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Miriam Zamorano Joins WFTX as Morning Anchor

Miriam Zamorano will join WFTX, the Fort Myers FOX affiliate, as news anchor for the station’s morning show, “FOX 4 Rising”.

The move for Zamorano, who was a reporter, anchor and traffic reporter at Fort Myer’s WINK before heading to KABB in San Antonio, coincides with the birth of her first child.

“I am so excited to join the Fox 4 Rising team and look forward to bringing Southwest Florida viewers what they need to get their day started right,” Zamorano said in a statement posted to the station’s website. “I want to tell about what is going on in the world, but more importantly, I want our viewers to know about the news that is relevant to them. We’re going to be informational, but we’re also going to have fun.”

The station also announced Amy Wegmann, who left the station to support her husbands run for Congress, will fill-in for Carley Wegner on “Fox 4 Morning Blend” while Wegner is on medical leave.

[Florida News Center][news-press.com]

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]

Mike Brooks Named Evening Anchor at KOKH

Mike Brooks is returning to his home state to join KOKH, the Fox-affiliate in Oklahoma City, as evening anchor.

“This will be a great opportunity to return to my home state and my old friends,” Brooks told TVSpy via email. “They have a great group of journalists at KOKH, a terrific news director, and I look forward to joining the team.”

Brooks was most recently a freelance anchor at WFTX in Fort Myers. Prior to that, he was morning anchor at WGCL in Atlanta. Brooks, who signed off from WFTX on Friday, will be anchoring KOKH’s 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Jamie Cerreta.

Morning Anchor Lisa Spooner Leaving WFTX

Morning anchor Lisa Spooner is leaving WFTX, the Fox-affiliate in Fort Myers, according to the News-Press.

Spooner, who joined WFTX in 2011, will anchor her last newscast this Wednesday.

“It was a very tough decision to leave Fox4,” Spooner said. “I love the people here and I will miss working with them. You won’t … find a friendlier newsroom who genuinely cares about each other and wants to see their co-workers succeed … both personally and professionally.”

The News-Press reports Spooner will be moving to another television station outside of the Fort Myers market. On WFTX, weekend anchor Mike Brooks will fill in on the morning newscast until a permanent replacement is named.

Anchor Krista Fogelsong Returning to Florida

Krista Fogelsong is leaving her anchor post at WBND in South Bend to return to Fort Myers.

Fogelsong, who worked at Fort Myers Fox-affiliate WFTX before heading north, is set to join WBBH, the market’s NBC-affiliate.  Her first day is June 4th.

“Krista brings 15 years of experience reporting, producing and anchoring,” the station said, announcing the move.  “We are very pleased that NBC2 was her station of choice upon returning to the area.”

Fogelsong was a main anchor at WFTX from 2002 to 2007.  Her return to Fort Myers has been rumored for the past few weeks. Read more

Anchor Krista Fogelsong Rumored to Be Leaving South Bend for Southwest Florida

For the past few weeks, rumors have spread that anchor Krista Fogelsong is on her way out at WBND in South Bend, IN.  And now it appears that she will join WBBH in Fort Myers, FL.

Citing reliable sources, the Fort Myers News-Press reports that Fogelsong is staying at WBND until the end of the May ratings period, and then she will begin working at WBBH in early June.

Fogelsong’s agent, Mort Meisner, told TVSpy today that he can’t comment about the rumors, but added, “Any announcement should come from the Florida station.”

Fogelsong has not responded to requests for comment. Read more

WFTX Reporter Pooja Lodhia Set to Join KTRK

Pooja Lodhia is joining KTRK in Houston after three years at WFTX in Fort Myers.

Lodhia recently announced the news on her Facebook page. “I’ll be moving closer to my family and getting to experience so many new things,” she wrote. “I’m very excited, but I will miss y’all so much! Thanks for everything!”

Until last week, Lodhia was a morning reporter at WFTX. She will join KTRK later this month in the same role.

[Via MikeMcGuff.com]

Craig Wolf Discusses His Lawsuit Against WBBH with Market Rival WFTX

“There’s no doubt in my mind that this was a retaliatory firing,” former WBBH anchor Craig Wolf told WFTX this week, speaking about his dismissal from the NBC-affiliate last year.

Wolf recently filed a lawsuit against his former employer, alleging that he was fired for blowing the whistle on the station for its “extremely unclean” newsroom and studio.

WFTX reporter Mike Mason recently caught up with Wolf while he was in town for a charity golf tournament, and on Wednesday the Fox-affiliate aired its second story in as many days about Wolf’s current plight. Read more

Former WBBH Anchor Speaks Out About Firing on Rival Station

Longtime WBBH anchor Craig Wolf spoke to rival station WFTX this week about being fired by the NBC-affiliate last year.  Wolf recently filed a lawsuit against WBBH, alleging that the station fired him in retaliation after he complained about “extremely unclean” conditions in the station’s newsroom and studio.

A WFTX news crew caught up with Wolf this week after he participated in a charity golf tournament.

“It was great to have a bunch of people come up to me and say ‘I miss you,’” Wolf told WFTX about being back in Southwest Florida.  “But it’s not so great in Nashville, Tennessee where I’ve relocated, where I’m trying to find a job.” Read more

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

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