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June 15, 2022

Media relations
Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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ABC Owned Television Stations Announce Celebratory Juneteenth Programming

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To celebrate the 157th Juneteenth holiday, ABC Owned Television Stations are featuring content and programming spotlighting Black communities and traditions across its 24/7 streaming channels and linear newscasts: ABC7/WABC-TV New York, ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago, 6ABC/WPVI-TV Philadelphia, ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco, ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston, ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno.

Localish: ABC’s award-winning Localish will air “More in Common: Juneteenth Special” across its digital sites and Localish network. The special features extraordinary stories from across America highlighting the historic day and the individuals who pushed to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. In addition, Localish will rebroadcast “Our America: Black Freedom,” an intimate 2021 special that looked at the history and modern-day celebrations of Juneteenth before it was recognized as a federal holiday, and Localish’s “All Red Everything: Juneteenth Food Traditions.”

ABC7/WABC-TV New York, the most-watched television station in the nation, celebrates the Juneteenth weekend with coverage of community events and special programming. Including a collection of specials from “Here and Now with Sandra Bookman,” a public affairs program focused on the Black tri-state community, which viewers can stream online on Thursday, June 16. This year Juneteenth falls on Father’s Day, and WABC looks at the state of African American fatherhood and the challenges and triumphs they face today. The station visits a school to share how students learn about Juneteenth history; and explores the meaning behind Juneteenth red-tradition foods.

ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles is the media partner for the rescheduled 37th Kingdom Day Parade (Monday, June 20, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. PDT), with Congresswoman and LA Mayoral candidate Karen Bass as the grand marshal. The parade is hosted by anchors Leslie Sykes and Rachel Brown, with reporters Sid Garcia and Anabel Munoz. KABC will cover Juneteenth celebrations in the cities of Irvine and Corona.

ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago joins in the celebration with its half-hour special, “Our Chicago: Freedom Day,” (Sunday, June 19, 4:30 p.m. CDT). Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning anchors/reporters Cheryl Burton and Terrell Brown, the special will also be available on and ABC7’s Connected TV Apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.

6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia is the proud sponsor and broadcast partner of the “2022 Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival” (Sunday, June 19, 12:30-2:30 p.m. EDT).The parade and festival will be hosted by 6abc anchors Rick Williams and Sharrie Williams with local radio personality Gary Shepherd. Special guests attending the parade include grand marshal Sheryl Lee Ralph of ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” and the American neo soul duo Kindred the Family Soul. Viewers can also stream the parade and festival LIVE on 6abc 24/7 streaming channel.

ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston covers the Juneteenth Parade and Emancipation Park 150th Juneteenth Weekend Festival (Saturday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. CDT) across linear and KTRK’s 24/7 streaming channel. KTRK will produce a half-hour special that looks at the history of the park and shares the story of Jack Yates, an enslaved person who raised $1,000 to buy the 10 acres of land that is now Emancipation Park. KTRK is also launching a collection of 30 Juneteenth news stories on KTRK’s connected TV app with more stories added throughout the month.

ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham is the exclusive media sponsor of the Inaugural Juneteenth Jubilee, a full-day street festival in Downtown Fayetteville (June 18-19). ABC11 will also provide news coverage of several local Juneteenth celebrations throughout the region. 

ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco is featuring community members celebrating Juneteenth and covering citywide Juneteenth events across the Bay area.

ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno is sponsoring the Fresno Juneteenth Festival (Sunday, June 19).

About ABC Owned Television Stations   
Disney Media Entertainment & Distribution’s eight owned ABC stations are multiplatform leaders in local news and information. Collectively No. 1 across all U.S. television, reaching 23% of households and more than 34 million Total Viewers and 62 million digital visitors a month, with a record of 2.2 billion minutes streamed, the eight stations are comprised of WABC-TV New York, KABC-TV Los Angeles, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and KFSN-TV Fresno. WABC-New York has remained the No. 1 station in the country for 19 years. The stations also deliver locally sourced storytelling to more than 17 million viewers across America through its multiplatform lifestyle network, Localish. The station group has received numerous prestigious awards. Most recently, in 2022, the station group was recognized as a finalist by Fast Company’s WorldChanging Idea for creating “Our America Equity Report.”  In 2021, WABC was awarded 17 Emmy® Awards and several stations collected seven regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including “Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” and the prestigious national award for “Overall Excellence.” The entertainment brand “On the Red Carpet” won Broadcast & Cable’s “Best Lifestyle Show   In 2020, the stations received five Broadcast & Cable awards, including in the 2020 Best in Local TV Awards category as Station Group of the Year for its innovative and next-generation news reporting, and in the major market category for 2020: Best News Coverage, Best Digital Multiplatform or Website, Best Investigative Reporting Station Group and Best Public Affairs Programming, illustrating the Group’s strength and ever-increasing growth and reach in the multiplatform space.