Monthly Archives: June 2011

Casey Anthony trial TV turns R-rated with finger, F-bombs

WFTV anchor Greg Warmoth and legal expert Bill Sheaffer watch a replay of a 28-year-old restaurant worker flipping a bird at prosecutor Jeff Ashton.

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.

WESH coverage carries a warning to views about language after the F-word was spoken twice in court on Thursday.

Four Square TV: Fox 35’s Casey Anthony coverage

Noticed this while watching Fox 35’s coverage of the Casey Anthony trial — and looking at the live studio webcam WOFL has on its MyFoxOrlando.com website. I guess this shows that…

  1. Fox 35 has a big studio
  2. Fox 35 has at least four cameras in its studio
  3. Everyone gets their close-up on Fox 35
  4. Maybe Fox 35 doesn’t have a table/desk where four people can sit at once?
What Fox 35 viewers saw on their televisions ...
... what it looked like in the Fox 35 studio (courtesy MyFoxOrlando.com)

Weather news from WESH and RogerSimmons.com

The new Davis Vantage Vue weather station for RogerSimmons.com

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.”

WESH's new "First Alert" weather branding.
"First Alert" weather branding at WESH sister station WPBF

 

Blast from the Past: 1960 Channel 9 logo

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.)

Click here to get to the newspaper page, and then scroll down to see the WLOF ad.

 

Casey shuffle continues: WESH moves Wimbledon to CW18

If you want to spend mornings or afternoons watching NBC’s Wimbledon¬†coverage next week, don’t bother tuning to WESH 2.

The local peacock affiliate plans to stick with its non-stop Casey Anthony trial coverage and will move the tennis matches from the All-England club to sister station WKCF-CW 18.

According to a WESH news release, “Wimbledon updates during late-night programming will remain on WESH-TV, which will delay NBC’s overnight programming during the week.”

Only the men’s final on Sunday, July 3, is scheduled to air on WESH 2 — that is, of course, unless Judge Belvin Perry decides to hold a Sunday session in the Casey Anthony trial.

See the full Wimbledon schedule shuffle here.

Former Daily Buzz host headed to Fox 35

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.”

Brown left The Daily Buzz in 2006.