WFTV leads the November 2014 books…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – WFTV-Channel 9 scored the most victories in the November ratings period, but the competition claimed a few big wins.

In the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers, WESH-Channel 2 surpassed WFTV at 4 p.m. and ran a strong second in other time slots. WOFL-Channel 35 was the leader for the 10 p.m. hour and its “Good Day Orlando” topped nationally syndicated programs at 9 a.m. CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 offered the most-watched prime time overall, although ABC affiliate WFTV reached more 25-to-54 viewers. Read the rest of this entry →

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Local anchor marches in Thanksgiving Day Parade….

Bay News 9 traffic reporter and anchor Chuck Henson made his national television debut this weekend, as part of the Madison Scouts Band of Brothers performance in the 2014 “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” on NBC.

Henson has been an active participant in marching band competitions and drum and rifle corps since his high school days. In August of 2014, Henson was appointed to the Board of Directors for for the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association. He has also been the  public address announcer for for the Bands of America/Music for All competitions for the past 26 years. In 2012 Henson was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame. Read the rest of this entry →

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John Wilson signs off at WTVT, after 50 years in news…

Veteran anchor John Wilson sgined off at WTVT, on tonight’s 6 p.m. newscast. His final hour-long show featured words of praise from leaders in the Tampa Bay area, politicians, legal officials, CEO’s, sports figures and many more.

He delivered his final newscast surrounded by family and friends who came to watch at the station. After handing over the reigns to his son Mark Wilson, who will take over for Dad as lead male anchor for the 6 and 11pm newscasts, he spoke directly to the viwers.

Referring the languages spoken in the many countries in which he has reported from, John Wilson ended his final newscast with the following statement:

“So it’s done. Deep breath time,” he paused, voice catching. “Au revoir as I heard in Normandy, auf wiedersehen in Germany, hasta la vista in Cuba, and in Moscow, do svidaniya. Until we meet again, for we surely will. Thank you for watching, and on behalf of all of us here at Fox 13, I’m John Wilson. Goodnight, and farewell.”

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TMZ honors the retiring John Wilson…

Check out the video below as the folks at the syndicated TMZ honor and poke a little fun at the retiring John Wilson.

TMZ is syndicated daily at 7 pm, following the 6pm news hour. John Wilson is retiring tomorrow 11/26/14 after 50 years in television.

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Danny Treanor praises former boss Jeff Day…

(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Jeff Day may be out at News 13, but former fellow meteorologist Danny Treanor  says that his contributions to the cable news channel should not be forgotten.

Day said that he learned Friday that his contract had been terminated after more than 17 years at News 13. Treanor underscored just how important Day was to the operation.

“The success of News 13 is around the ‘Weather on the Ones’ concept,” Treanor said. “People could get weather every 10 minutes, and Jeff was the face of that information. The staff has grown to have five weather people, and the leader of the team was Jeff Day. He deserves a statue in the hallway. For 10 years he got up in the middle of the night to go to work to make sure Central Florida had the weather information they needed to face the day.”….Cont….

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