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.
TVSpy.com 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
After seven years, anchor Cale Ramaker has quietly left WOFL-Fox 35. His final appearance on the station was last Thursday.
Wednesday morning, NewsBlues.com first reported Ramaker’s departure. After several websites also reported the news, Ramaker himself confirmed it on his Twitter account. “I kept quiet about it but, yes, I’ve left Fox 35 in Orlando. Specifics aside, I will be moving west and starting my new job July 16,” he tweeted.
Laurie Jacoby, Ramaker’s agent, told Orlando Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker that Ramaker “has accepted another position, which we are not at liberty to discuss yet because his new station has not made an announcement. It’s a very exciting opportunity, and he is looking forward to a new challenge.”
NewsBlues, quoting “friends,” says Ramaker is heading to San Diego.
Ramaker joined Fox 35 in 2005 as the main male anchor on its 10 p.m. newscast. The station’s news footprint expanded during Ramaker’s tenure, and he also anchored at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
WOFL brought in former WKMG-Local 6 anchor Bob Frier in December 2009 and used him on the station’s hourlong 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts – somewhat diminishing Ramaker’s role at Fox 35.
Still, Ramaker had his admirers – even at rival stations. “Fox35 has lost a darned good anchor. Good luck, Cale Ramaker,” tweeted WFTV-Channel 9 News Director Bob Jordan.
The latest in the series of debates for the Republican candidates seeking to oust President Obama takes place in Orlando on Thursday night.
The Presidency 5 debate will be televised by Fox News Channel from 8-11 p.m. In a bit of corporate synergy, Fox 35 will air part of its 11 p.m. newscast from the debate.
“Late assignment. Will anchor live from ‘Presidency 5’ at the OC Convention Center Thursday. Every GOP Presidential candidate will be there,” WOFL anchor Cale Ramaker tweeted on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, if you missed it, there’s a great Orlando Sentinel Q&A with Fox 35 GM Dennis Welsh, who discussed what he’s doing to make WOFL’s newscasts stand out in crowded Orlando TV news scene. Check it out here.
In addition to watching the Casey Anthony trial on Orlando TV news, many followed coverage via reporters’ and anchors’ tweets on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of Orlando TV tweets following the verdict. (I especially like WFTV news director Bob Jordan’s tweet at the bottom):
Between lots of travel for business (and some for pleasure), I’m playing catchup with the latest Orlando TV news…
Interesting — and unconfirmed — rumor passed on by a tipster: Bright House may be getting ready to add its Tampa Bay news channel, Bay News 9, to its Orlando channel lineup that already includes Central Florida News 13. Stay tuned. …
Former WKMG traffic reporter Secily Wilson returned to local television screens with a splash. She and her family were on the Orlando-based Family Feud game show. She had a bit of a slip in answering a question in the Fast Money segement — and it made her a YouTube star (with more than 940,000 views so far). Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker catches up with Wilson to see what she’s been doing and how she hopes to return to television beyond game shows. …
Have you noticed the changes at WOFL-Fox 35 during the November sweep? The station has rebranded its 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m news block “Good Day,” added a news ticker to its newscasts and has seemed to be much more aggressive. Will it make a difference in the ratings? …
Speaking of Fox 35, anchor Cale Ramakertweeted this update about a former co-anchor: “Had a very nice lunch with my former co-anchor Corrina Sullivan, today. Very happy with her decision to be a full-time Mom.” …
GM Jim Carter is verrrrry happy with the performance of his Orlando duopoly, WESH 2 and especially WKCF-CW18. “Absolutely. They have got it going. Our prime-time ratings [on WKCF] this year in October were up 21 percent from last year,” he told the Sentinel. Read the full Q&A with Carter here.
WOFL will launch its oft-discussed 11 p.m. newscast on Jan. 7, Florida Today reported. News about the late newscast was first revealed nearly a year ago, with a then-projected launch date of sometime in April. But the project never got off the ground. In the meantime, Fox 35 did launch its 6 p.m. newscast.
Cale Ramaker, who has been co-anchor of the 6 p.m. show, will leave that post to helm the 11 p.m. newscast as well as continue as the 10 p.m. co-anchor with Corrina Sullivan. Station newcomer Mike Dunston inherits Ramaker’s anchor chair on the 6 o’clock show.
GM Stan Knott told Florida Today that the 11 p.m. news will be a “hyper-local program designed to complement” Fox 35 News at 10.”The show is going to have a great energy, great feel and pace,” he said. “It really will be designed as an alternative to the other newscasts in the market, which have a lot of similarity to each other.”
Knott said the newscast will have “11 at 11,” — the day’s top stories in the first 11 minutes of the show — plus “Five Things You Need to Know,” — tips for viewers.
Knott didn’t say it, but I would assume Fox 35 will follow the model of nearly every other Fox O&O which launched an 11 p.m. newcast and use the News Edge format made popular at Fox sister WTVT in Tampa.