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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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  • ‘Family Feud’ to carry Orlando plug to 90 percent of country

     
    When the shot-in-Orlando “Family Feud” reaches the air Monday, the game show will be seen in 175 markets — more than 90 percent of the country. “Feud” relocated to Universal Orlando to accommodate new host Steve Harvey, who....
  • John Travolta helps Oprah Winfrey open first show of final season

     
    The season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is cloaked in mystery. But we know this much: John Travolta helps Lady O open the first episode of her 25th and final season. The episode airs at 4 p.m. Monday on WFTV-Ch. 9. “You still...
  • Oprah Winfrey to take 300 fans to Australia

     
    Oprah Winfrey is going Down Under, and she is taking 300 fans with her. That's the big surprise that Lady O will spring on viewers on today's season premiere. You can catch it at 4 p.m. on WFTV-Ch. 9. The 300 fans will get an eight-day, seven-night trip,...
  • Oprah Winfrey to explore Wynonna Judd’s surviving ‘ultimate betrayal’

     
    I can't tell you a lot about Oprah Winfrey's season premiere today. We do know that John Travolta will help her open the first show of the final season for “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” The Winfrey promotional machine is sharing more detail...
  • Casey Anthony: Are new lawyers a big deal or not?

     
    Casey Anthony's new attorneys gave the TV analysts something to talk about tonight. And the analysts had different takes on what these lawyers mean to the case. WFTV-Ch. 9's Bill Sheaffer said the additions wouldn't be a big deal. ̶...
  • WFTV has no plans to offer news at 4:30 a.m.; what do viewers want?

     
    WESH-Ch. 2 is there. WOFL-Ch. 35 is there. But WFTV-Ch. 9 isn't itching to join them in offering news at 4:30 a.m. weekdays. “It's not something I'm doing this fall,” WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt said today. “Traffic is worse in...
  • Casey Anthony: Does it help that her new lawyer doesn’t own a TV?

     
    The new attorneys on Casey Anthony's team were the top story today on noon broadcasts of WFTV-Ch. 9, WKMG-Ch. 6 and WESH-Ch. 2. That probably won't matter to one of the attorneys: Dorothy Clay Sims of Ocala revealed that she hasn't owned a television...
  • Oprah Winfrey to interview Discovery Channel hostages and parents of Kyron Horman

     
    Oprah Winfrey will turn to the headlines on Thursday's show. She will interview the parents of missing Kyron Horman. Desiree Young and Kain Horman will be in the studio to talk about their son, who has been missing since early June. Kyron's 8th birthday...
  • Casey Anthony: Pen pal Robyn Adams to be questioned in defamation case

     
    WESH-Ch. 2 anchor Jim Payne called it “the first big development we've had in this case in months.” He was referring to news that attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez will interview Robyn Adams, a former  jail pen pal of Casey Anthony. “...
  • Oprah Winfrey repeatedly thrills Ormond Beach fan

     
    An Ormond Beach woman can thank Oprah Winfrey for a recent string of surprises: a flight to Boston, a road trip to Chicago, a visit on Winfrey's season premiere and an upcoming trip to Australia. Linda Sullo, 59, enjoyed another benefit at the show's...
  • Does ‘Freedom’ need Oprah Winfrey’s push?

     
    Oprah Winfrey will announce her latest selection for her book club on Friday's show. The Associated Press, quoting three booksellers, says that book is Jonathan Franzen's “Freedom.” Is it nice to upstage Lady O? We'll see how she reacts. In...
  • As predicted, Oprah Winfrey chooses ‘Freedom’ for Oprah’s Book Club

     
    Oprah Winfrey wants you to read “Freedom.” As predicted, Lady O has chosen Jonathan Franzen's novel for her book club. You can see the announcement at 4 p.m. today on WFTV-Ch. 9. Winfrey also turns book critic: “From the very first...