WFTV takes Aug, stations spin the numbers…

(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – WFTV-Channel 9 was the big winner in early morning, at noon and from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.

The race at 11 p.m. was tighter, but WFTV was the victor there, too, in the ratings period that ended Wednesday.

At 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday in August, WFTV averaged 20,389 viewers in the age group. Close behind were CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 with 18,104 and NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2 with 17,794. Read the rest of this entry →

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Some viewers don’t like Martha Sugalski….

(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Martha Sugalski stirs strong feelings. Viewers either love her or want to avoid her, according Hal Boedeker They can do either when Sugalski, a former anchor at WESH-Channel 2, debuts opposite Bob Opsahl at 6 p.m. Monday on WFTV-Channel 9.

WFTV has to hope there are a lot of viewers like the Facebook reader who gushed about Sugalski: “She alone will be enough for our family to change the channel and move to WFTV-Channel 9. Read the rest of this entry →

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WPTV swaps its morning team, adds more news…

GossipExtra.com reports that changes at happening at WPTV/WFLX.

In a memo to the staff of WPTV this morning, station officials announced that longtime morning anchors Roxanne Stein and John Favole (right), are being pulled off the show that’s been theirs for 20 years. They are being re-assigned to the morning newscast on their low rated sister station, WFLX. The duo will then re-join WPTV for a brand-new, one-hour broadcast set to start airing on at 11 a.m.

Station manager Lloyd Bucher commented that “John and Roxanne have done a tremendous job helping us to retain the #1 spot in the market and I am confident that this duo will build a strong 11 a.m. newscast too.” Read the rest of this entry →

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WTSP anchor’s husband succumbs to cancer…

We are sad to report that the husband of WTSP morning anchor Allison Kropff has fallen to a long battle with cancer. Allison and her husband Justin Kropff, a former reporter himself, were married for 6 years. Read the on in the story below c/o WTSP.

Our thoughts prayers go out to Allison & her family….

(edited from WTSP.com) – If you didn’t know Justin when he walked into a room, chances are you would meet him. His smile would draw you in; his conversation would make you feel special and his laugh made you feel like a friend forever. After a hard-fought, courageous battle with cancer, Justin passed away on August 7, 2015. He was just 39. Read the rest of this entry →

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Dave D’Marko to depart News 13…

(from edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – News 13 reporter Dave D’Marko announced his departure after six years in Orlando. Before News 13, he had worked at stations in Dayton, Ohio; Albany, Ga.; and West Palm Beach.

On Facebook last week, D’Marko wrote that he was “off to new adventures and opportunities at Fox 4 in Kansas City. The family and I are excited about the move, but it’s tough to say goodbye to so many good friends, co-workers, and colleagues I’ve met here….Cont….

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