Thursday, April 28, 2016

WKYC Garners Most Regional Emmy Award Nominations

Russ Mitchell & Sara Shookman
With 28 nominations, Cleveland's WKYC-TV leads the way in the 47th annual Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences in the list released early Thursday morning.

The NATAS chapter, which also includes the Toledo and Indianapolis TV markets, noted that next in line was WJW-TV with 18 nominations, Cleveland 19 with 14 nominations and tied with 13 are WEWS-TV and IdeastreamWVIZ/PBS.

The awards will be given out on June 18 during an evening at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.

Among many other categories, WKYC was nominated for its 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts, along with its Morning Newscast and Weekend Newscast; Best Weather Anchor for Greg Dee; Best Team Coverage for the Michael Brelo trial; Continuing Coverage for the Tamir Rice case; 'Stop the Violence' in the News Special category; and WKYC's The Investigator Tom Meyer earned seven nominations in multiple categories.

See all the 2016 Emmy nominations

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Betsy Kling, Jim Donovan Make Scene's Best of Cleveland 2016

Betsy Kling & Jim Donovan

The results are in! You voted for your favorite people and places in Cleveland Scene's annual Best of Cleveland survey.

Among them, WKYC's took some top spots. Betsy Kling won the Best Meteorologist and Jim Donovan grabbed title of Best Sports Reporter.

Places that made the list include Tremont, voted the Best Neighborhood, while Punch Bowl Social in The Flats was crowned the "Best Place for Grown-Ups Birthday Party."

Just in time before the Republican National Convention, Public Square gets the Best Renovation Project. Voters decided Lakewood was the Best Place to Buy a House.

View the other results here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Channel 3 Honored With Several Cleveland Press Club Awards

Congratulations to the following Channel 3 staffers on winning a Cleveland Press Club Award as part of this year's All Ohio Excellence in Journalism.
  • Triumph Uplifts Cleveland Community - Hilary Golston 
  • United Against Domestic Violence - Monica Robins, Matt Hein, Susan Moses, Carl Bachtel 
  • Hidden Homeless Left Out in the Cold in Northeast Ohio - Hilary Golston 
  • See The Possible: Jobs - WKYC staff
  • Domestic Violence: A Crime Without Boundaires - WKYC staff, staff 
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame turns 20 - staff
  • Akron's Sina King is Queen of the Comeback - Matt Florjancic 
  •, best Television News Website in Ohio - staff 
The Press Club of Cleveland Excellence in Journalism Awards event will be held June 3rd at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland.

Friday, April 15, 2016

WKYC 'See the Possible' Story Brings About Law Change

It’s a "See The Possible" success story worth celebrating.

On Friday, the Ohio Pharmacists Association selected Dawn Kendrick and WKYC for a 2016 Broadcast Media Award.

The award is for WKYC's stories about Kevin Houdeshell's family's fight for access to life-saving drugs.

The WKYC stories, the Ohio Pharmacist Association says, are stories helped lead to the law change that allows pharmacists to extend emergency supplies of life-saving drugs.

The award, the association says, is because “You conveyed an important message to the public about the value of pharmacists in serving their patients.”

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

NBC Announces "Sunday Night" and "Thursday Night" Football Schedules

NBC has announced the schedule for "Sunday Night" and "Thursday Night" Football for the upcoming season.


Thurs. Sept. 8         NFL Kickoff     Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos
Sun. Sept. 11          Week 1              New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals
Sun. Sept. 18          Week 2              Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Sun. Sept. 25          Week 3              Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Oct. 2             Week 4              Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Oct. 9           Week 5              New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Oct. 16         Week 6              Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
*Sun. Oct. 23         Week 7              Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Oct. 30         Week 8              Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Nov. 6          Week 9              Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
*Sun. Nov. 13        Week 10            Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots
*Sun. Nov. 20        Week 11            Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins
**Thurs. Nov. 24   Week 12            Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 27        Week 12            New England Patriots at New York Jets
*Sun. Dec. 4          Week 13            Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks
*Sun. Dec. 11        Week 14            Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
*Sun. Dec. 18        Week 15            Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Sun. Dec. 25          Week 16            Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Jan. 1           Week 17            TBD

*Flex Week
** Thanksgiving Night Game


Thurs. Nov. 17      Week 11             New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Thurs. Dec. 1        Week 13             Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
Thurs. Dec. 8        Week 14             Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Thurs. Dec. 15      Week 15             Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Thurs. Dec. 22      Week 16             New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

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WKYC'S Tom Meyer Honored By Cleveland Association Of Broadcasters

Special to the Director's Cut Blog
By Phil Trexler

Tom Meyer
Photo by Phil Trexler
WKYC-TV Channel 3 investigative reporter Tom Meyer was honored Thursday with the "Excellence in Television Award" by the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters for his four decades of covering and uncovering the city.

Meyer was recognized along with radio legend Dan Deely of 107.3 The Wave and long-time promoter Barry Gabel of Live Nation.

Doug Adair, the popular former news anchor at WKYC, and shock jock radio talk show host Gary Dee received the President's Award for their life-time contributions.

The CAB awards were held during a luncheon at Windows on the River. Guests included Meyer's wife of 39 years, Sandra, and their daughter, Meagan.

Meyer, known at The Investigator, has won more than 180 local, state, regional and national awards, including the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, the Press Club's National Headliner Award and a national UPI award. 

He has the distinction of winning 62 Emmys - more Emmys than any other reporter in Northeast Ohio.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Join WKYC And VeloSano In The Fight Against Cancer

Join the WKYC morning show and VeloSano in the fight against cancer by raising money for research at the Cleveland Clinic.

We kicked off our coverage for VeloSano3 Wednesday morning live from Progressive Field.

WKYC's John Anderson was there along with Paul Dolan, the Indians Chairman and CEO.

REGISTER | Join the VeloSano ride

Every dollar raised by the VeloSano event goes toward the cancer research.

During our special coverage, we also introduced you to a cyclist who missed last year's ride because he was having surgery for a brain tumor. But this year, things are different for him.

Surrounded by his co-workers and teammates, he will ride in this year's VeloSano.

For more information, go to The 2016 VeloSano weekend is July 29-31. Join the conversation on Twitter using #VeloSano3.

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

WKYC Adds Michael Estime As New Weekend Meteorologist

By Frank Macek

Michael Estime
WKYC has announced the addition of Michael Estime to the Channel 3 Weather team beginning in early May.

Estime joins Channel 3 News from WTVQ-TV/ABC36 in Lexington, Kentucky, where he serves as morning and noon meteorologist.

WKYC News Director Brennan Donnellan says Michael will become the station's weekend morning weather forecaster, joining news anchor Maureen Kyle and the rest of the Channel 3 Today team.

Estime is a graduate of Central Michigan University and earned degrees in both Meteorology and Mathematics.

He just received his American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (AMS CBM) seal of approval, an advanced accreditation that was established to raise the professional standard in broadcast meteorology and encourage a broader range of scientific understanding, especially with respect to environmental issues.

During his time at Central Michigan, Estime worked for MHTV News Central 34, and was awarded “Best Weathercaster” in 2007, 2008 & 2009.

His professional career started behind the scenes in his hometown city of Detroit at WWJ-TV through the Emma L. Bowen Foundation (EBF) where he was awarded a 5-year work/study scholarship with CBS News.

"The EBF allowed me the opportunity to work with meteorologists all over the country from New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Detroit to The Weather Channel," he says.

Donnellan says "Michael's looking forward to being closer to home. Michael loves what he has experienced so far in Northeast Ohio. He’s upbeat and optimistic and definitely sees the possible!"

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Friday, April 01, 2016

WKYC Announces New Multi-year Agreement To Remain Partners with Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians and WKYC-TV3 today announced a new multi-year agreement to remain partners in the Northeast Ohio market.

WKYC-TV3 will continue to be the Official Weathercasters of the Cleveland Indians, present WKYC Weather Day at Progressive Field (this year April 21 vs. Seattle) and provide fans other ancillary Indians programming such as “Indians Tonight” every Sunday from 11:30pm to Midnight during the baseball season April through September.

In conjunction with SportsTime Ohio, WKYC will continue to simulcast four broadcasts beginning with Monday’s home opener against Boston at 4pm.

Indians coverage on WKYC will begin with their annual Opening Day special from 1-3pm before joining the SportsTime Ohio pregame show from 3-4pm.

The four over-the-air simulcasts in 2016 will be:

Monday 4/4 – vs. Boston Red Sox

Thursday 7/7 – vs. NY Yankees

Saturday 7/30 – vs. Oakland Athletics

Friday 9/2 – vs. Miami Marlins

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