Thursday, April 24, 2014

WKYC Receives 16 Emmy Nominations

The 45th annual Lower Great Lakes Emmy®  Award Nominations were announced on Thursday and WKYC is nominated in 16 different categories this year for work done in 2013.

The final awards will be handed out on Saturday, June 7th, at the Cleveland Convention Center's Grand Ballroom. Cleveland comic Mike Polk will be hosting the Emmy® Awards gala once again this year.

Congratulations to everyone.

Here is a list of WKYC nominations with category and nominees...

Newscast - Evening - Market 1-20:
  • Channel 3 News at 11 PM - Russ Mitchell, Sara Shookman, Lynna Lai, AJ Ross, Frank Macek, Kris Pickel, Tom Meyer, Jennifer Jordan and Kim Wendel
Newscast - Morning/Daytime - Market 1-20:
  • Channel 3 News Today - Jennifer Nickels, Matthew Granite, Erin Kennedy, Mark Bogden and Brooke Whitney
Breaking News:
  • Miracle in Cleveland - Russ Mitchell, Lisa Lowry, Lynna Lai, Kris Pickel, Grant Debruin, Tom Meyer, Jennifer Jordan, Jennifer Lindgren, Danielle Sills and Kim Wendel
Continuing Coverage:
  • Castro Exclusives - Tom Meyer
Investigative Report - Single Story
  • Ohio's Sex Offender Loophole - Lynna Lai
Investigative Report - Series:
  • Bad Medicine - Tom Meyer
Feature News - Report:
  • Tweeting Tower - Kris Pickel and Carl V. Lemon
Feature News - Series:
  • Saving Mooney - Kimberly Wheeler, Matthew Hein and Dan Bowman
  • The Canton Palace Theatre Renovation - Joseph Cronauer
Politics/Government - Single Story/Series:
  • Lawmakers and Living Large - Tom Meyer
Societal Concerns - Single Story/Series:
  • Dangerous Cleveland - Kris Pickel, Sarah Bachmann
  • Heroin: Old Drug, New Killer Epidemic - Rita Andolsen, Randy White, Sarah Bachmann, Monica Robins, Carl V. Lemon and Jane Temple
Interview/Discussion - Program/Series or Special:
  • 7 Minutes with Russ Mitchell - Russ Mitchell and Matthew Hein
Promotion - Program Single Spot/Campaign:
  • See the Possible: Focus Campaign - Monique Jackson, Steve Pullen, Matt Quinn
Director - Sports:
  • Cleveland Indians Baseball (Directing) - Pat Murray
Crafts: Graphics/Animation:
  • WKYC Promo Graphics - Matt Quinn
Get the full list of 2014 nominees HERE:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Browns, WKYC Announce Preseason, New Broadcast Team

In conjunction with the release of their full preseason schedule, the Cleveland Browns and WKYC-TV on Wednesday announced a new preseason broadcast team.

Dates and kickoff times for the Browns' four preseason games, in advance of the NFL releasing the regular-season schedule at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Sat., Aug. 9 at Detroit Lions at Ford Field (WKYC) at 7:30 p.m.
  • Mon., Aug. 18 at Washington Redskins FedEx Field (ESPN ) at 8 p.m.
The Browns and WKYC are revamping their broadcast team, welcoming veteran commentator Solomon Wilcots to the preseason television booth. Additionally, the Browns are exploring more opportunities to allow fans to hear from Bernie Kosar, the All-Pro quarterback who guided the team to three AFC Championship games in the 1980s.

Wilcots, who will serve as color commentator alongside WKYC's Jim Donovan, the Voice of the Browns since 1999, is a regular-season analyst for the NFL on CBS, having called six Browns games in 2013 and 11 over the past three seasons.

A former color commentator for New Orleans Saints preseason telecasts, he also hosts a daily show on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and serves as a studio analyst for NFL Network. Before launching his broadcast career in 1994, Wilcots played six NFL seasons.

The Browns are in discussions with Kosar on potential new roles, which could include segments on, Cleveland Browns Daily on WKNR-850 AM, and the PNC Bank Cleveland Browns Radio Network. Kosar also could be part of the pregame telecasts for preseason games.

"Once again we look forward to continuing our tradition of broadcasting Cleveland Browns preseason football," said Brooke Spectorsky, president and general manager of WKYC-TV.

"We've added Solomon Wilcots to our broadcast team as color analyst. At the same time, we wanted to explore having Bernie's presence with our broadcast team, possibly providing analysis during the pregame show with various segments throughout the preseason."

Browns President Alec Scheiner also released the following statement:

"We look forward to again having WKYC as our preseason broadcast partner. We welcome Solomon and are excited to look further into additional opportunities to continue to engage Bernie with our fans. We want Browns fans to look forward to seeing and hearing his continued contributions and analysis on not only our preseason telecasts, but also our radio network and"

Head Coach Mike Pettine will make his unofficial Browns debut when Cleveland kicks off the 2014 preseason in Detroit on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Cleveland will play in front of a nationally televised audience on Monday, Aug. 18, at Washington, marking the Browns' first game on ESPN since 2009 (Nov. 16 vs. Baltimore) and first preseason contest on ESPN since 2008 (Aug. 18 at New York Giants).

The 2014 preseason home opener against the Rams on Saturday, Aug. 23, will mark the first opportunity for fans to see the FirstEnergy Stadium renovations, which include two new video boards nearly triple the size of the previous boards. In addition, there will be new LED video boards, which will feature stats, scores and information, and installation of an entirely new audio system, delivering crisper, clearer audio everywhere in the facility.

Cleveland will close out the preseason against the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Cleveland Browns 2014 season tickets are now available. Fans can purchase season tickets by calling (440) 824-3434, toll free at (888) 891-1999 or online at The Cleveland Browns ticket office is located on the south side of FirstEnergy Stadium, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, April 07, 2014

WKYC Participates In The Giant Food Faceoff

The gloves are on and the Giant Food Face Off is about to begin. Channel 3's anchors are facing off to fight hunger and they need your help.

Join team Russ, team Kris, team Hollie or team John by making a food or money donation.

Food donations are being accepted in specially marked bins Friday April 11 here at the WKYC studios, 1333 Lakeside Ave. in downtown Cleveland and at the following Giant Eagle locations:
  • Cleveland - 3050 W. 117th St.
  • Broadview Heights - 4343 Royalton Rd.
  • North Olmsted - 27264 Lorain Rd.
You can also donate money by clicking on the following link:

Let's knock out hunger by supporting Harvest for Hunger in Northeast Ohio. Sponsored by Giant Eagle … neighbors helping neighbors.

Hilary Golston Joins The Channel 3 News Team

Hilary Golston
By Frank Macek

WKYC-TV has announced Hilary Golston will be joining the Channel 3 News family this month as a Multi-Media Journalist and Reporter.

Golston comes to northeast Ohio from Birmingham, Alabama, and NBC affiliate, WVTM-TV, where she anchored and reported as part of an Emmy and AP award winning team.

"She’s very excited to help us make positive change and will now be closer to her family in Detroit," WKYC News Director Brennan Donnellan tells the Director's Cut Blog.

During her time at WVTM,  Hilary pioneered “Council Extra” - a weekly segment where she brought viewers important breaking stories on Sunday night. She’s covered all sorts of political stories from complex multi-million dollar bond measure referendum to the arrest and indictment of government officials. She also reported on the worst tornado outbreak in the history of the Alabama that killed hundreds of people and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings in that state.

And she’s no stranger to a strong sports culture. Hilary also pitched-in to anchor sports reports during the weekend evening shows.

In her free time, Golston loves community service that organically fits with her passions. She served on the board of the American Diabetes Association of Alabama and participated in a school-year long program aimed at improving literacy. She’s also a fan of volunteering to emcee local community events and can’t wait to get involved in Cleveland.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and loves politics. Golston started her TV career at WFRV-TV, the CBS affiliate in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and appeared on Fox Sports Network in Detroit, her hometown, as an intern for a high-school sports show before she graduated from college.

Hilary's a trained Suzuki pianist, a craft she studied for more than 8 years.

Her first day at Channel 3 will be April 14th.