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Kim Bokamper to retire from WFOR…

(edited from – WFOR sports anchor Kim Bokamper has announced that he is retiring at the end of January 2015.

Over the past 14 years at WFOR, Bokamper has covered every facet of South Florida sports in one of the most exciting sports markets in the nation.

After long and successful careers in both the NFL and television broadcasting, Bokamper says he’s now looking forward to the next chapter of his life. Read the rest of this entry →


12 2014

Michele Gillen is back at WFOR…

(edited from – It took four months for WFOR investigative reporter Michele Gillen to repair her bruised ego.

Insiders say that Gillen materialized in the newsroom this week for the first time since a public blowout between her and fellow investigative newsman Jim DeFede.

A spywitness described how Gillen walked in Monday like she hadn’t missed one third of the work year, sat down at her desk six cubicles away from DeFede and started making calls for a story about Pope Francis‘ upcoming trip to the United States.

“It’s like she never left,” one source said. “Nobody’s talking about it. Nobody’s talking to her. And she’s not talking to anybody.”….Cont….


11 2014

Former Met David Bernard jumps into real estate….

(edited from – David Bernard, the star weatherman at WFOR-CBS4 who abruptly left his job last year, is launching a new real estate company with his partner of five years, longtime real estate broker Charles Urstadt.

“I’ve been thinking about this for the past year,” Bernard tells Gossip Extra. “We wanted to do something together, and I wanted something a little more flexible than doing news every day.”

Bernard got his real estate agent license and, with Urstadt, started the Miami Beach-based CD Property.

“When you’re doing TV like I’ve done for 23 years, you’re in a studio all day for three or four people,” Bernard says. “You’re not really engaged in personal contacts in the outside world.

“I wanted much more contacts with the public.”….Cont….


11 2014

#FanGate gives WFOR some national exposure…

When Miami’s WFOR agreed to produce the first debate between former FL Governor Charlie Crist and current FL Governor Rick Scott, they never had any idea that biggest fight would be over a small fan.

The Crist campaign had placed a small electric fan under his podium, something that Governor Scott did not like. Scott refused to come on stage and delayed the debate.

The rules of the debate stated that no electronic devices would be used. However, the Crist campaign had asked prior to the debate for the use of the fan to keep cool and had gotten approval in writing. Co-moderator Rosemary Goudreau questioned if the fan violated the rules of the debated, causing Crist to reply “Are we really going to debate about a fan or are we going to talk about education, and the environment and the future of our state? I mean, really!?”

“I’m thinking, where do we go from here? Do we tap dance? But, I thought it was extremely uncomfortable. We lost 7 minutes that I thought we could have used.” This is what WFOR anchor Elliott Rodriguez said about the debate between former FL Governor Charlie Crist and current FL Governor Rick Scott, that he moderated.

Scott did finally come out and participated in the debate.


10 2014

Ad spending is down in Miami/FTL…

(from – Political spending is still expected to ramp up in Miami, but so far this year it has come in lower than originally expected, leading to an overall decrease in TV spending.

Spending in the Miami TV market is down 5 to 7 percent versus the same point last year because of lower-than-expected political spending and non-political advertisers holding back to avoid being caught up in political ad clutter.

“Political spending was expected to be huge but that has yet to materialize, although polls suggest the governor’s race is close,” says Linda Southern, director of local media buying at Lowe Campbell Ewald….Cont….


09 2014