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
Longtime WPLG meteorologist Walt Cronise passed away at his home in Jacksonville on September 20. After a 25 year career forecasting the weather in the Navy, and a stint with the Hurricane Hunters, he joined WPLG in 1968 as a freelance weather forecaster when the station was still known as WLBW. Just a year later they promoted him to chief meteorologist.
Known to many as Uncle Walt, viewers knew him for his sharp forecasting skills, and for those oft promoted “fearless forecasts… rain or shine”. The bow tie was his symbol, earning him the nickname “The bow tie weather guy”, as were those pet names he gave thunderstorms – like toad stranglers, and swimming pool fillers. Through the years Cronise worked alongside legendary Ann Bishop, and later Dwight Lauderdale until he retired in December 1992.
Walt Cronise is survived by his wife Dorothy, five children, seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. The family asks memorials in his name to be sent to Wounded Warrior Project or the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Relief
WPLG aired a nice tribute this evening, here’s the video:
Ten years ago comedienne Joan Rivers took a ride in the 10 Taxi, one of our favorite features on Local 10 back then. Rivers was in town for a special event, she was being inducted on the Jackie Gleason theater walk of stars, and in between went for a ride in the Marathon checker cab with reporter Todd Tongen at the wheel. She talked about her act, cracked some jokes, and shared her secret to success.
We’d love to see Channel 10 post the unedited version of this
Sources tell SFLTV that WPLG anchor/reporter Jen Herrera and meteorologist Roland Steadham are on their way out! Allegedly, the station has decided not to renew Herrera’s contract, and Steadham got replaced by recent hire Jennifer Correa after just a year at WPLG, he joined Local 10 in August 2013.
One source told us “It feels like no one is safe” with Herrera getting bounced after eleven years at the station. She joined Local 10 in May 2003 as a reporter but it was her internship at WPLG when she was 18 years old that got her excited about a career in the news business. She’s also a South Florida native and a graduate from Florida State University.
We should note that Herrera’s former co-anchor partner Jason Martinez left Local 10 the same way. First they moved him from the morning desk to reporter then eventually he faded out.
WPLG Local 10 management has been on a roll lately as they look to improve ratings even though in 2013 WPLG brought in a little over $71 million dollars in revenue, second only to WSVN if you don’t consider WTVJ and WSCV together.
You’ll be seeing a new face on Local 10 soon. Jennifer Correa will be joining the Local 10 weather team. She comes straight out of AccuWeather where she worked until a couple of weeks ago. Correa is a South Florida native and graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science, Meteorology. AccuWeather is her first broadcast meteorology job, she joined the network in 2012.
She also likes bodybuilding, and placed third at the 2011 NPC Miami Classic
Look for Jennifer Correa to make her on-air début on Local 10 during this week! You can also follow her on twitter @JenniferLocal10