SEBRING If New York City is too far a destination to become part of an audience for a television morning show, Sebring’s downtown circle will provide an alternative Friday.
Fox 13, WTVT-TV, will broadcast Hometown Sebring from 6 to 10 a.m. Friday live at Circle Park.
While part of the show will feature pre-taped interviews, it also will include live ones, as well as interaction with the audience.
“It’s going to be an exciting event,” said John Hoffman, news director for Fox 13.
He said the station on a regular basis visits different communities within its viewing areas and this will be first time they have broadcast live from Highlands County for a morning show.
The station has in years past broadcast live from The 12 Hours of Sebring race in March, he said.
Hoffman said that although Fox doesn’t get over very often to Sebring because of the two-hour drive, it considers the city to be a prime viewing area.
“Our Sebring viewers are very dedicated folk,” he said. They often send letters and e-mails about the station and its programming, he said.
On Friday, Casey Wohl, who handles public relations for the Community Redevelopment Agency, hopes a large crowd of Sebring residents will show up the event, she said, adding that she urges people to carry signs promoting downtown and Sebring.
Including reporters, anchors and others, Fox will have 16 to 20 people there, Hoffman said. He said most will get up early enough that morning to travel to Sebring, as opposed to going to the city the previous evening.
Besides regular segments, such as a weather forecast, the show will feature some pre-recorded interview with business people and government leaders about significant aspects regarding downtown Sebring and its history.
Wohl said the pre-recorded segments include the Sebring International Raceway and the citrus industry.
Segments live or pre-recorded will focus on downtown restaurants and businesses, as well as local leaders. Wohl said live interviews will include Mayor George Hensley, Sebring Chamber of Commerce representatives and Kelly Cosgrave, chairwoman of the CRA’ board of directors.