(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Listen up, fans of Orlando TV history.
Martha Sugalski’s decision to leave WESH-Channel 2 — and evidently head to another station in town — prompted Hal Boedeker to look for context from Carole Nelson, Orlando’s trailblazing anchorwoman. Nelson started at WFTV-Channel 9, moved to Channel 6, then returned to WFTV in a local career that ran from 1976 to 1990.
Nelson did not disappoint. She fired off an email with names and details from the past. Here’s how Carole Nelson tells it:
“When I made the move [from 9 to 6] it made the top story on the local page along with a picture. It was a nerve-wracking time in my career. Other newsroom reporters and anchors were very unhappy with Elden Hale, the news director, who had replaced Bob Jordan in one of his many moves. We all thought that Elden was taking the station in the wrong direction.
“[WFTV General Manager] Walter Windsor and the Magid consultants wanted me to talk to him. Then the station made a big mistake and forgot to send me a registered letter stating that the station wanted to pick up my option for another year. (The station had the option each year on my contract; I did not)….Cont….