WOFL is now quite the ratings force locally, thanks in large part to Fox. But back in 1979, WOFL was just trying to survive. Orlando’s original “independent” station, WSWB-Channel 35, signed on in 1974 but ran into money troubles and went dark just three years later. A new ownership group returned Channel 35 to the air in 1979 — hoping for a little more success. Here’s an ad from November of that year, showing what Channel 35 had to offer Orlando viewers in prime time. And since it was still the swinging 1970s, check out the “groovy” slogan for the station too.
Some news related to Orlando TV newspeople … LuAnne Sorrell will be joining WOFL-Fox 35 as a morning news anchor this summer, her agency — Napoli Management Group — announced. She’s arriving from Miami Fox affiliate … MORE
Fox 35 singing weatherman Jim Van Fleet has some musical competition among O-Town anchors. Simulcast — the Orlando band that features WKMG anchor Bob Frier and Mix 105.1 FM morning guy Scott McKenzie — makes … MORE
CNN, Fox News Channel, HLN and MSNBC joined the Orlando TV stations in airing the closing arguments and jury instructions Monday in the Casey Anthony murder trial. Not included in the screen grabs below, but … MORE