March 16, 2009

KHOU-TV/DT Channel 11 Marks Six-Month Anniversary of Hurricane Ike with Commemorative DVD Benefiting the American Red Cross

HOUSTON, TX -- Hurricane Ike hit the Galveston coast at 2:10 a.m. Saturday, September 13, causing widespread damage and devastation. The Category 2 storm knocked out power in two million homes. Hundreds of thousands of residents experienced property damage. Hundreds lost their homes altogether.

Six months later, KHOU-TV Channel 11 takes a look back with a commemorative DVD, "Overcoming Ike-Standing by You." The DVD is available to order online at for $11.00 with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Greater Houston Area Chapter.

The DVD features an exclusive collection of more than 500 photos depicting how the Galveston area beachfronts have been impacted by Hurricane Ike. Following the storm, former 11 News Chief Meteorologist and former Director of the National Hurricane Center Dr. Neil Frank flew over the affected areas capturing photos of the exact locations he had also chronicled in 2003 and 2006.

The collection of photos includes eye-opening before and after comparisons of Bermuda Beach, Sand Hill to Jamaica Beach, Palm Beach to Pirates Beach, the Bolivar Peninsula, Treasure Isle, Bay Harbor to Sea Isle and Gilchrist.

In addition to the photos, the DVD includes an informative PowerPoint slideshow narrated by Dr. Frank, as well as the one-hour television program "Overcoming Ike-Standing by You," a six-month anniversary special produced by Channel 11. The special contains Channel 11 News coverage that many viewers without power never saw.

KHOU-TV/DT is a part of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, with 2008 annual revenue of $733 million. The Company owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Nearly all Belo stations rank first or second in their local market. Additional information is available at or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6835.


Lisa Shumate

Rebecca Cantu