She takes the job formerly held by Martha Sugalski. McDonough will anchor the early evening and 11 p.m. newscasts.
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(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….
In a memo to the staff, WESH General Manager Jim Carter said he believed Sugalski, 44, had accepted an offer from another station in town, based on a discussion with Sugalski and her agent.
But she can’t appear on another station immediately. In a standard practice for the industry, a noncompete clause would keep her off the air for a year.
One rumor sweeping the local media has Sugalski going to WFTV-Channel 9.
“I really can’t comment on that,” said WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt. “We don’t comment on competitors’ talent, contracts. We just don’t. She’s very talented. We wish her the very best. We know she’s going to have a great future.”….Cont…..
(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Martha Sugalski and Tony Mainolfi will gain a new co-anchor on WESH-Channel 2′s 5 p.m. newscast starting Feb. 17.
Brett Connolly has joined Orlando’s NBC affiliate from WFXT, the Fox-owned station in Boston where he was a morning anchor and reporter.
Jim Payne will continue to anchor at 4, 6 and 11 p.m.
“Given our commitment to news, we’re adding to the team,” WESH General Manager Jim Carter said. “We wanted to let Jim cover more news in the field.”
Connolly will be reporting in addition to anchoring at 5 p.m., and the station brought him on air last week….Cont….
*NOTE – The only reason that I ran this story was because Jim Payne called his formerly preggo co-anchor “gigantic” and “as a big as a house.”
In June, Sugalski gave birth to triplets. WESH released a photo of Sugalski with babies Heaton, Wilder and Holden in her arms, and she talked about the children in the 4 p.m. newscast. She said they sleep peacefully.
Sugalski looked wonderful, and that prompted some memorable and unusual banter for the news.
“The last time people saw you on TV you were as big as a house,” Payne said.
“A birdhouse,” Sugalski said, laughing….Cont….