Posts Tagged ‘Bob Opsahl’

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

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

Len Kiese to join WFTV weekends, anchors shifted…

(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Len Kiese will be the new weekend anchor at Orlando’s WFTV.

He is currently the weekday morning anchor at WIS-TV in Columbia, SC, where he has worked since 2012. He starts June 25th.

Kiese replaces Jorge Estevez, who will be replacing Greg Warmoth at 4 p.m. Warmoth is replacing the retiring Bob Opsahl on the 5 & 6 p.m. newscasts.

All of these changes begin on May 25th, the last day of the sweeps period. Read the rest of this entry →

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05 2016

Bob Opsahl announces retirement date…

(edited from WFTV.com)Bob Opsahl, veteran anchor for Orlando’s WFTV, announced his plans to retire at the end of May after nearly 38 years with the station. Opsahl’s last day anchoring the 5 and 6 p.m. news will be Friday, May 27, 2016.

“I cannot believe how quickly time has gone by, and I am so grateful to our viewers, who have been watching for so many years,” said Opsahl. “I am very fortunate to have had such a long run, in such an honorable place as WFTV. So many people work all their lives so they can retire in Central Florida, and I was lucky enough to have been here my entire career.” Read the rest of this entry →

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04 2016

Warmoth heads to the PM shift…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – 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.

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05 2012