Posts Tagged ‘Tom Sorrells’

Sorrells is back, baby…

(from – WKMG-Channel 6 chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells has returned to the 11 p.m. newscast, starting this week. In October, the station had installed meteorologist Troy Bridges at 11 p.m. and reduced Sorrells’ workload. What does the change back to Sorrells mean? “Clearly he’s very valuable to the station,” WKMG General Manager Skip Valet said. “He’s one of the building blocks for the future.” The October change had raised concerns about Sorrells’ future at the CBS affiliate. Sorrells’ fans can stop worrying. “The ratings are improving. It’s a perfect time for him to return to 11,” Valet said. Sorrells will continue to do the hour-long 6 p.m. news with Bridges’ assistance.


01 2010

Future changes at WKMG/WOFL…

as first reported Monday….(from – It’s never a good sign when an anchor or a meteorologist loses a time slot, especially in rough economic times. Stations are trying to shed high-priced talent to cut costs. We learned that lesson with Bob Frier (right #1), the former WKMG anchor. He lost the 6 p.m. time slot when Mike Garofalo arrived late last year, and that was the tipoff that WKMG was easing out Frier. Frier left the station in February. Recent moves by WKMG suggest that chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells (right #2) and anchor Jacqueline London (right #3) may not be on the air much longer. London and Sorrells are on the new, hour-long 6 p.m. news, but they are no longer on at 11 p.m. — thus the speculation. Here’s the tricky part: We don’t know how their contracts are structured. Appearances could be deceiving. There’s widespread speculation that the well-liked Frier will land at WOFL. Has a contract been signed? When could he reach the air? No definitive news on that front. But there’s more speculation that Frier’s arrival could mean that WOFL’s Cale Ramaker (left) is on the way out. Not true, several knowledgeable sources tell me. The anchor gossip is interesting, but until a station or the anchor tells us what’s up, it’s just talk.


10 2009

Changes in the weather at WKMG…

(from -?Fans of WKMG’s chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells (right #1) will have to catch him at 6 p.m. The station has installed meteorologist Troy Bridges (right #2) at 11 p.m. “We have a team of great meteorologists at WKMG,” station General Manager Skip Valet said. “I want to expose that team to as many viewers as possible, giving them a chance to know Troy.” Bridges should be helped by appearing on a newscast that follows popular CBS dramas at 10 p.m. and precedes the headline-making “Late Show With David Letterman.” Valet compared the change to one the CBS affiliate recently made in moving its anchorwomen: Lauren Rowe is now at 11, Laura Diaz is in the morning, and Jacqueline London is on the hour-long 6 p.m. news….Cont….


10 2009