Monthly Archives: June 2012

Former Fox 35 anchor Cale Ramaker lands morning gig in Las Vegas

Cale Ramaker (courtesy

When Cale Ramaker left the WOFL-Fox 35 anchor desk in late May, he tweeted, “Specifics aside, I will be moving west and starting my new job July 16.” Now we have the specifics. reports that Ramaker is joining Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS-8 as its new morning anchor:

Beginning July 30th, the KLAS morning newscast will be anchored by Cale Ramaker and Shauna Khorrami.

Ramaker comes to KLAS after seven years at WOFL in Orlando, where he anchored the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.  Khorrami joins the station after anchoring the morning news at KSTU in Salt Lake City.

“We are thrilled to welcome two new anchors to our morning newscasts,” KLAS news director Ron Comings said.  “Las Vegans will have a fresh new alternative to help get their mornings off to a great start.”

Meanwhile back at Fox 35, the station has posted Ramaker’s former anchor job on its website: ANCHOR/REPORTER– (Regular Full Time / Orlando): Anchor newscasts as assigned. Enterprise and report news stories. Write creatively, clearly, accurately and quickly. Provide live coverage of breaking events. Take initiative and be a leader in the newsroom. A minimum of three years experience working as an anchor in a medium or large market preferred. Good news judgment and knowledge of fair and accurate journalism practices. Ability to tell stories, ask good probing questions in Q&A with reporters and ad-lib effectively. Strong writing skills and thorough knowledge of current events. Excellent people and communication skills; must be a team player. Working knowledge of newsroom compute

Bear wanders into downtown, Orlando TV news stations pounce

WESH 2 News' view -- courtesy of a DOT camera -- of the young bear falling out of a downtown Orlando tree on Friday evening.

It was breaking bear news you can use on Orlando’s big four TV news stations Friday night. WESH, WFTV, WKMG and WOFL all spent nearly the first 10 minutes of their 6 p.m. newscasts waiting for a young black bear to fall out of a tree. Holy, Goldilocks!

The bear was spotted in downtown Orlando near Orange Blossom Trail and State Road 408 around 12:30 p.m., according to the Orlando Sentinel. At 6 p.m., wildlife officials shot the bear with a tranquilizer gun. Some eight or nine minutes later, it came plunging out of its tree and into a net held by local law enforcement officials.

The bear reportedly appeared unhurt and will be relocated to the Ocala National Forest. (Local 6’s 7 p.m. news had its chopper show live coverage of  pickup truck transporting the bear back to the forest.) Now, before we go back to regular programming, here’s your complete bear team coverage  …

WKMG’s newscasts go HD; WESH loses longtime employee

Posted by Roger Simmons

Some quick Orlando TV news notes …

For nearly three years, WKMG-Local 6 has been the only major news outlet in Orlando not broadcasting its local news in high definition. That apparently changed this week.

Nearly six years after WFTV-Channel 9 became the first station in Florida to broadcast its news in high definition, Local 6 finally made the switch to HD in a low-key affair today.

WKMG has been broadcasting its news in the widescreen 16:9 format since 2008, but it didn’t immediately follow its rivals in upgrading to HD for its newscasts. WFTV launched HD in 2006, WESH 2 followed in 2007 and WOFL-Fox 35 in 2009.  Several folks emailed me about the switch. I didn’t see where WKMG noted the change, but I did notice the graphics look better as well as the studio shots.

SAD NEWS FROM WESH: Linda Fern, 60, who had been with WESH 2 News for more than 27 years, was killed early Monday in a two-vehicle crash on I-4 in Volusia County.

“She was part of our Daytona staff when the station was physically located there. She’s been a part of our morning news, behind the scenes as an editor and photographer there for a long time,” WESH News Director Bob Longo told the Orlando Sentinel.

“For many years, she was our go-to satellite truck operator and is best known by our reporters and photographers as the glue that made all those many satellite shots from all those storms and hurricanes work. She will be missed.”

The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash.