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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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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.

John Rupolo Joins KZTV-KRIS in Corpus Christi

john rupoloJohn Rupolo has joined KZTV-KRIS, the CBS and NBC affiliates in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Rupolo is a former reporter for WFTX, the Fox affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla. He parted ways with the station in January after he was arrested for violating a domestic violence order of protection. At the time, he told TVSpy that the charge was “false, unfounded, and not true.”

At KZTV-KRIS, Rupolo is a nightside reporter.

Julie Salomone Joins WFTV From WFTX

Julie Salomone is joining Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

Salomone, a Florida native, starts October 1 as a general assignment reporter at WFTV. She comes from WFTX in Fort Myers, where she has been a reporter and fill-in anchor since 2010.

Before joining WFTX, Salomone spent two years in La Crosse, Wisc., where she was a reporter, anchor and ph0tographer at ABC affiliate WXOW.

Whitey Bulger Expert on WFXT Shows Up Half Dressed for Interview

Howie Carr, a Boston radio talk show host, looked like he was only expecting to be shot in close up for his guest slot as a Whitey Bulger expert during Boston FOX owned station WFXT‘s verdict coverage.

Anchor Maria Stephanos told viewers Carr “knows Whitey Bulger, probably just as well as Whitey knows himself.” But as the camera zoomed out to reveal her guest, viewers were treated to Carr wearing a button down shirt, a tie, with shorts and Birkenstocks.

“You knew we would probably have a verdict today and you still couldn’t dress the part for television Howie.” To which Carr replied, “The glass is half full.” Leaving Stephanos to counter, “The glass is half full but the outfit is half empty.”

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Geoff Roth Named VP of Local Content at WJZY-WMYT

Geoff Roth has been named vice president of local content at WJZY-WMYT, Fox’s duopoly in Charlotte. His appointment is effective July 8.

“Geoff is a solid journalist and news leader with a proven track record of innovation in news gathering and content presentation. He is committed to our mission of serving our 22 counties in North and South Carolina and providing a voice for our communities,” VP-GM Karen Adams said in a statement. “Geoff is the perfect choice to lead FOX 46 Carolinas News.”

Roth comes from another Fox O&O, KRIV in Houston, where he was an executive producer. He has worked as a news director at KSEE and KMPH in Fresno, WFTX in Fort Myers, KSWB in San Diego, KSTU in Salt Lake City and WRIC in Richmond.

“Being able to build a next generation digital news operation from the ground up in a growing market like Charlotte is a unique opportunity,” Roth said. “I am looking forward to utilizing the latest technology across multiple platforms to keep our viewers constantly informed on relevant news of the day.”

Charles Henrich, Jr. Named VP-GM at WFTX

Charles Henrich, Jr. is the new vice president and general manager at WFTX, Journal Broadcast Group’s Fox affiliate in Fort Myers.

Since 2008, Henrich has been the vice president of operations for Newport Television. He oversaw Newport stations in six markets: Jacksonville, Memphis, Mobile, Rochester, Syracuse and Tulsa. The move is a return to Journal Broadcast Group for Henrich, who was general sales manager at KTNV in Las Vegas from 2003-05.

Henrich replaces Chris Protzman, who was promoted to senior vice president at Journal Broadcast Group.

“As a past Journal Broadcast Group employee, his unique understanding of the high value we place on serving our viewers along with his energy and passion make it especially exciting to have him back in the Journal family and leading the FOX 4 group,” Protzman said in a statement.

 

Reporter John Rupolo ‘No Longer Employed by WFTX’ After Arrest

The Cape Coral Police Department arrested WFTX reporter John Rupolo Friday morning for violating a domestic violence order of protection.

“Mr. Rupolo is no longer employed by WFTX and we have no further comment regarding this issue,” the Southwest Florida Fox affiliate said in a statement.

47-year-old Rupolo, who joined WFTX in 2010, posted a $15,000 bail on the misdemeanor charge of contempt of court. He’s set to go back before a judge next month. His bio has been stripped from the station’s website.

>Update: Rupolo provided the following statement to TVSpy: Read more

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).

Kelli Stegeman Joining WFTX as Weekend Anchor

Kelli Stegeman will be joining FOX affiliate WFTX as weekend anchor and reporter.

Stegeman comes to Fort Myers,FL from Topeka, KS where she was anchor reporter and producer for Kansas News First, the NBC (KSNT), FOX (KTMJ) and ABC (KTKA) triopoly.

“We are excited to have someone with Kelli’s energy and enthusiasm joining the Fox 4 news team,”  said WFTX news director Eric Maze.  ”She’s not only a terrific anchor, she is a solid reporter who is looking forward to getting answers for viewers.”

[Florida News Center]

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