Posts Tagged ‘wftx’

The FCC approves Scripps-Journal merger…

On Friday the FCC approved the applications of Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Co., authoring a merger of the two media companies.

           

The merger deal will move all of Journal’s television and radio station licenses over to Scripps, giving Scripps control over all of the broadcast properties. In Florida, Scripps stations WFTS in Tampa and WPTV in West Palm Beach will gain another sister station, Journal’s WFTX in Fort Myers. Read the rest of this entry →

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12 2014

Amy Wegmann takes the lead at WFTX…

(Press Release from WFTX) - Amy Wegmann, who rejoined the FOX 4 team in July, has been named the new permanent co-anchor of the 6p.m., 10 p.m., and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Ms. Wegmann is a ten year FOX 4 veteran who previously served in positions of reporter, weekend anchor, fill-in free-lance host on FOX 4 Morning Blend, main news anchor, and most recently has Co-Anchored FOX 4 Rising alongside of Miriam Zamorano.

Wegmann will officially transition to FOX 4 News evening broadcasts beginning on September 22, 2014. (Press Release from WFTX)

Readers of Florida News Center might remember that Wegmann was previously lead female anchor at WFTX until she departed the station in of 2012 to help her husband, former WINK-TV anchor and radio talk show host Trey Radel, run for Congress. Radel won his seat in Congress in late 2012, but resigned  that seat at the end of 2013 after being caught in a cocaine buying sting. She went back to WFTX in early 2014, working on the morning shift.

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09 2014

Scripps and Journal shuffle operations….

(edited from TVNewsCheck.com) – The E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications have agreed to merge their broadcast operations and spin off and then merge their newspapers, creating two separately traded public companies.

The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Co. name, and the Scripps family shareholders will continue to have voting control. The company will have approximately 4,000 employees across its television, radio and digital media operations and is expected to have annual revenue of more than $800 million.

The new Scripps broadcast company will become the 11th largest TV station group (including Tampa’s WFTS, West Palm Beach’s WPTV, and Fort Myer’s WFTX), according to the TVNewsCheck/BIA/Kelsey ranking, which is based on TV revenue.It will operate 34 TV stations reaching 18% of TV homes. It will also operate 35 radio stations in eight markets, all former Journal properties.

         

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07 2014

Amy Wegmann goes back to WFTX…

(from TVSpy.com) – Amy Wegmann is coming back to WFTX in Fort Myers, FL.

After ten years with the Journal Broadcasting owned FOX affiliate, Wegmann left in 2012 to help her husband Trey Radel get elected to Congress. Radel later resigned from office after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.

“It’s like returning home to family,” Wegmann said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to be back on a newscast that I helped build back in its infancy.”….Cont….

The announcement was made this morning via internal station memo:

I am very excited to announce we have hired a new morning co-anchor for Fox 4 Rising! Amy Wegmann will join Miriam Zamorano, Jamie Kagol, Angela Melvin and Julian Glover on the morning show beginning Monday, July 7th.

Many of you know Amy, and I am sure you will agree her warm and enthusiastic personality will be an excellent addition to our morning team.

A news release about Amy’s addition will go out later this week.  If you receive any questions from outside media or viewers, please direct those to Charlie (WFTX VP/GM).

Amy will be in the building for training on Wednesday and Thursday, so be sure to welcome her to the team!

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07 2014

Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession…

(from Politico.com) – 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.

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11 2013