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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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......
  • 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...
  • Auto Erotica: It's time to ban the motorcycle

    Auto Erotica: It's time to ban the motorcycle
    Photo by Lee Hershfield What if I were to tell you that the fatality rate for those of us who drive a car or truck is 14 out of every 100,000 drivers? That’s a distressing statistic but it’s far below what it once was. Now, what if I were to...
  • Lawyers: Casey Anthony has grounds to appeal conviction on charges of lying to police

    Lawyers: Casey Anthony has grounds to appeal conviction on charges of lying to police
    Will Casey Anthony — cleared by a jury of killing her daughter — appeal her conviction on charges she lied to deputies who were trying to find her child? There certainly are grounds, said Florida attorneys who have followed the case. Nancy...
  • Verdict boosts standing of Casey Anthony lawyer Jose Baez

    Verdict boosts standing of Casey Anthony lawyer Jose Baez
    Several months ago, one of Josť Baez's most articulate critics wondered whether he would have a "My Cousin Vinny" moment at trial. The reference to the 1992 Joe Pesci movie was amusing but poignant, too: The comedy explored how a rookie defense lawyer...
  • Casey Anthony's probation hearing Q&A

    Casey Anthony's probation hearing Q&A
    Chief Judge Belvin Perry is set Friday to hear Casey Anthony's emergency motion to "quash, vacate and set aside" fellow Judge Stan Strickland's amended order regarding the young woman's probation status. Perry may decide whether the 25-year-old should...
  • Doc Rivers inducted into Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame | Video

    Doc Rivers inducted into Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame | <b>Video</b>
    WINTER PARK — The Central Florida Sports Commission honored former Orlando Magic coach and current Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers tonight, including Rivers into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame. The Sentinel and WFTV caught up with Rivers...