Posts Tagged ‘wfts’

Leslie Pastel named Dir of Sales at WFTS…

(edited from WFTS Press Release) - Leslie Pastel has been named Director of Sales for Tampa’s WFTS-TV. She joins the Scripps owned local media company on July 6.

Pastel most recently served as Director of Sales at WKYC-TV in Cleveland. Prior to that, she held other management and sales positions at Ohio TV stations, including Scripps’ WEWS-TV. Read the rest of this entry →


06 2015

Wayne Shattuck signs off after 20 years at WFTS…

WFTS veteran meteorologist Wayne Shattuck gave his last forecast on the Tampa station on Sunday night.

After 20 years at the station, the “official” word is that he is retiring after 43 total years in TV weather. However, as Florida News Center reported back in December of 2014, multiple sources tell us that the “retirement” was accepted, as the the veteran meteorologist was being slowly forced out. His final newscast was supposed to be at the end of 2014, but the station extended his contract through the end of May 2015; that time has come and gone.

Shattuck was one of the original personalities to join the WFTS when the station created a news department in late 1994. He started out the station’s chief meteorologist, but was replaced by Denis Phillips and was moved to the week-day morning shift. He was eventually moved from the week-day morning shift, replaced by Shay Ryan, and on to work weekends. Read the rest of this entry →


05 2015

A rare sight in TV news…

Check out this picture below that I took at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry’s Hurricane Expo this weekend. The chief meteorologists from all five Tampa market stations were at the event to discuss the upcoming hurricane season and answer questions. Yours truly wrangled these guys all together for a rare photo opportunity after the Q&A. Thanks to all five for chatting and for humoring me.

From left to right Mike Clay (Bay News 9), Denis Phillips (WFTS), Paul Dellegatto (WTVT), Jim Van Fleet (WTSP), Steve Jerve (WFLA)


05 2015

Linda Hurtado signs off after 20 years at WFTS…

Today was Linda Hurtado’s last news cast at Tampa’s WFTS.

Hurtado was one of the original anchors who started when the station created a news department in late 1994. She is leaving to spend more time with her family and work on a career as an author, writing under the pseudonym Linda Bond.

Check out some memories of her time at WFTS and her final farewell in the video below.

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05 2015

Linda Hurtado to depart WFTS…

Florida News Center has learned that WFTS anchor Linda Hurtado is leaving the Tampa station, and television all together. In a press release, the station announced that she is leaving to spend more time with her family. Her last day will be May 29th.

Hurtado posted on Facebook: I want to thank you for inviting me into your home for the past 20 years, trusting me to get the story right and welcoming me when you met me out in the community. I have loved my time working for the E. W. Scripps Company and ABC Action News, working with great friends and accomplished journalists, bringing you stories I hope were relevant and helpful to your lives. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have your support all these years – allowing me to experience some life changing stories that have affected my own life as well as yours.

Right after my diagnosis of breast cancer in 2011, I realized I’ve been running hard for many years both personally and professionally – and that, when the right time came, I wanted to take a break and slow down. That time is now. For many reasons.

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05 2015