Monthly Archives: November 2007

Latest comings and goings in Orlando TV

Some good news to report. Former Fox 35 anchor Shelly Ribando has landed a new gig. She’ll become the main anchor at KOAT-ABC 7 in Albuquerque, N.M. According to Eckhert Talent Management, she’ll co-anchor the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts at the Hearst-Argyle station. Ribando anchored her final newscast at Fox 35 in September 2006. …

WKMG-Local 6 morning weather guy Larry Mowry is heading to Big D. He’s become the 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. meteorologist at CBS O&O in Dallas, KTVT-11. He’ll find another alum of the Channel 6 weather staff when he arrives. Longtime O-Town weather man Mike Burger is still at KTVT. …

Not sure if it’s just to help fill-in or if she’s Mowry’s replacement, but former Miami meteorologist Elizabeth Hart has been forecasting the weather on WKMG this week. She left CBS O&O WFOR-4 in September 2006 and has filled in for Mitch English on the Orlando-based Daily Buzz since then. …

Former Central Florida News 13 reporter Don Guevara has jumped to WSVN-Fox 7 in Miami. …

And Syan Rhodes from WMC-NBC 5 in Memphis will join newcomer Scott Walker as co-anchor of WESH 2 News at Sunrise starting Monday, Dec. 10. Found an interesting post about Rhodes on a Memphis TV site while seeking additional information for this item.

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Share Your Christmas time on WESH

This holiday season marks the 22nd year of WESH 2’s “Share Your Christmas” community food drive. The drive began last month and will end on Dec. 14. “Demand for food assistance is at all-time high in Central Florida, and we’re facing a huge shortage between now and the end of the year,” said Dave Krepcho, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, in a WESH press release.

Last year, the WESH program helped account for more than 300,000 pounds of food in seven Central Florida counties. WESH encourages individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations to donate non-perishable food items and personal products for the needy in Central Florida.

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Orlando TV ratings — what the stations say

From WESH-Channel 2 press release ….The spin:


WESH-TV today announced continued growth and momentum in key time periods from May ’07. In early morning, WESH 2 News Sunrise (6 – 7 a.m.) maintains its strong No. 2 position and Today (7 – 9 a.m.) continues to grow in popularity with Central Florida viewers, increasing its audience by 11,000 households. In addition to mornings, the growth continues in early evening news, where WESH 2 News at 5 and WESH 2 News at 6 with Wendy Chioji both saw greater ratings increases from May than any other early evening newscasts in Central Florida.

The quote: “In May we saw significant growth for WESH 2 News over the previous year. It’s now very gratifying to see that viewers are continuing that vote of confidence and helping us build on that momentum.” — VP and Station Manager Bob Fein. Continue reading Orlando TV ratings — what the stations say

Orlando TV ratings — another WFTV domination

The November ratings for Orlando showed another dominating performance by WFTV’s Eyewitness News. By my count, WFTV has now been the No. 1 newscast at 6 p.m. for 29 years. And the Channel 9 juggernaut seems to be getting even stronger.

According to WFTV, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., more than 50 percent of the homes watching news in Central Florida are turned to Channel 9. Its lead over No. 2 Local 6 is more than 78,000 households at 5 p.m. — and the lead grows to 94,914 more households at 6 p.m.

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Orlando TV ratings — a look at the numbers

The November sweeps brought us original episodes of our favorite shows, but the ratings results for the O-Town news looked more like another rerun.

Based on information provided in news releases by WFTV and WESH, Channel 9 once again dominated the local news scene in a ratings period that saw most everyone dropping a bit from a year ago. Here’s how the stations rank in the news time periods:

5 a.m. — WFTV-Ch. 9, WKMG-Ch. 6, WESH-Ch. 2 and WOFL-Ch. 35. Local 6 displaces WESH 2 News at No. 2, but everyone was down in share