Monday, October 27, 2014

WKYC Celebrates A Successful "Make A Difference Day"

WKYC Station Manager Micki Byrnes painting
More than 1200 volunteers participated in 'Make A Difference Day' in Northeast Ohio on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

This day of service began more than twenty years ago by WKYC's parent company, Gannett. Channel 3 News employees rolled up their sleeves to paint rooms at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland's Broadway and Heights Youth Club locations.

"When you think about the kids that we work with 90 percent of our kids are at or near poverty, 74 percent come from single parent families they're probably not living in the best of locations," says Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland President, Ron Soeder.

"We want to make sure they have a fresh place, a place that's vibrant and colorful and brings them to life so that when they come in they have a different experience than they may have day to day or it's added to the experience that they have."

In Akron, nearly 150 people joined in the fight to end hunger by repackaging more than 50,000lbs of meat for the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank.

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, helped facilitate several volunteer opportunities throughout the area.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WKYC Partners With LeBron James Family Foundation

(Photo: LJFF)
WKYC is proud to partner with the LeBron James Family Foundation to help positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education.

Over the next few years, we'll bring you special stories, news coverage, events and projects that showcase the impactful work the Foundation is doing in Akron. And we'll explore how everyone in Northeast Ohio can be involved.

Our special coverage kicks off next Monday, October 27th at 6 p.m., and continues to opening night of the Cleveland Cavaliers season.

Please join us for a very special Akron Watch Party in support of the LeBron James Family Foundation on Thursday, October 30th at Ray's Place of Fairlawn, 25 Ghent Road. Great prizes, great food and what's sure to be a GREAT GAME!! All are welcome and there is a unique auction featuring one of a kind items for bid.

And join WKYC for extended news coverage Thursday 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. live from Cleveland and Akron.

For more information on the LeBron James Family Foundation, visit

Thursday, October 09, 2014

8 Reasons To Get The NEW WKYC News App!

WKYC has released an update to our mobile news app.

The new app is much different than our old version.

You'll get the same great news and weather coverage from all over northeast Ohio… but much more of it!

The app is available now for iPhone or Android users.

We have also updated our mobile website as well.

Our digital team has compiled a list of 8 reasons why you need to get the new app right now.
  1. It's free. So why not? 
  2. Enhanced scrolling navigation. It's easier than ever to stay informed… and you'll have the ability to see more of the important headlines from across the region.
  3. More local news than ever before! Find news headlines from your community. We've introduced more local news section for the city our county you live in.
  4. Real time traffic map featuring crash reports, delays, and construction alerts. And Tweets from Danielle Wiggins!
  5. Live streaming. Watch live streaming coverage when breaking news happens. You can ALSO watch WKYC news during our regularly scheduled broadcast times. Now works for ANDROID users too!
  6. Introducing YOUR TAKE – See news happening? Take a picture with your phone and easily upload the picture or video using the all new YOUR TAKE function within the news app. Look for other fun and exciting ways to share the sights and sounds from northeast Ohio with YOUR TAKE.
  7. Enhanced navigation control. You can decide the order of the news and information that's most important to you. Visit the settings area to customize your app.
  8. Customize news alerts that fit your schedule. We've included new features that allow you to take control of the news alerts you receive. You can use the clock to set silent times or choose specific categories that you want to receive important alerts from.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

WKYC Is Gearing Up For Make a Difference Day 2014!

It's an event where WKYC and Gannett-owned media properties across the country team up to make our communities better.

Hundreds of employees and volunteers work together to make a difference.

Learn more in the highlights below.

You can also find out how you can join in to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
  • This year, Make A Difference Day takes place on Oct. 25th. Always held on the fourth Saturday of October, it is the nation's largest day of volunteering.
  • USA WEEKEND Magazine conceived the idea more than 20 years ago and has mobilized millions of people across the U.S. for this National Day of Doing Good.
  • Pitching in to spread the word are the 46 TV stations and hundreds of newspapers owned by Gannett, plus longstanding partners Points of Light and Newman's Own.
  • As the Gannett-owned media property in the Cleveland market, WKYC takes the lead here in organizing local activities.
  • We partner with BVU, The Center for Nonprofit Excellence to offer a variety of activities on Make a Difference Day, from sorting donated clothing for Coats for Kids, to planting trees in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  • You can sign up for a Make a Difference Day activity with your family, your co-workers or by yourself.
Join us! Everyone can make a difference on Oct. 25. Sign up at or call 216-736-7711.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Behind The Scenes: Time Lapse of Channel 3 News at 6

Check out a time lapse from behind the scenes of our 6 pm newscast that I directed tonight. A lot happens in just 30 minutes! Thanks to David Hrvatin for putting this ditty together and Floor Director Jessica Dickard for recording it.