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KNWA Addresses Parents Vaccine Concerns

Date Posted: 7/14/2022

Nexstar Media-owned KNWA/FOX 24 in Rogers, Ark., addressed parents concerns directly in an interview with local pediatrician Gary Berner as well as parents with differing views on vaccination. I would highly recommend, if you have any concerns or questions about it, you know, dont sit idle. Be proactive making that decision, said Berner.

KHBS/KHOG-TV Arkansas Showcases University Virtual Events

Date Posted: 2/1/2021

Hearst Televisions ABC affiliate KHBS Fort Smith and CW affiliate KHOG-TV Fayetteville, Ark., featured two virtual events on February 1 held at the University of Arkansas and University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (UAF) in honor of Black History Month. Rodney Roberts, as part of The Innocence Project, spoke to 50 UAF students over Zoom about his story of being wrongfully convicted for a crime he did not commit, an experience that many people of color nationwide have dealt with for years. On the other campus, the Tanzanite Zuzu African Acrobats gave an online dance performance. Both events were intended to spark conversation about acceptance and understanding of a culture and history that may be different to many in the community, and to continue the conversation past the month of February.

KABZ-FM "Cuts for a Cause" for Healthcare Workers During Pandemic

Date Posted: 4/10/2020

Signal Media of Arkansass KABZ-FM Little Rock, Ark., have taken up completing chores and other tasks through April to support healthcare workers during the global pandemic. On-air hosts RJ Hawk and Roger Scott are mowing lawns, a time consuming and physically grueling task, for those fighting the crisis on the front lines.

During the week of April 10, the men mowed the lawns of 12 healthcare workers throughout greater Little Rock.

Nexstar Hosts Virtual Town Hall with Arkansas Governor

Date Posted: 4/9/2020

The Arkansas Association of Broadcasters and Nexstar stations across Arkansas hosted a live virtual Town Hall meeting with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on April 9 in primetime to address the statewide response to the current coronavirus outbreak. Arkansas State Health Director Dr. Nathaniel Smith joined the event. Viewers submitted questions to Governor Hutchinson and Dr. Smith via social media using the hashtag #AskAsa.

The event was hosted by KARK-TV Anchor Bob Clausen and KLRT-TV Anchor Donna Terrell, Fox16 Ancho. It aired on eight stations operated by Nexstar, including KARK-TV (NBC) and KLRT-TV (FOX) in Little Rock, WREG-TV (CBS) in Memphis, KNWA-TV (NBC) and KFTA-TV (FOX) in Fayetteville, KTVE-TV (NBC) in Monroe, LA, KTAL-TV (NBC) in Shreveport, LA, and KOZL-TV (MyNet) in Springfield, MO. It also broadcast on Grays NBC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro and livestreamed on station websites.

KAIT Saves Lives With Coverage of Tornado Touch Down

Date Posted: 4/8/2020

Gray Televisions ABC/NBC/CW affiliate KAIT-TVs Jonesboro, Ark., live coverage of a March 28 tornado touch down is credited with saving lives. The station captured the tornado touch down as it happened from a roof camera and predicted the path. This allowed weather anchors to warn viewers who had not yet received tornado watches or warnings in their areas to get to safety.

Gray Television announced on April 8 that it would donate $10,000 to recovery efforts.

Jonesboro Stations Support Make-A-Wish

Date Posted: 2/20/2020

Saga Communications KJBX-FM, KDXY-FM, KEGI-FM and Gray Televisions ABC/CW/NBC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro, Ark., raised more than $400,000 for Make-A-Wish in the 22nd annual Have A Heart Wish-A-Thon on February 21. The event was broadcast across all four stations. Employees also stood in freezing temperatures to collect donations at 18 locations.

This is the type of localism that keeps radio and television not just relevant but a vibrant part of our communities, said Saga Jonesboros Vice President and General Manager Terry Stafford.

Jonesboro Radio Group Raises $374,000 for Make-A-Wish

Date Posted: 2/15/2019

Saga Communications-owned KDXY-FM in Jonesboro, Ark., partnered with Gray Televisions ABC/NBC affiliate KAIT-TV to raise over $374,000 for Make-A-Wish on February 15th. Sagas six-station Jonesboro Radio Group cluster encouraged listeners to donate at any of Sagas 17 designated outdoor roadblocks, give to a school fundraiser, or call in a pledge during the 13-hour event. KDXY has raised over $6 million for Make-A-Wish over the last 21 years.

Arkansas Stations Support Make-A-Wish

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

Saga Communications KDXY-FM, KEGI-FM and KJBX-FM, and Raycom Medias ABC and NBC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro, Ark., raised a record $421,000 in the annual Have-A-Heart Wishathon, held February 16. In the events 20-year history, the stations have raised over $5 million for the Make-A- Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with critical illnesses. The average wish costs about $8,000. Weve made Make-A-Wish a household word in this region, said Sagas Jonesboro President and General Manager Trey Stafford.

KAIT Provides Continuous Coverage of Storms and Flooding

Date Posted: 5/1/2017

Raycom Medias KAIT-TV Jonesboro, Ark. provided in-depth coverage of severe storms and subsequent flooding that hit the area in early May. The station continued its weather coverage late into the evening, logging peak viewership at 1:00 a.m. A station representative commented Hopefully we will not experience any severe storms in the future, but if we do, KAIT will be here for you. Its the most important work we do."

Arkansas Stations Raises $351,000 for Make-A-Wish

Date Posted: 2/17/2017

Saga Communications six station cluster in Jonesboro, Arkansas teamed with Raycom Medias ABC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro to raise $351,123.25 for the Make-A-Wish foundation at the 19th annual Have-A-Heart Wishathon. The event was held February 17.

KARK Launches Anti-Violence Campaign

Date Posted: 2/13/2017

Nexstars NBC affiliate KARK-TV and Mission Broadcastings Fox affiliate KLRT Little Rock launch Victory over Violence campaign in early February in response to the shooting of a local toddler.

The campaigns goal is to cover crime in a responsible manner and to be a resource for issues including education, jobs, mentoring and hunger. We decided we needed to be part of the solution, said KARK News Director Austin Kellerman.

KLAL-FM Collects More than 300,000 Boxes of Cereal

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Cumulus KLAL-FM Wrightsville, AR collected more than 300,000 boxes of cereal for the Arkansas Food Bank in the Summer Cereal Drive. KLAL-FM staff members spent nearly a month traveling from town to town collecting cereal The Drive provides local families with non-perishable breakfast items that are both nutritious and kid-friendly, so families in central Arkansas do not have to skip the most important meal of the day. In 15 years, the drive has provided over 2.1 million boxes of cereal.

KAIT-TV Partners with ArkansasGives

Date Posted: 4/7/2016

Raycom Medias ABC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro partnered with local nonprofit Arkansas Gives for a fundraiser on April 7. Over $4 million was raised. An additional $500,000 was distributed among area nonprofits.

KDEW-FM Stuttgart Raises $36,000 for Kiwanis

Date Posted: 4/6/2016

Arkansas County Broadcasters KDEW-FM Stuttgart, AR raised $36,000 on April 8 during the Stuttgart Kiwanis Radiothon. The funds support the Kiwanis community and child-focused projects, including Boys Scouts, Boys State, Girls State, a local Food Bank, Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie, scholarships for graduating high school seniors, childrens programs at the Grand Prairie Center, Easter Seals, a Back Pack Program, Restoration of Hope, Stuttgart Parks and a Teachers Appreciation Luncheon.

Arkansas Stations Collect 3,000 Turkeys

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Hearst Televisions ABC affiliates KHBS-TV Fort Smith, Ark., and KHOG-TV Fayetteville, Ark., collected 3,000 turkeys in the "Feeding Hope" food drive, held November 20. (Watch video.)

KARN-AM Airs A Heros Best Medicine

Date Posted: 6/4/2015

Cumulus Medias KARN-AM Little Rock personality Doc Washburn hosted a three-hour special, A Heros Best Medicine, to raise awareness of the Fisher House Foundation. Radio stations that aired the program over Memorial Day weekend included WMAL-AM Washington, D.C.; CBS Radios WCCO-AM Minneapolis, Minn.; Cumulus Medias WBAP-AM and KLIF-AM Dallas, iHeartMedias KHOW-AM Denver; WHAS-AM Louisville, Ky. and KSTE-AM Sacramento, Calif.; Cox Media Groups WSB-AM Atlanta; Bonnevilles KTAR-AM Phoenix, Ariz.; Greater Medias WBT-AM Charlotte; E.W. Scripps KQTH-AM Tucson, Ariz.; Midwest Communications WHBL-AM Sheboygan, Wis.; and Townsquare Medias KPEL-AM Lafayette, La.

KAIT Hosts Blood Drive

Date Posted: 2/9/2015

Raycom Medias ABC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro, Ark.; CBS affiliate KFVS-TV Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg, Miss;. and ABC affiliate WLOX-TV Biloxi, Miss. hosted successful blood drives. KAIT-TV hosted the 2015 Drive for Life in January, and had a total of 368 people donate. The KFVS-TV Heartland Blood Drive was a three-day event at seven locations throughout Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois that generated 1,091 pints of blood. This particular event has won several awards for community service and continues to be one of the largest blood drives in the Midwest. WLOX-TVs 32nd Annual Blood Drive in December collected 458 pints of blood for the Red Cross.

KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM iHeartMedia Little Rock Collect 20,000 Toys

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

iHeartMedia stations KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM Little Rock, Ark. held their 2014 Toy Hill Toy Drive from Dec. 5-7. During the 72-hour toy drive, KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM collected $24,000 and filled three 18-wheel trucks with 20,000 new toys. The donations benefitted the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

Stations Across Across Arkansas Host Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate Debates

Date Posted: 10/2/2014

Nexstar Broadcastings NBC affiliate KARK-TV Little Rock hosted a September 19 gubernatorial debate that also aired live on Nextars KNWA-TV Fayetteville and KTAL-TV Texarkana. Also in Arkansas, Sinclair-owned KATV Little Rock will host U.S. Senate candidates on October 14 in a debate that will also air live on Raycom Medias ABC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro and Hearsts affiliates in Fort Smith, KHBS and KHOG-TV.

KARK-TV, KLRT-TV Raise $200,000 for Tornado Recovery

Date Posted: 6/9/2014

Nexstar Broadcasting Groups owned and affiliated television stations in Arkansas combined their local resources and staff to support the greater Little Rock community after severe storms and tornadoes tore through the region. Nexstars NBC affiliate KARK-TV and FOX affiliate KLRT-TV quickly set up a telethon to support the Salvation Armys relief and recovery efforts in Arkansas. The tornado telethon aired on Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting stations in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Ark., and Monroe, La. The event raised more than $200,000 and proceeds helped purchase food, water and equipment for the Salvation Armys mobile feeding units.

Arkansas Woman Praises Broadcasters for Saving Lives

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

A Perryville, Ark., resident, Evelyn Freeman, wrote in a letter to the editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "I would like to commend all of our local television and radio stations for their news and weather-team broadcasters and for their care and concern for the residents of Arkansas during this last deadly tornado and thunderstorm outbreak. They had great concern in telling residents in the path of the tornado when to take cover, and I truly feel their actions helped save lives. May God bless all of you."

KDXY-FM, KAIT-TV Raise $323,000 to Grant Wishes

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

Saga Communications KDXY-FM and Raycom-owned ABC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro, Ark., partnered to host the 16th annual Have-A-Heart Wishathon to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundations Mid-South Chapter. The Foundation helps to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Together KDXY-FM and KAIT-TV raised more than $323,000. Click here to watch video from the Wishathon.

KAIT-TV Raises $100,000 and Collects Truckloads of Supplies

Date Posted: 6/7/2013

Several Raycom Media-owned television stations conducted relief efforts following the tornado. Stations donating to the American Red Cross include WSFA-TV Montgomery, Ala. ($50,232); WMC-TV Memphis ($36,000); WCSC-TV Charleston, S.C. ($10,000); WWBT Richmond, Va. (over $7,000); and KAIT-TV Jonesboro, Ark., organized a statewide telethon. WAFB-TV Birmingham, Ala., collected several storage units full of supplies for the Salvation Army in its one day donation drive. WBRC-TV Birmingham collected 200,000 pounds of water for the Salvation Army. KOLD-TV Tucson, Ariz., filled two semi-trucks with supplies, to be distributed by World Care.

KSSN-FM Collects 25,000 Toys and $25,000 for Toys for Tots

KSSN-FM in Little Rock, Ark., wrapped up its 23rd annual Toy Hill Toys for Tots drive with nearly 25,000 Christmas presents and $25,000 for the areas neediest children. For the 72-hour event, morning host personality Bob Robbins camps out in an RV next to an area that grows into Toy Hill as donations pile in. Robbins stays on the air at all times, except for the few hours he catches his sleep. In addition to the three-day live broadcast, the station posts new photos on its Web site every four hours. Streaming broadcasts, Web banners and email blasts all play a part in getting listeners involved. Each year, the governor and mayor call in or stop by, and country artists and other prominent leaders share their support on the air. The schedule leading up to the 72-hour event is extensive, including live three-hour remotes from toy drop-off locations throughout the community and various promotional spots for other Toys for Tots events. At the conclusion of last years campaign, KSSN staff had given 500 hours of their time, which they plan on doing again come December. "We wouldnt be successful without the local community and Bob Robbins and the KSSN family," said U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Adkin Lomax. "We look forward to an even greater campaign next year."

KAIT-TV Provides Lifeline Information During Tornado

When a series of deadly tornadoes hit the South on Super Tuesday, broadcasters across the region provided a lifeline to their viewers and listeners, including KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, Ark. The station started with breaking weather coverage before the tornados hit and brought in a satellite from Shreveport, La., so live coverage could continue for the days following the destruction. Across the state, 13 people lost their lives. Homes and buildings were devastated. Within 48 hours of the storm, KAIT teamed with Jonesboro radio stations KDXY-FM, KEGI-FM and KJBX-FM to get relief to those who needed it. In a single day, the stations rallied the community to donate 40 pickup trucks and four trailers worth of supplies. The minute a vehicle was filled, it left for delivery. The stations broadcast live cut-ins during the drive and raised an additional $30,000, which was given to the American Red Cross Tornado Relief Fund.

KURB-FM Raises $301,000 for Arkansas Childrens Hospital

Each year, KURB-FM in Little Rock, Ark., continues its commitment to children with its "B98 Champions for Children Radiothon." The stations staff of five broadcast live from the lobby of Arkansas Childrens Hospital, which is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas, for 36 hours during a three-day period. Marking its fourth year, the radiothon raised a record $301,000 in 2008, bringing the total contribution from "Champions for Children" to nearly $1 million. During the fundraiser, montages of children and interviews with doctors and families gave the community a window into the lifesaving services of the hospital. The station donated additional airtime throughout the year and participated in the "Festival of the Stars" toy drive, which provided Santa with more than $79,000 worth of toys for his visit to the patients at Arkansas Childrens Hospital this past holiday season.

KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM Little Rock Collect 20,000 Toys

iHeartMedia stations KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM Little Rock, Ark. held their 2014 Toy Hill Toy Drive from Dec. 5-7. During the 72-hour toy drive, KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM collected $24,000 and filled three 18-wheel trucks with 20,000 new toys. The donations benefitted the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

KARK-TV Hosts U.S. House Candidates Debate on Eve of Arkansas Runoff

NexStar Broadcasting Groups KARK-TV Little Rock hosted a debate before a runoff election between Q. Byrum Hurst and Gene Jeffress. The runoff determined the Democratic nominee for southern Arkansas fourth Congressional District. Hurst and Jeffress both promised to focus on job creation and to protect Social Security during the half-hour debate.

KATV-TV Raises $480,000 for Tornado Relief

When disaster strikes, KATV-TV in Little Rock, Ark., activates its "Neighbor in Need" relief fund to help its community recover. Through public service announcements and news stories, KATV asks viewers to extend a helping hand to those hit hardest by the crisis at hand. The station uses its phone bank facilities to collect donations. Originally created to provide aid to those affected by Hurricane Katrina who relocated to Arkansas, the fund has been activated several times since 2005 in response to severe weather. In February 2008, storms wreaked havoc across the state, and the community responded by donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to the fund. When killer twisters touched down in April 2008, viewers once again gave generously to help their fellow Arkansans, and KATV kick-started the giving with a $5,000 donation of its own. In the past year alone, more than $480,000 has been raised for the fund, all of which was given to the local Red Cross to further its efforts to provide aid to those affected by the flooding and tornadoes.

KTLO-AM/FM and KCTT-FM Promote Healthy Living

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To serve the large retirement-age population in the area, KTLO-AM/FM and KCTT-FM in Mountain Home, Ark., started an annual event 17 years ago focused on the lifestyle and health of older Americans. Today, more than 3,500 people come to the KTLO/KCTT Senior Expo and Baxter Regional Medical Health Fair each year. With many free and low-cost screening tests, including hearing, eyesight, cardiac health and blood sugar, the fair provides access to needed health services. For weeks before the two-day event, the stations run hundreds of promotional spots. In 2008, 12 live interviews with hospital staff about the importance of the screenings were broadcast to motivate community members to attend. On the day of the expo, live cut-ins aired every hour. "In the ever-changing world of health care it is crucial to impart information to the general public in a variety of venues," said Donna McMullen, director of marketing for Baxter Regional Medical. "It has been a pleasure to partner with KTLO/KCTT and serve the community needs in such a necessary manner for these many years." As pioneers in this area, KTLO and KCTT are helping other stations start up similar health efforts in other areas of the state.

KLRC-FM Fills 2,000 Stockings for Soldiers

Knowing that last December was the first Christmas away from home for more than 800 local soldiers, KLRC-FM in Siloam Springs, Ark., got involved with the inaugural "Stockings for Soldiers" holiday drive to make sure the 101st Airborne Division 3-187 Infantry Battalion received a bit of Christmas cheer. In addition to airing promotional spots, the morning show broadcast an interview with Elizabeth Dubbell-Beck from "Stockings for Soldiers," whose husband, Major Will Beck, is currently serving in Iraq. Instructions on how to participate were posted on the station Web site, and KLRC staff handed out stockings to get listeners involved during a two-hour live broadcast from a local bookstore. After weeks of promotion, the campaign goal of stuffing 800 stockings was more than doubled. Servicemen and women overseas received a total of 2,000 filled stockings. "People want to give, and KLRC gave them a positive outlet to do just that," said Dubbell-Beck. "Friends, families, companies, schools and civic groups all rallied together to make sure these troops had a blessed Christmas morning. Thank you, KLRC, for your positive difference and for supporting our troops."

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