Posts Tagged ‘WPEC’

Jenna Caiazzo robbed at gunpoint…

(from – WPEC weekend anchor and reporter Jenna Caiazzo was robbed at gunpoint Friday night in downtown West Palm Beach.

“Last night I was the victim of an armed robbery in downtown West Palm Beach. I was leaving dinner at City Place around 10:30 and was held up at gunpoint by two young black males,” she reported over the weekend. “They demanded my friend’s and my pocketbooks and threatened to shoot. They got away with everything we have.”….Cont….



09 2013

Ric Blackwell back to WPEC…

Our friends at report that former WPEC anchor Ric Blackwell is returning to the West Palm Beach station. He will anchor the station’s weekend newscasts.

If you do not recall, Blackwell and WPEC parted was in 2010 as they station underwent ownership changes and staff shakeups. Before leaving the station, he had been with WPEC for 17 years. For the past three years he has been promoting himself as a jack-of-all-trades, via his website.


09 2013

WPEC dumps 7pm newscasts….

(edited from – WPEC-CBS12 is canceling its 7 p.m. news show over the next few weeks — leaving anchors Ben Becker (right #1) and Stephanie Watson (right#2) to wonder about their jobs! Sources tell Gossip Extra that the two anchors learned about the scheduling change only after seeing a promo for the syndicated Entertainment Tonight.

The 7 p.m. news became a unique local product in the market but never caught on with viewers as it competed since its inception seven years ago against lighter fares like gossip TV and Wheel of Fortune….Cont….


08 2013

Jeff Berardelli to leave WFOR for WPEC, John Matthews re-ups at WPEC…

(from – Another meteorologist is leaving WFOR, the CBS owned station in Miami. Jeff Berardelli (right #1) is leaving the Miami CBS O&O to join WPEC, the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach.

WPEC has also announced that chief meteorologist John Matthews  (right#2) has signed a new contract with the station. In a statement, general manager Michael Puno said Berardelli’s hire and Matthews’ extension are “just another step in putting together the most talented group of weather, news and content providers in the WPB and Ft. Pierce markets.”

Berardelli has worked at WFOR since 2007. He is the second meteorologist to announce his departure from the CBS O&O this week. David Bernard, who has been with the station since 2005, will leave when his contract is up in November after reportedly rejecting a pay cut from WFOR bosses….Cont….


08 2013

Kurt Fonger finds work in real estate…

(from – Two years after WPEC-Channel 12 refused to renew his anchorman’s contract, Curt Fonger has reappeared in a new gig.

He’s now in real estate, bow tie and all.

“It was time to reinvent myself,” Fonger says. “Viewers kept asking me when I’d be back on the air, but no television station manager asked the same question. So, I’m looking for listings.”

After he learned in summer of 2011 that his prime-time news gig was over after 25 years on Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast TV sets, the then-60-year-old Fonger found out that showbiz had become a younger (and cheaper) man’s game.

So, he set out to look for a new career….Cont….


07 2013