A week ago today, Orlando Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker reported on WKMG’s hiring of Elizabeth Hart to become its full-time weekend evening meteorologist.
The following night, she was hosting the multi-state, $25 million Powerball drawing — which coincidentally also airs on WKMG.
Hart has been among a handful of Orlando folks who host the twice weekly drawings from a studio at the Universal Orlando Resort. No word on if she’ll continue her lottery duties now that she’s working full time for WKMG.
Hart, who has been working part-time for Local 6 for three years, will also report for the station’s 6 p.m. and new 7 p.m. newscasts three days a week.
Taking Hart’s role as the weekend morning meteorologist is Julie Broughton, who was previously with Central Florida News 13.
Meanwhile, another newcomer to WKMG will be Jamie Seh. NewsBlues.com reported that Seh, from WTEN-ABC 10 in Albany, N.Y., will join Local 6 as its new weekend sports anchor and reporter. Her last day in Albany is scheduled for Dec. 17.
After a hiatus of nearly three years, WKMG plans to relaunch its weekend morning newscasts starting Saturday, Jan. 17.
With anchor Ramin Khalili and meterologist Elizabeth Hart, Local 6’s weekend morning news will air from 5 to 7 a.m. on Saturdays and 5 to 9 a.m. on Sundays. The Sunday news block will include Lauren Rowe’s Flashpoint public affairs show.
WKMG first jumped into the weekend morning news game back in 2003, but ratings and resources were lacking. It slowly cut the length of of the morning news several times before finally pulling the plug in March 2006.
If Khalili needs any advice about handling the morning show, he can ask fellow WKMG reporter Steven Cooper. He was the anchor of the weekend news the last time Local 6 tried it. Michelle Cimino was the weekend weather person back then.
Some good news to report. Former Fox 35 anchor Shelly Ribando has landed a new gig. She’ll become the main anchor at KOAT-ABC 7 in Albuquerque, N.M. According to Eckhert Talent Management, she’ll co-anchor the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts at the Hearst-Argyle station. Ribando anchored her final newscast at Fox 35 in September 2006. …
WKMG-Local 6 morning weather guy Larry Mowry is heading to Big D. He’s become the 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. meteorologist at CBS O&O in Dallas, KTVT-11. He’ll find another alum of the Channel 6 weather staff when he arrives. Longtime O-Town weather man Mike Burger is still at KTVT. …
Not sure if it’s just to help fill-in or if she’s Mowry’s replacement, but former Miami meteorologist Elizabeth Hart has been forecasting the weather on WKMG this week. She left CBS O&O WFOR-4 in September 2006 and has filled in for Mitch English on the Orlando-based Daily Buzz since then. …
Former Central Florida News 13 reporter Don Guevara has jumped to WSVN-Fox 7 in Miami. …
And Syan Rhodes from WMC-NBC 5 in Memphis will join newcomer Scott Walker as co-anchor of WESH 2 News at Sunrise starting Monday, Dec. 10. Found an interesting post about Rhodes on a Memphis TV site while seeking additional information for this item.