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Lindsay Liepman to Afternoons, Jennifer Stacy to Mornings at WINK

Anchors Lindsay Liepman (pictured) and Jennifer Stacy are swapping newscasts at WINK in Fort Myers.

The changes were made because Liepman, the former morning anchor who recently returned from maternity leave, wanted to work more regular hours, according to the News-Press. She will anchor the noon newscast and report in the afternoons. Her husband, WINK reporter Nick Spinetto, will take paternity leave to be with the newborn.

Stacy, formerly the noon anchor, will handle the morning newscasts, anchoring from 5-7 a.m. on WINK and from 7-9 a.m. on sister station WXCW. Reporter Alissa Reitmeier has also joined the morning team as the traffic anchor.

WINK Launches 24-Hour News Channel in Fort Myers

WINK, the CBS-affiliate in Fort Myers, has launched a 24-hour news network on a digital subchannel.

According to the News-Press, the channel “includes a steady stream of weather graphics, news updates and repeats of recent WINK newscasts.”

Former WINK anchor Jim McLaughlin will anchor the news updates on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. His new role on the 24-hour channel will be in addition to his radio duties.

The channel is currently broadcasting on channel 11.2 in the Fort Myers market. It will be available on Comcast cable starting next month.

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.

After Hiring 3 Reporters, WFTV News Director Bob Jordan Says Station is ‘Full’

With the recent addition of three new reporters, WFTV, the ABC-affiliate in Orlando, is done hiring, at least for the time being.

“We’re full,” news director Bob Jordan told the Orlando Sentinel. “I don’t have any openings. Right now, we’re booked up.”

WFTV’s three new reporters are Renee Stoll, Lori Brown and Racquel Asa. Stoll, who joined WFTV from WINK in Fort Myers, started last week; Brown, who was previously at WMC in Memphis, started yesterday. Asa starts early next month, after she finishes out her time at WSYR in Syracuse.

WINK Adds Reporters Amanda Hall and Colby Robertson to News Team

Fort Myers CBS-affiliate WINK has added two reporters to its Collier County bureau, according to the News-Press: Amanda Hall (pictured) and Colby Robertson.

Hall joins the station after two years at WDHN in Dothan, AL, where she was the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor. She is a native of Sebring, FL.

Robertson, who will be a freelance reporter for WINK, joins the station from WAOW, the ABC-affiliate in Wausau, WI. She has been a reporter there since 2007.

WINK Adds 10 a.m. Newscast to Daily Programming

As we told you this morning, good things are happening in local news: stations are regaining advertisers, staffing up, expanding local newscasts. Now WINK — the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers — is becoming the latest station to add more news to the daily programming lineup.

The station will debut a 10 a.m. newscast on September 6. “We think it’s an opportunity because nobody else is on in that time period right now,” WINK news director Russ Kilgore told The Fort Myers News-Press.

The 10 a.m. news will be anchored by Jennifer Stacy and Rob Spicker, with an as-yet-unnamed meteorologist contributing weather reports. Kilgore noted past success in “nontraditional” time periods would indicate an appetite for news in the later broadcast.

“There are people out there in front of their televisions [at these times],” Kilgore said. “Maybe they didn’t get to watch the traditional morning news — getting their kids off to school or out walking the dog. When they get home, they are looking for news.”

On the Heels of New Afternoon Newscast, WINK Prepares Weekend Expansion

A month after announcing that it would replace “Oprah” with a new, 4 p.m. newscast, WINK, a CBS-affiliate in southwest Florida, is set to expand its local news programming further by offering a weekend morning newscast.

The new newscast will air from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“I think there is a demand for local news and weather on weekend mornings, just like there is during the week,” said WINK news director Russ Kilgore. “And coming on at 7:30 a.m. is a time when we think a lot of people are looking for that kind of information.”

WINK has promoted reporter Erin Maloney (right) to the weekend anchor desk. She will work the new newscast, which is scheduled to debut on June 11th, alongside meteorologist Katie Walls, who recently joined WINK from WSIL in southern Illinois.

In Fort Myers, WINK Replacing ‘Oprah’ with Newscast

WINK, a CBS-affiliate in southwest Florida, is preparing a new 4 p.m. newscast to replace “Oprah” when the show leaves syndication at the end of May.

WINK is the latest station to announce that it would replace “Oprah” with local news. Earlier this week, Atlanta’s WSB said that it was preparing to debut a new, one-hour newscast, following similar announcements from New York’s WABC and Chicago’s WLS, which has served as Oprah’s TV home for decades.

The new newscast will be anchored by Cayle Thompson and Stacey Adams (above, left), with Scott Zedeker providing weather updates. Thompson currently anchors WINK’s noon and 7 p.m. newscasts while Adams helms the 11 p.m. news in addition to doing a 10 p.m. newscast on CW-affiliate WXCW.

“There’s a substantial appetite for news in this market,” said WINK news director Russ Kilgore.

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