Stories About Coronavirus

Radio Works to Provide the New Normal During Coronavirus

Date Posted: 3/27/2020

Radio stations around the United States are working to determine the new normal amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. In addition to increasing news coverage and keeping people informed about outbreaks in their local communities, stations are working with each other to determine what works best and how to best serve the public. Read more stories about changing conditions at

WGBH Broadcasts Education Service for Students at Home

Date Posted: 3/27/2020

PBS and PBS’s WGBH-TV Boston have joined together to broadcast a daily five-hour learning service serving starting on March 30. The programming will offer science, history and language arts lessons for students from grades six to twelve. Other educational resources will be available on PBS LearningMedia and PBS KIDS.

“With [our] channel available free over the air, these educational programs can reach all families, including those who do not have internet access or computers at home,” said Liz Cheng, general manager of television at WGBH. “We are proud to work with PBS stations across the country to make this service widely available.”

WMC Offers Lessons for Kids

Date Posted: 3/27/2020

Gray’s NBC affiliate WMC-TV Memphis has partnered with Shelby County Schools (SCS) to offer broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources to support continued at-home learning and provide greater access to educational resources. SCS is Tennessee’s largest public school district and among the 25 largest public school districts in the United States. During the school closure, more than 113,000 students are home and many have limited access to technology or internet. For children living in homes without broadband internet service, the lack of schooling cannot simply be replaced by online distant learning substitutes. Watch here.

“As more districts address the potential for long-term school closure, it is essential to find ways to address digital disparities and continue to provide learning opportunities and critical services to our students,” said Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris M. Ray. “We appreciate WMC for partnering to support distance learning.”

WKXW-FM Hosts Second Town Hall Focused on COVID-19

Date Posted: 3/27/2020

Townsquare Media’s WKXW-FM Trenton, N.J, hosted a second town hall broadcast on March 26 addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on health and medical issues. Morning news anchor Eric Scott broadcast live from the WKXN-FM studios, while guests called into the station. Guests included an infectious disease specialist and the Division of Geriatrics chief at Hackensack University Medical Center. The town hall was also streamed on the station’s website and social media pages.

KIRO Launches Podcast and Joins With Hubbard During Coronavirus

Date Posted: 3/27/2020

Bonneville’s KIRO-FM Seattle launched on March 24 “COVID-19: Seattle Podcast” to provide daily updates for Washington state residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this project,” said KIRO Radio Program Director Bryan Buckalew. “I think [on air personality] Dave Ross, with his decades of news experience, and Aaron Granillo, with his reporter’s sensibility, are uniquely capable of examining the effects of the coronavirus pandemic as it expands in Washington state and across the nation.”

KIRO-FM has also partnered with Hubbard Radio’s KQMV-FM, KWRM-FM and KNUC-FM Seattle to offer expanded news coverage. KIRO broadcasts an hourly news update regarding COVID-19 on the each of Hubbard stations and encourages listeners to listen to music programming as a mental break from news coverage during a stressful time.

Broadcaster Creativity on Display for COVID-19 Coverage

Date Posted: 3/26/2020

Broadcasters have always been creative in figuring out ways to get the word out during challenging times. But the flexibility on display by the nation’s broadcasters during the COVID-19 outbreak has been nothing short of extraordinary. Broadcast engineers and technologists are "MacGyver’ing" solutions to ensure that the public is protected, informed, and in this environment of social distancing, comforted.

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WCVB Supports Scholarship During COVID-19 Crisis

Date Posted: 3/26/2020

Hearst’s ABC affiliate WCVB Boston has been supporting the Inner City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) as it plans to celebrate its 30th anniversary dinner gala virtually on April 2nd due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 26, the event had raised $3.3 million and was up 11 percent compared to last year.

ICSF benefits the Catholic Schools Foundation, which helps local urban students. WCVB supports ICSF year-round by airing PSAs (about $100,000 in donated airtime in 2019). When ICSF could no longer hold an onsite event, WCVB Anchor and four-time gala emcee Ben Simmoneau recorded an introduction and voice overs from WCVB studios. ICSF will use these recordings to virtually introduce program guests.

ICSF was started 30 years ago by then WCVB President and General Manager Jim Coppersmith, Vice President of Programs Paul LaCamera, and Public Affairs Director Donna Latson Gittens. WCVB continues to support ICSF as the media sponsor for its gala. Current WCVB President General Manager Bill Fine serves on the 30th anniversary dinner committee.

KRRL-FM Hotline Helps Families in Need

Date Posted: 3/26/2020

iHeartMedia’s KRRL-FM Los Angeles is connecting those in need of services and supplies due to the COVID-19 pandemic with local businesses, non-profits and individuals able to help. The service, set up as a hotline number for people to call, provides essentials like hand sanitizer, toilet paper, medical supplies and even crisis counseling.

"The Cruz Show has recruited some amazing people for our on and off-air efforts, from doctors and therapists to comedians to lift spirits, we are using our airtime to inform, educate and uplift our listeners through this highly disruptive crisis," said Executive Producer Jeff Garcia.

D.C. Broadcasters Help Educate Students During School Shutdown

Date Posted: 3/26/2020

MyNetworkTV owned and operated WDCA-TV Washington, D.C., will begin broadcasting public school lessons to assist children receiving remote and online education due to COVID-19. The grade-specific lessons are intended to help offset education access disparities, as roughly 30 percent of students in D.C. lack home wifi access. TEGNA’s CBS affiliate WUSA-TV is also promoting the initiative on their 9 a.m. morning program.

"Helping our community’s children to keep learning is one of the greatest public services we can provide during this trying time," said Richard Dyer, president and general manager of WUSA. "We’re glad to partner in this effort to make sure D.C. students have access to various avenues for learning."

L.A. Radio Provides Information and Connection

Date Posted: 3/26/2020

L.A. radio stations provide continuous information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Listeners also turn to their favorite local stations to feel connected to their communities, as people are working from home and schools are closed.

“What people are looking for even more than music to comfort them is connection, and that’s what they get from the voices and the personalities they know,” said Judy McAlpine, president of USC-owned KUSC-FM.

“Our station motto is ‘Live and Local,’ and that’s what we’re doing,” said Isabel Gonzalez, content and brand director for the Meruelo Group’s KLLI-FM Los Angeles.

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iHeart, Fox Announce Concert for America

Date Posted: 3/25/2020

iHeartMedia and Fox announced on March 25 “The iHeart Living Room Concert For America,” a music event to provide entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The concert will air commercial free on March 29 across all iHeartMedia radio stations and on Fox, during the iHeartRadio Music Awards’ original broadcast timeslot. Hosted by Elton John, the event will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, and Tim McGraw and others. The performances will be filmed with their personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment. The event will pay tribute to the health professionals and first responders fighting the spread of the virus. It also will encourage viewers to support Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

Radio One Commits to Donate 10,000 PSAs

Date Posted: 3/25/2020

Radio One Indianapolis has committed to airing 10,000 PSAs to help local citizens and community organizations during the COVID-19 crisis. PSAs must be community driven, diverse in nature, and contain resources that serve the public.

“Radio One has the most diverse listening audience in central Indiana. Our overall goal is to make sure our wide range of listeners have the necessary information and tools they’ll need to help navigate this crisis,” said Radio One Regional Vice President Deon Levingston.

CBS Releases PSA for Affiliate Stations

Date Posted: 3/25/2020

CBS released a public service announcement on March 17 for affiliate station use featuring station personalities and celebrities from network programming. The PSA is aimed to calm nerves amid the COVID-19 pandemic and remind viewers we will deal with the pandemic together. Watch one version of the PSA from Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s FOX/CBS affiliate station WSBT-TV South Bend, Ind.

Nexstar Broadcasting Hosts Virtual Town Hall with West Virginia Governor

Date Posted: 3/25/2020

Nexstar Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate WOWK-TV Charleston, W.V., hosted a virtual town hall on March 19 with Governor Jim Justice regarding the state’s response to COVID-19. Hosted by WOWK anchor Mark Curtis, the virtual town hall posed questions to the governor and other state officials. The town hall was broadcast on independent station WDVM-TV, CBS affiliate WTRF-TV, NBC affiliate WBOY-TV and CBS affiliate WVNS-TV.

WOFL Raises $80,000 for Florida Families Impacted by COVID-19

Date Posted: 3/25/2020

Fox owned and operated WOFL-TV Orlando, Fla., raised $80,000 for a local food bank to help families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Feeding Families in Crisis” fundraiser helps Second Harvest Food Bank, which collects and redistributes food donates throughout central Florida. The station highlighted the importance of donating, especially after schools were closed due to the virus, and aired interviews from food bank staff to encourage donations.

iHeartMedia Connects Community to Coronavirus Resources

Date Posted: 3/25/2020

iHeartMedia Charlotte launched an initiative to help the local community by highlighting local organizations and services available to those in need during the pandemic crisis. iHeartMedia Charlotte stations will promote the campaign on station websites and on-air every hour. The campaign will also highlight businesses operating on limited hours and restaurants offering delivery, pickup or gift cards during the COVID-19 pandemic.

D.C. Broadcasters Fill Food Banks During Coronavirus

Date Posted: 3/25/2020

D.C. sports broadcasters began exchanging video shout outs for donations to fill area food banks during the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March. Proceeds from each personalized shout-out video, which are made on the app Cameo, benefit the Capital Area Food Bank, D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table.

“It’s something that we can do that would be fun for people out there who probably need a smile, and at the same time raise money for the people who need it the most,” said John Walton, the radio voice of the Washington Capitals. “There are a lot of people in this town who are doing hero’s work. We want to help give them the tools to keep doing that.”

Local News Programs Adapt to Social Distancing Rules

Date Posted: 3/25/2020

Journalists and local news stations are altering their routines to abide by social distancing rules and shelter-in-place orders to help halt the spread of the coronavirus, sometimes filming segments in makeshift studios -- often in their own homes. While reporting from home poses challenges, local stations are able to keep viewers informed and calm during uncertain times.

“The most amazing thing is the viewer response,” said Joey Miller, weather producer at NBC’s WMAQ-TV Chicago. “People talking about how refreshing it is to see someone, that calming voice being there, when we’re in what feels like dire times or a weird situation that none of us have really experienced before.”

Iowa Broadcasters Support Community

Date Posted: 3/24/2020

Keokuk Broadcasting’s WCEZ-FM and KOKX-AM Keokuk, IA, created a special section on its website for local businesses to advertise their current availability. The section highlighting local bars and restaurants contains current information, hours, phone number and modes of contact along with their menus for carry out and delivery. Information is also being shared on social media. The stations are offering free on-air ads and live reads to local businesses.

Broadcasters Demonstrate Social Distancing

Date Posted: 3/24/2020

TEGNA’s ABC affiliate WHAS-TV Louisville, Ky., implemented changes in mid-March to inform and educate local audiences on how to best protect themselves during the coronavirus outbreak. One such changes includes using overhead cameras so viewers can see social distancing in action. Other steps taken include limiting interviews to medical and health professionals and adding a daily 4 p.m. broadcast.

"This is what we do. We keep the community informed and thank goodness we had a plan in place," said WHAS Anchor Doug Proffitt. "I can say what we are experiencing reminds me of anchoring during September 11th or the tornado, snowstorm and ice storms that we’ve covered in the past, but they all eventually melted away. This feels very different."

Radio Broadcasters Spread Optimism, Solidarity in Crisis

Date Posted: 3/24/2020

The number of people turning to local radio stations for information, comfort and distraction is increasing as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world. Stations are, in turn, responding with messages of optimism and solidarity as they adapt to the crisis and work to keep the public informed. Read stories of radio stations online at Radio Ink and All Access, and additional stories of service on TVNewsCheck.

Entercom Connects Listeners to Mental Health Resources

Date Posted: 3/24/2020

Entercom launched on March 18 a multiplatform, live daily show focused on mental health in the midst of the COVID-19 global health pandemic. “I’m Listening; Stay Connected” is part of Entercom’s yearlong mental health initiative and provides a resource to support those struggling with mental health or feel overwhelmed by outbreak of COVID-19.

"I’m Listening: Stay Connected” will provide our millions of listeners across the country access to information and professionals in the medical field, encouraging healthy dialogue throughout this time of great uncertainty," said Pam Russo, senior vice president and general manager of Entercom’s RADIO.COM.

Pandemic Brings Viewers to Local News

Date Posted: 3/23/2020

People of all ages are turning to local news for information regarding the coronavirus and increasing television watching while staying home.

Nielsen reported that Americans are expected to watch as much as 60 percent more television during periods of restrictive shutdowns. CBS news program "60 Minutes" received the highest viewership on March 22 since December 2019.

Viewership for news in the leading 25 markets saw the largest increase in viewers under the age of 17 during the week starting on March 9, Nielsen reports. Read more.

Univision Creates PSA to Address COVID-19

Date Posted: 3/23/2020

Univision released a COVID-19 PSA featuring the network’s chief medical correspondent and has ramped up coverage in response to the virus. Additional steps to protect the public include airing a network-wide special each day, providing hourly vignettes to keep people informed and offering online resources through email, Univision apps and digital platforms.

Local TV Spreads Messages of Hope During COVID-19 Crisis

Date Posted: 3/23/2020

As people turn to local TV news for information they can trust about the global COVID-19 crisis, stations are responding with messages of hope and optimism, togetherness and kindness. TVNewsCheck featured a few messages here from these stations:

  • Cox’s ABC affiliate WFTV Orlando
  • TEGNA’s NBC affiliate WTHR Indianapolis
  • KAKE, Lockwood Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate KAKE Wichita, Kan
  • Lilly Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate KITV Honolulu
  • Nexstar’s NBC affiliate WCMH Columbus, Ohio
  • Circle City Broadcasting’s CW affiliate WISH Indianapolis
  • Weigel Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate WBND South Bend, Ind.
  • Nexstar’s Fox affiliate WXIN Indianapolis
  • TEGNA’s CBS affiliate WTSP Tampa

“We feel it is important to share messages of hope during these difficult times,” said Dan Meyers, marketing director at TEGNA’s NBC affiliate WGRZ Buffalo. “We want people to feel that we will get through this, and we will do it together.”

Americans Turn to Broadcasters for COVID-19 Coverage

Date Posted: 3/22/2020

The Pew Research Center has found that Americans are turning to, and trusting, broadcasters to keep them informed about the outbreak of COVID-19. The majority of Americans feel news media has covered the outbreak well, and the level coverage provided has helped individuals make informed decisions about their health.

ABC Replaces Afternoon Talk Show with COVID-19 News Program

Date Posted: 3/20/2020

ABC began airing a novel coronavirus focused news program on March 18, temporarily replacing a midday talk show. “Pandemic: What You Need to Know” is led by ABC’s 20/20 co-anchor Amy Robach and guided by Jennifer Ashton, chief medical correspondent at ABC News. The program will focus on developing news surrounding the novel coronavirus and adjustments for living during a global pandemic.

WNNX-FM Stays On-Air Amid Coronavirus Shut Down

Date Posted: 3/20/2020

Cumulus’ WNNX-FM Atlanta took extraordinary measures in mid-March to stay on the air and keep listeners informed after the station was closed to protect employees from coronavirus. The team behind WNNX-FM’s morning show, “Bailey and Southside,” broadcast live from host Jason Bailey’s living room. The team has kept broadcast the show from the remote location since March 16 and plans to continue.

“We will remain broadcasting remotely,” said WNNX Program Director Axel Lowe. “At the moment, it looks like this is the new normal.”

KING-TV Pivots Programming to Increase Coverage of COVID-19

Date Posted: 3/20/2020

TEGNA’s NBC affiliate KING-TV Seattle has changed a weekday 4 p.m. lifestyle program to news coverage, in response to growing need for information regarding novel coronavirus. The station also dedicated their website to promoting “Facts Not Fear” about the virus starting on March 11.

“There is a certain set of expectations when KING[-TV] is on the air,” said KING President and General Manager Jim Rose.

NBC Stations Expand Local Newscasts Due to Coronavirus

Date Posted: 3/20/2020

NBC owned and operated stations in various markets implemented new local newscasts on March 16 to increase coverage of the COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus. WNBC-TV New York, KNBC-TV Los Angeles, KNTV San Francisco, WTVJ-TV Miami and WVIT-TV Hartford, Conn., began airing new, half-hour local newscasts at 7 p.m. on weekdays. WBTS-TV Boston, WCAU-TV Philadelphia, KXAS-TV Dallas and KNSD-TV San Diego also expanded their 11 p.m. programming to a full hour.

KOMO Hosts TV Townhall to Help Seattle Plan in Pandemic

Date Posted: 3/20/2020

Sinclair Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate KOMO-TV Seattle aired on March 15 a one-hour special to help people plan, not panic, during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, hosted by weeknight anchor Preston Phillips, included medical experts, patients and family members impact by the virus. The townhall also provided information about testing, social distancing and preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Nexstar Hosts Town Hall with Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Date Posted: 3/20/2020

Nexstar Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate KXAN-TV Austin hosted a virtual town hall with Governor Greg Abbott on March 19 to discuss the state’s response to novel coronavirus and the resulting disease, COVID-19. The governor was joined by top state government officials from the departments of health, infectious diseases, education and emergency management. The town hall was additionally broadcast on Nexstar’s ABC affiliate KMID-TV; CBS affiliate KLBK-TV; CW affiliates KIAH-TV and KDAF-TV; FOX affiliate KWKT-TV; and NBC affiliates KXAN-TV, KRBC-TV, KAMR-TV, KVEO-TV, KTSM-TV, KSAN-TV, KTAL-TV, KETK-TV and KFDX-TV.

WFSB Three Hour Town Hall Covers Coronavirus in Connecticut

Date Posted: 3/19/2020

Meredith Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate WFSB-TV Hartford, Conn., aired on March 19 a three-hour special on COVID-19 in the state. U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, Governor Ned Lamont, and local and state health officials participated in the evening using video conference calls. WFSB focused the event on covering topics relevant to the local community, including a question-and-answer session on access to food, supplies and medical assistance; what to do when experiencing symptoms; and the state’s overall response to the pandemic.

“Our news stations are a part of the communities they serve, and right now it’s important that we support those communities,” said Gary Brown, Meredith’s senior vice president of content.

Beasley Boston Supports Local Restaurants Shuttered by Coronavirus

Date Posted: 3/18/2020

Beasley Media Group’s Boston cluster is helping local businesses impacted by novel coronavirus by encouraging listeners to purchase gift cards from local restaurants. As a part of the “Operation Gift Card: New England” campaign, WBZ-FM, WROR-FM, WBQT-FM, WKLB-FM and WBOS-FM are advertising local restaurants and their online gift card options for free with on-air promotion, on social media and on station’s websites.

“With local restaurants and small businesses experiencing a number of restrictions, including restaurants moving towards a take-out/delivery only model by March 17, we wanted to show our support during these challenging times,” said Beasley Media Group Boston Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna.

Fox Corporation Offers All Viewers Free Access to National and Local News

Date Posted: 3/18/2020

Fox Corporation announced on March 18 that it is offering unlimited access to FOX Television Stations and FOX News Channel to ensure that all Americans can access the latest national and local news regarding the COVID-19 global pandemic. FOX Television Stations and FOX News Media also collaborated to launch a nightly three-minute prime time live report.

Breaking news, live stream updates, and exclusive interviews with health officials are available on Content from FOX’s 29 owned and operated television stations are available for free on and the FOX NOW app.

“Our highest duty as a company is to provide the individuals and communities we serve with information and analysis to help educate and protect them during dangerous times,” said Executive Chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch.

“In our dedicated mission to inform the public, FOX News Channel and FOX Television Stations are proud to provide Americans with free access to extensive urgent national and local news on the pandemic, serving as a critical resource during this unprecedented crisis,” said FOX News Media Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Scott and FOX Television Stations Chief Executive Officer Jack Abernethy.

WMMR-FM Hosts ’March Sadness’ Amid Coronavirus

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Date Posted: 3/18/2020

Beasley Media Group’s WMMR-FM Philadelphia kept sports alive after the cancellation of March Madness due to COVID-19 with a social distancing safe free throw competition on March 17. Dubbed “March Sadness,” station personalities Preston and Steve used a multi-person video conference call to connect with four participants, who matched up and shot free throws from their separate locations. WMMR-FM streamed the competition live on Facebook.

“I had a great time today in the [basketball] tournament,” said Anthony, the winner. “In light of everything that is going on in the world right now, it was really great to laugh and participate in the event.”

KELO Lights Up 200-Foot Beacon of Hope

Date Posted: 3/17/2020

Nexstar’s dual CBS / MyNetworkTV affiliate KELO-TV Sioux Falls, S.D., turned on the decorative lights to its 200-foot tall tower, known as the “KELOLAND Holideck Tower,” as a tribute to everyone working to curb the spread of COVID-19. Normally used during the holidays, KELO will leave the lights on 24 hours a day as a sign of hope for the community.

Nexstar Launches Daily COVID-19 Stream

Date Posted: 3/16/2020

Nexstar launched in early March a daily coronavirus stream that is available on the websites for its 115 stations and on social media. Nexstar’s MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON-TV San Francisco organizes the stream, with daily contributions from NBC affiliate WFLA Tampa, Fox affiliate KTVI St. Louis, and its Washington, D.C. bureau. A resource page made available to stations includes CDC data, a timeline, and a video module with the latest clips on international news. Here are examples from stations:

CBS affiliate KELO Sioux Falls, S.D.
NBC affiliate WAVY-TV Norfolk, Va.
NBC affiliate KARK Little Rock
NBC affiliate WFLA Tampa

“We launched the daily stream earlier this week as an additional resource for people to get the latest headlines on the virus from trusted, local news sources,” said Austin Kellerman, Nexstar’s director of digital content. “With all the misinformation out there, this is a way to get trusted information.”

Radio Executives Respond to the Coronavirus Crisis

Date Posted: 3/14/2020

Independent and small radio stations are taking steps to protect their staff during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak while continuing to serve the public, station executives say. Jeff McCarthy, Midwest Communications’ vice president of programming, says keeping listeners informed by presenting accurate, factual information is radio stations’ top priority. Full Story: Radio Ink

TEGNA’s ‘Facts Not Fear’ Approach to Coronavirus

Date Posted: 3/9/2020

TEGNA stations are committed to a “Facts Not Fear” approach to reporting on the coronavirus outbreak, with a focus on providing context and perspective, while not downplaying the severity of the situation. TEGNA is paying close attention to the graphics stations use and encourages reporters to take the time needed to ensure they report accurate information. National and local fact-checking teams at TEGNA’s project Verify are focused on coronavirus misinformation and are creating accurate reports.

NBC affiliate KPNX Phoenix aired a segment addressing rumors about how coronavirus might spread on international flights.

NBC affiliate KUSA Denver produced an 80-second video mission statement promising viewers that it will not “play on our fears and yours” with click-bait headlines. It also pledged not to “guess or speculate or assume,” but instead seek out multiple experts and vetted sources.

NBC affiliate KSDK St. Louis also aired a segment about TEGNA’s “Facts Not Fear” approach. The station offered a phone number so viewers can text questions about the coronavirus and receive answers from medical professionals.

“Our journalists and our news leaders are handling this with such care and such a commitment to help their communities,” said TEGNA VP of News Ellen Crooke. “They have a great sense of this is a duty to our country, to do this well and to do this properly.”

NBC News Launches Coronavirus Effort

Date Posted: 3/4/2020

NBC News launched on February 28 a new network-wide initiative to address the coronavirus as infections hit more than 80,000 cases across six continents. The initiative includes a 24/7 live-blog with extensive video and the latest updates every few minutes. A dedicated morning news takeover — Morning Rundown Special Edition: Coronavirus Crisis — started March 2. Read more here.

ABC Provides Extensive TV and Radio COVID-19 Coverage

Date Posted: 3/2/2020

ABC News is producing extensive, daily coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak (also known as coronavirus) across all platforms. On March 6, ABC News created a daily program called “COVID-19: What You Need To Know” on its streaming channel ABC News Live. The show airs at noon on weekdays and is simulcast on ABC News Radio, with anchor Aaron Katersky providing radio-specific content.

Katersky also hosts ABC Audio’s daily podcast, “COVID-19: What You Need to Know.” ABC Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton answers questions from social media. “Nightline” will also focus exclusively on the coronavirus.

“In times of global crisis, we as journalists have a public service to give our viewers the essential information they need to stay informed and help them make any decisions for their own and their family’s well-being,” said Nightline Executive Producer Steven Baker. “This type of in-depth daily coverage is in the show’s DNA.”

Entercom Stations Address COVID-19

Date Posted: 3/1/2020

Entercom stations across the country are dedicating significant over-the-air and digital inventory to covering the COVID-19 global pandemic. On March 16, Entercom launched a podcast called “Coronavirus Daily.” Radio Ink spoke with Entercom’s Senior Vice President of Programming and personnel from WINS-AM New York City, WCBS-AM New York City, KNX-AM Los Angeles, WBBM-AM and WCFS-FM Chicago, and KHTP-FM Seattle about their coverage. KNX-AM is providing around-the-clock coverage on-air. Read more here.

“It comes down to trust and credibility,” said WINS-AM Brand Manager Ben Mevorach. “As millions of people in our area seek to find news that informs and doesn’t hype, they come to 1010 WINS. The same place they have come to during major crises for decades. Our entire staff is focused on bringing information, providing answers, and connecting the community.”

“This is our story. We live and work here,” said WCBS-AM Brand Manager Tim Scheld. “As members of the community ourselves, we at WCBS 880 are committed to covering this story for our neighbors, friend and family.”

Beasley Addresses COVID-19

Date Posted: 3/1/2020

Beasley Media Group implemented a companywide COVID-19 coverage and prevention policy. All stations are committed to providing timely, accurate updates over the air, while Beasley websites include up-to-the-minute information under the “Community of Caring” campaign umbrella. Beasley has also cancelled and postponed events and implemented telework and no work travel policies.

“The challenges we face are extraordinary, but the moment is not unique,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer, Caroline At our core, our company exists to serve our employees, advertisers and our communities and keep them safe and informed during times exactly like this. Broadcasters are at our best during uncertain times.”

Townsquare Hosts COVID-19 Town Hall

Date Posted: 3/1/2020

Townsquare Media’s WKXW-FM Trenton, N.J. aired a special Town Hall on March 12 to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The broadcast, hosted by Special Projects Director and Morning News Anchor Eric Scott, featured Dr. Ed Lifshitz, medical director of the New Jersey Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Service; Dr. Lincoln Miller, infectious disease specialist with RWJ Barnabas Health; Ken Kamen, president of Princeton-based Mercadien Asset Management; and a representative from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. It also streamed on Facebook Live.