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Orlando Radio Reporter Jumps to TV, Joining West Palm’s WPEC

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 10.16.44 AMOrlando radio reporter Jonathan Beaton makes his last appearances on all-news station WDBO today. Monday, he starts as a television reporter at West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC. The Orlando Sentinel reports Beaton had a rapid rise in Central Florida:

Beaton began as an intern at WDBO in 2011 and later joined the news team full time. He covered the George Zimmerman trial, and his reporting was featured on ABC News Radio and CNN Headline News.

He also reported on the Casey Anthony bankruptcy proceedings, the disappearance of Michelle Parker and the Allied Vets scandal. He is respected around town for a very professional style.

“Orlando’s been very good to me,” Beaton said. “I love the people and the diversity the town offers. I’ll especially miss living in Thornton Park, jogging around Lake Eola and spending time on Central Florida’s beautiful golf courses.”

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Dan Wilson Named WPTV News Director

wptv logoDan Wilson has been named news director of West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV.

“As you know, he has been our interim News Director for this past month,” WPTV station manager Lloyd Bucher said in a statement. “And he really hit the ground running earning respect from all corners of the building.”

Wilson came to WPTV from KNXV in Phoenix, AZ, where he had been assistant news director since 2008.

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Spider Becomes Latest in String of Creature Assaults on Meteorologists

Florida is known for its tropical creatures, but the spider that seemed to dwarf WPTV meteorologist Glenn Glazer (video after the jump) at least looked to be of historic proportions:

The spider, which arrived on cue for Glazer’s 7 a.m. forecast Thursday, was of course not “giant” but rather of less terrifying dimensions, and crawling across the lens of WPTV’s downtown tower cam.

What is it about weather folks? Are they tasty? Just last month, a bat interrupted the weather at WEYI in Michigan, flying right into the studio.

Perhaps the most viral insect invasion during weather was this one.

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Police Say WPEC Not The Station Chief Called ‘Racist,’ WPEC Mad at Blogger’s Report

wpec_304West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC has been cleared by the Riviera Beach police department of disturbing the police chief Friday night, an incident which reportedly led him to call the offending crew racist in an email.

The story, which was first reported by Gossip Extra said Riviera Beach Police Chief Clarence Williams called a WPEC crew racist after they disturbed his neighbors and 87-year-old mother when they showed up at his door Friday night looking for answers about an amber alert hat had been canceled.

Now, both Riviera Beach police and WPEC have turned their attention to Gossip Extra and want the media blog to retract its story.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, Riviera Police PIO Rose Ann Brown tells Jose Lambiet of Gossip Extra, “Our investigation has revealed that the news crew that visited the Chief’s home WAS NOT FROM WPEC CHANNEL 12.” Brown adds, “I request that you send an update to your distribution list clarifying that WPEC Channel 12 DID NOT go to the Chief’s home. Thank you for assisting in informing readers that WPEC Channel 12 was not involved in that reprehensible behavior. ”

Lambiet based his report on an email from Chief Williams.

WPEC Michael Pumo tells Gossip Extra, “As you now know the true facts about the incident from last Friday night and that WPEC provided in its story a factually correct representation of that nights events, I’m demanding a retraction due to the conclusion of the police departments investigation.” Pumo then tells Lambiet “Its irresponsible for anyone to suggest that our coverage was racist.”

But Lambiet fired back at WPEC in his own email, “Did the chief deny writing the email?” writes Lambiet. “Whether it was WPEC or anyone else in the chief’s driveway is really of no consequence. He, a public official, accused you of racism without even being sure it was you. Instead of going after him, which you wouldn’t dare doing, you’re complaining about me?” Read more

Florida Police Chief Calls WPEC Racist

riviera police chief croppedRiviera Beach Police Chief Clarence Williams is accusing a WPEC crew of racism after they came to his house Friday night.

As Gossip Extra first reported, Williams was mad a crew from the West Palm Beach, FL, CBS affiliate showed up at his house asking about an amber alert that had recently been lifted. The amber alert was for 2-year-old Le-Rail Johnson who was found safe over the weekend.

“I consider their actions a violation of public trust and RACIST!!” the chief wrote in an email. “No other public safety official in this media market has ever been treated this way.”

According to Gossip Extra, the chief refused to be interviewed for the story and claimed the crew disturbed his neighbors and his 87-year-old mother. See the entire email after the jump. Read more

What Are Local Stations Covering?

The West Palm Beach Florida TV stations all have their own take on what’s important to viewers.

Only one story made all four newscasts: the closing of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. WPTV devoted the most time to the bridge story opting for team coverage led by Shannon Cake who was hovering above the bridge in a helicopter.

See the stories they covered in the first five minutes below.

Tommy Lasorda Tells WPBF He Doesn’t Wish V. Stiviano ‘Any Bad Luck, But…’

WPBF reporter Erin Guy had a chance to ask former LA Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda for his take on the controversial comments made by his longtime friend and LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Lasorda, who was in town to pick up an honorary doctorate from Northwood University, basically told the West Palm Beach ABC affiliate Sterling should keep his mouth shut.

As far as V. Stiviano, the woman who revealed Sterling’s views to the world? The former Dodgers skipper was not so kind. Watch the interview.

WPTV Anchor Shannon Cake Going Part Time

WPTV_Shannon_Cake WPTV-WFLX anchor Shannon Cake will stop anchoring for FOX affiliate WFLX.

“It’s something that we worked on for months,” Cake told Gossip Extra‘s Jose Lambiet who first reported the news. “My parents are getting older and my dad had a health scare recently. That was a wake up call.”

“She will continue on as an afternoon anchor for us,” Lloyd Bucher, station manager for NBC affiliate WPTV, told TVSpy. “We think the world of Shannon and are very pleased to have her at WPTV as an integral part of our anchor team.”

WPTV produces the nightly news for WFLX.

WPTV Adds Me-TV to Digital Channel

metv wptvWest Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV is adding Me-TV to a digital subchannel. With the addition of WPTV, Me-TV has 160 affiliates and covers 91% of the U.S.

“WPTV NewsChannel 5, the number one station on the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, is very excited about bringing television’s greatest prime time series back to South Florida with Me-TV,” WPTV VP-GM Steve Wasserman said in a statement. “This is the ideal market for classic television and we are confident that these shows will be well received by the audience and our advertisers.”

The network will be available over-the-air on channel 5.2 and Comcast channel 216.

Two for One Blooper Deal: WPBF Anchor Drops ‘S’ Bomb and KTVU Reporter Drops a Snot

Since neither of the following bloopers merits a solo post, TVSpy thought we’d deliver them in a double shot of pure schadenfreude.

The first comes to us by way of Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet. It’s Felicia Rodriguez from the West Palm Beach ABC affiliate WPBF dropping an “Oh shit, yeah!” while tossing to a story about a big lizard.

The second comes from the San Francisco Bay Area market FOX affiliate KTVU where reporter Heather Holmes drops a snot and licks it up in one fell swoop. Watch it after the jump. Read more

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