Local News

February 27, 2015

NBC Chicago upgrades WX Center, again

Less than a month after updating its weather center, Chicago‘s NBC O&O WMAQ-TV has unveiled a small new update — two flat screens mounted to the front of the presentation desk. When the changes debuted earlier this month, the desk was fronted with a rather dull looking printed graphic. In addition, WMAQ-TV is also using the […]

February 26, 2015

Charleston station ‘interviews’ Disney ice queen Elsa

Last week a Kentucky station aired the mug shot of the main character of Disney’s “Frozen,” Elsa, after a local police chief “issued” a warrant for her arrest (the crime: bringing winter weather to the area) — and now a Charleston, S.C. station has actually interviewed her. The station, WCIV-TV, is, not surprisingly, an ABC affiliate. The station […]

February 26, 2015

Detroit station moves noon news to streetside studio

Detroit‘s ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV will shift production of its noon newscast from its main studios to a downtown streetside studio. The noon show, helmed by anchor JoAnne Purtan, will begin originating from a glass-enclosed street-level space in the Qube Building today, Feb. 26. The building, formerly known as the Chase building, is a 14-story office […]

February 25, 2015

Fox Chicago goes virtual for election night

WFLD-TV, the Fox O&O in Chicago, opted to use a chroma keyed background for its election night updates Tuesday. The station was doing brief cut-ins during primetime programming to update viewers on the results, with a focus on the city’s mayoral race, and opted to have its anchors standing in front of a green screen […]

February 25, 2015

Holy sh*tballs: Something BIG is coming to Miami!

In a promo that will either get you incredibly excited or incredibly stressed out, one Miami station is promising “something big” is coming. WSVN-TV, the Sunbeam Television owned Fox affiliate in Miami known for its over-the-top production values, has been airing a mysterious spot that touts a new “innovation” coming soon. “Just one station has […]

February 24, 2015

Dallas forecaster tweets Snowmageddon ‘prayer’

Dallas forecaster Peter Delkus tweeted out a photo of himself with the words to a “prayer” running next to him. Delkus is a forecaster at WFAA-TV, which is in full storm coverage mode as the normally mild city is hit with winter weather. The full text of the prayer, which is titled “The Saint Delkus […]

February 24, 2015

Cloudy with a chance of furballs in Winston-Salem

We all know it’s been a crazy month of weather all over the U.S. (or maybe it just feels that way because it’s sweeps), but here’s a new type of fur-cast … err … forecast: Furries. Hearst’s WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, N.C. aired its seven day forecast board that included a rather unusual prediction for Wednesday: A […]

February 24, 2015

Cleveland reporter transports herself from outdoors to toasty studio

Apparently having run out of ways to emphasize just how cold it is, one Cleveland reporter used a bit of television magic to instantly transport herself from the -39 degree outdoors to the balmy studio in what was a rather stretched and contrived metaphorical standup. Melissa Reid, a reporter at WJW-TV in Cleveland, started a […]

February 23, 2015

Boston station creates ’16 box’ (or is it a ’17 box’?)

Not to be outdone by KTVT-TV‘s “14 box,” Boston‘s WCVB-TV whipped up a “16 box” — that could arguably be described as a “17 box.” The Boston Hearst ABC affiliate, wrapped up in covering a winter storm of its own a few weeks ago, threw up 16 of its reporters, anchors and meteorologists on screen […]

February 23, 2015

Dallas station airs ’14 box’ for storm coverage

It was just over a year ago that Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV grabbed attention for its “14 box” team coverage graphic during a winter storm — and now a Dallas station has followed suit. KTVT-TV, the market’s CBS O&O, presented its coverage of the winter storm bearing down on the region under the “Eye on […]