Thursday, December 29, 2011

Year in review: A Look Back At 2011 At WKYC

By Frank Macek

As we prepare to wrap up 2011, the Director's Cut Blog would like to take a look back at some of the events here at Channel 3. The year was filled with plenty of changes, new faces, triumphs and goodbyes.

WKYC was once again the over the air television home of both the Cleveland Indians regular season and the Cleveland Browns preseason coverage. Although neither team lived up to expectations, the sports year was exciting with the uncertainly of a NFL and NBA lockout and down to the wire negotiations that saved both seasons.

The Ohio Lottery switched from WEWS to Channel 3 where the nightly drawings can now be seen right after the revamped edition of Channel 3 News @7 with anchors Chris Tye and Robin Swoboda who took over the show in March.

The station launched a new savings website called "Deal Chicken" where our viewers can save up to 90% off at local area restaurants and establishments. Unfortunately, our parent company Gannett also announced the end to our Moms Like and websites.

Our parent network NBC was officially taken over by Comcast in a merger than left long time leaders Jeff Zucker and Dick Ebersol without a role in the new company. NBC continued to struggle during the year with its primetime lineup that failed to impress many.

WKYC produced a local special for the hit television show, "The Voice," where talent from northern Ohio competed for a spot on our show. After narrowing our selections down to 10, these finalists competed for an all expense paid chance to audition for the national competition in Los Angeles. And, "Flash Mob" made its debut that focused on trends in social media and we aired a series of specials called "Cutting Edge" that focused on medical issues that mattered to our viewers.

2011 also saw the arrival our new WKYC Weather and News apps available for iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android users. Plus, WKYC elevated Betsy Kling to Chief Meteorologist.

We also learned that WKYC Sports Anchor Jim Donovan had been dealing with leukemia for the past 10 years and underwent a bone marrow transplant in June that kept him sidelined for several months. However, the voice of the Cleveland Browns was back in the booth for the regular season and is slowly recovering and resuming his anchoring duties on Channel 3 at 6, 7 & 11 PM. His story was a very personal one he openly shared with viewers and they responded with thousands of get well wishes and cards.

We said goodbye to some familar faces including WKYC evening anchor Romona Robinson, weekend anchor Jeff Maynor, meteorologist AJ Colby, and reporters Lynn Olzowy, Paul Thomas and Darrielle Snipes. And, we said farewell to Gannett CEO Craig Dubow who stepped down because of on-going health issues. Gracia Mortore took over the reigns of our company.

However, we also said hello to brand new faces including former CBS News Weekend anchor Russ Mitchell who will take over the 6 & 11 PM anchor desk and will serve as evening managing editor starting January 16th.

Pamela Osborne and Stephanie Coueignoux joined Channel 3 as mult-media journalists. And, Erin Kennedy was named weekday morning anchor along with Mark Nolan. She begins soon.

And behind the scenes, Brennan Donnellan joined WKYC News as Managing Editor of News & Digital Content.

And there were plenty of interesting news stories to cover from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on March 11th to the Cuyahga County Corruption story and Anthony Sowell trial. All of these stories can be searched on

So, we say "so long" to 2011 and "hello" to 2012 at Channel 3 where it promises to be an exciting year with the Summer Olympics coming this summer from London and a presidential election that will captivate the nation in the weeks leading up to November.

Happy New Year and thanks for reading the Director's Cut Blog and connecting to Channel 3, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Promo: The Beat Reporters of Channel 3 News

Click on the video to watch one of new Channel 3 promos highlighting the experienced beat reporters of Channel 3 News including Kim Wheeler (education), Maureen Kyle (consumer), Monica Robins (health), Tom Meyer (investigative) and Tom Beres (politics).

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Director's Cut Alert: Russ Mitchell to Anchor WKYC News

Russ Mitchell, Courtesy: CBS
Russ Mitchell, current anchor of the CBS Evening News weekend editions and The Early Show on Saturday, and national correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, the CBS Evening News, and The Early Show will be joining the staff of WKYC as Managing Editor Evening News and lead anchor of the 6pm and 11pm newscasts beginning January 16, 2012.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my years at CBS and the challenges and excitement of a network role,” stated Mr. Mitchell, “but I've been offered a unique opportunity to help create the next generation of local news in a great place and have a key role in trying to make a difference in a wonderful community.”

“Russ’s breadth of experience and his passion for our industry and our local mission is unparalleled,” remarked President and General Manager Brooke Spectorsky. “2012 will be a pivotal year for Northeast Ohio with everything from major economic projects to a Presidential election. Russ will help position Channel 3 News to take an even greater leadership role as the trusted source of news and information in our region.”

“I’m a Midwestern guy. I’m used to hard work, I get the weather, and I can’t wait to settle my family in a community where local news can still make a difference,” said Mr. Mitchell. “Channel 3 has the courage and conviction to do the kind of news that goes beyond reporting ‘what is’ to foster a vision of ‘what could be.’ And I find that truly exciting.”

Mitchell was born in St. Louis and accepted his first television job at age 17 as a nighttime switchboard operator at KTVI-TV. “I thought I’d be doing that for a week, then anchoring a newscast,” joked Mr. Mitchell. “Folks set me straight.” He graduated from the University of Missouri, and began his professional career at KMBC in Kansas City. Larger markets and bigger stations soon followed, then a move to New York as the co-anchor of the overnight CBS News broadcast, Up to the Minute. In 1993 he was named a correspondent for Eye-to-Eye with Connie Chung. In 1995, Mitchell was assigned to the CBS Washington bureau. In July of 1997, Mitchell was named co-anchor of CBS News Saturday Morning and traveled extensively as a reporter for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and 48 Hours. He covered the war in Bosnia, went to the Democratic Republic of Congo and interviewed then President Laurent Kabila, reported from Cuba, India, Indonesia and The Marshall Islands.

Mr. Mitchell was on the anchor desk with Dan Rather on September 11, 2001 and reported from Ground Zero and other parts of Manhattan on the days and weeks that followed. Most recently, he anchored the live CBS Special Report coverage of the capture and death of Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011.

Russ has been honored with multiple local and national Emmys Awards. He has received the National Association of Black Journalists Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales story, the New York Association of Black Journalists Award for Best Documentary, and the Press Club of St. Louis 18th Annual Media Person of the Year Award.

Perhaps not as well-known, but equally important to Mitchell is the 2007 Missouri Honor Medal. He received it for Distinguished Service in Journalism from The University of Missouri School of Journalism, his alma mater. He also returns there every summer to help with a journalism workshop for high school students, a workshop he attended in 1977.

Russ is married to Karina Mahtani-Mitchell, a freelance contributor of entertainment reports to CBS. Mrs. Mahtani-Mitchell was also a broadcast associate for CBS Newspath. She and Russ have four children.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

FCC May Soon Muzzle Loud Commercials

Special to the Director's Cut Blog
By Mike Snider, USA Today

The Federal Communications Commission today is expected to pass regulations requiring broadcasters and cable and satellite TV systems to maintain constant volume levels. The order, which goes into effect one year from today, "says commercials must have the same average volume as the programs they accompany," says FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Last year, President Obama signed into law a measure that Congress passed giving the FCC authority to address the problem. A Harris poll taken around that time found that 86% of people surveyed said TV commercials were louder than the shows themselves -- and, in many cases, much louder. "It is a problem that thousands of viewers have complained about, and we are doing something about it," Genachowski says.

While normal listening levels average about 70 decibels for a typical TV broadcast -- 60 is equivalent to a restaurant conversation; 80 to a garbage disposal -- levels on a TV channel can vary by as much as 20 decibels.

To comply with the new law, broadcasters can use audio processors to measure the loudness of a program over its entirety and adjust the volume of commercials accordingly, says Joe Snelson, vice president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He said the goal is to avoid an abrupt change in volume when a show goes to commercial break.

Some broadcasters and pay-TV providers already have begun implementing the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM). DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer says the satellite provider is "ensuring that our commercial inserts are at the proper volume level and ... (we) are working with our programmers to be in compliance with the rules the FCC adopts."
Similarly, Cox Communications plans to make sure that local ads and commercials on national networks "are compliant," says Cox spokesman Todd Smith.

"Slowly but surely, consumers are going to get something they have been wanting," says David Butler of the Consumers Union.

"I never characterized this as saving the Union," says Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., the original sponsor of the bill. "But consumers have been asking for it. We may not have peace in the world, but we may have more peaceful homes."

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Director's Cut Alert: Gannett Shutters Websites in Broadcast Markets

Gannett is ending its popular websites, including WKYC's, it is being announced today at the broadcast stations across the company.

WKYC launched ( in June 2008 as a hip, new website for socially active taste-makers and young professionals looking to be one-step ahead of Cleveland's latest trends and hotspots.

While Cleveland's site was creative and innovative, the other markets failed to ignite.

At this time, it appears the websites will continue their affilation with Gannett newspapers, but not the broadcast stations.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Behind The Scenes: Rockefeller Tree Lighting on 11/30/11

There was plenty of holiday spirit in the air this week with the official lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

We stopped by WNBC's party to get holiday wishes from folks ranging from Donald Trump to the casts of NBC’s "30 Rock" and "Smash".

Plus, hear everyone’s musical talent in their very own recital of “Deck the Halls”.

Click on the video to watch:

Monday, November 28, 2011

NBC To Air "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Wednesday at 8 p.m.

NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree with a live broadcast from Rockefeller Center in New York City on Wednesday, November 30th from 8 to 9 p.m. ET.

The star-studded holiday special will feature performances by Neil Diamond, Big Time Rush, Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green, Carole King, Katharine McPhee, Javier Colon and The Radio City Rockettes with a mix of current hits and holiday classics.

Justin has brought some special guests for his performance and NBC will also premiere his music video with Mariah Carey for “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

The song, originally recorded and written by Mariah Carey for her 1994 album “Merry Christmas,” is the most listened to song at the holidays and this new duet is featured on Justin’s Christmas album, “Under the Mistletoe.”

The 79th annual holiday extravaganza will feature a Norway Spruce tree that is 74 feet high, 46 feet in diameter and weighs 10 tons.

The tradition of the Rockefeller Christmas tree dates back to the Great Depression. First erected in 1933, the inaugural tree was decked with 700 lights and placed in front of the then eight-month-old RCA Building, now the GE Building.

The Christmas tree gathering was enhanced in 1936 with the opening of the Rockefeller Plaza outdoor ice-skating pond. NBC-TV televised the tree lighting for the first time in 1951 on "The Kate Smith Show" and as part of the nationwide "Howdy Doody" television show from 1953-55.

WKYC Names Erin Kennedy As New WKYC Morning Anchor with Mark Nolan

Erin Kennedy. Photo courtesy: WPRI-TV
Award winning journalist Erin Kennedy will bring her high energy and strong storytelling skills to the Channel 3 morning newscast beginning in January. She’ll join the team of Mark Nolan, meteorologist Hollie Strano, reporters Amanda Barren and Stephanie Coueignoux, and Ways to Save guru Matt Granite.

“I’m looking forward to becoming part of such a terrific morning show,” said Ms. Kennedy. “And I'm excited to work with such a strong and enterprising news team. More than anything, I value Channel 3's commitment to making a difference in the Northeast Ohio community. My husband and I can't wait to put down roots in this dynamic and progressive city."

Currently the evening anchor for WPRI and WNAC’s Eyewitness News in Providence, Rhode Island, Erin began her career in Texas after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Notre Dame University where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society.

“Erin is very bright, extremely motivated, and ready to make things happen,” said Brooke Spectorsky, President and General Manager of WKYC. “With her strong reporting and breaking news experience she’ll be a terrific addition to our AM team.”

Erin is fluent in Spanish, and a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She has reported from Mexico; covering stories on immigration and the drug trade. While in Providence, Erin was the creator, producer and anchor of “Webcast en Espanol.” Erin considers it an honor to report on issues that affect her neighbors and her community, and works to support non-profits and community outreach programs that help women.

“She’ll bring a fresh perspective to Cleveland mornings,” remarked News Director Rita Andolsen. “We know that early newscasts are becoming even more important as people organize and begin their busy days, and we’re thrilled to have Erin’s help in creating an even more dynamic show. Having deeper resources at the anchor desk will give us increased flexibility to cover breaking news and weather.”

Erin will begin her anchoring duties in early January after she and her husband Matt, a musician, complete their move to Northeast Ohio.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Brian Williams' Newscast Outdraws NBC Prime Time

Special to the Director's Cut Blog
AP Television Writer

NEW YORK - Some weeks NBC must wish it could start prime time a couple of hours earlier.

The network's "Nightly News" broadcast with Brian Williams averaged 9.1 million viewers over five days last week, clearly outdistancing rivals at ABC and CBS. The problem for NBC is that it also beats virtually everything the network shows in prime time.

Take away Sunday night football and its preview shows and the most-watched NBC show last week was "Law & Order: SVU," with 7.3 million viewers. "Harry's Law" had 7.2 million, Nielsen said.

NBC has moved Williams to prime time once a week, with his newsmagazine "Rock Center" on Mondays. Viewership has yet to catch up with its content, with 3.9 million people watching Bob Costas interview disgraced Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky last week.

In prime time, CBS is the king - sometimes to starling levels. The network had 18 of the 20 most-watched scripted series on the air last week, Nielsen said.

CBS averaged 11.4 million viewers in prime time (7.1 rating, 11 share). ABC was second with 9.6 million (6.1, 10), NBC had 6.8 million (4.3, 7), Fox had 6.2 million (3.7, 6), the CW had 1.5 million (1.0, 2) and ION Television had 980,000 (0.7, 1).

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3.8 million viewer average (2.0, 3), Telemundo had 1.3 million (0.7, 1), TeleFutura had 500,000 (0.3, 0), Estrella had 230,000 and Azteca 220,000 (both 0.1, 0).

NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with its 9.1 million viewer average (6.1, 11). ABC's "World News" was second with 8 million (5.5, 10) and the "CBS Evening News" had 6.8 million viewers (4.5, 8).

A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Director's Cut Alert: Betsy Kling Named WKYC Chief Meteorologist

WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling
 By Frank Macek

WKYC's evening meteorologist Betsy Kling has been named "Chief Meteorologist" announced WKYC News Director Rita Andolsen on Tuesday.

"Betsy brings a passion and energy to telling the weather story in a way that our viewers recognize and appreciate," explains Andolsen.

"I look forward to working with our already strong weather team including Hollie Strano and Bruce Kalinowski to push forward our weather product on-air, on-line and mobile," Kling tells the Director's Cut Blog. "It's a very exciting and dynamic weather team to work with."

Kling's Emmy award winning forecasts can be seen on the Monday through Friday editions of Channel 3 News at 6, 7 and 11 PM, on, and can be heard on Clear Channel radio stations including WTAM/1100 AM, WMJI/105.7 FM and WHLK/106.5 "The Lake."

Betsy is part of a small group of women in the country who has earned the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) accreditation from the American Meteorological Society, as well as the Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association (NWA). She is a full member of both professional organizations.

Additionally, she is active in the NWA and sits on several committees, including the Broadcast Meteorology Committee, and is an evaluator for Seal of Approval applicants. She also organizes fundraisers to support NWA college scholarships for aspiring meteorologists. Previously Betsy was elected as a NWA Councilor and was honored with the National Weather Association's Member of the Year award for 2004.

Her industry awards include a 2009 Emmy Award for Crafts: Weather, Emmy nominations in 2010, 2008 and 2005 for News: Weathercast and Crafts: Weather, and an Emmy award in 2003 for Team Effort News Event Coverage of the Columbia Shuttle Tragedy. In 2007 she was awarded first place by the Ohio Associated Press for Best Regularly Scheduled Weather. Betsy was honored with the Hattie Larlham Media Award for Service in 2004. In 2010 Cleveland Magazine named her one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People and Jacksonville Magazine named her Best of Real People in 2002.

Betsy is very active in the community and often speaks at schools and civic organization meetings. She gives her time to several charities in the area including the Hattie Larlham organization, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and Cleveland Zoo, among others, and is passionate about teaching children of all ages about the weather. She created and produces Channel 3’s Weather Education Day every year with the Cleveland Indians.

Betsy was born and raised right here in northern Ohio. Her hometown, Copley, is in Summit County just to the west of Akron. After graduating from Copley High School she went to Bowling Green State University where she earned her journalism degree and a minor in meteorology. She finished her remaining meteorology coursework through Mississippi State University. Betsy worked in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Jacksonville, Florida before coming home.

Betsy is married to former WKYC reporter Paul Thomas and the couple welcomed daughter Josephine in July of 2008. When not running after her child, Betsy enjoys competitive tennis, reading, fishing, and taking time to enjoy nature and all of its wonders.

Friday, October 28, 2011

"Rock Center with Brian Williams" Debuts Monday Night

It's been 20 years since any of the major networks successfully launched a news magazine.

"Dateline" broke through for NBC News back then, and Monday night it gets company. "Rock Center with Brian Williams" debuts at 10pm eastern.

"It will be a serious journalism, hard news magazine in the great tradition," Williams says. That means multiple, in depth stories each week, including one in the debut from Harry Smith about a midwest town coping with a labor shortage.

"Rock Center" correspondents include legendary newsman Ted Koppel, as well as an array of NBC News veterans including Kate Snow, Richard Engel Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer and Ann Curry.

Williams will anchor each week's broadcast live to enable it to respond breaking news.

Monday's premiere will also include a story from Kate Snow about what's called "birth tourism".

NBC's new prime-time news magazine debuts on Monday. Mark Barger has an early look:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

WKYC to Present "Cutting Edge: Attacking Heart Disease" on 10/26/11

WKYC will present the third in a series of health specials on Wednesday, October 26th at 8 p.m. called "Cutting Edge: Attacking Heart Disease."

It’s the number one cause of death for both men and women over the age of 50. Almost 85 million Americans have early symptoms, and there over a million heart attacks each year.

Yet in many cases, heart disease can be prevented.

Are you at risk? Learn what you can do now to help reduce your chances of developing heart problems. You’ll see state of the art surgeries being done at the world’s top medical facilities, and the latest in intervention treatments and early diagnosis.

There will also be a simultaneous live online chat on produced by MedCity Media. The chat will include doctors and medical experts who will respond to viewer’s questions and experiences as they watch the show.

WKYC News will produce a companion series of targeted news stories on October 23rd, 24th and 25th at 11 pm. The stories will focus on new heart valve surgery for seniors, why ‘bystander’ CPR is so critical, and how cardiac rehabilitation, especially a targeted exercise program, is key to long term survival.

Cutting Edge; Attacking Heart Disease is the third and final of the prime-time health specials produced and aired by the Gannett Broadcast division. The first two specials, Cutting Edge; Fighting Fat and Cutting Edge; Beating Breast and Prostate Cancer aired across 22 stations in 19 markets.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

WKYC To Air Statewide Debate on Issue 2 on 10/25/2011

The debate will air live on nine NBC affiliate stations and will stream live on each station’s website.

Ohio NBC affiliated stations have partnered to present the first televised statewide debate of Issue 2, the referendum on Senate Bill 5. The debate will be broadcast from Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to8 p.m. It will be carried live on WKYC Cleveland, WCMH Columbus, WLWT Cincinnati, WDTN Dayton, WLIO Lima, WNWO Toledo, WTOV Wheeling/Steubenville, WFMJ Youngstown, and WHIZ Zanesville. It will also be streamed live on each of the stations’ websites.

Debating Issue 2 will be State Senator Keith Faber of Building a Better Ohio, who will be defending Issue 2, and Former Ohio Congressman Dennis Eckart of We Are Ohio, which opposes Issue 2.

Issue 2 is a referendum on Senate Bill 5, a controversial new law that made changes to a variety of government laws and policies. The bill was signed into law by Governor John Kasich earlier this year. A “yes” vote would keep the law, a “no” vote would be a vote to repeal the law.

NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd will moderate the debate. Serving as panelists for the Ohio NBC stations are WKYC Senior Political Reporter Tom Beres, WCMH Anchor Colleen Marshall, and WLWT Anchor/Reporter Sheree Paolello.

“Issue 2, like Senate Bill 5 before it, has evoked intense public scrutiny from both sides over the past year,” said Dan Bradley, General Manager of WCMH and spokesperson for the Ohio NBC stations. “This debate reaffirms the NBC stations’ commitment to quality and comprehensive coverage of the issues that matter most to Ohioans. Our goal with this debate is to educate our communities and clarify the myriad of details of this contentious issue.”

If you have a question you would like answered in the debate, be sure to e-mail @

Monday, October 17, 2011

Notes from the Newsroom: 10/17/11

By Frank Macek

It's time for another behind the scenes look at what's happening at the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center.

The Ohio Society of Professional Journalists has awarded Channel 3 several honors this year including a first place finish for "Best News Operation", a first place finish in "Best Medical/Science" for Senior Medical Correspondent Monica Robin's "Use Your Head" series about concussions in athletics and a second place finish for "Best Newscast" for Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. The awards will be awarded this Saturday, October 22, at Windows on the River in the Powerhouse at Nautica.

As we reported earlier, "" was shuttered by our parent company on Friday, October 14th, as Gannett concentrates on other digital projects. However, another website went on-line today for those same moms to keep in touch with their own community. The new website can be found at:

WKYC will present the third in a medical series called "The Cutting Edge: Attacking Heart Disease" on Wednesday, October 26th, at 8 p.m. WKYC has a special page dedicated to the series and finding more information on the topics examined and video clips from the programs @ The "Cutting Edge" is a Gannett wide project that was the brainchild of WKYC General Manager Brooke Spectorsky.

As always, please don't forget to become a friend of Channel 3 News and Channel 3 Weather. We have special on-line content just for our Facebook friends including your chance to be our "Facebook Friend of the Day," daily behind the scenes promos, previews of NBC shows, a daily programming guide of what's on Channel 3 and so much more.

Monday, October 10, 2011

WKYC Launches Brand Channel 3 News App for iPhones

(Click image to go to the iTunes store)
Now you can keep connected to Channel 3 News on your iPhone. Download our brand new app today to get the latest breaking news, weather and more!

Get the latest local news and weather for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio with Channel 3’s iPhone app.
  • Local news for metro Cleveland area
  • Current weather conditions, short term and extended forecasts, radar map, health indices, school closings and weather alerts
  • Robust full screen video
  • Consumer, Health and Watercooler news
  • The latest sports news and scores
  • News alerts sent to your iPhone with option to set a quiet time period
  • Share news and video via Facebook, Twitter or email.
Channel 3 is determined to provide the best content possible in a way that serves the interests and the needs of our viewers and users.

Download your app now @

Friday, October 07, 2011

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Scheduled for 11/9/11

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The nationwide test will occur on Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern time and may last up to three and a half minutes.

The public will hear a message indicating that "This is a test." The audio message will be the same for both radio, television, and cable. The National-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies.

Similar to local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the Nationwide Test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wirelineproviders across all states and territories.

Over the past two years and as part of ongoing national preparedness planning efforts, FEMA, the FCC and other federal partners, State, local, tribal and territorial governments, EAS Participants, and others in the EAS Community have been working toward making this test a reality.

As the federal, state, tribal, territorial and local governments prepare for and test their capabilities, this event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kitand emergency planfor themselves, their families, communities, and businesses.

Anyone can visit for more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Director's Cut Alert: Craig Dubow Resigns As Chairman and CEO of Gannett

Gannett Co., Inc. today announced that Craig A. Dubow, chairman and chief executive officer, has resigned due to disability. Dubow had taken a leave of absence on September 15 to address continuing issues relating to prior medical conditions.

Marjorie Magner, an independent director since 2006 who has been chairman of the audit committee, has been named non-executive chairman of the board.

Gracia C. Martore, president and chief operating officer, who has been serving as principal executive officer while Mr. Dubow was on medical leave, has been named president and chief executive officer and joined Gannett’s Board of Directors.

“I’ve been with Gannett for 30 amazing years,” said Dubow. “I am extremely proud of where we are today as a company. We have always maintained an unwavering focus on the consumer. As a result, we have evolved into a digitally led media and marketing solutions company committed to delivering trusted news and information anywhere, anytime. For me, the decision to step down was difficult, but I must now focus on my health and my family. I will miss working with the talented team at Gannett and firmly believe the company’s best days lie ahead. Gannett is in good hands under Gracia’s leadership and well positioned to succeed going forward.”

“During the past six years, Craig has repositioned Gannett as a leading media and marketing solutions company during an extremely challenging time for our industry,” said Magner. “Craig championed our consumers and their ever-changing needs for news and information. He was instrumental in building a strong management team combining talent from within the company as well as from the outside -- a team that shares a common passion and vision for Gannett’s future. We thank Craig for his dedication and for
the solid foundation he has laid for the company going forward.”

Magner continued, “We are very fortunate to have an executive of Gracia’s tenure and caliber in place and ready to lead the ongoing transformation of the company for long-term growth. She is smart, straightforward and committed to Gannett’s mission to provide trusted news and information and serve our many communities. Gracia has a proven track record and has demonstrated effective leadership over 26 years at the company. Most importantly she has an incredible sense of responsibility for ensuring
Gannett’s continued success.”

“I have great admiration for what Craig has achieved in building our business to meet the changing needs of consumers and businesses today. We will miss him and wish him and his family the very best,” said Martore. “I am honored to be assuming the lead at Gannett at this time. We will continue our relentless quest to provide trusted news and information and will actively support the people and businesses in the communities we serve. We have the strategy, brands and talent to ensure that we fulfill our purpose for a long time to come.”

Magner is Managing Partner of Brysam Global Partners, a private equity firm investing in financial services firms with a focus on consumer opportunities in emerging markets. Magner left Citigroup in 2005 after 18 years, most recently as Chairman and CEO of the Global Consumer Group. She is also a director of Accenture Ltd. and Ally Financial Inc.

Martore joined Gannett in 1985 after 12 years in banking and became chief financial officer in 2003, executive vice president in 2006, and president and chief operating officer in 2010. She serves on the Board of Directors of FM Global and holds a BA degree in History and Political Science from Wellesley College where she was a Wellesley Scholar.

Gannett is the parent company of WKYC-TV.

Director's Cut Alert: Gannett To Shutdown Websites

WKYC's parent company, Gannett, announced on Thursday that is has decided to end its company-wide website,, as of Friday, October 14th.

According to Gannett executives Bob Dickey, Dave Lougee and David Payne in a note to employees, the company has decided to end the project as it concentrates on other digital platforms.

On the Cleveland website, the following announcement was made by site manager Jacquie Chakirelis thanking participants of our local site.

"I am sadden by the news and want you to know that I appreciate all the kind words and encouragement that I have received from my colleagues and friends.

Mostly, I want you all to know that the support and friendship that has been developed within this community of local moms has been amazing! I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of it's launch and to help it grow.

As a mom of four children, I know that you have the hardest job in the world and to be in a position to support you has been a true honor for me and Ann. I also want to thank my awesome team of discussion leaders and event team members. Without their support, my job would have been inachievable.

As of this date, my last day at WKYC will be October 31st. After that day, I will be looking for a new place to land."

Gannett launched the website in 2008, and is now featured in 80 markets with 650,000 registered users.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Heroes Help Northeast Ohio on 10/20/11: How You Can Help!

Entering its fourth year, Heroes Help Northeast Ohio is the largest one day drive aimed at helping Coats for Kids, the Salvation Army, and the Cleveland Foodbank.

This year's event will be held on Thursday, October 20, from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in front of the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center, 1333 Lakeside Avenue in Downtown Cleveland.

WKYC staffers will be on hand all day to collect items right outside our building.

In addition to collecting food, WKYC will also be collecting new or gently worn coats for our "Coats for Kids" campaign held each year with our radio partners. Plus, we'll accept holiday gifts for the Salvation Army. You can also make a cash donation during the drive as well.

Food items most in need include the "super six."  Those items are:
  • beef stew
  • canned soup
  • canned vegetables
  • boxed cereal
  • peanut butter
  • tuna fish
Please encourage your kids' schools or neighborhood schools to take part as well. You can collect items between now and October 20 and then turn them in the day of our drive.

Together we can help make a difference in our community.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"America's Got Talent" Announces Regional Casting Calls

NBC’s top-rated summer series “America’s Got Talent” will begin its nationwide search for season seven contestants with auditions beginning in New York (October 8 and 9), St. Louis (October 22 and 23) and in Washington, D.C. (November 5 and 6).

The search continues in Tampa, Fla. (November 12 and 13), Anaheim, Calif. (December 10 and 11), Austin, Texas (January 14 and 15), Charlotte, N.C. (February 4 and 5) and San Francisco (January 25 and 26).

The “America’s Got Talent” auditions are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for performers across the country to showcase their talents in 90 seconds to series’ producers in the hopes of being able to take the stage in front of the judges. Every type of performer is welcome - including musicians, dance crews, magicians, contortionists, comedians, singers, jugglers, animal acts and everything in between – all of whom want to perform for America’s votes and the coveted $1 million prize.

Details for the open auditions are below:

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9
Registration: 8 a.m.– 7 p.m
Location: Jacob Javits Center
655 West 34th Street, New York, N.Y. 10001

Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23
Registration: 8 a.m.– 7 p.m
Location: St. Louis Convention Center
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, Mo. 63101

Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6
Registration: 8 a.m.– 7 p.m
Location: Washington, D.C. Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

TAMPA (Fla.)
Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12
Registration: 8 a.m.– 7 p.m
Location: Tampa Bay Convention Center
333 S. Franklin Street
Tampa, Fla. 33602

ANAHEIM (Calif.)
Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11
Registration: 8 a.m.– 7 p.m
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Ave
Anaheim, Calif. 92802

AUSTIN (Texas)
Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15
Registration: 8 a.m.– 7 p.m
Location: Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5
Registration: 8 a.m.– 7 p.m
Location: Charlotte Convention Center
501 South College Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28202

Open to talent of any age, “America’s Got Talent” offers a unique chance for anyone who has dreamed of performing his or her talent on a national stage. Additional cities may be added for auditions. For all the latest information and to pre-register, go to

Season six winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. – a Sinatra-like crooner from Logan, W.V. – beat out thousands of acts, including finalists POPLYFE, the Silhouettes and Team iLuminate to take home the coveted $1 million grand prize. The win changed his life, as he is now able focus on his dream of becoming a singer. Murphy recently took to a larger stage and sang the national anthem at the West Virginia versus LSU college football game and will be headlining the upcoming “America’s Got Talent Live” show in Las Vegas.

The fifth season’s “America’s Got Talent” winner -- Mississippi-bred Michael Grimm -- charmed millions of viewers as he parlayed his substantial singer-songwriter appeal into a first-place finish, a $1 million prize, and the headline spot on the first-ever national “America’s Got Talent Tour,” which visited major cities throughout the U.S. in Fall 2010. Grimm has signed to Epic Records, who released his major-label self-titled debut album this past spring. He is currently on tour opening for Stevie Nicks.

Season five's runner-up Jackie Evancho, an 11-year-old soprano prodigy who auditioned for the series through YouTube, recently released her debut album “Dream with Me,” which was certified gold after only four weeks of release. Evancho is currently on a sold-out U.S. tour and Syco/Columbia Records recently released the DVD of “Dream with Me Live -- Great Performances PBS Special" in September.

Season two winner Terry Fator – a ventriloquist from Dallas, Texas – achieved his lifelong dream when he was crowned the second season champion. After the win, he went on to sign a five-year $100 million-dollar deal to headline at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

Following weeks of intense competition and awe-inspiring performances, the winner and fan favorites from this season will perform in a special three-night engagement in Las Vegas on October 28, October 29 and October 30 in the famous 4,500 seat Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The two-hour live event will be hosted by Jerry Springer and include an all-star roster of the country’s most dynamic “America’s Got Talent” entertainers.

There will also be a special guest appearance by the 2011 “Australia’s Got Talent” winner, whose album has already gone gold, 14 year old Jack Vidgen. Tickets to “America’s Got Talent Live,” presented by AEG Live, are on sale now and can be purchased via

"America's Got Talent,” hosted by Nick Cannon, stars Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan as the panel of celebrity judges. The series is a true celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of aspiring stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America's hearts – and the $1 million prize.

For more information, please visit, and

Channel 3 Presents "The Cutting Edge: Beating Breast and Prostate Cancer" on 10/8/11

It’s a simple word….but it changes your life forever. Cancer.

Almost five million Americans are currently battling breast or prostate cancer, and those numbers are expected to rise. The most powerful weapon in this war is knowledge.

In an hour-long primetime special on Saturday, October 8th, at 8 pm, you’ll see the latest procedures, medical trials, and alternative therapies.

Plus you’ll learn how innovative new treatments are saving lives without sacrificing quality of life. Surgeons and oncologists from the nation’s top hospitals share their knowledge and their hopes for these breakthrough regimens.

There will also be a simultaneous live online chat on produced by MedCity Media. The chat will include doctors and medical experts who will respond to viewer’s questions and experiences as they watch the show.

WKYC News will produce a companion series of targeted news stories October 5th, 6th and 7th at 11 pm. The stories will focus on local medical advances, the latest 3D mammogram technology available here in Cleveland, and how long-term cancer survivors are inspiring those newly diagnosed.

Cutting Edge; Beating Breast and Prostate Cancer is the second of three prime-time health specials being produced and aired by the Gannett Broadcast division for their stations across the country.

The third special, Cutting Edge; Attacking Heart Disease, will air on Wednesday, October 26th at 8pm.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Press Club Honors WKYC Reporter Tom Beres and Others

Tom Beres
Updated: 10/28/11

The Press Club of Cleveland will honor Fox 8 photojournalist Herb Thomas, WKYC's Tom Beres, and four others at its 2011 Chuck Heaton Award to be presented at the Club's annual Journalism Hall of Fame Awards Dinner and Induction Ceremony.

They will be honored October 28 at at LaCentre, 25777 Detroit Road, in Westlake. Thomas will receive the Chuck Heaton Award. The others will be inducted into the Press Club of Cleveland Hall of Fame.

The Chuck Heaton Award honors an individual who best exemplifies the qualities of Hall of Fame reporter Chuck Heaton, a long-time sports writer and columnist at The Plain Dealer.

Heaton, who passed away in February 2008, was known for his lifelong dedication to journalism, his fairness, his concern for community and helping others.

The Hall of Fame inductees to be honored are WKYC's Beres, The Plain Dealer's Tom Feran and Philip Morris, NBC News' Kelly O'Donnell, and Bob Paynter, Principal, of Investigative Communications.

Beres has served as a general assignment reporter for WKYC TV3 since July, 1979, and was promoted to senior political reporter in May of 1998.

In 1989, he won a local Emmy for Investigative Reporting for his coverage of ticket abuse by Cleveland police officers.

In 1984, he accepted the award for "Best Broadcast Writing" from the Ohio Associated Press. He is a graduate of Westlake High School and Northwestern University and holds a bachelor degree and a Masters in broadcast journalism.

Beres serves on the Board of Camp Ho Mita Koda, a camp for diabetic children, and the local chapter of AFTRA.

With more than 30 years at WJW TV-FOX 8, Thomas has worked in numerous capacities, from maintenance and set building, director of print operations, studio camera crew to photojournalist and news videographer. Herb created and produced the TV8 sign-off programs "Meditation" and "Celebration."

He was the creative force, photographer and co-producer of the public affairs series "Neighborhood." He was featured on the Big Chuck and Little John Show in the portrayals of "Soul Man and Mr. Mean." He also toured with the O'Jays as a percussionist and is founder and president of the performing arts choir "Prayer Warriors."

Previous Heaton Award winners include Terry Pluto and Margaret Bernstein of The Plain Dealer and John Telich of WJW FOX 8.

Click on the video to go behind the scenes at the ceremony on 10/28/11:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

WKYC Officially Launches DealChicken on Tuesday

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WKYC today announced it launched DealChicken, a unique daily deals site, as part of a larger rollout by Gannett Co., Inc, WKYC’s parent company, to more than 50 markets across the U.S. by the end of 2011.

More than just another daily deal site, DealChicken merchants benefit from WKYC’s long-established presence in Cleveland. WKYC’s deep local connections to, and understanding of, the Cleveland community will help DealChicken effectively serve both merchants and consumers and build long-term relationships that last beyond a single daily deal.

DealChicken has already been highly successful in building brand awareness and delivering a loyal following of repeat customers for local merchants in Phoenix, where the service launched in September 2010. Additionally, merchants have the opportunity to promote their local deal and business through online and television advertising with WKYC.

“As a part of the Cleveland community for more than 60 years, WKYC is committed to the long-term growth and success of the merchants we do business with," said General Manager Brooke Spectorsky "DealChicken provides another way to promote our great local businesses and all they have to offer with consumers.

DealChicken representatives understand the neighborhoods and blocks where Cleveland consumers live, work and shop better than anyone else. Deals are specially selected for Clevelanders by Clevelanders to deliver unique deals and experiences that help them discover the very best of our city from local restaurants to local adventure tours and getaways.”

Consumers can sign up now to receive future DealChicken Cleveland daily deals by visiting Local merchants interested in partnering with DealChicken on daily deals should also visit the web site. Merchants determine how many people must agree to purchase the deal in order for it to “hatch.” Revenue is shared between the merchant and DealChicken.

Sign up for the best deals available:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Director's Cut Alert: Gannett Chairman And CEO To Take Medical Leave Of Absence

Craig Dubow, Gannett Chairman/CEO
McLean, VA – Gannett Co., Inc. announced today that chairman and chief executive officer Craig A. Dubow will take a leave of absence to address continuing issues relating to prior medical conditions.

Gracia C. Martore, president and chief operating officer, will serve as principal executive officer during his absence as she did during a prior medical leave in 2009.

Duncan M. McFarland, presiding director, said: “We wish Craig well during this difficult personal time. The Board has confidence in Gracia and our very capable management team to run the day to day operations of the Company, and we believe Gannett won’t miss a beat at this important juncture.”

“I believe Gannett is in very good hands as we continue to transform the Company and position it for a successful future,” said Dubow.

Gannett is the parent company of WKYC-TV.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Jim Donovan To Return To WKYC And Radio For Browns Opener

Jim Donovan
Jim Donovan has announced he will return to the radio airwaves in time for the Browns-Bengals game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Cleveland Browns Stadium. He has been the radio voice of the Browns since the team returned in 1999.

He also will appear on the 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. news on WKYC-TV starting Monday, September 12.

Donovan has been absent from television and radio for more than three months after taking a medical leave of absence to treat leukemia.

Jim underwent a bone marrow transplant on June 7 at the Seidman Cancer Center.

Donovan, 55, was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2000.

Prior to undergoing the transplant, Donovan endured a grueling schedule of chemotherapy, yet managed to keep up with his demanding sports anchor and radio announcing positions.

Donovan made an appearance in Berea on Labor Day and was greeted with a warm reception from his media colleagues and members of the Browns public relations staff.

Jim announced his medical leave of absence to undergo the transplant on May 25. Fans across Northeast Ohio and the region showed their support by sending in well wishes via phone, email and cards.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Director's Cut Alert: Stephanie Coueignoux Joins Channel 3 News Team

Stephanie Coueginoux is joining the Channel 3 family as a Multimedia Journalist announced WKYC News Director Rita Andolsen on Thursday.

She will be joining the station from Central Florida News 13 in Orlando, Florida, where she was the primary night side reporter and a web content producer since 2006.

Stephanie Coueignoux, Courtesy: CFN, 13
Prior to moving to Florida, Stephanie worked at WJFW-TV/Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and KSTF-TV/Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and an anchor and reporter at both stations.

She started her career in broadcast journalism at WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston, as an intern and also did an internship at Newton News, a cable station in Newton, MA where she co-anchored and reported for a weekly cable news program.

Stephanie was born in France, although her family moved to Colorado, then California and Masssachusetts where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Wellesley College.

She is a member of the Asian American Journalist Association and the Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Her first day at WKYC will be in October.

Channel 3 Presents "The Cutting Edge" on 9/7/11 At 8 PM

Are you fighting fat but losing the battle? Millions of Americans are now clinically obese, and the numbers continue to grow. Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States.

So what’s the answer? Find out on the Cutting Edge: Fighting Fat airing Wednesday, September 7 from 8 to 9pm.

Whether you are 25 or 250 pounds overweight, medical experts agree it’s not necessarily the amount but what you eat that could make the difference in losing weight.

And for those considering bariatric surgery, there are new procedures being performed that are less invasive and more effective. Plus, learn what you can clip on your waistline to help whittle away the weight. You’ll meet experts from some of the country’s leading medical centers including Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Minnesota’s Healtheast and the Cleveland Clinic.

Cutting Edge: Fighting Fat explores the latest breakthroughs in battling the bulge and delivers a clear formula for success. There will also be a simultaneous live online chat on produced by MedCity Media. The chat will include doctors and medical experts who will respond to viewer’s questions and experiences as they watch the show.

WKYC News will produce a companion series of targeted news stories next Tuesday through Friday at 11 pm. The stories will focus on local medical advances, how schools are changing their attitudes and their cafeterias, and cost efficient ways to buy healthy and nutritious food.

Cutting Edge; Fighting Fat is the first of three prime-time health specials being produced and aired by the Gannett Broadcast division for their stations across the country.

Click on the following video below for a preview of the show:

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Nielsen: Ohio Television Markets Continue to Lose Households

by Frank Macek

The number of television households continues to decline for Ohio's largest television markets, according to the latest Nielsen Market Universe Estimates for the 2011-2012 survey period.

Ohio's largest television market, Cleveland/Akron/Canton, will lose 12,030 households from 2011 and 2012. However, the market will hold its rank as the 18th largest U.S. into next year.

The only positive increases in the state were in Columbus and Youngstown. Columbus will move up from 34th to 32nd largest U.S. market with an increase of 16,730 TV households. Meanwhile, Youngstown adds one market size from 111th to 110th, but will still lose 4,300 households.

It was bad news for all other rated markets in Ohio including in Cincinnati which falls from 33rd to 35th largest TV market in the country with a loss of 27,740 TV households.

Dayton falls one slot from 62nd to 63rd (-33,430 households), Toledo slips 4 slots from 70th to 74th (19,320 households) and Lima holds steady at market 201, but loses 670 households into 2012.

Across the country, the United State is expected to lose 1,256,140 television households between 2011 and 2012 as some consumers ditch their televisions for mobile and internet, among other reasons.

The top 10 television markets for 2012 are:
  1. New York
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Chicago
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Dallas/Fort Worth
  6. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
  7. Boston/Manchester
  8. Washington D.C./Hagerstown (+1)
  9. Atlanta (-1)
  10. Houston
Nationwide, the biggest losing television markets include:
  • -5 | Tri-Cities, TN-VA (91st to 96th)
  • -4 | Toledo, OH (70th to 74th)
  • -4 | South Bend-Elkhart, IN (93rd to 97th)
  • -4 | Springfield-Holyoke, IL (110th to 114th)
  • -4 | Bend, OR (189th to 193rd)
The greatest gaining television markets include:
  • +6 | El Paso/Las Cruces, TX (97th to 91st)
  • +6 | Jackson, TN (182nd to 176th)
  • +5 | Minot/Bismarck/Dickensen, SD (157th to 152nd)
  • +4 | Savannah, GA (96th to 92nd)
  • +4 | Wichita Falls/Lawton, TX (146nd to 142th)
Download the entire Nielsen rankings for 2011-2012

Source: Nielsen

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Behind the Scenes: Making Promo Magic at WKYC

Here is a behind the scenes look at Robin & Chris as videographer Barry Wolf works his magic on a tease for the Browns Halftime newscast this evening during the Browns vs. Eagles game on Channel 3:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Friday Night Returns This Week on Channel 3 News at 11 PM

The kids are heading back to school and Channel 3 Sports is all fired up for a brand new season of the area's best coverage of local high school football with "Friday Night Fever."

Our coverage will kick off this Friday, August 27th, with "Hey, Chuck!" at 6 p.m. with Chuck Galeti. At 11 PM, super Dave Chudowsky will have all the highlights and scores from the area's hottest games in the fastest paced 8 minutes on TV.

And high school sports fans, don't forget about Channel 3's website that is devouted exclusive to high school sports, called

The site features weekly previews, up to the minute scores, feature articles and gives you a chance to upload your own video of the games for all your friends to see.

The only address you need is:

Browns vs. Lions Beats All Sports And Prime Competition on Channel 3

Preseason Browns Ratings Continue to Dominate!

The second Browns preseason telecast of the season was a big hit with sports fans all over Northeast Ohio. With an 18.3 Household rating and a 33 share, an average of 352,400 Adults 18+ watched the game on WKYC.

It dominated viewing Friday night and was easily the most watched program of the week. The game did a 46.7 share in M25-54, smashing the Fox NFL preseason game on WJW. The Browns averaged a M25-54 rating of 17.3 while the Jaguars and Falcons pulled a .4 rating.

Football traditionally achieves strong male demographics, but the Browns have always had huge support among their female fans. The Adult 25-54 rating was a powerful 12.2, beating every single primetime show combined.

“No one has to tell us that Browns fans are passionate and loyal,” said Brooke Spectorsky, President and General Manager of WKYC. “We see it in the ratings of those who watch at home; we see it in the faces of those cheering in the stadium.”

The HD production of Browns preseason includes a crew of over 30 technicians and production personnel, 10 cameras, 8 channels of video replay, live aerial coverage from the Goodyear blimp and unique access to players and coaches. WKYC began preseason coverage of Browns football upon the team’s return to Cleveland in 1999.

The next preseason game will be live from Philadelphia this Thursday at 7:30pm and seen on WKYC/Cleveland, WHIO/Dayton, WBNS Columbus and WYTV/Youngstown.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Huge Preseason Ratings for Browns Debut on WKYC

Quarterback Colt McCoy wasn’t the only one posting great numbers as the Browns preseason game on WKYC did an impressive 19.1 Household Rating/35 share and a 19.4 rating/53.5 share in Men 25-54.

The game was by far the most watched program of the night, averaging 443,000 viewers. It was the highest rated program on WKYC since the NFL wildcard games in January, and the highest rated program in the market since the NBA Final Game 6 on June 12.*

“We’re happy football is back. And like fans all over Northeast Ohio, we really enjoyed watching the Cleveland Browns beat the Green Bay Packers,” said Brooke Spectorsky, President and General Manager of WKYC. “The preseason games on Channel 3 have always garnered excellent ratings, but this year looks to be pretty exciting for everyone.”

The HD production of Browns preseason includes a crew of over 30 technicians and production personnel, 10 cameras, 8 channels of video replay, live aerial coverage from the Goodyear blimp and unique access to players and coaches. It’s helmed by Emmy award winner and Olympic Games veteran director Al Wohl.

NBC’s Andrew Catalon, filling in for WKYC Sports Anchor Jim Donovan, was impressed with the team’s debut. “What a great way to start a season, especially after only two weeks of training camp,” said Catalon. “Bernie Kosar and I are really looking forward to calling Friday’s game against the Detroit Lions.”

Friday's Pregame Huddle begins our coverage followed by the first kick at Cleveland Browns Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WKYC to Air Live Special "The Voice: Cleveland Votes" on August 22nd

In preparation for the upcoming season of "The Voice" on NBC, WKYC is helping to make the dreams our aspring local singers come true with a live VIP audition contest to be held on Monday, August 22nd, from 7-8 p.m. on Channel 3.

For the last several weeks, we have been accepting auditions from anyone who is looking to find fame and fortunes through their voices.

This Saturday, we are calling back our entrants to face a live panel of judges including Barry Gabel, Avant, Evelyn Wright and Jim Henke from the Rock Hall to perform at the Channel 3 Studios.

Then on Monday, our top 10 finalists will compete on Channel 3 between 7 & 8 p.m. to showcase their talents LIVE to all of Cleveland. WKYC anchors Robin Swoboda and Chris Tye will host the show.

At 8 p.m., we'll open up voting and you'll help select the 3 best performances to advance to the national Los Angeles auditions where they will go to the front of the line to meet with the casting directors of the hit NBC show.

Join us this Monday, from 7 to 8 p.m. for our live special "The Voice: Cleveland Votes" only on Channel 3.

Click on the video to watch our on-air promo:

Friday, August 12, 2011

Alec Baldwin back on "Saturday Night Live" For 37th Season Premiere

On September 24, Alec Baldwin returns as host for his record-setting 16th appearance. Baldwin has won two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, five SAG Awards and a Television Critics Association Award for his turn on NBC’s critically-acclaimed series "30 Rock." Baldwin garnered a 2004 Academy Award nomination for his role in "The Cooler."

Radiohead returns for their second appearance as musical guest. Universally considered one of the most innovative and influential bands in existence, Radiohead's music has consistently topped charts and left audiences breathless. The three-time Grammy Award winning band recently released their newest album, "The King Of Limbs."

Melissa McCarthy will make her debut appearance as host on October 1. McCarthy currently stars in the CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly," for which she recently earned her first Emmy Award nomination. She also appeared in this summer's box office blockbuster "Bridesmaids" alongside "SNL's" Kristen Wiig.

Making their SNL debut, Lady Antebellum’s third album, "Own The Night" is scheduled for release September 13, and is already garnering attention with their chart-topping single, "Just a Kiss." The six-time Grammy Award winning trio's past albums have reached double and triple platinum status and spawned several number one hits, including "Need You Now."

Source: NBC

Monday, August 08, 2011

Director's Cut Alert: NBC’s Andrew Catalon to do Television Play-by-Play for Cleveland Browns Preseason

Andrew Catalon, Courtesy: WNYT-TV
WKYC’s Sports Anchor Jim Donovan is responding remarkably well to a bone marrow transplant he received two months ago in his battle against leukemia. “The doctors are very pleased with my progress,” stated Jim, “but unfortunately I’m not quite ready to return to full-time work and travel.”

“As much as we’d love to have Jimmy kick off the Browns season, it’s much more important that he regain his full strength,’ said Brooke Spectorsky, President and General Manager of Channel 3. “Jim is one of the best in the business and we are fortunate to have him as part of the Browns family,” added Mike Holmgren, President of the Cleveland Browns. “We look forward to his return to the broadcast booth.”

Andrew Catalon was part of NBC’s Olympic coverage from Vancouver and Beijing. He’s done preseason work for WNBC and the New York Giants, and called the play by play for both the 2010 US Open Tennis Tournament and 2011 Masters for CBS Sports. Currently he fills in on the NBC Sports Desk, anchoring weekend updates and is also the weekend sports anchor at WNYT-TV in Albany.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Bernie Kosar and the rest of the Channel 3 crew as the Browns begin what looks to be a terrific year,” said Catalon. “I know football fans everywhere admire and respect Jim Donovan’s work and I hope he’s back in the booth as soon as possible.”

Friday, July 29, 2011

Behind the Scenes: The HD Cranium Cam at WKYC

Check out our new HD Cranium-Cam! It's HD, AND it's quite a fashion statement as well. WKYC's Jennifer Lindgren and Barry Wolf give it a test spin aroud the newsroom:

Hey Cleveland: "The Voice" VIP Audition Contest!

Think you've got what it takes to be the next "Voice?"

Starting Friday July 29th at 6:00 a.m., Channel 3 is giving you the chance to audition for the hit show. Go to to learn how you can win one of 3 "Voice VIP" packages.

There are very specific song requirements, so make sure you read the entry form thoroughly before uploading your best performance(full rules are below).

We'll bring in 102 of the best singers from online entries for live auditions in front of celebrity judges, and their top 10 will battle it out on a special show for your votes!

The top 3 vote getters will then be our Voice VIPs at "The Voice" auditions in Los Angeles.

So, learn the songs, start rehearsing and let us hear your "Voice."

Learn more and submit your entries @

Click on the video to see more:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Director's Cut Alert: Pamela Osborne Joins The WKYC Family

Pamela Osborne, Courtesy: WNWO
WKYC will welcome Pamela Osborne to the Channel 3 News family as a Multimedia Journalist starting August 15th

She comes to WKYC from WNWO/TV in Toledo where she is currently a reporter and fill-in anchor for the NBC 24 station.

Pamela joined the NBC24 news team in January of 2010.

According to her bio, Pamela grew up in Metro-Detroit and she isn’t afraid to admit that she’s a Michigan Wolverine, even in the Buckeye state! She received her bachelors degree in Communications and minored in African American studies.

Before she arrived at NBC24 she interned as a photojournalist at HOM-TV in Okemos, Michigan. She also interned at the NBC affiliate in Detroit, WDIV. Pamela is a member of the National Association of Black Journalist. In 2008 she was selected to co-anchor and report for the NABJ Student Newscast.

When she’s not out reporting the news she enjoys going to the movies, going out to eat, shopping and spending time with her family and friends.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

NBC Announces Series Premiere Dates For Fall 2011 Schedule

NBC announced today the previews and premieres of its new Fall 2011 primetime schedule beginning Tuesday, September 13 with new episodes of “Parenthood” -- following the final performance episode of “America’s Got Talent” -- and continuing the week of September 19 with the Monday debuts of “The Sing-Off” and new drama “The Playboy Club” on that date.

On Wednesday, September 14, the new comedies “Up All Night” (10-10:30 p.m. ET) and “Free Agents” (10:30-11 p.m. ET) will preview following the season finale of “America’s Got Talent.” Both series will premiere in their regular day and time on Wednesday, September 21 (8-8:30 p.m. ET and 8:30-9 p.m. ET, respectively).

The debuts also include the network’s other highly anticipated new series -- “Prime Suspect,” “Whitney” and “Grimm” -- that will continue through October 21 when NBC rolls out its Friday-night lineup that includes “Grimm” (9-10 p.m. ET).

In addition, the start of the regular season of “Sunday Night Football” will debut on Thursday, September 8 and resume on its regular night on Sunday, September 11 (8-11 p.m. ET). “Football Night in America” premieres during the regular season on Sunday, September 11 (7-8 p.m. ET).
Following are the preview and premiere dates for NBC’s Fall 2011 primetime schedule (all times ET; new shows are in upper case):

Thursday, September 8

8-8:30 p.m. “NFL Kickoff Special 2011” (regular season)
8:30-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (regular season)

Sunday, September 11

7-8 p.m. “Football Night in America” (regular season)
8-11:30 p.m. “Sunday Night Football”

Tuesday, September 13

10-11 p.m. “Parenthood”

Wednesday, September 14

8-10 p.m. “America’s Got Talent” (season finale)
10-10:30 p.m. "UP ALL NIGHT” (preview)
10:30-11 p.m. “FREE AGENTS” (preview)

Monday, September 19

8-10 p.m. “The Sing-Off”
10-11 p.m. “THE PLAYBOY CLUB”

Tuesday, September 20

8-10 p.m. “The Biggest Loser”

Wednesday, September 21

8-8:30 p.m. “UP ALL NIGHT”
8:30-9 p.m. “FREE AGENTS”
9-10 p.m. “Harry’s Law”
10-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

Thursday, September 22

8-8:30 p.m. “Community”
8:30-9 p.m. “Parks and Recreation”
9-9:30 p.m. “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. “WHITNEY”
10-11 p.m. “PRIME SUSPECT”

Friday, September 23

9-11 p.m. “Dateline NBC”

Friday, October 21

8-9 p.m. “Chuck”
9-10 p.m. “GRIMM”
10-11 p.m. “Dateline NBC”

Saturday, September 24

8-9 p.m. “Harry’s Law” (Repeat)
9-10 p.m. “Prime Suspect” (Repeat)
10-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (Repeat)

Courtesy: NBC

Monday, July 04, 2011

Notes From The Newsroom: 7/4/11

By Frank Macek

It's time for another behind the scenes look at what's happening at the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center.

Happy 4th of July holiday as half of 2011 is already gone, but the world of television never takes a nap.

A few news notes to pass along that you might be interested in.

We wish our former Director of Technology, Mike Szabo, well on his retirement. Mike's last day at WKYC was Thursday, June 30th. Mike has steered us through some very complex changes here at the station during the last 13 years at Channel 3 in a variety of roles. Mike was responsible for integrating so much of our new technology from the initial digital system design of our facility, to the transition to high definition and the launch of SportsTime Ohio almost 6 years ago. Most recently, Mike worked on the new digital transmitter/antenna/tower and the new newsroom workflow installation that launched with AP's ENPS and Bit Central. He is exceptionally talented engineer and we will sorely miss him.

Congratulations to Jim Miller, who becomes the new WKYC Director of Technology. Jim formerly served in the Navy and was a broadcast engineer at WKBN-TV/Youngstown, before coming to Channel 3 over 28 years ago. Jim will continue to lead us into the future with mobile television and eventually 3D-TV that will no doubt become the next technical step for local stations in a few years.

WKYC is also proud to be launching a new web product soon. Deal Chicken is a brand new daily deal site -- similar to Living Social and Groupon -- that will bring savings of up to 90% to Clevelanders Monday through Friday. This new product will join on our growing list of localized WKYC websites like Moms Like and to reach more of our viewers and in this case - save them big $$$ locally. You can sign up before launch at the following address:
We have gotten many emails about the status of WKYC Meteorologist AJ Colby. While we generally don't comment on personnel issues, AJ is still at the station. Unfortunately, he will still be leaving and the station plans on hiring a new weekend meteorologist. You can always reach out to him at

As always, please don't forget to become a friend of Channel 3 News and Channel 3 Weather. We have special on-line content just for our Facebook friends including your chance to be our "Facebook Friend of the Day," daily behind the scenes promos, previews of NBC shows, a daily programming guide of what's on Channel 3 and so much more.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Video Preview: Lottery Drawing Moves to Channel 3 on July 1st

As we first broke on the Director's Cut blog on June 1st (read our original story), the Ohio Lottery moves to Channel 3 beginning on Friday, July 1st.

We'll now become home to the nightly drawings and the weekly television show "Cash Explosion" every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Click on the video to watch our promo running now:

Monday, June 20, 2011

Behind the Scenes: Anthony Sowell Trial And The Media

One of the biggest trials in Cleveland's legal history is getting underway at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Cleveland.

Our Chris Tye went behind the scenes on a tour that shows not only the courtroom and the scene, but also where the media will be working during the trial. It's a place you really get to know your colleagues up close and personal.

Click on the video for a fascinating look and how we are seeing the trial from our perspective at WKYC and Cleveland local media outlets: