Posts Tagged ‘wtsp’

WTSP anchor’s husband succumbs to cancer…

We are sad to report that the husband of WTSP morning anchor Allison Kropff has fallen to a long battle with cancer. Allison and her husband Justin Kropff, a former reporter himself, were married for 6 years. Read the on in the story below c/o WTSP.

Our thoughts prayers go out to Allison & her family….

(edited from – If you didn’t know Justin when he walked into a room, chances are you would meet him. His smile would draw you in; his conversation would make you feel special and his laugh made you feel like a friend forever. After a hard-fought, courageous battle with cancer, Justin passed away on August 7, 2015. He was just 39. Read the rest of this entry →


08 2015

Comings & Goings, the N/D edition… is reporting that WTSP Peter Roghaar is stepping down as News Director at the Tampa station.  The site reports that he will stay at WTSP, but will move into a sales position.

Roghaar joined WTSP in 2010 from West Palm Beach’s WPTV.

So far there is no word on who will be the new News Director – stay tuned!


FTV is also reporting that WOFL Assistant News Director Jorge Gonzalez is leaving the station to return to Miami. He is being replaced by Steve Linden.

Linden comes to WOFL from across town at WKMG, where he worked on the assignment desk.


07 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

Gannett before, TEGNA after…

(edited from – Media giant Gannett is splitting into two publicly traded companies. The new one is TEGNA, encompassing Gannett’s 46 TV stations and digital properities. The other will keep the name Gannett and will focus on its publishing companies.

“TEGNA is a nod to the more than 100 year-old history of Gannett. While always reminding us where we came from, the new name also shows our innovative spirit and commitment to being a forward-looking company that empowers people, businesses and communities to grow and thrive,” said Gracia Martore, Gannett president and CEO….Cont….


04 2015

More news on WTSP….

WTSP has announced that it will launch a half-hour newscast, which will air at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. The new newscast debuts on March 1st and will be anchored by Mark Rivera and feature meteorologist Ashley Batey and “On the Road” reporter Bobby Lewis.

WTSP general manager Elliott Wiser told that the show will take “a more in-depth look at local stories, with less crime and more news befitting Sunday morning.”


02 2015