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Fox61 partners with Make-A-Wish Connecticut


April 30, 2018

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Weekly Broadcast Segment to Highlight “Stories of HOPE

Hartford, CT, April 26, 2018 – FOX 61, Tribune Broadcasting’s Hartford Connecticut station today announced a partnership with Make-A-Wish Connecticut to spotlight children’s wishes and the positive benefits of those wishes. Each week FOX 61 will air a Make-A-Wish Stories of HOPE” segment hosted by FOX 61’s Emmy award winning anchors and reporters, to introduce viewers to a Connecticut child and their family, healthcare professionals and the communities that help to grant wishes. Those wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give kids with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival.

The first “Make-A-Wish Stories of HOPE” will air on Monday, April 30th on FOX 61 News at 10pm. Subsequent stories will air Tuesdays on FOX 61 News at 10pm with a rebroadcast on Wednesday FOX 61 Morning News at 9am and again on FOX 61’s Sunday Morning News between 7a-9a.

 “This partnership with FOX 61 is huge for us. We estimate that we’re currently reaching about 80 percent of eligible kids in Connecticut,” said Pam Keough, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “That means there’s still a lot of kids out there who are missing out on life-changing wish journeys and our hope is that these weekly stories will help us reach them. Reaching more kids also means we’re going to need even more support from our community, and viewers at home are going to learn about the countless ways they can make wishes come true here in Connecticut.”

 “It’s especially meaningful to partner with Make-A-Wish Connecticut, who brings happiness to people when they need it most,” said Jon Hitchcock, VP, General Manager, FOX 61 and WCCT. “Together, we will be able to expand the foundation’s reach and increase the awareness of its mission, leading to more wishes being granted to children with critical illnesses in Connecticut.”

MAKE-A-WISH CONNECTICUT: Make-A-Wish® Connecticut creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and volunteers across the state currently grant 250 wishes a year. Since its inception in 1986, the chapter has granted nearly 3,000 wishes. For more information about Make-A-Wish Connecticut, visit

EXPECT MORE HOPE: FOX 61’s Community Marketing arm, aims to inspire viewers while promoting education. It’s about our schools, our health, safety and our neighbors most in need. We are building a bridge between Connecticut companies, charities and our citizens. Learn more about Fox 61’s Hope initiative by visiting or on Twitter #hope61

FOX 61 (WTIC-TV) is one of the nation's highest-rated FOX Network affiliates, providing Connecticut viewers with outstanding entertainment, news, sports, and local event programming. FOX 61 News is the market leader in news, producing more than 61 hours of local news and public affairs programming each week, more than any other station. Its award-winning local news team is committed to keeping the public informed through, and its social media followings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and mobile apps. Connecticut audiences can “Expect More” from FOX 61 News. FOX 61 is owned and operated by Tribune Media, one of the country’s leading multimedia companies.

Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching approximately 50 million households, national entertainment cable network WGN America, whose reach is more than 77 million households, and a variety of digital applications and websites commanding 54 million monthly unique visitors online. Tribune Media also includes Chicago’s WGN-AM and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds a variety of investments, including a 31% interest in Television Food Network, G.P., which operates Food Network and Cooking Channel. For more information please visit


Press Contact

Carin Buckman
Marketing, Communications, & Digital Manager
56 Commerce Drive
Trumbull, CT  06611

Phone : (203) 261-9044
Fax : (203) 268-2168

Make-A-Wish® Connecticut
56 Commerce Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611
(203) 261-9044
Toll Free (877) 203-9474