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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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  • January ratings: WFTV, Martie Salt can laugh

    January ratings: WFTV, Martie Salt can laugh
    Jimmy Kimmel made fun of WFTV-Channel 9 anchor Martie Salt's name on national television Wednesday, but she is laughing today. Salt and WFTV were victorious in the January ratings released Thursday. Evidently, a little Salt goes a long way. In the 25-...
  • WFTV gets most December ratings gifts

    WFTV gets most December ratings gifts
    Fans of photo finishes, please take note: WESH-Channel 2 edged WFTV-Channel 9 at 4 p.m. in the December ratings. Otherwise, it was a familiar story as ABC affiliate WFTV won nearly every other news time slot for the ratings period, which ended...
  • Football jolts ratings; tight 11 p.m. race

    Football jolts ratings; tight 11 p.m. race
    The NFL was very good to Central Florida stations in September. NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2 was tops in prime time, behind four NFL games and "America's Got Talent." CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6, with  Thursday NFL games and "Big Brother," ranked...
  • Blake Bortles' dad talks to WKMG

    UPDATED: The lineup in local public-affairs programming this weekend: Rob Bortles, father of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, talks to host Matt Austin on "Flashpoint" at 8 a.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6. WKMG will air the Pittsburgh at...
  • Jessica Sanchez leaving WKMG: 'Not bad news'

    Jessica Sanchez leaving WKMG: 'Not bad news'
    UPDATED: Traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez, who waged a very public fight against cancer, is leaving WKMG-Channel 6 on Friday. "I'm doing better and better," Sanchez, 34, told the Sentinel Thursday afternoon. "I think my recovery has been slower than I...
  • WKMG: What's up with morning talent

    WKMG: What's up with morning talent
    Traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez departed WKMG-Channel 6 last week, and you'll see the station using people in new ways on the morning news. "Julie Broughton is our new Monday-through-Friday traffic anchor," WKMG General Manager Skip Valet said...
  • October ratings: WFTV out in front

    October ratings: WFTV out in front
    The October ratings story is kind of boring because it's familiar: WFTV-Channel 9 was the big winner. Of course, it's not boring to WFTV, which will happily promote its success. You have been warned. The ABC affiliate ranked first with the 25-to-54...
  • 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...