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Jim Reif dies after bicycle accident…

UPDATE: 04/08/14 @ 15:03 – We are sad to report that WBBH’s Jim Reif died at 10:38pm last night. The meteorologist died of brain injuries suffered in a bicycle accident this past Sunday. Read the story below the video.

04/07/14 (edited from – WBBH NBC2 Director of Meteorology Jim Reif was involved in a tragic bicycle accident Sunday afternoon and is currently in grave condition.

While riding his bike on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, his bicycle hit a sign, throwing him to the ground. Jim hit his head on the curb and suffered traumatic injuries to the head.

First responders were able to get to the scene in a matter of minutes because the accident happened less than a mile away from the fire station. It’s unclear what caused the accident.

Jim Reif is a household name in Southwest Florida. In 1979, Jim began his television career in Fort Myers and he quickly earned his reputation as a hurricane specialist. He joined Waterman Broadcasting in 1999 as the Chief Meteorologist for ABC7, and more recently he moved to NBC2 and became the Director of Meteorology for the company’s television stations….Cont….

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04 2014

Jim Syoen and wife sued for $2 million…

(edited from – A well-known celebrity photographer in New York has filed a lawsuit against his daughter, a communications director with the State Attorney’s Office in Fort Myers, and son-in-law, WFTX Fox4 weatherman Jim Syoen, claiming the couple stole $1 million worth of his property while he was gravely ill and in the hospital.

A summons was issued for Samantha Syoen and her husband by a New York court, where Frank Ross is suing them for elder abuse, fraud, conversion, trespass to property and unjust enrichment.

Ross alleges in the lawsuit that Samantha Syoen got him to sign papers giving them control of his property last year when he was critically ill….Cont….


03 2014

UPDATE: WINK microwave van rolls over on I-75…

09-11-13 – UPDATE – As we reported yesterday, a WINK-TV station microwave van blew a tire and rolled over on I-75 near Naples. Both reporter Vanessa Ruffes and station photog Lucas Bogg were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. Ruffes suffered a broken clavicle (collar bone) in the crash. Vanessa responded today via Facebook:

I wanted to thank all of you for your kind words and support following a very scary accident yesterday. I’m very glad to report my photographer Lucas Bogg and I are resting up and doing well today after our news truck rolled on I-75. Right now, I’m home nursing a fractured collarbone and can’t wait to return to work.


(edited from – 09-10-13 – A WINK News van crashed on I-75, near mile marker 112, around 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, injuring two people. All lanes of traffic have re-opened.

Florida Highway Patrol said the van lost control after a tire blew out, causing the van to flip.

Sources tell Florida News Center that the crash involved reporter Vanessa Ruffes and photographer Lucas Bogg. They are both being treated at Naples Community Hospital for minor injuries.

Pic above & video below from WBBH/WZVN


09 2013

A control room fire takes WZVN off the air…

A small fire in the control room at Fort Myers’ WZVN took that station’s newscasts off the air for Friday and into Saturday. The fire damaged a video switcher. WZVN filled the news void with simalcasts from across the hall way at sister station WBBH. WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

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06 2013

Man arrested after pointing gun at WBBH crew…

(from – A Lehigh Acres man was arrested after pointing a gun at an NBC2 crew working on a burglary story in Lehigh Acres Wednesday.

Jeremiah Edward Mayo, 23, of 1066 Fayette Avenue, is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon without Intent to Kill.

Reporter Meaghan Smith and photojournalist Walter Pendergrass went to the Fayette Avenue home to do a story on the previous night’s burglary, in which someone stole the family’s pets.

Smith knocked on the door, but got no answer. She went back to the car with Pendergrass and called the workplace of one of the victims, 24-year-old Irma Jaquez-Reynoso.

She was told Jaquez-Reynoso had already left work and they would relay the message, so Smith and Pendergrass waited in their vehicle for Jaquez-Reynoso to return home….Cont….


04 2013

Jennifer Trammell leaves WBBH…

(from – It’s NBC-2’s loss, but not Southwest Florida’s. Jennifer Trammell has already spent her last weekend behind the anchor desk (6 and 11 p.m.). But she’s not going anywhere. She’s committed to Naples.

“In TV it’s all about bumping up to the next market,” says Trammell. “I want to be settled for a while.”

During our phone conversation, Trammell took several opportunities to voice her love for this community.

“It was a hard decision,” says Trammell, of leaving broadcasting, one, she says, that she didn’t take lightly or make overnight. But ultimately, she was ready for this new challenge….Cont….


04 2013

A ratings war in SWFL…

Our friends at report that a ratings war has been ignited in Fort Myers between WINK and WBBH. Earlier this month, WINK started proclaiming themselves as number one (video below) in the market for every news time slow. However, competitor WBBH says HOLD on.

The problem…WINK uses Rentrack to mesaure its ratings system, while everyone else in the market uses the traditonal ratings system from Nielsen Media. Both systems score station ratings differently and survery different sizes of household samples. So, while Rentrack may show that WINK is indeed number one in every news time slow, Nielsen numbers demonstrate that this is not true. In fact, Nielsen numbers have demonstrated that WINK and WBBH have been neck to neck for the past several years, with both stations taking the top spots at different times.

The promo that WINK ran below, did not sit well with WBBH. News Director Darrel Adams tweeted a response to the WINK ad stating:

Despite what their ads say, @winknews is not #1 in every daypart. If they can’t even read a ratings book, how can they bring you the news?

According to, WINK management called the tweet “classless and low.” The tweet has been removed, but the promo still continues to run (video below).

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03 2013

Craig Wolf finds work in Public Television…

(from – Plans for a new public television documentary series featuring Southwest Florida and hosted by former local anchorman Craig Wolf are coming into focus.

Collier County’s Tourist Development Council on Monday unanimously approved chipping in $5,000 from its bed tax-fueled marketing fund toward WGCU-TV’s plan to produce a short pilot program with the working title, “Florida Explorer.”

Lee County’s Tourist Development Council has not been approached for funds as yet. However, county tourism chief Tamara Pigott said she suggested WGCU officials contact the Southwest Florida Community Foundation for possible financial assistance with the pilot production….Cont….


11 2012

Travell Eiland joins WESH…

(from – The latest hire at WESH-Channel 2: Reporter Travell Eiland, who will join the NBC affiliate on Oct. 22 and work the night shift.

He has been working at WAPT in Jackson, Miss. WAPT and WESH are both owned by Hearst Television.

Eiland also has worked at WWSB in Sarasota, WBBH in Fort Myers and KLAS in Las Vegas.

His WAPT bio says, “During his time in Las Vegas, Travell covered several high profile stories, such as the O.J. Simpson robbery and kidnapping case and magician David Copperfield’s rape investigation.”….Cont….


10 2012

FL NBC affiliates are showing their Ölympic gold!

With less than a week until the 2012 Ölympics (in London this year, for those who might be in a coma) begin, Florida NBC affiliates have dusted off and polished their own gold. Check out the NBC Ölympic custom affiliate logos below.

 WFLA – Tampa WTVJ – Miami  WESH – Orlando
 WPTV – West Palm Beach  WTLV – Jacksonville  WPMI – Pensacola
WBBH – Fort Myers WJHG – Panama City WNBW – Gainesville
WTWC – Tallahassee


 ***This post is for educational, informational and archival purposes only. Florida News Center does not intend to infringe on any copyrights claimed by the International Olympic Committee, NBCUniversal/Comcast or NBC affiliates. This post is for educational, informational an archival purposes only.***


07 2012