Posts Tagged ‘WFLA’

Brendan McLaughlin joins WFLA…

Florida News Center readers noticed a familiar face on WFLA today. Tampa TV veteran Brendan McLaughlin joined the station today as a “political observer.” He was seen commenting on his recent road trip across America, and about the election on the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.

WFLA lead anchor Keith Cate mentioned on air that McLaughlin would be at the station today and tomorrow (11/7-11/8), election day. However, we suspect that he will stay on at the station for special projects.

McLaughlin was most recently lead anchor across town at WFTS. Read the rest of this entry →


11 2016

WFLA personality takes a scary flight…

(edited from – An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Tampa International Airport early Tuesday. Passengers say it was due to a malfunction with landing gear.

WFLA Daytime host Jerry Penacoli was on board the plane. He says passengers were told to brace as if they would crash land. Flight attendants showed passengers how to properly brace for landing. As the flight came down, the flight attendants kept screaming “Brace! Brace! Brace!” and passengers were all screaming, Penacoli explained. Penacoli says he and those around him were saying their goodbyes to each other. And miraculously the pilot landed the plane safely. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2016

Mark Collins back to WJXT…

(edited from WJXT Press Release) – Meteorologist Mark Collins returns to WJXT, in time for Hurricane Hermine coverage.  He was a fill-in meteorologist and a weather producer at WJXT from 2010-2011 and across town at the duopoly of WTLV/WJXX before that.

He left WJXT in 2011 to anchor weekend weather at WTSP in Tampa.  Recently he worked at the Florida Institute of Oceanography aboard research vessels studying Florida’s marine ecosystems. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2016

Adrienne Pedersen departs WFLA…

Weekend anchor and weekday morning reporter Adrienne Pedersen has departed Tampa’s WFLA.

She is headed to Milwaukee, WI to join WISN-TV as an anchor/reporter.

Pedersen joined WFLA in 2010, coming from KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO.


08 2016

A new weather toy for WFLA…

(edited from – Tampa’s WFLA, will now be able to offer the most advanced, in-depth severe weather and early detection reporting in the country with the new Max Defender 8 radar.

Engineered by Baron with cutting-edge technology, Max Defender 8 is a dual-polarization, million watt, high frequency S-band radar. WFLA-TV is the first broadcast television station to own or operate a radar system at this frequency and the radar has more operating power than radar currently used by the National Weather Service. Read the rest of this entry →


08 2016