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WFTX-TV
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Cape Coral / Fort Myers /
Naples, Florida
City of license Cape Coral
Branding Fox 4
Slogan Fox 4 In Your Corner
Channels Digital: 35 (UHF)
Subchannels 36.1 Fox
36.2 LATV
Owner Journal Broadcast Group
First air date October 14, 1985
Call letters’ meaning variation of WFTS
Former channel number(s) Analog:
36 (UHF, 1985-2009)
Transmitter Power 930 kW
Height 404 m
Facility ID 70649
Transmitter Coordinates 26°47′42″N 81°48′5″W / 26.795°N 81.80139°W / 26.795; -81.80139
Website fox4now.com

WFTX-TV is the Fox-affiliated television station for Southwest Florida that is licensed to Cape Coral. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 35 from a transmitter north of Fort Myers Shores near the Lee and Charlotte County line. Owned by the Journal Broadcast Group, the station has studios on Southwest Pine Island Road in Cape Coral. WFTX is seen on Comcast channel 4 hence the on-air branding Fox 4. Syndicated programming on the station includes: The Office, Friends, Seinfeld, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

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History

They began broadcasting on October 14, 1985 as an independent station owned-and-operated by Family Group Broadcasting. That company was the previous owner of Fox affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa. It officially became a charter Fox affiliate on October 9, 1986. Family Group Broadcasting would soon sell the station to Wabash Valley Broadcasting of Terre Haute, Indiana by the end of the 1980s. This company also owned WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, and in the mid-1990s, some newscast elements on WFTX resembled WTHI specifically voice-over work and one of the anchors who was brought over from that station. It would change hands again in 1997 when Emmis Communications purchased the assets of Wabash Valley Broadcasting.

Emmis would continue to own the station until August 2005 when WFTX and two of their other stations were sold to Journal Communications as a part of Emmis' departure from television ownership. In 2005, this channel introduced a new logo known as the "big red 4" that is similar to the "big red 7" used at Fox affiliate WSVN. On March 2007, they redesigned their website with a new look and began offering more interactive news to viewers. As of February 17, 2009, WFTX was the only major broadcast station in the area airing in analog. It waited until June 12 to switch to digital-only broadcasting.

News operation

Their nightly 10 o'clock news open.

After the sale to the Journal Broadcast Group, WFTX redesigned its entire news department. This included an overhaul of graphics, theme music, voice talent, imitating WSVN in Miami, FL.

Eventually, a weekday morning newscast seen from 5 to 9 (known as Fox 4 News Rising) was added but due to lack of viewership it was eventually cut back to two hours from 6 to 8. WFTX launched a weeknight 11 o'clock broadcast (called Fox 4 News Tracker at 11). In August 2006, MyNetworkTV affiliate "WNFM" announced that it would begin airing a nightly prime time show produced by ABC affiliate WZVN-TV. On March 26, 2007 this was followed by CBS affiliate WINK-TV starting a nightly 10 o'clock show on CW affiliate WXCW.

Starting on August 13, WFTX began producing a lifestyle and entertainment magazine program called Fox 4 Morning Blend, a program which was adapted from Journal flagship station WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee's original Morning Blend. Airing weekday mornings at 8 from a secondary set, it is hosted by long-time Home Shopping Network personality Tracy Edwards. She was recently joined by Bill Wood, formerly of the Food Network, who had been serving as the weekday morning feature reporter. On September 17, longtime weeknight co-anchor Krista Fogelsong left WFTX in a much publicized departure to pursue other interests. Weekday morning co-anchor and Cape Coral native Amy Wigmann moved to the weeknight broadcasts to fill the vacancy.

Fox 4 News at 10 now competes head to head with WXCW's "WINK News at 10". In addition to their main studios, they also operate a Collier County Bureau on Tamiami Trail North (a.k.a. U.S. 41) in Naples. There is currently no sports department.

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Station slogans

  • "The Fastest Growing Newscast in Florida" (1998-2002)
  • "This is Your News" (2002-2005)
  • "Southwest Florida's News Source" (2005-2007)
  • "Fox 4 In Your Corner" (2007-present)

News team

During local news they display their "big red 4" logo.

Anchors

  • Amy Sedlacek - weekday mornings
  • Patrick Nolan - weeknights
  • Amy Wigmann - weeknights and consumer advocate
  • Tyisha Fernandes - weekends and reporter
    • fill-in anchor
  • Tracey Edwards - Fox 4 Morning Blend host
  • Bill Wood - Fox 4 Morning Blend host

Weather

  • Jim Syoen - weeknights
  • Kira Miner - weekday mornings
  • TBD - weekends

Reporters

  • Marisa Mendelson - troubleshooter investigator
  • Christina Bailey
  • Rob Koebel
  • Pooja Lodhia

Former personalities

Anchors

  • Krista Fogelsong - weeknights
  • Jennifer Crawford - weeknights
  • Jenny Rizzo - weeknights (now at WKBW)
  • Rosemary Conners - weekends and reporter
  • Beth Shelburne - now at NECN
  • Michelle Tuzee - now at KABC-TV
  • Scott Mairn - sports
  • Len Jennings - sports (now at WZVN-TV)

Weather

  • Chip McAfee - Chief seen weeknights
  • Dave Roberts - Chief seen weeknights
  • Tom Johnston - Chief seen weeknights
  • Sabrina Fein - weekday mornings (now at WOFL)
  • Tom Chisholm - now at WMTW
  • Darren Sweeney - now at WVIT
  • Jeffrey Prier
  • Jeff Robbins

Reporters

  • Joesph Arias
  • Justine Waldman - Collier County Bureau and fill-in anchor - now at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.
  • Pete Scovill - investigative
  • Shannon Mulaire - now at WTVT
  • Erica Pitzi - now at WTSP-TV
  • Sean Michael Thomas - now at Russia Today
  • Doug Magditch - now at KSPR
  • Renee Stoll - now at WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL
  • Rosemary Connors - now at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.
  • Fallon Silcox

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