Posts Tagged ‘WUCF’

Wendy Chioji back to WESH, sort of…

(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Former anchor Wendy Chioji will be back on Orlando’s WESH when the quarterly “Surviving & Thriving” specials switch to the station in June.

“Growing Bolder,” which started in 2008, has aired locally on PBS stations WMFE and WUCF before moving to CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6. “Growing Bolder” features Chioji as well as WESH alumni Marc Middleton and Bill Shafer.

“It’s an opportunity to bring Wendy back to our station. We feel good about it,” said WESH General Manager Jim Carter. Chioji spent 20 years at WESH before leaving the station in 2008 and moving to Park City, Utah….Cont….

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04 2016

Polly Anderson departs WUCF…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Polly Anderson has resigned as executive director of WUCF-Channel 24, Orlando’s PBS station, after nearly three years, the University of Central Florida has announced.

Anderson’s last day at the station was Dec. 7. She had no comment Monday.

But she helped lead the new PBS station — which is owned and operated by UCF Read the rest of this entry →

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12 2015

Orlando PBS station mocks reality TV to grab viewers…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – WUCF-Channel 24, Orlando’s PBS station, is seeking viewer support by slamming reality television. The station is rolling out the edgy campaign Monday via television, the station website and social media.

Viewers get a glimpse of “Clam Kings,” “Meet the Tanners” and “Long Island Landscapers,” series that don’t exist.

The spots help illustrate the difference between commercial television and public television, said Polly Anderson, executive director of WUCF.….Cont….

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07 2013

Jose Fajardo is leaving WMFE…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Jose Fajardo, the president and CEO of WMFE, is leaving, the public broadcaster announced Friday.

Fajardo has been with WMFE since 1996 and became CEO in 2007. He oversaw WMFE’s getting out of public television last year, a controversial move that ended with the sale last month of Channel 24 to the University of Central Florida for $3.3 million.

WMFE decided to concentrate on its radio station, 90.7 FM. WMFE Board Chair Bob Showalter said that Fajardo was leaving the radio station in the best financial condition in recent memory. Showalter cited an October fund drive that raised $200,000; the goal had been $180,000…..Cont…..

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10 2012

Local station forced to drop PBS, due to Scott cuts…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Central Florida is losing another PBS station. WDSC in Daytona Beach will stop showing the PBS lineup July 1.

The board at the Daytona State College decided Thursday that it could no longer purchase PBS programs as the college weathers state budget cuts and increases tuition. Gov. Rick Scott last month vetoed almost $4.8 million for public broadcasting, meaning each Florida public TV station lost more than $400,000.

WDSC’s leaving the PBS fold follows WMFE’s decision on April 1 to sell its TV station, which has been the primary PBS station in the region. When it announced its decision, WMFE said there were two other PBS stations (WBCC in Cocoa and WDSC) in the area. The PBS lineup will be off WMFE-Channel 24 on July 1 as well….Cont….

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06 2011