Friday, May 10, 2013

WKYC News & Notes: 5/10/13

By Frank Macek

It's time for another "behind the scenes" look at what's happening inside the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center.
We are just wrapping up a week of one of the busiest news stories of recent memory with the "Miracle in Cleveland." For four days, WKYC brought viewers expanded coverage of this story since it broke Monday night. Our reporters and entire Channel 3 News devoted all of our resources to cover every angle of the story.

Many of our stories went national and several of our reporters appeared on national broadcasts with updates and web stories. WKYC also tapped the vast resources of Gannett Broadcasting and welcomed several journalists to help us cover the story from our stations in Knoxville; Buffalo; Columbia; South Carolina and Washington D.C. who brought their own perspectives on how Clevelanders reacted to this story. And while a large part of this story has played out, we'll continue to follow developments in the coming weeks and months.

Evelyn Theiss
WKYC welcomes two new team members. Evelyn Theiss is joining Channel 3 News from the Cleveland Plain Dealer where she will join our investigative unit, led by "The Investigator" Tom Meyer. Evelyn has worked as a reporter for the PD for the past twenty-three years. During that time, Evelyn has enterprised hundreds of stories on beats ranging from City Hall to healthcare to investigative reporting and has a unique understanding of our city and our region. Also, Ryan Maloney is the newest addition to our WKYC engineering staff. Ryan joins Channel 3 from Industrial Video (now iVideo Technologies) where he spent over 7 years.

Jim Donovan
Our own Jim Donovan was honored with the "Dino Lucarelli Lifetime Achievement Award" Tuesday night at the 25th annual scholar athlete awards banquet. Longtime friend and Browns radio partner Doug Dieken presented Jim the award for being the best at his craft. As most of you know, Jim is a leukemia survivor and awed the attendees with his outstanding speech.

As we mentioned in an earlier post, WKYC was nominated for a number of Emmy Awards this year to be presented on June 1st. In addition, two outstanding people from Channel 3 will be awarded with Golden Circle Awards. Fred Griffith will be honored for 26 years as host of the  “Morning Exchange” on WEWS-TV, creating a warm and friendly start to the day while updating viewers on what had happened while they slept. In 2000, Fred moved to WKYC-TV, lending his skills to the station’s “Good Company” program before retiring in 2012.
Dennis Goulden                               Fred Griffith 
Also, Dennis Golden will be honored this year. Since 1959, Dennis has had hands-on experience in all phases of documentary, public affairs and news production that includes expertise in cinematography, videography, research, writing and both on-line and off-line editing. At Channel 3, Dennis is well know for his "Montage" series. Congratulations to both of these outstanding colleagues.

And finally, be sure to watch our newscasts on your iPhone or iPad. Channel 3 just launched an update of our WKYC News app for iPhone users that enables live video streaming. Look for the app in the iTunes store. We'll have a version for Android users coming soon.