It has new leadership at WAFF Huntsville, Ala.; KKTV Colorado Springs; WDAM Hattiesburg, Miss.; and WTOK Meridian, Miss.
The winners of TVNewsCheck’s Social Media Excellence Awards demonstrate some of the many ways the still-emerging medium can be used to benefit both viewers and the stations. L-r: TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp; Social News Desk’s Kim Wilson; ABC Owned Television Stations’ Michael Koenigs; WJLA’s Caroline Patrickis; KABC’s Hanna Maxfield; and KKYV’s Lindsey Grewe and Tony Keith. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)
The Gray-owned, Colorado Springs CBS affiliate is this year’s Social Media Excellence Award winner for small-medium markets. Its robust audience has grown around the station’s commitment to a steady stream of locally important content there.
Each of these four individuals succeeds a regional VP-GM who, until now, have been running a local station as well as overseeing additional Gray television stations. The former RVPs will now oversee Gray television stations on a full-time basis in the new position of television vice presidents.
The broadcaster today launched live linear streams of KKTV Colorado Springs, Colo.; KBTX Waco-Bryan-College Station, Texas; WCAV Charlottesville, Va.; WTVY Dothan, Ala.; and KXII Sherman, Texas, to the OTT service. More launches are coming soon, Gray says.
The Gray Television CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs is finishing up a news building that’s only 9,000 square feet, but includes augmented reality graphics, a state-of-the-art power system and a new Gray-built system called GrayTooth that allows everyone from reporters to producers, to sales people and engineers to sit down at any workstation, swipe a key fob and pull up their customized desktop.
Broadcasters and government officials say that the fact that TV stations did not air an alert during the recent Colorado wildfires exposes some flaws with the Emergency Alert System — a system that has recently come under scrutiny after a hacking incident and subpar national test results earlier this year.
Gray Television’s CBS affiliate KKTV Colorado Springs (DMA 90), will move from its current location to a state-of-the-art, downtown Colorado Springs facility early next year. The station has purchased a building on East Colorado, and planning is underway for the transition. “We are incredibly excited about the move,” said Nick Matesi, VP-GM of KKTV. “The […]
TV stations covering the wildfires were all over the airwaves and Internet as the blazes caused mass evacuations, destroyed acres of forest and wiped out 600 homes. For many of the people who covered this story, mustering the ability “to keep going” had an emotional component as well. That is particularly true for the Colorado Springs news crews, some of which lived in the Waldo Canyon fire’s path. Now the Colorado Broadcasters Association has produced PSAs in support of the Red Cross and local firefighters.
In Colorado Springs, where mainstream media headline the digital scene, social media is the talk of the town. While the market’s TV stations experiment with new social networks Pinterest and Google Plus, market leader The Gazette has stirred up controversy with its social media policy.
Gray Television’s Colorado Springs station has seen a lot of changes in on-air personnel lately. Now it’s undergoing a management makeover as well. Nick Matesi, VP-GM of Gray’s KOLO Reno, Nev., is returning to KKTV to lead the CBS affiliate.