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‘Not Guilty’ Verdict in Zimmerman Trial: Orlando Stations Ready for Coverage

Orlando Stations were ready to go once word of a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial came. All four stations broke into regular Saturday night programming to bring viewers a live feed of the jury’s verdict.

CBS affiliate WKMG was first on-air at 9:48.36 with Lauren Rowe, Tony Pipitone and legal analyst Eric DuBois from outside the courthouse telling viewers a verdict had been reached. Next up was FOX owned station WOFL at 9:49.11 with word of activity in the courthouse.

ABC affiliate WFTV and NBC affiliate WESH were one second apart with ABC breaking into network show “666 Park Avenue” at 9:50.02 with legal analyst Bill Sheaffer and Greg Warmoth. The pair told viewers the Seminole County Justice Center had tweeted confirmation a verdict had been reached. Jim Payne from WESH broke in solo tossing, as all the stations did, to the live feed of the courtroom and the reading of the verdict by the jury.

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Orlando’s WKMG Hires Son of Rival News Anchor as Reporter

WKMG, the Orlando CBS affiliate, has hired Justin Warmoth as a reporter and mobile journalist.

The last name may sound familiar to Orlando viewers. Justin’s father, Greg Warmoth is the anchor for Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV.

The elder Warmoth, Greg, told the Orlando Sentinel with his fatherly coaching, his son is a natural. “I’ve told him, ‘You’re so much better than I was in terms of his voice, look and confidence,” Greg said. “He played in four straight college world series. He doesn’t get nervous.” Read more

Obama Talks Energy in Latest Round of Local Press

President Obama did another round of local interviews yesterday, sitting down with eight stations from the Orlando, Cincinnati, Denver, Los Angeles, Austin, Des Moines, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh markets.

The interviews lasted about five minutes each and focused mostly on gas prices and energy policy. “As long as gas prices are going up, people are going to feel like I’m not doing enough and I understand that,” Obama told WFTV’s Greg Warmoth. “Ultimately, though, there’s no silver bullet here.”

The interviews were granted to three ABC affiliates, two CBS affiliates and two NBC affiliates. Adriana Arevalo‘s interview was broadcast on 18 Univision affiliates. Video inside…. Read more

After 15 Years as Morning Co-Anchor, Greg Warmoth Moving to Evenings at WFTV

Changes are coming to the anchor lineup at Orlando’s WFTV as Greg Warmoth leaves the morning anchor desk.

Warmoth is shifting to evenings, where he will replace Josh Benson as the 5 and 6 p.m. anchor. Benson is leaving WFTV, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Warmoth and Vanessa Echols have been morning co-anchors for 14 years. WFTV’s weekend anchor, Jamie Holmes, will replace Warmoth on the newscast.

“I’m looking forward to working with Jamie Holmes and am confident our viewers will embrace him as well in his new role,” Echols said. Read more

WFTV’s Craig Patrick To Join WTVT in Tampa

WFTV host Craig Patrick has left the Orlando ABC-affiliate to join WTVT, the Fox O&O in Tampa.

“Craig has family in Tampa,” WFTV general manager Shawn Bartelt told the Orlando Sentinel. “His old station, WTVT, offered him a job to come back. It was a family motivated decision.”

Patrick’s last day with WFTV was Friday. He will be replaced on “Central Florida Spotlight,” the station’s weekly political affairs program, by morning anchor Greg Warmoth, who will fill in until a permanent replacement is named.

WFTV Anchor Team Set To Appear On ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’

WFTV anchors Greg Warmoth and Vanessa Echols are putting their 14-year on-air partnership to the test — the trivia test.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the pair, who anchor the morning newscast on the ABC-affiliate in Orlando, will appear as a team on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” The episode will be taped next week and will air in late November.

Warmoth and Echols will donate their winnings to the Second Harvest Food Bank. According to the syndicated show, the two “will play the game as a two-person team and will be able to discuss the questions and possible answers with each other before deciding on one Final Answer to give host Meredith Vieira.”

Greg Warmoth Expected to Anchor Noon News at WFTV

Newsblues reports WFTV veteran anchor Barbara West‘s last day on Orlando’s ABC affiliate has been set for next Wednesday and that she’ll be replaced on the Noon news by morning news co-anchor Greg Warmoth.

As we reported yesterday,62-year-old West is leaving Cox-owned WFTV where she’s spent the last 24 years.

Barbara West, Best Known for Aggressive Biden Interview, Leaving Orlando’s WFTV

After 24 years, reporter-anchor Barbara West is leaving Orlando’s WFTV.  Her final day will be next Wednesday when she’ll sign off from the ABC-affiliate’s noon newscast, which she has anchored for nearly two decades.

West, 62, has seen her role with the station reduced over the past year. In September, WFTV replaced her at the 5:30 p.m. newscast with Vanessa Welch, who joined the station in 2007.

WFTV news director Bob Jordan tells the Sun Sentinel that the move is a mutual decision. “I’ve worked with a lot of anchors around the country,” Jordan said. “She’s one of the best.”

West received national attention in 2008 when she had a surprisingly pointed exchange with then-Senator Joe Biden during the 2008 presidential campaign.  In an interview with Biden via satellite, West pressed him on then-Senator Barack Obama’s connection to ACORN and then aggressively questioned him about Obama’s liberal platform. Underscoring her point with a quote from Karl Marx, West asked, “How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?”

“Are you joking? Is this a joke?” Biden asked.  West replied, simply, “No.”
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