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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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  • '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...
  • 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...
  • '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....
  • 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...
  • 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......
  • At Orlando home-garden show: Buy a birdhouse, help a kid

     
    When the Central Florida Home and Garden Show comes to town this weekend, the convention center will be filled with more than just home and garden ideas. It will also be filled with more than 40 birdhouses decorated by local notables — all helping...
  • Cops: Man followed teen boy home, got naked

    It must have been a nightmare fo the 15-year-old teen. Richard Pfaender, 57, was arrested on Thursday after he followed a teen boy home from a fast food restaurant, knocked on the door before barginf inside and taking off his clothes when he got inside...
  • School reports kiss between 12-year-olds as possible sex crime

    They weren't stretching their lip muscles during PE class. Officials at a Fort Myers elementary school called deputies after a girl, 12, kissed one of her classmates, also 12 years-old, during PE class, reports WFTV News-9 in Fort Myers. It was...