(WTVM) - WTVM News Leader 9 and Clear Channel Radio Columbus will be sharing news and information in a new partnership that begins March 24, 2014.
The affiliation will create yet another way that WTVM, the number one News Leader in the 15 county DMA, (*source November 2013 Nielsen) shares local news, weather and severe weather information.
In addition, the partnership will help viewers and listeners have an additional life line during severe weather as Clear Channel will broadcast WTVM News Leader 9 live when there is an immediate threat to public safety, such as a Tornado Warning or other such emergency arises.
"We are delighted to have Clear Channel as our partner. WTVM News Leader 9 will now add to the many ways we reach our loyal viewers. Besides our live local news on the television side and our digital news offerings through our mobile app and website, now we will be able to offer busy viewers a way to hear our news on many of Clear Channel's stations. "says WTVM Vice President and General Manager Holly Steuart. "For instance, we look forward to providing the WTVM 6pm News live, Monday through Friday on WDAK 540 AM. We glad that people driving home at 6pm won't have to miss our newscast."
"We look forward to this partnership with WTVM, Clear Channel is committed to providing our listeners with top notch entertainment via our radio stations and iHeart Radio. This gives us one more way to deliver not only the best in local radio programming but the best in news and weather as well," says Clear Channel Columbus Vice President and General Manager Jennifer Newman.
WTVM has the area's only local news app which features up-to-the-minute content from News Leader 9 and Storm Team 9. WTVM also produces six hours of live, local news a day beginning at 5am, and including the 7pm and 10pm newscasts aired on our sister station WXTX Fox 54.
About Raycom Media
Raycom Media, Inc. was created in 1996 with the purchase of 15 television stations, two radio stations, and a sports marketing, production, events management, and distribution company. Shortly after this first acquisition, Raycom Media quickly acquired two other companies and began an unheard of growth in the media business.
Raycom, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation's largest broadcasters and owns and/or provides services for 53 television stations in 36 markets and 18 states. Raycom stations cover 12.6% of U.S. television households and employ nearly 3,500 individuals in full and part-time positions. In addition to television stations, Raycom owns Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and events management and distribution company in Charlotte, NC) and Tupelo-Honey Productions (a Sports and Entertainment Production company based in New York), as well as Broadview Media (a post production/digital signage company based in Montgomery). Raycom is also responsible for the design and hosting of Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail website.
Raycom owns regional cable and syndication television, and digital media rights to Atlantic Coast Conference Athletics.
With a strong belief in community, Raycom Media television stations take editorial positions on key community issues. It is the vision of the company that it be involved in the communities its broadcast properties serve. By editorializing on local issues and seeking out divergent points of view, Raycom Media television stations create an atmosphere of community dialog.
Raycom Media is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama
Further information about Raycom can be found at the corporate website, http://www.raycommedia.com.
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