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Sweeping up May 2016 in Orlando…

(edited from – In the May TV ratings for Orlando, WFTV was the big winner and WKMG was the main gainer.

Retiring WFTV anchor Bob Opsahl, whose last newscast was 6 p.m. Wednesday, went out a ratings winner. He and Martha Sugalski were the leaders from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in total viewers as well as the 25-to-54 age group for the month.

In news ratings, 25-to-54 is the most important for advertisers. At 6 p.m., WFTV averaged 19,496 viewers in the age group. WKMG drew 13,978, WESH pulled in 13,015 and WOFL attracted 5,333. (The Sentinel has a content-sharing agreement with WOFL.) Read the rest of this entry →


05 2016

Bob Opsahl signs off after 38 years at WFTV…

WFTV veteran anchor Bob Opsahl signed off for the last time from the Orlando station on Wednesday.

He signed off at the close of the 6 p.m. newscast, reflecting on his career and thanking the viewers at home and those who work at the station.   (Video below)

Opsahl said in his final comments: “All my life God has opened doors for me and the ones I walked through, led to some wonderful things…like my career at Channel 9. I didn’t even apply for this job. It came to me, and has brought opportunities for positive change….It even led to the adoption of my own children.” Read the rest of this entry →


05 2016

Tim Barber to depart WFTV…

WFTV reporter Tim Barber is leaving the Orlando station after five years. He will join WJLA, Washington, D.C. as a general assignment reporter.

His last day at WFTV will be Wednesday May 25th, which just happens to be the same day that veteran anchor Bob Opsahl will retire. He joked to the Orlando Sentinel, “talk about being overshadowed.”

He joined WFTV just months out of college, coming from KAMC-TV in Lubbock, TX.


05 2016

Len Kiese to join WFTV weekends, anchors shifted…

(edited from – Len Kiese will be the new weekend anchor at Orlando’s WFTV.

He is currently the weekday morning anchor at WIS-TV in Columbia, SC, where he has worked since 2012. He starts June 25th.

Kiese replaces Jorge Estevez, who will be replacing Greg Warmoth at 4 p.m. Warmoth is replacing the retiring Bob Opsahl on the 5 & 6 p.m. newscasts.

All of these changes begin on May 25th, the last day of the sweeps period. Read the rest of this entry →


05 2016

A new look at WFTV….

Viewers watching Orlando’s WFTV may have noticed some changes at the station.

A new graphics and news music package were introduced at the station in mid April. (Sorry for the delay in this post).

The station retains general branding and slogans. There were no changes made to the set, which was unveiled last August.

Check out the new changes below…

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05 2016