Posts Tagged ‘Chris Suchan’

Suchan to Kansas City…

As Florida News Center has reported, WTSP meteorologist Chris Suchan announced that he was leaving the Tampa station, when his contract expired in October. Today, via Facebook, Suchan announced where he was headed.

To all my FB friends… it’s now official. While I officially sign off from WTSP tomorrow, I want to share my future plans with you as my new station put out their press release today. I’ll be moving to Kansas City and will be chief meteorologist of the StormTrack5 weather team with KCTV (CBS 5).

Suchan joined WTSP in Aug of 2008. He has been filling in as interim chief, since Tammie Souza left the station earlier this year. Suchan’s last day at WTSP is tomorrow 10/7.


10 2011

Van Fleet to WTSP, leaving WOFL…

Our friends at report that WTSP has finally chosen a new chief meteorologist. Jim Van Fleet will join the Tampa station, when his current at Orlando’s WOFL expires.

Van Fleet joined WOFL, as morning meteorologist, nearly 10 years ago. He came to the station from Dallas’ WFAA-TV and Texas Cable News. Prior to his stint in Dallas he worked at stations all across the state of Texas.

Van Fleet fills WTSP’s chief meteorologist position, that has been open for the past eight months. Former chief meteorologist Tammie Souza left the station back in Jan 2011 to return back to her former stomping grounds at Chicago’s WFLD-TV.  WTSP was facing having just one full time staff meteoroligst on staff, as current met’s Sherry Ray Hughes and Chris Suchan are both leaving the station, later in the year.


08 2011

Coming to WTSP…

Our friends at report that Tampa’s WTSP has hired Lorena Rabago. She will be the station’s new traffic reporter, feature reporter and fill-in weather anchor. She comes to WTSP from Freno’s KFSN-TV, where she also handled traffic, weather and features.

NewsBlues notes that while Rabago is not a meteorologist, she is currently towards a bachelors degree online, via the Mississippi State University Broadcast Meteorology program.

On a side note, this may just be the perfect time for Rabago to join WTSP. The station is losing meteorologist’s Sherry Ray Hughes and Chris Suchan this fall, leaving just one sole meteorologist (Bobby Deskins) to carry the station through hurricane season and beyond.


08 2011

A change in the weather at WTSP…

(from – Management at St. Petersburg’s CBS affiliate insist it will never come to this: having just one weather forecaster on staff deep into hurricane season.

But WTSP-Ch. 10 does face a challenge in weeks to come, as meteorologists Sherry Ray Hughes (right #2) and Chris Suchan (right #1) are scheduled to leave the station by the end of September.

Because executives haven’t yet replaced chief meteorologist Tammie Souza, who left WTSP in January, that means Bobby Deskins could be the last man left standing in the CBS affiliate’s weather department, if replacements aren’t found.

The station is now airing ads with Suchan and Hughes touting its status as a weather authority and an additional forecasting center in Clearwater (longtime viewers still remember how the station’s reporting on Hurricane Charley was hobbled in 2004 when staff was forced to evacuate its Gandy Boulevard studios)….Cont….


07 2011

A change in the Weather…

Our friends at report that the weather is changing at WTSP. Weekday morning meteorologist Chris Suchan (right #1) has been moved to the the weekends, while weekend meteorologist Bobby Deskins (right #2) has taken over the weekday morning shift. Suchan joined WTSP in August of 2008. Deskins joined WTSP in January 2009. Stay tuned for further updates.

And across the state…


(from – There’s a change in the weathercasting at WKMG-Ch. 6. The CBS affiliate has moved meteorologist Troy Bridges (right #1) to weekday mornings as well as noon. Meteorologist Eric Wilson, (right #2) who had been delivering the weather in those time slots, is still working for the station, WKMG General Manager Skip Valet said today. “We’re deciding what his new assignment will be,” Valet said. The changes are effective immediately, and Valet said he had no further comment.


07 2010