Saturday, June 27, 2020

Job openings at WKYC Studios for 6/27/20

WKYC Studios has these job openings if you are looking for a rewarding career experience with us at TEGNA Media's Cleveland location.

Current WKYC Job Openings
For complete job descriptions and application procedures, be sure to visit our WKYC Career Page. You can also find other jobs within our parent company on the TEGNA Career Page. NOTE: You must apply via the website. Mailed applications are not accepted.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Director's Cut Blog suspended for the time being

Hi everyone,

I've decided to devote my full attention to helping WKYC keep our community informed with the very latest news and information about the #coronavirus.

To that end, I will not be updating the blog - including jobs postings - for a while.

Thank you for your understanding.

We'll be back soon!

Frank Macek
Editor, Director's Cut Blog

Thursday, February 20, 2020

WKYC Studios General Manager Micki Byrnes named SME Cleveland 2020 Business Executive of the Year

Special to the Director's Cut Blog
By Dave "Dino" Denatle,

Sales & Marketing Executives Cleveland (SME Cleveland) has bestowed its 2020 Business Executive of the Year award to our own Micki Byrnes, President and General Manager of WKYC Studios.

The award acknowledges excellence in sales and marketing achievement and is based on the demonstration of the highest business, professional and ethical standards. It will be presented at the 59th annual Distinguished Marketing and Sales Awards gala banquet on Thursday evening at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven.

WKYC Studios VP/General Manager Micki Byrnes
“I’m truly honored,” Micki says “I came up on the marketing side of the business so to receive this particular honor from SME was truly special to me.”

Micki joined 3News in 1997 as Director of Marketing and was named Vice President, Advertising and Promotion in 2000, and Station Manager in 2014.

She has held broadcast management positions in Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta and Orlando. Byrnes is a past Chair and Director of PROMAX, International, the television industry’s premiere marketing association. She has also served on the marketing advisory boards of CBS Television, ABC Television and Fox Broadcasting and is the past Chairperson of the NBC Affiliate Promotion Committee.

Byrnes is only the second woman to ever win the SME Cleveland Business Executive of the Year and is proud of helping to continue the growth of women as leaders of business and industry.

The award will be presented on Thursday evening at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven.

“I’m old enough in this world and in this career that I have been ‘the only’ in many ways,” Micki explains. “There’s more that has to happen to open doors to get women into senior leadership. Personally, I just went for it and didn’t let the fact that I was ‘the only’ in a room hold me back.”

Micki has also distinguished herself in community service. She was a member of the 2005 class of Leadership Cleveland and continues to serve on their Selection Committee. She helped create the US Marshal of Northern Ohio’s Posse for Community Outreach and was a member of the FBI Citizen’s Academy class of 2012.

Micki currently serves as a board member of the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, In Counsel with Women, the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Cleveland Leadership Center, Destination Cleveland, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters and Coats for Kids.

Micki has won numerous regional Emmy, Telly and Addy Awards. She was inducted into the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame in 2013 and was named a 2016 YWCA Woman of Achievement and a 2016 Crain’s Woman of Note. She was also named 2016 General Manager of the Year by Broadcasting & Cable magazine.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Classic WKYC Promos: Channel 3 News in 1986

Check out these classic promos featuring the Channel 3 News Team featuring the main talent of Leon Bibb, Doreen Gentzler, Shane Hollett and Kevin Mackey from Cleveland State University from 1986.

How many of these do you remember on the air?

Our special thanks to David Hrvatin at WKYC for digitizing these promos here at WKYC Studios.

Friday, February 07, 2020

3News' Jim Donovan celebrates 35 years at WKYC

Special to the Director's Cut Blog

Cheers to 35 years!

On Thursday's What's Next, WKYC Studios paid tribute to one of our own. The month of February marks Jim Donovan's 35th year at WKYC.

Growing up in South Boston, Jimmy had a love for sports, especially the Bruins, watching games alongside his father. Jimmy graduated from Boston University in 1978, shortly after taking jobs in Vermont and Minnesota.

In 1985, as a curly haired sportscaster, he began his journey here in Cleveland. Jimmy arrived in Cleveland and never looked back.

His life was hectic, covering all areas of Cleveland Sports from the Browns, Cavs and Indians to the Cleveland Marathon and even Soap Box Derby. His work eventually landed him a job with the NBC Network, travelling all over the country calling NFL games every Sunday.

In 1999, Jimmy was named the "Radio Voice of the Cleveland Browns." As he prepares for his 22nd season, think about this: the browns have had 10 full time head coaches, dozens and dozens of starting quarterbacks, but only one voice.

It's a job Jimmy cherishes and doesn't take lightly for the most loyal fan-base in all of sports.

Boston may be home, but Cleveland is where his heart is.

It's been a wild ride for our colleague and friend, let's take a look at Jim's continuing incredible ride in the player below:

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Exciting changes for WKYC Studios: Sara Shookman brings fresh Insight & new addition Laura Caso joins 3News

WKYC Studios’ President and General Manager Micki Byrnes announced exciting updates to the 3News evening lineup.

“As WKYC continues to explore new ways to engage with the audiences of Northeast Ohio, we are excited to share that Sara Shookman will be joining Jim Donovan as co-anchor of Front Row,” said Byrnes.

Front Row, weeknights at 7 p.m., gives viewers a closer look at the news makers and taste makers that are shaping our Northeast Ohio community. Then, Sara will continue her co-anchoring responsibilities with Russ Mitchell at 11 p.m. on Cleveland’s top rated “What’s Next.”
Sara Shookman

"Like any long suffering Browns fan, Jimmy's voice has gotten in my head,” said Sara. “Now I'm thrilled to sit next to him and give you a Front Row seat to all that's important, interesting, impactful and happening in our community. We want to connect you with the news makers, our community critics and cheerleaders, and ask your questions."

Sara is one of 3News' go-to storytellers, covering local, national and international news. Sara is a thought leader in the community and uses the 3News platform to make sure the voices of powerful women and girls are being heard loud and clear.

“Sara has always had a gift for identifying the most compelling and newsworthy stories and people,” said Director of Content Adam Miller. “We’re excited for Sara to give a “Front Row” seat to viewers as she shines a light on Cleveland’s best and brightest.”

“3News is also very happy to announce that journalist Laura Caso will be joining the 3News family as co-anchor of What Matters Most at 6pm,” Byrnes said. “Laura is an award-winning journalist who will be joining the team from WAVY-TV in Norfolk, where she currently anchors multiple evening shows.”

Laura Caso (Photo: Courtesy: WAVY-TV)
“Laura’s inherent desire to sincerely connect with people and immerse herself in a community, seeking out the stories that matter most – is a strength uniquely suited for our mission here at 3News,” added Miller. “We’re thrilled to welcome Laura to Northeast Ohio and know that viewers will quickly welcome her with open arms.”

Laura began her career by way of Elmira, NY where she anchored the morning news for WENY-TV. After exploring the Twin Tiers, she moved to Jacksonville, FL where she served as weekend anchor and reporter for TEGNA on First Coast News. The next step in her journey took her to WAVY-TV in Hampton Roads, Virginia where she contributed to the launch of two new evening newscasts. Laura is beyond thrilled to return to TEGNA and focus on what the company does best, hard-hitting journalism.

"Sharing stories that matter, not simply scratching the surface of a topic but delving deeper, that is why I choose this career,” said Caso. ”I am so proud and excited to be joining the WKYC team, a station with an impeccable reputation that understands the significant impact local news can have on a community."

3News’ Evening News Lineup:

5 p.m.: “What’s New” with Betsy Kling & Jay Crawford
6 p.m.: “What Matters Most” with Russ Mitchell & Laura Caso
7 p.m.: “Front Row” with Jim Donovan & Sara Shookman
11 p.m. “What’s Next” with Russ Mitchell & Sara Shookman

More about Laura Caso

Laura is an Emmy-nominated journalist for her report on breaking News Coverage and throughout her career has been honored with several awards at local and state levels. Most recently, she was awarded by the Associated Press for Best Coverage of a Spot News Story. She also received an award for Best Newscast at a Large Television Market by the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters.

While in Virginia, Laura covered the arrival of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on two separate occasions and contributed to team coverage of several high-profile stories including the tragic mass shooting in Virginia Beach. She has anchored wall-to-wall coverage during tornadoes and hurricanes in Virginia, North Carolina and beyond. Yet, it is the more human accounts that touch Laura the most and hold a place in her heart forever. Laura's continuing coverage in 2019 of a young boy's battle with cancer allowed him to find the life-saving liver he needed – allowing Laura to experience first-hand the life-changing positive impact her work can have.

Laura is a proud alumna of University of Miami where she majored in Music and Broadcast journalism. A Massachusetts native, Laura’s love for music was woven throughout her childhood - singing at a Boston Red Sox game with her school choir remains a cherished memory. Laura began creating children’s stories at a young age as well, and this is undoubtedly where her passion for journalism and writing blossomed. In the fifth grade, Laura’s book entitled “Chicken Pox Explosion” was published and her first book signing remains one of her proudest moments. She continues reading to children along the east coast and whether it is hard news copy or a fairy tale, Laura thrives on telling a good story. Laura is an advocate of children's literacy and over the last several years, has also supported Alzheimer’s and AIDS awareness, suicide and drug addiction prevention and of course childhood cancer awareness.

When Laura is not in the studio or reporting on a story, you will find her exploring Cleveland and its delightful and diverse neighborhoods. She and her husband love to travel and spend time with their pup, Sadie. Her deep Italian roots have instilled in her the importance of family, friends and of course, food. Laura enjoys cooking and baking and hopes to one day master her mother’s homemade pistachio cake. She is thrilled to serve Northeast Ohio and looks forward to getting to know the amazing people who call it home.

More about Sara Shookman

Sara’s anchoring, and in particular her strengths in the field, won her a 2017 Emmy for talent. She’s won five regional Emmy awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Cleveland Magazine named Sara one of the city’s most interesting people.

Sara's become a vocal advocate for cancer research, since losing her father in 2015. She's spearheaded Team WKYC's efforts in Cleveland Clinic's Velosano ride, and raised more than $150,000 with her family's team, Spreading Scott's Smile. She volunteers alongside a variety of nonprofit organizations through events, station initiatives and personal visits. She's served on the Northern Ohio chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for Towards Employment, and as part of the capital campaign committee for Stewart’s Caring Place, a cancer care center in Akron. She’s also passionate about volunteering with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland and the SeriousFun Children’s Network’s Flying Horse Farms in Mt. Gilead.

Sara grew up in Akron. She’s a proud graduate of Manchester High School and lover of the Portage Lakes. She’s glad to be back at 3News, where she first worked as an intern during her college years at Ohio University. She graduated summa cum laude from the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. Prior to 3News, Sara was reporting and filling in at the anchor desk at WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sara got her start in television at WOUB in Athens, Ohio.

When she's not at work, Sara wants to get outside and on the water. She enjoys standup paddle boarding, gardening and cycling in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter! She and her husband love to travel and try new restaurants in the CLE. They're expecting their first child in May 2020.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Remember When? WKYC Staff in 2008

How many of these familiar faces can you remember from the Channel 3 News team back in 2008?

Take a guess first, then click here for the correct answers!







Friday, January 24, 2020

Classic WKYC Promos: Channel 3 News in 2007

Check out these classic promos featuring the Channel 3 News Team featuring the main talent of Tim White, Romona Robinson, Mark Nolan and Jim Donovan from 2007.

How many of these do you remember on the air?

Our special thanks to David Hrvatin at WKYC for digitizing these promos here at WKYC Studios.

Monday, January 20, 2020

"What's New" launched on 3 today at 5p

If you missed the inaugural show of "What's New" at 5p, you can watch it again below with Jay Crawford, Betsy Kling, Stephanie Haney and Matt Wintz. (pictured below)

The "What's New" team. Photo by Matt Wintz
Feel free to post your comments below about the show.

"What's New" replaces "Ellen" who moves to 4 p.m., while "Dr. Phil" moves to 3 p.m. and "Daily Blast Live" now airs at 2 p.m.

"Kelly Clarkson" moved to 11 a.m. followed  by the newly titled show "It's About You" (formery "Live on  Lakeside" at noon Monday through Thursday and "We the People" on Friday.

Watch today's debut below:

Thursday, January 16, 2020

"What's New" at 5p debuts this Monday, January 20th, on 3

Monday is the big day here at WKYC Studios! We launch our brand new 5p show with Jay Crawford and Betsy Kling called "What's New." 

To make room for the broadcast, we are shuffling some of your favorite daytime shows around. 

Take a look at their new times on 3:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Throwback Thursday: WKYC in 1991

Time for another installment of "Throwback Thursday" which takes a look back at some of the historical milestones at WKYC Studios.

The time machine takes us back to 1991 with a timeline of some of the biggest moments of that year at WKYC.

February 28, 1991: Jennifer Auther departs WKYC-TV for KPIX-TV/San Francisco.

March 25, 1991: WKYC-TV becomes the first Cleveland station to install robotic cameras and the last to begin accepting “infomercials.” The cameras were nicknamed “Mike, “Bob” and “Louie” (probably after the previous cameramen).

May 1, 1991: WKYC-TV announces the resignation of Vice President and General Manager John Llewellyn and remains with the station through May 31st. Llewellynn guided the station through the ownership transition period from NBC to Multimedia.

May 1991: Linda Carson departs WKYC-TV for WWSB-TV/Sarasota.

June 10, 1991: WKYC-TV names Pat Servodidio as Vice President & General Manager from RKO General/New York where was he was previously president.

June 11, 1991: News Director Paul Beavers departs WKYC-TV.

July 1991: WKYC-TV names Dick Reingold as News Director. He joins the station from WMAQ-TV/Chicago where he was News Director.

June 28, 1991: Allen Davis departs WKYC-TV.

July 12, 1991: Jill Beach leaves WKYC-TV for WTVJ-TV/Miami.

July 10, 1991: Steve Browne departs WKYC-TV and eventually joins KSAT-TV/San Antonio. Station management ordered him “off the air” for brief comments during the "First Report" that followed published reports that TV-3 would not pick up his contract option. Terry Burhans replaces him temporarily 6 nights a week.

August 31, 1991: John Gerard, the primary meteorologist for sister station WLWT-TV/Cincinnati becomes temporary weekend forecaster at WKYC-TV – although he will not return to WLWT once his duties are over as he was replaced. Between the 6 and 11 p.m. broadcast on his first night, Gerard was repeatedly hit over the back of the head with a club or a blackjack while standing in the restroom about 9 p.m. at the Sheraton City Centre Hotel at 777 St. Clair Ave. where he was staying and needed 13 stitches.

September 1, 1991: WKYC-TV airs the final edition of the half hour “Feagler” at 11 a.m. so Dick Feagler can concentrate on a new series of locally produced specials and his nightly commentaries on Channel News at 11.

September 1, 1991: WKYC-TV moves “Sunday Today in Cleveland” to 6:30 a.m. (from 8:30 a.m.) NBC’s “Sunday Today” moves to 8 a.m. (from 9 a.m.) and “Meet the Press” moves to 9:30 a.m. (from 10:30 a.m.)

September 9, 1991: WKYC-TV adds “The Maury Povich Show” to its daily weekday lineup at 4 p.m.

September 9, 1991: WKYC-TV adds “Entertainment Tonight” to its daily weekday lineup at 7:30 p.m. with John Tesh and Mary Hart.

September 16, 1991: WKYC-TV adds “The Jenny Jones Show” to its daily weekday lineup at 9 a.m.

September 16, 1991: WKYC-TV adds “Love Stories” to its daily weekday lineup at noon starring Kristian Alfonso.

September 30, 1991: WKYC-TV adds “The Jerry Springer Show” to its daily weekday lineup at 10 a.m.

November 1991: Leon Bibb goes from the co-anchor slot at 6 & 11 p.m. to a reporter on Channel 3’s “First Report” newscast that triggered protests from the Cleveland chapter of the NAACP.

November 1991: Jim Hooley becomes weeknight anchor of Channel 3 News at 6 p.m.

November 1991: Tom Sweeney goes from the “First Report” as anchor back to general assignment reporting.

November 2, 1991: Larry Cosgrove joins WKYC-TV from WSYX-TV/Columbus (started as a substitute for John Gerard who provided weekend relief for Terry Burhans after Steve Browne’s departure).

November 4, 1991: Nick Cellini joins WKYC-TV from WWWE-AM/Cleveland as sports reporter replacing Allen Davis.

November 9, 1991: Tom Sweeney joins Kim Brattain on the weekend 6 & 11 pm news.

November 11, 1991: Lillian Williams joins WKYC-TV from WMAQ-TV/Chicago and will replace Paul Rae in the Akron Bureau after a few weeks in Cleveland.

November 11, 1991: Dick Feagler becomes weeknight anchor of Channel 3 News at 11 pm until the Fall of 1993 after providing commentary for the station since joining in 1974.

November 22, 1991: Akron Bureau Reporter Paul Rae departs WKYC-TV.

This timeline is based on station archives and various newspaper stories. If you feel something is in error, please let me know and we'll make any necessary corrections. Email me at

Monday, January 13, 2020

WKYC's all-day volunteer recruitment blitz, 'Mentor Monday,' returns on January 27

Special to the Director's Cut
By Margaret Bernstein,

Russ Mitchell interviews his new mentee on air during Mentor Monday 2019.
1,000 mentors are needed to help local students succeed in college. And if you have a college degree, you fit the bill.

For the second year, WKYC Studios will present “Mentor Monday,” a day-long on-air recruiting blitz that seeks volunteer mentors to be paired with Say Yes to Education scholarship recipients.

This year, Mentor Monday will be held on Monday, Jan. 27. Throughout the day, WKYC’s newscasts will highlight the College Now of Greater Cleveland mentoring program and give viewers the opportunity to sign up to participate.

During Mentor Monday last year, WKYC anchor Russ Mitchell announced that he had personally become a College Now mentor to a Cleveland high school student. The campaign not only netted 125 volunteers in one day, it also had a tremendous ripple effect, helping lay the groundwork for College Now to meet its overall goal of recruiting 1,000 mentors in 2019.

This year, College Now again needs to recruit 1,000 mentors to pair with seniors who will graduate in spring and head off to two- and four-year colleges in the fall. The need for mentors became a pressing local priority in 2019 when Cleveland became a Say Yes to Education city and hundreds of first-generation students became eligible for full tuition scholarships.

To celebrate Mentor Monday, WKYC studios will also host a small reception to recognize employees of Cleveland Metropolitan School District, who have made a point of stepping up to be among the first to volunteer as mentors.

The reception will be emceed by Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon, who will recognize his employees for rising to the challenge and demonstrating their commitment to the students they serve.

The reception will be catered by Chef Doug Katz of Fire Food & Drink, who also has signed up to be a College Now mentor. Drinks also are being provided by Lago Restaurant.

“We are extremely grateful for the partnership of WKYC, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and Say Yes Cleveland on Mentor Monday,” said Madeline Rife, director of College Now's mentoring program. “Without their support, we would not be able to reach our goal of recruiting 1,000 mentors to support our scholarship recipients. We are blown away by the community commitment to this initiative.”

Mentor Monday is made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from McDonald Hopkins LLC.

To be a College Now mentor, you must have a college degree, commit to a four-year relationship with a student, pass a background check, and go through a brief training process.

If you would like to make a difference in the life of a scholarship recipient, you don't have to wait until Jan. 27. Apply online at to be considered for a match in summer 2020. For more information, contact Jabari Dorsey at College Now ( or 216.635.0268).

Friday, January 10, 2020

WKYC Studios has a new daytime lineup starting January 20th

WKYC has a number of new changes to our daytime lineup effective January 20th as we get set to launch our brand new show at 5 p.m. weekdays.

"What's New" will air at 5 p.m. with Jay Crawford & Betsy Kling and will feature the news of the day along with lifestyle and entertainment news.

Here is the new lineup on 3 for the time slots affected:

3 a.m. - "Kelly Clarkson" (Monday through Thursday - repeat)
3 a.m. - "Dr. Phil" (Friday - repeat)

4 a.m. - "Early Today" (NBC)

4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. - "3News: Go"

7 a.m. to 11 a.m. - "Today"

11 a.m. - "Kelly Clarkson"

12 p.m. - "It's About You" (Monday thru Thursday)
12 p.m. - "We the People" (Friday)

1  p.m. - "Days of Our Lives"

2 p.m. -  "Daily Blast Live"

3 p.m. - "Dr. Phil"

4 p.m. - "Ellen"

5 p.m. - "3News: What's New"

Thursday, January 09, 2020

WKYC Rewind: Today in Cleveland on August 8, 1994

We are always on the look out for classic WKYC gems. This time, we flashback to August 8, 1994, when Channel 3 Meteorologist Amy Hasten filled in for Tom Haley on "Today in Cleveland."

Here's Del and Amy...



Monday, January 06, 2020

The Countdown has begun to What's New

The clock is ticking...and the debut of our new 5 p.m. show "What's New" is coming soon to 3 with Jay Crawford and Betsy Kling.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

PHOTOS | WKYC Digital Broadcast Center in 2007

What can I say? I'm nostalgic when it comes to the history of WKYC.

Check out some of the pictures of from the Channel 3 Digital Broadcast Center (when we called it that) from 2007.
Main Channel 3 Anchor Desk

Channel 3 Weather Center

Overhead shot of main anchor seat from web center

Overhead shot of main anchor seat from web center

Weather chromakey wall

Channel 3 Interview Set

Channel 3 Newsroom

Channel 3 main hallway

Channel 3 Control Room A

Monday, December 09, 2019

Remember When? WKYC Staff in 2006

How many of these familiar faces can you remember from the Channel 3 News team back in 2006?

Take a guess first, then click here for the correct answers!



Thursday, December 05, 2019

Throwback Thursday: WKYC in 1974

Time for another installment of "Throwback Thursday" which takes a look back at some of the historical milestones at WKYC Studios.

The time machine takes us back to 1974 with a timeline of some of the biggest moments of that year at WKYC.

1974: Dick Feagler joins WKYC-TV as a commentator and weekly interview host, while continuing as a columnist for the Cleveland Press until its death in 1982.

April 9, 1974: Paul Sciria officially departs WKYC-TV for WWWM-FM/Cleveland after his contract isn’t renewed.

September 5, 1974: Permission is granted by the FCC to move WWWE-AM’s transmitter back to Brecksville from Parma and grant the main studio move from WKYC-TV studios at E. 6th to East 12th and Chester breaking the final link between WKYC-TV and the radio stations.

October 1974: Mike Landess joins WKYC-TV from KYW-TV/Philadelphia where he will become a main co-anchor.

October 14, 1974: WKYC-TV rebrands its news from “NBC Newsday 90” to “Action3News” and expands the early evening newscasts with a brand new set from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by NBC Nightly News from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Scott Osborne, reporter and anchorman at WNBC-TV/New York will anchor the news from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Doug Adair, who has been anchoring all of the Channel 3 local weekday new shows for the past few months will be joined by Mike Landess who joins WKYC-TV from KYW-TV/Philadelphia in co-anchoring the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. news and the 11 p.m. Jim Graner and weatherman Russ Montgomery will give abbreviated reports on the 5:30 p.m. show, the in-depth reports at 6 p.m. The 5:30 p.m. show will also include a new feature that attempts to solve problems sent in my viewers with Kevin Boyle who joins WKYC-TV from WJW-AM/Cleveland.

October 1974: Brian Ross joins WKYC-TV from WCKT-TV/Miami as a reporter

October 1974: Kevin Boyle joins WKYC-TV from WJW-AM/Cleveland as a problem solver on the station’s 5:30 p.m. show.

October 1974: Martha Bateman joins WKYC-TV from WWL-TV/New Orleans as a reporter.

October 1974: WKYC-TV now has the largest broadcast news gathering staff in the state of Ohio.

This timeline is based on station archives and various newspaper stories. If you feel something is in error, please let me know and we'll make any necessary corrections. Email me at

WKYC Studios schedules Christmas Day programming for 2019

WKYC will present a day of Christmas specials on Wednesday, December 25th, that begins right after "What's Next" at 11p on Christmas Eve.

Here is our programming lineup from the WKYC Studios.

Have a happy holiday from all of us at 3.


11:35 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. - Christmas Eve Mass

1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. - The Spirit of Christmas

2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. - Sister Circle

3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. -  The Story of the First Noel

5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. - Christmas Liturgical

6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. - An American Christmas

7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Today Show

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - The Spirit of Christmas

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Jim Brickman "A Joyful Christmas"

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Days of Our Lives

2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Christmas Movie Block (with no commercials)

  •    2:00 p.m. to 3:21 p.m. - Beyond Tomorrow
  •    3:21 p.m. to 4:51 p.m. - The Great Rupert
  •    4:51 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. -  March of the Wooden Soldiers
  •    6:10 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Scrooge

7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Jim Brickman "Magic of Christmas"

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - NBC Programming

11:00 p.m. - 11:35 p.m. - What's Next at 11p

WKYC Studios to debut 'What’s New' featuring Jay Crawford and Betsy Kling this January

Betsy Kling & Jay Crawford
WKYC STUDIOS President and General Manager Micki Byrnes announced that an exciting new broadcast will be added to the evening news lineup in January 2020: What’s New with Jay Crawford and Betsy Kling at 5 p.m.

“What better way to kick off a new year than with a new show? Jay and Betsy will share a fresh take on the day’s top stories and highlight the bold breakthroughs and interesting people who are moving Northeast Ohio forward,” said Byrnes.

 "We are absolutely thrilled to launch this new show with Betsy and Jay as their passion for all things Northeast Ohio will shine in the stories and reports they'll share," said Adam Miller, Director of Content. "Their energy and personalities pop right through the screen and I'm excited for Clevelanders to connect with them on 'What's New".

 What’s New is more than a new broadcast with new co-hosts, it’s an opportunity for two accomplished people at the top of their respective fields to make an impact in a different way. In her new role, Betsy, the Emmy award-winning Chief Meteorologist at WKYC Studios, will expand her responsibilities into anchoring and reporting.

 “You’ll be watching a friendship grow at 5 p.m.,” said Betsy. ”I’ve known Jay for a few years, but every time I talk with him, I learn something new. He’s a real trip and I think our friends who’ll be watching from around Northeast Ohio will find out very quickly Jay is witty, fun and loves being home.”

 Before joining WKYC Studios in fall of 2019, her co-host Jay Crawford spent 16 years at ESPN anchoring Cold Pizza, First Take and Sports Center. He liked sharing the human interest stories most. “My passion is sharing stories that move us,” said Jay. “Stories that make us proud. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Make us better. I can’t wait to do that on a daily basis in the land I love.”

 What’s New will share new information in a clear, relatable manner. The hour-long broadcast will integrate updates from the 3News Social Center and highlight special reports and features from the experienced team of 3News reporters.

 What’s New will be followed by What Matters Most with Russ Mitchell and Sara Shookman at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

WKYC Rewind: Channel 3 News at Noon on September 29, 1995

We are always on the lookout for classic WKYC gems.

Let's flashback to September 29, 1995, for Channel 3 News at Noon with Cory Thompson and Jodine Costanzo.

Monday, December 02, 2019

PHOTOS | Tis the Season at 3

Christmas 2019 is fast upon us and we are in the holiday spirit at the WKYC Studios.

Take a look at some of the holiday Christmas decorations this year!

WKYC Studios

WKYC anchors Russ Mitchell and Sara Shookman decorating the newsroom

WKYC Studios

WKYC Studios

WKYC Studios

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

3News sports anchor Jim Donovan named finalist for 2019 Ohio Sportscaster of the Year award

By Dave "Dino" DeNatale
Special to the Director's Cut Blog
Jim Donovan

This is a story that I'm pleased to get to write.

On Monday, the National Sports Media Association announced its nominations for their 2019 awards. At the state level, 3News sports anchor and the radio play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Browns, Jim Donovan, is one of three finalists for Ohio Sportscaster of the Year.

Jimmy was nominated alongside the voice of the Cincinnati Bengals, Dan Hoard, as well as Jim Day, who serves as the television pregame and postgame show host for the Cincinnati Reds.

Voting will take place from December 1 through December 31 by members of the National Sports Media Association. Winners will be announced during the second week of January, then honored at a June awards celebration in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Amazingly enough, in his 35 years of sportscasting in Northeast Ohio, Jimmy has never won the award. However, prior to coming to WKYC Studios in 1985, he won Vermont Sportscaster of the Year for WVMT for three consecutive years.

Despite the absence (for the moment) of an Ohio Sportscaster of the Year award, Jim Donovan has received plenty of recognition for his excellence in broadcasting. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner, and has been inducted into the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Press Club Journalism Hall of Fame. In 2016, Jimmy received the Cleveland Sports Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award.

I mentioned the award nomination to Jimmy during Tuesday's edition of Donovan & Dino.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

3News anchor Sara Shookman, husband Angelo expecting first child

Special to the Director's Cut Blog

3News anchor Sara Shookman and husband Angelo DiFranco are expecting their first child.

Sara and Angelo met in 2005 while they were both students at Ohio University. However, Sara says sparks didn’t fly until 2012, when Angelo unexpectedly asked her out during a speech at a friend’s wedding.

The two married in the fall of 2017 and now, they’re embarking on a new journey together—parenthood.

During a recorded message, where the 3News Team shared what they were most thankful for this holiday season, Shookman made the surprise announcement during 3News’ ‘What Matters Most’ at 6 p.m. See the full clip in the player below.

Sara and Angelo are the proud parents of a sweet pup named Basil but are excited to welcome a baby human to their tribe.

Baby DiFranco is expected May 2020, something to really be thankful for this holiday season.

Join us in wishing them congratulations on this new and exciting chapter!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Remember When? WKYC Staff in 2004

How many of these familiar faces can you remember from the Channel 3 News team back in 2004?

Take a guess first, then click here for the correct answers!







Friday, November 08, 2019

3News assignment editor Lisa Lowry inducted into Press Club of Cleveland Hall of Fame

Special to the Director's Cut Blog

For more than 30 years, Lisa Lowry has made sure that our anchors and reporters at 3News are covering the stories that matter most to Northeast Ohioans.

Thursday night, our longtime assignment editor was honored by the Press Club of Cleveland with induction into their Journalism Hall of Fame. The festivities were held at LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility in Westlake.

Lowry joins several other 3News team members who are in the Press Club of Cleveland Hall of Fame including:
  • Leon Bibb, inducted into the Class of 1999; recipient of the 2018 Chuck Heaton Award
  • Jim Donovan, inducted into the Class of 2009
  • Tom Beres, inducted into the Class of 2011
  • Betsy Kling, recipient of the 2015 Chuck Heaton Award
  • Russ Mitchell, inducted into the Class of 2017
  • Denise Polverine, inducted into the Class of 2018

RELATED: Press Club of Cleveland honors WKYC's Leon Bibb and Denise Polverine at Hall of Fame ceremony

RELATED: WKYC's Russ Mitchell inducted into Press Club of Cleveland Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Thursday, November 07, 2019

WKYC Rewind: Channel 3 News at 11 on July 26, 1996

We are always on the lookout for classic WKYC gems.

Let's flashback to July 26, 1996, for Channel 3 News at 11 pm with Judd Hambrick, Dawn Stensland, Amy Hasten and Ron Jantz (filling in for Jim Donovan).

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Throwback Thursday: WKYC in 2005

Time for another installment of "Throwback Thursday" which takes a look back at some of the historical milestones at WKYC Studios.

The time machine takes us back to 2005 with a timeline of some of the biggest moments of that year at WKYC.

January 2005: AJ Colby joins WKYC-TV from WJW-TV/Cleveland as a freelance meteorologist.

February 6, 2005: Eileen McShea’s contract ends, although she remains on the air sporadically through May 2005.

March 2005: Paxson Communications announces it will end its partnership with WKYC-TV and puts “The Akron/Canton News” in doubt on WVPX/Channel 23.

June 2005: John Friess departs WKYC-TV for KRON-TV/San Francisco.

July 4, 2005: WKYC-TV moves “The Akron/Canton News” from WVPX-TV/Akron-Canton to Time Warner Cable Channel 23 at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (previously 10 p.m.) with anchor Eric Mansfield, reporters Ben Holbert, Joy Benedict and other members of the Channel 3 News team.

July 25, 2005: Jacque Smith joins WKYC-TV from WJW-TV/Cleveland, as a reporter and fill-in anchor for the morning show.

August 2005: Ben Holbert departs WKYC-TV to become Director of Communications for Omega Psi Phil Fraternity, Inc./Atlanta.

September 8, 2005: WKYC-TV joins with all local Cleveland televisions for a special telethon called “Hurricane Katrina: Northern Ohio Responds” from 7 to 8 p.m.

September 12, 2005: “Good Company” debuts at 10 a.m. with Eileen McShea (who returns to the station), Michael Cardamone, Fred Griffith and Andrea Vecchio. Hollie Strano is no longer part of the show.

December 2005: WKYC-TV and the Cleveland Indians form a new company called “Fastball Productions” to produce Indians broadcasts for 10 years from the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center. Time Warner is the first to air the new network called “SportsTime Ohio.”

This timeline is based on station archives and various newspaper stories. If you feel something is in error, please let me know and we'll make any necessary corrections. Email me at

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

WKYC Studios Offers the Podcast "Amy Should Be Forty"

Sunday marked 30 years since 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic vanished from a Bay Village shopping plaza.

Her disappearance ended in heartbreak and tragedy when her body was found months later in an Ashland County field.

Three decades later, her killer remains free and investigators are still searching for answers.

RELATED: Amy Should Be Forty: A look back on the murder case of Bay Village's Amy Mihaljevic

3News has launched a podcast to remember Amy, and to take a deep dive into her case. What clues could help detectives finally find justice for Amy?

The "Amy Should Be Forty" podcast launched Sunday, Oct. 27, the 30-year anniversary of Amy's disappearance. The five-episode series includes insight and memories from Amy's family, investigators who have pursued her case and former Cleveland Scene crime reporter James Renner.

Listen to "Amy Should Be Forty" wherever podcasts are found. Click here to listen on Spotify and here to listen on Apple.

It's currently ranking in the top twenty of iTunes's True Crime Charts.

WATCH | 3News podcast about the murder of Amy Mihaljevic is one of the top listens on Apple! Narrator Andrew Horansky joined Stephanie Haney recently to discuss the case.