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WRAL’s New Weather App Developed In-House

WRAL developed its own proprietary weather app in house, and is now releasing a major update that will give users an improved experience tracking local weather conditions and severe storms as they intensify.

WRAL is the NBC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., owned by Capitol Broadcasting Co.

The all-new WRAL weather app is a complete overhaul of the former app, and it delivers the most popular features right to the home screen — the interactive radar plus seven-day and hourly forecasts. Users can swipe right and left to see hourly weather trends, and tap the seven-day for detailed local forecast information from the WRAL weather team.

The advanced settings of the free app allow users to fully customize alerts by location and weather event type, and save a favorite school system to see school closings on the home screen.

John Conway

“This new app delivers what area residents need most — locally prepared forecasts, customizable alerts to dangerous weather, quick access to the seven-day outlook and interactive radar, all from a trusted team of veteran meteorologists,” said John Conway, CBC’s new media general manager, whose team designed and built the new app from scratch.

According to a survey done by FiveThirtyEight writers, nearly 20% of people get their weather information from a specific app other than what is already programmed on their phones, and another 20% get their weather forecasts from a local TV station.

WRAL Documentary Gives Voice To Child Sex Victims

WRAL, Raleigh’s NBC affiliate owned by Capitol Broadcasting, is airing a new documentary tonight at 7 that tells the story of two men who experienced child sex abuse while growing up in the mountains of North Carolina.

Speaking the Unspeakable reveals some of the common characteristics of child sexual abuse, the guilt and shame felt by survivors, the fear of speaking out, the pain of keeping it secret, and the manipulation of abusers use to ensure their victims’ silence.

Shame and fear keep many survivors of child sexual abuse silent, but for some, healing comes with finding their voices.

Knight Chamberlain was 9 years old when he was sexually assaulted by a stranger. Knight’s stepbrother, Michael, was sexually assaulted by his Catholic priest at a church in Brevard when he was 11.

The brothers lived apart for decades after the abuse, but shared the same secret. They both came to find healing in revealing their secret and in speaking publicly about their experiences.

The documentary, narrated by WRAL News anchor and reporter Renee Chou, premieres on TV, web and streaming platforms tonight at 7 and it will remain available on demand any time after the premiere.

WRAL Shows Olympics In Next Gen TV Format

It’s the future of television — the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast television standard, which delivers stunning 4K ultra high definition (UHD) video.

And hundreds gathered to watch the Olympics at WRAL Raleigh, N.C., from Pyeongchang, South Korea in this new format, the first time the Next Gen TV standard was used to publicly show the benefits and features of the ATSC 3.0 standard with an Olympic event.

The event was a partnership between Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affil WRAL, NBCUniversal and the National Association of Broadcasters.

“We’re proud to work with our network, our technology partners and NAB to showcase ATSC 3.0 as the future of television,” said Jimmy Goodmon, Capitol Broadcasting’s president.

“Our company’s 80-year legacy is rooted in serving our community and using technology to innovate our coverage. Next Gen TV is the new frontier. We are excited about the possibilities.”

Click here to see more about this new technology from WRAL.

Here’s a video from WRAL’s website about the new technology being shared at the Olympics:

KING Names Jay Yovanovich Marketing Director

Jay Yovanovich

KING, Seattle’s NBC affiliate owned by Tegna, announced that Jay Yovanovich is the new director of marketing for both KING and independent KONG.

Yovanovich comes to KING from WRAL-WRAZ, the NBC-Fox duopoly in Raleigh,N.C., where he was at times promotion producer, promotion manager and director of marketing.

“I’m thrilled to lead the marketing efforts of one of the greatest stations in the country,” said Yovanovich.

“I’ve always admired KING’s legendary news tradition and stunning creative content,” he added. “It will be an honor to work with such an incredible brand on all platforms.”

Prior to WRAL, Yovanovich held promotion producer and creative services manager roles with stations in Pittsburgh and Charleston.

In his career thus far, Yovanovich has won four Gold Promax Awards and several Mid-South Emmy Awards.

Jim Rose

“We have the great fortune of hiring an immensely talented marketing executive like Jay,” said Jim Rose, KING’s general manager.

“He fully understands the legacy of the KING 5 brand, steeped in our journalistic roots and community service combined with a passion for our business.”

Although Yovanovich is from the New Jersey, he’s a Blue Hen, a graduate of the University of Delaware.

Here are a few promos from Yovanovich’s Vimeo page.

Enter Your Station For Service To America Awards

Did your TV station provide exemplary service to your community through a campaign, project or program that served the public good?

It’s time to be recognized nationally for those outstanding efforts by entering the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) 2018 Celebration of Service to America Awards.

Winners will be recognized at the 20th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards gala held Tuesday, June 12, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington.

The awards program, now in its 20th year, has established new categories based on market size.

• Broadcast Ownership Group
• Large/Major Market (TV DMAs 1-50, Radio Markets 1-50)
• Medium Market (TV DMAs 51-100, Radio Markets 51-150)
• Small Market (TV DMAs 101-210, Radio Markets 151-300)

Entries must be submitted by March 9. Additional information on awards criteria and entry rules are available here.

Here’s a video compiled from the 2017 Celebration of Service to America Award.

Here are some of the 2017 winners:

2017, President’s Special Award
WXIA (NBC, Tegna), Atlanta

The NABEF President’s Special Award was presented to Tegna’s WXIA Atlanta. “Charlie Foxtrot” began as an investigation of military policy that stripped service members with certain mental health conditions of their benefits and veteran status. These reports were ultimately aired in 46 cities across the U.S. and culminated with a screening with members of Congress just three days before the Fairness for Veterans Act was passed.

2017, Service to America Award
WDIV (NBC, Graham), Detroit

The 2017 Service to America Award for Television was presented to WDIV in Detroit in recognition of the station’s year-round commitment to excellence in serving its local community. Through news coverage, philanthropy and community service, WDIV puts the needs of viewers first.

2017, Children’s Award for Television
WMUR (ABC, Hearst), Manchester, N.H.

The need for foster and permanent homes for New Hampshire children is greater than ever, attributed in large part to the opioid crisis. Since 2014, WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle has featured “Home at Last,” a recurring series of segments with the goal of finding permanent adoptive homes for the more than 700 children in New Hampshire living in out-of-home placement.

2017, Service to Community Award for Television
WRAL (NBC, Capitol Broadcasting), Raleigh, N.C.

The rising tensions in the relationship between police departments and African American communities in Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville, N.C., inspired WRAL’s Black and Blue documentary. The program became part of an unprecedented two-hour community conversation on air, online and on social media.

WRAL Named ‘Outstanding News Operation’ By AP

WRAL, Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., got the top honor, AP Outstanding News Operation, at the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) and Associated Press (AP) awards ceremony on Saturday.

“We have a tremendously dedicated staff striving daily to lead on breaking news,” said Rick Gall, WRAL’s new director, “consistently generate enterprise stories, and produce special coverage that’s memorable. It’s terrific to see their collective and individual work held in high regard.”

WRAL took home a total of 15 awards from the RTDNAC/AP ceremony, which honors the best in broadcast journalism in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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WRAL Documentary Warns Of Rising Seas

Scientists predict about a three-foot rise in sea level along North Carolina’s coast by 2100.

Sea Change, a new documentary from WRAL, the Raleigh NBC affiliate owned by Capitol Broadcasting, examines sea level change and its potential impacts along North Carolina’s coast.

Sea Change airs on WRAL as well as web and streaming devices on Tuesday night at 7.

More frequent flooding, higher storm surges, more erosion, saltwater invading forests and farmlands are problems already happening on the North Carolina coast, and they will get worse.

People in coastal counties are already trying to adapt to the changes by raising houses, building dikes, and using techniques to try and keep saltwater off farm lands.

In this new documentary, policy makers and experts discuss how North Carolina is adapting and plans to adapt in the future.

WTVD Links With 3,400 Neighborhoods Via Nextdoor

Talk about hyper-local!

WTVD, the ABC O&O in Raleigh, N.C., is partnering with Nextdoor, a free and private social network for neighborhoods, to expand its local news presence in the area.

Nextdoor is used by more 3,400 neighborhoods in the greater Raleigh-Durham area to keep its users informed about what’s happening in their community and cultivate meaningful conversations around local issues.

“Discussing local news with neighbors is an essential way to build a strong community and an informed civic dialogue,” said Adam Frary, WTVD’s audience strategist.

The announcement on WTVD’s Facebook page prompted this comment from Margo:

Good to know. Much of what happens in Fayetteville neighborhoods, gets little coverage. This could give us “a stronger voice”, so to speak!

WRAL’s Revolutionary HS Football Coverage Returns

“Nothing like this is being done anywhere else — unless you go look at the NFL Network. We will have the ability to really change the way fans follow high school football.”

That’s how Nick Stevens, a high school football insider, characterized what Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate WRAL is doing on Friday nights during football season in Raleigh, N.C. (DMA 24),  in a Market Share column from last year about HighSchoolOT LIVE.

That post, about how WRAL and Capitol is revolutionizing how high school football games are covered, also had this quote from John Conway, WRAL.com’s general manager at CBC New Media Group.

“We are going to offer an unprecedented amount of live video for fans of high school football. I am not aware of any other media company trying to offer as much live video coverage of high school football.”

And now, WRAL is kicking off the second season of HighSchoolOT LIVE.

HighSchoolOT LIVE is a weekly, live-streamed show providing in-game updates from multiple football games across North Carolina.

HighSchoolOT LIVE includes an in-studio show that takes viewers through six to eight area high school football games with live, instant updates complete with graphics, play-by-play and color commentary.

Viewers also have the option to watch the live feeds of any of the 6-8 chosen games on HighSchoolOT.com, the mobile apps and WRAL OTT apps.

Audio from the show will be streamed live on WCLY-FM, 95.7 The Ticket.

John Conway

“We wanted to learn the best way to produce and deliver live game coverage for a web and mobile audience,” said John Conway, WRAL.com’s general manager at CBC’s New Media Group

“The end product exceeded our expectations.”

WRAL Heroin Documentary Gets Real Personal

“In all of my years of documentary production, they were the most gut-wrenching and deeply personal interviews I’ve ever done. They were emotional, moving and eye-opening,” said Clay Johnson, WRAL’s documentary producer.

Johnson is talking about the first-person accounts used in the latest documentary from WRAL, Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C.

Searching for a Fix airs on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on WRALf as well as on the web and streaming devices.

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