Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Whitson’

WWSB GM suddenly resigns….

Sources tell Florida News Center that WWSB general manager Steve Soldinger announced that he was resigning his post at the Sarasota station. The announcement came during a staff meeting last Thursday. No reason was given for Soldinger’s sudden departure.

Soldinger joined WWSB in Oct 2011, replacing former VP/GM Jeff Whitson. Whitson left WWSB in Aug 2011 to join a local area broadcasting company.

There is no word in who will replace Soldinger. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.


07 2012

Soldinger named VP/GM at WWSB…

(portions from – ABC 7 (WWSB-TV) is pleased to announce the appointment of broadcast executive Steven Soldinger as Vice President & General Manager.

Soldinger, who has managed several television stations and owned and operated a radio station, comes to ABC 7 from Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as Vice President & General Manager of WGNT, Norfolk; WUPA, Atlanta; and WTOG, Tampa, all CBS Television stations. His appointment at ABC 7, the Suncoast’s top-ranked news station, is effective immediately.

“I am delighted to join the team at ABC 7 and make the move to the Suncoast,” said Soldinger. “WWSB is a dynamic, progressive television station with an excellent news operation and deep commitment to serving the Suncoast community. I look forward to working with the staff and leading the station to exciting new heights.”…Cont…

Soldinger fills the void left by former VP/GM Jeff Whitson. As Florida News Center reported back in August, Whitson left the station to join a local broadcasting company. What changes will Soldinger bring to WWSB? Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.


10 2011

WWSB GM to depart, the search is on…

Florida News Center has learned that VP/general manager, Jeff Whitson is leaving Sarasota’s WWSB-TV. Whitson informed station staff via an e-mail last week (read on at the bottom of the story), that he is leaving to become Vice-President of broadcasting at TelAmerica Media. He will stay on at the station until Aug 15th. Until a replacement is found, Ken Long will assume the role as acting VP/GM.

As Florida News Center reported at the time, Whitson joined WWSB in April of 2010. He came from Jacksonville duopoly WTEV/WAWS. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for future details.

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08 2011

WWSB names new News Director…

(edited from WWSB Press Release) – Jeff Whitson, Vice President and General Manager of WWSB-TV, announced today that Gene Ross has been hired as News Director of ABC 7.  Ross will join the station on June 15th, 2010.  Gene Ross brings a wealth of television news experience to ABC 7, having been a News Director in Jacksonville, FL, Albany, NY, Las Vegas, NV, Fresno, CA, Bakersfield, CA, and Assistant News Director at KGO ABC 7 in San Francisco during his 30 year news career.  
Ross has been credited with successfully improving news operations and ratings at a number of the news departments under his management, including KLAS-TV CBS 8 in Las Vegas and WXXA-TV FOX23 News in Albany, NY where Ross and Whitson worked together.  Whitson said, “I have all the confidence in the world in Gene Ross and his ability to take ABC 7 News to the next level.  We share the same vision and commitment to serving the community with quality news and weather coverage on-air and online.”
Ross said, “I’m excited to be joining WWSB-TV where covering local news is a top priority, and I’m looking forward to living and working on the Suncoast.”


06 2010

WTEV/WAWS GM abruptly fired…

Our friends at report that General Manager Jeff Whitson has been abruptly fired from Jacksonville’s WTEV/WAWS.  No reason was given for Whitson’s dismal from the duopoly. In a recent article by the Times-Union, Whitson commented that WTEV had seen a recent decrease in ratings. However, WTEV and WAWS had won the 10pm and 11pm times slots for the first time since their news departments were created/combined in 2002 (as we reported in November). Stay tuned for information on who will take over the GM position.


01 2010