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Evening Anchor Cale Ramaker Out at Orlando’s WOFL

Evening anchor Cale Ramaker is out the door after seven years with WOFL. A spokesperson for the Orlando Fox O&O confirmed to TVSpy that his contract was not renewed.

“We wish Cale the best of luck,” WOFL general manager Dennis Welsh told TVSpy.

Ramaker anchored the 6 p.m. newscast with Sonni Abatta and the 11 p.m. newscast solo. His last day at WOFL was Thursday, which also marked the conclusion of the May sweeps period.

The station is reportedly considering both internal and external candidates for Ramaker’s permanent replacement. In the interim, rotating WOFL anchors and reporters will fill in on the 6 and 11 p.m. newscast.

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Orlando TV Analyst Joins George Zimmerman’s Legal Team

Hal Uhrig, a Florida attorney and television analyst, has joined George Zimmerman‘s legal team.

Uhrig appeared frequently on Orlando Fox O&O WOFL during last year’s Casey Anthony coverage. According to the Orlando Sentinel, he is not a station employee and he will not be contributing to the station in an analyst role until his involvement in the Trayvon Martin case is over. He and Zimmerman’s other attorney, Craig Sonner, appeared together on WOFL’s evening newscast yesterday. Read more

Orlando Stations Go Live for Discovery Launch

Orlando stations honored the final mission of legendary space shuttle Discovery on Thursday afternoon, providing with live coverage from nearby Kennedy Space Center. NBC-affiliate WESH was well-positioned for the launch, originally scheduled for 4:50 p.m., since it fell within the station’s hour-long 4 p.m. newscast. WFTV, WKMG, and WOFL all preempted regularly scheduled programming to bring viewers coverage of the launch.

Anchor Jim Payne joined veteran space reporter Dan Billow at the Kennedy Space Center for WESH’s 4 p.m. newscast.

ABC-affiliate WFTV cut from “Oprah” around 4:35 with Kevin Oliver reporting live from KSC and Melanie Holt stationed in Cape Canaveral, where she spoke with excited spectators.

CBS-affiliate WKMG began its live coverage at 4:30 with Lauren Rowe anchoring a special news report from KSC.

Fox-affiliate WOFL had Sonni Abatta and Bob Frier anchor its special report from the studio beginning at 4:30, relying on reporter Steve Gehlbach, as well as NASA’s radio feed, for live updates from KSC.