(from WKMG.com) – Longtime Channel 6 anchor and Central Florida television legend Ben Aycrigg died Tuesday night at his Maitland home of renal failure.
Aycrigg was 88 years old.
Aycrigg was the first television news reporter in Central Florida and began his career when Channel 6 launched in 1961 as the first television station in Central Florida, known then as WDBO, long before it was WKMG. Channel 6 started with 1 reporter (Aycrigg), 1 anchor, and 1 photojournalist.
Aycrigg started at a time when Central Florida was rapidly expanding and growth was the “biggest continuing news story we have,” as Aycrigg described it. Those were the days of film cameras, dark rooms, and ticker machines….Cont….
WTVT lead anchor John Wilson told viewers on Halloween night that his last newscast would be at the end of November sweeps.
After more than 50 years in broadcasting, Wilson will anchor his final newscast the day before Thanksgiving, November 26th. His son, anchor Mark Wilson will take over the lead chair, upon Papa’s departure.
Check out Wilson’s “My View” segment, where he announces his retirement date and remembers the most unforgettable Florida stories of his career.
(edited from GossipExtra.com) – David Bernard, the star weatherman at WFOR-CBS4 who abruptly left his job last year, is launching a new real estate company with his partner of five years, longtime real estate broker Charles Urstadt.
“I’ve been thinking about this for the past year,” Bernard tells Gossip Extra. “We wanted to do something together, and I wanted something a little more flexible than doing news every day.”
Bernard got his real estate agent license and, with Urstadt, started the Miami Beach-based CD Property.
“When you’re doing TV like I’ve done for 23 years, you’re in a studio all day for three or four people,” Bernard says. “You’re not really engaged in personal contacts in the outside world.
“I wanted much more contacts with the public.”….Cont….