For radio and TV stations, operating throughout the pandemic and bringing us news and entertainment day in and day out required so much more than a floor lamp, some well-curated books in the background and a working Zoom link. Let’s go behind the scenes of how several stations pulled it off.
Here’s one example of how the coronavirus is affecting It’s Academic, the world’s longest-running TV quiz show: The other day, a contestant competed on his phone in his car, which was parked outside a library because the WiFi was better there than at his house. Above, Hillary Howard, host of It’s Academic, tapes segments of the high school quiz show in her Arlington, Va., home. (Photo: Dave Statter)
NBC O&O WRC Washington (DMA 7) is launching News 4 Kids, a 30-minute weekly newscast aimed at helping children through the coronavirus pandemic. News 4 Kids will debut Saturday, April 11, at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 a.m. and will run through April and most likely beyond. The series, which will tell stories and providing […]
NBC-owned WRC Washington (DMA 6) is getting a new addition to its morning newscast. In July, Jummy Olabanji will be joining the News4 Today team as a live desk anchor and reporter. It’s a homecoming of sorts — she began her career as a WRC News4 intern. She is currently reporting and anchoring for WNBC […]
NBCUniversal is taking over affiliation rights for the Telemundo station in the D.C. market and will be launching its own Telemundo-owned station in December. ZGS Communications, which owns the largest group of independent Telemundo affiliations, gave up its spectrum for the Washington market earlier this year in the FCC’s spectrum auction, which gave NBCU the ability to take back the Telemundo affiliation
While the late Jim Vance of WRC Washington achieved extraordinary success and tenure as a local news icon — a dominant anchor in a Top 10 market at the same TV station for 45 years — his story is also a reminder of the value that local TV news still has across the country. Local TV news remains a vital and highly regarded source of information and a cornerstone of the community fabric, thriving in an age of iPhones, Facebook and Twitter.
In a city of news junkies and scores of high-profile figures in politics and the media, the most-watched journalist in Washington may well have been Jim Vance. For more than 45 years at NBC O&O WRC, he was the region’s longest-serving television news anchor. He presided over the area’s top-rated newscasts and became a public figure in his own right. He gained broad sympathy for his openness about his struggles with drugs and depression. Vance announced his diagnosis with cancer earlier this year. He was 75.
Award-winning journalist Leon Harris will join NBC O&O WRC Washington (DMA 7) on April 21. Harris is a veteran news anchor who spent 13 years covering the Washington area at ABC affiliate WJLA. During that time, he appeared on the station’s evening and 11 p.m. newscasts, hosted specials and weekly shows, and reported on those […]
The Twitter and Instagram accounts for NBC-owned WRC led the Washington market with a 29 share as a group, followed by Fox-owned WTTG with a 28.7 share and Tegna-owned WUSA with a 28.5 share, according to data from Share Rocket.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a naked man assaulted another man at the entrance of NBC News’ Washington bureau, then ran into the building and bit a man who helped stop him. According to a police report, the man approached the entrance of the building that’s also home to WRC-TV Saturday night and hit a […]
NBC’s O&O WRC Washington is searching for a senior manager engineering & IT. WPEC (CBS) in West Palm Beach, Fla., needs a director of engineering. Dispatch Broadcasting is looking for a director of engineering for its CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here.
Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate WJLA Washngton (DMA 7) said today that on Monday, June 6, meteorologist Veronica Johnson will move from WRC Washington to WJLA’s StormWatch7 weather team, headed by Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill. Johnson has been at NBC-owned WRC since 2000. At WJLA she will partner with meteorologist Eileen Whelan on Good Morning Washington’s weather every […]
NBCUniversal is looking for an engineering and operations manager at its Washington O&O WRC. In California, a chief technologist is needed at the NBC affiliate in Palm Springs and a maintenance engineer at the NBC/CW duopoly in San Luis Obispo. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center by clicking here.
Heartland Media’s KDRV (ABC) in Medford, Ore., seeks a digital sales manager for its advertising team. NBCUniversal is looking for an assignment desk editor at WRC Washington. And The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is seeking an experienced digital director to lead online sales, marketing and development in Little Rock, Ark. To see all job openings on TVNewsCheck, click here.