Monthly Archives: October 2010

Video: Election nights through the years

Yes, there were elections before television — but the election night ritual of watching TV to find out the winners of the important races dates back to even 1948.

Take a political trip back in time and see how the key elections of the 21st and 20 centuries played out on television in these special videos …




>> Click to see more election video from 2000 back to 1948

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Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports reach deal with Dish

Dish Network subscribers who are fans of the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat can see the teams play this season. And they’ll also avoid losing WOFL-Fox 35 and WRBW-My 65.

Dish and Fox Networks on Friday announced a wide-ranging distribution agreement for continued access to programming from Fox Broadcasting and Fox local television stations in major cities, plus FX, National Geographic Channel, and Fox’s 19 regional sports networks. The channels were  restored for Dish Network viewers Friday.

Fox Sports Florida as well as Sun Sports had been blacked out on Dish since the old deal expired on Oct. 1.

“After prolonged negotiations to reach a fair deal, we’re pleased to enter into a long term agreement with Fox and to assure our customers that they can continue to enjoy these channels,” said Dave Shull, Senior Vice President of Programming for Dish Network, in a news release. “We thank our customers, our retail and channel partners, and our employees for their support through these negotiations, which we believe resulted in a fair deal that reinforces DISH Network’s position as the best value in television.”

According to the release, Dish will continue to provide programming from the local Fox and MyNet television stations in the following markets: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore (MyNet 24 only), Boston, Chicago, Cleveland/Akron, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Gainesville (FL), Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Tampa, and Washington D.C.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Orlando stations grab Emmy nominations

Five Orlando news outlets grabbed 30 nominations in the 34th annual Suncoast Emmy Awards competition.

Market ratings leader WFTV-Channel 9 pulled in the most nominations among the Orlando stations with 11. It was followed by Fox Sports Florida/Sun Sports followed with 10, WKMG-Local 6 with five, Central Florida News 14 with three and WOFL-Fox 35 with one.

Winners will be announced on Dec. 4 at the Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. The Suncoast Chapter competition includes all the TV markets in Florida; the Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans markets in Louisiana; the Mobile, Ala., market; the Thomasville, Ga., market; and Puerto Rico.

For the full list of nominees, click here.

CW18 locks up Maury, Springer, Wilkos

WKCF CW18If you’re a fan of Maury Povich, Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos, you’ll be happy to hear this news.

Hearst Television, parent of Orlando’s WKCF, has signed a deal to keep the  talk shows on CW18 though the 2014 season.

According to, “For the 2009-10 season Maury posted a 2.0 rating up 11% in households from 2008-09 (1.8) and was the No. 1 syndicated talk show in adults 18-34 for the 2009-10 season with a 1.2 rating (tied with Oprah); The Jerry Springer Show posted a 1.3 rating, up 18% in households from 2008-09 (1.1) and The Steve Wilkos Show averaged a 1.2 rating, up 20% over 2008-09 (1.0), according to NBC.”

On WKCF,  Wilkos (in its fourth season), airs at 10 a.m., followed by Maury (in its 13th season) at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Springer (in its 20th season)  at 2 p.m weekdays.

Ex-WESH anchor Chioji: ‘Life’s never been so good’

Former WESH 2 anchor Wendy Chioji
Former WESH anchor Wendy Chioji in Utah. Courtesy of

As part of its continuing coverage for Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Orlando Sentinel decided to check up on former WESH 2 News anchor — and breast cancer survivor — Wendy Chioji. It’s a story with a happy ending.

After Chioji announced her breast cancer diagnosis on air 10  years ago and successfully staged a very public battle against the disease, she decided there was more to life than TV news. The very athletic anchor left Orlando behind to pursue a career in fitness and health.

“Cancer makes you reprioritize things…I decided I wasn’t going to stay in a job that wasn’t fulfilling any more.,” Chioji told the Sentinel. “It was time to do things that you thought about, that you dream about. It was time for me to go.”

So, how’s her new life in Utah? The Sentinel reports that she’s working part-time and freelance jobs that include being a a personal trainer, leading cycling tours here and abroad,  and also working as a reporter at the nearby Sundance Film Festival.

“Life’s never been so good,” Chioji said.

Read the full story here.