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Ben Aycrigg, Orlando TV Legend, Dies at 88

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Ben Aycrigg, a TV legend in Orlando, died of renal failure last night at the age of 88. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Aycrigg worked for 35 years as a reporter, news director and anchor at CBS affiliate WKMG, before retiring in 1996.

“Ben Aycrigg was THE news anchor in Central Florida for many years,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet told The Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker. ”He’s often been called the ‘Walter Cronkite of Orlando television,’ and with good reason. Ben shared the day’s news, good and bad, with a clear, authoritative voice that told Channel 6 viewers, no matter how dire the news, in the end we were all going to be all right.”

Aycrigg got his first gig as a radio announcer for WDBO-AM while attending Rollins College. He left the world of radio in 1959, when he scored a gig as a reporter at WLOF (now WFTV). Two years after that, he became the first reporter at WDBO (now WKMG). He was later promoted to news director, a job he held from 1968 to 1976. He went on to anchor the 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. newscasts for the next 15 years.

Aycrigg is survived by his brother, sister, wife and three children.

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Restaurant Critic Scott Joseph Joins WFTV

Scott-JosephDuring his 20 year career as a restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel Scott Joseph always tried to keep his appearance under wraps. Now, he’s letting the whole world know what he looks like.

Hal Boedeker of the Sentinel reports that Joseph, 60, will soon be appearing on Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV in a segment called “The Daily Chew,” tentatively set to debut Thursdays at noon. The show centers around Joseph and a local chef who will demonstrate a signature recipe on a kitchen set.

Although Joseph does have some broadcasting experience under his belt, this is his first major foray into TV. After leaving the Sentinel in 2008, he established the Scott Joseph Company, LLC, which includes consulting, restaurant deals that contribute to local charities and a supper club. He also got into radio and continues to contribute to WMFE-FM.

“Through the Friday evening airings on 90.7, I’ve been able to reach a lot of my former readers from my days as the Chow Hound and restaurant critic at the Sentinel,” Joseph told Boedeker. “I’m hoping the Channel 9 spots will reach those who may not listen to public radio.”

Former News 13 Reporter Amanda Evans Shares Update on Husband’s Condition

Amanda-EvansBack in April we wrote about reporter Amanda Evans‘ decision to leave Orlando’s News 13 to care for her husband, who is battling cancer. Now, we have sadly learned that her husband Joe Clark‘s condition has worsened.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that in February, Clark’s cancer returned after major surgery in October. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer, which spread to his peritoneum, the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity.

According to the latest post on the couple’s blog, Cocktails and Chemo, Clark’s health is deteriorating fast:

“I’m sitting at his bedside in the hospital as he hallucinates and over and over again forgets where he is. Joe’s kidneys are failing and won’t be able to keep his body working for long.”

“We have days. My heart feels like it’s splitting in two. I’ll take care of you, Joe, I promised.”

image – Courtesy of Amanda Evans / April 18, 2014

Renee Stoll Leaving WFTV

Renee-Stoll2After three years at WFTV, reporter Renee Stoll has decided to leave the Orlando ABC affiliate. 

On her Facebook page, Stoll linked to an Orlando Sentinel article confirming her move. Above the post, she wrote the following:

 I really will miss the amazing people I’ve met from all over Central Florida, especially at WFTV.

In the article, Stoll told Orlando Sentinel TV critic Hal Boedeker that she would be moving to Manhattan “and working on freelance reporting opportunities up there.”

Her last day is October 10.

Pittsburgh Watches the Most Live Television, Study Finds

According to a study of average daily viewing habits among adults 25-54 during the February sweep, Pittsburgh residents watched more live television than any other Nielsen market. St. Louis was tops for time-shifted viewing, according to MediaPost:

Pittsburghers in the segment watched an average of nearly five-and-a-half hours of live TV a day. The figure was five hours and 23 minutes in St. Louis, while Baltimore, Philadelphia and Detroit all had averages of five hours and 15 minutes or higher.

In time-shifted viewing, Clevelanders in the demo watched an average of 52 minutes a day, with Sacramento residents at 49 minutes. Those in Charlotte and Dallas residents were both at 47 minutes each. Orlando residents watched an average of 45 minutes to finish out the top five.

San Francisco residents watched the least amount of live television, averaging 2 hours and 57 minutes daily. Minneapolis residents watched the least amount of time-shifted television.

The Top Market for Political Ad Spending Is…

Cleveland is the top market for political ad spending year-to-date, according to Television Bureau of Advertising and BIA data compiled by Wells Fargo Securities. Broadcasting & Cable‘s John Eggerton takes a look at the numbers:

[Cleveland] is the top market in political ad dollars spent year-to-date through Sept. 2 at $37,250,280. Number two is Washington, D.C. at $35,504,710, followed by Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota, Fla., at $31,233,120.

Rounding out the top five are Las Vegas at $30,665,420, and Orlando-Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Fla., at $24,854,410. Read more