WKMG will air "Miracle of Love," a special focusing on the recovery of Local 6 anchor Mark McEwen, Monday at 8 p.m. The show looks at McEwen’s battle after suffering a stroke in November 2005. Also taking a big role in the special — as she also has during the recovery process — is McEwen’s wife, Denise.
Some O-Town folks are on the move in this TGIF report:
Denise Cullen, former sports director at Central Florida News 13, has joined the Orlando Predators as their new director of communications. “Working for Orlando’s only professional football team is another step up in my career. I can’t imagine a better job,” Cullen said in a news release. Cullen made her mark in Orlando TV, working her way up from sports intern at WFTV-Channel 9 to being the first female to head a sports department at an Orlando station. Cullen has been an avid football fan ever since she can remember and at one point had dreams of playing in the NFL. She said, “I told my parents I wanted to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers and wear #88 just like Lyn Swann. If only I were taller!”
Meanwhile, Danielle Bellini, longtime traffic reporter at Channel 2, signed off at the end of the WESH’s 6 a.m. broadcast. Her replacement, Kimberly Williams, started with the 7 a.m. WESH 2 News on CW18.
And, from a tipster but not confirmed, longtime feature reporter Candice Coleman will be leaving Local 6. She’s been with the station since 2001, and I’ve always found her “Out There” reports to be a hoot.
WOFL will start a 6 p.m. newscast beginning Monday. The Fox 35 10 p.m. anchors — Cale Ramaker, Corrina Sullivan and Glenn Richards — will be at the helm of the new newscast.
The station launched its hourlong 5 p.m. newscast, Fox at 5 , in March 2006. It added weekend editions of Fox at 5 last fall.
Back in January, the station announced plans for an 11 p.m. newscast, which was supposed to start in April. That show never materialized. No word of if those plans are scrapped, if they’re still being considered or if perhaps if the 11 p.m. show might appear on sister station WRBW-My 65.
With Fox 35’s new show, there will now be seven — seven! — 6 p.m. newscasts in the Orlando market. The others: WKMG-Channel 6, WESH-Channel 2, WFTV-Channel 9, WTMO-Telemundo, WVEN-Univision, Central Florida News 13.
Orlando Sentinel sports columnist Jerry Greene reports that new WKMG sports anchor David Pingalore has been “delayed” in leaving Cleveland for his new O-Town gig. That has led to a further diminishing of the declining sports product on Local 6. For example, at 11 p.m. Tuesday night there was no sports anchor again — news anchor Bob Frier did a brief sports recap. And on the night the first major-league baseball game was played in Central Florida between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Texas Rangers, WKMG showed highlights of a Devil Rays-Blue Jays game while Frier did the voice over. (Wow.) By contrast, WESH had sports guy Guy Rawlings anchoring from Disney’s Wide World of Sports stadium — with actual highlights of the Rays and Rangers. …