Posts Tagged ‘Bob Opsahl’

Warmoth heads to the PM shift…

(from – After updates Wednesday on the traffic and “Dancing With the Stars,” WFTV-Channel 9 anchor Vanessa Echols told viewers it was “a bittersweet day” for the morning team.

“After 15 years, I am losing my co-anchor,” Echols said as the 6 a.m. hour ended. Greg Warmoth will anchor the 5:30 and 11 p.m. newscasts at the ABC affiliate.

“It has been a pleasure, and we’ve been through a lot together,” Echols said….Cont….

Warmoth agreed, citing their time on the air, their friendship and her battle against breast cancer.


05 2012

WFTV rolls out Opsahl for Nov sweeps…

(from – Are you enjoying seeing WFTV-Channel 9  anchor Bob Opsahl back on the 11 o’clock news?

He won’t be there for long. He has returned to his old slot during the important November ratings period, and he will be off the 11 p.m. newscast when the November sweeps  end, WFTV news director Bob Jordan said today.

Is it a case of bringing out the big gun during a ratings period?

“You have a keen mind,” the normally chatty Jordan told me, and that’s all he was saying….Cont….


11 2011

Bob Opsahl anchors his final 11pm newscast…

(from – WFTV-Channel 9 anchor Bob Opsahl has been a constant in this market for decades, but his schedule recently changed.

He is no longer anchoring the 11 p.m. news. Josh Benson has assumed the duties on that newscast, where he sits alongside Martie Salt.

“I can tell you Bob is thrilled. He is one happy camper,” news director Bob Jordan said.

He does not exaggerate. ”After more than 25 years of working a night-side schedule, I’m pretty excited about having my nights open,” Opsahl said. “If only I could have had this luxury when my kids were young!”

He won’t be gone from the 11 entirely. “I’ll still be filling in for Josh Benson when he takes some time off — like this Thursday, Friday and Monday,” Opsahl said….Cont….


06 2011

“No, no, no, no”…Opsahl is not retiring…

(from – One of the big guessing games in town is: When will Bob Opsahl retire?

The WFTV-Channel 9 anchor told me last year that he won’t retire in 2011. But I’ve been hearing new speculation because of Opsahl’s longevity. He has been at WFTV since 1978 and has anchored at the ABC affiliate since the mid-1980s.

So I wanted an update: Will Opsahl be departing this year?

“No, no, no, no,” news director Bob Jordan told me today….Cont….


02 2011

WFTV is NOT endorsing Rick Scott…

(from – A WFTV-Ch. 9 viewer fired off this complaint to the station:

“It is my understanding that Martie Salt and Bob Opsahl are doing a TV campaign ad for Rick Scott. If this is true, I sure hope that Bob Jordan has plans to terminate their employment. How can TV news personalities be unbiased and fair in reporting when they campaign for individuals running for public office? I find this extremely unethical, a conflict of interest to news reporting and I am appalled at the judgment being exercised related to this decision. You can count on me and my friends not being friends of Eyewitness News! And I have many friends.”

Well, good for you. WFTV has received a handful of such complaints since the Scott ad started running this week, WFTV news director Bob Jordan said. In the spot, Scott slams opponent Alex Sink. Jordan said callers have asked such questions as “How can you endorse a candidate? and “Are you becoming like Fox News?”

Scott uses footage from a WFTV newscast, but the station is not endorsing the Republican candidate for governor…..Cont….


10 2010