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WESH Promotes Meredith McDonough

mcdonough weshMeredith McDonough has been named evening anchor for Orlando NBC affiliate WESH.

McDonough started at WESH in 2011 as the weekend anchor before being moved to weekday mornings in 2012.

“Meredith is an incredible anchor and journalist, and I am very pleased that she will become an integral part of the evening broadcasts,” said WESH news director Kirsten Wolff.

Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel reports McDonough replaces Martha Sugalski who left in July.

The station soon will announce the addition of another evening anchor to the mix, WESH General Manager Jim Carter said.

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This Bud’s For News: WESH Sports Anchor in Beer Ad, Video Game


Larry Ridley, sports director for Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, has gone national, but not for his reporting.

Orlando Sentinel TV critic Hal Boedeker reports, Ridley appears in a Bud Light commercial. A quick check of his twitter feed @mrlarryridley also tells TVSpy, Ridley has a role as a pregame and halftime show announcer in EA Sports video game “Madden NFL 15.”

Sources close to Ridley tell TVSpy Bob Longo, the previous news director, gave Ridley the OK to appear in both the spot and the video game. Longo tells TVSpy, “There was no permission given, verbal or written, to do any commercial.”

We asked WESH GM Jim Carter for comment, but haven’t heard back. We will update when we do. Read more

‘We’ve Gotta Go,’ Lightning Strikes During WESH Reporter’s Live Shot

WESH reporter Dave McDaniel was live on-air telling viewers of the Orlando NBC affiliate about a house that was hit by lightning when, the station says, another lightning strike came a little too close for comfort.

Watch the video. You can hear it, but can’t see it.

Martha Sugalski Leaves WESH in Orlando

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Orlando NBC affiliate WESH announced today anchor Martha Sugalski has left the station. The Orlando Sentinel quoted WESH general manager Jim Carter:

“Martha Sugalski has been an important member of the WESH News Team. While we made every effort to keep her at the station, she ultimately decided to move in a different direction and we thank her for her contributions during the past eight years.”

Sugalski joined WESH from WTVJ in Miami in 2006, and has been the station’s main anchor since 2008. The station invested heavily in promoting Sugalski’s personal story a year ago, when she became pregnant with triplets, who were born last June. In recent months, ratings for WESH have been highly competitive — beating longtime market leader WFTV at six p.m., suggesting Sugalski may have been poached by another Orlando station, as Hal Bodeker reports:

One rumor sweeping the local media has Sugalski going to WFTV-Channel 9.

“I really can’t comment on that,” said WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt. “We don’t comment on competitors’ talent, contracts. We just don’t. She’s very talented. We wish her the very best, We know she’s going to have a great future.”

Stewart Moore to Mornings at WESH-WKCF

stewart mooreWESH has announced Stewart Moore will anchor the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on sister station WKCF, the CW affiliate in Orlando, beginning April 21.

Moore joined WESH in 2011 as a weekend anchor and reporter. He will anchor alongside Michelle Imperato when she joins the station in June. Both Moore and Imperato will also appear on the WESH morning newscast, which airs from 5 to 7 a.m.

“Stewart brings a tremendous amount of energy and experience both as a reporter and anchor, and we are thrilled that he will be anchoring weekday mornings,” WESH news director Kirsten Wolff said in a statement.

Michelle Imperato Joins WESH From KSBW

michelle imperatoMichelle Imperato is joining WESH, the NBC affiliate in Orlando. She begins in her role as the station’s morning anchor on June 2.

Imperato comes from KSBW in Montery, Calif., where she was the morning anchor and reporter. She previously worked as an anchor and reporter for WLNY in Long Island, N.Y.

“We are thrilled to have a person of Michelle’s caliber join the WESH 2 News Anchor team. She has tremendous experience not only as an anchor, but also as a reporter who has covered major breaking news stories,” WESH news director Kirsten Wolff said in a statement.

Kendra Lyn Says Goodbye to KXAS

kendra lynKendra Lyn signed off from KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas, on Friday. Lyn, a general assignment reporter, is relocating to Orlando, where she previously worked at WESH.

Lyn told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark that a new job opportunity for her husband coincided with the end of her contract at KXAS. “We’re relocating for his job, and we miss the friends, family and ties we have in Florida,” Lyn told Bark. “I’ll definitely pursue available television opportunities in Orlando.”

Lyn joined the NBC owned station in 2012. She has also worked at stations in Green Bay and Rochester, Minn.

Brett Connolly Joins WESH as Anchor

connolly_weshBrett Connolly has joined Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as co-anchor for the 5:00 p.m. news.

Connolly comes to WESH from WFXT in Boston where he was a morning anchor and reporter.

Current 5:00 p.m. anchor Jim Payne will continue to anchor at 4:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

“With so many hours of news a day, adding Brett to the anchor team will only strengthen how WESH 2 covers news for Central Florida viewers,” Jim Carter, president and GM of WESH said in a statement. Carter also said, “Adding Brett will allow Jim Payne to cover more news from the field, something that we wanted to do for some time.”

Connolly starts Monday, February 17.

[Orlando Sentinel]

WESH Names Kirsten Wolff News Director

weshKirsten Wolff has been named news director for Hearst owned Orlando NBC affiliate WESH.

Wolff posted the news to her facebook page, “I am blown away by today. 7 years ago I dreamed of becoming a News Director. I took a 3,000 mile leap of faith and landed in Orlando. Fell in love with the WESH Newsroom. Today my dream came true. I feel so much love and support from my family – they kind of have to give it .. and my co-workers – they definitely DON’T have to give it. But I feel it! Can’t wait to live this chapter with all of you!”

She replaces Bob Longo who left the station last month.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Wolff has worked for WESH’s parent company Hearst for 23 years, starting as a photojournalist and working as a producer. Before coming to WESH, Wolff worked at Hearst’s KCRA in Sacramento.

Jazmin Bailey Joins WESH From WHSV

jazmin baileyJazmin Bailey is joining Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as a traffic reporter, the Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker reports.

Bailey arrives in Orlando from Harrisonburg, Va., where she has produced and anchored the early morning show at WHSV since October 2011. Before that, she worked at WILX in Lansing, Mich.

Boedeker reports Bailey will make her on-air debut on November 25, replacing Michelle Wargo, who will sign off on November 22.

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