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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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  • Anthony DiLorenzo joins New York station

    Anthony DiLorenzo joins New York station
    Anthony DiLorenzo's last day at WFTV-Channel 9 will be Friday. On Monday, he joins PIX11 in New York as a general assignment reporter. PIX11 is part of Tribune Broadcasting, which is owned by Tribune Media. Tribune announced the hire in a release:...
  • WFTV adds 'GMA' Sunday, shifts First Baptist Orlando

    WFTV adds 'GMA' Sunday, shifts First Baptist Orlando
    UPDATED: Talk about big schedule changes. To make room for "Good Morning America" on Sundays, WFTV-Channel 9 will shift a religious program it has aired for 50 years. Starting April 26, "GMA" will be seen at 9 a.m. Sundays on Orlando's ABC affiliate....
  • WFTV scores March ratings victories

    WFTV scores March ratings victories
    There may be March Madness in college basketball, but there was March familiarity in the ratings for Central Florida TV stations. WFTV-Channel 9 again claimed victory in most time slots. WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt cited strong results for...
  • New Tyra Banks show sold to WFTV

    New Tyra Banks show sold to WFTV
    The new Tyra Banks daytime talk show has been sold to more than 70 percent of the country, including WFTV-Channel 9 in Orlando. The announcement came Tuesday from Janice Marinelli, president of Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution....
  • Vanessa Echols leaving WFTV mornings

    Vanessa Echols leaving WFTV mornings
    UPDATED: Vanessa Echols is leaving WFTV-Channel 9 mornings to be reunited with Greg Warmoth at 4 p.m. on the ABC affiliate. They were together for 15 years in the mornings at WFTV. Nancy Alvarez will takes Echols' morning spot with Jamie Holmes, and the...
  • January ratings: WFTV, Martie Salt can laugh

    January ratings: WFTV, Martie Salt can laugh
    Jimmy Kimmel made fun of WFTV-Channel 9 anchor Martie Salt's name on national television Wednesday, but she is laughing today. Salt and WFTV were victorious in the January ratings released Thursday. Evidently, a little Salt goes a long way. In the 25-...
  • WFTV's Vanessa Echols welcomes new anchor hours

    WFTV's Vanessa Echols welcomes new anchor hours
    WFTV-Channel 9 anchor Vanessa Echols is elated to be leaving the morning shift. You would be, too, after 17 and a half years. “I get up at 2 a.m.,” she said. “I will not miss wanting to crush the three alarm clocks when they go off...
  • WFTV gets most December ratings gifts

    WFTV gets most December ratings gifts
    Fans of photo finishes, please take note: WESH-Channel 2 edged WFTV-Channel 9 at 4 p.m. in the December ratings. Otherwise, it was a familiar story as ABC affiliate WFTV won nearly every other news time slot for the ratings period, which ended...
  • February: Good news for WFTV, WESH

    February: Good news for WFTV, WESH
    February brought very good news to WFTV-Channel 9. The ABC affiliate continued to lead in most news time slots and surpassed Fox-owned WOFL-Channel 35 at 10 p.m. NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2 had the most-seen prime-time lineup, thanks to the Super...
  • Leaving: WFTV's Anthony DiLorenzo, WKMG's Kala Rama

    Leaving: WFTV's Anthony DiLorenzo, WKMG's Kala Rama
    Leaving the Orlando TV market: Spouses Anthony DiLorenzo of WFTV-Channel 9 and Kala Rama of WKMG-Channel 6. "Kala and I will be leaving Orlando for job opportunities in New York City in the near future," DiLorenzo said Sunday in an email. "My last day...
  • WFTV shares anchor lineup starting in March

    WFTV shares anchor lineup starting in March
    What will be the anchor lineup at WFTV-Channel 9 after Vanessa Echols moves off the mornings Feb. 27? Here's the plan, starting March 2: 5 to 7 a.m. on WFTV: Nancy Alvarez replaces Echols opposite Jamie Holmes. 7 to 8 a.m. on sister station WRDQ-...