WSVN reporter Kevin Ozebek is usually seen on afternoons and evenings, he also gets to play on the anchor desk from time to time when one of the anchors has the day off. Last weekend Kevin got to substitute for Jeff Lennox on Saturday morning, which meant he had to wake up at some ungodly hour and try to keep himself awake for the next several hours of Today in Florida. Before the show he posted this video on Facebook showing viewers how he stays awake and alert during the newscasts, and naturally it involves a big dose of caffeine.
For those of you keeping score, that’s over 300mg of caffeine
Several tipsters tell SFLTV that WSVN is in the process of revamping the newsplex which is now in its fifth year since its last renovation that took place back in 2009 before the station went HD.
We have scant details to go buy, and information is conflicting, but the prevailing info we hear is that the revamp will be mostly cosmetic, similar to what Sunbeam did with its other station in Boston, WHDH, which just received a barely noticeable refresh with a darker red duratrans strip and some more monitors as backdrops on the second floor that quite honestly don’t look that impressive.
We’re kind of sad to report that there is a possibility the big wall of old CRT televisions, which have been there literally since the 1990s, will finally give way to big flat screens that will use software to simulate the tiny wall of TVs we’ve become used to seeing behind the anchors. After the WHDH newsplex revamp took place their morning newscasts have featured clouds on the monitor wall (pic below) which to be quite honest we’re not big fans of but we’ll have to wait and see what they come up with down here.
Right now our best guess for when the changes will take place is maybe aroud September, or in time for November sweeps at the latest.
WSVN really loves virtual sets. The new hurricane virtual set went live just in time for Arthur’s arrival. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the old weather set with a giant circle 7 on the floor and lots of moving elements.
We’d like to see them render the 7 different. Right now I wonder whether Phil Ferro would trip or not
So WPLG is finally getting that new set SFLTV first told you about in December. After today’s newscasts are over the current set will be hauled away into the dumpster to make way for what’s coming.
As we reported back in December rumor has it the new set will be an open newsroom, serving as the backdrop for the news anchors, that would look similar to the current WPBF set or some sort of a mash-up between the WPBF set and what WSVN’s newsplex used to look like circa 2001-2005. We don’t have to wait long to see whether that’s all true but we’d like to see Channel 10 finally make use of that giant space they’ve been inhabiting.
The new set should make its debut sometime in July
Update: Bob Leider will go part-time after September 1st as a consultant
A few minutes ago WSVN employees were told long-time WSVN general manager Bob Leider will be retiring effective September 1st.
WHDH General Manager Chris Wayland will be moving to Miami to take over