Monthly Archives: July 2008

Welch to anchor WRDQ’s 10 p.m. news

 WFTV is promoting reporter Vanessa Welch to co-anchor of its 10 p.m. newscast on WRDQ.

“She’s one of the best I’ve ever worked with,” WFTV News Director Bob Jordan told Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker. “She’s our best enterprising reporter. When I think, over the years, of the people who have gone on to network jobs, she’s of that caliber. She’s got a big future.”

Welch joined WFTV in February 2007, coming to the station after stints at stations in Midland-Odessa, Texas, and in Raleigh, N.C.

Now, WFTV has big plans for Welch. Jordan told Boedeker that Welch just signed a 4-year deal with the station. She will co-anchor the 10 p.m. news with Darrell Greene and continue to report  two or three days a week, too.

Welch replaces Cynthia Demos, who left the WRDQ newscast nearly a year ago to jump to Miami’s CBS O&O, WFOR-4. Martie Salt has been filling in with Greene on the show since Demos departed.

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WOFL to launch 11 p.m. newscast

 WOFL will launch its oft-discussed 11 p.m. newscast on Jan. 7, Florida Today reported. News about the late newscast was first revealed nearly a year ago, with a then-projected launch date of sometime in April. But the project never got off the ground. In the meantime, Fox 35 did launch its 6 p.m. newscast.

Cale Ramaker, who has been co-anchor of the 6 p.m. show, will leave that post to helm the 11 p.m. newscast as well as continue as the 10 p.m. co-anchor with Corrina Sullivan. Station newcomer Mike Dunston inherits Ramaker’s anchor chair on the 6 o’clock show.

GM Stan Knott told Florida Today that the 11 p.m. news will be a “hyper-local program designed to complement” Fox 35 News at 10.”The show is going to have a great energy, great feel and pace,” he said. “It really will be designed as an alternative to the other newscasts in the market, which have a lot of similarity to each other.”

Knott said the newscast will have “11 at 11,” — the day’s top stories in the first 11 minutes of the show — plus “Five Things You Need to Know,” — tips for viewers.

Knott didn’t say it, but I would assume Fox 35 will follow the model of nearly every other Fox O&O which launched an 11 p.m. newcast and use the News Edge format made popular at Fox sister WTVT in Tampa.

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Local 6 News goes 16:9

With little fanfare, WKMG has thrown the switch on 16:9 for its newscasts. (Oops — I reported early that Local 6 had gone to HD. Not the case, however.)

Local 6 is using 16:9 studio cameras, but its weather graphics and most field reports are still in standard 4:3 with “wings” on the side of the screen. I believe there was at least one 16:9 report tonight — some highlights from the Magic’s game.

The 16:9 switch comes after WKMG has been stretching its picture to fill the 16:9 ratio of today’s HD televisions. That was a bit annoying and also stretched out the anchors’ faces, making them look like the reflections in one of those old carnival funhouse mirrors.

WFTV was the first in Florida to switch to HD for its newscasts in July 2006, and WESH followed with its HD newscasts on Nov. 1, 2007. Now in O-Town, only WKMG and is Fox O&O WOFL-Channel 35 are not in HD.

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Chijoi leaving WESH 2 News after 20 years

WESH veteran anchor Wendy Chioji — who celebrates her 20th anniversary with the station today — will leave Channel 2 at the end of the May sweeps. In a press release issued Thursday, WESH said Chioji’s decision to leave “was based on her personal interest in moving west and the opportunity to open a new business in Park City, Utah. She and two partners will launch a new Vision Quest cycling center in that city.”

“It’s a bittersweet time for me,” said Chioji. “I have loved living in Central Florida for 20 years. I’ve also learned that life cycles have an ending, and it’s time to end my life cycle at WESH. I am forever grateful to Hearst-Argyle and WESH for the amazing two decades-long run here. It has allowed me to work with the most talented people in the business and live in one of the greatest cities on earth. I am excited about my new adventure.”

It became apparent not too long ago that WESH was turning away from its iconic anchor when the station brought in Martha Sugalski to anchor the 11 p.m. news with Jim Payne. Despite WESH’s improved numbers at 11 p.m., Chioji remains popular.

How popular? News of Chioji’s departure was among the top stories on the OrlandoSentinel.com Web site, and a photo gallery of her career at WESH had more than 65,000 page views on the Sentinel Web site on Thursday. That’s really not surprising for someone who has been in viewers’ homes for 20 years, sharing personal information such as her battle with breast cancer.

“Wendy is a class act,” said WESH 2 News Director Barbara Maushard. “She will be greatly missed in the WESH 2 newsroom and in homes all around Central Florida.”

No decisions have been made regarding Chioji’s replacement or other anchor assignment changes at the station.

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UCF Football History

1979 –

A season by season look at
the UCF Knights football team.

> 1979
NCAA Division III
(inaugural football season)

Record:
6-3

Coach:
Don Jonas (6-3)
Date Opponent Result
9-22 at
St. Leo
W,
21-0
9-29 Fort
Benning
W,
7-6
10-13 Maryville W,
10-7
10-20 at Fort
Lauderdale
W, 14-0
10-27 at Presbyterian L, 48-0
11-3 at Emory &
Henry
L, 28-14
11-10 University of
the South
W, 24-0
11-17 Morehouse W, 14-7



> 1980  
NCAA Division III

Record:
3-5-1

Coach:
Don Jonas (9-8-1)
Date Opponent Result
9-13 Carson-Newman * L, 30-21
9-20 St. Leo W, 55-0
9-27 Millsaps L, 8-7
10-4 Miles T,
11-11
10-11 at
Savannah State
L, 44-0
10-18 at
North Alabama
L, 28-3
11-1 Catawba W,
14-12
11-8 SUNY-Albany
(HC)
L,
28-27
11-15 Emory
& Henry
W,
18-14
* later
forfeited by Carson-Newman



> 1981  
NCAA Division III

Record:
4-6

Coach:
Don Jonas (13-14-1)
Date Opponent Result
9-12 Presbyterian L, 3-0
9-19 Elizabeth City L, 14-9
9-26 at Millsaps W, 13-6
10-3 Miles W, 6-0
10-10 Savannah State W, 47-13
10-17 at Alabama A&M L, 23-15
10-31 at West Georgia L, 20-6
11-7 Hampden-Sydney
(HC)
W, 17-0
11-14 Millersville L, 27-9
11-21 Bethune-Cookman L, 24-20



> 1982  
NCAA Division II (first
year)

Record:
0-10

Coach:
Sam Weir (0-10)
Date Opponent Result
9-11 Georgia Southern (at
Jax)
L, 16-9
9-19 Southeastern Louisiana L, 24-14
9-25 at VMI L, 69-0
10-2 at Valdosta State L, 13-7
10-9 Bethune-Cookman L, 40-12
10-16 Alabama A&M L, 31-10
10-23 at Nicholls State L, 60-10
10-30 West Georgia (HC) L, 41-7
11-6 Carson-Newman L, 36-17
11-13 Eastern Kentucky L, 26-14



> 1983  
NCAA Division II

Record:
5-6

Coach:
Lou Saban (5-6)
Date Opponent Result
9-2 Elizabeth
City
W,
37-7
9-10 at Georgia
Southern
W, 33-29
9-17 at Southeastern
Louisiana
L, 54-28
9-24 North Alabama L, 47-20
10-1 Valdosta State
(HC)
W, 20-0
10-15 at Richmond L, 31-26
10-29 at Austin Peay W, 10-7
11-5 at Carson-Newman L, 35-14
11-12 Nicholls State L, 27-14
11-19 Fort Lewis W, 59-28
11-26 Bethune-Cookman L, 31-22



> 1984  
NCAA Division II

Record:
2-9

Coaches:
Lou Saban (6-12), Jerry Anderson (1-3)
Date Opponent Result
9-1 Bethune-Cookman L, 43-22
9-8 at Louisiana-Monroe L, 49-21
9-15 Georgia Southern L, 42-28
9-22 at
Western Kentucky
W,
35-34
9-29 at Southwest Texas State L, 39-13
10-6 Akron L, 26-21
10-13 at Eastern Kentucky L, 37-14
10-20 Illinois State W, 28-24
10-27 Austin Peay (HC) L, 24-21
11-3 at Indiana State L, 38-0
11-10 at Furman L, 42-6
Note: Saban
coached first 7 games, Anderson the last 4 games



> 1985  
NCAA Division II

Record:
4-7

Coach:
Gene McDowell (4-7)
Date Opponent Result
9-7 Bethune-Cookman W,
39-37
9-13 Southeastern
Louisiana
W, 27-21
9-28 at Illinois State L, 48-21
10-5 Southwest Texas State L, 48-12
10-12 Western Kentucky L, 47-17
10-19 Eastern Kentucky L, 28-21
10-26 Stephen F. Austin (HC) L, 59-24
11-2 at Louisville L, 42-21
11-9 at Georgia Southern L, 35-18
11-23 Savannah State W, 31-7
11-30 Samford W, 35-14



> 1986  
NCAA Division II

Record:
6-5

Coach:
Gene McDowell (10-12)
Date Opponent
Result
9-6 Bethune-Cookman W,
26-14
9-13 West Georgia W, 34-21
9-20 Valdosta State W, 10-7
9-27 at Akron L, 20-17
10-4 Murray State W, 38-25
10-11 at Wichita State L, 9-6
10-18 at Eastern Kentucky L, 51-24
10-25 Wofford (HC) L, 31-28
11-1 at VMI W, 38-9
11-8 Georgia Southern L, 33-23
11-15 Samford W, 66-7



> 1987  
NCAA Division II

Record:
9-4

Coach:
Gene McDowell (19-16)
Date Opponent Result
9-5 Bethune-Cookman W, 17-9
9-19 Elon W, 34-10
9-26 Eastern Kentucky L, 23-16
10-3 at Georgia Southern L, 34-32
10-10 Savannah State W, 36-26
10-17 West Georgia W, 52-14
10-24 NW Missouri
State (HC)
W, 45-3
10-31 Grand Valley
State
W, 67-3
11-7 Liberty W, 42-21
11-14 at Florida A&M L, 19-14
11-21 Morningside W, 24-7
11-28 Indiana, Pa. * W, 12-10
12-5 Troy State * W, 31-10
* Division II
playoffs



> 1988  
NCAA Division II

Record:
6-5

Coach:
Gene McDowell (25-21)
Date Opponent Result
9-2 Bethune-Cookman W,
29-21
9-10 West Georgia W, 33-14
9-17 Troy State W, 26-18
9-24 at East
Tennessee State
W, 23-17
10-1 North Alabama W, 35-33
10-8 New Haven L, 31-23
10-15 Southern Conn.
State (HC)
W, 24-16
10-22 at Valdosta State L, 48-19
10-29 Georgia Southern L, 31-17
11-5 at Liberty L, 24-7
11-12 at Eastern Kentucky L, 35-31



> 1989  
NCAA Division II

Record:
7-3

Coach:
Gene McDowell (32-24)
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
9-1 Bethune-Cookman L, 23-15
9-9 Valdosta State W, 35-14
9-16 at Troy State L, 20-6
9-23 Newberry W, 30-3
9-30 at North Alabama W, 17-16
10-7 East Tennessee
State
W, 34-0
10-21 at Georgia Southern L, 31-17
10-28 Liberty (HC) W, 33-30
11-11 Eastern Kentucky W, 20-19
11-18 Texas Southern W, 49-12
     



> 1990  
NCAA Division I-AA (first
year)

Record:
10-4

Coach:
Gene McDowell (42-28)
Date Opponent Result
9-1 Troy
State
W,
16-10
9-8 at Eastern Kentucky L, 24-12
9-15 at
Bethune-Cookman
W, 42-9
9-22 at Memphis State L, 37-28
9-29 Kentucky State W, 49-0
10-6 at Samford W, 37-16
10-20 Georgia Southern L, 38-17
10-27 Southern
Illinois
W, 49-14
11-3 Liberty W, 28-6
11-10 Slippery Rock
(HC)
W, 24-21
11-17 Texas Southern W, 63-6
11-24 at Youngstown
State *
W, 20-17
12-1 William &
Mary *
W, 52-38
12-8 at Georgia Southern L, 44-7
* I-AA playoffs



> 1991  
NCAA Division I-AA

Record:
6-5

Coach:
Gene McDowell (48-33)
Date Opponent Result
8-31 Troy
State
W,
21-10
9-7 at James Madison L, 49-31
9-14 at Valdosta
State
W, 12-0
9-21 East Carolina L, 47-25
9-28 Bethune-Cookman W, 32-6
10-5 at Arkansas
State
W, 31-20
10-12 Samford L, 13-6
10-26 at Georgia
Southern
L, 20-6
11-2 Savannah State
(HC)
L, 33-31
11-9 at Liberty W, 31-26
11-16 Millersville W, 52-6



> 1992  
NCAA Division I-AA

Record:
6-4

Coach:
Gene McDowell (54-37)
Date Opponent Result
9-5 Gardner-Webb W,
71-26
9-12 Bethune-Cookman W, 28-3
9-19 Troy State L, 20-16
9-26 at Western
Illinois
W, 35-22
10-3 Moscow
(exhibition)
W, 43-6
10-17 Nicholls State W, 42-18
10-24 at Western Kentucky L, 50-36
10-31 at Liberty L, 31-28
11-7 Buffalo (HC) W, 63-21
11-14 James Madison W, 41-37
11-21 at Samford L, 20-13



> 1993  
NCAA Division I-AA

Record:
9-3

Coach:
Gene McDowell (63-40)
Date Opponent Result
9-11 Valdosta
State
W,
35-30
9-18 at East Carolina L, 41-17
9-25 McNeese State W, 22-3
10-2 Yale W, 42-28
10-9 Samford W, 48-17
10-16 Western Illinois
(HC)
W, 35-17
10-23 at
Bethune-Cookman
W, 34-14
10-30 at Troy State L, 29-15
11-6 Liberty W, 55-19
11-13 Buffalo W, 42-7
11-20 Louisiana Tech W, 38-16
11-27 at Youngstown State* L, 56-30
* I-AA playoffs  



> 1994  
NCAA Division I-AA

Record:
7-4

Coach:
Gene McDowell (70-44)
Date Opponent Result
9-3 at
Maine
W,
28-6
9-10 Valdosta State L, 31-14
9-17 Bethune-Cookman W, 48-17
9-24 Western Kentucky W, 59-45
10-1 at Illinois
State
W, 27-26
10-8 at Samford L, 36-35
10-15 at Louisiana
Monroe
W, 33-16
10-22 Troy State (HC) L, 39-38
10-29 at Liberty W, 49-24
11-12 at East Carolina L, 23-20
11-19 Buffalo W, 48-0



> 1995  
NCAA Division I-AA

Record:
6-5

Coach:
Gene McDowell (76-49)
Date Opponent Result
8-31 Eastern
Kentucky
W,
40-32
9-9 Carson-Newman W, 35-21
9-23 at Florida State (No. 1) L, 46-14
9-30 at McNeese State L, 49-7
10-7 Samford W, 41-14
10-14 Liberty L, 7-6
10-21 at Hawaii L, 45-14
10-28 at Louisiana
Monroe
W, 34-14
11-4 Bethune-Cookman
(HC)
W, 38-7
11-11 Troy State L, 28-17
11-18 Maine W, 37-17



> 1996  
NCAA Division I-A (first
year)

Record:
5-6

Coach:
Gene McDowell (81-55)
Date Opponent Result
8-29 William
& Mary
W,
39-33
9-7 at South Carolina L, 33-14
9-14 at New Mexico L, 17-7
9-21 at Ball State L, 31-10
9-28 at East Carolina L, 28-7
10-12 Samford W, 38-6
10-19 Louisiana-Monroe L, 39-38
10-26 at Georgia Tech L, 27-20
11-2 Illinois State
(HC)
W, 42-15
11-9 at UAB W, 35-13
11-16 Bowling Green W, 27-19



> 1997  
NCAA Division I-A

Record:
5-6

Coach:
Gene McDowell (86-61)
Date Opponent Result
8-30 at Mississippi L, 24-23 OT
9-6 at South Carolina L, 33-31
9-13 at Nebraska (No. 6) L, 38-24
9-20 Idaho W, 41-10
9-27 at Auburn (No. 8) L, 41-14
10-4 at Kent State W, 59-43
10-11 Samford W, 52-7
10-25 at Mississippi State L, 35-28
11-1 at Louisiana-Monroe L, 45-41
11-15 Eastern Michigan
(HC)
W, 27-10
11-22 Toledo W, 34-17



> 1998  
NCAA Division I-A

Record:
9-2

Coach:
Mike Kruczek (9-2)
Date Opponent Result
9-5 at
Louisiana Tech
W,
64-30
9-12 Eastern Illinois W, 48-0
9-19 at Purdue (ESPN) L, 35-7
9-26 at Bowling Green W, 38-31
10-3 at Toledo W, 31-24
10-10 Northern
Illinois
W, 38-17
10-24 at
Louisiana-Lafayette
W, 42-10
10-31 Youngstown State W, 44-32
11-7 at Auburn L, 10-6
11-14 Ball State (HC) W, 37-14
11-21 New Mexico W, 38-6



> 1999  
NCAA Division I-A

Record:
4-7

Coach:
Mike Kruczek (13-9)
Date Opponent Result
9-4 Purdue (No. 22) L, 47-13
9-11 at Florida (No. 4) L, 58-27
9-18 at Georgia Tech (No.12) L, 41-10
9-25 at Georgia (No. 11) L, 24-23
10-2 Eastern Illinois W, 31-21
10-16 Nicholls State W, 38-0
10-23 Louisiana Tech L, 46-35
10-30 Eastern Michigan
(HC)
W, 31-6
11-6 at Auburn L, 28-10
11-13 at Middle
Tennessee
W, 39-14
11-20 Bowling Green L, 33-30 OT



> 2000  
NCAA Division I-A

Record:
7-4

Coach:
Mike Kruczek (20-13)
Date Opponent Result
9-2 at Georgia Tech L, 21-17
9-9 Northwestern
State
W, 19-7
9-16 at Akron L, 35-24
9-23 William &
Mary
W, 52-7
9-30 at Eastern
Michigan
W, 31-10
10-7 at Northern Illinois L, 40-20
10-14 Eastern Kentucky W, 34-3
10-21 Louisiana-Monroe
(HC)
W, 55-0
10-28 at Alabama W, 40-38
11-4 at Louisiana
Tech
W, 20-16
11-11 Virginia Tech (No. 8) L, 44-21



> 2001  
NCAA Division I-A

Record:
6-5

Coach:
Mike Kruczek (26-18)
Date Opponent Result
9-1 at Clemson (No. 19) L, 21-13
9-8 at Syracuse L, 21-10
9-22 at Tulane W, 36-29
9-29 at Virginia Tech (No. 8) L, 46-14
10-6 UAB W, 24-7
10-13 Liberty W, 63-0
10-20 Louisiana-Monroe
(HC)
W, 38-6
10-27 at Utah State L, 30-27
11-3 Akron W, 57-17
11-10 at Arkansas L, 27-20
11-24 Louisiana-Lafayette W, 31-0



> 2002  
NCAA Division I-A

Mid American Conference (first year)

Record:
7-5 overall, 6-2 MAC

Coach:
Mike Kruczek (32-23)
Date Opponent Result
8-31 at Penn State (24)
(ESPN)
L, 27-24
9-7 at Arizona State L, 46-21
9-20 at Marshall # (ESPN2) L, 26-21
9-28 Liberty W, 48-17
10-12 at Western
Michigan #
W, 31-27
10-19 Toledo # L, 27-24
10-26 Akron # (HC) W, 28-17
11-2 Syracuse L, 38-35
11-9 at Buffalo # W, 45-21
11-16 Kent State # W, 32-6
11-23 at Miami, OH # W, 48-31
11-30 Ohio # W, 42-32
# MAC game  



> 2003  
NCAA Division I-A

Mid-American Conference

Record:
3-9 overall, 2-6 MAC

Coaches:
Mike Kruczek (35-30), Alan Gooch (0-2)
Date Opponent Result
8-31 at Va. Tech (No. 9)
ESPN
L, 48-28
9-13 Florida Atlantic W, 33-29
9-20 at Syracuse L, 38-14
9-27 at Kent State # L, 36-16
10-4 Buffalo # W, 19-10
10-11 at Ohio # L, 28-0
10-18 at Akron # L, 38-24
10-25 Central Michigan
# (HC)
W, 31-13
11-1 at West Virginia L, 36-18
11-8 at Eastern Michigan # L, 19-13
11-19 Marshall # (ESPN2) L, 21-7
11-28 Miami, OH # (No. 15) L, 56-21
# MAC game

(Note: Kruczek coached first 10 games, Gooch coached last
2 games)



> 2004  
NCAA Division I-A

Mid-American Conference

Record:
0-11, 0-8 MAC

Coach:
George O’Leary (0-10)
Date Opponent
Result
8-31 at Wisconson (No. 21) L, 34-6
9-11 West Virginia (No. 10) L, 45-20
9-18 Penn State L, 37-13
10-2 at Buffalo # L, 48-20
10-9 Northern Illinois # L, 30-28
10-16 Akron # L, 26-21
10-23 at Miami, OH # L, 43-7
10-30 at Marshall # L, 20-3
11-6 Ohio # (HC) # L, 17-16 OT
11-13 at Ball State # L, 21-17
11-23 Kent State # L, 41-24
# MAC game  



> 2005  
NCAA Division I-A

Conference USA (first year)

Record:
8-5 overall, 7-2 C-USA

Coach:
George O’Leary (8-15)
Date Opponent Result
9-1 at South Carolina L, 24-15
9-17 at USF L, 31-14
9-24 Marshall # W, 23-13
10-1 at
Louisiana-Lafayette
W, 24-21
10-8 Memphis # W, 38-17
10-15 at Southern Miss # L, 52-31
10-22 Tulane # W, 34-24
10-29 at East Carolina
#
W, 30-20
11-5 Houston # W, 31-29
11-12 at UAB # W, 27-21
11-19 at Rice # W, 31-28
12-3 Tulsa # ^ L, 44-27
12-24 Nevada (Hawaii Bowl) L, 49-48 OT
# C-USA game

^ C-USA Championship



> 2006  
NCAA Division I-A

Conference USA

Record:
4-8 overall, 3-5 C-USA

Coach:
George O’Leary (12-23)
Date Opponent Result
9-2 Villanova W,
35-12
9-9 at Florida L, 42-0
9-16 South Florida L, 24-17
9-26 Southern Miss # (ESPN) L, 19-14
10-4 at Marshall #
(ESPN2)
W, 23-22
10-13 Pittsburgh (ESPN) L, 52-7
10-21 Rice # L, 40-29
10-28 at Houston # L, 51-31
11-4 East Carolina # L, 23-10
11-11 at Memphis # W, 26-24
11-18 at Tulane # L, 10-9
11-25 UAB # W, 31-22
# C-USA game



> 2007
NCAA Division I Football
Bowl Subdivision

Conference USA Champions

Record:
10-4 overall, 9-1 C-USA

Coach:
George O’Leary (22-27)
Date Opponent Result
9-1 at
N.C. State
W,
25-23
9-15 Texas L, 35-32
9-22 Memphis # W, 56-20
9-29 Louisiana-Lafayette W, 37-19
10-6 at East Carolina # L, 52-38
10-13 at USF L, 64-12
10-20 vs. Tulsa # W, 44-23
10-28 at Southern Miss
#
W, 34-17
11-3 vs. Marshall # W, 47-13
11-10 at UAB # W, 45-31
11-17 at SMU # W, 49-20
11-24 UTEP # W, 36-20
12-1 Tulsa # ^ W, 44-25
12-29 Miss State (Liberty Bowl) L, 10-4
# C-USA game

^ C-USA Championship

UCF helmets courtesy of The Helmet Project

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Martinez signs off at WESH

Starting to catch up on the latest news …

Anchor/reporter Raoul Martinez, who has been at WESH for about six years, is leaving the station. His last day will be Sunday, according to Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker. Martinez performed a number of roles at WESH during his tenure, including being an early-evening anchor, morning anchor for WESH’s news show on WKCF-CW18 and most recently weekend anchor. …

Zach Klein signed off this week as sports director at WFTV-Channel 9. He had been with the station since 2003 and is jumping to Cox flagship WSB in Atlanta. His replacement is Phil Burton from Boston’s CN8. ….

Speaking of WFTV, the station changed programming on its digital 9.2 subchannel. It used to be full-screen, live weather radar, which was very handy during our summer thunderstorms. Now, the station has shrunk the presentation from 16:9 to 4:3 and is adding weather forecasts and traffic reports to a rotation that also includes the live Doppler. If I wanted all that, I’d sit through WESH’s boring WeatherPlus. I’d rather have just the Doppler, thank you. …

Former WKMG reporter Trace Gallagher continues to move up at Fox News Channel. This week he became co-anchor of FNC’s Live Desk. Of course, the most famous Channel 6 alum at Fox News Channel is still Shepard Smith. Click here for video.

KOAT in Albuquerque, N.M., has kicked off an interesting summer experiment. It’s expanded its late newscast to an hour. That’s not so unusual for a Fox affiliate or independent station, but it is unusual for an ABC affiliate. KOAT is delaying Nightline by a half hour to have an hourlong late show. OK, so what’s the Orlando connection? Former Fox 35 anchor Shelly Ribando is one of the anchors on the hourlong experiment. If it works in New Mexico, I wonder how many other stations may jump at the chance to wring some more money out of news? Of course, KOAT’s newscast runs from 10-11 p.m. — which even with the time zone consideration is a lot different than having a local newscast from 11 p.m. to midnight. Click here to see a video with Ribando explaining the decision for the expanded show. (Final footnote: KOAT is owned by WESH parent Hearst-Argyle.)
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