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Meteorologist Jayme King Joining WOFL

Meteorologist Jayme King is leaving KSAZ in Phoenix for Fox sister station WOFL in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

A South Florida native, King has been with KSAZ since 2004 and currently serves as the station’s weekend meteorologist.

King will be replacing Jim Van Fleet, who recently left WOFL after 10 years with the station to become the chief meteorologist at WTSP in Tampa.

While Van Fleet started with his new station this week, WOFL has yet to designate a start date for King.

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Tampa Bay’s WTSP Adds Meteorologist Kate Wentzel to Revamped Weather Team

After a string of defections, WTSP has rounded out its revamped weather team with the addition of meteorologist Kate Wentzel this week.  Wentzel comes to WTSP after working as a weekend weathercaster for West Palm Beach ABC-affiliate WPBF–a post that she departed in April.

“Kate is going to be another great addition to the team,” WTSP news director Peter Roghaar said, in announcing the move.  “She brings almost ten years of experience forecasting Florida weather and is hurricane-tested.”

Wentzel, who is set to begin on September 26th, is the third meteorologist to join WTSP in the past two months.  The CBS-affiliate recently named Orlando veteran Jim Van Fleet chief meteorologist and added Mark Collins, a native of St. Petersburg. Read more

On the Move, 8/30/11

Bri Winkler, a meteorologist at KAMR in Amarillo, is jumping 129 markets to join KABC in Los Angeles as a meteorologist.

Stephanie Hockridge is joining KNXV in Phoenix as a weekend anchor and multimedia journalist. She was previously an anchor at WDAF in Kansas City.

After 10 years at WOFL in Orlando, Jim Van Fleet joins WTSP in Tampa. He will start in December.

Danielle Lerner moves from KSBY in San Luis Obispo to KVOA in Tucson.

The journalists in this post are represented by Rick Carr of TVContract.com.

If you would like to report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

WTSP Officially Names Mark Collins to Weather Team

WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa, has for the second time this week announced a new member of their weather team — Mark Collins, a St. Petersburg native.

Collins joins Jim Van Fleet, who was named chief meteorologist at WTSP on Tuesday. Although Van Fleet’s contract with Orlando’s WOFL does not expire until December, Collins will officially join the station on September 15. He has been splitting his time as a freelance meteorologist between WTSP and WJXT in Jacksonville; the two stations have an arrangement that allows him to be a forecaster on both stations.

“Mark is no stranger to our team and to Bay area viewers, as he’s been doing a great job filling in at 10 News,” said WTSP news director Peter Roghaar.  “His knowledge of the Tampa Bay area and Florida’s tropical systems will make him a huge asset to our growing weather team.”

Jim Van Fleet Joins WTSP As Chief Meteorologist

Jim Van Fleet, who has been with Orlando’s WOFL for 10 years, is changing markets in Florida — he will join Tampa’s WTSP as chief meteorologist in December.

Van Fleet replaces Tammie Souza, who left in January,  at the Tampa CBS affiliate. “After a roller coaster ride over the last 10 years at Fox 35, I feel like WOFL has become my home and the staff have become my family,” Van Fleet told The Orlando Sentinel in a statement. “So clearly this has been a very difficult decision for me.”

WTSP news director Peter Roghaar told The Tampa Tribune that Van Fleet’s hiring is the first of a few employment announcements the station has coming up in the next few weeks. The station has two openings on the weather team — Chris Suchan and Sherry Ray Hughes are both leaving in September, The Tribune reports.

Van Fleet said WOFL made him a “generous” offer to stay, but he declined it. “Quite simply, this opportunity with WTSP is something meteorologists spend their entire lives working towards, and to have this door open up for me right now is a dream come true and one I would be foolish to pass up,” he said.