Thursday, February 28, 2013

WKYC's Russ Mitchell Wins McGruder Award

Russ Mitchell
WKYC's Russ Mitchell has been named 2013's winner of the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University.

The award recognizes the accomplishments of media professionals who encourage diversity in the field of journalism. Mitchell, who serves as managing editor for WKYC's evening news and lead anchor during the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, will be honored at an awards luncheon and lecture on Tuesday, April 2.

The luncheon is by invitation only.

This year marks 10 years of honoring diversity excellence with the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity, and the lecture and luncheon has become one of Kent State's most successful diversity events.

Also being recognized at the luncheon is the Akron Beacon Journal's Betty Lin-Fisher as winner of 2013's Diversity in Media Distinguished Leadership Award. Later that day, Mitchell will serve as keynote speaker at the McGruder Lecture inside the Kent Student Center Kiva at 2:15 p.m.

This is free and open to the public.

Mitchell, a former anchor of the CBS Evening News weekend editions and The Early Show on Saturday, also worked as national correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, the CBS Evening News, and The Early Show. He joined WKYC in January 2012.

Friday, February 15, 2013

WKYC named Media Partner Of The Year By Boys & Girls Clubs

A wonderful honor for us today at Channel 3.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland recognized our station as "Media Partner of the Year" at their annual awards breakfast.

Several months ago Channel 3 committed to raising $50,000 in community funds to open the clubs on Saturdays for the next year.

Today Councilman Zach Reed pledged $5,000 to help.

Other partners in this project include Key Bank, Oswald Companies, Liberty Ford and the Gannett Foundation.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

WKYC To Air 4 Indians Games In 2013

WKYC will once again air several Indians games on Channel 3 for the 2013 Major League Baseball season, although not as many as in past years due to SportsTime Ohio's recent purchase by Fox Sports.

Here is a list of the games and times to watch the games on Channel 3 starting with the Indians Home Opener in April:

April 8th: vs. New York Yankees @ 4:05 p.m. (Home Opener)
May 23rd: @ Boston Red Sox @ 7:05 p.m.
June 28th: @ Chicago White Sox @ 8:10 p.m.
August 7th: vs. Detroit Tigers @ 7:05 p.m.

As was released on February 8th by the Cleveland Indians, SportsTime Ohio will carry 159 Tribe Games for the 113th season as a member of the American League.

Visit for the complete schedule.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Comcast Doubles Down On TV in $16.7B Deal For NBCU

Special to the Director's Cut Blog
By Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writer

Comcast's $16.7 billion deal to buy the remaining half of NBCUniversal ahead of schedule represents a resounding vote of confidence in the future of TV, even as Internet video reshapes the entertainment landscape.

The decision was driven largely by Comcast Corp.'s belief that it would end up paying substantially more for General Electric Co.'s remaining 49 percent stake if it had waited until 2018, as had been envisioned in 2011 when Comcast acquired majority control of NBCUniversal.

The flagship NBC network, once seen as the deal's albatross, has been on the turnaround. As the advertising market has rebounded with the economy, so have the fortunes of NBCUniversal and other network owners.

That made the latest transaction, announced Tuesday, seem like a savvy one at a relatively modest price.

Friday, February 08, 2013

WKYC Says Goodbye to Long Time Reporter/Anchor Dick Russ

Another sad day here today at WKYC as we had a wish our good friend Dick Russ a fond farewell this afternoon in the Channel 3 Newsroom...

Best wishes Dick and lots of love from all of us at WKYC!

Click the video to watch:

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

WKYC Launches Live Streaming Via iPad News App

Click to download the new WKYC iPad App
Channel 3 News is now available anywhere on the go with our new WKYC iPad App for Apple users.

Our live streaming was launched last week and will allow you to watch live versions of Channel 3 News from 4 a.m. - 7 a.m., Live on Lakeside from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Channel 3 News at 6, 7 and 11 p.m. during the week and on weekends.

The "live" tab will become active when Channel 3 News begins.
Plus, the new iPad app features lots of the video you'll find on Channel 3 News and in cased you missed something during the day.

For weather lovers, the new iPad app also features our cool, HD Interactive radar that pinpoints the latest conditions right where you are, your forecast hour by hour, the extended forecast, and the weekend forecast always updated, 24/7.

If you haven't downloaded the new WKYC News App for iPad, you can get it for free now @

Live streaming will be available soon for iPhone users. Stay tuned!