WTOC: A Community Station

Published: Apr. 26, 2019 at 6:07 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - We continue to celebrate 65 years of broadcast excellence here at WTOC. In case you’re new to our area, WTOC stands for Welcome to our City, but to all of us here, as well as many of our long-time viewers, that “C” means community.

From the parades and festivals to just about every major non- profit and civic organization event, WTOC has been there, done that, and will continue to lead the way in our community. We pride ourselves in being known as the community station. Legendary news anchor Doug Weathers was here when WTOC was first developing that reputation.

“We are the station of the people. We did people stories. Every story we did had a meaning to a lot of people. Some TV stations this day and time totally overlook that, and we never did,” Weathers said.

Under Doug’s leadership, we all learned a valuable lesson. If there were more than 50 people in a room, WTOC needed to be there.

“Doug’s famous statement was ‘our flag flies in every event,' and it did, and it does now under Larry Silbermann, WTOC’s General Manager,” Craig Harney said. “Larry has picked that back up, probably more recently than anybody else. He has brought back that standard. In this community, these are our partners. We have to be there. The one thing has not changed for us is, it’s still about people. That was the thing that Doug, I mean every day, every day, Doug was in the newsroom and news meetings saying, 'where are the people in that story?’ He hammered, hammered, hammered that, and that’s what made WTOC different. We understood it was people stories. We followed more people stories, and that’s the way we approached it. I think that’s the way we still approach it, and I think that’s why WTOC is so different and so, so far ahead.”

Craig Harney is the perfect example of really getting how important the community is to WTOC. You may not know the face, but you’ve probably heard the name or met him covering a story that’s important to you. Craig isn’t exactly an on air personality, but he is just as easily recognized for his award-winning, thought-provoking storytelling.

“Craig Harney is one of the nicest people you’ve ever seen in your life. He knows every aspect of the station and he knows how to make people smile. He’s totally committed to the community. That’s just the first thing in mind in ever story that he tells, he tells about the community," Weathers said.

Craig, like Doug before him, continues to lead WTOC forward as the community station that all of us take so much pride in being.

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