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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: We were wrong

    WFTV: We were wrong
    WFTV-Channel 9 on Tuesday acknowledged that it erred in not mentioning that legal analyst Belvin Perry Jr. works for Morgan & Morgan. In a report Monday, Perry criticized the content of a commercial against Amendment 2. John Morgan of the Morgan &...
  • Belvin Perry: WFTV ignores conflict of interest

    Belvin Perry: WFTV ignores conflict of interest
    Sure, it’s a coup for WFTV-Channel 9 to have former Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. offering analysis. But the station needs to remember conflicts of interest. During a Monday report, legal analyst Perry ripped into a commercial against Amendment 2....
  • Football jolts ratings; tight 11 p.m. race

    Football jolts ratings; tight 11 p.m. race
    The NFL was very good to Central Florida stations in September. NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2 was tops in prime time, behind four NFL games and "America's Got Talent." CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6, with  Thursday NFL games and "Big Brother," ranked...
  • Belvin Perry becomes WFTV analyst

    Belvin Perry becomes WFTV analyst
    Belvin Perry is going to have a TV career after all. The former Orange-Osceola chief judge has joined WFTV-Channel 9 as a legal analyst. Viewers could see him as soon as Thursday on WFTV's newscasts. A project to star Perry in a nationally...
  • WFTV: Bob Opsahl not going anyplace

    WFTV: Bob Opsahl not going anyplace
    Word on the street is that WFTV-Channel 9 anchor Bob Opsahl has signed a contract that will keep him at the ABC affiliate through the end of 2015. But WFTV wasn't discussing those details Friday. "We continue to have a good relationship with Bob,"...
  • Bob Opsahl: I'm at WFTV through 2015

    Bob Opsahl: I'm at WFTV through 2015
    Bob Opsahl's large contingent of fans can rest easy. The WFTV-Channel 9 anchor said he had been thinking about leaving the TV business, but decided against it. "My new contract extends my employment through 2015," Opsahl said in an email Friday. "And I'...
  • March ratings: WFTV, WESH in tight races

    March ratings: WFTV, WESH in tight races
    Did the Winter Olympics put NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2 on a path to stronger ratings? In February with the Olympics, WESH won late news and tied WFTV-Channel 9 at 6 p.m. In March without the Olympics, WESH edged WFTV at 5 p.m. and was a strong...
  • May ratings: WESH edges WFTV twice

    May ratings: WESH edges WFTV twice
    Fans of close ratings races can study the May results for photo finishes. At 6 p.m. weekdays, WESH-Channel 2 beat WFTV-Channel 9 by 28 viewers -- 28 viewers in the 25-to-54 age group that is most important to news advertisers. When you hear the...
  • Where will Martha Sugalski land after leaving WESH?

    Where will Martha Sugalski land after leaving WESH?
    WESH-Channel 2 anchor Martha Sugalski has left the building. Where she goes next isn't certain, although most speculation points to WFTV-Channel 9 a year from now. In a memo to the WESH staff Thursday, General Manager Jim Carter said he thought...
  • June ratings: WFTV pulls to front

    June ratings: WFTV pulls to front
    WFTV-Channel 9 and WESH-Channel 2 split victories in late news for June. But the latest ratings report was mostly good news for WFTV, which surpassed WESH at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. after WESH won very tight races in May in the 25-to-54 age group. At 6 p.m....
  • WFTV, WOFL, WKMG post July wins

    WFTV, WOFL, WKMG post July wins
    UPDATED: WESH-Channel 2 made the biggest headlines Thursday by announcing that anchor Martha Sugalski had departed. But WKMG-Channel 6, WOFL-Channel 35 and especially WFTV-Channel 9 could point to ratings victories for July. Speculation that...