(from TBO.com) – Cue-up the “Welcome Back, Kotter” theme song, Gayle Guyardo returns to the morning shift on WFLA, Channel 8, beginning Monday.
She will be teamed with co-anchor Rod Carter, meteorologist Leigh Spann, traffic reporter Leslee Lacey and daily news reporter Chip Osowski.
“It feels really good to be coming back,” says Guyardo. “I really missed the day to day action of breaking news. I missed my Channel 8 family and I missed the viewers.”
Guyardo, who had worked at News Channel 8 for nearly 17 years, left in March to launch a talk/marketing show.
Her “Access Gayle,” produced by Clearwater-based infomercial mogul Kevin Harrington, showcased entrepreneurs and new products.
Guyardo says she was rundown and tired when she left WFLA. “I slept a lot during the first three months,” she says. “I probably just needed a long vacation.”
She says that while she enjoyed the direct marketing world and learned a lot from Harrington, her heart is in journalism….Cont….