For Immediate Release

Transition to HD moving faster than anticipated with 10 of the group's stations now on the air with JVC's GY-HD250U HD studio cameras.


Wayne, NJ (November 7, 2008) — Raycom Media, one of the nation's largest broadcasters,has converted its tenth station to HD with JVC’s ProHD cameras.  WIS-TV the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina is the latest station to upgrade its news production studio with the purchase of JVC’s GY-HD250s, KA-HD250 studio adapters, remote control units and camera control units.

WIS-TV follows the HD conversion of Raycom stations WOIO-TV in Cleveland and WXIX-TV in Cincinnati, OH, WSFA-TV in Montgomery, AL, WAVE-TV in Louisville, KY, WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, LA, WECT-TV in Wilmington, NC, WCSC-TV in Charleston, SC, WMC-TV in Memphis, TN, and WTVR-TV in Richmond, VA.  All stations are using GY-HD250s as the primary studio cameras for news broadcasts. 

“JVC has been our camera of choice since we upgraded our first station, WTVR-TV to JVC ProHD in July 2007, because of its excellent image quality, professional features and lens options.  JVC cameras work out-of-the-box and have a short learning curve when it comes to operating the camera.  Because of this, upgrading to JVC throughout our stations was seamless,” said Dave Folsom, VP and Chief Technology Officer, Raycom Media.  

“Broadcasters nationwide have been very pleased with the value, image quality and features of the GYHD250—particularly in studio configurations.  Our ability to provide camera control, intercom and tally using a standard 26-pin cable helps  make the upgrade to HD seamless,” says Joe D’Amico, director of broadcast sales, Digital Video Division, JVC Professional Products Company.

Folsom has witnessed the deployment of JVC’s ProHD in those Raycom stations that have upgraded to HD.  “The studios all look great and the quality of our broadcast is excellent.  We have the GY-HD250s in a couple of markets in which competitors have more expensive cameras and it is not at all evident that the cameras we’re using are less expensive,” added Folsom.

Folsom commented further on the value of JVC’s cameras, “Cost is an important factor when you’re converting many stations at one time.  Our goal was to find a camera that provided high quality video imagery at a modest price and JVC met our requirements.  This is especially important when you’re converting 30 stations to HD news.  The GY-HD250 cameras are very cost-effective, which allowed us to convert many of our stations to HD much sooner than we initially anticipated,” added Folsom.

Raycom plans to upgrade its additional stations to HD with JVC ProHD.  “JVC currently owns the space in this price range.  They have always provided great support and have listened to what we have to say,” said Folsom.

For more information and high-resolution photos of JVC’s GY-HD250 and GY-HD200 cameras, please visit JVC’s Web site


JVC Professional Products Company, located in Wayne, New Jersey, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of a complete line of broadcast and professional equipment. For more information about this, or any other JVC Professional Products Company product, contact JVC at (800) 582-5825; or Candace Vadnais at PFS Marketwyse 973-812-8883, ext. 430 or visit JVC’s Web site at


About Raycom Media Inc.

Raycom Media, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation’s largest broadcasters and owns and operates 46 television stations in 18 states. Raycom stations cover more than 12 percent of U.S. television households and employ 3,760 individuals in full and part-time positions. In addition to television stations, Raycom owns Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and events management and distribution company in Charlotte); Raycom Post (a post production facility in Burbank, California), Broadview Media (a post production/telecommunications company based in Montgomery), and CableVantage (a cable advertising sales group based in Columbia, South Carolina). 

Further information about Raycom Media can be found at the corporate website,