Posts Tagged ‘John Wilson’

John Wilson to retire from WTVT…

After 50 years in television, WTVT anchor John Wilson (right #1) announced that he is retiring from the Tampa station. He will remain on the station until November.

John Wilson joined WTVT in 1993. Before WTVT, Wilson anchored across the Bay for 12 years at WTSP.

It is expected that his son, fellow anchor Mark Wilson (right #2) will take over for dad after his retirement.

FOX 13 News


05 2014

Tampa media folk recall their encounters with real-life Ron Burgundys…

(edited from – The cheesy mustache. The macho persona. The cheap polyester suit. The lacquered hair. The fake smile. Will Ferrell’s Scotch-loving, sexist, superficial anchorman Ron Burgundy certainly looks like the perfect parody of a 1970s local TV anchor.

Bumbling and ridiculously egotistical, Burgundy was Ferrell’s over-the-top portrayal of the worst stereotype in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

Burgundy is a silly stereotype that we immediately recognize. It’s an easy parody because there were real versions of Ron Burgundy out there in TV land in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. And some can even be found at anchor desks today.

Just ask any local TV news staffer and you can get a Burgundy-like memory.

“I have been anchoring the real news for about 45 years and have sadly met many, worked with a few and fired one,” says Fox 13 anchor John Wilson of WTVT, Channel 13….Cont….


12 2013

WTVT takes on FL Gov Scott/FL Lotto…

Watch the video below, as WTVT anchor John Wilson gives his view on new Florida Governor Rick Scott and the FL Lottery system. Wilson hosts an occasional opinion segment at the end of newscasts called MyView.

WTVT is now the second Florida station to express opinion (at least that we have evidence of) on our new CEO, pardon, Governor Rick Scott. As Florida News Center reported, Miami’s WPLG offered commentary on Gov Scott a few weeks ago.


03 2011

Wilson to take over for Fountain…

(from – When he first came to WTVT-Ch. 13, Mark Wilson’s (right #1) big goal was to anchor with his father, the station’s top male anchor, John Wilson. But now that he’s taking on a big new job — succeeding departing anchor Kathy Fountain (right #2) on the Tampa Fox affiliate’s 5 p.m. newscast — Wilson can’t believe he’s been at the station for a dozen years, leading the station 11 p.m. NewsEdge newscast since its inception in 2005. “What I’ve seen through Kathy and my dad is the importance of deep community ties,” said Wilson, 40, who hopes to anchor more from breaking news scenes after he joins co-anchor Denise White on the 5 p.m. show Dec. 31. “I’ve been fairly involved with the show, doing stories for the program, and I get along terrifically with Denise. I think I’ll fit with the audience pretty well.”…Cont…


12 2009