Mobile Text Alerts (SMS Alerts) from Quincy broadcast stations and newspapers fall into six main groups. The types of alerts offered may vary slightly by property. Check the station or newspaper web site for specifics.
Breaking News Alerts: These are sent from the our newsrooms at the discretion of the news staff when a story or event is of significant interest or has a significant impact on our audience as a whole.
Severe Weather Alerts: These alerts are sent from an automated system to ensure the fastest possible delivery once the National Weather Service issues the weather alert. Subscribers have the option to choose from several different alert types, including Tornado Warnings, Tornado Watches, Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Severe Thunderstorm Watches, Winter Storm Warnings, Ice Storm Warnings, Heavy Snow Warnings and High Wind Warnings. Subscribers can choose as many or as few of these alert types as they wish. Subscribers also have the option to choose the counties within the WGEM viewing area for which they want to receive the alerts. Again, subscribers may choose as many or as few counties as they wish.
School Closings Alerts: These alerts are sent from an automated system to ensure timely delivery of closing, cancellation, and delay information. Various schools, colleges, school-affiliated child care facilities, and other organizations have registered accounts which they use to notify of changes to their regular schedules. These changes are most often due to inclement weather but may be enacted because of any number of causes. When the notice is entered into WGEM's system a text alert is sent to subscribers who have chosen to receive alerts related to that school or organization. In the event that a change or update is made to the school or organization's schedule change information, a new alert will be sent. Subscribers may select as many or as few schools and organizations as they wish.
Daily Forecast Alerts: These alerts may be sent out once or twice a day. They include a short updated forecast. These alerts are typically created and sent by a meteorologist in your local Quincy property.
Programming Alerts: These alerts, offered by many of our broadcast stations, will be sent when an unplanned change is made to regular television programming. Alerts may also be sent to announce moments of significance in network programming. The purpose of these alerts is to help keep subscribers informed of changes that may impact their planned viewing or recording of television programs.
Mobile Rewards Club: Our stations offer clubs designed to help our customers have some fun and save some money. Subscribers will typically messages that may include, but are not limited to: invitations to participate in a contest, a special discount or offer from a partner business or organization, an invitation to attend an event, an invitation to join a local mobile club.
Our stations and newspapers pride themselves on respecting the personal relationship many of our subscribers have with their mobile phones. We make significant efforts to ensure that the messages you receive are likely to have value to you. While not every message will be of interest to every subscriber, we aim to offer a mix of attractive offers and valuable information, all while having some fun!