Local News

October 23, 2014

Chicago station replaces anchor with Ebola in reopen

A technical glitch at Chicago CW affiliate WGN-TV caused its morning anchor’s smiling face to be replaced with an image of the Ebola virus. The station was airing its normal reopen and after the announcer read anchor Larry Potash‘s name, the audio track continued with Robin Baumgarten‘s name, but the control room inadvertently switch the video […]

October 21, 2014

Seattle station mixes up Peyton Manning, Gary Payton

KOMO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, has found itself in a bit of a name mixup. The station, which was covering Peyton (note the spelling of “Peyton”) Manning’s new touchdown record, put up an OTS with what it thought was Manning’s photo. The photo was actually of Gary Payton (note the spelling of “Payton” here). Not only is […]

October 20, 2014

Raleigh station continues ‘corny’ trend of anchor desks made from unusual materials

We’ve already seen an ice anchor desk (again and again and again), a trend that segued into a sand desk — so now, from the same station that brought you the latter, it’s time for a corn anchor desk. WRAL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, has created an anchor desk made from corn. The desk includes […]

October 17, 2014

Grand Rapids forecaster falls victim to spider prank

National Face Your Fears Day was Oct. 14 and one station saw that as opportunity to play a prank on one of its own. Kelly Smith, a forecaster at the Grand Rapids, Mich. Fox affiliate WXMI-TV, has a bit arachnophobia — something that was apparently well known around the station. So her thoughtful production team […]

October 16, 2014

Portland NBC updates lighting and set

Working with Advanced Broadcast Solutions, KGW-TV updated its main studios lighting package and set design in August and September. “Between the lighting and the new Planar wall, it feels like we have a new set,” said David Boyd, KGW-TV director of technology. “As expected, there were some concerns with the plan to pull out the […]

October 15, 2014

Charlotte Fox creates a different kind of morning show vibe

When WJZY-TV launched “Good Day Carolinas” in August, the station wanted to create a different kind of morning show atmosphere. High energy, conversational news and entertainment were at the forefront of the new show, and Fox 46 needed a set to match. Working with set designer JHD Group, WJZY-TV created a diner feel, a “comfortable place […]

October 14, 2014

Q&A: Erector Sets creates sleek set for VIETV

Erector Sets recently completed a sleek design for VIETV, a Houston based Vietnamese-language channel. The set was created on a tight budget, but still packs a large impact. Talk a little about the background of the project? This set is full of lights, color and designed with a hyper modern and sleek aesthetic. This project is […]

October 14, 2014

Raleigh NBC debuts set inspired by North Carolina

Media General’s WNCN-TV debuted a new set last week, designed by FX Design Group. “This is an investment that allows our team to provide our customers with an even higher level of service,” said Andrea Parquet-Taylor of WNCN-TV. “Our mission is to be community champions who empower smarter thinking and this is simply another tool to […]

October 3, 2014

Philly ABC WX promo: ‘Who do you think I am?’

WPVI-TV, the ABC O&O in Philadelphia is airing promos spotlighting forecaster Cecily Tynan centering around the theme of her name being synonymous with weather forecasting. The first scene includes two office workers speculating on the weekend’s weather. The overly enthusiastic male worker is eager to plant begonias, while his gloomy female coworker responds with a sarcastic […]

October 2, 2014

Milwaukee station reflects on ‘Hello’ campaign

Created in 1977, “Hello News” is one of the most successful station image campaigns ever created. “I want you to write a love song to the city,” said Frank Gari. “The lyrics had to embrace the community and embrace the people in the community. They’re working hard to make a living. They’re working hard to […]