Posts Tagged ‘wfor’

Irika Sargent to WFOR/WBFS…

(from – Miami CBS owned station WFOR has announced Irika Sargent will be joining Rick Folbaum as co-anchor of the evening newscasts.

“We are excited to welcome Irika Sargent to CBS4,” Adam Levy, VP and GM of WFOR-WBFS said in a statement. “Irika will be another key addition to the talented and experienced news team we have here and we look forward to having her partner with Rick, starting in May.”

Sargent comes from KPRC in Houston where she is a weekend anchor and nightside reporter. She has also worked in Mobile, AL, Columbia, MO, and London, England….Cont….


02 2014

Walter Makaula joins WFOR…

(from - Miami’s WFOR has announced Walter Makaula will join the CBS owned station as co-anchor for “CBS4 News this Morning.”

Makaula will make his on-air debut one week after he joins the station on January 13.

Makaula comes to WFOR from KSWB in San Diego, CA where he was an anchor. He has also worked at KHNL and KGMB in Honolulu, HI….Cont….


12 2013

November 2013 Sweeps – Miami/Ft. Lauderdale…

Our friends at report the following November 2013 ratings results for the Miami/Fort Lauderdale media market. The following results, in the coveted age 25-54 demographics show that WSVN leads nearly every time slot, except the 11:00pm late news race, where WPLG barely squeezes into first place.

6:00 A.M. 6:00 P.M. 10:00 P.M. 11:00 P.M.
WSVN 1.42 12.8 WSVN 1.26 5.9 WSVN 1.65 4.5 WPLG 1.64 5.6
WTVJ 1.19 10.7 WPLG .96 4.5   WSVN .91  3.1
WPLG  .81 7.3 WTVJ .79 3.7   WTVJ .88 3.0
WFOR .39 3.5 WFOR .48 2.2   WFOR .75 2.6
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12 2013

Craig Setzer recovering from spinal surgery…

(from – WFOR‘s Craig Setzer is recovering from spinal surgery from injuries suffered in September.

The meteorologist for the Miami CBS owned station hurt his back in a Flugtag event where teams of people attempt to fly homemade contraptions off a pier and into the water.

He initially tweeted, “Well it didn’t go as well as I had hoped.” with a picture of him wearing a neck brace.  He later tweeted, “Doing better, out of trauma center, very sore, no long term damage.”

But according to his facebook page, while talking about an upcoming charity cycling event he admitted the damage was bad enough to require surgery….Cont….


11 2013

WFOR’s Gary Nelson sidelined by cat bite…

(from – WFOR-Channel 4 star reporter Gary Nelson is finally getting better – six weeks after he was sidelined by a serious infection in his right wrist.

How did the nasty bacteria end up embedded into the joint, causing him to be unable to hold a pen?

Blame the jailhouse cat that Nelson rescued in 2005 while covering serial rapist Reynaldo Rapalo’s brief escape from Miami’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center!

“My cat Buckles, which is an indoor cat, got out one night and I went in the driveway to fetch him,” Nelson said, “and he wasn’t ready to come home. So he bit me right, perfectly into the joint.”….Cont….


09 2013

The retired Al Sunshine asks what many are thinking…

Check out the article below as retired WFOR investigative reporter Al Sunshine asks about local TV, what we have all considered: If stations reinvest in news, will viewers stay tuned?

(from – It’s not major “breaking news” that broadcast journalism needs to rebuild its’ credibility and it’s newsrooms. It’s going to be a very slow process based on the overall flat national economy, and corporate reluctance to cut into remaining profits during continuing uncertain financial times. Depressed advertising may force even more budget cutbacks and staff reductions at stations all over the country. We’re still seeing the lingering effects of the “great recession” forcing many big broadcasters to re-organize or get out of broadcasting completely.

There are signs of a possible “light at the end of the tunnel” if you’re optimistic about the industry. We as an industry are reluctant to start putting money back into new workers and new technology….Cont….

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09 2013

Former Miami anchor John Hambrick dies at 73…

(from - Longtime South Florida television news anchor John Hambrick died Tuesday at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. He was 73. He had been diagnosed in 2012 with lung cancer,which spread to his brain.

Mr. Hambrick came to WTVJ-Ch. 6 in July 1985, replacing the retiring Ralph Renick, the station’s original news anchor. Mr. Hambrick was co-anchor at 6 and 11 p.m. Four years later, he moved to WCIX, now WFOR-Ch. 4

Alan Perris, then-general manager of WTVJ, knew of Mr. Hambrick’s work at WNBC-TV in New York. In spring of 1985, that station did not renew Mr. Hambrick’s contract….Cont….

Check out the promo below from John Hambrick’s tenure at WCIX-TV (now WFOR-TV)


09 2013

Josh Benson fired from WFOR…

(from – //hattip to – WFOR, the CBS-owned station in South Florida, has fired morning anchor Josh Benson.

“WFOR-TV has terminated the employment of Josh Benson for his operation of a personal website that streamed the station’s newscasts without the knowledge and consent of the station,” the station said in a statement.

Benson’s Twitter page and personal site are both down as of this writing. Before coming to WFOR last August, Benson was an evening anchor at WFTV in Orlando….Cont….


09 2013

Jeff Berardelli to leave WFOR for WPEC, John Matthews re-ups at WPEC…

(from – Another meteorologist is leaving WFOR, the CBS owned station in Miami. Jeff Berardelli (right #1) is leaving the Miami CBS O&O to join WPEC, the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach.

WPEC has also announced that chief meteorologist John Matthews  (right#2) has signed a new contract with the station. In a statement, general manager Michael Puno said Berardelli’s hire and Matthews’ extension are “just another step in putting together the most talented group of weather, news and content providers in the WPB and Ft. Pierce markets.”

Berardelli has worked at WFOR since 2007. He is the second meteorologist to announce his departure from the CBS O&O this week. David Bernard, who has been with the station since 2005, will leave when his contract is up in November after reportedly rejecting a pay cut from WFOR bosses….Cont….


08 2013

David Bernard to leave WFOR over pay cut….

(from – WFOR CBS4 Chief Meteorologist David Bernard may be yet another one of the station’s personalities preparing his exit.

I’m told by two newsroom sources that Bernard, 44, is telling friends he rejected WFOR‘s proposal for a new contract and has notified his bosses he’s leaving after hurricane season, in early November.

He is the station’s main forecaster and presents his reports weekdays at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Bernard is also the network’s official extreme weather specialist and is often seen discussing tornadoes and blizzards on CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News.

“I never comment about my personal work situation,” Bernard said when reached at his studio….Cont….


08 2013