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Joy Purdy Returns to WJXT

Joy Purdy is returning to Jacksonville’s independent station WJXT.

The station announced Purdy will anchor its 5:30, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts.

“We’ve been looking for just the right person to join Mary Baer, Tom Wills and Rob Sweeting in the evenings,” said WJXT vice president and general manager Bob Ellis in a statement. “Joy is like so many of us, trying to find the time to balance all the things important in life between home and work. To have her back with her original TV family at The Local Station and bring that perspective to our viewers who are trying to do the same thing is the perfect match.”

Purdy worked at WJXT from 1995 to 2000 as an anchor and reporter before leaving for Miami’s WFOR. She came back to Jacksonville as anchor for First Coast News. In March, she left the station after being offered the 11:00 p.m. anchor position, saying she wanted to take a short break from TV to spend more time with her family.

[The Florida Times-Union]

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WJXT’s George Winterling Home After Hospital Stay

Longtime WJXT chief meteorologist George Winterling has returned home following a hospital stay and a week in a rehabilitation center.

Winterling’s family sent a photo into WJXT of the veteran weathercaster relaxing at home in his favorite chair.

“He wants to thank all of you for your get well wishes and support,” anchor Rob Sweeting told viewers this week (video here).

Earlier this month, Winterling, 80, was hospitalized for an unspecified illness.  He has been with the station since 1962, although he stepped away from daily forecasting duties two years ago.