WPLG is getting in on the help-a-viewer wagon with a new segment named ‘Call Christina’. The new feature segment is very similar to WSVN’s Help Me Howard – it would be headlined by Local 10 reporter, and Miami native, Christina Vasquez. Local attorney Aldo Leiva will give the legal advice to viewers who seek help with a problem.
It isn’t too surprising to see them do this though. After all the station’s GM worked at WSVN, and SFLTV reported Emily Barr, President of WPLG’s former parent company, wanted the station to be more like 7. In recent months we’ve seen it happen in many ways, from the flashier graphics, and more dramatic presentation, to things like Julie Durda’s virtual weather set that features a huge Channel 10 logo under her feet, and the addition of a 4pm newscast. Call Christina is also somewhat of a return to the days when WPLG was “Your Problem Solvers Station”.
Call Christina is set to air Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm
Check out the promo.
After 14 years covering sports for WFOR, sports anchor Kim Bokamper is calling it quits. The former Dolphins player says he’s retiring from the TV biz to spend more time with his daughters, and to take some time to travel and see the world.
In an announcement released by the station, Bokamper says “I will miss the people that I’ve worked with in the sports community, I’ll also miss the excitement of covering the sports scene here in South Florida, which has been such a big part of my life for as long as I can remember.”
Bokamper has covered sports for WFOR since 2000 when he joined as the Sunday through Thursday sports anchor for the 5, 6, and 11 pm newscasts. He is the second high-profile sportscaster in Miami to retire, NBC 6 sports director Joe Rose is set to sign off from WTVJ this month.
Bokamper’s last day at WFOR will be sometime in January.
Add WTVJ reporter Gilma Avalos to the list of those moving out and on to bigger and better things. She’s now with Dallas CBS-owned KTVT which hired her as their new weekend morning anchor and weekday reporter. A native of South Florida Avalos joined NBC 6 three years ago as reporter from News 12 New York.
In a Facebook post Avalos announced her move and thanked viewers for their trust and support.
Big News! After 3 great years in South Florida, I’m heading to the Lone Star State for an exciting opportunity! I’ll be joining the CBS11 team in Dallas-Fort Worth as an anchor and reporter.
Thank you for your trust and support. I am so lucky to have worked in my hometown alongside very kind and talented colleagues. This isn’t goodbye, I’ll be visiting often! Hope you’ll follow me on my journey.
Jennifer Bisram left her reporting job at WSVN a couple weeks ago, and now we know where she moved to! At another circle seven station. Bisram is now a weekday morning reporter at WXYZ, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Detroit. Bisram had a rather short stint at WSVN having joined 7News in May 2013 from Orlando FOX affiliate WOFL.
Jennifer Bisram also became a published author recently. Her children’s book got published in August. It’s titled First Day of School: Do You Want To Be My Friend? and focuses on getting past the anxiety of the first day of school.
It’s that time of the year again, the Suncoast Emmy Awards are upon us. Recently the chapter announced nominees and as usual we tallied up the nominations. In total South Florida stations and media grabbed 156 nominations this year with WFOR, Telemundo 51, and WJAN leading the pack with 22, 23, and 24 nominations. In Palm Beach WPEC and WPBF have nomination vying for an Emmy statue as well.
The award ceremony will be held on December 13th at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa.
WFOR – 22
WTVJ – 10
WSVN – 3
WPLG – 9
WSCV – 23
WLTV – 7
WJAN – 24
WSFL – 3
WBFS – 2
WLRN – 3
WPTB – 5
WSBS – 1
Becon – 1
WDFL Mira TV – 2
Sun Sentinel – 1
Miami Dolphins – 4
Miami Heat – 14
Sun Sports – 14
Royal Palm Films – 2
Common Machine Prod. – 1
Armenoid Productions – 1
Miami-Dade TV – 1
Sportman’s Adventures – 1
Television Marti – 2
Palm Beach Stations
WPTV – 14
WPEC – 2
WPBF – 1
You can see the complete list of nominees here [PDF]