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Former WSVN Meteorologist Found Dead in Maine

Former WSVN Meteorologist Found Dead in Maine

Tom Johnston, former WSVN meteorologist, was found dead last night in Maine after being reported missing on Monday when he failed to return from a Portland, Maine event. Police reportedly found his body last night. He was 46.

Johnston worked for a couple years at WSVN from 2003 until 2005. Most recently he had been the chief meteorologist at WCSH the NBC station in Portland, Maine since 2014.

Last night Portland, Maine Deputy Police Chief Jason Moen told the press “Any suspicion of foul play has been ruled out and the investigation is focused on an apparent suicide.”

I’m still processing this because we bantered a bit on Twitter just a few days ago and Tom was the usual funny, sarcastic TJThunder we all knew and liked. It just goes to show that we never know what someone might be going through.

Condolences to his family, and those of you who knew him.

Sheli Muniz Takes Over WTVJ Morning News for Pam Giganti

Sheli Muniz Takes Over WTVJ Morning News for Pam Giganti

Sheli Muniz is the new face NBC 6 Today in South Florida viewers will wake up to very soon. She was named Pam Giganti’s replacement by NBC 6 VP of News Migdalia Figueroa. Muniz comes to South Florida from WKMG in Orlando where she anchored and reported for the past three years.

Muniz isn’t a total stranger to South Florida, she was briefly an assignment editor at WPEC five years ago before starting her career as anchor/reporter at WUFT in Gainesville. Then continuing at WRDW in Augusta, Georgia where she won Georgia AP Broadcast award for Feature Reporting, and a Georgia Association of Broadcasters Merit award for Best News Story. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and News from the University of Florida.

Watch for Sheli Muniz on WTVJ NBC6 starting December 16. You can also follow her on Twitter @SheliMuniz



MIRAMAR, Fla. – December 7, 2015 – NBC 6 South Florida / WTVJ today announced that Sheli Muniz has been named News Anchor for NBC 6 News at 4:30 AM and at 11 AM. Muniz, who worked at WKMG, the CBS affiliate in Orlando from December 2012 until recently, is an award-winning bilingual journalist who has experience working across various parts of the state, including South Florida.


Muniz will join a dynamic and enterprising team of journalists that help viewers across South Florida start their day by providing the latest breaking news, up-to-the-minute weather forecasts and local traffic reports. Muniz succeeds longtime NBC 6 News Anchor Pam Giganti, who is retiring from broadcast television at the end of December.


“Pam is a veteran newswoman who has been an integral part of the NBC 6 family for 14 years and who has made countless contributions along the way. We wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement,” said Migdalia Figueroa, Vice President of News, NBC 6. “We are thrilled that Sheli is joining our news team and are certain that our viewers will embrace the passion she brings to reporting the news, never shying away from asking the tough questions, to ensure viewers are receiving the latest and most relevant news and information.”


Muniz, who will start as a News Anchor with NBC 6 on December 16 and is scheduled to be on-air later the same month, joins NBC 6 after working as an Anchor and Reporter for WKMG, the CBS affiliate in Orlando, for three years. Previously, Muniz worked at WRDW, the CBS affiliate in Augusta, Georgia, from 2011 to 2012. Prior to this, Muniz worked as an Anchor, Entertainment Reporter, Web Producer and Assignment Editor at various Florida television and radio stations, including WPEC, the CBS affiliate in Palm Beach; WUFT, the PBS affiliate in Gainesville, and WRUF-AM, the CBS radio station in Gainesville. She began her career in the broadcast industry as an Intern for CBS News’ The Early Show in New York City.


Muniz has won numerous awards for her journalism, including a Georgia AP Broadcasters Award for “Best Feature Reporting” for her report titled, “Bodies of Science.” The Georgia Association of Broadcasters also presented her with a “Gabby Merit Award” in the “Best News Story” category for her news story, “Serial Rapist.”


Muniz earned a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and News from the University of Florida.

Pam Giganti Retires from WTVJ

Pam Giganti Retires from WTVJ

She’s not of retirement age yet but WTVJ morning anchor Pam Giganti is moving on and out of the news business, at least as far as WTVJ is concerned. Giganti is retiring from the station after 14 years as a morning anchor with her last day on-air just a couple weeks away!

“Pam is a veteran newswoman who has been an integral part of the NBC 6 family for 14 years and who has made countless contributions along the way. We wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement,” said Migdalia Figueroa, Vice President of News, NBC 6.

Giganti anchored the morning news on WTVJ for 14 years, she joined the station in 2001. Prior to that Pam Giganti arrived in South Florida as an anchor of WSVN’s 7News, in 1996 the station promoted her to co-anchor of 7News at 5pm along with Rick Sanchez, and 7News at 6:30pm with Lynn Martinez.

Surprising but may not a totally unexpected development, what with Jawan Strader suddenly being moved to anchor evenings with Jackie Nespral when the morning audience really seemed to like him and Pam together.



2015 Suncoast Emmy Awards

2015 Suncoast Emmy Awards

The 39th annual Suncoast Emmy Awards are being held tonight at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale where nominees in 55 categories will vie for the golden statuette. In total, South Florida TV and media production companies grabbed 153 nominations with WSCV leading with 29 nominations, followed by Sun Sports with 24.

And unlike previous years, the Palm Beach market has some competition with both WPTV and WPBF each getting 9 nominations in various categories, and WPEC with two.

You can see the full list right here

Miami/Fort Lauderdale Market

WPBT – 6 nominations
WFOR – 15 nominations
WTVJ – 16 nominations
WSVN – 4 nominations
WPLG – 9 nominations
WLRN – 7 nominations
WSCV – 29 nominations
WLTV – 12 nominations
WSFL – 5 nominations
Sun Sports – 24 nominations
Miami Dolphins – 6 nominations

Palm Beach Market

WPTV – 9 nominations
WPEC – 2 nominations
WPBF – 9 nominations



WPLG: Those fake twitter followers were ‘an experiment’

WPLG: Those fake twitter followers were ‘an experiment’

There weeks after SFLTV discovered and documented in detail WPLG’s sudden and explosive growth in Twitter followers, last night during the 11pm newscast the station aired a story titled ‘Paying to be popular’,  telling viewers they were in fact buying Twitter followers for @WPLGLocal10 but it was just a test. For their on air story.

They basically told viewers everyone’s buying, or implied they had, fake Twitter followers, which is true, ghost accounts are constantly following @sfltv and @sfltvbossman so you get them whether you want to or not.

We noticed as their social media expert talked about trust, WPLG strategically flashed it’s logo on screen, which I thought was interesting.

At the end of the story, Janine Stanwood claimed she was going to start the process of getting rid of the phoney followers, and viewers probably believed her but if you look closely or appears all she did was log out of an account. As of 8:12am @WPLGLocal10 still has 123k followers.

So all of this begs the question, what was the point of this test when WPLG devoted most of the story time to talking about celebs having fake followers, their social media expert, and the celeb reporter lady?

If it was a test, why add 90,000+ followers? Why stop briefly at 80,000 then continue again?

Why, during the #lovelocal10 campaign in September (when by the way they hardly gained any followers at all) did WPLG repeatedly use on-air graphics showing their twitter follower count as 120k when in reality it was around 30,000?

Are you buying what they’re selling or did WPLG just dug themselves in deeper?