WESH’s Jim Payne and Martha Sugalski knocked off top-rated WFTV anchors Bob Opsahl and Martie Salt. Not in the Nielsens, but in the first round of the Orlando Sentinel’s Celebrity Smackdown game.
Payne and Sugalski scored a first-round upset over the Channel 9 duo in voting on OrlandoSentinel.com. Payne and Sugalski advanced to the game’s second round, facing WKMG anchors Mike Garofalo and Jacqueline London. The only other “upset” — if you can call it that — in the online game’s first round was Fox 35 morning meteorologist Jim Van Fleet knocking off night-time weather guy Glenn Richards.
The big match up in the second round: WFTV meteorologist Tom Terry vs. WESH meteorologist Tony Mainolfi.