Monthly Archives: April 2007

O-Town radio guy gets Fox TV gig

O-Town sports radio talker Dan Sileo is expanding into television. He reports that he’s going to Tampa to join the 11 p.m. NewsEdge newscast at Fox O&O WTVT-Channel 13. Sileo’s morning show on WQTM-740 AM also airs in Tampa, and it’s is adding Jacksonville to its simulcast network on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, I forgot to note last week the sad state of sports in O-Town. When your Orlando Magic traveled to Detroit to play the Pistons in their playoff series, the only local video crews covering the team in Motown were from WFTV-Channel 9 and WESH, WKMG and WOFL all stayed home. Wow, how things have changed from the old Shaq days, huh?

Finally, Sunday’s NHL double-overtime playoff game on NBC meant the scheduled special on Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro got iced. WESH reports that "Barbaro: A Nation’s Horse" will now air on CNBC on Friday at 9 p.m. and midnight.

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Did O-Town sweeps stunt rob viewers?

Here’s your May sweeps update:

Sentinel TV critic Hal Boedeker slams WKMG-Local 6 for its sweeps kickoff: a staged home burglary on Thursday’s 11 p.m. news. Boedeker wrote in his blog, "This tired stunt was a shameless bid to inject drama into the newscast" and "I’m expecting better from WKMG. Viewers are, too, after the Guetzloe Files." Read the full post here. …

WKMG was the only one of the local stations to have its main weeknight anchor team working the 11 p.m. shift Sunday night. …

According to the electronic program guide on my TV, WOFL-Fox 35 ditched the second half-hour of its Friday 10 p.m. news to air a "Does it Work?" special. Stations do this so they can drop low-rated quarter or half hours from their sweeps ratings average. I would have thought WOFL’s news numbers would be sky high thanks to American Idol. Not sure why the station needs to "code out" part of their newscasts now. ….

WFTV’s sweeps offering Monday night is anchor/reporter Chris Egert’s look at dirty supermarkets. …

While WOFL and WKMG debuted new sets, graphics and music to start sweeps, WESH got into the makeover act and redid its anchor intros. Click the links to view video and frame grabs showing the changes at WKMG , and the changes at WOFL, and the new anchor intro at WESH.

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Forget traffic reporting, aim for network job

Some quick notes and links to end the week …

> If case you’ve been living under a rock, WKMG is having tryouts for its new traffic reporter. Hal Boedeker of the Sentinel blogs about the finalists.

> Hey, forget traffic reporting — maybe you should be a network correspondent? The South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is presenting a seminar on Saturday in Miami called, "How to Break into Network News … and Stay There." Susan Candiotti of CNN and Mark Potter of NBC will be on hand to provide the skinny. Click here for information.

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WKMG’s new look is a little familiar

WKMG unveiled its new set — as well as new graphics, news music and a new weather center on Tuesday. The Local 6 Big Picture Weather Center is out — in is the Storm Tracking Center. But a couple of people have noticed this new WKMG weather center looks a lot like another one here in town. Hmmmm. Still, nice upgrades all around by WKMG.

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Daily Buzz ready to make big move

Moving day is near for the folks at The Daily Buzz.

The Orlando-based national morning show will be vacating its home in the former WKCF-CW18 studios on Friday. The show has been headquartered in the building since moving to Central Florida in 2004. But WESH bought WKCF last year and moved its operations to Channel 2’s Winter Park studios. Then, the WKCF building was sold to religious station WTGL-Channel 52.

So, where’s the Buzz going? To Disney World, of course! The show will broadcast from the Disney-MGM studios for two months while new studios are built for it at Orland0’s Full Sail school of film, art and media production.

"We’re going to have a lot of room at Full Sail, and everyone involved is pretty excited about it," a Buzz insider said.

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WESH sends Mainolfi to beach for May

Here’s an update on two of WESH’s May sweeps projects:

Starting Thursday, meteorologist Tony Mainolfi will forecast the weather from a different location along the Brevard, Volusia and Flagler county coasts during a 20-day, 20-location event. In his live broadcasts in WESH’s 4-6:30 p.m. newscasts, Mainolfi will feature stories on the people and places he visits in addition to providing the daily forecasts.

"It’s important for us to get out of the studio and explore how our communities are impacted by weather, as we prepare for the upcoming hurricane season," WESH News Director Barbara Maushard said.

Starting Monday, a monthlong weight-loss series is the feature its WESH’s Sunrise and CW18 morning shows. Dieters will be split into two teams and will follow either South Beach or Atkins weight-loss programs. Participants will be monitored by WESH 2 News medical reporter Dr. Todd Husty, who will also provide helpful and healthful information.

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