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WFTV-Channel 9, Orlando's ABC affiliate, began broadcasting on Feb. 1, 1958. Channel 9 was the area's third television station and its original call letters were WLOF-TV (which stood for We Love Orlando Florida) . The call letters were changed in 1963 to WFTV (Wonderful Florida Television). Long an also-ran among the Central Florida TV stations, WFTV's fortunes turned in the late 1970s thanks in part to ABC's strong ratings as well as a new tranmission tower that boosted the station's signal. The station is located next to State Road 408 in downtown Orlando. Some of the anchors for WFTV-Channel 9's Eyewitness News are Bob Opsahl, Martie Salt, Tom Terry, Phil Burton, Barbara West, Greg Warmo... Show more »
WFTV-Channel 9, Orlando's ABC affiliate, began broadcasting on Feb. 1, 1958. Channel 9 was the area's third television station and its original call letters were WLOF-TV (which stood for We Love Orlando Florida) . The call letters were changed in 1963 to WFTV (Wonderful Florida Television). Long an also-ran among the Central Florida TV stations, WFTV's fortunes turned in the late 1970s thanks in part to ABC's strong ratings as well as a new tranmission tower that boosted the station's signal. The station is located next to State Road 408 in downtown Orlando. Some of the anchors for WFTV-Channel 9's Eyewitness News are Bob Opsahl, Martie Salt, Tom Terry, Phil Burton, Barbara West, Greg Warmoth and Vanessa Echols. Previous anchors included Bob Jordan, Carole Nelson, John Tesh and Deborah Roberts. « Show less

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  • WFTV adds meteorologist from Oklahoma City

    WFTV adds meteorologist from Oklahoma City
    WFTV-Channel 9 welcomed a new meteorologist this morning. Rusty McCranie joins the ABC affiliate from KOCO in Oklahoma City. He will replace Kassie Crimi, who is leaving WFTV at year's end to join her fiance, news director Matt Parcell said. On...
  • WFTV leads pack in November ratings; WOFL tops at 10

    WFTV leads pack in November ratings; WOFL tops at 10
    In November ratings, WFTV-Channel 9's Eyewitness News drew the most eyewitnesses in most time slots. WESH-Channel 2 was the clear leader at 4 p.m., and WOFL-Channel 35 continued to dominate among 10 p.m. newscasts. But WFTV was the victor in early...
  • Grassy knollery rears head in Zimmerman trial

     
    Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump is now contending that Zimmerman fired more than one shot. Meanwhile, from the Twitter feed this morning of WFTV reporter Kathi Belic who is in court The state just said the facts show an equal......
  • WFTV extends 4 p.m. news to hour

    WFTV extends 4 p.m. news to hour
    In June, WFTV-Channel 9 added a half-hour 4 p.m. newscast anchored by Bob Opsahl and Martie Salt. That newscast will now run one hour, the ABC affiliate announced Friday. The new 4:30 p.m. news replaces "Family Feud." That game show, hosted by Steve...
  • July ratings: WFTV wins at 5, 6, 11 p.m.

    July ratings: WFTV wins at 5, 6, 11 p.m.
    During the July ratings period, when the George Zimmerman trial was the top local story, WFTV-Channel 9 reclaimed the No. 1 spot at 5 p.m. The ABC affiliate continued to lead at 6 a.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Other stations posted victories in the ratings...
  • Dancing with local stars: WFTV's Jorge Estevez ready to hoof

    Dancing with local stars: WFTV's Jorge Estevez ready to hoof
    WFTV-Channel 9 anchor-reporter Jorge Estevez says he has no professional dance experience. But that's not stopping him from performing in a local version of "Dancing With the Stars" for charity. "I love a good challenge. I decided dancing was the way to...
  • WFTV wins most August ratings races

    WFTV wins most August ratings races
    WOFL-Channel 35 triumphed at 10 p.m., and WKMG-Channel 6 scored a close victory at noon. But WFTV-Channel 9 came out on top in most August ratings races, posting victories in early morning, in early evening and at 11 p.m. WFTV even moved ahead of WESH-...
  • September ratings: WESH tops at 11; WOFL first at 5

    September ratings: WESH tops at 11; WOFL first at 5
    The September ratings for local television news produced new winners and more signs of increased competition. WESH-Channel 2 pulled ahead at 11 p.m., and WOFL-Channel 35 edged WFTV-Channel 9 in the 5 p.m. half-hour. In August, ABC affiliate WFTV had...
  • George Zimmerman: Ratings remain strong

    George Zimmerman: Ratings remain strong
    Local TV ratings suggest that interest in the George Zimmerman trial remains high. The trial scored its biggest TV audiences Thursday morning (244,200 total viewers) and afternoon (242,200 viewers). Monday afternoon, when lead detective Chris Serino...
  • June ratings: WFTV wins most news races

    June ratings: WFTV wins most news races
    The June ratings produced a range of winners -- a sign of the market's increasing competitiveness. WFTV-Channel 9 offered the most-watched news at 6 a.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. for the ratings period, which ended Wednesday. WOFL-Channel 35 claimed...
  • Orlando police blast WFTV over 'firing' report

    Orlando police blast WFTV over 'firing' report
    The Orlando Police Department has given a withering critique to a WFTV-Channel 9 report, but the station is dismissing the criticism. One point of contention: the meaning of "fired." WFTV's Kathi Belich on Wednesday reported that a female officer had...