Posts Tagged ‘wfts’

Dan Shafer out, Greg Dee in at WFTS….

WFTS morning anchor Dan Shafer (right #1)  is out at the Tampa station. No reason was given for his departure, other than a statement by a WFTS spokesperson – “the station wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Shafer started at WFTS in 1996 as a reporter in meteorologist. He went to the weekday morning anchor desk in 2003 and has been there since.

Almost as immediately as Shafer was shown the door, his replacement was introduced to viewers. Greg Dee (right #2) replaces Dan Shafer as primary weekday morning anchor. Read the rest of this entry →


02 2017

WFTS’ Paul LaGrone profiled…a local connection…

Check out this profile of WFTS anchor Paul LaGrone from Focus Magazine. Click here to read (pages 38-41).

For those of you who do not know, Florida News Center is based in the Tampa market, in the suburban city of Plant City. When I picked up Focus Magazine off of my drive way this week, I was surprised to see a picture of WFTS’ Paul LaGrone staring back at me. I was even more surprised to learn that Mr. LaGrone grew up in my home town and graduated the same year that I started my freshman year at Plant City High School (spring 1995, vs. fall 1995).

LaGrone joined WFTS this past summer, coming from West Palm Beach’s WPBF.

Check back to this page in the coming days for some pictures of Paul LaGrone from the PCHS year book.


12 2016

Bill Logan to PR with the City of St. Petersburg…

(edited from – The City of St. Petersburg announced on Thursday, that former WFTS weekend weather anchor and reporter Bill Logan had been named as the city’s new public works communications manager.

“Bill will help us streamline and focus our communications–but internally and externally,” said City of St. Petersburg public works administrator Claude Tankersley.

As Florida News Center reported, Logan and WFTS parted ways suddenly this past September. He had worked at WFTS since 2004 and has worked at other Tampa stations including WTVT, WTSP and The Home Shopping Network.


12 2016

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

Bill Logan departs WFTS…

Meteorologist Bill Logan has parted ways with Tampa’s WFTS. On Friday, the station quickly scrubbed his bio page and station Facebook pages.

The meteorologist subtly announced on his Facebook page Friday morning that he was no longer with the station. Viewers responded to the posting with angry posts towards WFTS.

Sources tell Florida News Center that Logan is the most recent casualty in Scripps’ (the owner of WFTS) nationwide move to cut costs by bringing in cheap, young talent. Unfortunately cheap and young means the loss of experience – good luck with that. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2016