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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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  • WESH, bolstered by Olympics, gets ratings gold for August

     
    August has been the best of times for WESH-Channel 2. The Orlando NBC affiliate, which enjoyed a tremendous lift from the Summer Olympics, posted big victories in early and late news. Local stations strive to win the 25-to-54 age group, which is most...
  • WESH trumpets late, early news victories for September

     
    NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2 is claiming victories in late and early news for the September ratings period that ended Wednesday. WESH won in late news last month, thanks to a lift from the Olympic Games in London. WESH got support this month from a strong...
  • WFTV wins October ratings race; ABC lineup is tops

     
    Breaking news: WFTV-Channel 9 was the big winner in October news ratings. The ABC affiliate won at 11 p.m., held off WESH-Channel 2 at 5 p.m. and emerged as the clear leader in the morning. The October ratings period ended Wednesday; the November sweeps...
  • Brian Monahan leaving WFTV for Seattle, Bob Jordan

     
    Bob Jordan may be gone, but he still has pull. The former WFTV-Channel 9 news director, who is now at KIRO in Seattle, has lured meteorologist Brian Monahan to join him there. “I've loved living in Florida the last almost seven years (five in Fort...
  • Daralene Jones leaving WFTV for Philadelphia station

     
    Daralene Jones, a top reporter at WFTV-Channel 9 on the Trayvon Martin story, is departing the station next month. She will be a reporter at WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia, the No. 4 TV market. Jones worked for five years at ABC affiliate...
  • WFTV names Bob Jordan’s No. 2 as news director

     
    A new era at WFTV-Channel 9 began Monday as Matt Parcell was named news director. He replaces Bob Jordan, whose last day at the ABC affiliate was Friday. Parcell, who has been at WFTV since 1997, had been managing editor and Jordan's No. 2.  Parcell said ...
  • July ratings: WESH pleased with depleted numbers

     
    The winners usually supply the main news in the monthly ratings report, and WFTV-Channel 9 continued its winning streak in most time slots (the 5 a.m. hour was an exception). The headline for July, however, is the strong showing by WESH-Channel 2...
  • WFTV alum Josh Benson goes to Miami in ’switcheroo’

     
    The TV news business is a small world. Consider: Former WFTV-Channel anchor Josh Benson has landed a job at CBS-owned WFOR in Miami. Benson will be a morning anchor. It's the same job that Jorge Estevez left WFTV for in 2006. Estevez later became a...
  • June ratings: WFTV wins many slots, but competition scores

     
    The ratings for rerun-heavy June aren't as significant as those for May, when broadcast networks load up on big programs. But there are still winners for June. The headline: ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 won in many time slots, but competitors WOFL-Channel...
  • WFTV had edge on Osceola County Courthouse brawl

     
    “This is some of the craziest video we've ever seen,” WFTV-Channel 9 anchor Martie Salt said Monday in starting the 5 p.m. news. The footage was of a brawl between two families in a hall at the Osceola County Courthouse. The fight happened...
  • Bob Opsahl salutes mentor Bob Jordan

     
    Local news legend is not too lofty a title for Bob Jordan. He is a huge part of this TV market's history. The news that he is leaving WFTV-Channel 9 — after his third stint as news director there — truly represents the end of an era. He will...