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Max Winitz to depart WWSB….

WWSB weekend anchor and general assignment reporter Max Winitz will be departing the Sarasota station. His final broadcast will be Sunday night, 5/29.

He is leaving to accept a position as the Communications and Public/Media Relations Manager for the 2017 World Rowing Championships. This event will take place in Sarasota in October 2017. He says this is only a sabbatical from TV news.

He joined WWSB in January 2011, finding love at the station. He married WWSB week day evening/night anchor Hayley Wielgus in 2015. Wielgus will remain in her position at WWSB.

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05 2016

Sweeping up May 2016 in Orlando…

(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – In the May TV ratings for Orlando, WFTV was the big winner and WKMG was the main gainer.

Retiring WFTV anchor Bob Opsahl, whose last newscast was 6 p.m. Wednesday, went out a ratings winner. He and Martha Sugalski were the leaders from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in total viewers as well as the 25-to-54 age group for the month.

In news ratings, 25-to-54 is the most important for advertisers. At 6 p.m., WFTV averaged 19,496 viewers in the age group. WKMG drew 13,978, WESH pulled in 13,015 and WOFL attracted 5,333. (The Sentinel has a content-sharing agreement with WOFL.) Read the rest of this entry →

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05 2016

Jennifer Hardy named N/D at WWSB….

In a press release today, WWSB announced that Jennifer Hardy has been named as the Sarasota station’s new news director.

Hardy comes from sister station, WAAY-TV in Huntsville, AL, where she was that station’s news director. Before WAAY, Hardy worked in Reno, Las Vegas, Spokane, Tulsa, Memphis and Tuscon. Read the rest of this entry →

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05 2016

Bob Opsahl signs off after 38 years at WFTV…

WFTV veteran anchor Bob Opsahl signed off for the last time from the Orlando station on Wednesday.

He signed off at the close of the 6 p.m. newscast, reflecting on his career and thanking the viewers at home and those who work at the station.   (Video below)

Opsahl said in his final comments: “All my life God has opened doors for me and the ones I walked through, led to some wonderful things…like my career at Channel 9. I didn’t even apply for this job. It came to me, and has brought opportunities for positive change….It even led to the adoption of my own children.” Read the rest of this entry →

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05 2016

Mayor declares “Bob Opsahl Day” in Orlando…

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer declares Friday May 27th, 2016 Bob Opsahl Day in the City of Orlando.

Opsahl is retiring after 38 years at WFTV.

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05 2016