I love my second home market, Orlando. And now, there’s an expansion happening between WESH 2 and WKCF 18 with one common thing in mind… its gonna be nightly.
Starting Monday January 4th, 2016, WESH 2 will expand its nightly 10:00pm half-hour newscast over on sister station WKCF 18 to a full-hour. The expanded weeknight edition of WESH 2 News at 10:00 on CW 18 will be anchored by Stewart Moore and Angela Taylor (who came to the station months ago from KHBS 40/KHOG 29 in Ft. Smith/Fayetteville/Rogers – Northwest Arkansas) with WESH 2 First Alert Weather from AMS-CBM & NWA/Sealed Chief Meteorologist Tony Mainolfi (a WESH 2 veteran himself who took over the Chief Meteorologist reins from long-time and legendary WESH 2 and Central Florida meteorologist Dave Marsh when he retired in 2006).
WESH 2 and WKCF 18’s President and GM, Jim Carter:
“We’re always looking for new ways to meet the needs of Central Florida news viewers with our unique ‘Live. Local. Late Breaking.’ brand of news and weather coverage. We believe this additional 30 minutes of news per day delivered by Stewart Moore and Angela Taylor will be a great addition to the more than 50 hours of local news programming we produce each week. As Central Florida continues to grow and expand, so does our commitment to providing viewers important local news and information options on all platforms.”
With this comes changes in anchor personnel:
- Brett Connolly and Jazmin Walker will anchor WESH 2 News Sunrise on CW 18 from 7:00-9:00am. They will also report for WESH 2 News Sunrise from 4:30-7:00am (in which the latter two hours is simulcast on WKCF 18). Walker comes from weekend mornings.
- Meredith McDonough and Summer Knowles will team up to anchor the hour-long WESH 2 News – First at 4:00. Knowles comes from weekend evenings.
At the end of the day, this is what the new anchoring lineup will be on both WESH 2 and WKCF 18:
- WESH 2 News Sunrise from 4:30-7:00am: Jason Guy and Michelle Imperato
- WESH 2 News Sunrise on CW 18 from 7:00-9:00am: Brett Connolly and Jazmin Walker
- WESH 2 News – First at 4:00 from 4:00-5:00pm: Meredith McDonough and Summer Knowles
- WESH 2 News at 5:00: Jim Payne and Angela Taylor
- WESH 2 News at 5:30: Taylor and Moore
- WESH 2 News at 6:00: Payne and McDonough
- WESH 2 News at 10:00 on CW 18 from 10:00-11:00pm: Taylor and Moore
- WESH 2 News at 11:00: Payne and McDonough
According to The Orlando Sentinel:
The changes mean higher-profile jobs for three African-American anchors: Moore, Knowles and Walker. Moore has worked mornings, Walker has been on weekend mornings, and Knowles has anchored weekend evenings.
WESH 2’s President and GM, Jim Carter, on the changes relating to talent:
“We have bench strength — our cup runneth over. A year ago, we really embarked on expanding the size of our anchor talent. They’ve all done tremendous work. We’re finding places for people. We’re fortunate. Jim and Meredith are still a high priority. Jason and Michelle are in the morning as well. What this allows us to do is cover news better. We’ll have a lot of people available to work on breaking news as it happens. In the morning, we’ll have four anchors.”
In other changes, Adrian Whitsett will anchor solo on weekend evenings (6:00, the expanded 10:00 on WKCF 18 and 11:00pm) and the weekend morning position will be filled later.
WESH 2’s News Director, Kirsten Wolff:
“WESH 2 News produces over 55 hours of news a week. We are delighted to have so many experienced and talented people in our newsroom that can fill many different roles. Moore has done a great job covering big stories, Walker has done a wonderful job anchoring weekend mornings and Knowles will be a great addition on the 4 p.m. newscast.”
So at the end of the day, so much exciting changes and more news are happening on my second home market, Orlando and Central Florida. I love this news!