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WTAE Airing Live Congressional Debate In Pittsburgh

Voters in the Pittsburgh will get a chance to see and hear from the candidates running for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District on Saturday night at 7.

The live hour-long debate will air commercial free on Hearst’s ABC affiliate WTAE, which is partnering with The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh (LWVGP) to host the debate between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone.

Jim Parsons

“We are committed to providing citizens with the information they need to cast their vote in this special election,” said Jim Parsons, WTAE’s news director.

“Our mission centers on non-partisan voter service, citizen education and advocacy,” said Maureen Mamula, LWVGP’s president.

“The public deserves a chance to learn about the candidates’ position on major public policy issues through a high-quality, informative and robust debate.”

WTAE anchor Shannon Perrine will moderate the debate and will be joined by three expert panelists: Bob Mayo, WTAE reporter; Elaine Effort, freelance journalist and former KQV-AM Pittsburgh reporter; and Kathleen Kleinmann of The LWVGP.

TV Stations Cover Student Gun Protests On Facebook

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.

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KDKA Exposes Extreme Case Of Bullying

To dramatically illustrate how hateful bullying can be, a 15-year-old victim reads the taunts about her on camera.

Marty Griffin

This Facebook video from Marty Griffin, KDKA Pittsburgh’s investigative reporter, shows how bullying can isolate its victims, and drive them to the depths of despair.

Yes, it’s difficult to watch, but imagine you’re a 15-year-old girl exposed to such treatment at the hands of your classmates.

“I don’t know what to do. Can you please get them to stop?” asks the freshman.

If only the station could show the faces of those bullies.

Griffin got an attorney involved to meet with school officials.

“She has been very happy since she saw the principals were on top of things,” said the girl’s mother.

TV Stations Covering The Deep Freeze On Facebook

Baby, it’s cold outside. How cold is it?

Ask the thousands of drivers stranded when their batteries fail. In this weather, I’m glad I don’t drive a Tesla.

Or the snow birds who flew south to Florida only to find the snow flakes followed them there.

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Pittsburgh’s WTAE Adds Cozi TV’s Classic Shows

WTAE, Pittsburgh’s ABC affiliate owned by Hearst, added diginet Cozi TV on a subchannel starting yesterday.

Cozi TV is a national multicast network offering iconic television series like The Munsters, Columbo, Magnum PI, Frazier, Will & Grace, Little House on the Prairie and Murder, She Wrote.

“We are very excited to offer Pittsburgh a new option in entertainment,” said Charles W. Wolfertz III, WTAE’s general manager.

“We hope Pittsburghers will rediscover their favorites and find new shows to enjoy.”

WTAE Says Bundle Up All Day Pittsburgh

Starting this morning at 5, Hearst ABC affiliate WTAE Pittsburgh will be pleading with area residents to bundle up, even though temps are expected to hit 50 degrees.

It’s time for the 32nd annual WTAE Project Bundle-Up Telethon benefiting area children and senior citizens.

Volunteers will take viewer pledges from a phone bank throughout the day that will be broadcast during segments of newscasts and in breaks throughout regularly scheduled programming.

The day-long telethon will continue with an hour-long special from 7 to 8 p.m., preempting regular programming, and wrap up during WTAE’s 11 p.m. newscast.

“It’s more than a coat; your generosity brings smiles and the comfort of knowing someone cares,” said Charles W. Wolfertz III, WTAE’s general manager.

“Our longstanding partnership with WTAE Channel 4 has raised over $14 million and helped more than 275,000 kids and senior citizens stay warm,” said Major Deborah Sedlar, Salvation Army divisional commander, Western Pennsylvania Division.

“WTAE-TV project Bundle-Up serves as reminder of the good that happens in our community, when we come together for a good cause.”

WTAE’s Sally Wiggin Wins Prestigious Emmy Award

Sally Wiggin, longtime WTAE news anchor and current host of Chronicle, was presented with the 2017 Board of Governors Award at The Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards on Saturday night. WTAE is Pittsburgh’s ABC affiliate owned by Hearst.

The Board of Governors Award recognizes career longevity, lifetime achievements and significant contributions to the television industry.

Wiggin is a multi- Emmy Award winner and has worked at WTAE for 37 years.

Chronicle also won an Emmy in the Community Affairs Program category for its episode titled, Compassion & Cannabis.

“She is one of Pittsburgh’s best known and respected journalists,” said Charles W. Wolfertz III, WTAE’s general manager.

“Our entire staff congratulates Sally for this well-deserved award.”

Here’s the video that was played prior to Wiggin getting the award.

Sally Emmy Tribute from WTAE-TV on Vimeo.

Everywhere, Local TV Flood Relief Efforts Continue

The list of television broadcasting operations conducting fund raising efforts for flood victims in Texas and Louisiana, and the charities that are helping them, continues to grow.

From local TV stations in smaller markets to corporate-coordinated efforts by major broadcast companies, millions of dollars are being donated across the country.

Like in Palm Springs, Calif., DMA 146, at KMIR, the NBC affiliate owned by OTA Broadcasting. “It truly was a remarkable day yesterday,” writes Gene Steinberg, KMIR’s general manager. “We raised over $115,000 from valley residents. In a market the size of Palm Springs, that’s incredible.”

In Syracuse and central New York, local media — television, radio, print and cable — put aside their competitive relationships, and pulled together as one voice to help those in need.

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WPXI A Solid First In Steel City Social Media

In Pittsburgh, you’d expect the Pittsburgh Penguins’ drive to winning the NHL Stanley Cup to be a major influence in social engagement on Facebook.

But it’s another animal altogether, algorithms, that figures prominently in WPXI’s playbook for success on Facebook.

“Facebook is algorithm based,” says Amy Hanford, WPXI’s digital content manager, and understanding how those algorithms work is contributing to WPXI’s success in social media actions.

WPXI, Cox’s  NBC affiliate in The Burgh, leads the market in social media actions over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee.

WPXI has more than 5.3 million actions on social, 34% of the total engagement generated by the DMA with more than 15.8 million social actions.

WPXI led in actions per post with 276, and also had the most actions on Instagram with almost 52,000 actions.

CBS O&O KDKA led in Twitter actions with almost 130,000 actions.

Amy Hanford

Hanford says the station’s success on social media is knowing what viewers want and what they relate to and then making sure that’s what they post.

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WTAE’s ‘Chronicle’ Showcases Pittsburgh’s Reinvention

WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, shows how the Steel City, once facing collapse, is now a shining model of reinvention.

Chronicle: Only in Pittsburgh showcases the key role Pittsburgh will play in shaping the world over the next several decades. It airs tonight at 10.

“It is truly amazing to witness the trailblazing ideas being developed right here in Pittsburgh,” said Charles W. Wolfertz III, WTAE’s general manager.

“This installment of Chronicle proves that the Steel City is more than ready to help write history.”

Chronicle host Sally Wiggin will show the local innovations and innovators creating the jobs of the future. Viewers will see how the fusion of technology and education will help Pittsburgh to continue to thrive.

“The unfailing spirit of Pittsburghers is the fuel that drives our success,” Wiggin says. “We already know people across the globe are seeing our incredible strides and taking notice.”