Monthly Archives: July 2009

Local 6 News finishes July in 4th place

ttt-sweepsOrlando Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker has more on the July ratings races in O-Town TV, including WKMG’s fourth-place showing in the evening in the 25-54 demo.

“We were No. 4 before we made the changes,” WKMG General Manager Skip Valet told Boedeker. “I think I’m better serving the audience. We’re in the summertime, and everyone is down a little bit. I’m focused on how competitive we are in the morning and at 11 p.m.”

More July ratings numbers after the jump …

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WESH moves ahead of WFTV in the morning

wesh2newshdFor the first time in five years, WESH 2 Sunrise at 6 a.m. finished July ahead of WFTV’s Eyewitness News Daybreak in the adults 25-54 demo, WESH reports.

The station also notes that it is closing in on WFTV’s top-rated Eyewitness News in the evening — trailing now by 9,600 adults in the demo.

In the morning race, WESH’s audience is up 34 percent from last July. In the early evening — and without competition from WKMG from 5-6 — WESH 2 is up 58 percent. In late news — despite being saddled with NBC’s prime time as a lead-in — WESH is up 27 percent.

More good and some bad news for WESH after the jump …

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Kaufeldt to head up new 9 a.m. show on Fox 35

With Sonni Abatta’s arrival as the new evening anchor for WOFL, you might have been wondering what will happen to Amy Kaufeldt. Fear not, Amy fans.

Napoli Management says the station has re-upped Kaufeldt, and she will be heading back to mornings — where she started at Fox 35 before leaving to launch the 5 p.m. newscast. Kaufeldt will co-anchor a new 9 a.m. show that starts in September — and will continue to anchor at 5 o’clock. The new 9 a.m. local show will replace the nationally syndicated “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” which was canceled.

WKMG’s Tom Sorrells and ‘the most important story I’ve ever done’

lightningstrikesWKMG is living up to its “Local” 6 moniker Wednesday night, taking an hour of prime time to focus on something that impacts Central Floridians nearly every day: Lightning.

“Lightning Strikes,” which airs at 8 p.m., is a program that looks how we cope with living in one of the world’s lightning hot spots.

“We do stories about victims, survivors, myth vs. truths, explain how lightning starts, how best to avoid it and how to protect your home and your family,” WKMG chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells explained via e-mail. “The first story out of the gate is a tragic piece out of Titusville. I covered the story, and I’ve seen the finished product. I feel it may be the most important story I’ve ever done.”

More from Sorrells after the jump … 

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New reporter for WFTV; departure for Fox 35

ttt-notes2Some comings and goings in O-Town TV news:

Emily Turner is joining WFTV-Channel 9 as a general assignment reporter, beginning in September. Turner is currently at WPMI-NBC 15 in Mobile. She’s originally from Jacksonville, and she attended the University of Florida.

WOFL morning traffic reporter and weather guy Cris Martinez is leaving Fox 35 to become weekend weathercaster at WGCL-CBS 46 in Atlanta. Mike James’ new OTownTV.com reports that Martinez will start his new gig on Aug. 10.

More changes on local TV after the jump…
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WESH anchors keep rolling in Celebrity Smackdown game

smack3The WESH duo of Jim Payne and Martha Sugalski dispatched WKMG’s main anchors to move into the third round of OrlandoSentinel.com’s Celebrity Smackdown game. Also advancing to face the Channel 2 Cinderellas — the anchors of WFTV’s top-rated Daybreak show, Greg Warmoth and Vanessa Echols. Earlier, Payne and Sugalski upset WFTV evening anchors Bob Opsahl and Martie Salt.

More on the other big O-Town TV matchup after the jump …

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