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Meteorologist Mike Bennett Joining WTVT

Mike Bennett is joining WTVT, the Fox O&O in Tampa, as the weekend evening meteorologist.

“Growing up, I was always fascinated by Florida weather, from hurricanes to water spouts, and everything in between. Now as a Meteorologist, I’m excited to tackle these forecasting challenges of the area, while working with the best weather and news team in the Tampa Bay region,” Bennett said in a statement.

Bennett joins the station from WTEN in Albany, where he has worked since 2011. He has also worked at WYSR in Syracuse and as an intern at WCBS in New York City.

Read the official announcement from WTVT after the jump. Read more

WFLA Launches Market’s First 4:00 PM News

WFLA, Media General’s Tampa NBC affiliate, has announced it will be the first Tampa station to air a 4:00 p.m. newscast.

“The addition of a 4 p.m. newscast reflects the strength of our 8 On Your Side brand in serving the people in Tampa Bay and surrounding counties,” said WFLA president and general manager Brad Moses in a statement.

The hour long show will debut on Monday, August 26 and will be anchored by Stacie Schaible.

WATCH: WTVT Meteorologist Trips, Revealing ‘Stuff’ Behind News Desk

When WTVT meteorologist Dave Osterberg tripped over a box holding anchor Russell Rhodes‘ things while walking between the news desk and the weather wall, the morning news nearly devolved into a George Carlin routine about “stuff.”

While you can’t see the trip in the video posted to the Tampa FOX owned station’s facebook page, you can hear it. Osterberg made it through his forecast OK. But stuff happened when the anchors came back on camera.

From a wide shot above the anchor desk, viewers could see Rhodes cleaning up the mess left by Osterberg who explained, “Well you see Russell’s got all this stuff that he puts on this little box and it was right behind my chair so that when I pulled my chair out it…”

All told, Osterberg revealed that Rhodes keeps lemon juice, mouth spray, Altoids, a to-do list and nine pens close-by during the show. “Do you need all this stuff? asked Osterberg. Rhodes replied, “Well its my stuff! I’m out here for four hours every morning.”

Anne Dwyer also got in on the act, pointing out to viewers where she keeps her stuff.

[Florida News Center]

WTXL Promo Appears During Live Shot on Rival WCTV

During a WCTV live shot Friday from the Tallahassee Regional Airport, a promo for rival WTXL flashed on the screen behind reporter James Buechele (picture above; video here).

Buechele was talking about the airport’s potential expansion when the ad in the terminal flipped over to a graphic featuring WTXL anchors Mika Highsmith and Greg Angel. The promo aired twice, both before and after Buechele’s taped package.

Danica Lawrence to Join WTSP in Tampa

Danica Lawrence is joining Gannett’s Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP as a multi-media journalist.

WTSP news director Peter Roghaar confirmed with TVSpy, Lawrence will begin next Friday June 28.

Lawrence left Tulsa FOX affiliate KOKI last week. The station posted this to her facebook page, “As you may have seen, Danica’s last day to report at FOX23 was yesterday. She’s moving on to Tampa.”

[Tulsa TV Stations]

Elliott Wiser Named President, GM of WTSP

Gannett Broadcasting has named Elliott Wiser president and general manager of WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg.

Wiser comes to WTSP from Bright House Networks, where he was corporate vice president of local programming. He is a former vice president and general manager of Bay News 9 in Tampa.

“Elliott’s record of success in multimedia broadcasting and business, plus his deep connections in the Tampa area, will be a huge asset to WTSP,” Gannett Broadcasting EVP Lynn Beall said in announcing the hire. “We’re confident in his ability to strengthen the WTSP brand and help position it as the leading local news organization in the Tampa market.”

Wiser succeeds Ken Tonning, who is retiring after 38 years with Gannett.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to lead WTSP,” Wiser said. “With remarkable investigations, unwavering dedication to the community and an award-winning staff, they are tremendous advocates for the people of Tampa and poised to become the go-to destination for local news and information.”

WTVT Oops On-Air: ‘The Most Famous Woman in Florida’ Looks Like a Man

WTVT morning anchor Anne Dwyer had an “oops” moment on the Tampa FOX owned station’s ‘Good Day Tampa Bay’ yesterday. Dwyer was teasing an upcoming story about a Florida Lottery winner while going to break, when the control room transitioned to a live shot of feature reporter Charley Belcher. With Belcher full frame, Dwyer said, “This is the most famous woman in Florida right now.”

“Oh, whoa! No You’re not,” said Dwyer. “That’s Charley Belcher.” After acting offended, Belcher later said, “Flag that.” That’ll show up somewhere else I won’t want it to show up.”

‘Board shorts today. Speedos tomorrow.’ Hulk Hogan Does Weather for WTSP

Pro wrestler Hulk Hogan stopped by Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP this week to show off his 24-inch “pythons,” call people from Miami “lunatics,” and promote his restaurant, his line of vitamins and TNA Impact Wrestling.

WTSP meteorologist Bobby Deskins painted on a fake Hoganesque mustache and made only one steroid reference as he guided Hogan through the weathercast. “I’m juicing by the way, can you tell?” asked Deskins. “What kind of juice you taking?” asked Hogan. “Carrot juice or Orange juice?”

[Yardbarker]

Ginger Gadsden Signing Off From WTSP

Ginger Gadsden will sign off from WTSP in Tampa-St. Petersburg when her contract expires on June 30, according to Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times.

Gadsden, who joined the CBS affiliate in 2006, anchors the morning and noon newscasts. She cited the early-morning schedule as a reason for her departure.

“I don’t think your body is made to wake up at 2 a.m., no matter how long you do it,” Gadsden told Deggans. “But (WTSP) has solid anchors in the evening; if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, I understand. I’m just grateful I got a chance to work with such great people.”

Weekend morning anchor Allison Kropff will replace Gadsden on the morning newscast.

WFLA Adds Second Meteorologist This Week

Four days after announcing the hiring of meteorologist Bryan Bennett, Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA has announced it’s adding meteorologist Julie Phillips to its “Storm Team.”

“I’m very excited to be adding Julie, and more recently, Bryan Bennett to Storm Team 8.” said chief meteorologist Steve Jerve. “They are both well educated and experienced meteorologists with Florida forecasting experience.  They’ll fit well with our tradition of excellence and team work at News Channel 8.”

Phillips comes to WFLA from KTXS in Abilene, TX, where she is the morning meteorologist. She replaces Brooks Garner who left last month for KHOU in Houston. Her first day will be June 10.

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