Lilly Broadcasting's television stations in the path of the solar eclipse led the way with hours of live, local special coverage of the historic event.

Erie, Pa., was in the path of totality, and Erie News Now led the way with eight hours of coverage including two-and-a-half non-stop hours on-air and streaming on digital platforms.

WICU and WSEE’s live coverage originated from its Erie studios, Perry Square, Liberty Park and Erie Sports Park. Live reports from Presque Isle State Park; Ashtabula, Ohio; Harrisburg, Pa., and Washington D.C. featured the emotional scenes including a marriage proposal.

Erie News Now captured 91 percent of the local digital engagement.

News director Scott MacDowell said he was “proud of the hard work our team brought to the table during our eclipse coverage; delivering community stories, breaking format with extended coverage, combined with great visuals. A real win!”

The team at WENY News in Elmira/Horseheads/Corning, N.Y., produced an extended live special report which captured the emotion of the moment. Live reports from Watkins Glen, Big Flats, Hornell and Elmira/Horseheads gave viewers a front-row seat. While it was overcast, the mood was upbeat, and WENY reporters, anchors and meteorologists joined the celebrations at area viewing parties.


 WZMQ 19 News was proud to present a live, local special report for viewers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

WZMQ was live in Marquette at Northern Michigan University for a viewing party. The CBS affiliate’s Washington correspondents brought viewers the excitement of live coverage from the National Mall in Washington D.C. and from Delta County. WZMQ was the only station in Marquette to share the event live as it happened in the U.P. 

It was a day that created memories which will last a lifetime, and the stations of Lilly Broadcasting were proud to lead local coverage.