If the Casey Anthony trial were a motion picture, the action over the past two days would earn an R rating.
Unlike Wednesday, there were no F-bombs spoken on Thursday — but the bird was the word. A local restaurant server flipped a bird at prosecutor Jeff Ashton. If you weren’t looking, you probably would have missed it — but Central Florida News 13 did not. According to the Orlando Sentinel, News 13 brought the “finger” incident to the court’s attention — and that’s what started a chain of events that led to the 28-year-old man being found in contempt of court and sentenced to six days in the county jail. Interesting that at least in its online story, News 13 doesn’t mention its involvement in the incident.
During court on Wednesday, the F-word went out over the Orlando TV airwaves twice — once when Casey Anthony’s father, George, was on the stand being questioned by the defense. Later, defense attorney Jose Baez dropped another F-bomb — this time while quoting a deposition given by George Anthony. While the courts have apparently ruled that the Federal Communications Commission can no longer fine stations for so-called “fleeting explatives,” Orlando’s TV news channels took note. WESH 2 posted a on-screen warning: “May Contain Offensive Language.” WOFL-Fox 35 appeared to start using a delay with its coverage.
Perhaps I missed some announcement on this … but when did WESH 2 start using “First Alert” branding with its weather? Perhaps it’s a bit of Hearst TV corporate synergy, since sister station WPBF-ABC 25 in West Palm Beach has been using the First Alert branding for its weather. Check out the images below and see what you think.
But this also reminds us about a change in the weather here at RogerSimmons.com. We recently upgraded our private weather station — adding a Davis Vantage Vue unit. This new weather station provides greater accuracy and reliability — as well as transmitting data from the weather sensors to our computer base every 2.5 seconds. We upload our data every 5 minutes to our Orlando Weather page on this site, plus we supply near real-time data continuously on WeatherUnderground.com. So, if you need to know the weather in the Waterford Lakes area of east Orange County, think of us as your “First Alert.”
It’s amazing what you can stumble upon on the web. And I’m not even sure how I ended up finding this — but here’s a 1960 logo for Orlando’s WLOF-Channel 9, now known as WFTV.
The station had only been on the air about 2-1/2 years when this logo appeared in the November 4, 1960, edition of the Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal. The newspaper has some of its past editions on Google, and included in this particular one was a WLOF advertisement promoting ABC’s Friday night lineup: “Harrigan & Son,” “The Flintstones,” Robert Taylor in “The Detectives” and “The Law and Mr. Jones.” (Even note the old ABC logo within the WLOF branding.)
A familiar face is returning to your morning TV screen.
John Brown, formerly co-host of the Orlando-based The Daily Buzz, will come back to Central Florida to anchor Fox 35’s Good Day morning news show.
STLToday.com reports that Brown signed off Wednesday from his current four-year gig at KTVI-Fox 2 in St. Louis. He also hosted a radio show there.
“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Orlando, a city my family absolutely loves,” Brown said in a news release. “I look forward to connecting with FOX 35 viewers and giving them the information they need to start their day. This job truly is a dream come true.”