Graham Media Stations To Debut Morning Newscast Livestreams

Starting Monday, April 4, Graham Media Group stations KPRC Houston and WDIV Detroit will launch an additional hour of their morning local newscast streaming exclusively on digital platforms and OTT apps. KPRC’s morning newscast will stream from 7 to 8 a.m. on KPRC2+, and will feature the morning news team of Owen Conflenti, Lisa Hernandez, […]

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In Outfitting The MMJ, Lightness And Flexibility Top The Wish List

As solo acts in the field, multimedia journalists are very particular about the kit they carry. From cameras to lights and audio, connectivity tools to editing software and apps, experience has taught them that flexibility and portability are among their gear’s most important qualities. Above: Sony’s remote production package, which includes the PXW-Z280 4K handheld camera, allows MMJs to remotely control, capture and transfer high-quality content in real time from any location.

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Going Back To The Well To Boost TV News Audiences

Newsletters, documentaries, citizen journalism and better-quality UGC are driving better-engaged viewers in higher numbers to stations, leaders from Tegna, Graham Media and Sinclair said at a TVNewsCheck webinar last Friday, where they made clear that quality trumped novelty.

WDIV’s Steve Garagiola Retiring After Over 40 Years

How To Build A Newsletter Strategy

In the latest of TVNewsCheck‘s How To video series, Ken Haddad, digital special projects editor at Graham-owned WDIV Detroit, breaks down successful approaches to developing newsletters that connect with audiences and build meaningful — and revenue-generating — audience engagement. Watch more How To videos here.

 

WDIV Detroit Names Michele Aenlle-Hayes National Sales Manager

Graham Media NBC affiliate WDIV Detroit appointed Michele Aenlle-Hayes national sales manager. Aenlle-Hayes most recently was a sales executive for LocaliQ, part of the USA Today Network. In her new role, Aenlle-Hayes will work with national clients on ad schedules for broadcast and digital, building value and delivering on key metrics. She will also handle all […]

Bob Ellis Named VP-GM Of WDIV Detroit

Graham Media is moving him from GM of WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. to succeed the retiring Marla Drutz as head of its Michigan NBC affiliate.

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As COVID Drags On, WDIV Finds Fresh Reporting Energy

Sometimes news innovation comes in the form of sheer reporting tenacity, as Graham-owned WDIV Detroit has shown through its long-haul coverage of the pandemic. Led by Kim Voet-Potter, a veteran news director, and featuring physician Dr. Frank McGeorge, the WDIV team has pushed itself to new creative heights in relaying critical information to a virus-weary viewership. This is the latest of TVNewsCheck’s “Newsroom Innovators” profiles, a series showcasing people and news organizations evolving the shape and substance of video reporting. Read the others here.

WDIV Detroit GM Marla Drutz To Retire

The head of Graham Media’s NBC affiliate will step down later this year or early next, capping a career in local TV of nearly four decades.

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WDIV’s ‘Juneteenth’, Part Of Graham Media’s Company-Wide Celebration

“We wanted to further our Juneteenth efforts this year by creating opportunities for learning and outreach that support the cause of combatting injustice and racism,” says Emily Barr, Graham Media’s president.

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New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center this week include openings for a multimedia sales account exec, a news producer, a general manager, a national sales manager, a broadcast technology manager, a senior account exec and a digital sales director.

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Monday Memo | WDIV’s Haddad Becomes Detroit’s ‘Vaccine Hunter’

Ken Haddad says he began the “Vaccine Hunter” project when he noticed a huge influx of emails and viewer feedback to the Graham Media NBC affiliate from people having trouble finding vaccines. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to offer life-saving information to our viewers,” he says.

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WDIV Named Michigan’s ‘Station Of The Year,’ Again

WDIV Promotes Angie Cady To Local Sales Manager

Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate WDIV Detroit has named Angie Cady its local sales manager. In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the local sales team and strategy. She assumes the role immediately. “Angie is an energetic leader who has the respect and admiration of the WDIV-Local 4 leadership, our […]

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Promotion Manager And Creative Services Photographer Openings

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a promotions manager in Detroit and a creative services photographer in Boston.

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WDIV’s Evening, Late News Top-Rated In 2020

Consistent branding that resonated with viewers, effective synergy between broadcast and digital and a simple, free marketing tool helped WDIV have a 2020 to remember.

What’s The ‘Lifetime Value’ Of Your Newsroom’s Most Loyal Fans?

Graham Media expands its ambitious campaign to develop a membership program for Graham stations and potentially pave a new path to sustainability for local TV news.

Five Detroit Stations Launch ATSC 3.0 Broadcasts

WMYD, WXYZ, WDIV, WWJ and WJBK have implemented NextGen TV technology. Also debuting is the Motown 3.0 Open Test Track for merging automotive applications with NextGen TV.

WDIV Names Amador Velasquez Technology Dir.

He joins the Detroit NBC affiliate from WCAU Philadelphia to succeed Marcus Williams who’s retiring at the end of the year.

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WDIV Schools Detroit On Education Questions

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WDIV Gives Free Advertising To 15 Small Businesses

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Asst. Tech Director Opening At Detroit’s WDIV

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for an assistant director of technology at Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate WDIV Detroit.

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WDIV’s ‘Fulfilling The Dream’ Special Airs On Historic Day

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WDIV’s New Reporter Chronicles Difficult Move During Pandemic

Detroit TV News Adapts To Pandemic

Huel Perkins (front) still heads into the newsroom and works from 3 p.m. to midnight, five days a week. Aside from that, “everything is dramatically different,” the WJBK news anchor says of working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WDIV Community Effort Benefits Frontline Workers, Restaurants

Detroit TV Stations Partner On Virtual ‘Governor’s Town Hall’

Commercial and public television stations in the Detroit market will partner to produce and broadcast a Governor’s Town Hall to provide viewers the opportunity to ask questions of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during this time of crisis. WJBK, WDIV, WXYZ, WMYD, WKBD, WTVS, WADL and WWJ will all broadcast the Town Hall, live, on Thursday […]

At WDIV, Coronavirus Spurs Rapid Virtualization

Graham Media-owned WDIV in Detroit now has about 90% of its staff working from home, shifting quickly on the advice of its health reporter (who is an ER doctor) and a senior producer with a public health background.

WDIV Detroit Anchor Tests Positive For Coronavirus

How Detroit TV Is Coping With Coronavirus

Life during wartime is littered with changes. One small, yet indelible sign of the coronavirus pandemic is hitting home every day on Detroit TV screens. The local TV news anchors, usually seated within elbow-rubbing distance, have moved farther apart. It’s one of many precautionary steps being taken by the big three of Detroit broadcast news — Fox 2 Detroit (WJBK), Local 4 News (WDIV) and 7 Action News (WXYZ) — and at newsrooms across the country.

WDIV Reporter Koco McAboy Leaving For KTTV

Graham’s WDIV Goes All Things Hoffa For Podcast

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WDIV’s Beloved ‘Lottery Lady’ Dies At 79

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WDIV Scores Big On Kids Choir’s National Story

Last Tuesday, 52 members of the Detroit Youth Choir took the stage on the NBC hit show, America’s Got Talent. WDIV, Detroit’s NBC affiliate, turned the appearance into a ratings and social media winner. “We were so happy to use the power of TV and digital to rally the community and put a spotlight on Detroit’s kids,” said Marla Drutz, WDIV’s general manager.

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WDIV Taps Into ‘Jeopardy’ Frenzy In Fun Promo

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WDIV Podcasts Reaching New Audiences

Zak Rosen, Graham Media’s podcast director, says the podcasts use archival content already generated by WDIV’s TV news coverage of the stories, updated and enlarged with new interviews in the writing of the podcasts.

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WDIV Steps Up To Help Shutdown Fed Workers

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WDIV Ups Jennifer Wallace To Asst. News Director

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WDIV Airing Special On School Safety

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Angie Cady Returns As WDIV National Sales Mgr.