New Fox 35 news director Gavin Maliska is starting to shake things up at WOFL.
This week he shuffled the station’s anchor lineup. Mike Dunston, who was on Fox at 5, is now the morning co-anchor with Jacquie Sosa and Heidi Hatch. Former morning anchor Tom Johnson has been moved to sports anchor. And temporarily filling in on the 5 p.m. newscast is weekend anchor and Fox 35 utilityman Keith Landry.
Johnson, who previously was a sportscaster, has been helping out in the Fox 35 sports department for awhile. Fox has been short-handed in sports for nearly a year after sportcaster Thomas Forester departed the station after an ugly incident with then-news director Bob Clinkingbeard.
Will it help improve ratings? We’ll see, but Fox 35 traditional sees a bump from American Idol — so making the change now that Idol is starting up makes sense.
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Jacquie Sosa, who was paired with Mark McEwen in one of the earlier (and unsuccessful) attempts to revive WKMG’s morning news, will be back on TV in the mornings starting Thursday — the first day of the November sweeps.
Sosa is the newest co-anchor of the Fox 35 Morning News on WOFL. She’ll join a team that includes Jim Van Fleet, Heidi Hatch, Tom Johnson and Cris Martinez.
“I have been blessed with the opportunity to spend the
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WKMG traffic reporter Secily Wilson signed off Friday morning, acknowledging her three years at the station and also former co-worker Jacquie Sosa, who was also recently dropped from the morning show while on maternity leave.
"Today is my last day after being here on the air with everyone here at the Local 6 family. I’m saying goodbye," Wilson said. "I just want to say to those of you who have embraced me over the three years and who have seen me out in the community and just told me what a wonderful job I’m doing, thank you. And for those of you who didn’t embrace me, thank you as well. We always need that in our lives, and I appreciate it. Now, I’m going to spend more time with my girls and go shopping with Jacquie Sosa."
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The extreme makeover of Local 6’s First News morning show continues. A insider says employees were told that that traffic reporter Secily Wilson will be leaving the newscast on April 14.
Technically, Wilson works for Traffic.Com but has been part of the WKMG morning show for several years. In January 2005, she suffered a stroke while on the air. After further examination, doctors determined she actually had several minor strokes. She worked with a speech pathologist and returned to work.
For those keeping count, for a much-touted morning show that once had Mark McEwen, Jacquie Sosa, Wilson and meteorologist Larry Mowry, only Mowery will remain after April 14. Sure appears a clean sweep is in the forecast, though.
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Erick Weber, who has appeared on The Tonight Show in comedy skits and most recently worked at WTMJ-NBC 4 in Milwaukee as a sports anchor, will join WKMG as its new morning and noon anchor, according to a Local 6 insider. He replaces Jacquie Sosa, whose contract was not renewed. His first day on the air at WKMG will be April 26.
Weber worked in Milwaukee for three years as sports anchor at WTMJ. He was an elementary school teacher when he started interning at KESQ in Palm Springs, Calif. He later became weekend sports anchor for a year and half at KNDU/KNDO-NBC in Tri-Cities/Yakima, Wash., before making the move to Milwaukee.
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Lots of personnel moves happening at WKMG.
First, morning anchor Jacquie Sosa — who was supposed to return from maternity leave on Monday — was told her contract had not been renewed. She’s not expected to appear on the air again at the station, according to an insider. Sosa’s original co-anchor in the morning was Mark McEwen, who suffered a stroke in 2005.
Main sports anchor Todd Lewis signed off for the last time during Tuesday’s 6 p.m. show. His contract was not renewed either. Lewis had been with WKMG since 1997, first as weekend sports guy, then morning news guy and back to sports as the main weekday anchor. No word on his replacement — if there will be one. WKMG has cut back on its sports coverage, canceling its longtime Sunday night highlight show. Holding down the sports fort is weekend sports anchor Lee Goldberg. When Ryan Baker left as WKMG in 2003, Goldberg worked an incredible 59 consecutive days covering all the sports shifts while before the station moved Lewis into the main sports seat.
And an insider at WKMG says reporter Samantha Knapp has told staff that she’s out of at the end of this month. She reportedly has been working month to month without a contract.
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