Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Benninghoff’

Leadership changes at WWSB…

Sources at Sarasota’s WWSB tell Florida News Center that Steve Sabota is out as News Director and that Gayle Beatty is in as the station’s Creative Services Director.

In an e-mail to staffers on Friday, general manager Jeff Benninghoff explained that Sabota asked to be “reassigned” to another position within the station, wanting to focus more on community involvement and the “brand” of Calkins Media stations. Read the rest of this entry →


01 2016

WWSB parts ways with News Director…

Sources tell Florida News Center that Sarasota’s WWSB parted ways with News Director Gene Ross earlier this week. There is no word on who will fill Ross’ vacancy. The station has already listed the opening on its website.

No reason was given for Ross’ sudden departure. However, his departure comes just weeks after Jeff Benninghoff was named VP and General Manager at the station.

Are more changes coming to WWSB? Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.


09 2012

Benninghoff named as VP/GM at WWSB…

(from – Calkins Media’s ABC affiliate WWSB Sarasota-Tampa, Fla. (DMA 14), -said today that Calkins executive Jeff Benninghoff is returning to the station as vice president and general manager.  Benninghoff previously worked at WWSB — first as controller, then as station manager — from 1998 to 2008. He has since served as the group owner’s VP of finance at corporate headquarters in Levittown, Pa. He succeeds Steven Soldinger, who (as first reported by Florida News Center) resigned in early July.

Benninghoff’s appointment is effective immediately.  He will report directly to Calkins Media CEO, Mark G. Contreras.

In making the announcement, Calkins Media CEO Mark G. Contreras said, “Jeff has the perfect combination of skills to lead ABC 7 into our digital future.” Contreras added, “He has an impressive track record of accomplishments in broadcasting and has been with the company for nearly 20 years.  His optimism, energy and forward-looking approach will serve us well as we continue to evolve our business models.”….Cont….


08 2012