Mayor declares “Bob Opsahl Day” in Orlando…

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer declares Friday May 27th, 2016 Bob Opsahl Day in the City of Orlando.

Opsahl is retiring after 38 years at WFTV.

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Phil Buck to join WTSP, makes FL faux-pas…

Phil Buck announced on social media that he will join Tampa’s WTSP. So far there is no word of when and where Buck will work on the air at WTSP.

The reporter and weekend anchor is currently on the air at TEGNA sister station, Little Rock’s KHTV-TV.

Florida News Center noticed that Buck made a similar announcement on Twitter, posting pictures of the Tampa and St. Petersburg skylines. However, Mr. Buck also mistakenly include a picture of the Miami skyline (highlighted in green below)….faux-pas! Read the rest of this entry →

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More news on WFLA…

Tampa’s WFLA announced it will be expanding local news coverage with a new mid-day newscast, News Channel 8 at 11a.m., starting on June 13th. The new one hour newscast will be co-anchored by afternoon anchor Stacie Schaible and morning anchor Gene Ramirez, with weather by meteorologist Leigh Spann.

In a press release to Florida News Center, WFLA General Manager Andy Alford says that “the 11am time period gives News Channel 8 another exclusive opportunity to showcase our “8 On Your Side brand.” Read the rest of this entry →

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WFLA brings back Gayle Sierens, for a day…

Tampa’s WFLA has brought former veteran anchor Gayle Sierens out of retirement. This past Thursday, she reported on a story about Alzheimer’s disease and shared the story of her mother who battled with the disease.

Sierens retired from the station one year ago, after a 38 year career at the station.

**DISCLAIMER – The author of this story knows Dr. Susan Steen (shown in this story) professionally. No favoritism is given. Continue to the video…
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Tim Barber to depart WFTV…

WFTV reporter Tim Barber is leaving the Orlando station after five years. He will join WJLA, Washington, D.C. as a general assignment reporter.

His last day at WFTV will be Wednesday May 25th, which just happens to be the same day that veteran anchor Bob Opsahl will retire. He joked to the Orlando Sentinel, “talk about being overshadowed.”

He joined WFTV just months out of college, coming from KAMC-TV in Lubbock, TX.

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