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Ft. Myers Station Gains Three New Reporters

In ABC, CBS, Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, Hirings on May 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

Stephanie Susskind (Courtesy: WINK-TV)

Three reporters have been hired for CBS affiliate WINK-TV in the Ft. Myers-Naples market: Stephanie Susskind, Sarah Robarge and Kristen Skovira.

The News-Press reports Susskind has already started. She previously worked at WMAZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Macon, Ga., and is a graduate of the University of Florida.

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Legendary Weatherman Celebrates 30 Years in Southwest Florida

In CBS, Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, Weather on May 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

Jim Farrell (Courtesy: WINK-TV)

Meteorologist Jim Farrell has recently hit a bit of a milestone for those who work in television news: he’s been working in local TV for 30 years.

News-Press.com reports Farrell was originally hired at WBBH-TV in 1982 and moved to WINK-TV a decade later. He’s been there ever since and has held the position of chief meteorologist for at least the last decade.

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Ft. Myers Anchors Swap Newscasts

In CBS, Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples on April 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

WINK-TV, the CBS affiliate for the Ft. Myers-Naples market, is changing its morning and noon anchors around.

Lindsay Liepman (Courtesy: WINK-TV)

The News-Press reports morning anchor LindsayLiepman will anchor the noon newscast and report in the afternoons.

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Florida Station Launches 24-Hour News Channel

In CBS, Comcast, Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, HD on February 22, 2012 at 8:01 am

WINK News Now (2012 Logo)

After the digital conversion nationwide, many stations began to realize they could actually air additional channels in the same bandwidth offered by high-definition.

Some used that to air mostly self-contained affiliates that appeal to niche segments of the population.

But Ft. Myers, Fla., station WINK-TV has taken the initiative to launch a second channel.

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New Assistant ND Comes to 40/29 News

In ABC, Arkansas, CW, Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Hirings on February 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

KHBS/KHOG-TV

Popular blog Arkansas TV News reports Brad Ginsberg has joined KHBS/KHOG-TV as the assistant news director for the ABC/CW affiliate.

The station is located in the Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers market.

Ginsberg previously worked as an executive producer and digital executive producer at WLKY-TV in Louisville, Ky., where he helped the station’s “transition to advanced newsgathering technology,” according to a press release.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Florida’s Broadcast Television Markets

In ABC, CBS, CW, Florida, FOX, Ft. Myers-Naples, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Mobile-Pensacola, MyTV, NBC, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Panama City, Tallahassee-Thomasville, Tampa-St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce on January 26, 2011 at 5:48 am

The Sunshine State certainly has its share of TV stations/personnel. Along with California and Texas, it has more media markets than any other state in the U.S.: ten in all.

  • At the top of the list, Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota), ranked #13 from this year’s Nielsen compilation. Stations include:  WFLA (NBC), WTSP (CBS), WTVT (FOX), WFTS (ABC) and Bay News 9 (IND). Both WTVT and WFLA compete heavily for the number one newscast in the Tampa market. All major affiliates have high-definition newscasts.
  • Second in line: Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, at 16th. Stations include: WFOR (CBS), WTVJ (NBC), WSVN (FOX), WPLG (ABC) and WSFL (CW). All major affiliates’ newscasts are broadcast in high definition.
  • The state’s third Top 25-rated market is Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, at #18. Stations in this market include: WESH (NBC), WKMG (CBS), WFTV (ABC), WRDQ (IND), WOFL (FOX) and Central Florida News 13 (IND). Though heated, WFTV typically wins the ratings war in central Florida. Only WKMG’s newscasts are not in high definition, instead broadcasting in 16:9 standard definition.
  • West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce is #38 on the list, according to Nielsen. Stations in this market include: WPTV (NBC), WPEC (CBS), WPBF (ABC), WFLX (FOX), WTVX (CW) and WTCN (MyTV). WPTV regularly wins the ratings war as the highest-rated station in the market.  All stations air newscasts in high definition.
  • Jacksonville follows the list at #48, the fifth Top 50 market in the state of Florida. Stations here include: WJXT (independent), WTLV (NBC), WCWJ (CW), WJXX (ABC), WAWS (FOX) and WTEV (CBS).  WJXT has consistently been first in the ratings war since 2008. All stations have newscasts in high definition.
  • Next on the list is a market that is shared with south Alabama: Mobile-Pensacola (Ft. Walton Beach). The hyphenated market ranks 59th among Nielsen markets nationwide. Stations include: WEAR (ABC), WKRG (CBS), WALA (FOX), WPMI (NBC) WFGX (MyTV) and WFNA (CW). All stations air newscasts in high definition.
  • Slide down three spots, and you come to Ft. Myers-Naples, #62. Stations in this market include: WINK (CBS), WBBH (NBC), WZVN (ABC), WFTX (FOX) and WXCW (CW). WINK has been the dominant ratings leader in the area for decades. Only WFTX does not air newscasts in high definition.
  • Tallahassee-Thomasville shares its market with southeastern Georgia. It’s market No. 106, according to Nielsen statistics. Stations in this market include: WCTV (CBS), WSWG (MyTV), WTLF (CW), WTXL (ABC), WTWC (NBC) and WTLH (FOX). WCTV, WSWG and WTXL broadcast newscasts in high definition.
  • Panama City comes in at No. 154 in the Nielsen rankings. Stations here include: WTVY (CBS), WJHG (NBC), WMBB (ABC) and WPGX (FOX). WTVY leads the ratings war because of a larger coverage area. None of the stations in this market airs high-definition newscasts; WJHG airs newscasts in 16:9 enhanced standard definition.
  • Gainesville is the last market in Florida, at #162. Stations include: WNBW (NBC), WCJB (ABC), WMYG (MyTV), WOGX (FOX) and WGFL (CBS). WCJB leads the market in ratings. WCJB, WNBW, WGFL and WMYG have newscasts airing in high-definition; all of the newscasts are produced by the Independent News Network based in Davenport, Iowa.

(Above updated February 1, 2015)

That covers another one of several states we’ll be covering. If you work for one of these affiliates and have news about new hires, on-air graphic updates, HD overhauls, or anything that would be of interest to this local news blog, please let us know.. I’m not necessarily talking about station gossip, but that works, too. If someone uttered a profane word on-air, for example, that’d be something. Station sales, downsizing, things like that are also newsworthy. You can do so anonymously, of course, but have to prove you work for the station in question for credibility purposes by sending us an email to southtvnewser@gmail.com.