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WFTV takes October 2014…

(from – The October ratings story is kind of boring because it’s familiar: WFTV-Channel 9 was the big winner. Of course, it’s not boring to WFTV, which will happily promote its success. You have been warned.

The ABC affiliate ranked first with the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers, from morning to late evening. (These ratings refer to the age group, unless otherwise noted.)

WFTV made its strongest showing at 6 p.m. weekdays, when it averaged 36,674 viewers. WESH-Channel 2 ranked second with 23,067, followed by WKMG-Channel 6 with 10,280 and WOFL-Channel 35 with 8,715. (The Orlando Sentinel has a content-sharing agreement with WOFL.)

In promoting it dominance, WFTV said its newscasts through the day pulled in 44 percent of the audience to WESH’s 27 percent, WKMG’s 18 percent and WOFL’s 11 percent….Cont….


11 2014

Larry Ridley promotes Budweiser on the side…

WESH sports director Larry Ridley has started doing other television work outside of WESH.

TV columnist Hal Boedeker writes that Ridley has appeared in a commercial for Bud Light.

Local industry observers tell Boedeker that this is the first time a local news person has appeared in a national commercial.

Apparently the management at WESH does not have complaints about Ridley’s new commercial endeavors, as he still remains on the air. However, WESH General Manager Jim Carter would not comment to the Sentinel about Ridley’s participation in the commercial.

Ridley joined WESH in 2012, coming from WHDH-TV in Boston.


10 2014

Wendy Chioji in clinical trials for cancer treatment…

(from – Former WESH anchor Wendy Chioji has let friends know, via Facebook, that she has made it into clinical trials at the National Cancer Institute.

“I met with the whole team for more than an hour discussing options (so surprised I have some!) and procedure and timing,” she wrote Wednesday. “For someone with recurrence of a really rare cancer, it was a day of exceptionally good news.”

Chioji, a breast-cancer survivor, in September 2013 disclosed that she was battling thymic carcinoma, a rare cancer of the thymus gland. This past August, she revealed that the cancer was back and said she hoped to make it into a clinical trial.

She wrote hopefully about the latest developments….Cont….


10 2014

WRDQ challenges WOFL at 10…

(from – In the August ratings, WFTV-Channel 9 put distance between itself and its rivals during the day and in early evening. WFTV may have benefited from the exit last month of WESH-Channel 2 anchor Martha Sugalski.

In late night, the ratings races were tighter, although WFTV continued to lead at 11.

The biggest change: The 10 p.m. time period has turned into a horse race between longtime leader WOFL-Channel 35 and the WFTV news on sister station WRDQ-Channel 27. Read the rest of this entry →


08 2014

It is round two for Wendy Chioji…

Former WESH anchor, and most currently WKMG health special reporter, Wendy Chioji announced yesterday that she is once again facing a battle with cancer.

Chioji, originally faced a battle with breast cancer. In the fall and winter of 2013-14, she underwent chemo and radiation therapies, eliminating the cancer at that time. However, a recent follow-up MRI showed that something has returned.

Chioji stated the following on her blog“There are 4-5 small tumors in my chest wall (could be worse… could be in my lungs. How ironic would that be, for me, ME, to get lung cancer?) that weren’t there in April. I only half-heard him say it then, but now, I vividly remember my Huntsman oncology quarterback, Dr Akerley telling me in October that if the radiation/chemo didn’t kill this cancer, that’s all he had up his sleeve. We were hoping the ghastly treatment would buy me more time, but it didn’t.”

The popular anchor left WESH and TV in 2008, after 20 years at the Orlando station. She came back to local TV in 2013, with special health reports for WKMG.



08 2014