The West Palm Beach/Treasure Coast ABC affiliate has hired Pittsburgh’s WPXI anchorman Todd McDermott to work alongside veterans Tiffany Kenney and weatherman Mike Lyons at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. weekdays.
While coming to a smaller market, WPBF will allow McDermott out of his morning and noon anchoring in the Steel City.
McDermott originally toiled at WCBS in New York City and WUSA in Washington D.C., as well as WMAR in Baltimore.
He’ll be first trotted out here during WPBF’s coverage of the Oct. 22 presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton.
“I feel an instant connection with Tiffany, Mike and the other talented journalists here,” McDermott said. ”I’ve spent a great deal of time in West Palm Beach over the years and it already feels like home to me.”
McDermott will also have to be a little less gullible if he is to make it big here. In March, McDermott reported as fact an Internet spoof that Pittsburgh Steelers hero Hines Ward got traded to arch-rivals Baltimore Ravens.
It seems McDermott wasn’t tipped off to the joke by the made up quote by Steelers owner Art Rooney: “Pittsburgh Steelers football may not be the same without him, but his smile was pretty creepy anyway.”