With another storm approaching, Gray’s NBC affiliate KPLC Lake Charles, La., drops its traditional news coverage plan.
One of the worst-case scenarios for a television station played out early Thursday morning as the strong winds of Hurricane Laura moved into southwest Louisiana. The transmission tower of KPLC was snapped in half during the fierce storm, sending the top portion of the tower tumbling down into the station’s broadcast studio below.
Two broadcast towers in Lake Charles, La., have been damaged as a result of Hurricane Laura, which made landfall in the early hours of Aug. 27. There have been multiple reports of damages to the broadcast tower of KPLC, the area’s NBC affiliate, with pictures (above) showing portions of the tower having collapsed. Some reports are indicating there was damage to the STL (studio to transmitter link) and ENG, but that the main tower was OK. In addition, a representative from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters confirmed that the LPTV station KSWL, a CBS affiliate, has reported that its tower fell on top of its building.
The Fox affiliate in Lake Charles, La., owned by American Spirit Media will shift its lineup on Aug. 31 to add ABC on ch. 29.2. It will simulcast local news from Raycom’s KPLC.
She will oversee news operations at Raycom’s Lake Charles, La., NBC affiliate beginning Sept. 19.
The general sales manager of the Raycom NBC affiliate in Louisiana will take over the station’s top management spot upon the retirement of Jim Serra at the end of June.
He’s stepping down next month from the Raycom NBC affiliate in Lake Charles, La., where he began his broadcasting career in 1975.
Jim Serra, VP-GM of Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate KPLC Lake Charles, La. (DMA 174), was named 2015 Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. Serra accepted the honor Wednesday, March 4, at the 2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Prestige Awards in Baton Rouge, La. The Prestige Awards are sponsored annually by the […]
Raycom’s WAFF Huntsville, Ala., and KPLC Lake Charles, La., and NBC Local Media are honored by PromaxBDA for their promotional efforts benefiting charities.