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.
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.
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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."
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.