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WDRB Sweeps Louisville’s March News Ratings

WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville owned by Block Communications, had the highest rated news in the morning (5,6 and 7 a.m.), in the evening (4, 4:30, 6 and 6:30) and latenight (10 and 11) among adults 25-54, Monday through Friday.

Bill Lamb

“We’ve expanded our news,” said Bill Lamb, WDRB’s general manager. “Our nearest competitor has 40.5 hours of news a week, we do 59. And all of it is at the top of the heap right now except our noon.”

“We’re seeing tremendous growth everywhere, in every newscast,” said Robert Liuag, WDRB’s research director.

WDRB had the top eight most-watched newscasts in March.

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WHEC Wins 11 P.M. News With New Anchor Team

Imagine going into one of the TV ratings periods with an unknown news anchor team on the desk.

How unknown? Your new chief meteorologist’s first day on air is the first day of the sweep.

Even your creative services director is new, just a few months on the job.

Yet despite those obstacles, WHEC, Hubbard Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., was the No. 1 newscast at 11 p.m. in adults 25-54 in the November 2017 sweeps.

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Stephen Arnold Music Launches New AM Campaign

Stephen Arnold Music hopes to help TV stations across the country grow viewership for their morning news programs with a new music/image campaign.

Morning Ready, a market-exclusive campaign, features two upbeat morning anthems to get viewers going in the early hours.

There are male and female vocal versions, with custom lyrics available upon request.

Morning Ready has the style and feel of popular hit music. The lyrics have broad appeal, and together with the rhythmic guitars and inspirational groove, create a positive vibe ideal for matching up with local images and personalities.

Morning Ready is the latest in this series of cost-effective marketing toolkits for stations to maximize their morning news marketing.

Previous morning image campaigns from Stephen Arnold Music used in more than 100 markets include All About Early, Waking Up My Day and Everywhere I Go.

“Audiences look to their local TV stations for critical information in the morning,” says Chad Cook, Stephen Arnold Music’s creative director.

“Morning Ready is a quick turnaround, turnkey bundle that creates an even deeper connection with a station’s morning news team.”

Every Employee Helping Puts KGTV First On Facebook

Social Scorecard this week examines how complete station buy-in from all employees fuels KGTV’s performance to lead the San Diego market on Facebook.

KGTV, the Scripps ABC affiliate, is first in social media actions in the market over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee.

KGTV has almost 4 million actions on social, 27% of the total engagement generated by the DMA (No. 29), with more than 14.7 million social actions. KGTV also lead in actions per post with 266.

NBC O&O KNSD led on both Twitter and Instagram with more than 142,000 and 358,000 actions, respectively.

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Charleston’s WCSC Ahead By A Million On Facebook

In this week’s edition of Social Scorecard, find out what WCSC is doing on Facebook that gives the station such a huge lead in the market.

WCSC, Raycom’s CBS affiliate in Charleston, S.C., leads by more than a million social media actions over its next nearest competitor during the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee.

WCSC has almost 1.8 million actions on social, 27% of the total engagement generated by the DMA (No. 92), with more than 6.5 million social actions.

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L.A. Wildfires Drive Local News Viewership

More than a million residents in the Los Angeles area tuned into local TV newscasts last week than did in the previous week as wildfires raged across Southern California, according to Nielsen data.

Viewership of local evening newscasts soared across all seven news-producing television stations in Los Angeles compared to last month’s rating sweeps period.

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How Stations Use News Topicals On Facebook

This is the final part of our five-part series, Building Viewership with News Topicals. Read Part 4 here.

Across the country, millions of people watch the entertainment programming TV stations provide during the day and at night. So it makes sense for stations to promote their newscasts topically within all that programming in the hopes viewers will stay and watch the next newscast.

For years, this was the only means stations had to recruit news viewers with the news of the day, unless stations bought time on other media, like radio, print or cable.

Then came Facebook.

Facebook provides stations with another — and much more mobile — screen to reach potential news viewers.

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WBZ’s 11 P.M. News Top-Rated In Boston

WBZ, the CBS O&O in Boston, was No. 1 at 11 p.m. in both Households and adults 25-54 in the November sweeps.

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What It Takes To Create Quality News Topicals

This is Part 2 of a five-part series, Building Viewership with News Topicals. Read Part 1 here.


Being a news topical writer/producer is one of the toughest jobs in local TV news marketing.

And to do that job well, the experts say, you need to have a passion for journalism, a thorough knowledge of what news is covering in the newscast, the ability to recognize what stories will resonate with viewers, and the confidence to promote those stories even if they’re not the news department’s top stories.

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Building Viewership With News Topicals, Part 1

Tonight at 11, there’s a big change in the weather forecast.

That’s one of the better 4-second news topicals you can write.

Granted, not one you can use every night, only when conditions warrant, yet weather is the main reason people watch local news, and a ‘change’ in the forecast creates a thirst for news.

News topicals, those ubiquitous promos embedded in programming enticing viewers to watch the next newscast, have been a staple of local TV news since forever.

Effective topical news promotion can lead to sampling, and during sweeps, possibly into ratings.

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