Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WKYC News & Notes: 5/31/16

By Frank Macek

It's time for another "behind the scenes" look at what's happening inside the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center celebrating our 15th year at 13th and Lakeside.

Hard to believe we are heading into June already and this summer means a very busy time for Channel 3 News with the Cavs in the NBA Finals in June, the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July and the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in August.

In the upcoming months, I will share a behind the scenes look at Channel 3's coverage of these events including the technical preparations that go into covering an event as large as the RNC.

Channel 3 News will be offering extended coverage with additional newscasts during both the RNC and Olympics including additional newscasts and our Olympic Zone show at 7:30 pm in August.

Once again, Channel 3 News was the most watched 11 pm newscast in the market in adults 25-54 in the just concluded May sweeps. Channel 3 News at 6 & 7 were number 2 in the market, along with Channel 3 News Today.

We'd like to recognize several employees who have recently left the station as part of the TEGNA voluntary retirement program over the past month:
  • Mike Gage, Audio Engineer & Master Control
  • Michael Greene, Photographer
  • Dan Bowman, Chief Photographer 
  • Brian Johnson, Photographer
  • Loren Straka, Regional Senior Accountant
Also, congratulations to the following people who have joined the Channel 3 team:
  • Steve Hensley joins the team as the station's Regional Finance Director. Previously, Steve worked at WEWS for 13 years in their business office.
  • Michael Estime joins as weekend meteorologist.
  • Chris Douglas joins our Production Department as a part-time production assistant.
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Help WKYC & United Way "Stuff The Bus With Books"

From now through June 14, the WKYC studio at Lakeside and East 13th Street is serving as a collection site for this year's United Way "Stuff The Bus With Books" campaign.

On Friday June 3rd, we’re inviting you to come have lunch with us, and bring a book!

The Nelly Belly gourmet pizza truck and also their “Cruise In Confections” dessert truck will be here at the station from 11 am to 2 pm.

Bring in a new or gently used book suitable for grades 3 through 8, and you will get a free cookie.

And every 25th customer will receive a free pizza.

United Way is collecting the books to give to Cleveland students participating in summer learning programs.

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Monday, May 02, 2016

WKYC President Micki Byrnes Receives YWCA Women of Achievement Award

WKYC General Manager and President Micki Byrnes was honored on Monday at the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon and Conference.

Micki received the 2016 Women of Achievement Award, along with the following recipients:
  • Lee Friedman, Chief Executive Officer, College Now Greater Cleveland
  • Kathryn “Kit” Jensen, Chief Operating Officer, ideastream
  • Kym Sellers, Founder, Kym Sellers Foundation; television and radio personality
  • Robyn Minter Smyers, Partner-in-Charge, Thompson Hine LLP – Cleveland Office
  • Maryrose Sylvester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Current Powered by GE
  • Nancy Tinsley, President of Parma Medical Center, University Hospitals
  • Sue Tyler, Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer, Medical Mutual of Ohio

The 2016 Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon and Conference marks the 40th year of honoring the most distinguished and notable women in Northeast Ohio.

Congratulations to Micki on this well deserved honor.

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