Monthly Archives: September 2007

WKMG’s Frier helps front band for charity

Fox 35 singing weatherman Jim Van Fleet has some musical competition among O-Town anchors.

Simulcast — the Orlando band that features WKMG anchor Bob Frier and Mix 105.1 FM morning guy Scott McKenzie — makes its debut on Friday night at 9:30 at Dexter’s in Lake Mary. “The number one goal of Simulcast is to raise loads of money to help bring ‘music education and appreciation’ to the Children of the Orlando area,” according to the band’s MySpace page. One way of doing that is supporting the Steinway Society of Central Florida — one of Frier’s favorite charities.

Click below to check out Frier singing with the band.

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Cops won’t charge Fox 35’s Clinkingbeard

Police in Lake Mary decided Thursday not to file charges against Fox 35’s news director Bob Clinkingbeard for bumping sports anchor Thomas Forester during a heated conversation.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that after police issued subpoenas to witnesses and were able to view a security camera videotape of the incident, they “concluded that what happened was an accident. Clinkingbeard did bump Forester during an argument, but he was trying to point in the opposite direction — not shove or hit Forester, said Lake Mary police Detective Matthew Shaefer.”

Forester called police to the station and initially sought battery charges against his boss.

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WFTV anchors, reporters move on up

Some midweek quick hits for you:

Cynthia Demos, the latest anchor or reporter to depart WFTV, says the reason is simple: “When you work at Channel 9, other stations recruit you,” Demos said. “They know if you can work for Bob Jordan and succeed, you must be good at your job.” The Orlando Sentinel reports on how WFTV has become a feeder station for larger markets. Read all about it here. …

Over at WESH, the latest to leave the station is meteorologist Leslie Hudson, who won’t be coming back from maternity leave. So, why are so many folks leaving Channel 2? GM Bill Bauman answers here. ….

Have you noticed the new traffic graphics on WFTV’s Eyewitness News in the morning? It’s the new 3D “Beat the Traffic” system from a Campbell, Calif., company. You can read more about the system here. …

LATV, the Latin-themed programming that WKMG runs on its 6.2 digital subchannel, has a new fall lineup. Among the new shows: the animated “Homies,” based on the worldwide figurine phenomenon created by Dave Gonzales. Read about that here.

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No charges yet in Fox 35 incident

Fox 35 sportscaster Thomas Forester may be having second thoughts about seeking the arrest of his boss, news director Bob Clinkingbeard on battery charges.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Lake Mary police did not finish their investigation Tuesday into a complaint by Forester that his boss pushed him. “That’s because Forester postponed his interview with the police detective who’s handling the investigation,” the paper reported.

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Police still investigating Fox 35 incident

We could know later today if WOFL-Fox 35 news director Bob Clinkingbeard will face any charges for bumping sportscaster Thomas Forester during a heated dispute at the station. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Lake Mary police expect to wrap up their investigation today into the complaint by Forester, who called police to the station after the incident on Thursday.

So, what happened? NewsBlues.com reported that "Clinkingbeard, 47, became so enraged with Forester’s reluctance to carry out an assignment, he confronted him in a hallway and shoved Forester against a wall. Angry and shaken, Forester retreated to his desk and telephoned Lake Mary police. When they arrived, he insisted on filing assault and battery charges against his boss."

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‘On the Road’ special for local reporter

The 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” holds special meaning for WESH reporter Bob Kealing. He’s the local expert on Kerouac and has been instrumental in helping ensure the writer’s place in Central Florida has been properly preserved.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Kealing, 43, spent his spare time tracking down the author’s ties to the Sunshine State, a quest that yielded the 2004 book Kerouac in Florida: Where the Road Ends and started the ball rolling toward the formation of the Kerouac Project and the preservation of the Kerouac House.”Kerouac’s status has grown exponentially since he lived in College Park,” Kealing said. “The best part is, he’s not just a ‘Beatnik icon.’ Today he’s widely recognized as a great American author of the 20th century, right up there with Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. That is the crucial recognition Kerouac was lacking at the time of his death.”

Read the full story here in the Orlando Sentinel.

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