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Lindsay Logue Makes Her Tampa Debut

logue wftsWhen Lindsay Logue left Fort Myers NBC affiliate WBBH earlier this month, she told viewers it was to spend more time with her family.

Yesterday, she was introduced as the new morning traffic reporter on Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS.

Under the picture featured (Logue is second from right), she wrote on her facebook page, “So excited for my Tampa debut! I’m thrilled to be joining this amazing team at ABC Action News – WFTS/TV. #UpWithABC — with Dan ShafferDeiah Riley and Shay Ryan.”

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we look at the Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL, market.

We see more diversity of stories here than other markets we’ve looked at.

FOX owned station WTVT takes the prize, with NBC affiliate WFLA a close second, for doing something completely different by leading with a local man put on trial for allegedly planning a terror attack and only covering two stories in the first five minutes.

Gayle Sierens Stepping Down from WFLA Anchor Desk in 2015

Longtime WFLA anchor Gayle Sierens has announced her retirement.

Sierens told viewers during last night’s 6:00 p.m. show she plans to step down from the Tampa NBC affiliate’s anchor desk in stages. At the end of this year, she will stop anchoring the 11:00 p.m. news and on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 she will anchor her last shows at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.

“I am so grateful to live out my career in the town where I grew up. Who gets to do that?” Sierens said in a statement. “I am truly excited for this next phase of my life. I have worked the night shift for more than three decades.”

The station posted a retrospective mash up of Sierens work, see the video above.

Sierens started at WFLA in 1977 as weekend sports anchor and reporter. In 1983 she became the weekday sports anchor. She made the move from sports to news two years later.

In 1987, she made TV sports history when she became the first woman to do play-by-play for an NFL game, calling the the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Anne Dwyer Announces Retirement from WTVT

Good Day Tampa Bay anchor Anne Dwyer announced her retirement from WTVT this morning.

“Anne Dwyer has been a morning news icon in Tampa for decades,” John Hoffman, news director for the Tampa FOX owned station, said in a statement. “Mornings in Tampa Bay will not be the same without her. She is the utmost professional and we will miss her.”

Saying one of the reasons she was retiring was because she out of hairspray, Dwyer told viewers, “It was not an easy decision. It’s time for me to sleep in, get some much needed rest, and tackle the numerous home improvement projects I have put off way too long.”

She started at WTVT in 1986. Her last day will be June 18.

John Wilson Retiring From WTVT

WTVT anchor John Wilson announced his retirement from the Tampa FOX owned station Friday.

“It is time for me to make a graceful exit, and I will do it in a few months,” Wilson told viewers. “I will step away from here in six months in November, just before Thanksgiving, and count my blessings.”

“John Wilson is a broadcasting legend, who our viewers have trusted for many years,” said WTVT news director John Hoffman. “We will certainly miss him here at the station, but we have no doubt his connection to the people of the Bay Area will continue for years to come.”

Before coming to WTVT in September 1993, Wilson worked in Richmond, VA, Portsmouth, NH, Charlotte, NC, and St. Louis, MO. He came to Tampa to work for WTSP in 1981 and stayed there as an anchor for 12 years.

Tampa Reporter Leaving TV to Work for Florida Congressman

rudie croppedWTSP reporter Preston Rudie is leaving the Tampa CBS affiliate to work as communications director for Rep David Jolly (R-FL).

“For the past 23 years, I’ve been serving the public and helping give a voice to the voiceless as a journalist,” said Rudie in a statement. “I think my years of working in the area and experience covering the issues that affect Pinellas County will help me better serve the people of the 13th District.”

Rudie started his TV career at WGBA in Green Bay, WI and worked at WITI in Milwaukee, WI, before moving to WTSP in 2002.

He officially starts Monday, April 21.

Power Outage Knocks WTSP Off the Air

wtsplogo_304x200Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP went off the air for Comcast and Dish Network customers for two hours Wednesday night after a power failure at the station’s transmitter, The Tampa Tribune reports. General manager Elliott Wiser posted details to the station’s Facebook page:

The outage mainly affected two TV stations and several radio stations. Our generator suffered a pump failure two hours in. We got it fixed at around 9:30. We will be installing two pumps to make sure this doesn’t happen again and will review our inspection schedule to make it better.

I am sorry to those of you who could not watch Survivor. It is available right now on CBS.com, and we will also be re-airing the episode Saturday night, March 1 at 11:35 p.m. following 10 News at 11.

Bill Berra Named News Director at WFLA

bill berraBill Berra has been named VP of news for Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA.

Berra left his position as VP of news for Journal Broadcasting and Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ in early February.

“I’m delighted to welcome a news veteran of Bill’s caliber to WFLA,” said station GM Brad Moses. “He has a strong record of success increasing ratings and audience share at a number of television stations across the country. Importantly, he knows the Tampa market well, having worked in this market in recent years.”

Berra came to WTMJ from WFTS in Tampa. He’s also worked at WSYX in Columbus, OH, WKMG in Orlando, KSAZ in Phoenix, AZ, and KTVI in St. Louis, MO, and WREG in Memphis, TN.

He will start at WFLA on March 17.

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Dion Lim Joining Tampa CBS Affiliate

dionlim_croppedDion Lim is joining Tampa-St. Petersburg CBS affiliate WTSP.

WTSP news director Peter Roghaar told TVSpy Lim starts January 27 as anchor for the 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. news. She will report for the 11:00 p.m.

“I had anticipated staying in Charlotte for the rest of my career,” Lim told the Charlotte Observer. [but] “I went down to visit and the opportunity was great [O]bviously, Florida has some crazy news. It sounds pretty exciting,” she added.

Lim left Charlotte’s WCNC Friday. She previously worked at KMBC in Kansas City. She has also worked in Springfield, MA, and in Hartford, CT.

Kristin Wright Joins WRC From WTVT

kristin wright wrcKristin Wright is joining WRC next month, TVSpy has learned. She will begin as a general assignment reporter at the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C. on December 16.

Wright joins WRC from WTVT, the Fox owned station in Tampa, where she has been a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor since 2008. She has previously worked at WHTM in Harrisburg, Penn. and at WIVT-WBGH in Binghamton, N.Y. She began her television career at WDIV in Detroit.

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