Posts Tagged ‘Trey Radel’

Rep. Trey Radel resigns House seat…

(edited from – Former WINK-TV anchor and Florida Rep. Trey Radel resigned from Congress on Monday, ending a once promising career that collapsed after the Florida Republican was caught buying cocaine from a federal law enforcement agent.

Radel, 37, spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility late last year before returning to Congress after the winter recess.

He sent a letter on Monday to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announcing his resignation, saying it “is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States Representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida.” He said that 2014 has already “been tremendously positive as I focus on my health, family and faith.”…..Cont…..


01 2014

Rep. Trey Radel talks blow with his former station…

(from - Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) met with the media Wednesday for the first time since he completed his substance abuse program following an arrest for cocaine possession in November. Radel gave an emotional one-on-one interview to his former station, Fort Myers CBS affiliate WINK.

“This is embarrassing. I’ve dragged my family through a lot,” he told WINK’s Amanda Hall….Cont….


01 2014

Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession…

(from – Rep. Trey Radel, a Florida Republican elected in 2012, will be in court Wednesday on charges that he possessed cocaine.

Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday.

He faces a maximum of 180 days in jail, as well as a fine of up to $1,000. Radel has missed all four votes in the House this week.

Radel, in a statement released by his office, made no mention of resigning from the House. He said he struggles “with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”….Cont….

Florida TV history…

Radel was formerly an anchor at Fort Myer’s WINK-TV, leaving the station in 2010 to join a public policy organization. A few months later, he was signed to host a morning show on a local right leaning radio station. Radel returned to television (sort-of), as WXCW-TV simalcasted his morning radio show on that TV station. Radel bailed from his radio/TV gigs to run for for Congress in 2012. Radel was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.

Another interesting factoid…former WFTX-TV anchor Amy Weman is married to Trey Radel. She left her anchor gig at WFTX in 2012 to help Radel’s Congressional campaign.


11 2013

Mr. Radel goes to Washington…

(from – Republican Trey Radel, a former anchor at WINK-TV in Fort Myers, has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Radel will represent the 19th congressional district of Florida, stepping into a seat vacated when Connie Mack announced he would seek a Senate seat. Radel beat Democrat Jim Roach in the election.

Radel stepped away from WINK in 2010, saying at the time that his passion was politics and that he had never “felt more compelled than right now to get involved.” He went on to be a conservative radio host before announcing his candidacy for the House….Cont….


11 2012

Amy Wegman leaves WFTX for her husband…

(from - WFTX, Fox 4 and Amy Wegmann jointly announce Ms. Wegmann’s departure as the primaryco-anchor for its evening and night time newscasts.  Ms. Wegmann will now devote full-time focus in support her husband, Trey Radel’s, election campaign.

Mr. Radel is the Republican candidate for Congress in District 19.  Fox 4 and Ms.Wegmann have reached a mutual agreement to end her employment with the station.   The announcement was made today by Judy Kenney, Vice President and General Manager of Fox 4.

“Emily Dishnow is now the permanent full time co-anchor, Monday through Friday.  Emily has filled in for the past few months while Amy was on leave and our viewers have been incredibly supportive and complimentary….Cont….


09 2012

Wegmann takes leave from WFTX…

(from – Anchor Amy Wegmann is taking a leave of absence from WFTX as her husband, Trey Radel, runs for congress.

Wegmann, who anchors WFTX’s 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts, has been on maternity leave from the Fox-affiliate since giving birth in December.  According to the Naples News, Wegmann is now taking an indefinite leave of absence as Radel campaigns.

Radel, a former anchor at WINK, announced his bid for Florida’s 14th Congressional District in early January….Cont….


01 2012

Former WINK anchor leaves radio gig for Congress…

(from - So it turned out the rumors were true. There had been buzz for some time that 92.5 FM Fox News radio host Trey Radel was going to make a run for political office.

On Friday, he confirmed those reports when he announced he was a candidate for Congress from Florida’s 14th Congressional District, which covers Lee County and portions of Collier and Charlotte counties.

Radel’s background has been in local television and newspapers. He was a well-known reporter and anchor on WINK News and he owned and operated a community newspaper in Naples for a time. Nevertheless, his most recent career incarnation has been as a conservative talk show host on 92.5 FM….Cont….


01 2012

Former anchor is back on TV, sort of…

(from – Trey Radel, a longtime WINK-TV anchor, left the station in early 2010 only to quickly turn up hosting a conservative morning talk show on 92.5 FM Fox News.

Earlier this year, WXCW TV6, the local CW affiliate, stuck a high-definition camera in Radel’s studio and started broadcasting “Daybreak with Trey Radel” on weekdays from 5 to 7 a.m.

The show is a hodgepodge of everything that is fun about talk radio combined with elements of television….Cont….


05 2011

Radel takes job on conservative radio…

(from - Former WINK-TV anchorman Trey Radel has been tapped to be the new permanent host of the station’s popular “Daybreak” program. He’s scheduled to start today. 

“Daybreak” is a local talk radio show aimed at conservative listeners here in Southwest Florida. It’s followed by such national personalities as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

It just so happened that Radel had left his job at WINK to pursue a role with an advocacy organization — the Florida Prosperity Agenda — that promotes fiscal responsibility in state government. Meanwhile, Radel also helped out 92.5 by filling in on “Daybreak.”….Cont….


04 2010

Radel leaving WINK/TV…

(from - To be sure, this is one of the most difficult columns I have ever written. It’s about well-known WINK-TV anchorman Trey Radel – and the emotional roller coaster this young man and his family have been on over the past few weeks. I’ll start with the most recent development. Radel has decided to leave WINK and the television news business entirely. He will stay through the February Nielsen ratings period and then sign off the first week in March. Radel is leaving to become the executive director of the Florida Prosperity Agenda, a nonpartisan public policy organization promoting fiscal responsibility in Florida government….Cont….


01 2010