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WCAU-WWSI Hosting Calls About Foster Care

WCAU and WWSI, the NBC and Telemundo stations in Philadelphia owned by NBC, are hosting a live phone bank today for families interested in providing foster care.

The two-and-a-half hour phone bank, starting at 4 this afternoon, will feature recruitment experts from Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services and its 25 provider agencies that will answer the phone lines to provide information in English and Spanish.

“With nearly 6,000 youth in Philadelphia living in foster care at any given time, NBC10 and Telemundo62 are committed to raising awareness about the need for families to provide loving homes for these children,” said Ric Harris, the stations’ general manager

“We are proud to partner with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and to host a phone bank at our studios to increase the network of resource parents in the city.”

“Our children and youth need dedicated resource parents who can provide loving, stable homes,” said Cynthia F. Figueroa, DHS’ commissioner,

“There is no ‘one size fits all’ resource parent. The children and youth we serve are diverse, and we need resource parents that can provide welcoming homes to all children.”

WCAU-WWSI’s Pet Project Exceeds 2016 Results

Almost 5,000 pets in the Philadelphia area now are out of shelters and into homes thanks to the NBC and Telemundo owned stations there, WCAU and WWSI, respectively.

Launched in July and culminating on Clear the Shelters day, Saturday, Aug. 19, the stations’ pet adoption initiative included the participation of nearly 50 animal shelters in the Greater Philadelphia region.

On Saturday, Aug. 19 alone, 1,450 adoptions took place, a 30% increase from 2016.

Nationally, the third annual Clear the Shelters campaign resulted in the adoption of more than 68,000 pets.

Since 2015, the NBC/Telemundo stations’ Clear the Shelters campaign has resulted in more than 141,000 pet adoptions.

“It feels great knowing that through the combined efforts of our partner shelters and rescue groups, volunteers, sponsors, and our viewers, we were able to exceed the number of pet adoptions from last year and helped nearly 5,000 animals find homes this summer,” said Ric Harris, WCAU’s general manager.

Matt Boline Named CSD At Philly’s WCAU

wcau-tvThe NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations in Philadelphia have named Matt Boline as their newest creative services director.

Boline most recently was CSD at the NBC O&O in Hartford-New Haven, Conn., WVIT.

Matt Boline

Matt Boline

Boline will report to Ric Harris, who also came to WCAU recently from WVIT.

“We’re thrilled to welcome him to Philadelphia and know he will leverage his expertise and creativity to do a great job representing the brand of both of our stations to our local viewers,” said Harris.

“I look forward to working with our team and partners to further strengthen our connection to the Philadelphia community,” said Boline.

Before working in Connecticut, Boline was at WNBC New York.

Here’s a spot from WVIT in the fall of 2015 that lists Boline as executive producer.