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Derek Beasley named Chief Met at WFTX…

Derek Beasley has been named the new chief meteorologist at Fort Myers’ WFTX.

He comes to WFTX after six months on the beach, after departing Pensacola/Mobile station WPMI. As Florida News Center reported, he joined WPMI in 2009 at the station’s chief meteorologist. He quietly left WPMI this past summer, with his position replaced by Chris Dunn.

He will work the week day evening shift on the 6 p.m., 10 & 11 p.m. newscasts.


12 2015

Derek Beasley to depart WPMI…

(edited from – WPMI Chief Meteorologist Derek Beasley will be leaving the station later this summer to take a new job.

WPMI’s General Manager Bobby Totsch confirmed that Beasley has told the station he is leaving. Totsch described the departure as amicable and simply Beasley taking the next step in his career.

“This is one of those things where people just look at opportunities to grow and look at options. Derek is looking forward to a new chapter in his life and career, there is nothing more than that. He and his family will be taking a new challenge in another market,” Totsch said. Read the rest of this entry →


06 2015

New is the word at WPMI…

Viewers in Pensacola tell Florida News Center that Mobile’s WPMI NBC 15 debuted a new logo (left) yesterday, a new Chief Meteorologist, new website and a new philosophy for working with viewers. Derek Beasley (right) joins WPMI as Chief Meteorologist from mornings at?Cincinnati’s WLWT. (Watch Beasley in action here). Beasley fills the void left by Jim Loznicka who was fired unexpectedly back in May. Main anchor Greg Patterson writes in his blog that the new?slogan is?”much more than that.??LOCAL 15 means we will offer you a choice.? If you are interested in Local news..? breaking news, and a weather authority you can truly count on, you’ll find we will be your best choice for news” He goes on to write about ratings problems at the station below (see his full blog entry here).

Yes, there has been a lot of change at this television station over the last couple of years. And yes, sometimes change is difficult. Please bare in mind, the folks who now bring you the news were in no way responsible for what has happened in the past. In our business, if the ratings don’t rise, changes are made. We all know it when we decide to embark on this career. All we can ask of all of you is please watch and see what you think. If there are things you like.. great. Tell us.? ?If there are things you do not like.. please tell us. We did very extensive research in this community, and if you weren’t polled, chances are one of your neighbors was. ?We are making changes based on what this community tells us it wants. Please hang in there with us.? I can assure you that each and every day I will personally strive to bring you the best LOCAL newscast we can possible produce. It is my pledge, and my responsibility.


08 2009