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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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Wendy Chioji returning in WKMG specials

     
    Former WESH-Channel 2 anchor Wendy Chioji is coming back to Orlando television in a big way later this month. She will start co-anchoring a series of specials on WKMG-Channel 6 that pay tribute to survivors of health crises and personal battles. The...
  • Mark McEwen returns to WKMG, focuses on Rossmeyer family

     
    Mark McEwen returns with his “McEwen's Mark” special this weekend, and he'll be back on WKMG-Channel 6, where he was once an anchor. The special premieres at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the CBS affiliate. The half-hour program focuses on Bruce...
  • WFTV wins closer ratings race in December; WESH grows

     
    WFTV-Channel 9 was easily the big winner in the November ratings race. In December, WFTV was the main victor, but some contests were mighty tight. WESH-Channel 2 came on strong in the early evening, and WKMG-Channel 6 was right behind WFTV in the 5 a.m....
  • 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...