Posts Tagged ‘WFLA’

Gayle Sierens signs off after 38 years at WFLA…

Veteran WFLA anchor/reporter Gayle Sierens signed off Wednesday night, after 38 years at the Tampa station.

Joining her to sign off were her current co-workers, as well as veteran WFLA anchor Bob Hite, who retired from the station in 2007.

On Wednesday night, the station aired a 30 minute special, detailing her history in the Tampa area and featuring local area celebrities and figures of power.

In a tearful goodbye (video below) Sierens said about her family, co-workers and viewers:  “The greatest gift is the love of my husband and children and all of you. I will always consider you my family and will never forget any of you.”
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05 2015

The retiring Gayle Sierens is profiled…

(from TampaTribune.com) – Counting down the days until she leaves, WFLA-TV news anchor Gayle Sierens says she is trying not to have a plan for retirement.

“Isn’t that what retirement is all about — not having a plan every day?” says Sierens, who exits the News Channel 8 anchor desk on Wednesday after 38 years and five months at the NBC affiliate.

After nearly four decades of living by deadlines, she’ll be off the clock.

She says that for the next year she may come back on air at WFLA for some special reports. “The details haven’t been worked out, and I don’t know what my title would be or how it will work, but for at least a year I will be available,” she says.

“I’ve been lucky to be along for a great ride, and I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to have had this kind of career, all in the same place,” says Sierens, who was 22 when she joined WFLA in 1977 fresh out of Florida State University.

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05 2015

WFLA anchor meets relatives from his Cuban past…

WFLA morning anchor Gene (Eugene) Ramirez had a chance to meet up with relatives that remain in Cuba, during the station’s May sweeps piece entitled Cuba: Behind The Curtain.

More than 50 years ago, Ramirez’s family fled to South Florida before the Castro regime took control of the island nation. However, not all of his family were able to leave the island. On the trip, Ramirez was able to meet up with with several of his cousins, who still live in the home that his mother was once played in as a child. Read the rest of this entry →

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05 2015

WFLA does the anchor shuffle…

WFLA has announced that Eugene “Gene” Ramirez (right #1) will be the new weekday morning co-anchor at the Tampa station. He will co-anchor the newscasts from 4:30 to 7 a.m. with co-anchor Gayle Guyardo. He officially starts at the station January 26th.

Sources tell Florida News Center that Ramirez will be filling the chair that is currently occupied by Rod Carter (right #2) . Carter will be moving to the weekend shift, to anchor the evening/night newscasts. Current weekend anchor Josh Thomas (right #3) is moving to the weekday shift and will serve as general assignment reporter. Read the rest of this entry →

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01 2015

UPDATE: FCC approves Media General-LIN merger…

UPDATE – 12/22/14 – Media General announced today that it’s merger (or “business combination” as they called it) with LIN Media has now closed. The two companies are now one, as described in our story below.

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12/14/2014 – Media General says its “business combination” with LIN Media has closed, which means the two are now one company.

On Friday the FCC approved the merger applications of Medial General Inc. and LIN Media LLC. The merger should be completed by the end of next week.

The deal, announced in March, creates one of the nation’s largest broadcast television station companies in, which will own and operate or service 71 television stations in 48 U.S. markets. The new mammouth Media General will reach an estimated 23 percent, of U.S. television households.

In Florida that means that changes are coming and new duopolies will be created.

            

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12 2014