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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.”

‘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?”

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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.

WTVJ Shuffles Anchors: Jawan Strader to Weekdays, Keith Jones to Weekends

WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in South Florida, is shuffling weekend and weekday anchors.

Beginning today, Jawan Strader (left) replaces Keith Jones (right) as co-anchor of the weekday morning newscast. Strader joined WTVJ in August after a decade at rival WFOR, where he was also the morning anchor. At WTVJ, Strader will join Pam Giganti at the anchor desk.

Jones will shift to weekends, where he will take Strader’s place anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on Saturday and Sunday. Jones was hired in June from WTSP in Tampa.

The online bios for Strader and Jones were updated Friday evening to reflect the new assignments. [h/t NewsBlues]

WTSP General Manager Announces Retirement

Ken Tonning, general manager for Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP has announced plans to step down in July, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Tonning came to the Tampa CBS affiliate four year ago, making changes along the way that may have pushed the edge of traditional journalism. “You’ve got to make sure you’re providing information the way viewers want,” Tonning told the Times. “It’s that kind of stepping out and getting noticed that makes a difference.”

The 68-year-old general manager is credited with returning the station to its “10 News” brand, adding a more in-your-face style of reporting reminiscent of the style seen in South Florida, and adding a 9:00 a.m. newscast focused on issues important to women. Read more

In Petraeus Scandal, All Roads Go Through Tampa

When news broke last week that David Petraeus was resigning his post as CIA director after having an affair, at least one newsroom staffer in Tampa had an inkling the market could become a focal point in the scandal.

“When the Petraeus resignation story broke nationally last Friday, a senior reporter in the newsroom remarked it’s just a matter of time before this becomes a Tampa story,” WTSP news director Peter Roghaar told TVSpy. “He was spot on.”

Sure enough, over the weekend, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley emerged as a central figure in the scandal, which continues to unfold even six days later. For WTSP, that means taking a two-pronged approach to local and national coverage.

“We have seven reporters actively reporting on-air, plus several more reporters and producers working off-air making calls, gathering documents and checking with sources,” Roghaar said. Read more

Obama Buys Up Tampa TV Time During Republican National Convention

President Obama‘s team plans to blanket the Tampa airwaves with ads during the last week of August while the Republican party holds their national convention in the area.

Obama for America has bought up more than $181,000 in ad time from Tampa stations for the week of the convention, Politico reports.  Obama’s campaign team spent $73,720 for 49 spots on Tampa CBS-affiliate WTSP, $54,500 for 75 spots on ABC-affiliate WFTS, and $53,750 for 42 spots on NBC-affiliate WFLA.

The Republican National Convention will be held August 27-30 in Tampa.  Recent poll numbers show Obama with a slight edge in Florida.

Headed for Miami, Keith Jones Signs Off From WTSP

Keith Jones, who was recently announced as the new morning anchor at WTVJ in Miami, said goodbye to WTSP in Tampa this morning (video above).

“This is honestly the most fun I’ve ever had in my career,” Jones said.  “All the places I’ve worked, all the crews that I’ve worked with, I’ve never had so much fun as I’ve had here.”

WTVJ Hires Keith Jones as Morning Co-Anchor

Keith Jones will be the new morning co-anchor at WTVJ in Miami, the NBC O&O announced today.

Jones joins WTVJ from WTSP in Tampa, where he has anchored the morning and noon newscasts for the past three years. He replaces Adam Kuperstein, who recently moved from mornings to evenings at WTVJ.

“Keith’s strong reporting and anchoring background will make him a valuable addition to NBC 6 News,” WTVJ president and general manager Manuel Martinez said in a statement. “We’re excited to have our morning team in place.” Read more

Veteran Florida Anchor Charles Billi Joins WTSP

Veteran Florida anchor Charles Billi is returning to the television business, joining Tampa CBS-affiliate WTSP.

Billi left Miami’s WSVN in 2011 after 12 years behind the anchor desk. In a statement, he said that WTSP is “poised to become a powerhouse” in the Tampa market, adding, “I’m here to help.”

“Being a Tampa native and a USF grad, Charles knows the area well and the issues that impact our community,” WTSP news director Peter Roghaar said. “I am glad he chose to come home and I think viewers will find his style of reporting informative and entertaining.”

Billi starts at WTSP this week as a nightside reporter and fill-in anchor.

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