Thursday, January 22, 2015

Meteorologist Greg Dee To Join Channel 3 Weather This February

Greg Dee, courtesy KARK-TV
WKYC welcomes popular meteorologist and severe weather expert Greg Dee to the Channel 3 Weather team beginning this Febuary, announced WKYC News Director Brennan Donnellan this week.

"Greg is a severe weather expert who has received local and national recognition for his work tracking and reporting on tornadoes," explained Donnellan.

Dee will join the station from KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas, where is currently the morning meteorologist and will become an important part of the WKYC Weather team of Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling, Hollie Giangreco, Marcus Walter and Bruce Kalinowski to bring viewers even better severe weather coverage in 2015.

According to his bio on the KARK-TV website, Greg Dee joined the KARK 4 Weather Authority team in May 2008 as weekend meteorologist. Greg is a true weather junkie, always checking the latest radar when there storms around or looking around the country for our next big weather maker.

Though originally from Connecticut, Greg Dee has been in the south since 2000. The main reason Greg moved southward was for school, but the warmer weather was a big factor as well. Greg attended Florida State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology and a Master's of Science degree in Geography. He is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. He holds the American Meteorological Society's CBM Seal of Approval and was voted as the 2009 AMS Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year for his severe weather coverage of the 2007 Enterprise, Alabama tornado.

After graduation, Greg headed 90 miles northwest to Dothan, Alabama to be the Chief Meteorologist at KARK's sister station, WDHN-TV. Though not far away distance wise, the weather in Alabama was much less tropical and much more severe, especially during the spring. Greg spent most of his time tracking strong fall and winter storms that often brought high winds, hail, and tornadoes to southeast Alabama. His most memorable storm was on March 1 of 2007 when a supercell thunderstorm spawned a tornado through Enterprise, Alabama. The twister ripped through the city's high school where over 1,200 students took shelter, taking 8 lives. Greg's wall-to-wall coverage of the storm was later recognized by the community.

Though he enjoys forecasting the weather, Greg also likes getting out and meeting the local community. One of his favorite activities is going around to local schools and youth groups to teach kids about the weather. Not only is it important to know what causes our weather, but it's also important that kids know what to do when severe weather strikes so they can help protect themselves and their families.

When not tracking areas of low and high pressure, you can probably find Greg out and about behind the lens of a camera. Greg is an avid shutterbug and enjoys all types of photography, especially sports. When not taking pictures of his Seminoles, Greg enjoys traveling around Arkansas, capturing the beautiful places that can be found right here in the natural state.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WKYC-TV 3 Brings Justice Network to Northeast Ohio

A brand new crime and investigation entertainment network is coming to Northeast Ohio and that means bad news for area criminals. Starting Tuesday, January 20 the Justice Network, a free over-the-air multicast network, will air live on WKYC’s 3.2 digital channel. The first-of-its-kind network -- hosted by Emmy award-winning broadcaster John Walsh -- will feature gripping stories of true crime and aims to make communities safer by empowering viewers to take action.

Working in partnership with Crime Stoppers USA, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and other law enforcement agencies, the Justice Network will dedicate 90 seconds to public service every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This includes thirty seconds to the most wanted fugitives, thirty seconds to help locate missing children, and thirty seconds to providing viewers with invaluable safety tips.

Additionally, Justice Network will have a range of entertaining programming and gripping stories of true mystery. This compelling content includes popular series such as Body of Evidence, Masterminds, The Investigators, Psychic Detectives, I, Detective, LA Forensics, Missing Persons Unit, Murder by the Book, Parco P.I., Locked Up Abroad, Alaska State Troopers, Extreme Evidence, North Mission Road, Haunting Evidence, Over the Limit and Dominick Dunne’s Power Privilege and Justice.

WKYC President and General Manager Micki Byrnes commented, “WKYC and Justice Network share the joint purpose of serving the greater good of all our area’s communities. By making Justice Network content available we are meeting that purpose head on while also providing engaging programming content to our area’s viewers.”

“WKYC is bringing the Justice Network to life by placing the best crime, investigation and mystery programming in front of a large audience at launch,” said Justice Network CEO Steve Schiffman. “And our mission-driven programming is giving local audiences a real chance to answer a call to action by finding missing children and catching fugitives.”

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

WKYC Now Accepting Donations For 'Homeless Stand Down'

CLEVELAND -- WKYC is inviting the public to drop off donations at the station for the Homeless Stand Down.

What are these boxes for?

Once again, we are teaming up with Hands On Northeast Ohio to spread the word about the annual Stand Down, which last year provided much-needed support to 1,100 local homeless persons, including 250 veterans.

You can drop them off at the collection boxes in the lobby at 1333 Lakeside Avenue on or before Monday, Jan. 19.

Event organizers have scaled back their wish list of donated items and are asking ONLY for the following, seven items that are most needed by homeless persons:
  • New or gently used boots (sizes 10 and up)
  • Adult winter coats (extra-large and up preferred)
  • New underwear for men and women (larger sizes preferred)
  • New and packaged socks
  • Winter hats
  • Waterproof gloves for adults
  • Diapers and wipes
These items will be given away starting on Jan. 24 at the Homeless Stand Down at the City of Cleveland Public Auditorium.

Monetary donations are also welcomed. Get details on donating by check or online by visiting the Homeless Stand Down website.