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Catching up on news that happened while I was occupied redesigning Central Florida’s most popular local Web site (you know which one) …

During the Orlando Magic’s amazing run to the NBA Finals, I heard from former WESH meteorologist Chris Castleman. He was with WESH-2 during the Magic’s first run to the Finals in 1995, and he was kind enough to share some photos taken from his on-air work covering the hoopla surrounding Shaq, Penny and the gang. Of the shots, he wrote, “Most were outside at the O’rena.┬áThe helicopter bit was something we did with [Hearst-Argyle sister station] KPRC-TV in Houston. …. Hope all is well in Orlando. GO MAGIC!” Well, there’s always next year, Chris. (See another photo of Chris with Wendy Chioji in the background at bottom of this post ) …

  • Some folks have been asking, “Where’s Fox 35 anchor Corrina Sullivan?” The night-time anchor has been out on maternity leave for awhile — and apparently isn’t coming back. According to a reliable poster on our TV News Talk message board, “She decided to be a stay-at-home mom. She came in for one day to clean out her desk and say goodbye. She is a consummate professional and her departure is a loss not only for the station, but for the industry.”
  • Speaking of WOFL, it wasn’t that long ago that Fox 35 went HD for its newscasts and had snazzy new graphics. In fact, I thought they were the best HD graphics in town. Guess I must have been in the minority. The station has now tweaked the blue graphics for ones that are more red — which do look more like something you would see on Fox News Channel. …
  • Yesterday, we reported WESH anchor Scott Walker’s impending departure to WDSU in New Orleans. Here’s how the┬áTimes-Picayune reported his upcoming arrival. …
  • Deborah Norville will anchor Inside Edition from WKMG in O-Town on Thursday. Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker reports that Norville will be in town to give out the Florida teacher of the year award earlier in the day.

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