Posts Tagged ‘wesh’

More anchor duties for Stewart Moore…

(from – WESH has announced Stewart Moore will anchor the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on sister station WKCF, the CW affiliate in Orlando, beginning April 21.

Moore joined WESH in 2011 as a weekend anchor and reporter. He will anchor alongside Michelle Imperato when she joins the station in June. Both Moore and Imperato will also appear on the WESH morning newscast, which airs from 5 to 7 a.m….Cont….


04 2014

Michelle Imperato to join WESH…

(from Imperato is joining WESH, the NBC affiliate in Orlando. She begins in her role as the station’s morning anchor on June 2.

Imperato comes from KSBW in Montery, Calif., where she was the morning anchor and reporter. She previously worked as an anchor and reporter for WLNY in Long Island, N.Y….Cont….


04 2014

Sochi bumps up WESH in Feb books….

(from - The Winter Olympics were very, very good to NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2.

WESH dominated prime time, easily won late news and tied WFTV-Channel 9 at 6 p.m. in the February ratings period, which ended Wednesday.

This February was atypical because of the Super Bowl, which aired on Fox, and the Sochi Games. In prime time, WESH averaged 210,500 total viewers to Fox-owned WOFL-Channel 35′s 162,000. Both stations were well ahead of CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 with 98,000 and ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 with 75,600.

Prime time proved a major boost to the WESH late news, which often started at 11:30. These news ratings, unless otherwise noted, are based on the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.

In late news for the age group, WESH averaged 47,300 viewers to WFTV’s 30,000 and WKMG’s 22,400. WOFL drew 19,500 in the time slot Monday-Friday….Cont….


02 2014

Kristyn Caddell joins WFTV, puts the past behind her…

(from – WFTV-Channel 9 has a new reporter in Kristyn Caddell, who has worked at stations in West Palm Beach, Seattle and Las Vegas.

Caddell’s personal life also made headlines when the National Enquirer in 2011 revealed that she was having an affair with the married Chris Hansen of “Dateline NBC” and “To Catch a Predator” fame.

In a letter to the National Enquirer last year, Caddell wrote, “Our affair has essentially destroyed my professional career.” She complained to RadarOnline last year of a double standard in news because she couldn’t find a job while her former lover continued to work. Yet NBC didn’t renew his contract last year.

As for WFTV, the station sees potential in Caddell and is interested in her future, not her past….Cont….


02 2014

Wendy Chioji to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro…

(from – The indefatigable Wendy Chioji is on her latest adventure: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

The former WESH-Channel 2 anchor is on the mountain as I write this Tuesday afternoon.

One of the men on the expedition is wearing a GPS device. “From what we’re seeing, they are currently at an elevation of 8,681 feet,” said Jackie Carlin, executive producer at Bolder Broadcasting in Winter Park. “If you look at his progress, they were at basecamp this morning, at an elevation of 6,578. From what we can gather, it looks like they hiked five hours today and went up 2,000 feet.”

Marc Middleton, the founder of Bolder Broadcasting and a former WESH colleague, is with Chioji. He is filming the climb, and his company will produce a documentary.

Chioji has gone to Tanzania to join others who have beat cancer and their supporters in the Survivor Summit, which benefits the Livestrong Foundation. Dr. Robert Masson of the NeuroSpine Institute in Ocoee is also on the expedition to support his sister, a cancer survivor….Cont….


02 2014

Kirsten Wolf named as N/D at WESH/WKCF…

(from - Kirsten Wolff has been promoted to news director at WESH-Channel 2, the station announced Thursday.

Wolff, who had been assistant news director at the NBC affiliate for seven years, assumes the new job immediately. She had been leading the newsroom since news director Bob Longo departed last month for a similar job in Jacksonville.

“Speaking on behalf of the newsroom, we’re all thrilled. She deserves it,” said anchor Martha Sugalski.

“Kirsten is the perfect choice,” anchor Jim Payne said. “She has worked so hard to earn the respect of the newsroom from top to bottom. She has excellent news judgment, is as sharp as they come, and has a wicked sense of humor. Just thrilled for her and her family, and happy for us as well!”

Wolff oversees the news on WESH and sister station WKCF-Channel 18 as well as….Cont….


02 2014

Bob Longo named as News Director at WTEV/WAWS…

(edited from – Bob Longo, veteran news director, is joining Cox Media Group’s Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 48) duopoly of WTEV (CBS) and WAWS (Fox) News as news director.

Longo’s TV journalism career has included stints as news director at WESH-TV in Orlando and also in Pittsburgh; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Binghamton, N.Y.

He began his career as a radio reporter and eventually worked as a reporter and anchor in both radio and TV before turning to management….Cont….


01 2014

November 2013 Sweeps: Orlando/Daytona…

(from - In November ratings, WFTV-Channel 9′s Eyewitness News drew the most eyewitnesses in most time slots.

WESH-Channel 2 was the clear leader at 4 p.m., and WOFL-Channel 35 continued to dominate among 10 p.m. newscasts.

But WFTV was the victor in early morning, at 6 p.m. and at 11 p.m. with the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.

WFTV reasserted its leadership at 5 p.m., where WOFL had won in September and October. (WOFL has a content-sharing agreement with the Orlando Sentinel.).

The November ratings period ended Wednesday, and the ratings were released Thursday. The numbers reported here are based on the 25-to-54 age group, unless otherwise noted….Cont….


12 2013

Wendy Chioji talks about her current cancer battle…

(from – The folks at Growing Bolder have shared this revealing clip of Wendy Chioji talking about her latest battle against cancer.

If you never watched Chioji as an anchor on WESH-TV, this video gives a good sense of her indomitable character — and why so many people in Central Florida admire her. “I have the best life. I’m so blessed,” she says.

She went public with her breast cancer while at WESH in 2001. She left the NBC affiliate in 2008, departed the news business and moved to Park City, Utah.

In September she announced that she had thymic carcinoma, a cancer of the thymus gland. She is writing frankly about her life at….Cont….


11 2013

WESH reporter threatened with a gun…

WESH veteran reporter Claire Metz had quite the scare on Tuesday. Metz approached the home of a 911 operator, who was suspended because of the way she handled a call, in which the caller ended up dying. When Metz knocked on the woman’s door, the door opened and the woman put a gun in Metz’s face. Metz stated that she approached the home alone, while her photographer stayed in the station vehicle.

Metz said (in the video report HERE): “When she opened the door, she had a gun in her arm and she pointed it right at my head. The incident on Jungle Farm road was frightening for me; I will admit it. The gun was no more than a foot or two away from my head and Justice (the woman) held it on me until I backed away to our truck. My collegue took a picture of the woman holding the gun (right) and only then lowed it to her side. But I’m sure this incident was just as disturbing for her.”

Volusia County Sheriff told Metz that the woman was overly distraught about the death of the 911 caller and over the recent media attention that she has garnered. The woman with the gun was arrested and charges are pending. No one was hurt during the confrontation.


11 2013