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Julie Durda WPLG Local 10 News

WPLG morning meteorologist Julie Durda will be throwing the first pitch at the Marlins vs Mariners game on Saturday. Yesterday she spent some time at Marlins Park with team pitcher AJ Ramos getting tips on what to do to get ready for her big day.

And well, a girl who can pull a Smart cart by rope and flip a huge tracktor tire, can probably throw little a ball. Guess we’ll find out on Saturday at 7pm.

Julie Durda WPLG Local 10

Photo: StupidGymShit.com

Tix for the game are still available

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Miami TV Stations

The Sun Sentinel’s Johnny Diaz has the usual Nielsen ratings recap for the most watched shows in South Florida, but this time there’s something many of you ask often about – newscast ratings.

The numbers are for total viewers and for just one week, but they offer a glimpse at what the current trend is like. No surprise that Spanish stations are on top, with WSCV in particular performing very strong compared to its closest English language competitor. At 6pm and 11pm Telemundo 51 had twice the viewers of WPLG.

Channel 10 which doesn’t seem to do so well when it comes to the money demo, ends up number one at 6 and 11pm among English language stations. Seeing WTVJ place last 6pm was a surprise but they do well where it counts.

All in all it looks like station managers have their work cut out for them. We have a very fractured TV market, and the viewer pool (at least on the English-language side) seems to be shrinking compared to years past.  If my calculations are correct roughly 409,000 households or 24% watch news at 6pm and 11pm.

You can check this post to see how the English stations rank in the 25-54 money demo.

6 p.m.
WSCV-Telemundo 114,000 total viewers
WLTV-Univision 96,000
WPLG-ABC 59,000
WSVN-FOX 55,000
WFOR-CBS 45,000
WTVJ-NBC 40,000

10 p.m.
WSVN 73,000

11 p.m.
WSCV-Telemundo 119,000
WLTV-Univision 94,000
WPLG-ABC 59,000
WTVJ-NBC 56,000
WFOR-CBS 47,000
WSVN-FOX 47,000

Check out more ratings at Sun Sentinel’s website ‘Game of Thrones,’ Heat and ‘The Voice’ fire up S. Florida TV ratings

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WPLG Local 10 News Viagra Flavored Ice Cream

Channel 10′s producers chose a funny way to highlight the viagra ice cream story.

As the story goes, a British ice cream maker created a flavor they call ‘Arousal’ that includes 25mg of Viagra per scoop, and champagne as its key ingredient.

But it won’t be for sale, sorry. The flavor was a custom order by an a-list celeb who made the ice cream parlor sign a draconian non-disclosure agreement.

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WPLG gave away iPads, and vacations for Facebook likes. WTVJ quickly followed suit with daily iPad giveaways of their own. Now WFOR, which lags way behind every Miami station in Facebook popularity, are upping the ante by offering a brand new Audi A3 to one lucky person who likes the station’s Facebook page.

But there is a caveat

The contest is open to viewers in the viewing areas of all 14 CBS-owned stations in huge television markets like New York City and Los Angeles, so the odds of winning are quite high. And then there’s that contest rule 5 b. which states the winner gives up rights to their likeness to CBS in perpetuity

b.Participation in the Sweepstakes and/or acceptance of the prize (s) constitutes entrant’s and/or winner’s (and guest’s, if applicable) permission for the Stations or its agents to interview the winner(s) (or guest(s), if applicable), to photograph, film, and record each winner (or guest, if applicable), and to use in commerce and in any media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, his/her name, prize won, hometown (city and state), biographic information, likeness, photograph, audio or video recording, and/or any statements made by him/her regarding the Stations and/or the Sweepstakes, for purposes of trade, publicity, or Sweepstakes without notice or additional compensation, notification, or permission, except where prohibited by law.Each winner (and guest, if applicable) agrees to sign a publicity release confirming such consent prior to acceptance of the prize, except where prohibited by law.

Lackluster ratings aside, Channel 4 has lagged behind most local news stations in Facebook likes, and Twitter followers too. As of this writing  39,316 have liked the station’s page, while WSVN for example sits a 74,336 likes without giveaways, WTVJ has 80,945, and WPLG is the most liked South Florida television station on Facebook with 116,000.

Of course those Facebook page likes, other than bragging rights, might not mean much anymore. News got out recently that Facebook has plans to limit the exposure page posts get to just 1-4% of a page’s followers. If brands want more exposure they’ll have to pay extra, like news feed ads the social network released not long ago.

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Christina Vasquez Local 10 Reporter Hit in the Face

Local 10 reporter Christina Vasquez got hit in the face while out covering the story of that 10-year old boy who stole a relative’s car because he didn’t want to go to school.

Vasquez was at the boy’s home looking for someone to talk to, when she approached the front door of the home there was a woman who, on the way in, hit Vasquez in the face.
Vasquez handled the treatment with grace and stayed composed, even asking the woman if she would still like to talk.

Christina Vasquez says she hasn’t decided whether she would press charges, but that she would like to show the video of the incident to the police department hoping Miami-Dade County juvenile services would see it.