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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 'Dr. Oz' is moving again in Orlando

    'Dr. Oz' is moving again in Orlando
    Dr. Mehmet Oz is on the move again in Orlando. "The Dr. Oz Show" will go to Fox-owned WOFL-Channel 35 in the fall. That station is still firming up its lineup and didn't have a time slot to announce, a spokeswoman said. "Dr. Oz" is airing at 3 p.m....
  • Berndt Petersen leaves WFTV for Atlanta

    Berndt Petersen leaves WFTV for Atlanta
    If you're missing WFTV-Channel 9 reporter Berndt Petersen, he has beamed up to the mother ship. That would WSB in Atlanta; both TV stations are owned by Cox Media Group. Petersen logged 10 years at WFTV, an impressive run. "He got an opportunity to...
  • Vanessa Echols: WFTV's morning champ

    Vanessa Echols: WFTV's morning champ
    When WFTV-Channel 9 decided to make Vanessa Echols a morning anchor in 1997, little did anyone realize it would turn out to be one of the smartest talent moves in the TV market's history. Time really has a way of sorting out these matters. Lauren...
  • 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....
  • What about Vanessa Echols? WFTV plans no changes

    What about Vanessa Echols? WFTV plans no changes
    UPDATED: How likable are WFTV-Channel 9 anchors Vanessa Echols and Jorge Estevez? That question is posed in a survey that a reader sent to me, along with the note "it sounds like Channel 9 is making some changes." Not so, said WFTV General Manager...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gov. Rick Scott talks to News 13; WFTV focuses on Osceola County

     
    Gov. Rick Scott talks to the media Thursday in Miami. Photo credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED: In local public-affairs programming this weekend: ***Gov. Rick Scott is a guest on “Political Connections,” which airs at...