Posts Tagged ‘wptv’

WPTV swaps its morning team, adds more news… reports that changes at happening at WPTV/WFLX.

In a memo to the staff of WPTV this morning, station officials announced that longtime morning anchors Roxanne Stein and John Favole (right), are being pulled off the show that’s been theirs for 20 years. They are being re-assigned to the morning newscast on their low rated sister station, WFLX. The duo will then re-join WPTV for a brand-new, one-hour broadcast set to start airing on at 11 a.m.

Station manager Lloyd Bucher commented that “John and Roxanne have done a tremendous job helping us to retain the #1 spot in the market and I am confident that this duo will build a strong 11 a.m. newscast too.” Read the rest of this entry →


08 2015

Rob Lopicola sentenced, again….

(from – Former WPTV weatherman Rob Lopicola, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in April in connection to a telemarketing scam, was just sentenced to 21 months in a federal prison and two years probation. Lopicola, 44, faced up to 37 months!

But before he starts serving the federal time, Lopicola must finish a 56-month state sentence for sex with underage boys. Read the rest of this entry →


07 2015

Comings & Goings, the N/D edition… is reporting that WTSP Peter Roghaar is stepping down as News Director at the Tampa station.  The site reports that he will stay at WTSP, but will move into a sales position.

Roghaar joined WTSP in 2010 from West Palm Beach’s WPTV.

So far there is no word on who will be the new News Director – stay tuned!


FTV is also reporting that WOFL Assistant News Director Jorge Gonzalez is leaving the station to return to Miami. He is being replaced by Steve Linden.

Linden comes to WOFL from across town at WKMG, where he worked on the assignment desk.


07 2015

Paul and Katie LaGrone cleared in DCF case…

(edited from – The child neglect investigation that ensnared WPTV-Channel 5 reporter Katie LaGrone and her husband, WPBF-Channel 25 anchorman Paul LaGrone, has been closed, the Florida Department of Children and Families confirmed today.

And although the results of the six-week probe are not being released to the public, Katie LaGrone told us DCF found no indication their actions as parents are dangerous for the children.

A DCF case worker and West Palm Beach Police officer dropped in on TV’s power couple after someone reported to the state that one of the couple’s two children, 6-year-old Jacob, was routinely left alone to roam the streets of their gated community in the Land of the Presidents section. Read the rest of this entry →


06 2015

WPTV/Palm Beach Post team up to expose cops…

(edited from – Palm Beach, Fla., conjures up images of luxury living and old money, not local law enforcement shooting and sometimes killing, unarmed citizens.

But that’s what reporters from WPTV-TV and The Palm Beach Post spent a year investigating in a series of special reports, Line of Fire.

“With everything that’s going on around the United States,” says Christine Baron, WPTV’s creative services director, “it’s very topical.” Read the rest of this entry →


06 2015