Longtime Orlando anchor to retire

By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links

After 40 years in broadcasting, WFTV anchor and personality Martie Salt has announced she will retire Dec. 13, 2019.

  • Salt first joined WFTV in 1981 as a reporter after working briefly at the market’s NBC affiliate, WESH.
  • In 1984 she was promoted to anchor alongside Bob Opsahl, creating a powerhouse team that dominated local ratings.
  • Salt left WFTV in 1994 for WFTS in Tampa, where she anchored under her married name, Martie Tucker.
  • In 2003 she returned to WFTV and was reunited with Opsahl at the anchor desk.
  • In 2015, former crosstown anchor Martha Sugalski joined the station in a high profile move, which displaced Salt.
  • WFTV reassigned her to the noon as well making her the station’s community ambassador under its “9 Family Connection” banner.
  • Sugalski anchored the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, as well as its 10 p.m. on sister station WRDQ alongside Opsahl.
  • Opsahl retired in May 2015, with morning anchor Greg Warmoth replacing him.