Posts Tagged ‘wink’

Haley Hinds departs WINK, joins WTVT…

WINK-TV anchor/reporter Haley Hinds has departed the Fort Myers station. She is headed up I-75 to WTVT in Tampa. She will be the station’s new weekend evening anchor.

Hinds joined WINK in October of 2009, coming from the duopoly of WTVH/WSTM in Syracuse, NY.

Check out the video below as WINK said goodbye to Hinds.

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10 2014

Carlos Suarez to weekend anchor at WPLG…

(from TVSpy.com) - Carlos Suarez has been promoted to weekend evening anchor at WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami.

Suarez joined the station two years ago as a general assignment reporter. Before WPLG, Suarez worked at WINK, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers….Cont….

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07 2014

Rep. Trey Radel resigns House seat…

(edited from Politico.com) – 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…..

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01 2014

Rep. Trey Radel talks blow with his former station…

(from TVSpy.com) - 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….

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01 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