If you’re like me, and find yourself tuning into Severe Weather Center 9 on Channel 9.2 during thunderstorms or bad weather, you’re going to be disappointed in this news. WFTV is removing the 24-hour radar and weather service from its digital subchannel, and replacing it with new Spanish-language channel MegaTV.
According to TV News Check, the deal was signed this week, and the new channel will launch on Monday, Jan. 28. ”We are excited about our new partnership with MegaTV and pleased to be able to offer Hispanic viewers in Central Florida a fresh alternative, as a new and unique source of Spanish-language programming which includes terrific shows produced daily in Puerto Rico,” Miguel Rivera, WFTV’s station manager and general sales manager, told TV News Check. “Mega’s innovative brand of entertainment programing added to the credibility and resources of WFTV 9, the local television news leader is indeed a powerful combination.”
On Severe Weather Center 9, WFTV has posted a message saying the Doppler radar will be available on WFTV.com once it’s removed from channel 9.2.
Self-proclaimed Weather Authority Fox 35 is getting some help in its forecasting department.
Fox Television Stations signed a deal with AccuWeather to partner with 11 Fox owned-and-operated stations. The deal includes running AccuWeather’s content online and “jointly produced and branded content across virtually all of the stations’ media platforms.”
“Weather is one of the most important services our stations provide to their communities and has long been a major focus for FTS,” Ron Stitt, the Fox group’s vice president of digital media and internet operations, told BroadcastingCable.com . “This exclusive partnership with AccuWeather, a company who has been extremely effective in pursuing digital platform distribution, notably Connected TVs, will help us take our digital weather products to the next level.”
Because of existing partnerships with competitors, the Fox-AccuWeather deal will not include Fox O&Os in New York or L.A. In addition to Orlando’s Fox 35, the other Fox stations taking part in the deal are in Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Memphis, Austin and Gainesville (which is really a satellite of WOFL).
Locally, WFTV had a long-running partnership with AccuWeather years ago (see video below). I believe that Channel 6 (then WCPX) picked up AccuWeather for a short time after WFTV.
The new Davis Vantage Vue weather station for RogerSimmons.com
Perhaps I missed some announcement on this … but when did WESH 2 start using “First Alert” branding with its weather? Perhaps it’s a bit of Hearst TV corporate synergy, since sister station WPBF-ABC 25 in West Palm Beach has been using the First Alert branding for its weather. Check out the images below and see what you think.
But this also reminds us about a change in the weather here at RogerSimmons.com. We recently upgraded our private weather station — adding a Davis Vantage Vue unit. This new weather station provides greater accuracy and reliability — as well as transmitting data from the weather sensors to our computer base every 2.5 seconds. We upload our data every 5 minutes to our Orlando Weather page on this site, plus we supply near real-time data continuously on WeatherUnderground.com. So, if you need to know the weather in the Waterford Lakes area of east Orange County, think of us as your “First Alert.”
WESH's new "First Alert" weather branding.
"First Alert" weather branding at WESH sister station WPBF
It’s not just Casey Anthony who can scramble Orlando TV programming. Mother Nature also has some clout.
Late afternoon tornado warnings on Saturday disrupted Orlando’s already mixed-up TV programming. Sports fans hoping to watch the U.S. Open golf tournament on WESH-2 and the Yankees-Cubs baseball game of the week on Fox 35 had to settle for split-screen coverage. [Update: A reader noted that WFTV left NASCAR coverage at the start of its storm coverage.] After briefly returning to regular programming around 7 p.m., Orlando’s stations were back in a flash with more weather warnings. The last batch even managed to knock off WFTV-Channel 9′s weekly Casey recap special. It will be rescheduled.
Despite four separate tornado warnings over two hours, there were no confirmed twisters. A look below at Orlando TV on Saturday afternoon:
WESH-2, which moved the U.S. Open to sister station WKCF-CW 18 during the week, shrinks coverage on Saturday to make way to weather warnings.
WOFL-Fox 35 broke into the baseball game of the week with its weather warnings. Even though it kept the split screen throughout the tornado warnings, it did resume audio from the Yankees-Cubs game from time to time.
WFTV-Channel 9 was able to air a few minutes of its weekly Casey Anthony trial recap before having to ditch it completely for more severe weather coverage.
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.
We continue our Blast from the Past series with this newspaper advertisement from 1978.
It’s for weatherman Danny Treanor on WFTV. Back then, Danny did the weather on the noon, 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. That was quite a long day!
Here’s what the text says: “Rain or shine, you’re certain to get the latest weather word from Danny Treanor, Channel 9 weatherman. Danny studies weather data gathered from satellite information and the most modern in weather wire equipment from the National Weather Service. He plots the facts and reports the prognosis weekdays at Noon, 6 & 11 PM.”