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News Channel 5 Investigates Local Candidates Social Media Claims

Date Posted: 10/2/2023

Scripps Local Media’s News Channel 5 in Nashville, Tenn., investigated a local mayoral candidate’s social media campaign to discover photos that appeared to be lifted from social media posts, falsely claiming individuals as her supporters. The station said she, “may not have thought that anyone would track down the women whose photos she posted last month on her campaign's social media accounts. But that's exactly what NewsChannel 5 Investigates did over the weekend, and those women were outraged about how their images were used.”

Holston Valley Radio Raises $500,000 for Local Childrens Hospital

Date Posted: 3/10/2022

Kingsport, Tenn., -based Holston Valley radio raised $515,000 for Niswonger Childrens Hospital. Stations 98.5 WTFM, 959 The Hog, Classic Hits 1027, and ESPN Tri-Cities took part in the event. The two-day radiothon wrapped up with a special live broadcast with the WTFM morning team of Steve Mann and Lynda Fontaine from the hospital in Johnson City, Tenn. This was the 10th year for the Radiothon which has raised almost $4 million in the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol TN/VA market.

Beaver 100.3 Camp Rainbow Radiothon Raises More Than $65,000 for Kids with Medical Needs

Date Posted: 2/19/2022

The 2022 Beaver 100.3 Camp Rainbow Radiothon raised $65,777 in support of Camp Rainbow, a camp for children with medical needs. The two-day event featured Beaver on-air personalities, led by Fletch and Mandi from the Fletch and Mandi Morning Show, who shared heartwarming stories from campers, counselors and parents about how Camp Rainbow has touched their lives.

Now in its 13th year, this annual radiothon has raised more than $800,000 for the kids of Camp Rainbow.

WLX, WDXE and WKSR Radio Raise Funds for New Doppler Radar Site in Tennessee

Date Posted: 11/1/2021

When Lawrence County, Tenn., was struck by three unwarned tornadoes in February 2020, WLX, WDXE and WKSR Radio quickly began raising funds to build a new doppler radar site in Lawrenceburg. The National Weather Service radar over the area at the time did not detect the tornadoes because the twisters were below the radar beam. The stations quickly raised the more than $500,000 needed to build the site, and within months a new radar was in operation. Raising funds to build a new doppler radar site more capable of detecting dangerous tornados, WLX, WDXE and WKSR helped provide a crucial lifesaving service to the Lawrenceburg community. Read more.

WRLT Nashville Celebrates Local Musicians

Date Posted: 8/23/2021

Tuned In Broadcastings WRLT-FM Nashville, Tenn., continuously demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to celebrating and promoting local musicians on air and through special events. The station plays more unsigned local artists in daily rotation than any other commercial station in the country and features an expanded block of local specialty programming every week dedicated exclusively to playing music from local talent. This commitment was highlighted during the 10th annual 615 Day, held June 15 and featuring an all-day lineup of local music, including some local musicians who performed live in the studio. I never have to question whether its worth the effort to find great local music to play on the radio, said Dan Buckley, WRLTs program director. Whether its an act that was born and raised here, has released 10 albums and can sell out venues, or an up-and-coming act that just had all their friends tell them they heard them on the radio, everyone making music loves to hear it on the radio.

Tennessee Legislature Recognizes Local Broadcasters

Date Posted: 8/13/2021

On April 28, 2021 the Tennessee State Legislature passed a resolution to recognize local radio and television broadcasters in Tennessee for the valuable public service they have provided to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, tornado outbreak, civil unrest and the Nashville bombing.

Chattanooga Station Honored For Investigative Journalism

Date Posted: 5/6/2021

Sinclair Broadcast Groups ABC/Fox affiliate WTVC won a 2021 Edward R. Murrow Award for their series investigating a near-fatal incident at a motorcar festival when a motorcar crashed into an orange traffic barrier that was not filled with water, causing it to go airborne and striking people working on the course. The station investigated the improper use of this barrier and what the city of Chattanooga is planning to do to regulate these types of events. The Edward R. Murrow Awards are announced each year by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

WMOT Discusses Vaccine Concerns from Immunocompromised

Date Posted: 4/10/2021

Middle Tennessee State Universitys WMOT-FM Murfreesboro, Tenn., reported on the concerns from immunocompromised people regarding the vaccine and whether its safe to take it due to their health conditions.

Senior Science and Health Editor/Correspondent Maria Godoy spoke with several doctors about the safety of the vaccine for people with weakened immune systems, such as patients with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, organ transplant recipients and cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. The report also stressed the importance of these patients getting vaccinated and discussing when would be the best time to get the vaccine with their doctor. Dr. Sharon Dowell, a rheumatologist at Howard University Hospital, said the bottom line for immunocompromised patients is the same as for everyone else, and really, truly, everyone should get vaccinated.

Nashville Stations Lead Coverage Through Flood Emergency

Date Posted: 3/30/2021

Radio stations across Nashville in stayed on-air and broadcasting through emergency flooding during the end of March flooding.

I am pleased that all five of our stations stayed on without any issues, Cumulus Media VP and Nashville area manager Charlie Cook told Country Insider. 103.3 Country WKDF, one of the clusters country stations along with 95.5 Nash Icon WSM-FM, had a 15-second blip Saturday night that Cook says may or may not have been weather-related.

Our engineering staff has worked hard over the last year to get the stations to a point where we are confident about their stability, he said. Because everything is being done remotely right now it is more difficult than just doing current information over song intros, so the jocks had to stay on top of the changing weather and get into the RVT system to keep the listeners informed, but they know the drill and I was pleased with their performances.

WCJK Donates 748 Bikes to Local Children

Date Posted: 11/25/2020

Midwest Communications WCJK-FM Nashville collected 748 bikes during the 10th annual "Bikes or Bust" holiday donation drive on November 2023. Station employees, including station morning personality Moose, partnered with members of the United States Marine Corps to promote and oversee the donation site for all four days. The collected bikes will be distributed to local children by Toys for Tots during the holiday season.

WVLT Investigates Drowning Dangers

Date Posted: 8/7/2020

News anchor Brittany Tarwater with Grays WVLT Knoxville has spent the last year working with families across the country who have lost children and loved ones to drowning. The investigation dove into questions around the high prevalence of drowning deaths and strict swimming guidelines. Read more here.

WBIR Addresses the Reality of Suicide

Date Posted: 6/28/2020

TEGNAs WBIR-TV Knoxville, Tenn., was nominated for a Service to Community Award in the Television Medium Market category.

Following six teen suicides from one local high school in three years, WBIR felt something more than another news story was needed to change the stigma surrounding mental illness and help save the lives of students. The station started by telling the stories of three mothers who lost their own teens to this tragedy and expanded to discussions with local experts to help begin the difficult but necessary conversations about teen suicide. To connect with younger viewers, the station launched a documentary streamed on YouTube and the WBIR website. In addition, this news team curated a resource guide to help families with difficult conversations and opening the discussion around mental health. Through this campaign, WBIR started a movement to help save the students of the Knoxville community.

WFSK-FM Supports Community During Unrest

Date Posted: 6/9/2020

Fisk Universitys WFSK-FM Nashville is primarily a jazz station, but has also historically been a hub for news and organization in Nashvilles black community, a role that has become even more important during the recent protests followed by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. General Manager Sharon Kay spoke about the stations role here.

WDKN-FM Focuses on Mental Health During COVID-19 Crisis

Date Posted: 4/20/2020

R & F Communications WDKN-AM/FM Dickson, Tenn., produced a five-part series of radio programs focused on coronavirus-related mental health issues. Mental health issues, often related to social isolation, loneliness and joblessness stress are occurring during stay at home orders. Spousal and child abuse are on the rise. Joblessness is causing stress and fracturing families. The hour-long programs ran over a three-week period during mid-day and are also available online. The programs feature experts and professionals in a variety of mental health fields, including student health, substance abuse and suicide prevention.

"The community is hurting and its our mission to give residents information and encouragement, said Co-owner and General Manager Kenneth Forte.

Tennessee Broadcasters Provide Lifeline Tornado Coverage

Date Posted: 4/20/2020

Radio and television stations provided lifeline coverage of tornadoes that touched down in Chattanooga on April 12. The EF-3 tornado reached winds of 145 miles an hour, killing two and causing significant damage to homes and businesses. Members of the community expressed their appreciation to broadcasters for their potentially life saving coverage. Watch video from the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters here.

WKRN Supports Second Harvest

Date Posted: 4/8/2020

Nexstars ABC affiliate WKRN-TV Nashville acted as the media partner to help money for Second Harvest of Middle Tennessees COVID-19 response efforts. Beginning April 8, Kroger started asking customers to round up their totals order to the nearest dollar or choose to donate $1, $5 or $10 to support the food bank. Kroger Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation is ensuring that all funds go to Second Harvest, an organization that serves 46 counties. They are feeding kids daily through Metro Public Schools and supporting partner agencies to distribute food.

WGNS-AM/FM Airs Wall-to-Wall COVID-19 Coverage

Date Posted: 3/31/2020

The Rutherford Groups WGNS-AM/FM Murfreesboro, Tenn., has dedicated all of its morning programming (4:00 -11:00 a.m.) to focus on the local impact of COVID-19. This includes daily guest conversations with local parents, area physicians, and elected officials, including Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland, Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron and Murfreesboro Police Chief Michael Bowen. Health experts cover the fluid changes in the types of coronavirus testing recommended by the Rutherford County Health Department. Three to four times each week McFarland has also gone live on WGNS to talk to the city about the changing news.

WGNS continues to emphasize increased handwashing, social distancing and shopping locally. The station also covers how local business owners use "out of the box" thinking to stay open; speaks with lawyers, judges and District Attorney General about how COVID-19 impacts the courts; and airs information on solid waste and spring related issues. In addition to over-the-air coverage, WGNS has seen a 200 percent increase in web traffic.

On April 2, Chief Medical Officer Julian Yang, MD, of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital answered listener questions via phone calls and text messages during a one-hour program. A frightened 30-year old mother sent a text and said she felt she had coronavirus and was isolated from her children, but there have been no results of the test she took on March 9. After the broadcast, WGNS connected her with help.

WMC Offers Lessons for Kids

Date Posted: 3/27/2020

Grays NBC affiliate WMC-TV Memphis has partnered with Shelby County Schools (SCS) to offer broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources to support continued at-home learning and provide greater access to educational resources. SCS is Tennessees largest public school district and among the 25 largest public school districts in the United States. During the school closure, more than 113,000 students are home and many have limited access to technology or internet. For children living in homes without broadband internet service, the lack of schooling cannot simply be replaced by online distant learning substitutes. Watch here.

As more districts address the potential for long-term school closure, it is essential to find ways to address digital disparities and continue to provide learning opportunities and critical services to our students, said Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris M. Ray. We appreciate WMC for partnering to support distance learning.

WPRT-FM Donates More Than $100,000 to Local Teachers

Date Posted: 2/15/2020

Cromwell Radio Groups WPRT-FM Nashville partnered with local nonprofit PENCIL to donate more than $100,000 in cash and school supplies, including digital learning devices, to teachers and students on January 23. Money and supplies were collected in December as part of the stations Season of Giving fundraising drive.

WXMX and WGKX Raise Almost $800,000 for Childrens Medical Care

Date Posted: 1/22/2020

Cumulus-owned WXMX-FM and WGKX-FM Memphis raised nearly $800,000 for childrens medical care during two holiday season fundraisers.

WXFM-FM raised $315,800 for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital during a radiothon held December 12 - 13. WGKX-FM raised $465,700 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Memphis during a radiothon held November 1.

WIVK Raises Over $340,00 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 12/15/2019

Cumulus-FM WIVK Knoxville raised nearly $342,000 for St. Jude during its annual radiothon, held December 12 - 13. This total represents a record for the event.

WREG-TV Recognized at the Service to America Awards

Date Posted: 10/1/2019

Tribune Medias WREG-TV Memphis, Tenn., received the Service to Community Award for Television Medium Market at the NAB Leadership Foundation 2019 Service to America Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. WREG received the honor for their continued support of the LeBonheur Childrens Hospital through Go Jim Go!

To support the hospitals mission to provide care to children in need, WREG meteorologist Jim Jagger bikes 333 miles through the community each fall. Along the way, he and his team collect donations raised by churches, schools and other community organizations. While Jim rides, WREG highlights the lifesaving work performed at LeBonheur. In 2018, the event raised $370,000. Since the inaugural ride, the station has donated $2.9 million.

WTVF Nashville Wipes Out Medical Debt

Date Posted: 10/1/2019

E.W. Scripps CBS affiliate WTVF Nashville has wiped out $4 million in medical debt for more than 1,000 people across Middle Tennessee through its "Medical Debt Rescue" program. WTVF achieved this using a total of $35,000 in donations, $15,000 from WTVF and another $20,000 from viewers. There are no strings attached. Recipients include a grandmother who had $4,852 in medical debt paid following her open heart surgery.

WKRN Promotes Safety

Date Posted: 9/1/2019

Nexstars ABC affiliate WKRN Nashville has recently promoted safety in the community:

  • In May, WKRN launched Lock It and Pocket public service campaign in partnership with the local law enforcement community. News Director Elbert Tucker suggested the campaign after noticed an increase in reported vehicle thefts where the vehicle owners left their keys in their cars. In the 30-second on-air and digital spots, the law enforcement officers ask people to be sure and lock their vehicles and take their keys with them to prevent vehicle thefts.
  • WKRN and law enforcement raised over $18,000 to benefit the family of Metro Nashville Police Officer John Anderson, who was killed in the line of duty on July 4. Officer Anderson left behind a fiance and a son.

WTVF Hosts Nashville Mayor Debate

Date Posted: 6/25/2019

Scripps CBS affiliate WTVF Nashville, along with The Tennessean and Belmont University, held a debate for the leading candidates for Nashville mayor on June 25. The debate is part of their commitment to provide voters with critical news and information on the issues impacting Nashville.

Morris Multimedia Employees Help Salvation Army Set Record

Date Posted: 2/18/2019

Morris Multimedias CBS affiliate WDEF in Chattanooga, Tenn., continued its partnership with the Salvation Army for the 2018 Angel Tree program. As a result of the on-air and online giving campaign, all of the angels were adopted in record time. Morris Multimedia employees distributed gifts to more than 4700 children and seniors in total.

Nexstar Produces Tennessee Governor Debate Series

Date Posted: 6/30/2018

Nexstar Media Group is producing and hosting the three-part Tennessee Governor Debate Series. ABC affiliate WATN-TV Memphis and the Greater Memphis Chamber produced the first live debate, held April 18, with a focus on business and infrastructure. It aired on Nexstars WATN-TV Memphis, ABC affiliate WKRN-TV Nashville, ABC affiliate WATE-TV Knoxville, CBS affiliate WJHL-TV Johnson City, Fox affiliate WJKT-TV Jackson and Fox affiliate WZDX-TV Huntsville. It also aired on Sinclairs ABC affiliate WTVC-TV Chattanooga, plus radio stations and Spanish language television stations across Tennessee. 

Part two of the Tennessee Governor Debate Series, held June 20 in Nashville, will focus on legislative and crime issues. The third debate on July 20 in Knoxville will focus on education and health care.

The Tennessee Governor Debate Series is a unique opportunity for local voters to hear directly from the candidates on the issues that matter most to them before heading to the polls this summer, said Nexstar President Tim Busch. 

Memphis Radio Stations Roadblock for Food Bank

Date Posted: 5/2/2018

Twenty-one Memphis radio stations aired a roadblock announcement on April 2 to promote the Mid-South Food Banks Hunger to Hope campaign, encouraging listeners to donate towards the construction of a new food distribution center. Food insecurity is a real issue across the Mid-South and this unprecedented effort by our local radio stations and Kroger gives everyone a chance to contribute to help build our new distribution center. We cannot thank them enough, said Mid-South Food Bank President and CEO Estella Mayhue-Greer.

WSMV Investigates Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against State Rep.

Date Posted: 4/1/2018

Merediths NBC affiliate WSMV-TV Nashville aired on March 27 an investigation into three womens accusations of sexual misconduct by State Rep. David Byrd while they were teenagers on the high school basketball team he coached. WSMV obtained a secretly recorded phone conversation in which Byrd apologized to one of his accusers. Two hours before WSMVs investigation aired, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell asked Byrd to resign. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally has also called for Byrd to resign.

Tri-Cities Stations Raise Over $395,000

Date Posted: 2/28/2018

Holston Valley Broadcastings WVEK-FM, WTFM-FM, WRZK-FM and WKPT-FM Johnson City, Tenn., raised $395,000 for the only childrens hospital in the region during their sixth annual Niswonger Childrens Hospital Radiothon, held February 26 - 27. Since its inception six years ago, the radiothon has raised more than $1,400,000.

Our radio stations are always looking for ways to give back to our community, said Holston Valley Broadcasting President David Widener. Since its beginning, the radiothon has raised more than $1,400,000.

WIVK-FM Raises Over $307K For St. Jude Childrens

Date Posted: 12/11/2017

Cumulus Media Inc.s WIVK-FM Knoxville raised $307,319 for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital through their two-day Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon. Radio professionals from stations WIVK-FM, WNML-FM and WOKI-FM offered support, answering phones and recording donations throughout the radiothon.

WHBQ-TV Visits School

Date Posted: 11/15/2017

FOXs WHBQ-TV Memphis employees presented to Hillcrest High School Journalism Class students about television career paths. Representatives from the stations engineering, sales and news teams shared their education and career paths with students, followed by a lively question and answer session.

WHBQ-TV Helps Community

Date Posted: 7/18/2017

Cox Media Groups Fox affiliate WHBQ-TV Memphis has held several events in the community. In July, WHBQ collected school supplies for Communities in Schools, Teacher Toolbox and United Way. Through the supplies collected, more than 35,000 Mid-South students will receive necessary items for the school year. In April, WHBQs Family Focus collected non-perishable food items for the Mid-South Food Bank, serving more than 16,000 people.

WFFH-FM Hosts "You Matter Saturday" Events

Date Posted: 6/25/2017

Salem Media Groups WFFH-FM Nashville hosts monthly You Matter Saturday events. You Matter events are hope-filled events which provide free food distribution, health screenings, dental care, extended health care, financial counsel and live music to the areas economically challenged. These service events include a coalition of partners brought together by 94FM the Fish (WFFH), including One Generation Away food distribution ministry, area hospital and medical service providers, dental providers and financial services providers.

Bones Raises $2 Million for St. Judes

Date Posted: 1/30/2017

iHeartMedas WSIX-FM Nashville hosted the Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots Million Dollar Show For St. Jude on January 9, which raised $2 million for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett Craig Campbell, Lindsay Ell, Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Caitlyn Smith and The Band Perry performed at the event.

WIVK-FM Raises $815,000 for Smokey Mountain Wildfires

Date Posted: 1/11/2017

Cumulus Medias WIVK-FM Knoxville raised $815,000 on December 5, in the 18-hour on-air and online #SmokyMtnStrong Radiothon benefiting victims of the Gatlinburg wildfires. All funds stayed in East Tennessee to support areas affected by the fires.

Cumulus Nashville Collects Thousands of Toys

Date Posted: 12/28/2016

Cumulus Medias Nashville stations WKDF-FM, WGFX-FM, WQQK-FM, WWTN-FM and WSM-FM brought the community together on December 6 to create a "Toy Field" at Nashvilles Nissan Stadium. The stations collected thousands of gifts during the 9th annual event, benefitting The Salvation Armys Forgotten Angel program, which reached almost 9,000 people.

WMC-TV Helps Provide 200,000 Meals to Viewing Area

Date Posted: 12/7/2016

Raycom Medias NBC affiliate WMC-TV Memphis held its annual Holiday Food Drive benefitting Mid-South Food Bank on December 7. The station collected enough food and money to provide 200,000 meals across the viewing area.

WREG-TV Exposes Government Scam

Date Posted: 7/14/2016

Tribunes CBS affiliate WREG-TV Memphis aired Scam Alert: Government Grant Scam Picks Up Across Mid-South. The station discovered more than 1,300 reports of people receiving calls claiming they were eligible for a free government grant.

WMC Supports Family of Fallen Officer

Date Posted: 6/7/2016

Raycoms NBC affiliate WMC-TV Memphis partnered with the Memphis Police Department (MPD) to support the family of Police Officer Verdell Smith, who was killed in the line of duty on June 4. In 12 hours on June 7, WMC and MPD staff members raised $43,000 in front of the WMC studio.

WTVF Raises $2.7 Million for Childrens Hospital

Date Posted: 6/5/2016

Scripps CBS affiliate WTVF Nashville raised a record $2.7 million on June 5 in its Childrens Miracle Network Hospital Telethon. Funds support research, equipment and patient programs at Vanderbilts Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital. WTVF features interviews with patients, families, faculty and staff.

WMC Raises Funds for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital

Date Posted: 5/19/2016

Raycom Medias WMC-TV Memphis held its eighth annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway to support the hospitals pediatric cancer research and treatment efforts. The station sold all of its giveaway tickets and raised $1.3 million for St. Jude.

Tennessee Broadcasters Deliver Lifeline News and Community Support

Date Posted: 5/4/2016

The Tennessee Association of Broadcasters recently provided great examples of how the states local radio and television stations serve their communities.

Midwest Communications Media contributed 65 hours in donated airtime and raised collected $900,000 for the American Cancer Society. In Knoxville, Scripps Radio Groups WWST-FM, WKHT-FM, WCYQ-FM and WNOX-FM raised $251,000 for the East Tennessee Childrens Hospital.

In 2016, Nexstars Memphis stations ABC affiliate WATN-TV, CW affiliate WLMT-TV and Fox affiliate WJKT-TV expect to air at least 5,000 hours in investigative journalism, 120,000 hours in news coverage and 100 hours in election coverage. Morris Multimedias CBS affiliate WDEF-TV Chattanooga anticipates 200 hours in investigative journalism, 1,400 hours of local news, 200 hours in Emergency Weather coverage and 500 hours dedicated to elections.

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WMC-TV Holds Fundraiser for Fallen Firefighters Family

Date Posted: 4/19/2016

Raycom Medias NBC affiliate WMC-TV Memphis joined with the Memphis Fire Department and Cumulus Radio Group to hold a fundraiser for the family of Lt. Rodney Eddins, who died while fighting a fire. WMC Action News 5 employees and Memphis Firefighters stood in front of the studio from 6:00 a.m. -6:30 p.m. with donation buckets. More than $13,000 was raised for his family.

WMC Teaches Area Students About Meteorology

Date Posted: 4/14/2016

Raycom Medias WMC-TV Memphis partnered with the Memphis Redbirds for First Alert Weather Fest on April 14. More than 3,000 area students learned about weather and meteorology before attending a free baseball game.

WATN-TV Raises $24,000 Following Tornado

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Nexstar Broadcastings ABC affiliate WATN-TV Memphis raised $24,000 for the American Red Cross tornado relief efforts, in a telethon held December 30. The money raised will help more than 100 families affected by tornadoes that killed 18 people in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi on December 23. Watch video.

WMC Brings the Holidays to At-Risk Youth

Date Posted: 12/17/2015

Raycom Medias WMC-TV Memphis held its eighth annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway to support the hospitals pediatric cancer research and treatment efforts. The station sold all of its giveaway tickets and raised $1.3 million for St. Jude.

WMC Helps Feed the Hungry

Date Posted: 12/17/2015

Raycom Medias WMC-TV Memphis partnered with the Mid-South Food Bank for the WMC Action News 5 Holiday Food Drive. The day-long event collected more than 25,000 pounds of food and more than $60,000, which translates to more than 200,000 meals.

Meteorologist Receives National Honor

Date Posted: 11/5/2015

Meredith Corp.s NBC affiliate WSMV Nashville Chief Meteorologist Lisa Spencer received the National Weather Associations 2015 NWA Broadcaster of the Year Award, which recognizes broadcasters who contribute significantly to the dissemination of critical weather information. Spencer and WSMVs weather team regularly travel across Tennessee promoting severe weather preparedness via their "4WARN Weather Alert Tour." Spencer has helped raise thousands of dollars through tornado and flood relief telethons. She also leads "Warm Coats from Warm Hearts," which collects thousands of coats each year, and "Heat Wave Help" to collect air conditioners. (Watch video).

Tennessee Telethon Raises $1.3 Million

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Tennessee Telethon Raises $1.3 Million Bahakel Communications ABC affiliate WBBJ-TV Jackson, Tenn.s 32nd annual "Circles of Hope" telethon on Aug. 16 raised $1.3 million for The Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Each Carl Perkins Center provides therapy, forensic interviews, parenting groups and community education related to child abuse. In Henderson County, the Perkins Center served about 1,100 children and 1,900 parents in the past year. Therapeutic programming would not be available to many families due to insurance restrictions, but these clinics offer all services free of charge.

Friends Across the Mountains 2015 Telethon Raises $202,000

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

"Friends Across the Mountains" 2015 Telethon Raises $202,000 Tegna Medias NBC affiliate WBIR-TV Knoxville, Tenn., and Sinclair Broadcasting Groups ABC affiliate WLOS-TV Asheville, N.C., raised $202,000 on Aug. 20 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In 21 years, the event has raised more than $3 million. The money will support the rehabilitation of Alum Cave Trail, suppression of invasive species and black bear and elk management.

Coffee, Country, Cody with the Candidates

Date Posted: 8/3/2015

Ryman Hospitality Properties WSM-AM Nashville broadcast live interviews with candidates for mayor on Aug. 4 in advance of the Aug. 6 election. Candidates were invited to visit a local deli, where morning show hosts Bill and Charlie aired the live show Coffee, Country & Cody with the Candidates! <

Several Debates Scheduled in Nashville

Date Posted: 7/17/2015

Three Nashville stations scheduled televised debates in advance of a potential runoff in the mayoral election. The first debate will air Aug. 19 on Meredith Corporations NBC affiliate WSMV-TV. On Aug. 24, Scripps CBS affiliate WTVF-TV will air another debate. The final debate is set for Sept. 2 on Sinclair Broadcast Groups Fox affiliate WZTV-TV. On May 21, WSMV aired a debate with all seven candidates, who covered topics such as traffic, transportation, preserving Nashvilles history and gentrification.

Safe and Supportive Schools in Tennessee

Date Posted: 3/13/2015

The Tennessee Association of Broadcasters (TAB), Tennessee Department of Education and Vanderbilt Peabody College collaborated on the documentary "Saving Lives: Safe and Supportive Schools in Tennessee" for television and radio stations to air in February and March. Students and teachers at four high schools, including Taylor Swifts alma mater, discussed their schools programs aimed at reducing violence and increasing academic performance. At Hendersonville High, students watched the music video for Swifts "Mean" before launching into a discussion on bullying with their classmates.

iHeartMedias WUSY-FM Chattanooga Raised $147,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 1/20/2015

iHeartMedias WUSY-FM Chattanooga, Ten. raised $147,000 for St. Jude Childrens Research hospital with their No Shave November fundraiser. During the annual Beard Bash, individuals and teams were recognized for their fundraising efforts. Amongst those that were recognized, KRWQ-FM Medford, Tenn. won the award for largest radio fundraising team with more than $15,000 collected.

Cumulus Nashville Builds Field of Toys

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

Cumulus Radios Nashville stations WNFN-FM, WKDF-FM, WSM-FM, WGFX-FM, WWTN-FM and WQQK-FM collected 5,000 toys for the Salvation Armys Forgotten Angel Program. On Dec. 9, the stations formed a "field of toys" at LP Field. The Salvation Army in Nashville reached more than 9,000 "angels" during the 2014 holiday season.

iHeartMedia Stations Support St. Jude

Date Posted: 12/4/2014

iHeartMedias Memphis, Tenn. stations, WHRK-FM, KJMS-FM, WHAL-FM and WDIA-AM, raised $201,000 to support St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital during their annual two-day radio broadcast in October. This years event nearly doubled the amount the stations raised in 2013.

WTVF-TV Uncovers "Cronyism" in Governors Administration

Date Posted: 9/8/2014

Journal Broadcastings CBS affiliate WTVF-TV Nashville received a Peabody Award for its year-long investigation into the outsourcing of government projects within Tennessee Governor Bill Haslams administration. WTVF-TV presented more than three dozen reports that outlined questionable government activities described as "cronyism." The "Questions of Influence" series has led to a state audit, a review of several state contracts and hearings within the Tennessee legislature.

WGKX-FM Raises $308,000 During St. Jude Radiothon

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

> Cumulus-owned WGKX-FM Memphis hosted the stations 25th anniversary Country Cares Radiothon to support St. Jude Childrens Research Hospitals. The event raised more than $308,000 to support pediatric cancer research. Over the past 25 years, WGKX-FM has raised more than $4.6 million for St Jude.

WWTN-FMs Radiothon Raises S111,000 for Those in Need in Nashville

Date Posted: 12/6/2013

Cumulus Medias WWTN-FM Nashville hosted the Hunger to Hope Radiothon to support the Nashville Rescue Mission which provides food, clothing and shelter to Nashvilles poor and homeless. WWTN-FM broadcast commercial-free for 14 hours outside the Rescue Mission, challenging listeners to donate to those in need. In total, the radiothon raised more than $111,000.

WCMT-AM/FM Collects $20,000 for Special Needs Adults

Date Posted: 12/6/2013

Thunderbolt Broadcastings WCMT-AM/FM Martin, Tenn., hosts Chris Brinkley and Paul Tinkle of the "Good Times in the Morning" program held a four-hour radiothon for the local St. Johns Community Development Services Center. The event raised $17,000 for St. Johns CDS, which serves approximately 100 special needs adults and provides opportunities for them to perform skills that allow them to remain productive in society. An additional $3,200 was mailed or delivered to the radio station. The total campaign raised more than $20,000.

WBIR-TV / WLOS-TVs Telethon Raise $201,000 for National Park

Date Posted: 9/10/2013

Gannett-owned WBIR-TV Knoxville, Tenn., and Sinclairs WLOS-TV Asheville, N.C., broadcast the 19th annual "Friends Across the Mountains Telethon" to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which houses a half-million acres of wilderness between the North Carolina-Tennessee border. The telethon raised more than $201,000 for the park. Since 1995, the event has raised $2.9 million.

WRVW-FM Nashville Raises $22,500 for Hospital-Bound Patients

Date Posted: 8/8/2013

Clear Channel-owned WRVW-FM Nashville hosted the "Star Party," a concert featuring Ed Sheeran, that benefited Musicians on Call (MOC), an organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in medical centers. The event raised $22,500 for the local MOC chapter, enough money to fund one bedside performance program for a full year.


Date Posted: 6/7/2013

Raycom Stations Raise More Than $100,000 and Collect Truckloads of Supplies

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.

Media General Stations Aid Sandy Victims

Media General stations that held telethons to raise money for the American Red Cross relief efforts included WBTW-TV Myrtle Beach, S.C.; WCMH-TV Columbus, Ohio ($27,000 raised); WFLA-TV Tampa, Fla. ($28,000 raised); WJBF-TV and WAGT-TV Augusta, Ga. ($15,000 raised); WJHL-TV Johnson City, Tenn. ($25,000 raised); WSAV-TV Savannah, Ga.; and WSPA-TV Spartanburg, S.C. WSAV-TV also ran a ticker promoting Red Cross donations throughout newscasts. WJAR-TV Providence, R.I., dedicated a 7 p.m. newscast to Sandys aftermath. The station replayed top stories that many viewers missed due to power outages and also fielded calls from viewers who wanted to volunteer or donate money to relief efforts.

Cumulus Raises $120K for Nashvilles Rescue Mission

Cumulus WWTN-FM Nashville raised $120,000 for the local Rescue Mission during its 6th annual "Hunger to Hope Radiothon." Market Manager Mike Carpenter said, "Our gracious listeners and clients helped raise over $20,000 above and beyond our original goal [of $100,000]. We are very proud to be a part of this effort to support the community through the Nashville Rescue Mission." Contributions from 1,100 donors will provide 53,100 meals.

TAB Hosts Cooperative Career Workshop With NAPTE and TSU

The Tennessee Association of Broadcasters (TAB) joined the National Association of Program Television Executives (NAPTE), in bringing the free Student Career Workshop, Job Fair and Station Tour to the campus of Tennessee State University. During the event, a panel of TABs top radio and television broadcasters presented their experiences and career pathway, along with tips for getting an internship, summer job or early start in the job search process. Recruiters from 15 broadcast groups, representing over 40 stations, spent time with the students to network and discuss job openings.

Tennessees WRCB-TV Promotes Annual Arts Forum

Sarkes Tarzians WRCB-TV Chattanooga served as the official media partner for the Arts Education Partnerships "Fall 2012 National Forum: Arts Learning without Borders." The two-day event drew arts educators from around the nation. WRCB-TVs news anchor David Carroll moderated a panel at the Forum that addressed social issues like bullying through arts and literacy. Carrolls stories on the tragedy of a local student who committed suicide after being bullied have drawn national attention and were featured in the 2012 feature film documentary "Bully." WRCB-TV also offered free live streaming of the event through wrcbtv.com and produced and aired a heavy schedule of PSAs for the Forum.

WRCB-TV Hosts Debate

Sarkes Tarzian-owned WRCB-TV Chatanooga co-sponsored a debate with the Chattanooga Times Free Press on May 21 for the candidates running for Tennessees third Congressional District seat. The debate, which was held on the campus of The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, featured the GOP incumbent, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and two of his three challengers, Weston Wamp and Ron Bhalla. The event was streamed live on both the stations website and the newspapers website. WRCB will co-sponsor a future debate featuring the Democratic candidates.

WSET-TV Goes to Bat to Find A Cure for Breast Cancer

Allbritton Communications-owned WSET-TV partnered with Lynchburgs Minor League Baseball team, the Hillcats, for the Swing For A Cure fundraiser at City Stadium. The event benefited the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer. The stadium was packed with fans wearing pink, while the field had Hillcats players in pink jerseys and useing pink Louisville Slugger bats. WSET-TV has participated for the last several years in coverage of the annual event. The station provided extensive promotion and aired stories about the event before and after the game. Through ticket sales, sponsor donations and a silent auction, WSET-TV raised $7,455. Donations increased significantly from 2011 when the Hillcats collected over $4,800.

WRCB-TV Battles Bullying in Chattanooga Debate

WRCB-TV Battles Bullying in Chattanooga Sarkes Tarzians WRCB-TV Chattanooga, Tenn. recently launched a six-part series on bullying awareness and prevention, which culminated in a one-hour forum featuring a panel of local experts. The "The Bully Battle" forum aired on WRCB-TV on Saturday, May 19 and was rebroadcast the next day on Chattanoogas PBS affiliate. The entire program is now available online. WRCB-TV has been dedicated to running stories on the issue over the past years, in an effort to reduce the number of children affected by bullying. To learn more about WRCB-TVs "The Bully Battle" click here.

Summit High Receives Donation from News 2

Young Broadcasting Inc.s WKRN-TV Nashville donated its news set to Summit High Schools media production program. Members of the WKRN-TVs team visited the set, answered students questions and offered advice on entering the media field.
"I dont know that the enormity of News 2s generosity can be fully realized," said Summit Principal Dr. Charles Farmer. "To provide us with their retired set is like icing on the cake to an already amazing media production setup. Our kids are appreciative of the opportunities afforded them by organizations like News 2."

Five Cumulus Radio Stations Help to Feed 56,000 Nashville Residents

Cumulus Radios five Nashville stations, WWTN-FM, WQQK-FM, WSM-FM, WRQQ-FM and WNFN-FM, hosted their fourth annual radiothon to raise money for the Nashville Rescue Mission. Each Cumulus station went commercial-free from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 16, with the goal of raising enough money to provide 56,000 meals to Nashvilles homeless. Throughout the day listeners dropped off donations and called in pledges. By the end of the radiothon, Cumulus successfully surpassed its goal. Mark Sullivan, senior vice president and general manager of Cumulus Nashville said, "We are proud to have been a part of something amazing and issuing a call to action that will make a real impact on the Nashville community." Nashville Rescue Missions President and CEO Don Worrell was quick to thank the stations. "We are grateful for Cumulus Broadcastings efforts on behalf of the poor and hurting of our community. The outpouring of generosity from this years event will provide over fifty-thousand meals to hungry men, women and children arriving at our doors seeking help."

WWST-FM Radiothon Draws $200,000 for Knoxville Childrens Hospital

Journal Broadcast Group-owned WWST-FM Knoxville, Tenn., held a radiothon recently for East Tennessee Childrens Hospital. The event was hosted by the stations morning show, "Mac and Kim and Frank in the Morning," and aired live from the local West Town Mall from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. In just 12 hours, WWST-FM raised $227,226 in funds that will be used to purchase equipment to help Childrens Hospital care for its patients.

WIVK-FM Hosts Christmas Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town and WIVK in Knoxville, Tenn., is responsible for it. For more than 30 years, the station has hosted the WIVK Christmas Parade, which ends with Old Saint Nick riding into downtown Knoxville on his sleigh. This community event marks the beginning of the holiday season and has become a local tradition. High school bands, dancers, area celebrities and jingling floats wind their way throughout the city. This past December, 40,000 residents lined the streets to watch. In addition to organizing the annual event, station staff participated in the festivities: WIVKs Colleen Addair sang carols from Santas side, deejay Gunner rode a horse, on-air personality Jack Ryan broadcast live, and morning show hosts Andy and Alison joined WBIR-TV for a live telecast. The Christmas Parade is just one of the many ways WIVK reaches out to its community. The station is a four-time recipient of the NAB Marconi Station of the Year Award.

WMC-TV Assist with Tornado Recovery

When dozens of viewers homes were hit by a tornado in February 2008, WMC-TV in Memphis, Tenn., stepped up to help the families recover from the storm. The morning after the catastrophic weather, WMC launched the "Action News 5 Helping Neighbors" fundraiser in partnership with the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross. The campaign kicked off with a day-long event at two locations close to the damaged area with live cut-ins at the top and bottom of each hour. At the event, the station also provided free weather radio programming to protect viewers from future storms, a service WMC offers to local residents year-round at the station. News coverage and public service announcements helped raise awareness about the effort and directed the community to the Red Cross phone bank to make pledges. The effort raised thousands of dollars for local victims. A short four months later, when tornadoes hit the towns of Earle, Arkansas and New Albany, Mississippi, WMC-TV quickly organized efforts again, this time holding a one-hour telethon. The live special brought viewers the very personal and human side of the story, providing firsthand accounts of the destruction and interviews with the Red Cross about what was needed for recovery. Viewers were once again directly to the Red Cross phone bank where they generously gave to their neighbors.

WEEN-AM and WLCT-FM Broadcast During Tornado

When tornados ripped through Macon County and killed 13 people in 2007, WEEN-AM and WLCT-FM of Lafayette, Tenn., quickly got back on the air and immediately began broadcasting emergency information that was instrumental in helping police, emergency officials and families in need of assistance. Because of the devastation, 90 people in the area were still unaccounted for three days after the tornados hit. At 8 a.m., the stations began reading the names of those missing, and two hours later, 80 were reunited with their families and friends. By 1 p.m., all 90 people had been found, saving emergency rescue crews and officials countless hours that could now be redirected toward recovery and other aid efforts. The quick work by the stations also saved the families from incredible stress and worry. According to Jill Green from the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, "this wonderful effort by one of our long standing member stations makes us proud."

WTVC-TV Runs Coats for Kids Campaign

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When freezing temperatures cause the mercury to dip, thousands of children stay warm with outerwear they received from the "Coats for Kids" campaign organized by WTVC-TV in Chattanooga, Tenn. For more than two decades, the station has asked its viewers to donate new or gently used coats, which are then cleaned by local drycleaners and distributed to various agencies, schools and individual families who contact the station. WTVC places posters at drop-off locations, and airs public service announcements and daily news coverage throughout the campaign. In addition, special guests make appearances and appeals for donations on WTVCs "This-N-That" show. "Coats for Kids" has resulted in more than 22,000 coats over the last three years. In a letter to WTVC, Charles Hughes, executive director of Chattanooga Community Kitchen wrote, "Thanks to you we are able to offer coats to the many homeless children we serve."

WJHL-TV Serves as Main Sponsor for Tri-Cities March for Babies

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As the main media sponsor, WJHL-TV in Johnson City, Tenn., helped make the 2007 Tri-Cities March for Babies a success. The walk raised $198,000 dollars for the March of Dimes to help further its goal of making sure every baby is born healthy. The station produced and aired public service announcements to inspire community members to walk for a good cause. In addition, the director of the March of Dimes was interviewed on the stations morning show, and Sarah Diamond, WJHLs medical reporter and anchor, served as emcee for the event. "We have a long history of both corporate and personal support from the personnel of WJHL," said Suzzi Cocklin, senior community director of the Appalachia Division of the March of Dimes. "Volunteers and community involvement are the backbone of the success of the March of Dimes, and WJHL is the essential resource necessary to provide heightened visibility within our local community."

WSNA-FM Collects Donations for Troops

WSNA-FM in Germantown, Tenn., partnered with the Memphis RiverKings hockey team to collect donations for troops from the Mid-South currently serving overseas. The stations "Military Salute" event was held at a RiverKings match, where listeners brought $1,000 worth of goods for "Project Package," an organization that sends troops comforts from home each month. The station got the word out about the drive with more than 125 live and recorded announcements, an email blast to its "Snap Pack" club and event information on the station Web site. WSNA was live at the event, broadcasting for two hours before the gates opened for the game and then appearing on the ice to pay tribute to local troops. WSNA was a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.

WRVW-FM Supports Area Food Bank

To support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, WRVW-FM in Nashville, Tenn., organizes two annual community events: the Taste of Music City and Music City Brewers Festival. Fifteen percent of ticket sales from both events go to the food bank. In addition to raising more than $12,000 to help provide meals for the areas hungry last year, the events brought the community together for two festive days featuring live music and food and drinks from local vendors. The great turnout at both events can be attributed to hundreds of live and recorded announcements, email blasts sent to 18,000 listeners, weeks of exposure on the stations Web site and more than 100 hours of hard work by station staff. WRVW was on location broadcasting live from both events. WRVW was a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.

WCMT-AM Helps Pets Find Homes

When pets are lost, WCMT-AM in Martin, Tenn., works to make sure they are found. As one of the few places in the county without a humane society, the community relies on the "WCMTs Pet Patrol," a one-minute segment that airs five times a day with the latest information on lost and found pets in the area. The station also lists all of the information on its Web site. So far, more than 50 pets and their families have been reunited. The "Pet Patrol" also coordinates with a group of animal-loving residents who care for unwanted and stray animals at their own homes until they are adopted. WCMT provides airtime and a Web site presence to help find homes for these animals. WCMT was a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award finalist in 2008.

WBIR-TV Produces Video for United Way

The annual campaign video WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tenn., produces for its local United Way is shown to 800 companies and results in millions of dollars worth of contributions each year. Its a project the station has taken on for more than 25 years and is only one of the many ways WBIR supports the organization. From August to November, the station runs public service announcements to help with United Ways fundraising goals. Weekly updates on the success of the campaign include feature stories about the 50 local agencies the United Way serves. As funds come in, the station posts a "meter of success" on its Web site. And rather than just asking viewers to contribute, the station leads by example. WBIR employees and the stations owner, the Gannett Co., contributed $75,000 to the United Way campaign in 2007. Year-round support includes news segments featuring United Way representatives and station talent emceeing events and speaking at engagements. "We could not manage without the good folks at WBIR," said President and CEO of United Way of Greater Knoxville Ben Landers. "For at least half of our 86 year history, WBIR has played a role."

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