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Regional Murrow Awards Wrap-Up, 9 Markets

I’ve created a monster. Namely, writing about TV stations that won the various regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

I have already shared dozens. But I can’t share all of them.

I do like to spotlight award-winning work, whether it’s news promotion or news coverage examples, as I believe looking at work deemed excellent by a jury of our peers helps everyone improve their craft.

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WTAE Takes Viewers On Patrol With Police

WTAE, Pittsburgh’s ABC affiliate owned by Hearst, is airing a one-hour special covering the dangers and struggles facing small-town police departments in Western Pennsylvania.

Chronicle: To Protect & Serve airs Friday night at 10.

The special puts viewers in the car, on the streets and shoulder-to-shoulder with police officers from four communities to examine the growing conflict between police and the public, and the uphill battle for departments to heal the wounds of distrust.

Viewers will also see the pain that cascades across communities when an officer is killed in the line of duty.

“In a time when the relationship between citizens and law enforcement has become so complex, it’s imperative for us, as journalists, to explore all sides,” said Jim Parsons, WTAE’s news director.

“Thanks to four local police departments that granted us access, viewers will get an unvarnished, candid look at their difficult work.”


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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WPEC Names Chrissy Funk Creative Services Director

Chrissy Funk

Last March, Market Share proclaimed that Chrissy Funk was taking a hike from her job as the creative services director of WPTV West Palm Beach, Fla.

Funk hiked the Appalachian Trail, alone, carrying a 30-pound pack, from Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., to Mt. Katahdin, Maine, a distance of about 1,300 miles.

Today, she’s back in West Palm as the new creative services director at WPEC, the CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair.

After hiking the Appalachian Trail alone, I would think Funk could handle any challenge.

“I am honored and excited to take on the role of creative services director for WPEC-CBS12 and its entire media campus. I can’t wait to start this new adventure. The best is yet to come. BOOM!!!”

Funk previously worked at WJXT Jacksonville, KMGH Denver, WTAE Pittsburgh and WTEN Albany, N.Y.

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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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.”