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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 'Dr. Oz' moves to WOFL on Sept. 8

    'Dr. Oz' moves to WOFL on Sept. 8
    Do you know where Dr. Mehmet Oz is? Starting Sept. 8, "Dr. Oz" will air at 2 p.m. weekdays on WOFL-Channel 35. It will be his third station in the Orlando TV market. "Dr. Oz" started on WESH-Channel 2 in 2009 and ran there for two years. Then WFTV...
  • WFTV pulls ahead in August, challenges WOFL at 10

    WFTV pulls ahead in August, challenges WOFL at 10
    UPDATED: In the August ratings, WFTV-Channel 9 put distance between itself and its rivals during the day and in early evening. WFTV may have benefited from the exit last month of WESH-Channel 2 anchor Martha Sugalski. In late night, the ratings races...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...