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First Florida female reporter and anchor dies…

(edited from WPLG.com) – Miami’s WPLG is saying goodbye to one of its own — Florida’s first female news anchor, Molly Turner. Turner died Thursday at the age of 93 at an assisted living facility in New Jersey, where her daughter resides.

Most of South Florida knows her as Local 10’s consumer reporter, the area’s first female news anchor and the first lady of South Florida television.

Turner’s career began at WTVJ, in 1951, when she became “Cousin Effy” on the “Uncle Martin Show.” She played a country music singer and comedienne with flaming red hair, a freckled face and blacked-out teeth. Cousin Effy then became Miss Molly. Read the rest of this entry →

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07 2016

John Gerard departs WFOR….

(edited from MiamiHerald.com) – WFOR weekend meteorologist John Gerard has departed Miami’s WFOR.

Gerard, 58, posted his goodbyes on his Facebook page Tuesday night after a total 20 years on three of the four main local stations, and it doesn’t appear he has any plans for the immediate future.

He wrote on Facebook: “For those of you who were wondering, I resigned from my position at CBS4. Totally my decision & I thank WFOR for the opportunity they offered me. Thanks for all of your support over the years, wherever I wind up I’m taking y’all with me. Carpe diem & God bless you.” Read the rest of this entry →

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07 2016

Former WJHG Chief Met succumbs to cancer…

(edited from AL.com)Jason Kelley, a TV meteorologist who worked at WJHG Panama City and WBRC Birmingham, has died following a battle with cancer – he was 45.

An Alabama native, Mr., Kelley was chief meteorologist at WJHG from 1999 to 2009, and he is best remembered for his coverage during Hurricane Ivan in 2004, when he stayed on the air for more than 24 hours to keep viewers in northwest Florida and South Alabama informed, according to the station.

He is survived by his wife, Pam, and four daughters….Cont….

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07 2016

Laid off WFTS staffer was first with Melania story…

(edited from TVSpy.com) – Jarrett Hill, a former producer and reporter from Tampa’s WFTS is getting credit for being the first to figure out that Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention sounded oddly familiar.

The Los Angeles Times reports Hill had heard the phrase “… the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams …,” once before. After checking it out, he confirmed his suspicions that Melania was channeling Michelle Obama from the First Lady’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Hill lost his job at WFTS in April 2015. He’s been freelancing in LA ever since.

Florida News Center reported the lay offs back in March of 2015, saying that Scripps had axed WFTS’ Chief Engineer, a manager and several producers, while making other staffers reapply for their jobs. Read the rest of this entry →

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07 2016

Brian Goddin departs WJHG…

WJHG anchor Brian Goddin anchored his last newscast without getting to say goodbye to viewers. He submitted his resignation from the Panama City station on Monday morning.

Goddin said on Facebook: “It was a ‘mutual decision’ between me and upper management–that ultimately I made–to no longer continue as morning show anchor and managing editor for WJHG. It was a decision that has been building for some time but, due to several reasons, it is one that I believe will be best for me and my family and the station too.

So far there is no reason for his departure or where he will end up. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.

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07 2016