Saturday night, into Sunday morning proved to be an active time for Miami TV stations. As news came out about Fidel Castro’s death from Cuba, Miami area Cubans took to the streets to celebrate and gather – Miami stations jumped into action. Check out the station websites below. We particularly love the WPLG (10) website, where Castro’s face is pasted into just about every available space. We here at Florida News Center expect the Miami coverage to continue for days, into weeks.
WTVJ reporter Marissa Bragg and photographer Ross Noble became the story last week, after their station vehicle was hit by a drunk driver. The driver tried to leave the scene of the accident, but people who witnessed the accident jumped into action and stopped the driver from getting away. It was later found that the drunk driver’s vehicle was actually stolen. Neither Bragg nor Noble were severely injured. Watch the video below.
Florida News Center readers noticed a familiar face on WFLA today. Tampa TV veteran Brendan McLaughlin joined the station today as a “political observer.” He was seen commenting on his recent road trip across America, and about the election on the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.
WFLA lead anchor Keith Cate mentioned on air that McLaughlin would be at the station today and tomorrow (11/7-11/8), election day. However, we suspect that he will stay on at the station for special projects.
McLaughlin was most recently lead anchor across town at WFTS. Read the rest of this entry →
(edited from GossipExtra.com) – Rob Lopicola, the former WPTV weatherman convicted of having sex with underage boys, was quietly released from state custody.
Lopicola, 46, was immediately shipped to a federal facility in downtown Miami, where he has another nine months to serve for unrelated wire fraud.
Barring bad behavior at the Federal Detention Center Miami, Lopicola will be there until July 7. Read the rest of this entry →