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Rep. Trey Radel resigns House seat…

(edited from – Former WINK-TV anchor and Florida Rep. Trey Radel resigned from Congress on Monday, ending a once promising career that collapsed after the Florida Republican was caught buying cocaine from a federal law enforcement agent.

Radel, 37, spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility late last year before returning to Congress after the winter recess.

He sent a letter on Monday to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announcing his resignation, saying it “is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States Representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida.” He said that 2014 has already “been tremendously positive as I focus on my health, family and faith.”…..Cont…..


01 2014

Rep. Trey Radel talks blow with his former station…

(from - Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) met with the media Wednesday for the first time since he completed his substance abuse program following an arrest for cocaine possession in November. Radel gave an emotional one-on-one interview to his former station, Fort Myers CBS affiliate WINK.

“This is embarrassing. I’ve dragged my family through a lot,” he told WINK’s Amanda Hall….Cont….


01 2014

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

UPDATE: WINK microwave van rolls over on I-75…

09-11-13 – UPDATE – As we reported yesterday, a WINK-TV station microwave van blew a tire and rolled over on I-75 near Naples. Both reporter Vanessa Ruffes and station photog Lucas Bogg were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. Ruffes suffered a broken clavicle (collar bone) in the crash. Vanessa responded today via Facebook:

I wanted to thank all of you for your kind words and support following a very scary accident yesterday. I’m very glad to report my photographer Lucas Bogg and I are resting up and doing well today after our news truck rolled on I-75. Right now, I’m home nursing a fractured collarbone and can’t wait to return to work.


(edited from – 09-10-13 – A WINK News van crashed on I-75, near mile marker 112, around 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, injuring two people. All lanes of traffic have re-opened.

Florida Highway Patrol said the van lost control after a tire blew out, causing the van to flip.

Sources tell Florida News Center that the crash involved reporter Vanessa Ruffes and photographer Lucas Bogg. They are both being treated at Naples Community Hospital for minor injuries.

Pic above & video below from WBBH/WZVN


09 2013

More news on WINK, WXCW…

Fort Myer’s WINK-TV is adding more news to its schedule. Starting on Monday 9/16, the WINK News This Morning will begin at 4:30am. The morning show will run from 4:30-7am, to be followed by the syndicated CBS This Morning.

Over on sister station WXCW, where WINK News This Morning is currently running from 7am-9am, the newscast will continue for an additional hour of news from 9am-10am.

Hopefully WINK can replace their wrecked microwave van that was trashed yesterday soon. They might need it to fill their new 5 1/2 hours of morning news.

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09 2013

Wayne Simons retires as GM at WINK…

Our friends at report that Wayne Simons retired on Friday, as VP/general manager at Fort Myer’s WINK-TV, WINK-FM, and WPTK-AM. He joined the station in 2007, replacing former GM Gary Gardner.

So far there is no word on who will take over the big chair at the WINK properties. The search is on. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.


07 2013

Stephanie Gailhard to Minneapolis…

(edited from - WINK-TV reporter Stephanie Gailhard is joining KMSP, the Fox O&O in Minneapolis, as a general assignment reporter for the morning newscasts.

“Stephanie knows how to work a story and get the very best information for the viewers. She will be a great addition providing constant updates on the biggest local stories of the morning,” KMSP vice president and news director Bill Dallman said in a statement….Cont….


05 2013

A ratings war in SWFL…

Our friends at report that a ratings war has been ignited in Fort Myers between WINK and WBBH. Earlier this month, WINK started proclaiming themselves as number one (video below) in the market for every news time slow. However, competitor WBBH says HOLD on.

The problem…WINK uses Rentrack to mesaure its ratings system, while everyone else in the market uses the traditonal ratings system from Nielsen Media. Both systems score station ratings differently and survery different sizes of household samples. So, while Rentrack may show that WINK is indeed number one in every news time slow, Nielsen numbers demonstrate that this is not true. In fact, Nielsen numbers have demonstrated that WINK and WBBH have been neck to neck for the past several years, with both stations taking the top spots at different times.

The promo that WINK ran below, did not sit well with WBBH. News Director Darrel Adams tweeted a response to the WINK ad stating:

Despite what their ads say, @winknews is not #1 in every daypart. If they can’t even read a ratings book, how can they bring you the news?

According to, WINK management called the tweet “classless and low.” The tweet has been removed, but the promo still continues to run (video below).

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03 2013

Mr. Radel goes to Washington…

(from – Republican Trey Radel, a former anchor at WINK-TV in Fort Myers, has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Radel will represent the 19th congressional district of Florida, stepping into a seat vacated when Connie Mack announced he would seek a Senate seat. Radel beat Democrat Jim Roach in the election.

Radel stepped away from WINK in 2010, saying at the time that his passion was politics and that he had never “felt more compelled than right now to get involved.” He went on to be a conservative radio host before announcing his candidacy for the House….Cont….


11 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