Posts Tagged ‘WINK-TV’

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

WINK couple to New Hampshire…

(from – Local television’s cutest couple is pulling up roots and headed north to new opportunities in New England.

WINK-TV reporter Nick Spinetto and his wife, WINK anchor Lindsay Liepman, are moving to New Hampshire. Spinetto has taken a position with WMUR-TV, the famed ABC affiliate in Manchester, N.H. It’s a nice move closer to his childhood home in southern Massachusetts.

Spinetto tweeted the news to WINK viewers.

“Thank you for all the support and sharing your stories with me over the past 6 years. It’s been an incredible experience,” he wrote….Cont….


08 2012

Eric Stone is a great bowler/pinball player…

(from – WINK-TV weekend meteorologist Eric Stone may be best known around Southwest Florida for his weather forecasts. But outside of work, he’s made a name for himself in several surprising arenas.

First, Stone is a bowler. Not just your run-of-the-mill average bowler. No, he’s a ringer. Bowling in leagues since the 1990s, Stone recently bowled a perfect game.

Tuesday, June 5, at All Star Lanes in North Fort Myers, Stone bowled a 300….Cont….


07 2012

New Wx toys at WINK…

(from - Regular viewers of WINK-TV may have noticed dramatic new images and sharper-than-ever graphics during the station’s weather segments. Rolling storm clouds, swooping maps, crystal-clear animation. That’s because the meteorology team just upgraded their weather systems. They now have equipment going by such monikers as True View Max and Max Storm. (Wouldn’t Max Storm be an awesome name for a weatherman!)…Cont…

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12 2011

Even more news on WINK…

(from – There’s yet another new newscast on the horizon, and it’s from WINK, the guys and gals who just added a 4 p.m. newscast and three hours of weekend morning news in June.

The new daily half hour will air at 10 a.m., and be anchored by Rob Spicker and Jennifer Stacy.

For those of you doing the math, that means that from the wee hours of the morning until 1 p.m. in the afternoon, someone is doing local news (with the exception of 10:30 until 11 a.m.). Consider that your bathroom break.

Local news resumes at 4 p.m. and continues uninterrupted until 7:30 p.m. — then returns at 10 p.m. for a final 90 minutes….Cont….


08 2011

An HD upgrade for WBBH/WZVN…

(from – Television station WBBH NBC2 achieved a first recently when the station did a live shot from a local eatery in high-definition. This is the first known live “remote” broadcast by a local TV station in state-of-the-art HD, which offers a sharper image than analog broadcasts.

Local stations WBHH NBC2, WZVN ABC7 and WINK-TV have been offering newscasts in high-def. However, it was mostly the anchors in the studio who appeared in HD. Video shot around Southwest Florida, reporters going live from a newsworthy scene, local sports highlights – all these were still seen in less-crisp images.

Now, Waterman Broadcasting, which operates NBC2 and ABC7, is making a major investment as it upgrades nearly all its news-gathering equipment to HD….Cont….

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06 2011

Fort Myers maintains the status quo…

(from – The most recent Nielsen television ratings for the Southwest Florida market came out over the holidays and it shows … not much movement.

Despite changing news anchors, additional newscasts and all types of breaking local news over the past year, television ratings are famous for rarely moving up or down too quickly.

In head-to-head match-ups, WINK and NBC2 tend to dominate – each claiming some victories. Meanwhile, as Fox4 beefs up its daily news offerings, it has a competitor in upstart 6TV during the 10 p.m. hour.

In the 6 a.m. morning news race, longtime leader NBC2 continues to trounce its competitors.

At noon, WINK wins the hour. Fast-forward to 5 and 5:30 p.m., and WINK is still ahead, but the horse race with NBC2 is tight.

By 6 p.m., NBC2 has managed to inch past WINK for a win, but the numbers are ever so close.…Cont….


01 2011