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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.

On the Move, 5/17/11

Ryan Chiaverini becomes co-host of Chicago’s ABC O&O WLS-TV’s new, talk and entertainment show “Windy City LIVE,” which airs weekday mornings at 9 AM. Formerly, he was the sports anchor for ABC 7′s top-rated weekend newscasts.

Jason Allen moves to CBS O&O KTVT in Dallas as a reporter. He previously worked for WFTV in Orlando.

Morgan Adsit becomes a weekend sports anchor and reporter for Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF. She previously worked as a sports anchor-reporter for KLRT in Little Rock.

Lauren Leamanczyk joins CBS O&O WBZ in Boston as a reporter. She previously worked at WTMJ in Milwaukee. Read more

Spurned by Chicago’s WFLD, Amy Freeze Set to Join New York’s WABC

Amy Freeze, who was recently squeezed out as chief meteorologist of Chicago’s WFLD, is set to join New York’s WABC as a weekend weathercaster, effectively replacing the embattled Heidi Jones.

WABC is expected to announce the move this week, according to sources.

WFLD decided not to renew Freeze’s contract in February as the Fox O&O added meteorologist Bill Bellis from Phoenix’s KNXV and Tammie Souza returned to the station after a stint in Tampa.

After leaving WFLD, Freeze said that she was “disappointed” by the station’s “unexpected” decision not renew her deal, saying that she would have liked to stay in Chicago.

As Chicago media reporter Robert Feder points out, though: “Vindication doesn’t get much sweeter than getting hired by the No. 1 station in the No. 1 market.” Read more

Meteorologist Amy Freeze on Exit from WFLD: ‘I Am Disappointed and It Was Unexpected’

Meteorologist Amy Freeze, who left Chicago’s WFLD last month, says that the Fox-affiliate’s decision not to renew her contract was a surprise.

“I am disappointed and it was unexpected that Fox would release me from my contract,” Freeze told community website recently.

Freeze served as WFLD’s chief meteorologist from 2007 until February of this year, when the station let her contract expire.

The veteran weathercaster was the victim of a shake-up at WFLD.  The station brought in Bill Bellis from Phoenix’s KNXV to be chief meteorologist and welcomed back meteorologist Tammie Souza, who had been working at Tampa’s WTSP for the past two years.

Right now, Freeze is trying to figure out her next career move and she hopes that it will keep her close to home. Read more

Bill Bellis Set to Make On-Air Debut as WFLD’s Chief Meteorologist

Bill Bellis is set to make his on-air debut with Chicago’s WFLD next week.

Bellis replaces Amy Freeze as the Fox-affiliate’s chief meteorologist. He was signed by WFLD last year as the station decided not to renew Freeze’s contract, which expired this month.

“Bill’s dynamic personality, concise delivery and no-nonsense forecasting style will be key assets as we reinvent our weather department,” said GM Mike Renda in making the announcement.

Part of that reinvention occurred last month when meteorologist Tammie Souza returned to the station after spending two years as chief meteorologist for Tampa’s WTSP.

Bellis comes to Chicago from Phoenix’s KNXV, where he served as chief meteorologist for the past eight years. Read more

Meteorologist Tammie Souza Celebrates Her Return to Chicago with a Blizzard

Meteorologist Tammie Souza, returning to Chicago’s WFLD after a two-year stint with Tampa’s WTSP, was welcomed back to the Windy City with a major blizzard.

Souza’s first day on-air with the Fox-affiliate was this past Saturday (video above), right as a major storm was about to rip through the area.

As snow began to pummel Chicago, Souza called the station and asked to be put out in the field.

“I love covering winter weather,” Souza told TVSpy via email. “The things you see in a snow storm are unique. Expressways covered with a foot of snow and no cars on them–looks like ski runs. I made a snow angel in the middle of Lake Shore Drive. Not likely that will happen again in my lifetime. People come together in an event like this and that’s a good thing to see.”

Athough the snow-blocked expressways and sub-zero winds are a far cry from the balmy climate of Tampa, Souza says that there wasn’t a lot of adjustment required as she returned to Chicago. Read more

It’s Official: Meteorologist Tammie Souza Returning to Chicago’s WFLD

WFLD has made it official: veteran meteorologist Tammie Souza, who spent the last two years with Tampa’s WTSP, is returning to Chicago.

The Fox-affiliate announced today that Souza has joined the station and is set to start on-air January 29th.  Souza worked in the Chicago market for nearly eight years, first with NBC-affiliate WMAQ and then with WFLD, before departing for Florida.

With the addition of Souza, WFLD has also made a subtraction from its news team.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the station will not be renewing the contract of lead weathercaster Amy Freeze.  WFLD reportedly spoke with Freeze about accepting a non-weather position but those talks have ended.

WFLD now has a completely overhauled weather team.  Bill Bellis, who came to the station in November from Phoenix’s KNXV, is WFLD’s new chief meteorologist while Souza will be a new, yet familiar, face on the station’s weekend newscasts.

Meteorologist Tammie Souza Set to Return to Chicago’s WFLD ‘Very, Very Soon’

“Yes, the badly kept secret is true,” veteran meteorologist Tammie Souza wrote on her Facebook page on Monday. “I will be returning to the airwaves on FOX in Chicago very, very soon. Hope you all remember me and will watch.”

The post, first spotted by the Chicago Tribune‘s Phil Rosenthal, was eventually deleted but Souza’s move from St. Petersburg’s WTSP to Chicago’s WFLD hardly needed to be confirmed since it’s been expected for weeks.

Souza, who has been WTSP’s chief meteorologist for two years, decided late last year to return to Chicago’s WFLD, where she had worked before moving to Florida.  Souza spent nearly eight years on Chicago TV, working for NBC-affiliate WMAQ before joining WFLD.

In December, Souza told the St. Petersburg Times that the move was “totally family-based.” Since Souza accepted the position with WTSP, her husband hasn’t been able to find the types of job opportunities that he had while they were in Chicago.  The couple and their son had been splitting time between Chicago and Tampa.
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Mark Strehl Ready to Re-up at FOX Chicago

Veteran WFLD forecaster Mark Strehl is “deep in conversations” about a new deal at the Fox O&O, Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal reports.

For those of you keeping score at home, WFLD recently signed Bill Bellis, chief meteorologist at Phoenix’s KNXV-TV since 2003, and continues to talk to Tammie Souza about returning to Channel 32 after two years away as chief meteorologist at WTSP-TV in Tampa, Fla.

Amy Freeze, WFLD’s chief meteorologist for nearly four years, has a contract set to expire next month. It’s tempting to quote Bob Dylan‘s line about not needing a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, but there has been no official word as yet regarding her future.