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WKMG-Local 6 was Orlando's first television station and is the area's CBS affiliate. Orignally known as WDBO-TV (for "Way Down By Orlando''), the station went on the air in July 1, 1954. It would become the longtime dominant station in the market with lots of local shows such as Central Florida Showcase (a news discussion show), Uncle Walt's Adventures, Hunting and Fishing and, of course, Romper Room. When Columbia Pictures considered buying the station from Outlet Co. in 1982, the call letters were prematurely changed from WDBO to to WCPX (for Columbia Pictures). The deal didn't go through, but the call letters remained. Meredith Corp. purchased the station in 1997, but it already owned F... Show more »
WKMG-Local 6 was Orlando's first television station and is the area's CBS affiliate. Orignally known as WDBO-TV (for "Way Down By Orlando''), the station went on the air in July 1, 1954. It would become the longtime dominant station in the market with lots of local shows such as Central Florida Showcase (a news discussion show), Uncle Walt's Adventures, Hunting and Fishing and, of course, Romper Room. When Columbia Pictures considered buying the station from Outlet Co. in 1982, the call letters were prematurely changed from WDBO to to WCPX (for Columbia Pictures). The deal didn't go through, but the call letters remained. Meredith Corp. purchased the station in 1997, but it already owned Fox affilate WOFL-Channel 35 -- and at the time such a duopoly wasn't allowed. Meredith decided to keep WOFL and trade WKMG to Post-Newsweek (which had also bid on the station) for a Post-Newsweek station in Hartford, Conn. Post-Newsweek changed Channel 6's call letters a third time, making it WKMG in honor of Post-Newsweek's Katharine M. Graham. Some of the anchors for Local 6 News are Lauren Rowe, Jacqueline London, Tom Terry, David Pingalore or "Ping," Mike Garafolo, Erick Webber, Laura Diaz, Troy Bridges and Erik von Ancken. « Show less

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  • WKMG hires anchor from St. Petersburg

    WKMG hires anchor from St. Petersburg
    WKMG-Channel 6 has found its newest anchor in St. Petersburg. Ginger Gadsden joins Orlando's CBS affiliate on June 16. She will co-anchor the station's new 5:30 p.m. newscast with Matt Austin and solo anchor at 7 p.m. That 5:30 p.m. newscast debuts July...
  • Alan Grayson elects not to do 'Flashpoint'

    Alan Grayson elects not to do 'Flashpoint'
    UPDATED: U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., had been scheduled to appear this weekend on WKMG-Channel 6's "Flashpoint." But he won't be doing the Sunday morning program. The station and Grayson offered sharply different takes on what unfolded when the...
  • May ratings: WESH edges WFTV twice

    May ratings: WESH edges WFTV twice
    Fans of close ratings races can study the May results for photo finishes. At 6 p.m. weekdays, WESH-Channel 2 beat WFTV-Channel 9 by 28 viewers -- 28 viewers in the 25-to-54 age group that is most important to news advertisers. When you hear the...
  • Danny Treanor: I will substitute teach at WKMG

    Danny Treanor: I will substitute teach at WKMG
    Danny Treanor fans can be thankful that substitute teaching didn't work out for him. It's one reason the veteran meteorologist will return to the air next month on a freelance basis for WKMG-Channel 6. "Substitute teaching wasn't as rewarding as I...
  • WKMG names Lisa Bell evening anchor

    WKMG names Lisa Bell evening anchor
    Lisa Bell will succeed Lauren Rowe as evening anchor at WKMG-Channel 6, the CBS affiliate announced Monday. "I am pleased to announce that we have promoted Lisa Bell to be our new evening anchor at WKMG Local 6," Skip Valet, WKMG's vice president and...
  • George Zimmerman: F-bomb opens trial

    George Zimmerman: F-bomb opens trial
    UPDATED: The f-bomb cropped up with eye-opening frequency Monday as local television stations went to wall-to-wall coverage of the George Zimmerman trial. “There were more f-bombs than in ‘Scarface,’” WOFL-Channel 35 anchor Bob...
  • George Zimmerman trial: Where's WKMG-Channel 6's Tony Pipitone?

    George Zimmerman trial: Where's WKMG-Channel 6's Tony Pipitone?
    UPDATED: Viewers of the George Zimmerman trial were wondering Friday why WKMG-Channel 6's Tony Pipitone wasn't in the courtroom. Veteran reporter Pipitone has been a familiar presence in the court, and he has won many fans with his insights from the...
  • Super Bowl: WKMG plans two weekend specials

     
    The network broadcasting the Super Bowl each year enjoys a tremendous lift, and the network's affiliates do as well. CBS has the big game this year on Sunday, and CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 will offer two locals specials this weekend. David Pingalore,...
  • WKMG to add Live Well Network in spring

     
    WKMG-Channel 6 will add the Live Well Network later this year on its 6.3 digital subchannel. There's no firm launch date yet, but WKMG expects to be broadcasting Live Well by early spring, General Manager Skip Valet said. The network offers such...
  • Jacqueline London headed to anchor in Philadelphia

     
    Jacqueline London has been off the air since June 2010, but she has landed on her feet. The former anchor at WKMG-Channel 6 will start later this month as an early evening anchor at WCAU, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Philadelphia. “It all...
  • Everyone’s a winner in February news ratings

     
    Get ready for a slew of “we're No. 1″ commercials. Orlando broadcast stations can each claim victory for news performance in the February ratings period, which ended Wednesday. The stations can crow about reaching the 25-to-54 age group, which...