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A little time away from the office…

Yours truly here at Florida News Center, is taking a little vacation for the next week.

Please continue to send news tips, updates and/or anything else that you think we can use and we will post the information as soon as possible.

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Have a great week everyone, I know I will!  Thanks! -Chris



04 2014

WKRG unveils new set/graphics package…

WKRG-TV debuted their much anticipated new set this week. The set, by David Weller Design, has been under construction for the past few weeks.

WKRG tells the website that the new set is a combination of “high tech” and “old Mobile.”

Along with the new set, came a new graphics package. Check out the new changes in the screen captures below.


04 2014

Why does JAX TV news suck?….

(from – There’s one question visitors from outside the area often ask me — and a question I ask myself on occasion: Why does local TV news suck so much?

You’d think that, in a region with more than a million people, we’d have something better, that there would be room for more voices, more perspectives, more analyses, more deep dives.

You’d be wrong.

There are exceptions, of course. First Coast News (whose newscasts are shared by our local NBC and ABC affiliates) has a nice investigative team, helmed by former Folio Weekly editor extraordinaire Anne Schindler, which can be counted on for interesting stories every now and again….Cont….

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04 2014

More anchor duties for Stewart Moore…

(from – WESH has announced Stewart Moore will anchor the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on sister station WKCF, the CW affiliate in Orlando, beginning April 21.

Moore joined WESH in 2011 as a weekend anchor and reporter. He will anchor alongside Michelle Imperato when she joins the station in June. Both Moore and Imperato will also appear on the WESH morning newscast, which airs from 5 to 7 a.m….Cont….


04 2014

The best hair in TV news…

The website has released their 2014 list of male TV personalities with the best hair.

So where did dudes in FL TV rank?

#5 – Mike Marza – WSVN

#6 – Blaine Tolison – WFTV

#8 – Jamison Uhler – WFTS

#25 – Alex DiPrato – WSVN


04 2014

Jim Reif dies after bicycle accident…

UPDATE: 04/08/14 @ 15:03 – We are sad to report that WBBH’s Jim Reif died at 10:38pm last night. The meteorologist died of brain injuries suffered in a bicycle accident this past Sunday. Read the story below the video.

04/07/14 (edited from – WBBH NBC2 Director of Meteorology Jim Reif was involved in a tragic bicycle accident Sunday afternoon and is currently in grave condition.

While riding his bike on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, his bicycle hit a sign, throwing him to the ground. Jim hit his head on the curb and suffered traumatic injuries to the head.

First responders were able to get to the scene in a matter of minutes because the accident happened less than a mile away from the fire station. It’s unclear what caused the accident.

Jim Reif is a household name in Southwest Florida. In 1979, Jim began his television career in Fort Myers and he quickly earned his reputation as a hurricane specialist. He joined Waterman Broadcasting in 1999 as the Chief Meteorologist for ABC7, and more recently he moved to NBC2 and became the Director of Meteorology for the company’s television stations….Cont….

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04 2014

Randy Patrick is back at WKRG…

Our friends at report that WKRG veteran sports director Randy Patrick is back at the Mobile/Pensacola station. He was back as of the Apri 7th evening newscasts.

Patrick has been off the air since January, recovering from an undisclosed illness, which required surgery.

He appeared on the air at WKRG, via video chat in early March to explain his abscence from the station. At that time, Patrick appeared to have lost quite a bit of weight, but appeared to be in good spirits. Patrick stated that his surgery “was successful” but that he still required “several weeks of mending.”


04 2014

Changes are coming to WTXL…

Tis the season for a new set! Tallahassee’s WTXL is the latest on the list of Florida stations that are in the process of adding a new set. The station has started running promos (like the one below, featuring morning anchor Greg Angel), teasing the new set construction. The new set is expected to debut April 28th, just in time for the start of the most-important May ratings period. Stay tuned to Florida News Center.


04 2014

WFLA to get a new set…

Viewers of WFLA-TV may have noticed a slight change on the set at the Tampa station. News casts are currently being brought to you from a temporary studio, as a new set is constructed through out the month of April.

WFLA’s previous set was introduced in 2000, from Orlando area based set design company Fx Design Group.

The new set is expected to debut just in time for the start of the May ratings period.

As Florida News Center reported last week, WFLA sister station WKRG also announced that it is also getting a new set, to debut in the next few weeks. Both stations are owned by Media General and share the same corporate look. Stay tuned to the new set at WKRG, for a previous of what the new digs will look like at WFLA.


04 2014

Michelle Imperato to join WESH…

(from Imperato is joining WESH, the NBC affiliate in Orlando. She begins in her role as the station’s morning anchor on June 2.

Imperato comes from KSBW in Montery, Calif., where she was the morning anchor and reporter. She previously worked as an anchor and reporter for WLNY in Long Island, N.Y….Cont….


04 2014