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Cleveland Stations Report on Rescue of Missing Ohio Women

Three Ohio women who went missing between 2000 and 2004 were found at a house in Cleveland Monday evening, prompting local stations to devote primetime programming to the breaking news.

WOIO‘s Ed Gallek was the first to report the news during the 6 p.m. newscast, at 6:23 p.m. Ramona Robinson and Denise Dufala anchored coverage for the CBS affiliate, which partially preempted “Evening News with Scott Pelley” for local coverage. Tiffany Tucker reported from the scene for WOIO.

NBC affiliate WKYC and Fox affiliate WJW both reported the news during their respective 7 p.m. newscasts. Robin Swoboda and Jim Donovan anchored on WKYC, which was first at 7 p.m. sharp, and Bill Martin anchored for WJW, which was next at 7:07 p.m.

ABC affiliate WEWS broke into “Let’s Ask America” with the news at 7:18 p.m. Chris Flanagan anchored, with Stephanie Ramirez and John Kosich, who nabbed one of the notable interviews of the night, reporting from the scene.

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WKYC’s Jim Donovan Named 7 p.m. Co-Anchor

WKYC sports anchor Jim Donovan is adding news anchor to his responsibilities, as he takes over as co-anchor of the 7 p.m. newscast.

The announcement is the most recent talent shuffle at the Cleveland NBC-affiliate. After longtime anchor Mark Nolan decided to leave the station, 7 p.m. anchor Chris Tye was announced as Nolan’s replacement on the morning newscast.

Donovan, who replaces Tye, will continue to do sports on the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, which will be anchored by former CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell starting next week. Read more

3 Months After Bone Marrow Transplant, Sports Anchor Jim Donovan Returns to WKYC

Jim Donovan, a longtime Cleveland sports anchor who has been absent from WKYC for three while recovering from a bone marrow transplant, is returning to the air in time for the Cleveland Browns’ first game of the season.

Donovan — who is also the radio voice of the Browns — will return to the radio airwaves in time for the 1 p.m. game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. On Monday, he will return to his post as sports anchor on the 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. broadcasts.

The 55-year-old Donovan revealed last spring that he has been battling chronic leukemia since 2000. On June 7, he underwent a bone-marrow transplant. Prior to the medical leave of absence he took to recover from the procedure, he treated his leukemia with chemotherapy — while still managing to maintain his responsibilities for both radio and WKYC, the Cleveland NBC affiliate.

WKYC Sports Anchor Tells Viewers He Will Undergo Bone Marrow Transplant

WKYC sports anchor Jim Donovan, who has been with the Cleveland NBC-affiliate since 1985, announced to viewers on Wednesday that he will be taking a medical leave of absence to begin the process of a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia.

“Since the summer of 2000, I have been dealing with a big problem of having leukemia,” Donovan told viewers at the end of WKYC’s 11 p.m. newscast. “For close to 11 years now, I’ve been going through all various kinds of treatment and it has worked pretty well but now I need a different kind of treatment.”

“Jimmy is a very private person, and has managed to keep his incredibly hectic schedule and job without most of our staff and viewers realizing the physical and mental effort involved,” said Brooke Spectorsky, WKYC’s president and general manager. “But now, it’s time for him to try and beat this disease once and for all.”

Weekend sports anchor Dave Chudowsky will fill in for Donovan during his medical leave.

Video of Donovan’s announcement inside… Read more

Stations Across the Country Run the Same Unclaimed Cash Story During Sweeps

Does the state owe you money that you didn’t even know about?

That’s the question being asked by stations around the country this month.  It’s a tantalizing set-up: the state treasury has millions of dollars in unclaimed cash and property and it could be yours with a few mouse clicks.

Stations in New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Missouri, Virginia, Oregon, North Carolina, and South Carolina have all used the story to drum up ratings during the current sweeps period and increase traffic to their websites. Read more

Philadelphia’s KYW Orchestrates a $6 Million Giveaway for Viewers

Last week Philadelphia’s KYW began running a series from consumer reporter Jim Donovan called “Claim Your Cash” in which the station helps viewers receive money and property that they may unknowingly have tied up in Pennsylvania’s Treasury Department.

According to the CBS-affiliate, Pennsylvania has $1.6 billion in unclaimed money and property, much of it owed to residents of the Philadelphia area.  Donovan visited with Treasury officials and, after his initial report last week (video above), he’s appeared on KYW to read off the names of people that have money and/or property owed to them.

It sounds part game show, part early morning infomercial, and part consumer report but there’s no denying that KYW’s “Claim Your Cash” is having a significant impact on the station’s viewers, as well as the station’s viewership. Read more