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Amy Wegmann Returns to WFTX

AmyWegmann-TreyRadelAmy Wegmann is coming back to WFTX in Fort Myers, FL.

After ten years with the Journal Broadcasting owned FOX affiliate, Wegmann left in 2012 to help her husband Trey Radel get elected to Congress. Radel later resigned from office after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.

“It’s like returning home to family,” Wegmann said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to be back on a newscast that I helped build back in its infancy.”

The station said Wegmann will co-anchor the morning news alongside Miriam Zamorano. She starts tomorrow and begins anchoring next Monday.

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Florida GOP Tells WINK to Stop Running Political Attack Ad


Lawyers representing the Florida GOP told Fort Myers, FL, CBS affiliate WINK to stop airing an ad attacking Florida Senate majority leader Lizbeth Benacquisto (R).

The letter tells WINK the ad makes false accusations that “Senator Benacquisto is ‘running for congress’ and ‘pretending to run for re-election to the Florida Senate.’” The Congressional seat in question is the same one occupied by former WINK anchor Rep. Trey Radel, who said he would step down today.

When contacted by TVSpy, WINK didn’t seem too worried about the complaint. “We commonly receive these type of letters for nearly every issue/candidate when they attack each other and each side have their attorneys send letters claiming how their commercial is legal or not,” Jim Schwartzel, WINK’s director of sales, said. He added the spot ended its run Wednesday.

Click here to view the letter from the Florida GOP.

Rep. Trey Radel to Resign from House

trey radel wink interviewRep. Trey Radel (R-FL) will resign from Congress today, according to Politico.

The former anchor for CBS affiliate WINK in Ft. Myers, FL, recently completed a stint in rehab after being arrested for buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover agent as part of sting operation in Washington, D.C.

He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of possession of cocaine and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.

Earlier this month Radel told WINK’s Amanda Hall in a one-on-one interview, “This is embarrassing. I’ve dragged my family through a lot, I have made a real conscious effort at times to shut off the computer, not look at the internet and not watch the TV because I know that I’ve caused a lot of pain.”

After Completing Rehab, Rep. Trey Radel Sits Down With His Former Station

trey radel wink interviewRep. Trey Radel (R-FL) met with the media Wednesday for the first time since he completed his substance abuse program following an arrest for cocaine possession in November. Radel gave an emotional one-on-one interview to his former station, Fort Myers CBS affiliate WINK.

“This is embarrassing. I’ve dragged my family through a lot,” he told WINK’s Amanda Hall. “I have made a real conscious effort at times to shut off the computer, not look at the internet and not watch the TV because I know that I’ve caused a lot of pain.”

Watch the interview here (WINK’s video player does not allow embedding).

Rep. Trey Radel, Former WINK Anchor, Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Posession

trey radelRep. Trey Radel (R-FL), a former anchor at WINK, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession this morning, USA Today reports:

“I’ve hit a bottom,” Radel said, as he appeared in District of Columbia Superior Court. The freshman congressman, who represents a solidly Republican district in southwest Florida, said he’ll enter an in-patient rehab program in his home state.

Radel was caught buying drugs in what a senior Drug Enforcement Administration official described as a sting operation that was part of an investigation by several federal agencies into a drug ring in the nation’s capital. A drug dealer who told law enforcement officials that one of his customers was a member of Congress helped set up a buy on Oct. 29 and Radel bought the cocaine, the official said.

“I’m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida,” Radel said in a statement released Tuesday. “I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”

Rep. Trey Radel, Former WINK Anchor, Arrested for Cocaine Possession

trey radelRepresentative Trey Radel (R-FL), a former WINK anchor, was arrested for possession of cocaine in Washington, D.C., Politico reports. Radel was charged with misdemeanor possession in Superior Court today and is scheduled to appear again tomorrow.

Radel was the evening anchor at the Fort Myers CBS affiliate from 2007 to 2010. When he signed off from the station, he said his true passion was politics He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.

Radel is married to Amy Wegmann, a former anchor at rival WFTX.

Former WINK Anchor Trey Radel Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

Republican Trey Radel, a former anchor at WINK in Fort Myers, has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Radel will represent the 19th congressional district of Florida, stepping into a seat vacated when Connie Mack announced he would seek a Senate seat. Radel beat Democrat Jim Roach in the election.

Radel stepped away from WINK in 2010, saying at the time that his passion was politics and that he had never “felt more compelled than right now to get involved.” He went on to be a conservative radio host before announcing his candidacy for the House.

Radel’s wife, Amy Wegmann, is a former anchor at rival WFTX, the Fox affiliate in Fort Myers. See WINK’s report on Radel’s victory here (the station’s video player does not allow embedding).

Wegmann Out, Dishnow In as Anchor for WFTX

Amy Wegmann (pictured left) will not return to the anchor desk at Fort Myers’ FOX affiliate WFTX, choosing instead to focus full-time on her husbands run for Congress.

Last December, the Fort Myers anchor left the station on maternity leave for the birth of their son.  She then extended the leave to support her husband, Trey Radel, who is now running as the Republican candidate for the District 19 seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV’s run for Senate.

“This was a very difficult decision for me, but I want to help my husband become our next U.S. Congressman,” Wegmann said. “I will miss the day-to-day news activity and the people at Fox 4.”

Emily Dishnow (pictured right) was named permanent full-time co-anchor.

“Emily has filled in for the past few months while Amy was on leave and our viewers have been incredibly supportive and complimentary,” vice president and general manager Judy Kenney said.  ”It’s a natural move for a strong member of our team.”

[Naples Daily News]

WFTX Anchor Amy Wegmann Takes Leave as Her Husband Runs for Congress

Anchor Amy Wegmann is taking a leave of absence from WFTX as her husband, Trey Radel, runs for congress.

Wegmann, who anchors WFTX’s 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts, has been on maternity leave from the Fox-affiliate since giving birth in December.  According to the Naples News, Wegmann is now taking an indefinite leave of absence as Radel campaigns.

Radel, a former anchor at WINK, announced his bid for Florida’s 14th Congressional District in early January.

The move allows Wegmann to support her husband during his run while also protecting WFTX from potential conflicts as the station covers his campaign. Read more

Former WINK Anchor Trey Radel Running For Congress

Trey Radel, a former anchor at WINK, is running for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Naples News reports.

Radel left Fort Myers CBS-affiliate WINK in 2010. At the time, he said politics was his passion and he had never “felt more compelled than right now to get involved.” He went on to become a conservative host on a local radio station.

“I am running because I love this country, I believe in this country and I believe in you,” Radel said on his radio show Friday. He stepped down from his position immediately after he announced his Congressional run.

Radel seeks the seat held by Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL), who recently announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate.