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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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  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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: 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'...
  • 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...