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What’s New In Local TV Promos This Month

WSOC Charlotte, N.C.

In this tightly edited spot from Cox’s ABC affiliate WSOC, still black and white images are combined with color graphics over a rich soundtrack filled with sound bites and select audio clips from the station’s coverage to highlight WSOC’s investigative work in the 5 and 6 o’clock newscasts.

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Brand New News Promos And Some Classics, Too

Before you watch this first spot, you need some history.

Its roots go all the way back to the 1980s when a concept promo called Home Movies was created for WPVI, ABC’s Philadelphia O&O.

The idea is that a family visits the Philadelphia area and shoots some home movies of their trip. Then they’re at home watching the movies when they notice that everywhere they went, a news van managed to work its way into the shot.

“It’s a great example of a simple, single idea that’s well-executed,” said Mike Davis, the man who originated the spot.

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What’s New? The Latest Local TV News Promos

The holidays are behind us, a New Year is in front of us, and it’s time to get down to business. So I went searching to find the latest promos from TV stations across the country.

Let’s start with this very timely weather spot from WBZ, the CBS O&O in Boston, about how savage winter can be in New England. Keep in mind that Mt. Washington, N.H., the highest point east of the Mississippi, is one of the coldest spots on earth and recorded a wind chill of -97F the other day.

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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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Wild Turkeys Attack! WBZ Has Tips On How To Stay Safe

Who knew wild turkeys could be such a threat to people, especially in Boston and the surrounding area.

But according to a story by WBZ, the CBS O&O there, “turkeys may attempt to dominate or attack people they view as subordinates.”

I’m thinking it has more to do with what happens on Thanksgiving, but in any event, you’re encouraged to cover shiny objects like mirrors to avoid causing turkeys to act aggressive.

Here’s a funny video compilation of turkeys attacking policemen.

Winning Local TV Branding Image Promos Here

The annual PromaxBDA Station Summit in Las Vegas was last week and the winners of the local awards — gold, silver and bronze — were announced and shown.

All this week, I’ll be posting the award-winning spots.

If your station won an award and you’d like to share the spot along with some commentary about the marketing strategy, production, challenges, or any results that it might have achieved, just drop me a line.

Click here to see the list of all the various winners.

General Brading Image: News Station-Large Market

Weather Image
KNBC, Los Angeles

General Brading Image: News Station-Medium Market

Everything Boston Legacy
WBZ, Boston

General Brading Image: News Station-Large Market

We Stand For You, Poetry Image
KHOU, Houston

News Promos From Yesterday And Yesteryear

I like to research examples of news promos from the past. I know, I should see somebody about that.

I think if you are a practitioner of this craft, it helps to have a sense of its history.

Especially for younger writer/producers at TV stations who may not always realize that promoting television news, be it national or local, is as old, and as rich and varied, at television itself.

This spot for Mike Blake, sports anchor for WFIE in Evansville, Ind., portrays Blake quite creatively as the kind of sports anchor who likes to get close to the action in his work.

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WBZ Touts Homegrown Morning News Team

Danielle Niles, Chris McKinnon, Kate Merrill and Breana Pitts


It’s one of the occupational hazards of working in local TV news.

It can be a benefit or a drawback depending on where you end up geographically, the people you work with, the station management and — if you’re a high-profile manager — the station ownership.

Typically, most people in local TV start out at a small market and then move up, usually for more money, or maybe a better experience, or perhaps a leadership opportunity.

If you’re lucky and it’s what you want, you might end up home, back in the area where you grew up.

And while it might be possible for someone to end up working at a station in the place where they grew up, it doesn’t happen often. And it rarely happens in a major market like Boston.

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WBZ Celebrates Its History In New Marketing Campaign

It’s not every day that a new television station, especially a network O&O launches in a major market.

But that’s exactly what happened on Jan. 1 when WBTS, the new NBC-owned outlet in Boston launched, replacing long-time affiliate, Sunbeam Television’s  WHDH.

Along with the affiliation switch comes a new news operation in the market, another competitor to those that have existed for many years in Boston, another competitor sure to siphon off some news viewers from all the stations, even if one’s been on the air since 1948.

So how should one of those stations counter the newcomer before it has a chance to get off the ground?

CBS-owned WBZ decided “it would be a great time to emphasize our consistency and stability and showcase our station’s incredible legacy as New England’s first TV station,” wrote Sean Barnacoat, WBZ’s promotion manager.

“The spots have already generated a great response from viewers,” said Barnacoat. “We’ve received a number of positive tweets and emails and people have shared them on social media.” Here’s one:

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WBZ’s New Promo Campaign Covers ‘Everything’

CBS O&O WBZ Boston’s new station image campaign, Everything, promotes everything the station has to offer viewers — network news and entertainment, syndicated programming, game shows, NFL football, comedy, dramas, local news, weather, traffic and investigations.

The campaign oozes with attitude, helped by a sassy voice-over announcer and colorful animated graphics, all tied together by unpredictable, creative editing.

“It started with the premise that our station, WBZ, has more viewers who welcome WBZ into their homes than any other,” said Peter Masucci, the station’s creative services director.

Peter Masucci

Masucci goes on to list some of the programming on WBZ that makes it Boston’s most-watched station: CBS programming, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, 60 Minutes and New England Patriots football.

“We have something for everyone and that’s really kind of where we started looking at it,” said Masucci.

“How can we package and showcase all these different shows and products and content that really resonates with viewers for a variety of different reasons?”

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