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February 12, 2019

Stories of the International Children’s Winter Games in Lake Placid Continue on Syndicated Television

First program to air this Saturday Feb 16 on NBC at 9 am

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The International Children’s Winter Games in Lake Placid ended a month ago, but through various media platforms, the talents of a local youngster and television syndication, the legacy of those Games is being extended.

Enter Emmy Award-winning Teen Kids News (TKN) – a weekly 30-minute television show that’s of the kids, by the kids and for the kids. The concept debuted in 2003 and is premised on youngsters doing great things to make the world a better place. Teen Kids News airs on more than 200 television stations across the country, and features youth anchors and reporters, dishing news pertinent to youngsters.

During the International Children’s Winter Games last month, 12-year-old Lincoln Norfolk, of Lake Placid, anchored a nightly report that aired on the event’s Facebook page. But Norfolk’s producer, John F. Morgan, also of Lake Placid, saw the potential of the Games, Norfolk and the stories generated by the athletes. Morgan contacted TKN which saw the connection and signed on for a number of segments to extend the impact.

“When John came to me last year with this idea of youth telling the stories, I immediately thought it was a natural connection,” said James McKenna, President of the Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, which planted the seed for Lake Placid as host site. “The Youth Olympic Games function similarly, with kids covering kids’ stories. I thought it was the best way to make the Children’s Games more relevant to the event’s primary audience.”

Among the initial stories to air on TKN were the Games Opening Ceremony, where Norfolk and Morgan captured athletes welcoming fans in their native language.

“Well-produced and fast-paced, the report on the 2019 International Children’s Games was a perfect fit for Teen Kids News,” said Marilou Jacoub, TKN producer. “It gave our viewers an excellent overview of the competition, as well as an appreciation for the global diversity of the young competitors.”

Morgan said other Children’s Games vignettes with different themes will air later in the year on TKN. In the North Country, TKN airs every Saturday on WPTZ NBC 5 in Plattsburgh, N.Y. at 9 a.m.

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