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56th Annual Newstudies Program Educates High School Students in Broadcast Journalism

Date Posted: 1/10/2024

In the 56th annual Newstudies program from Audacy station KWY Newsradio, 70 high school students in the Philadelphia area received hands-on training in broadcast journalism. The program culminated with the students producing their own news reports, which were broadcast on the station. KYW Assistant Brand Manager and Director of Podcasts Tom Rickert said, Theres no other program that gives students an opportunity to learn from top professionals in news and sports media at one of the best broadcasting facilities in the country. And five decades in, were reuniting with parents who graduated from Newstudies when they were in high school, who are now watching their teenagers graduate from the same program. We hope to keep investing in the young people of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley for generations to come, and were thrilled to be able to work with our partners at the Klein College of Media and Communication to make this happen.

KDKA Turkey Fund Raises $855,935 in 42nd Year

Date Posted: 1/10/2024

CBS owned-and-operated KDKA in Pittsburgh raised $855,935 for the Great Pittsburg Community Food Bank with their annual Turkey Fund, which has been running for an impressive 42 years. Community is vitally important to the residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania, said Chris Cotugno, KDKA General Manager. Since 1982, our viewers have demonstrated their commitment to the people in their community by donating to the KDKA-TV Turkey Fund and ensuring that their neighbors in need have a nourishing meal at Thanksgiving.

Philadelphias 92.5 XTU Raises $313,691 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 12/18/2023

Beasley Media Groups 92.5 XTU Philadelphia raised $313,691 during their annual St. Jude Cares for Country Kids Radiothon. The stations on-air personalities broadcasted live from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. In addition, country artists like Jelly Roll, Sam Hunt, Parker McCollum and Cody Johnson called into the station to share their support and thoughts about what St. Jude Childrens Hospital means to them. XTU has raised over one million dollars for St. Jude over the past four years.

Philadelphias Preston & Steve Raise 1.7 Million Pounds of Food and $948,732 to Fight Hunger

Date Posted: 12/18/2023

The 26th annual Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger event from Beasley Media Groups 93.3 WMMR-FM in Philadelphia raised over 1.7 million pounds of food and over $948,732 dollars cash to directly benefit local hunger relief organizations. Theres not a single event that even comes close to this level of collaboration. Add to that the results of Camp Out for Hunger, said WMMR Program Director Bill Weston. The generosity of our listeners, clients and sponsors is humbling. This was an amazing week of local, community-driven and entertaining radio.

WAEB-AM Raises Over $100,000 for Military Families

Date Posted: 10/13/2022

From September 6-11, 2022 iHeartMedia-owned WAEB 790 AM in Allentown, Pa., hosted its annual WAEB Remembering 9/11, sponsored by MTM Financial. The station raised $111,704 for national nonprofit Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to spouses and children of wounded and fallen soldiers.

Preston & Steve Celebrate the Coolest Teachers

Date Posted: 5/31/2022

The Preston & Steve Show from Beasley Media Groups 93.3 WMMR has announced their tenth annual Coolest Teacher promotion, celebrating teachers in the Philadelphia, Pa., area. This fun initiative invites area high school students to get out and vote for the teacher at their school they think is the coolest. Over 150 schools have been featured over the past nine years of celebrating teachers.

Traditionally, the winning educator has called into the radio show after being awarded the new title and has been given the opportunity to brag about their students and the school.

A great teacher is someone youll remember for you entire life, said Preston Elliot. Were happy to once again spotlight just a few of the great teachers in our area.

WMMR Event Benefits Wigs for Kids

Date Posted: 5/12/2022

On May 2, 93.3 WMMRs Preston & Steve Show personality Kathy Romano hosted her 13th annual Kathys Cuts event to benefit Wigs for Kids.

The event produced 68 hair donations to benefit the non-profit organization, which helps children look like themselves and live their lives. Fourteen hair stylists donated their time to cut and style donors hair. TruBeauty Concepts of Southampton, Penn., supplied all the products used as well as a gift bag for each donor.

Its truly a community effort, added WMMR-FM Promotion Director Eric Simon. The salons and stylists, as well as Kathy, TruBeaty and Dunkin, come together to do something that makes a difference in a childs life. The radio station is a voice to get the word out, and the listeners step up to make the donation. WMMR is very proud to be a part of something very special.

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Raises $65,000 for Veterans

Date Posted: 4/6/2022

Audacy Philadelphias Talk Radio 1210 WPHT raised over $65,000 in support of veterans during a radiothon in partnership with the Travis Manion Foundation. Travis Manion Foundation is led by veterans and families of the fallen that develops, unites and strengthens communities by training, developing and highlighting the role models that lead them.

We are thankful for the passion and generosity of our listeners, advertisers and volunteers, said David Yadgaroff, senior vice president and market manager, Audacy Philadelphia. Our Philadelphia stations are long supporters of the Travis Manion Foundation and the great work they do for veterans in our local community. Its a great experience to bring our friends and neighbors together for a great cause.

The radiothon was broadcast live from Audacy corporate headquarters in Philadelphia on March 25, hosted by talent from the station.

2022 Giant Eagle Feed the Need Radiothon Raises 603,000 Meals

Date Posted: 3/16/2022

The Audacy Pittsburgh Family, along with the help of the Pittsburgh community, raised 603,000 meals for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank during the annual Giant Eagle Feed the Need Radiothon. During the one-day event, news KDKA (1020), sports KDKA-FM (93.7), hot AC WBZZ (100.7), and country WDSY (107.9) broadcast live throughout the entire day, encouraging listeners, local restaurants and businesses to donate meals to neighbors in need.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a 42% increase in food insecurity in the region since 2018. Now in its third year, the Giant Eagle Feed the Need Radiothon provides meals to the hungry.

"Our community is at the core of everything we do at Audacy Pittsburgh. The results of the Feed the Need Radiothon are a good showcase of radios power in our region, said Michael Spacciapolli, senior vice president and market manager, Audacy Pittsburgh.

WFMZ Photographer Helps Ukraine Journalists Stay Safe on Front Lines

Date Posted: 3/8/2022

Chris Post, a freelance photojournalist for WFMZ, an independent station in Allentown, Pa., owned by Maranatha Broadcasting, specializes in journalist safety. A former firefighter/EMT, Post teaches courses in emergency medical care for several state and federal government agencies.

So when Russia invaded Ukraine, local journalists working in Ukraine began reaching out to him with safety related questions. Post volunteered to conduct a Zoom call and found someone local to Allentown who could translate the real-time live session on Zoom in the Ukraine language.

Post says he covered a variety of safety issues that comes with being in a hostile environment, from how to use a tourniquet to how to maintain situational awareness, and putting on body armor and wearing it correctly. Post says the gravity of the situation there kicked in when he was told that there were journalists who were hunkered down in air raid shelters watching my Zoom while they were getting bombed.

WPVI Broadcasts College Student Dance Marathon

Date Posted: 2/19/2022

WPVI, the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, produced and broadcast a dance marathon that raises money for children battling cancer. THON 50 Years For The Kids, aired Saturday, February 19 in honor of Penn States THON, the worlds largest student-run philanthropy.

For fifty years, THON has held a dance marathon, now up to 46 hours of dancing, to raise money for children with cancer. The highly popular and successful initiative that began in 1973 has raised more than $190 million. All money raised benefits Four Diamonds at Penn State Health Childrens Hospital, the exclusive underwriter for the broadcast, in Hershey, Pa. The 30-minute special aired on WPVI and its 24/7 streaming channel, and was syndicated to other Pennsylvania markets.

Through our news coverage, we have shined a spotlight on THON for more than 10 years, so it brings all of us immense joy to produce a televised celebration that showcases the extraordinary dedication and accomplishments of these student volunteers, said Bernie Prazenica, WPVIs general manager.

WMGK-FM John DeBella Turkey Drop Collects Turkeys for Local Families in Philadelphia

Date Posted: 11/30/2021

Beasley Media Groups WMGK-FM Classic Rock 102.9 legendary Morning Personality John DeBella hosted the annual Turkey Drop, collecting turkeys for needy families in the Philadelphia area. The event is the largest one-day food gathering event in the area, and this year collected a record-breaking 9,056 turkeys.

On Tuesday, November 23, John DeBella broadcasted live from The Kimmel Center, and the MGK on-air staff lent a helping hand on the air from 12 additional sites across the tri-state area. The turkeys will be distributed throughout the holiday season.

The Turkey Drop benefits Cityteam Philadelphia, a local non-profit organization that provides holiday meals and other important services for individuals and families in need.

WMMR-FMs Preston and Steve Raise Money for Hunger

Date Posted: 11/9/2021

Beasley Media Groups 93.3 WMMR-FM hosted "Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger" November 1-5, collecting more than 2.3 million pounds of food and raising $1.04 million to benefit needy individuals and families residing throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Proceeds directly benefited local hunger relief organizations through Philabundance, Delaware Valleys largest hunger relief organization.

Preston and Steve started their food drive in 1998 after recognizing that hunger was a serious issue in the Philadelphia area. This year listeners were welcomed back into the broadcast tent as dozens of local and national celebrities, performers, and athletes were either on hand, or zoomed in to lend their support.

WDVE Raises $1 Million for Childrens Hospital

Date Posted: 9/29/2021

iHeartMedia WDVE-FM Pittsburgh raised over $1 million during the 14th annual "DVE Rocks for Childrens Radiothon" in support of UPMC Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The radiothon, anchored by WDVE personalities Randy Baumann, Bill Crawford, Val Porter, Mike Prisuta, Michele Michaels and Chad Tyson, ran from September 22 through September 24. The hosts interviewed current and former patients and their families on-air, as well as UPMC Childrens staff to amplify their stories and the impact Childrens Hospital has in the lives in families.

Over the past 14 years, DVE Rocks for Childrens Radiothon has raised over $8.7 million to benefit UPMC Childrens.

WMMR Philadelphia Holds Blood Drive

Date Posted: 8/23/2021

Beasley Media Groups WMMR Philadelphia, Pa., held the 16th annual I Bleed for Preston and Steve blood drive on June 18. Hosted by morning show team Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison and American Red Cross, this years event collected 778 units of blood and 98 donors gave blood for the first time.

ABC Owned Stations Raise Awareness of Mental Health Challenges

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Date Posted: 8/23/2021

Throughout May, the eight ABC-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno aired special mental health-related programming, held town halls and spotlighted community resources to raise awareness of mental health. The stations also participated in the first Mental Health Action Day on May 20. The initiative kicked off on WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham on May 6 with the half-hour special Eyewitness News Investigates: The Silent Struggle, which explored how the pandemic, loss, loneliness and racial trauma has led to more people experiencing mental health crises. Other content included a virtual town hall on May 13, Our Chicago: Voices of the Community, presented by WLS-TV Chicago that explored mental health issues in children and adolescents, and a virtual town hall on May 20, Minding Your Mental Health, presented by WPVI-TV Philadelphia that discussed general mental health awareness, the impact of the pandemic on children and increased suicide rates.

Pittsburgh Station Honored For Investigative Journalism

Date Posted: 5/6/2021

Cox Media Groups NBC affiliate WPXI won a 2021 Edward R. Murrow Award for their investigation into local nursing homes practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the level of patient care due to staff shortages and the disturbing practice of putting healthy residents in the same rooms with residents who tested positive for COVID-19. The Edward R. Murrow Awards are announced each year by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

WTAE Bundles Up With the Salvation Army

Date Posted: 12/17/2020

Hearsts WTAE-TV Pittsburgh collected more than $200,000 via WTAES project "Bundle-Up Telethon", a record year of giving for this 35-year tradition to community service. The annual event, held December 4 in partnership with the Salvation Army - Western Pennsylvania Division, provides winter clothing--hats, boots, jackets and gloves--to families, older adults and those in need each winter.

WTAE General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III thanked the community for their generous support, and said, Project Bundle-Up is a Pittsburgh tradition and we, as local broadcasters, are proud of our service to the neighbors who need it most.

Bold Gold Raises $30,000 For Charity

Date Posted: 12/15/2020

Bold Gold Medias station cluster and general manager Michael Staton raised more than $30,000 during the 19th annual "Shower for Charity" to benefit Wayne County Childrens Christmas Bureau.

The generosity of this community is amazing! Businesses during this pandemic, as well as area residents and individuals from out of state driving by, gave from the heart to help the children in the area have a very Merry Christmas. It is very humbling to see this overwhelming support, said Stanton.

WMMRs Camp Out Raises $1.4 Million

Date Posted: 11/25/2020

Beasley Media Groups WMMR-FM Philadelphia raised more than $1.4 million to help fight hunger across the city during the annual Camp Out For Hunger. On November 16November 20, morning personalities Preston and Steve camped out and broadcast live from a parking lot. Local and national leaders and celebrities joined the two morning hosts over Zoom to encourage further donation. In total, the station raised 2.5 million pounds of food and $1.4 million in monetary donations.

iHeartMedia Philadelphia Launches Get Out the Vote Campaign

Date Posted: 9/10/2020

iHeartMedia Philadelphia announced the 10,000 Voices campaign, an effort to engage 10,000 voices from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for the presidential election in November. The campaign will promote voter registration on air, on the iHeartRadio app, on its websites and through its social media platforms, with encouragement from on-air personalities from all six area stations.

Fox Philadelphia Airs Our Race Reality

Date Posted: 8/3/2020

Fox-owned WTXF Philadelphias initiative Our Race Reality is a continuation of the important conversations happening every day in the community. Fox29 is tackling issues such as health care, economic and educational injustices, and criminal justice reform.

The most-recent installment, Our Race Reality: Policing the Problem, takes a look at issues surrounding policing and the different sets of issues Black officers face themselves.

"We know we have a responsibility as a broadcaster in our community to do our part, to use our powerful platform to have these difficult conversations, and to educate," said Managing Editor Megan Duncan.

Lehigh Valley Public Media Hosts Conversations on Race

Date Posted: 7/15/2020

Lehigh Valley Public Medias PBS39 and WLVR Bethlehem, Pa., steered programming toward racial issues this summer in an effort to use their platform to elevate marginalized voices.

Programs include:

Community Conversation: Systemic Racism: More Than Skin Deep: PBS39 explored the impact of racism on American institutions.

Community Conversation: Policing the Police: This one-hour program explored how the police can maintain the public trust.

Courageous Conversations: Lehigh Valley Public Media presents Courageous Conversations. Hosted by Monica Evans, the series covers topics that delve deeper into the issues effecting African Americans right now.

Beasley Supports PHL COVID-19 FUND

Date Posted: 4/21/2020

Beasleys WMMR-FM, WMGK-FM, WBEN-FM, WXTU-FM, and WPEN-FM unveiled on April 20 a line of Philly Stands Together merchandise to benefit the PHL COVID-19 FUND, a joint venture between Philadelphia Foundation and The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. The Fund provides grants to local organizations to serve the most vulnerable in the community. The effort is part of Beasleys "Community of Caring" initiative.

In addition, WXTU-FM launched the "Superstar Mini Concert Series" on April 21 featuring Big Machine National Recording Artist Lady Antebellum. The mini concert series will continue exclusively on air on Tuesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. with a concert replay at 8 p.m.

WTAE Raises $1.2 Million for Food Bank

Date Posted: 4/15/2020

Hearsts ABC affiliate WTAE Pittsburg raised, raised $1.2 million, the equivalent of more than 6 million meals, during the Project Community: Day of Giving virtual fundraiser on April 15. The money will help the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank provide more than six million meals. It was the largest single day fundraising in the stations 62-year history.

Local broadcasters have the unique ability to respond quickly and reach the masses in a time of crisis, said General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III. We are proud we could be of service to our neighbors and our partners at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, when they need it most.

Entercom Pittsburgh Serves 100,000 Meals for Those in Need

Date Posted: 4/13/2020

Entercoms KDKA-AM, KDKA-FM, WBZZ-FM and WDSY-FM Pittsburgh will host Feed the Need Radiothon live on April 14 to help those impacted by COVID-19. Donations will support Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, with a goal of funding 100,000 meals for those in need.

Radio serves as a lifeline for local communities and brings them together in times of need. Pittsburghers always come together and this is no exception, said Michael Spacciapolli, Entercom Pittsburgh senior vice president and market manager.

WMMR-FM Hosts March Sadness Amid Coronavirus

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Date Posted: 3/18/2020

Beasley Media Groups WMMR-FM Philadelphia kept sports alive after the cancellation of March Madness due to COVID-19 with a social distancing safe free throw competition on March 17. Dubbed March Sadness, station personalities Preston and Steve used a multi-person video conference call to connect with four participants, who matched up and shot free throws from their separate locations. WMMR-FM streamed the competition live on Facebook.

I had a great time today in the [basketball] tournament, said Anthony, the winner. In light of everything that is going on in the world right now, it was really great to laugh and participate in the event.

WARM-FM Promotes Safety During Corona Scare

Date Posted: 3/4/2020

Cumulus WARM-FM York, PA Program Director Ron Harrell and Afternoon Host AJ recently handed out hand sanitizers in the community to help minimize coronavirus fears.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is the human thing. Just reach out to the community, said Harrell. We had a large stock of hand sanitizer bottles so we hit the streets over the weekend when the virus news starting spreading quickly. Our theme is Fighting Coronavirus fears one bottle at a time.

WCAU, WWSI and NBC Provide Grants for Nonprofits

Date Posted: 1/22/2020

NBC-owned WCAU-TV and Telemundos WWSI-TV Philadelphia are offering grants to non-profits through their Project Innovation grant challenge for the third consecutive year. Through this program, the stations work to promote community engagement, volunteerism and empowerment for underrepresented communities and new storytellers. Alongside Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, the stations will award a total of $225,000. Grant applications are accepted from January 1 February 14.

The Project Innovation grant is more than just funding its an opportunity for nonprofits to help communities by thinking outside the box with innovative programming, said General Manager Ric Harris.

iHearts WKST Pittsburgh Stuffs 70 Buses with Toys

Date Posted: 12/6/2019

iHeartMedia Pittsburghs WKST-FM collected 70 school buses worth of new unwrapped toys during the 16th annual Stuff-A-Bus toy drive, held December 2 - 6 to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. On-air personalities Mikey, Bob, Tall Cathy, and Scottro hosted a live broadcast to encourage listeners to donate toys.

WMMR Raises 2.6 Million Pounds of Food

Date Posted: 12/6/2019

Beasleys WMMR-FM Philadelphia collected a record 2.6 million pounds of food and $200,000 during the annual Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger event, held December 2 - 6.

Station personalities Preston and Steve lived in a parking lot in South Philadelphia for the week to collect food donations. The donations benefit Philabundance, the Delaware Valleys largest hunger relief organization.

WMMR hosted multiple free events at night during the week, including the official Preston & Steve Calendar Release Party, a comedy night and watch parties for Sixers and Flyers games.

Entercom Helps Renovate a Veterans Home

Date Posted: 12/5/2019

Entercom Philadelphia and the Travis Manion Foundations Operation Legacy Service Project renovated the home of Aaron Kisela, a veteran who is also a police officer, EMT and firefighter. The renovated home was unveiled on November 15. WIP-FM, KYW-AM, WPHT-AM, WTDY-FM, WBEB-FM and WOGL-FM told Kiselas story over the past several months through on-air, online and social media content.

WOGL Radiothon Raises $250,000 For Hospital

Date Posted: 12/3/2019

Entercoms WOGL-FM Philadelphia raised $257,000 in the 18th annual Loves Our Kids Radiothon, held December 3 - 4. The money benefits Childrens Miracle Network patient care programs at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.

On behalf of the entire Childrens Hospital community, I would like to thank the WOGL team, and their loyal listeners, volunteers, and sponsors for their ongoing support, said Madeline Bell, president and CEO of Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. The programs funded by radiothon donations make a lasting difference in the lives of our patients and their families, and each year we look forward to raising awareness of these very important services.

WMGK Turkey Drive

Date Posted: 11/26/2019

Beasley Media Groups WMGK-FM Philadelphia collected more than 11,200 turkeys annual Turkey Drop on November 26. The WMGK Turkey Drop is Philadelphias the largest, single-day food gathering event. The non-profit City Team Ministries will distribute the turkeys.

WMMR-FM Philadelphia, PA Service to Community Award for Radio Major Market

Date Posted: 10/1/2019

Beasley Media Group-owned WMMR-FM Philadelphia received the Service to Community Award for Radio - Major Market at the NAB Leadership Foundation 2019 Service to America Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. for their dedication to ending food insecurity in the city. Started by Preston and Steve, WMMRs top-rated morning hosts, the annual Camp Out for Hunger is the largest single-location food drive in America, generating millions of meals. Now in the 21st year of the event, the 2018 Preston and Steve Camp Out for Hunger collected food and cash donations totaling over two million meals for the hungry.

The award was presented at the 2019 Celebration of Service to America awards.

Philadelphia Stations Air Mayoral Debate in English and Spanish

Date Posted: 6/1/2019

NBCs WCAU-TV and Telemundos WWSI-TV Philadelphia hosted and aired a mayoral debate between incumbent Mayor Jim Kenney and Democratic challengers former City Controller Alan Butkovitz and state Sen. Anthony H. Williams on May 13. The first and only televised mayoral debate featuring all Democratic candidates was broadcast in English and Spanish and was livestreamed on all WCAU and WWSI digital platforms.

WTAE Earns First Amendment Award for Investigative Series

Date Posted: 6/1/2019

Hearsts ABC affiliate WTAE-TV Pittsburgh was awarded the Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors First Amendment Award for their year-long investigative efforts to uncover the secretive bid process involved in attempts to lure Amazons headquarters with over $2 billion in tax incentives. Their ongoing series, titled Pittsburghs Secret Amazon Bid, was said by judges to exemplify the spirit and intent of the First Amendment and demonstrate the ability of broadcasters to overcome great obstacles to bring important stories to viewers.

Its not the first time our station has gone to court and fought for our viewers right to know, and it wont be the last, said Jim Parsons, WTAEs news director.

WPVI Distributes Thousands of Smoke Alarms

Date Posted: 2/5/2019

ABC-owned WPVI-TV Philadelphia distributed 10,000 smoke alarms on February 2 to local families in need through its Operation 6abc: Save a Life program. Each smoke alarm includes a 10-year battery. Since 1992, WPVI and local fire companies have distributed hundreds of thousands of smoke alarms.

WMMR-FMs Camp Out for Hunger 2018 Breaks Record

Date Posted: 12/19/2018

Beasley Media Groups WMMR-FM Philadelphia collected a record 1.83 million pounds of food (913 tons) and nearly $200,000 in the 21st annual Preston & Steve Camp Out for Hunger, held November 26 30. The donations will provide over 2.2 million meals for people in need.

Morning Personalities Preston and Steve lived in Xfinity Live! Philadelphia parking lot all week to solicit donations. Event supporters included U.S. Senators Christopher Coons (DE), Larry Farnese (PA) and Bob Casey, Jr. (PA); Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney; Philadelphia Flyers players Claude Giroux, James Van Riemsdyk and Travis Konecny; and comedian Dana Gould.

Pittsburgh Radio Supports Tree of Life

Date Posted: 12/6/2018

Entercoms WBZZ-FM and WDSY-FM Pittsburgh hosted on December 2 A Concert for Unity to benefit the rebuilding of Tree of Life Or LSimcha Congregation. Eleven people died and several more were injured during a shooting at the synagogue on October 27.

On behalf of our entire congregation, I wish to thank all who are involved in this amazing effort to support the rebuilding of our synagogue, said Congregation President Samuel K. Schachner, Ph.D. This proves that love truly is stronger than hate.

WMGK-FM Collects 10,000 Turkeys

Date Posted: 12/5/2018

Beasley Media Groups WMGK-FM Philadelphia collected almost 10,000 turkeys on November 20 during its John DeBella Turkey Drop, Philadelphias largest one day food drive. Morning Show Host John DeBella broadcast live to accept donations for City Team Philadelphia, a non-profit providing food and services to local individuals, families, shelters and agencies. WMGK-FM also accepted donations at supermarkets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

WCAU and WWSI Air Live Interactive Broadcast Against Cancer

Date Posted: 12/5/2018

NBC-owned WCAU and Telemundos WWSI Philadelphia aired Progress and Promise Against Cancer Day live from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on November 8. More than 20 physicians and scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) discussed cancer research, prevention, treatment, and early detection. They took questions in English and Spanish via email, text, phone and social media.

Our goal is to use our multiple platforms on air and online, to educate, inspire, and spark conversation in two languages about breakthroughs and advancements in cancer, said News Director Anzio Williams.

CBS to Air Debates in Pennsylvania

Date Posted: 10/2/2018

  • In Pittsburgh, KDKA will host a debate on Monday, October 8 from 7-8 p.m. between Congressional 17th District candidates Keith Rothfus and Conor Lamb.
  • On Friday, October 12, KDKA will host a debate between Senator Bob Casey, Jr. and his opponent Lou Barletta. The broadcast will air from 7-8 p.m.

KYW-TV Raises Over $7 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research

Date Posted: 7/3/2018

CBS Television Stations KYW-TV Philadelphia held their 12th annual Alex Scott Telethon, a 14-hour on-air benefit for the Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation, on June 14. The event raised a record $7 million for pediatric cancer research. Over its 12 years on-air, the event has raised nearly $32 million for the cause.

The Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by four-year-old terminal cancer patient Alexandra Scott, who held a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer.

WMGK-FM Raises $143,000 for Local Veterans

Date Posted: 7/2/2018

Beasleys WMGK-FM Philadelphia raised $143,000 during its annual John DeBella Annual Radiothon on June 15 to benefit the local Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC). In 10 years, WMGK has raised over $1 million for local veterans. The station also conducted a series of online auctions that included front row tickets to see the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Joel, and Ozzy Osbourne.

WMMR-FM Makes Wigs for Sick Kids in Philadelphia

Date Posted: 4/13/2018

Beasley Media Groups WMMR-FM personality Kathy Romano hosted her 11th annual Kathys Cuts on April 13 to benefit Wigs for Kids. The event produced over 123 wigs to benefit Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit organization that helps sick children achieve a sense of normalcy. The radio station is a voice to get the word out, and the listeners step up to make the donation, said Promotion Director Eric Simon. Its a proud moment for WMMR to be a part of something very special.

KYW-TV Philly Hosts Ronald McDonald Telethon

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

CBS-owned KYW-TV and CBS-owned CW affiliate WPSG-TV Philadelphia raised over $1 million in their ninth annual Change the Luck of a Child live telethon benefitting the local Ronald McDonald House Charities on March 27. The event featured on-air personalities from local CBS stations, including KYW-TV, KYW-AM WOGL-FM, WPHT-AM, WXTU-FM, sports talk WIP-FM, and WTDY-FM. Special guests included Eagles Cheerleaders, plus the 76ers Dunk Team, dancers and mascot Swoop. The event has raised more than $7.4 million since 2010.

WTAE-TV Broadcasts Penn.s 18th District Congressional Debate

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Date Posted: 3/1/2018

Hearsts ABC affiliate WTAE-TV Pittsburgh partnered with The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh to host a live debate in the race for Pennsylvanias 18th Congressional District on March 3. The hour-long debate aired commercial-free and also streamed live, featuring special election candidates Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone, Pittsburghers deserve to see the clearest picture of who will represent us in Congress, said WTAE President and General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III. We are honored to give viewers a chance to see each candidates vision for important issues such as tax overhaul, infrastructure, gun safety legislation and national security.

WCAU and WWSI Answer Calls About Foster Care

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

NBC-owned WCAU-TV and Telemundos WWSI-TV Philadelphia hosted a live phone bank on March 1 for families interested in providing foster care. During the two-and-a-half hour phone bank, recruitment experts from Philadelphias Department of Human Services and its 25 provider agencies answered questions in English and Spanish. With nearly 6,000 youth in Philadelphia living in foster care at any given time, NBC10 and Telemundo62 are committed to raising awareness about the need for families to provide loving homes for these children, said General Manager Ric Harris.

WMMR-FM Philly Discusses Opioid Crisis

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

Beasleys WMMR-FM Philadelphia Public Affairs Director Markus Goldman conducted an interview on February 11 about safe injection sites for opioid users with the City of Philadelphias Managing Director Michael DiBernardinis and Health Director Dr. Thomas Farley. Opioids are a major problem in the City of Philadelphia and it is indicative of a nationwide epidemic, said Goldman. I am hoping that this interview will provide the necessary information for the public to understand and to become educated surrounding the safe injection sites in Philadelphia.

KDKA Exposes Extreme Bullying

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

CBS-owned KDKA-TV Pittsburgh investigative reporter Marty Griffin addressed bullying onair after a local mom reached out to him. Her 15-year-old daughter, Cassie, received this Instagram message: I told her she should of killed herself last year when she went to the loony bin, and everyone in school laughed about it, and no one cares if she does it now. Griffin had Cassie read the taunts on camera to raise awareness of the issue. He also contacted an attorney to meet with school officials.

WBEN-FM Hosts Adopt A Family Program

Date Posted: 12/5/2017

Beasley Media Groups WBEN-FM Philadelphia held their annual Adopt A Family radiothon in partnership with Volunteers of America on December 5. WBEN-FMs radiothon successfully solicited the adoption of over 700 families. Additionally, the radiothon helped to raise over $50,000 to benefit hundreds of families in the surrounding community through Volunteers of America Delaware Valleys Adopt A Family Program.

Pittsburghs KISS Stuffs Buses with Toys

Date Posted: 12/4/2017

iHeartMedias WKST-FM Pittsburgh collected enough toys to fill 59 buses during the 14th annual Stuff A Bus drive, surpassing last years total of 57 buses. The new and unwrapped toys will benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. KISS The Morning Freak Shows on-air personalities Mikey and Bob, along with Tall Cathy and Scottro, broadcast live. Stuff A Bus received toys from individual listeners and their families, as well as local schools, public safety departments, and neighboring businesses.

WMGK-FM Collects 12,800 Turkeys

Date Posted: 12/4/2017

Beasley Media Groups WMGK-FM Philadelphia held its annual "John DeBella Turkey Drop" on November 21, collecting over 12,800 turkeys and donations for area families in need, exceeding the amount raised in previous years by a wide margin. The event is the largest one-day food gathering event of its kind in Philadelphia. Proceeds from the John DeBella Turkey Drop benefit Cityteam Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization that works to provide year-round food and support services to less fortunate individuals, families, shelters and agencies in the local community.

WMMR-FM Collects 1.6 Million Pounds of Food

Date Posted: 12/4/2017

Beasleys WMMR-FM Philadelphia media personalities celebrated their 20th year of the "Preston & Steve Camp Out for Hunger." Preston and Steve lived in the parking lot of Xfinity Live! Philadelphia from November 27 to December 1 to solicit food donations from listeners and businesses in the greater Philadelphia area. This years efforts yielded over 839 tons of food thats 1,679,823 pounds. Combined with $272,683 in monetary donations, this campaign provided over 2.2 million meals for individuals facing hunger insecurity.

WDVE-FM Raises $814,000 for Childrens Hospital

Date Posted: 9/28/2017

iHeartMedias WDVE-FM Pittsburgh raised over $814,000 during the 10th annual DVE Rocks for Childrens Radiothon, which broadcast live September 28 - 29. In 10 years, the radiothon has raised nearly $5 million to benefit the Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, which is the leading provider of pediatric care in the community. On-air personalities shared stories from patients, families, and staff.

KYW Philly Raises $6.5 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research

Date Posted: 7/27/2017

CBS-owned KYW-TV and CBS-owned CW affiliate WPSG-TV Philadelphia raised a record $6.5 million on June 8 during the 11th annual "Alex Scott Telethon" to benefit pediatric cancer research. In 11 years, the event has raised nearly $24 million. The live broadcast included personalities from KYW-TV, CBS Radios WOGL-FM, WPHT-AM, KYW-AM, WIP-FM, WXTU-FM and WTDY-FM, coaches from St. Josephs University and Temple University, plus mascots from the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles and 76ers.

Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation evolved from four-year-old cancer patient Alexandra Alex Scott, who held a lemonade stand in 2000 to raise money to help find a cure for childhood cancer. The annual Lemonade Days, when thousands of volunteers across the country host lemonade stands to fundraise.

WWSI Hosts Immigration Phone Bank

Date Posted: 7/20/2017

NBCs Telemundo affiliate WWSI-TV Philadelphia hosted its third live, informational phone bank on July 20 to answer viewer questions about immigration-related topics. The phone bank featured 18 Spanish-speaking legal experts who provided free, confidential advice and counsel to local callers. One measure of a television station can be how it leverages its resources to help just one local viewer, or 100, said Paul Greeley of TVNewsCheck.

WCAU Streams Suicide Report

Date Posted: 6/30/2017

NBC-owned WCAU-TV Philadelphia streamed a digital-only exclusive half-hour report Preventing Suicide: Breaking the Silence on June 6. The special examined suicide in the Greater Philadelphia region to help raise awareness, remove the stigma and highlight the role of local government and health organizations.

WMGK-FM Philadelphia Raises $154,000 for Veterans

Date Posted: 6/28/2017

Beasleys WMGK-FM Philadelphia raised $154,000 for local veterans during the live broadcast of the John DeBella Veterans Radiothon, held June 16. This year, WMGK also conducted a series of online auctions that included front row tickets to a Jimmy Buffett concert, autographed items and experiences with national recording artists such as Roger Waters, The Who, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton and Joan Jett. All funds benefit the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC) in Philadelphia. In 10 years, WMGK-FM has raised over $1 million through the radiothon.

WTAEs Chronicle Showcases Pittsburghs Reinvention

Date Posted: 6/21/2017

Hearsts ABC affiliate WTAE-TV Pittsburgh aired Chronicle: Only in Pittsburgh on June 21 to show how the city that once faced collapse has reinvented itself. The program showcased the key role Pittsburgh will play in the world over the next several decades, highlighting local innovators and the fusion of technology and education. This installment of Chronicle proves that the Steel City is more than ready to help write history, said General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III.

WMMR-FM Hosts Blood Drive

Date Posted: 6/5/2017

Beasley Medias WMMR-FM Philadelphias Preston & Steve hosted an all-day blood drive on June 17. They collected 1,226 productive pints of blood, including 144 of power red. A machine used for power red donations collects two units of red blood cells while returning plasma and platelets.

CBS Radio Helps Rebuild Disabled Veterans Home

Date Posted: 4/25/2017

CBS Radios WIP-FM, KYW-AM, WPHT-AM, WXTU-FM, WTDY-FM and WOGL-FM partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) for Heros Home, a home renovation initiative benefitting veterans. The new home for U.S. Army veteran Jack MacIntosh, who was injured in the line of duty during the Gulf War, was officially unveiled on April 25. Each April and November, the Travis Manion Foundation organizes Operation Legacy, which unites communities for a common cause through volunteer-led service opportunities. Under this umbrella, CBS Radio and TMF joined forces to unite home improvement partners to donate their services in renovating the MacIntosh home.

WTAE Chronicles Pennsylvanias State Of Addiction

Date Posted: 3/31/2017

Hearsts ABC affiliate WTAE-TV aired Chronicle: State of Addiction on March 22. The program featured first-hand stories from a former college athlete, a computer software developer and an Olympian who are in recovery. Immediately following the program, viewers participated in an hour-long Facebook Live discussion with experts. We are proud that WTAE Channel 4 and our parent company Hearst Television have embarked on a year-long project aimed at combating the opioid crisis, said General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III.

WTFX Investigation Prompts Action

Date Posted: 2/6/2017

Fox owned-and-operated WTXF-TV Philadelphia investigated a sexual harassment scandal at ASPIRA, a local charter school operator. Reporter Jeff Cole questioned ASPIRAs CEO in the parking lot of his office regarding a related $350,000 payoff. The payoff was confirmed through ASPIRAs insurance company, yet the CEO remained in his position. The story prompted action from the state of Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Station Stuffs 57 Buses

Date Posted: 12/29/2016

iHeartMedias WKST-FM Pittsburgh filled a record 57 buses with toys for U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The 2016 Stuff-A-Bus campaign surpassed last years total of 52 buses filled.

WTXF-TV Partners with Phillies to Honor Area Veteran

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Foxs owned-and-operated WTXF-TV Philadelphia partnered with major league baseball team the Phillies to honor Anthony Conly, an area man who had been honorably discharged from the Army in 2002. He received a signed glove, jersey and was invited to attend the Phillies Phantasy Camp.

Often Consumers Last Hope, WCAU Responds

Date Posted: 11/22/2016

NBC owned-and-operated WCAU-TV and Telemundos WWSI Philadelphia encourage viewers to share their consumer complaints with the NBC10 Responds and Telemundo62 Responde. The stations lost the consumer investigative units last year to address claims when viewers feel they have run out of options.

WDVE Collects $605,000 for Childrens Hospital Of Pittsburgh

Date Posted: 10/3/2016

iHeartMedias WDVE-FM Pittsburgh raised $605,000 in the annual radiothon for Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh. On-air personalities Randy Baumann, Bill Crawford, Val Porter, Mike Prisuta, Michele Michaels and Sean McDowell broadcast live from September 15- 17. We want to thank WDVE and its listeners for their tremendous support, said Greg Barrett, President, Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. In its nine year-history, the event has brought in more than $4 million.

KYW-TV Lights Philly Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Date Posted: 10/1/2016

CBS-owned KYW-TV Philadelphia partnered with Susan G. Komen for the 15th annual Lights for the Cure campaign. The skylines in Philadelphia and surrounding areas will remain pink throughout October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The lighting of Atlantic City landmarks occurs October 7. Since the campaigns inception, KYW-TV and CW affiliate WPLG-TV have aired over 2,000 reminders for viewers to schedule a mammogram. This October, Komen launches our new bold goal to reduce the number of U.S. breast cancer deaths by 50 percent within 10 years, said Komen Philadelphia CEO Elaine I. Grobman, We couldnt pursue such an aggressive goal, nor could we have accomplished all we

WTXF-TV Investigates Illegal Recycling Practices

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Fox Televisions owned-and-operated WTXF-TV Philadelphia investigated a recycling company accused of illegal dumping. The investigation found that Jersey Recycling Services illegally brought in nearly 380,000 cubic yards of material, which equates to more than 20,000 truckloads that raised the dumping site by 10 to 15 feet.

WMMR-FM Hosts Record-Breaking Blood Drive

Date Posted: 6/18/2016

Greater Medias WMMR-FM Philadelphia collected a record 1,297 units in its 11th annual I Bleed for Preston & Steve Blood Drive on June 18. As each donation can save three lives, this event may save 3,891 people. Morning personalities Preston and Steve greeted listeners throughout the day. Each donor received a Preston and Steve t-shirt and pint glass. In addition, 600 random donors received a pair of concert tickets. WMMR hosts the areas largest blood drive, with 12,605 pints collected in 11 years.

Alex Scott Telethon Raises Nearly $5 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research

Date Posted: 6/9/2016

CBS-owned KYW-TV, CBS CW affiliate WPSG-TV and CBS Radio Philadelphia raised a record $4.9 million in the 10th annual Alex Scott Telethon on June 9. The telethon supports Alexs Lemonade Stand, which emerged from four-year-old cancer patient Alexandra Alex Scotts lemonade stand. The CBS event kicked off Lemonade Days 2016, June 10-12, when thousands of volunteers across the country host lemonade stands to raise money. KYW Reporter Vittoria Woodill hosted a lemonade stand in Ocean City, N.J. The Phillie Phanatic, the 76ers Dance Team and Swoop from the Eagles joined personalities from KYW-TV and CBS Radios WOGL-FM, WHPT-AM, KYW-AM and WIP-FM. The event has raised more than $17 million in 10 years.

WYOU Raises $2.66 Million for Childrens Miracle Network

Date Posted: 6/3/2016

Mission Broadcastings CBS affiliate WYOU Scranton, Pa. raised $2.66 million for Childrens Miracle network in its 33rd annual telethon, June 3-4. The money pays for hospital infrastructure and equipment, including ventilators for premature babies, car seats, reading programs and camps for children. WYOU aired stories from patients, including four-year-old Carter who has undergone three open heart surgeries. The telethon also included a craft fair, childrens activities and the Motorcycle Miracle Tour.

WTFX-TV Reporter Assists Viewer Receive Compensation

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Fox owned-and-operated WTFX-TV Philadelphia Investigative Reporter Jeff Cole helped a viewer get compensation after a city sanitation truck hit her parked car. At first the city denied the claim, but within an hour of Cole getting involved, the city called him and said that they would cover the residents repair expenses in full.

WTXF To Debut 11 P.M. Newscast

Date Posted: 5/18/2016

Foxs WTXF-TV Philadelphia will debut a weeknight 11:00 p.m. newscast on Monday, August 1. Lucy Noland will anchor alongside meteorologist Kathy Orr and sports anchor Howard Eskin. Its a lightning pace, hang-on-to-your-seat rundown of whats happening each night and need-to-know news of the day, said WTXF News Director Jim Driscoll.

WTXF Investigates Priests Relationship with Former Secretary

Date Posted: 5/12/2016

Fox owned-and-operated WTXF-TV Philadelphia investigated the relationship between an area priest and his former secretary. After receiving a tip from a parishioner, the station discovered that Father Joel Arciga-Camarillo was spending almost all of his time away from the church, including complete evenings, at the home of his former colleague. The report led to the Diocese of Camden to open its own investigation. Father Arciga-Camarillo was eventually reassigned.

WHTM Investigates Faulty Bridges

Date Posted: 5/10/2016

Media Generals ABC affiliate WHTM-TV Harrisburg, Pa. aired an investigative piece on May 10 on the states structurally-deficient bridges. Reporter Dawn White showed that the state has the second highest number of structurally deficient bridges in the country. White combed through hundreds of pages on bridges supplied by PennDOTs Right-To-Know officer and found that more than 500 bridges do not meet structural and legal requirements. There are 136 faulty bridges in Lancaster County alone. Watch more here.

WATE-TV Crew Members Assist Victims of Car Crash

Date Posted: 5/6/2016

Hearsts ABC affiliate WATE-TV Pittsburgh reporter David Kaplan and photographer Eric Hinnabusch helped victims of a multi-car crash that occurred on May 6. The station crew members witnessed the crash and immediately went to the aid of a woman trapped in one of the cars, in addition to phoning for help. Click here to view the video.

WFXT Boston Adds 4 p.m. Newscast

Date Posted: 4/28/2016

Cox-owned WFXT Boston launched Fox25 News at 4:00 p.m. on April 25. Elizabeth Hopkins and Blair Miller co-anchor the weekday newscast with Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz. The additional hour of news gives WFXT a three-hour block of local news coverage from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The addition of Fox25 News at 4:00 p.m. is part of our long-term commitment to provide Boston-area viewers the most complete and in-depth local news, weather, traffic and sports coverage, said WFXT Vice President and General Manager Tom Raponi.

WTAE Pittsburgh Airs Debate for U.S. Senate

Date Posted: 4/6/2016

Hearsts ABC affiliate WTAE-TV Pittsburgh hosted and aired a debate on April 5 with candidates for U.S. Senate, Joe Sestak, Katie McGinty and John Fetterman. WTAE President and General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III spoke about the event on-air in the days leading to the debate.

KYW Raises $1.1 Million for Ronald McDonald House

Date Posted: 4/4/2016

CBS owned-and-operated KYW-TV Philadelphia raised $1.1 million in the seventh annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Phone Bank, on March 22. Since 2010, the fundraiser has raised over $6.2 million to benefit programs for local children hosted by the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

WGAL Provides Critical Blizzard Coverage

Date Posted: 2/1/2016

Hearsts NBC affiliate WGAL-TV Harrisburg provided wall-to-wall coverage as Winter Storm Jonas dumped several feet of snow on Jan. 22-23. Nielsen data shows that WGAL averaged a 13.4 rating from 5 a.m. 7 p.m. on Jan. 23. Im proud of the work our team did during the stormunder very difficult circumstances, said General Manager John Humphries. Its gratifying to see these ratings and know the audience found our work helpful. Its also humbling to know in a tough time so many people chose WGAL News 8 for the information they need to help keep their family safe.

WPVI Hosts Operation 6abc: Save a Life

Date Posted: 2/1/2016

ABC-owned WPVI-TV Philadelphia partnered with local firefighters on Operation 6abc: Save a Life, to educate viewers on fire prevention and distribute 10,000 smoke alarms low income, elderly and other residents. The alarms contain a battery proven to last a decade. In 15 years, Operation 6abc: Save a Life has distributed nearly one million smoke alarms. WPVI also produced PSAs that aired in January.

WDVE-FM Raises $653,000 for Hospital

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

iHeartMedias WDVE-FM Pittsburgh raised a record $653,000 for the Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation on Sept. 26. The live broadcast featured musical performances and guest appearances from Arthur Moats and Jarvis Jones of the Pittsburgh Steelers. "As we celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Childrens Hospital, we are so grateful for community partners like 102.5 WDVE, who have been loyal and supportive of our mission throughout the years," said Foundation President Greg Barrett.

CBS Philadelphia

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

CBS Philadelphia Radiothons Bring in Nearly $1 Million for Local Children

CBS Radio stations in Philadelphia hosted successful fundraisers in September. WOGL-FM raised more than $680,000 in its 14th annual "WOGL Loves Our Kids" radiothon on September 10-11 for the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. Click here to watch a recap video.

WIP-FMs "Eagles Radiothon," held September 8-9, raised $200,000 for the Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP). The EYPs health and education programs serve more than 50,000 children annually. Auction items included exclusive experiences with several Philadelphia Eagles players, a Super Bowl travel package and the chance to have WIP broadcast remotely from the winners workplace.

WPVI-TV Partners in Nations Largest Free Music Festival

Date Posted: 8/12/2015

ABC owned-and-operated WPVI-TV Philadelphia was the official media partner for Musikfest, an 11-day concert, the largest of its kind, held in Bethlehem, PA. The event, held August 5 11, was presented by ArtsQuest, a nonprofit that supports the arts and culture in the local area. Attendees could select from more than 550 music and art performances across 16 indoor and outdoor stages. Some of the performers included Darius Rucker, Culture Club and 3 Doors Down.

WTAE Airs Chronicle: Burning Questions

Date Posted: 7/17/2015

Hearst Televisions ABC affiliate WTAE-TV Pittsburgh aired "Chronicle: Burning Questions" on June 24 and June 28. Its four-month investigation showed that local fire departments do not meet national standards for response times due to personnel shortages, budget issues and outdated equipment. WTAE also highlighted the National Fallen Firefighter Fund, which supports the Hal Bruno Comfort Zone Camp for kids who lost a parent in the line of duty. "This installment of Chronicle examines how volunteers are struggling to make do with a 200-year-old system, putting our communities at risk," WTAE President and General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III told TVNewsCheck. "Our team took great care to uncover the problems firefighters face and possible solutions."

Alex Scott Phone Bank in Philadelphia Sets $3 Million Record

Date Posted: 7/17/2015

> CBS Televisions KYW-TV and CW affiliate WPSG-TV Philadelphias ninth annual "Alex Scott Phone Bank" on June 11 raised a record of almost $3 million for Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)s pediatric cancer research. ALSF emerged from four-year-old cancer patient Alex Scotts lemonade stand. She died in 2004. The telethon featured KYW Meteorologist Kathy Orrs lemonade stand in Ocean City, N.J., and segments with Alexs parents, local celebrities, the Phillie Phanatic and personalities from CBS Radios KYW-AM, WOGL-FM, WIP-FM, WXTU-FM and WRDW-FM. CBS Philly has raised $12 million for ALSF to date.

WPVI-TV Philadelphia Hosts Six Candidates

Date Posted: 6/4/2015

ABC owned-and-operated WPVI-TV Philadelphia hosted a debate for the six Democratic candidates for Philadelphia mayor on May 5: Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, Jim Kenney, Doug Oliver, Milton Street and Anthony Williams.

WHP-TV Harrisburg Encourages Politicians to "Face the State" Each Week

Date Posted: 6/4/2015

Sinclair Broadcastings CBS affiliate WHP-TV Harrisburg, Pa. hosts Face the State, a weekly political show that airs every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. following Face the Nation. The show features guest interviews, group conversations and a roundtable discussion among a weekly guest journalist, anchor Robb Hanrahan, WHP-TV Democratic Strategist Tony May and WHP-TV Republican Strategist Charlie Gerow. Guests have included policy makers and state leaders such as former Governor Tom Corbett, Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Scott Perry. Issues explored include educational funding, pension reform, medical marijuana, liquor privatization and the state budget. Past episodes are available here.

Pennsylvania Stations Host Fundraisers

Date Posted: 2/9/2015

Bold Media Groups WDNH-FM, WYCY-FM and WPSN-AM Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penn. have made it a tradition to do two concurrent fundraisers during the holiday season. The Michael G. Stanton Shower for Charity raised more $20,000 this year for the Wayne County Childrens Christmas bureau as on-air personality Michael Stanton took a shower in the freezing cold in the dead of winter. To date, The Michael G. Stanton Shower for Charity has raised more than $170,000. During the Toys for Tots Challenge, listeners helped fill up six trucks of toys with thousands of toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots foundation. Several years ago, when we made the decision to attempt to do two large fundraising efforts concurrently, we wondered if both could be successful but our listeners rally every year and the promotions continue to get bigger, said Bold Gold President Vince Benedetto.

KYW Philadelphia Launches Annual Joy of Sharing Campaign

Date Posted: 1/20/2015

CBS owned and operated KYW-TV Philadelphia and CBS Televisions CW affiliate WPSG-TV hosted its 29th Joy of Sharing campaign this December. The campaign has provided toys for more than 100,000 children in need in Philadelphia over the past 29 years. Last year alone, the campaign collected more than 50,000 toys. One of the longest running TV public service campaigns in the region, KYW and WPSG work with all CBS radio stations in the city including KYW-AM, WOGL-FM, WIP-FM, WPHT-AM and WTEL-AM. The Salvation Army distributes the new, unwrapped toys to local children. Watch the video here.

WBZZ Afternoon Host Flick Honored By Salvation Army in Pittsburgh

Date Posted: 12/8/2014

FCBS Radios WBZZ-FM Pittsburgs Afternoon Host Flick was honored with the Salvation Armys Doing the Most Good award in early December. Flick received the award for his fundraising efforts and increasing awareness of the Salvation Armys programs. The annual Doing the Most Good awards banquet draws nearly 500 people each year, allowing the Pittsburg community to recognize exceptional support of the Salvation Army.

WMGK-FMs John DeBella Turkey Drop Provides More Than 10,000 Thanksgiving Turkeys

Date Posted: 12/4/2014

Greater Medias WMGK-FM Bala Cynwyd, Pa., hosted its 13th Annual John DeBella Turkey Drop on Nov. 25. During morning host John DeBellas live broadcast at Philadelphias Love Park, WMGK-FM accepted monetary and turkey donations. The John DeBella Turkey Drop benefits City Team Philadelphia, which provides food and services to individuals, families and shelters. In 2013, the event raised over 9,000 turkeys. The 2014 Turkey Drop raised 10,685 turkeys for needy individuals and families. City Team Philadelphia provides holiday meals for more than 70 organizations and has seen a record number of sign-ups for holiday meal assistance in 2014.

KYW-TV Philadelphia Lights the Skyline Pink for Breast Cancer

Date Posted: 12/4/2014

CBS owned-and-operated KYW-TV Philadelphia helped turn the city skyline pink in October for the 13th year, as part of its Lights for the Cure campaign during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Beyond the pink skyline, KYW-TV and CBSs CW affiliate WPSG aired segments to generate awareness of breast cancer, including the importance of mammograms. "Our stations have a powerful voice in this region and we are honored to use it to inform our viewers about such a critical issue," said KYW-TV President and General Manager Jon Hitchcock.

Pennsylvania Governor, and U.S. Rep. Candidates Square Off

Date Posted: 11/20/2014

Independently-owned WNPV-AM Lansdale, Pa., hosted Republican Mike Fitzpatrick and Democrat Kevin Strouse, who ran for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvanias 8th Congressional District, on Oct. 15. Hearst Televisions ABC affiliate WTAE-TV Pittsburgh televised a debate on Oct. 8 between Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and challenger Tom Wolf.

CBS Television Commits Air Time for Political Debates

Date Posted: 11/20/2014

CBS Television owned-and-operated stations produced and aired debates across the country:

  • KTXA Dallas, Oct. 5, Governor [Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis]; Lt. Governor [Dan Patrick, Leticia Van de Putte]

  • KYW-TV Philadelphia, Oct. 5, Governor [Tom Corbett, Tom Wolf]

  • WBZ-TV Boston, Oct. 7, Governor [Charlie Baker, Martha Coakley, Evan Falchuk, Scott Lively, Jeff McCormick]

  • WJZ-TV Baltimore, Oct. 7, Governor [Anthony Brown, Larry Hogan]

  • WBBM-TV Chicago, Oct. 14, Governor [Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner]

  • WFOR-TV Miami, Oct. 15, Governor [Charlie Crist, Rick Scott]

  • KCNC-TV Denver, Oct. 24, Governor [John Hickenlooper, Bob Beauprez]

  • WCCO-TV Minneapolis, Oct. 26, Governor [Mark Dayton, Jeff Johnson]

  • WCCO-TV Minneapolis, Nov. 2, U.S. Senate [Al Franken, Mike McFadden]

CBS Philadelphia Hosts Breakfast with the Candidates

Date Posted: 10/2/2014

CBS Philadelphias October 1 "Breakfast With the Candidates," featuring Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and challenger Tom Wolf, aired on KYW-AM, CW affiliate WPSG-TV and CBSPhilly.com. KYW-TV will re-air the program on October 5. "We are pleased to give the candidates the opportunity to present their positions on the critical political issues that affect our state and provide this vital information to the public," said Jon Hitchcock, president and general manager of KYW-TV and WPSG-TV.

WIP-FM Raises Record Funds for Eagles Youth Partnership

Date Posted: 10/2/2014

CBS Radios WIP-FM Philadelphias 2014 Eagles Radiothon raised a record $290,000 ($100,000 more than 2013). Proceeds benefit Eagles Youth Partnership, which provides education and health programs to 50,000 low-income children each year. "The kindness and generosity of WIP listeners and Eagles fans never fails to astonish me. Radiothon is a source of pride among everybody at WIP," said WIP-FMs Marc Rayfield.

WMGK-FM Clear Channel Philadelphia Hosts Campaign for Peace

Date Posted: 8/12/2014

Clear Channel Communities and Clear Channel-owned WUSL-FM Philadelphia held the 11th annual "Peace on the Street Jam," a three-part series featuring activities that promote peace and provide resources to help curb violence. The events included jam sessions featuring local artists and an essay contest that involved a partnership with Philadelphia Futures, a local nonprofit that provides college admission resources to first-generation college students.

WMGK-FM Morning Host Raises $144,000 for Local Veterans

Date Posted: 8/11/2014

Greater Medias WMGK-FM Bala Cynwyd, Penn., hosted the eighth annual John DeBella Veterans Radiothon to benefit local veterans through the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC). The day-long event featured a series of auctions and appearances from athletes, celebrities and musicians. In total, the benefit raised more than $144,000. Over the past eight years, the radiothon has raised more than $644,000 for the VMC.

WHAS-TV, CBS Philly Collects $2 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research

Date Posted: 8/11/2014

CBS-owned KYW-TV and The CW affiliate WPSG-TV Philadelphia hosted the eighth annual "Alex Scott Phone Bank," a 14-hour on-air benefit for the Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research. The day-long telethon raised more than $2 million, a record for the fundraiser which began in 2007. Over the past eight years, the event has raised more than $9 million for the cause.

WGAL-TV Airs Pennsylvania Democratic Gubernatorial Debate

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Hearst Televisions NBC affiliate WGAL-TV Lancaster, Penn. produced and broadcast a debate between the Democratic candidates running for Pennsylvania Governor on May 1. The 90-minute gubernatorial debate was hosted at Franklin & Marshall College and was broadcast twice on WGAL-TV. The stations Government Reporter Pete Muntean was among the panel of reporters that posed questions to the candidates. The debate was part of WGAL-TVs "Commitment 2014" political coverage. Click here to watch coverage of the debate.

KDKA-FM Recognizes Hometown Heroes Who Serve Pittsburgh

Date Posted: 4/13/2014

CBS Radios KDKA-FM Pittsburgh morning host Larry Richert hosts an event each year to recognize Hometown Heroes who have contributed to the Pittsburgh community. Richert recently awarded the five 2014 honorees at an event at PNC Park. Each hero was recognized individually for their work and received a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice.

CBS Philly Raises $1 Million for Ronald McDonald House

Date Posted: 4/13/2014

CBS-owned KYW-TV and WPSG-TV Philadelphia held the stations fifth annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Phone Bank. Fundraising segments aired throughout the day on March 25 and collected more than $1 million to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region, a nonprofit that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the community. Since 2010, the stations have raised more than $4 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

CBS Philly Honors Local Gamechangers for Black History Month

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

CBS-owned KYW-TV, CW affiliate WPSG-TV and CBS Radios KYW-AM Philadelphia spotlighted 10 individuals who have "changed the game" for the African-American community in the Greater Philadelphia area in celebration of Black History Month this February. CBS Philadelphia stations aired a series of vignettes and reports about these "Gamechangers" throughout the month.

Bold Gold Medias Shower for Charity Event Raises $21,000 for Pennsylvanias Children

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

< Bold Gold Medias General Manager Michael Stanton hosted the 12th annual Shower for Charity event to support the Wayne County Childrens Christmas Bureau. In 18 degree weather, Santon showered on Main Street in Honesdale, Pa., for several hours donning nothing but Santa Claus boxers, in the hopes of encouraging listeners to donate money for kids in need during the holiday season. In total, the event raised more than $21,000. To date, the Michael G. Stanton Shower for Charity has raised over $150,000 for the Wayne County Childrens Christmas Bureau.

WGAL-TV Collects $232,000 and Thousands of Coats

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

Hearst-owned NBC affiliate WGAL-TV Lancaster, Pa., hosted the "Coats for Kids Telethon," to benefit Salvation Army branches throughout the Susquehanna Valley. This year marked the stations 26th annual coat drive and the 19th year for the telethon. In total, the event raised more than $232,000, in addition to thousands of coats that were donated at several Salvation Army locations.

WMGK-FM Gives Free Christmas Trees to Military Families

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

Greater Medias WMGK-FM Philadelphia partnered with a local tree farm and a furniture store to make the holidays a little brighter for active duty families in the Philadelphia area, by providing them with a free Christmas tree. Families were able to request a tree on the WMGK-FM website. On December 14, local military families were invited to pick up their trees and enjoy a holiday hayride, light display, a visit with live reindeer and have their photo taken with Santa Claus.

Beasleys WRDW-FM Collects 300 Bikes for Philly Kids

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

Beasley Broadcastings WRDW-FM Philadelphias Big Philly Show hosted a bicycle drive for local children in early December. Despite heavy snow, the event collected more than 300 bikes, along with $1,800 in donations. All the proceeds were used to purchase a new helmet to accompany each bike.

WMGK-FM Philadelphias Turkey Drop Collects 9,462 Turkeys

Date Posted: 12/6/2013

Greater Medias WMGK-FM Philadelphias morning host John DeBella held the 12th annual John DeBella Turkey Drop. WMGK-FM staff collected donations for turkeys in 10 locations across the city. The one-day drive raised enough funds to purchase 9,462 turkeys. All proceeds were donated to Cityteam Philadelphia, an organization that provides holiday meals and other services to less fortunate individuals and families in the area.

Local Stations Air Debate for New Jerseys U.S. Senate Seat

Date Posted: 11/22/2013

NBC-owned WCAU-TV and Telemundo-owned WWSI-TV Philadelphia aired a debate between Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan, U.S. Senate candidates in New Jersey. Held October 9th at Rowan University, WCAU-TV anchor Jim Rosenfield moderated a panel that included NBCs WNBC-TV New York anchor David Ushery and the Philadelphia Inquirers Jonathan Tamari. Viewers were invited to submit questions for the debate via WCAU-TVs live stream.

WXTU-FM Philadelphia Raises $800,000 to Fight Breast Cancer

Date Posted: 11/12/2013

Beasley Broadcasting Groups WXTU-FM participated in the Philadelphia 3-Day, an event that raised money and awareness for breast cancer. The stations XTra Mile team completed the 60-mile route and raised nearly $800,000. In addition to the walking team, the WXTU-FMs "XTU Crew" provided encouragement and lunches at various cheering stations.

KYW-TV Turns Philadelphia Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Date Posted: 11/12/2013

< CBS-owned KYW-TV Philadelphia partnered with the local Susan G. Komen chapter to host "Lights for a Cure," turning the Philadelphia skyline pink to raise awareness to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. On the first of the month, nearly 100 buildings and landmarks went pink and remained lit each night throughout the month. KYW-TV also encouraged women to schedule a mammogram during hundreds of newscasts. This is the 12th consecutive year KYW-TV has sponsored the event.

CBS Radios WIP-FM Raises $183,000 for Philadelphia Kids

Date Posted: 10/4/2013

CBS Radios WIP-FM Philadelphia teamed with the Philadelphia Eagles to host the two-day Eagles Radiothon. The live broadcast event raised $183,000 for the Eagles Youth Partnership, an organization that supports programs that serve over 50,000 children in the Philadelphia community every year. Marc Rayfield, senior vice president/market manager, CBS Radio Philadelphia, said, "We are proud and fortunate to be able to partner with the Eagles and give back to the community with the help of generous WIP listeners and Eagles fans."

WFMZ-TV Provides Emergency Storm Coverage Despite Losing Power for Five Days

Date Posted: 9/26/2013

Maranatha Broadcastings WFMZ-TV Allentown, Penn. provided round-the-clock storm coverage, remaining on-air using emergency generated power for five days. The station positioned crews throughout the community in advance so they could report on conditions. In anticipation of widespread power outages, anchors reminded viewers of various ways to get weather updates and encouraged the purchase of battery-operated TVs. WFMZ-TV also simulcast its coverage on local radio stations so that people without TVs could access emergency information.

Univision and ABC Stations to Host Debate for NJ Senate Seat

Date Posted: 9/10/2013

ABC-owned WABC-TV New York and WPVI-TV Philadelphia and Univisions WXTV-TV and WADO-AM New York announced the stations will partner to host a debate for the two candidates running for New Jerseys U.S. Senate seat on October 6. The hour-long debate will be taped and broadcast on air and streamed online.

WMGK-FMs Radiothon Raises $92,000 for Philadelphia Veterans

Date Posted: 8/8/2013

Greater Medias WMGK-FM Bala Cynwyd, Penn., hosted the 7th annual John DeBella Veterans Radiothon benefiting local veterans through the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Centers. WMGK-FMs host John DeBella broadcast live for 12 hours and raised more than $92,000. Listeners made online and call-in donations. Many of the listeners that called attributed their donation to a former or current member of the military in their life.

Premiere Networks Hollywood Rises for Wounded Warriors

Date Posted: 8/8/2013

Premiere Networks-syndicated Hollywood Hamilton and his wife Marina raised $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior project by biking 350 miles from D.C. to Pittsburgh. "Some of you who personally know us might think, There is no way he could possibly go six days without an Xbox or His wife Marina could never live without a hair dryer," Hamilton said. "For those reasons, along with both of us being stubborn and the possibility that we may break up somewhere along the way, we will only be collecting these thoughtful donations based on the miles we cover."

CBS Philly Raises $225,000 During One-Day Relief Effort

Date Posted: 6/7/2013

CBS-owned stations in Philadelphia KYW-TV, WPSG-TV, KYW-AM, WOGL-FM, WIP-AM/FM and WPHT-AM raised more than $225,000 during "Operation Brotherly Love: Helping Moore." On-air talent and volunteers answered phones from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 23. All proceeds went to the American Red Cross. "Once again we are overwhelmed at the generosity of our viewers who always come through for their neighbors whether its locally, across the country or around the world," said the stations general manager, Jon Hitchcock.

"CBS "Women of Eyewitness News" in Philly Run for a Cure

Date Posted: 5/10/2013

< CBS Television KYW-TV and WPSG-TV Philadelphia "Women of Eyewitness News" promotes breast cancer awareness year-round. The team will broadcast live on Mothers Day as Meteorologist Katie Fehlinger runs in the 2013 Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. "Let me get up at the crack of dawn. Let me run for you. Let me channel your support toward one amazing purpose - saving lives," Fehlinger said.

WMGK-FMs Comedy Series Raises $10,000 for Vets

Date Posted: 3/1/2013

Greater Medias WMGK-FM Philadelphia held its first Combat Comedy event to benefit Philadelphia area veterans on March 1, featuring comedian Jim Breuer. The comedy show raised $10,000, and all the proceeds went to the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Education Center, which provides services to military veterans by eliminating barriers for successful transition and addressing needs for independent reintegration into their community.

CBSs Philly TV Stations Raise $1 Million for Ronald McDonald

Date Posted: 3/1/2013

CBS-owned KYW-TV and WPSG-TV Philadelphia held a 14-hour on-air phone bank and raised more than $1 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region. The stations aired fundraising segments on March 27 during newcasts and commercial breaks. KYW-TV and WPSG-TV also held three, one-hour specials throughout the day, featuring both stations on-air talent and appearances by local CBS Radio hosts.

WPVI-TV Partners in Nations Largest Free Music Festival

ABC owned-and-operated WPVI-TV Philadelphia was the official media partner for Musikfest, an 11-day concert, the largest of its kind, held in Bethlehem, PA. The event, held August 5 11, was presented by ArtsQuest, a nonprofit that supports the arts and culture in the local area. Attendees could select from more than 550 music and art performances across 16 indoor and outdoor stages. Some of the performers included Darius Rucker, Culture Club and 3 Doors Down.

WAEB-FM Advances Anti-Bullying Cause in Allentown Schools

Clear Channel Media and Entertainments WAEB-FM Allentown, Penn., hosted a video contest to address the problem of bullying in schools. The station selected the top 12 videos and invited the winners to WAEB-FMs Bullying Stops Here event, which featured a live performance by Atlantic Records artist Cody Simpson and recognition from Allentown Mayor Ed Pawloski. See the winning 12 videos here.

Hearsts WGAL-TV Collects Thousands of Coats and $229,000 for The Salvation Army

Hearst-owned WGAL-TV Lancaster, Penn., recently held the 25th annual "Coats for Kids" coat drive and 18th annual telethon to benefit the local Salvation Army. The exact number of coats donated to The Salvation Army is still being tabulated, but is expected to be in the thousands. WGAL-TVs telethon also raised $229,000 for the Salvation Army.

Bold Golds Market Manager Takes Public Shower for Charity, Raising over $20K

Honesdale, Penn.-based Bold Gold Media Groups Market Manager Michael Stanton surprised holiday shoppers on December 15 by performing his private bath time dance routines in public as part of the 11th annual Michael G. Stanton Shower for Charity. Wearing nothing but Santa Claus boxers, he showered on Main Street in Honesdale, Penn., in 30 degree temperatures for several hours. The event surpassed the goal of raising $20,000 for the Wayne County Childrens Christmas Bureau, which brings holiday toys to children.

Allbrittons Harrisburg Station Helps Those Affected by Tragedy

Allbritton-owned WHTM-TV Harrisburg and Mission Central joined forces in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to coordinate a drive to collect items for storm victims in New Jersey. Operation Sandy Relief raised over $30,000 in cash donations and more than 40,000 pounds of new items, including coats, blankets, socks, diapers, batteries and toys. "Viewers stepped up quickly and generously to help our neighbors in New Jersey," explained WHTM-TV President and General Manager Joe Lewin. "This is just one example of how our local community can work together to make a difference in the lives of those affected by tragedy."

CBS Philadelphia Cluster Offers Tickets for Red Cross Donations

CBS Radios Philadelphia stations, including WIP-AM/FM, WPHT-AM, KYW-AM and WOGL-FM teamed up with concert promoter Live Nation to raise money for the American Red Cross. The CBS-owned stations provided a pair of tickets to the Bob Dylan/Mark Knopfler concert on November 19 to listeners who donated at least $20 to the American Red Cross.

Phillys WCAU-TV Swiftly Sets Up Red Cross Phone Bank

Fox Televisions WTXF-TV Philadelphia and Greater Medias WMMR-FM Philadelphia collected food and other supplies for Sandy victims at Xfinity Live!, a major entertainment and dining complex in Philadelphia. All donations were distributed by The Salvation Army. Collected items included bottled water, juice, snacks, wrapped snacks, batteries, toiletries and gift cards to Wal-Mart.

Phillys WCAU-TV Swiftly Sets Up Red Cross Phone Bank

ABCs WPVI-TV Philadelphia sent a two-person team and a mobile generator to five Philadelphia and South Jersey towns without power. The "POWER by 6abc STATION" had a 500-amp generator with 60,000 watts of power with 25 20-amp circuits. This type of generator is generally used on movie and television production sets. "The POWER by 6abc STATIONS gave phones and laptops a charge, but more importantly, it boosted morale," WPVI-TVs Michael Monsell told TVNewsCheck. "One young boy came out to play guitar for his neighbors while others just exchanged stories about their week. The sense of community that came from our charging stations was overwhelming." WPVI-TV also held a fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross.

Phillys WCAU-TV Swiftly Sets Up Red Cross Phone Bank

CBS-owned WCAU-TV Philadelphia started a phone bank with the Red Cross and received 600 calls on Sunday alone, according to a spokeswoman. The station planned a day long "NBC10 Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund" for Monday, Nov. 5 to encourage viewers to donate to the Red Cross. WCAU-TV also promoted information on disaster relief, insurance information, commuter train updates and information on how to avoid Sandy-related scams.

Philadelphia Reporter Risked Dangerous Tides to Cover Sandy

Foxs WTXF-TV Philadelphia anchor Stephanie Esposito broadcast live in Ocean City, NJ during high tide, as Hurricane Sandy came ashore. She covered the area despite evacuations caused by dangerous wires and dangerous debris floating in the floodwaters. WTFX-TVs weather-related edition of Good Day Philadelphia included interviews with Mayor Michael Nutter, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Delaware Governor Jack Markell.

CBS Philly Hosts Red Cross Fundraiser

CBS Televisions Philadelphia stations KYW-TV/AM, WPSG-TV, WOGL-FM, WIP-AM/FM, WPHT-AM, plus CBSPhilly.com and CBS Outdoor, collaborated on "Operation Brotherly Love: Sandys Aftermath." On Nov. 2, volunteers, on-air personalities, the American Red Cross and partner Wawa staffed a phone bank. They took pledges for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Response Fund at the top of every hour and in KYW-TV and WPSG-TV news segments. CBS stations created Operation Brotherly Love in 2001 after 9/11. The program has since raised $300,000 for Tsunami victims, over $1 million for Katrina victims and almost $1 million after the Haitian Earthquake.

Greater Media Philadelphia Stations Air Up-To-The-Minute Hurricane Coverage

Greater Medias Philadelphia stations, WMMR-FM, WMGK-FM, WBEN-FM and WPEN-FM, kept local families informed and connected with up-to-the-minute Hurricane Sandy coverage. The stations on-air teams worked closely with local television station news and weather reporters to provide live updates throughout the storm. Additionally, Greater Medias Philadelphia cluster took calls from area listeners and passed along useful information about road closures and safety alerts.

ABC O&Os Report Record Online Traffic During Hurricane

ABC-owned WPVI-TV Philadelphia and WABC-TV New York City experienced record online traffic during Hurricane Sandy. WPVI-TVs website included live streams, updates on disaster aid, power outages, school closings, photos and video. The station had 13.1 million page views (mobile and desktop) on Monday and 9 million on Sunday. WABC-TV hit a record 7 million page views on mobile and desktop on Monday with advice for communicating after the storm, information on the NYC subway restoration plan and a plethora of eyewitness photos and video from users. Both stations apps entered the top ten free news apps for the iPhone during the storm.

KDKA-AM Hosts Business Expo in Pittsburgh

CBS Radios KDKA-AM Pittsburgh held a regional business exposition to promote local and regional business opportunities. KDKA-AMs third "Western Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Expo and Town Hall Meeting," held in conjunction with Range Resources, featured shale industry professionals, a representative from the Pennsylvania Governors office, Pennsylvania state representatives Jim Christiana and Marc Gergely and many more. The exhibits and educational breakout sessions at the day-long event were free to attendees.

Philadelphia Sports Radio Raises $220,000+ for Youth Charities

CBS Radios WIP-AM/FM Philadelphia hosted the 12th Annual Eagles Radiothon, which raised a combined $223,150 for the Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP) and City Year charities. EYP is dedicated to ensuring that all children in the region can see, read and play safely, regardless of their zip code. Leveraging the brand and resources of the Philadelphia Eagles Football Club, EYP helps vulnerable children reach their potential, bringing health and educational resources to more than 50,000 kids in low-income neighborhoods each year. City Year is an education based non-profit that focuses on keeping students in school and on track to high school graduation. City Year is the only national organization placing full-time, trained young adults in schools to provide individual attention to struggling students.

WOGL-FM Hosts 11th Radiothon for Local Childrens Hospital

CBS Radios WOGL-FM Philadelphia hosted the 11th Annual "98.1 WOGL-FM Loves Our Kids Radiothon" to support The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. The two-day radiothon raised $658,272 this year, bringing the 11-year total to over $5.5 million for the local childrens hospital.

WMGK-FM Hosts 2nd Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive

Greater Medias WMGK-FM Philadelphia joined the American Red Cross to host the 2nd Annual "102.9 MGK Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive" on October 6. The eight hour drive was held at the Philadelphia Flyers Skate Zone. All donors received a free skate rental at the facility, as well as a WMGK-FM Blood Drive t-shirt. The radio stations staff also attended the blood drive to thank listeners.

WMGK-FM Helps Women in Need Dress for Success

Entercom recently announced it has committed $1 million worth of public service announcements (PSAs) and public affairs programming to The Wilderness Society. The PSAs will be tailored to specific markets. For example, San Francisco stations may run spots focusing on the Sierra Nevada region. The Wilderness Society is an outstanding organization that has played a vital, leading role in protecting our nations public lands. We are very pleased to be connecting the listeners of our 111 stations across the country with this important organization that works on behalf of all Americans, said CEO David Field. The PSA campaign is part of The Wilderness Societys Wild Days of Summer and features celebrities like Dave Matthews, Betty White and Wendie Malick

WMGK-FM Helps Women in Need Dress for Success

Greater Medias WMGK-FM Philadelphias midday DJ, Debbi Calton, and the Parx Casino staff collected gently-used womens business attire for Dress For Success Philadelphia. The program assists disadvantaged women who want to transition back into the workforce by providing clothing for job interviews, career development training and a financial literacy program. More than 75 percent of the women that utilize Dress For Success Philadelphia retain jobs for at least a year. In 2011, the program helped over 3,000 women in the Greater Philadelphia area.

102.9 MGK, DeBella To Distribute Computers

During Greater media-owned WMGK-FM Philadelphias computer drive, morning host John DeBella asked listeners to bring their old computers, printers, monitors, scanners and other equipment to either of the stations two collection locations.
"So many people receive computers or make computer upgrades during the holiday season and then let their unused, but very capable computer collect dust. The goal of this drive is to get these computers into the hands of organizations and families that need them," said DeBella.
All donations were inspected, refurbished and cleaned. Computers that could not be repaired were properly recycled. The Harmonious Volunteer Center distributed the computers to community organizations, faith based organizations and needy families, many of whom are receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). NFI Industries donated the trucks and drivers used to collect the computers.

CBS Owned KYW-AM Donates Laptops to School

South Philadelphia High School received a brand new ten-piece laptop computer lab courtesy of CBS Phillys KYW-AM Newsradio. A dual touch smart board was also donated to the school. John Middlebrook nominated South Philadelphia High School when he won the KYW Newsradio Comcast Laptop Daily Double contest.
This was the 12th year of the Laptop Daily Double giveaway, which is a partnership between KYW and Comcast. Starting in mid-September, KYW1060 listeners had two chances each day to win a laptop and nominate a school to win the computer lab. South Philadelphia High was chosen randomly from a pool of almost 50 schools selected by this years winners.
Its just another step to bring positive changes and make sure students are achieving, said Principal Otis Hackney.

102.9 WMGK Hosts the Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive

Greater Philadelphia Radios WMGK-FM and the American Red Cross hosted the Inaugural 102.9 MGK Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. The station hoped their classic rock listeners would contribute 300 units of blood to help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply. All donors received the opportunity to watch the Flyers practice before and after donating blood, the chance to meet Flyers Hall of Famers, a coupon for free skate rental at Flyers Skate Zone and a WMGK Blood Drive t-shirt.

WOGL-FM Airs 10th Annual Loves Our Kids Radiothon

CBS Radios WOGL-FM Philadelphias 10th annual "Loves Our Kids Radiothon" recently raised over $450,000 for the Childrens Miracle Network (CMN), bringing the 10-year total to $4.7 million. Money raised during the two-day event support patient care programs at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
This years radiothon broadcasted live from Ryan Seacrests "The Voice" studios located in the Colket Atrium of Childrens Hospital. Special activities for kids included tie dying socks, crafts to decorate their hospital rooms and making crowns with local Miss America title holders. WOGL-FMs Breakfast Club host Ross Brittain and co-host Valerie Knight anchored the radiothon, with special appearances from the entire WOGL air-staff and CBS 3s Nicole Brewer. Other guest appearances included Bob Kelly, Pat Ciarrocchi, Jim Donovan, Stephanie Stahl and Natasha Brown.

WBEN-FM Recognizes Philadelphias Local Women of Achievement at Annual Luncheon

Greater Media Inc.s WBEN-FM Philadelphia, Pa., will host the annual Women of the Week Luncheon to celebrate dynamic women who are making a significant impact in the Philadelphia community through their businesses, charitable work or a combination of the two. This year, Deborah Norville, host of "Inside Edition," and Heidi Hamels, co-founder of the Hamels Foundation, will keynote the event, while WBEN-FMs morning host Marilyn Russell will emcee the luncheon. Russell hosts WBEN-FMs weekly Women of the Week radio program on Sunday mornings.

WRBT-FM Listeners Aid Pennsylvania Family that Lost Seven Children in Recent House Fire

Clear Channels WRBT-FM Harrisburg, Pa., raised $30,000 in 14 hours to support the Clouse family, a Pennsylvania couple who recently lost seven children in a local house fire. WRBT-FMs "Nancy and Newman Morning Show" led the stations effort, accepting listeners pledges and auctioning several items donated by top country music artists. "We are not doing this to pat ourselves on the back and say Hey, look at what a good thing were doing. I felt compelled. We needed to do something," Newman said. Contributions are still being accepted for the Clouse Family Fund, c/o Church of the Living Christ, P.O. Box 180, Loysville, PA 17047.

KDKA-AM Helps Needy Listeners Stay Warm

Low-income families facing harsh temperatures and steep energy costs received a helping hand from KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh, Pa., and its first-ever Warmathon. The station partnered with the Dollar Energy Fund Hardship Program, which helps struggling families and the elderly afford electric, gas and water service. During the 30-hour live broadcast, hundreds of volunteers staffed the phone bank and Pedaled for Power, keeping a bulb lit by riding a stationary bike. In total, $250,000 was raised, helping more than 700 families in the community stay warm. We look forward to making this an annual event to help raise money for people and families in need of assistance with their energy expenses, said KDKA General Manager Michael Young.

WBEB-FM Hosts Multiple Holiday Drives

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For the past 12 years, from the second week of November through the holidays, WBEB-FM in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., and its listeners have shown what the season of giving is all about. This past year, the "WBEB Stockings for Kids Holiday Program," which started with just a collection box in a mall, brought in 110,000 toys as well as cash contributions for a grand total of $2.2 million in donations. Known for playing Christmas music for a full month straight, the station inspires the holiday spirit throughout its six-week "Stockings for Kids" effort. The program, which benefits disadvantaged children throughout the area and is coordinated through the Salvation Army, is operated, funded and promoted by the station. Recorded announcements, mentions throughout live programming and staffing events at drop-off sites are all part of the deal. The program has been recognized locally with an A.I.R. Award for Community Outreach and was a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.

WFMZ-TV Encourages Excellence in the Performing Arts

Its show time! Every year, WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pa., partners with the State Theatre Center for the Arts for the Freddy Awards, a full-blown show modeled after the Tony Awards that features high school musicals and student performers. The program was developed to encourage excellence in the performing arts. More than 26 high schools participate in the annual competition, which culminates in a live, three-hour telecast during primetime on WFMZ. Chief Meteorologist Ed Hanna co-hosts the show, complete with ensemble performances and acceptance speeches. Two significant college scholarships are awarded to students. The dedication of WFMZ staff, who work overtime and on their own time to make sure the quality of the show is nothing short of flawless, is notable. A network level production truck is brought into the area for three days of rehearsals. The news crew follows the entire story, starting with the announcement of the nominations and finishing with recaps after the show. The Freddy Awards receive multi-media support, including a dedicated section of the station Web site where the live show is streamed and videos are posted of high school performances prior to the awards ceremony. "Since beginning the Freddy Awards, we have seen a consistent increase in the quality and commitment to local high school theater in the viewing area," said WFMZs Barry Fisher. The Freddy Awards won the 2007 Associated Press Award for Public Affairs and has been honored with four Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters awards and an Emmy for Outstanding Performing Arts Programming.

WCAU-TV Helps Listeners Protect Idenities

Experts believe millions of Americans will have their identities stolen in the next five years, which is why WCAU-TV in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., is taking action to make sure its viewers know how to protect themselves. For the past four years, the station has held quarterly "Great Shredder Events." The station broadcasts live from each event as hundreds of community members dispose of documents containing personal information. The station disseminates information on additional ways to protect identity both through paper materials at the event and through the broadcast of feature stories. To alert viewers of the service, the station runs public service announcements and airs segments throughout its newscasts. Consumers also can visit the stations Web site and sign up for email alerts regarding future shredding events. The "Great Shredder Event" was the brainchild of a WCAU consumer reporter, and its success has led to duplicate efforts at stations throughout the country.

WNEP-TV Helps Install 15,000 Smoke Alarms

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A working fire alarm doubles the chance of surviving a house fire, which is why WNEP-TV in Moosic, Pa. has teamed with local fire departments to install 15,000 free smoke alarms in 2008 as part of the stations "Operation Save A Life" campaign. In its third year, the smoke alarm project was developed to help make homes safer in northeastern and central Pennsylvania, where many houses are nearly a century old. Elderly residents, families with children and people living in low-income neighborhoods have all benefited. On-air prevention messages and fire safety news packages are part of the effort, too. Topics have ranged from how to create a fire escape plan to how to use a fire extinguisher. A half-hour special hosted by the WNEP news crew and local firemen has aired twice this year. "We believe very strongly in this program," said WNEP news director Dennis Fisher. "We expect that someday down the road, someones life will be saved by an alarm they received from Operation Save a Life." The effort has been honored with the Partner In Prevention Award from the Burn Prevention Foundation and the 2006 James A. Miller Memorial Award from the Firemens Association of the State of Pennsylvania.

WGAL-TV Races Against Racism

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Since the first local YWCA "Race Against Racism" a decade ago, WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pa., has been its media sponsor. With the stations support, the 5K race became the largest in the Lancaster area in its inaugural year. Due to its continual growth, the race is now held in two additional metro areas WGAL serves, Harrisburg and York. In 2007, the three races inspired 3,000 runners to participate in honor of their commitment to equality and raised $80,000 to fund education programs to eliminate racism. WGAL anchors participated in all three races, and at the Lancaster race, the station set up a booth and gave participants station bags, pencils and other goodies. The station ran 150 promotional spots in advance of the race. In 2007, the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters awarded WGAL the Outstanding Television Public-Service Announcement award in recognition of their "The More You Know: Race Against Racism" spot.

WSBA-AM Keeps Area Families Safe

Preparing for lifes emergencies became a little easier for the listeners of WSBA-AM of York, Pa., thanks to the stations special series, "The Dangers Around Us, Keeping Your Family Safe," which was produced in partnership with the York Chapter of the American Red Cross. Every Thursday and Friday morning from early October through the end of November, the station aired segments that included issues such as personal preparedness, carbon monoxide poisoning prevention, first aid training, fire safety and blood donation needs. The nine-part, 18-segment series also covered holiday concerns such as toy and Halloween safety, and travel and weather issues. To make sure the information reached the greatest number of area residents, audio recordings of the segments were posted on the stations Web site. WSBA was a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.

WWSW-FM Finds Homes for Animals

With the help of WWSW-FM in Pittsburgh, Pa., many animals in need of a good home now have one. Every Wednesday, the "3WS Pet of the Week" segment features a live interview with a representative from the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, who brings the pet up for adoption for a visit to the studio. On-air personalities Merkel in the Morning, Sheri VanDyke and Mike Frazer have all been involved with the program. During 2007, the station dedicated more than 600 minutes of air time to the pet adoption program, and several staff members now have a new canine member in their family. On the station site, listeners can view pictures of the cats, dogs and bunnies featured on the air and check adoption status to see if they are still in need of a home. At least half of the pets featured are adopted within 48 hours of being named as the WWSW Pet of the Week, according to Gretchen J. Fieser, director of public relations for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Dogs Oscar and Meyer, now settled in with their new family, can attest to the success of the program.

WHP-AM Supports the Troops

After U.S. troops first entered conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, morning show host RJ Harris from WHP-AM in Harrisburg, Pa., began the now annual WHP Troop Support Rally. Between performances of live patriotic music, military, families of military, political leaders, dignitaries and veterans take the microphone on the front steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol. The 2007 rally kicked off with a flyover by the local 193rd Pennsylvania Air National Guard, which routinely serves in Afghanistan and Iraq. Below, 3,500 people gathered in support of the troops. The rally was promoted with 300 public service announcements. One month before the event, WHP partnered with a local grocery store to sell patriotic magnets. The proceeds, which exceeded $150,000, went to the United Service Organizations (USO). WHP also supported a local Girl Scout cookie drive, which raised funds to send several hundred pounds of cookies to military stationed away from home.

WNPV-AM Brings Election to Listeners

"Comment Please," the daily noontime talk program of WNPV-AM in Lansdale, Pa., brings local election issues and candidates to its listeners. In 2007, the show hosted two debates in its studios, providing those running for Montgomery County commissioner and Montgomery County district attorney a venue to share their views with the community. For the general election, the station plans to host upward of a half-dozen debates for local state legislative and congressional races. A crush of voter registrations prior to the Pennsylvania primary in 2008 prompted the station to interview election officials from Bucks and Montgomery counties. Through "Comment Please" and daily news coverage, the station dedicates significant time to election issues. In the past, this has included "Go Out and Vote" messages, partnerships with local newspapers to organize public forums, and a number of programs focused on the switch from paper ballots to electronic voting in 2006.

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