Cleveland anchor is 6’s new sports director

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David Pingalore, weekend sports anchor at Cleveland’s WOIO-CBS 19, has been hired as the new sports director at WKMG-Local 6. Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker reports that Pingalore will join the station in late April.

Boedeker wrote: "David is a creative, aggressive and original sportscaster with a distinctive personality," news director Susan Forbes said in a staff memo. "I firmly believe he will be a factor in redefining the sports franchise not only at this station but in this town."

Pingalore graduated from Jacksonville University, where he played on the school’s Division I golf team through his college years. He interned with WTVT-Fox 13 in Tampa and also worked at WJKS, the former ABC affiliate in Jacksonville. Read Pingalore’s WOIO bio here.

At WKMG, Pingalore replaces Todd Lewis, whose contract was not renewed. If Pingalore needs any inside info on WKMG, he can ask David Wittman. The former Channel 6 anchor is the 4, 6 and 11 p.m. anchor at WOIO.

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