Closer Look at Erie News Now: Giving You the Business
News, weather and sports is what Erie News Now covers.
It takes a team to deliver it every day of the week.
"I like know that we're that common factor that's going to deliver the news to you truthfully, honestly, with integrity and with the best people in the market," said news director Scott MacDowell, a 30-year news veteran.
The company is locally-owned.
Owner Brian Lilly is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB) Hall of Fame.
PAB has also recognized many of the station's reports over the years.
The operations are based at 3514 State St. in Erie, which is home to WICU/NBC, WSEE/CBS and Erie's CW.
It's also the home of radio station HAPPI 927 (WICU-FM), which works closely with two sister stations in Warren County - 92 Gold (WRRN-FM) and 104.3 Kinzua Country (WNAE-FM).
Radio is just some of the most recent additions. Construction in-house is making way for a new news set this fall.
Anchor Mike Ruzzi has seen many changes over the years.
He started in sports 40 years ago and made the jump to news 10 years ago.
"When I first started, we were on three-quarter inch tape," said Ruzzi. "You returned from a game and didn't get done editing your piece until 10 p.m. after you drove back. Now you go to a NFL game, your story is done [and] in the can in a half-hour after the game ends, and you have it on for the early shows and your doing Facebook Lives."
Erie News Now uses Facebook to tell you about news, weather or sports stories we are working on.
Drone footage also nowadays helps provide big picture views.
Longtime anchor and reporter Lisa Adams marvels at the technology trends.
She started behind the scenes in 1978 as a director before going on-air.
"We would try to take big scoops," said Adams. "We had secret until the news came on. Now, we want to tell it right away because if we got it, we don't want anyone else to get it before before we broadcast."
While a number of employees have also been a part of the changes, connecting with the community remains a priority all-year long from coat drives to collecting donations for Second Harvest Food Bank and even sponsoring various events.
General manager Pam Forsyth has fostered community over her 35 years with the station from sales to management.
"We try to sponsor as much as we can locally," said Forsyth. "A lot of our employees that are involved in nonprofit organizations. We try to take care of them and sponsor them and cover that with news coverage as well any public service that we can. Our employees are very involved themselves."
A staff of nearly 80 strong with a wide variety of ages from different departments make up the station.