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(portions from TVSpy.com) – Sunday is the day Jacksonville FOX affiliate WAWS officially becomes WFOX and CBS affiliate WTEV becomes WJAX, both Cox Media and Bayshore Television have announced.
“Changing the call letters to WFOX-TV better represents FOX30 with the FOX TV network,” WAWS-WTEV VP and GM Jim Zerwekh said in a statement. “FOX30 has historically and continues to be one of the top 10 performing FOX TV affiliates in the country.”
“Changing the call letters to WJAX-TV better identifies the strengths and ties of CBS 47 to the Jacksonville market,” said Bruce Baker managing partner of Bayshore Television….Cont….
Notice to new logo’s for WJAX and WFOX (right). Sources tell Florida News Center to look for more visual changes after the call letter change. Stay tuned…
//hattip to FTVLive
Former WTEV/WAWS morning anchor Mike Barz is currently looking for work. He is being represented by the NYC based N.S. Beinstock Talent Agency, which has posted his full resume and video reel.
As Florida News Center reported back in May, Barz was one of five anchors at the Jacksonville duopoly who were told that their contracts were not being renewed. Cox Media Group, the owners of WTEV/WAWS were “starting over from scratch” to take the station in a different direction.
Good luck to the entire Barz family in the job search.
//hattip to Anonymous
As Florida News Center reported back in May of this year, Cox Media, the owners of WTEV and WAWS announced that they were making some drastic changes at the Jacksonville duopoly. Those changes included clearing out the entire lead PM and AM anchor team and “starting over from scratch.” Well, along with that story came reports that the station”s” would see other changes as well, which were not reported at the time.
Earlier today, FTVLive.com reported that those changes were also to include a change to the station’s call letters. Cox applied to the FCC for a call letter change last month, to switch WTEV-TV to WJAX-TV and WAWS-TV to WFOX-TV.
Sources tell Florida News Center to expect even more changes to come…just in time for the November books. Stay tuned…
Florida News Center has learned that former lead anchor Paige Kelton will be staying with WTEV/WAWS after all.
In a press release this past Friday, VP/GM Jim Zerwkh announced that Kelton will be moving from the anchor desk to the news management team at the Jacksonville duopoly. She will become the “special projects manager.”
In the release Zerwekh said of Kelton, “Paige has been a dedicated employee of CBS 47/FOX 30 for many years” and that he is “extremely happy that she is transitioning to our management team.” He went on to say that “Paige’s unique skill set and community contacts are valuable assets to CBS 47/FOX30 Action News.”
This announcement comes just three months after Florida News Center reported that the management at Cox Communications, the owners of WTEV/WAWS were “starting over from scratch,” dismissing their entire lead evening and morning anchor teams.