Posts Tagged ‘wftx’

Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession…

(from – Rep. Trey Radel, a Florida Republican elected in 2012, will be in court Wednesday on charges that he possessed cocaine.

Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday.

He faces a maximum of 180 days in jail, as well as a fine of up to $1,000. Radel has missed all four votes in the House this week.

Radel, in a statement released by his office, made no mention of resigning from the House. He said he struggles “with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”….Cont….

Florida TV history…

Radel was formerly an anchor at Fort Myer’s WINK-TV, leaving the station in 2010 to join a public policy organization. A few months later, he was signed to host a morning show on a local right leaning radio station. Radel returned to television (sort-of), as WXCW-TV simalcasted his morning radio show on that TV station. Radel bailed from his radio/TV gigs to run for for Congress in 2012. Radel was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.

Another interesting factoid…former WFTX-TV anchor Amy Weman is married to Trey Radel. She left her anchor gig at WFTX in 2012 to help Radel’s Congressional campaign.


11 2013

Julie Salomone to WFTV, from WFTX…

(from - WFTV-Channel 9 has hired Julie Salomone, a reporter at WFTX in Fort Myers/Naples, news director Matt Parcell announced. She will begin at Orlando’s ABC affiliate on Oct. 1.

In her WFTX bio, Salomone calls herself a “true Floridian” and notes that she grew up in Sarasota.

She earned her degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa….Cont….


09 2013

Angela Sachitano to WFTX…

Our friends at report that former WPTV reporter Angela Sachitano will be the new traffic reporter at Fort Myer’s WFTX.

If that name sounds familiar, Sachitano worked at West Palm Beach’s WPTV previously, but left he station among allegations of illegal wiretapping West Palm Beach detectives for a sweeps report. After leaving WPTV she joined the campaign, of now defunct, US Congressman Allen West.


07 2013

Bill Wood to NOLA

Here are some of the stories that we missed during vacation:

(edited from – Tribune-owned ABC affiliate WGNO New Oleans (DMA 51) has named Bill Wood reporter on WGNO’s News with a Twist.

“Wild” Bill Wood, an 11-time Emmy-winning features reporter, joins WGNO as a reporter for its “eccentric” News with a Twist at 5 and 6 p.m. He joins the station from WFTX Fort Myers, Fla.

Wood graduated with a master’s degree from Northwestern University and holds a Phi Beta Kappa key from the University of South Carolina….Cont….

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05 2013

Charles Henrich named VP/GM at WFTX…

(from – Journal Broadcast Group has named Charles Henrich Jr. vice president and general manager of its Fox affiliate WFTX Fort Myers, Fla. (DMA 62). He succeeds Chris Protzman who Journal promoted to group SVP.

Henrich joins the company after serving as vice president operations for Newport Television, where he was responsible for six markets: Jacksonville, Fla.; Memphis; Mobile, Ala.; Rochester, N.Y.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Tulsa, Okla.

Prior to that he was VP-GM for Bluestone/Bonten Media Groups, responsible for station operations of three NBC affiliates in Montana. There he also served on the Montana Broadcasters Association Board of Directors….Cont….


01 2013

John Rupolo fired from WFTX after arrest…

(from – The Cape Coral Police Department arrested WFTX reporter John Rupolo Friday morning for violating a domestic violence order of protection.

“Mr. Rupolo is no longer employed by WFTX and we have no further comment regarding this issue,” the Southwest Florida Fox affiliate said in a statement.

47-year-old Rupolo, who joined WFTX in 2010, posted a $15,000 bail on the misdemeanor charge of contempt of court….Cont….

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01 2013

Kelli Stegeman to WFTX…

(edited from Stegeman will be joining Fort Myers’ WFTX Fox 4 as weekend anchor/reporter beginning this month.

Stegeman comes to Fox 4 after six years in Topeka, Kan., as an anchor, reporter and producer for KSNT-TV, KTMJ-TV and, most recently, the NBC, Fox and ABC Kansas First News tri-opoly. In 2010 and 2011, she was named Best TV Personality by the Capital Journal, and her work helped garner Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards for Station of the Year and Feature New Reporting in 2012 and Best Newscast and Best Website in 2010….Cont….

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10 2012

Zamorano & Wegmann to mornings at WFTX…

(from – It was announced this week Miriam Zamorano will join “Fox 4 Rising” as news anchor in early October.

Zamorano most recently worked as a traffic reporter, anchor and lifestyle co-host for San Antonio’s FOX affiliate, KABB-TV, but prior to that she spent three years as a reporter, anchor and traffic reporter for Southwest Florida’s WINK-TV.

WFTX also announced that announced Amy Wegmann will substitute for Carley Wegner on “Fox 4 Morning Blend” while Wegner is on medical leave. Wegmann will team up with Bill Wood….Cont….


10 2012

Amy Wegman leaves WFTX for her husband…

(from - WFTX, Fox 4 and Amy Wegmann jointly announce Ms. Wegmann’s departure as the primaryco-anchor for its evening and night time newscasts.  Ms. Wegmann will now devote full-time focus in support her husband, Trey Radel’s, election campaign.

Mr. Radel is the Republican candidate for Congress in District 19.  Fox 4 and Ms.Wegmann have reached a mutual agreement to end her employment with the station.   The announcement was made today by Judy Kenney, Vice President and General Manager of Fox 4.

“Emily Dishnow is now the permanent full time co-anchor, Monday through Friday.  Emily has filled in for the past few months while Amy was on leave and our viewers have been incredibly supportive and complimentary….Cont….


09 2012

Brooks to Oklahoma City…

(from – WFTX Fox4 is bidding farewell to Mike Brooks, a short-timer who has worked at the station for six months or so. He was a jack-of-all-trades, filling in anchoring on different shows.

Brooks has headed to KOKH-TV, the Fox station in Oklahoma City, where he will be the new main anchor.


08 2012