viewers in his home market of Denver.

During his career, Clark reported on some of the biggest stories of our times, including the conflict in Bosnia, the Los Angeles riots, the California wildfires, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. (Clark was a correspondent for CBS News at the time of the attacks and reported from ground zero.)

Clark has also worked tirelessly with the nonprofit organization he co-founded, Scarlet’s Smile, that is committed to improving the lives of children afflicted with debilitating diseases. The foundation is named for his granddaughter Scarlet who was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

The primary goal of the foundation is to build a million dollar playground in Oakland County where kids of all abilities can play together.

In addition to being able to spend more time with his family, Clark plans to pursue his passion for writing and performing country music. He’s an active member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

I’ve got a feeling we’ll be hearing more from Stephen Clark and his guitar.

KRON Earns Regional Emmy For Breaking News

KRON, Nexstar’s MyNetworkTV affiliate in San Francisco, received a regional Emmy Award in the Breaking News category from the Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

The award was for the station’s coverage of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people, the deadliest fire in California since the 1906 earthquake.

Corrine Martinez, KRON producer and Janice S. Gin, KRON’s assistant news director

“The KRON local news team was in full force when the fire erupted late Friday night,” said Aaron Pero, KRON’s news director, “providing local communities in the greater San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose region with some of the first on-location reports as well as live, local coverage in the forty-eight hours following the emergency event, including press conferences from local law enforcement officials and first responders.”

San Francisco/Northern California is one of the 19 chapters awarding regional Emmy statuettes.

Northern California is composed of media companies and individuals from Visalia to the Oregon border and includes Hawaii and Reno, Nevada. Entries aired during the 2016 calendar year.

KRON’s Promo Highlights Storm Coverage

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the San Francisco Bay Area got more rain than it received in all of 2016, according to Steve Poitras, creative services director at KRON, Nexstar’s MNT affiliate there.

“It’s gratifying to know that Bay Area viewers are choosing us more than in years past.”

The rain on Tuesday was in addition to extremely heavy precipitation in January.

Mt. Hamilton in San Jose recorded 14 inches, the wettest January in 120 years of record keeping, and Santa Cruz County saw a record start to the year with 32 inches in January.

Here’s a POP (Proof of Performance) for KRON’s morning news.

KRON Reporter Catches ‘People Behaving Badly’

roberts_pbb_croppedKRON San Francisco reporter Stanley Roberts has is really on the radar of some local police chiefs and sheriffs.

Seems some of his People Behaving Badly franchise stories got the attention of the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association, and they wanted him to know what they thought of them.

So they gave him an award.

robertsThe award says: “In appreciation of your continuous efforts to assist San Mateo county law enforcement with the saturation traffic enforcement program (S.T.E.P). The media coverage of our deployment on your ‘People Behaving Badly’ segment provides the public with an added educational and awareness component that is valuable to our overall traffic safety goals.”

Stanley’s People Behaving Badly segments have been running on the Media General MNT affiliate for more than 10 years and have earned local and national awards.

“Today I was presented with a rare award usually reserved for Police Chiefs and Sheriffs. Thank you San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association,” said Roberts.

Click here to see some of Roberts’ People Behaving Badly stories.

KRON’s Mobile Platforms Are No. 1 In San Fran

f54c29b2-c9dd-47a0-96c1-b60c31a01d01KRON’s website and mobile applications was No. 1 in total views on mobile and first in total minutes spent in February, according to comScore.

The Media General-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate in San Francisco had more than 4 million views spending 6 million minutes on their digital offerings.

“Mobile devices are making news consumption easier and our content is both engaging and relevant to the Bay Area,” said Ashley Messina, KRON’s general manager.

KRON’s Live And Local New Year’s Eve Show

KRON4 New Years LiveFireworks at midnight over the San Francisco Bay. Not a bad way to ring in New Year’s Eve 2016.

And if you can’t watch the fireworks in person, you can always watch it on KRON, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in San Francisco owned by Media General.

KRON’s New Year’s Live celebration will be the only live and local New Year’s Eve program shown on San Francisco Bay Area television.

New Year’s Live consistently ranks as the San Francisco’s Bay Area’s favorite local New Year’s Eve program in the time period, according to the station.

Here’s the open from last year’s show.

WMYD Needs Someone With An Attitude

tv20detroit-host-search-4x3_1449090513311_27754560_ver1.0_320_240Got an attitude?

You could be the next host and on-air personality for WMYD, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Detroit owned by Scripps. Scripps also owns WXYZ, Detroit’s ABC affiliate.

The station is holding a one-day live audition today at a hotel downtown.

The new host will represent WMYD at station events, and participate in projects with advertisers and partners.

So how do you find that someone with just the right amount of attitude and swagger?

“We’re definitely relying on social media (from both WMYD’s voice and WXYZ’s voice) to help us spread the word and find the right person here,” said Seth Myers, WXYZ’s director of new media.

Click here to see the station’s Facebook page for the event.

KRON Offers Bird’s Eye Views With Drone

generic-kron-4-600x31410KRON San Francisco debuted its latest storytelling tool yesterday, a drone approved by the FAA, showing viewers the destruction caused by The Valley Fire, which caused more than $1.5 billion in losses.

KRON, Media General’s San Francisco MNT affil, has named the drone QuadCopter4.

“Using the new QuadCopter4, viewers get to see just how massive the destruction was,” said Aaron Pero, KRON’s news director. “This can take you places the reporter’s camera cannot.”

QuadCopter4 is flown by Mark Burnette, who in addition to being a newscast director at the station, is also a licensed pilot. Burnett attended a special training session in Colorado and is ensuring all Federal Aviation Administration standards and guidelines are met.

“We’re looking forward to using this valuable resource to truly enhance the viewer experience,” said Ashley Gold Messina, KRON’s general manager.

Here’s the fire story that aired today using footage shot by the drone.

Read On

Welcome Inside the KRON Newsroom

KRON, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in San Francisco owned by Media General, takes viewers on the road with its own reporters and inside its own newsroom to show viewers how the station reports the news every day.

backstoryThe BackStory, a six-part series, premieres Sunday night at 9:30.

In the first episode, viewers see how the station covers a deadly shooting and security concerns at an apartment complex.

The BackStory follows news managers, reporters and anchors as they decide on the content of a daily newscast.

Who determines what’s important to the viewers? How are stories chosen?

The BackStory puts viewers at the assignment desk, in news vans and inside the studios next to the anchors.

The reporters are real. The stories are real.

Here are a couple promos and a seven-minute trailer for the first episode.