Posts Tagged ‘WCTV’

Heather Peeples named GM at WCTV…

(from Gray TV Press Release) – Heather Peeples is now Vice President and General Manager of CBS affiliate WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida.  Heather has been the station’s General Sales Manager since 2007.  She started in the broadcast industry in 1989 at WTLH in Tallahassee.  Heather spent six years as Account Executive with the Quad Cities Radio Group in Davenport, Iowa, followed in 1997 by various sales and promotional positions at WFLI-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Heather returned to Tallahassee in 1999 first as an Account Executive, then Local Sales Manager, and finally General Sales Manager.

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07 2013

WCTV is taken over by Chick-fil-A cows….

The Monday noon newscast on WCTV sure looked a lot like a blatant advertisement for the fast food chain Chick-fil-A, as the set was swarmed with the chain’s (highly) trademarked cows (video below). WCTV denies that this stunt was an advertisement for the fast food chain. Station News Director Steve Sanders told media bloger Jim Romensko that they “thought it would be fun to have them on the show,” and that it was “not a free advertisement, it’s just a fun moment.” However, this “fun moment” (complete with cows carrying eight signs with the Chick-fil-A logo) was sure to mention that this coming Friday is Chick-Fil-A “Cow Appreciation Day.”

Jim Romensko reminds us that Chick-fil-A has a long history of supporting anti-gay and anti-gay marriage political candidates/legislation. So does this mean that WCTV is supporting Chick-fil-A and their anti-gay agenda? Again, Steve Sanders said no; “we’re not supporting Chick-fil-A – we’re not saying they’re good, bad, or indifferent.”

The noon newscast “cow” video was quickly pulled from the WCTV website, but remains for our enjoyment c/o of our friends at Google.

While we here at Florida News Center try to stay “indifferent” ourselves on the reporting of news stories, this “Cow Appreciation Day” sure looks like an embedded advertisement to us….and an endorsement of Chick-fil-A and therefore what it stands for. Stay tuned for any further developments.      CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO (BELOW) IN THE EVENT THE EMBEDDED VERSION IS TAKEN OFFLINE

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07 2013

WTXL promo sign “video bombs” WCTV live shot…

(from - During a WCTV live shot Friday from the Tallahassee Regional Airport, a promo for rival WTXL flashed on the screen behind reporter James Buechele (picture above; video here).

Buechele was talking about the airport’s potential expansion when the ad in the terminal flipped over to a graphic featuring WTXL anchors Mika Highsmith and Greg Angel. The promo aired twice, both before and after Buechele’s taped package….Cont….(from

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06 2013

WCTV N/D bails for New Orleans…

(edited from – WCTV News Director Triston Sanders has left the Tallahassee station, to become the Assistant ND for WWL-TV in New Orleans, LA. She’s been ND there for just over two years and had served as the EP before that. She first joined the station as an anchor/reporter, had worked for WINK-TV in Ft. Myers, and had interned for WCTV while attending Florida State University. (edited from

So far there is no word on who will replace Sanders at WCTV. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.



09 2012

Gumbel signs off at WCTV…

(from – For seven years the name Elton Gumbel has gone hand in hand with WCTV Sports. But he’s passing off the baton — taking his final lap — shooting his last shot — and sliding in at home plate.
Today we say goodbye and good luck to our beloved EG.

“We all know that Elton is smart and smooth but what you may not know about Elton is he’s really funny.”
WCTV Anchors and Reporters had a lot to say about Elton….Cont….


07 2012

Gray up in 2Q…

(from – Gray Television released preliminary figures for the second quarter showing revenues will be up about 6%, stripping out dollars from political spending and retransmission consent. Total revenues are projected to increase 24% to $95 million.

The company was helped by about $13 million in political spending as its three Wisconsin stations benefited from special recall elections in the state.

The political dollars sucking up inventory did lead to lesser increases in both local (1%) and national (7%) ad dollars than expected….Cont….

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07 2012

The 1Q revenue numbers are in…

WCTV reporter remembers his famous grandfather…

(from – CBS News legend Mike Wallace passed away on Saturday April 7th at the age of 93. His grandson, WCTV Eyewitness News Reporter Eames Yates, showed a never before seen interview with the news legend.

CBS News legend Mike Wallace won 21 Emmy’s. He was on television for more than 60 years. He was also the grandfather of WCTV’s Eyewitness News Reporter Eames Yates.

6 years ago Yates sat down with him for a candid interview. WCTV broadcast it for the first time ever….Cont….


04 2012

Sheena Parveen (Samanipour) headed to Philly..

(edited from Parveen, a St. Petersburg native who has worked as a weather forecaster at Tampa Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch. 13 on weekend mornings for the past two years, will leave the station Sunday headed for job at WCAU-TV NBC 10 in Philadelphia.

Parveen, 25, known as Sheena Parveen Samanipour while growing up locally, declined to confirm which station she will work for in Philadelphia, saying she expects to reveal more details later this week.

A spokeswoman for WTVT confirmed that Parveen’s last day on air at WTVT will be Sunday….Cont….

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11 2011

UPDATE: A settlement has been reached…

10/26/11 – UPDATE – WJHG-TV officials have contacted Florida News Center to set us straight on our story below. Apparently the rumors swirling around the panhandle about a $600k settlement, were (as we reported and expected) just rumors.

Officials tell Florida News Center “that the station settled the case for $40,000, all of which will go to Ms. Craven’s attorneys to cover a portion of their fees and expenses.” However, no further information was given on the allegations contained in the sexual harassment suit.


10/9/11 – Florida News Center has learned that a settlement has been reached in the sexual harassment suit filed by meteorologist Stacey Sawyer (Craven) against her former employer, Panama City’s WJHG-TV and its owner Gray Television. While official court papers, filed back in August, do not disclose the official settlement amount, rumors swirling around the panhandle say that the settlement number is upwards of $600,000 plus (refer to 10/26/11 update above).

As Florida News Center reported back in February 2011, former WJHG morning/noon meteorologist Stacey Sawyer (Craven) alleged that former Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelley (right) sent a full-frontal nude photograph of himself and made multiple suggestive, verbal and physical sexual advances towards her over a two year time period. Legal documentation stated that Sawyer (Craven) complied with Gray’s sexual harassment policy and reported Kelley’s advances multiple times to WJHG-TV management (including  then News Director Tom Lewis, GM Kurt Molander and WCTV-TV GM Nick Waller). The lawsuit further alleged that WJHG-TV/Gray Television subjected her to “unlawful sexual harassment, retaliated against her, and discriminated against her based on her pregnancy,” in the lawsuit submitted to United States District Court.


Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any further details.


the station settled the case for $40,000, all of which will go to Ms. Craven’s attorneys to cover a portion of their fees and expenses.


10 2011