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Kate Wentzel departs WTSP…

WTSP meteorologist Kate Wentzel announced that she is leaving the Tampa station.

Sources tell Florida News Center, that she is headed back to West Palm Beach. However, no specific station was identified.

She signed on with the station in September of 2011, coming from WPBF in West Palm Beach.


03 2017

Mike Deeson retires after 35 years at WTSP…

In an announcement on Facebook yesterday, veteran WTSP investigative reporter Mike Deeson announced that he had retired from the Tampa station.

He said on Facebook (edited): “I know this will come as a surprise to many of my friends in Tampa Bay, but I have decided to retire from Channel 10 effective today. This will give me the time to put more effort into many of other projects I have been trying to juggle while working full time.

At 68 years old, it’s something I have been thinking about for a while especially because of the changing landscape of TV news, and I know this is the right time.

Also, I didn’t want the long goodbye tour; I would rather rip off the bandage and go forward with my decision immediately. My nature is to come to a conclusion and act on it quickly without looking back.

Timing in a decision like this is always critical. As some of my friends know, I’m finishing up a book about my almost 50 years in the business that is extremely frank and I’ve always thought it would be better to try to get it published after I left the station .

I want to thank all the people who have been so kind to me over the years…the viewers, my colleagues, the friends I have made. I have loved every minute I’ve spent with all of you.

To everything there is a season- for now, this is my season to leave Channel 10.

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03 2017

Dion Lim departs WTSP…

(edited from – Dion Lim, evening anchor at WTSP in St. Petersburg, announced she is leaving the station to begin “a very exciting adventure just on the horizon,” but would not elaborate further.

Lim initially made the announcement during Tuesday night’s 11 p.m. broadcast, and has since posted on Facebook that after three years at the station, “the time has come to start my new chapter.”

Lim joined WTSP in January of 2014 after serving as evening anchor at WCNC in Charlotte, N.C. Lim previously worked at ABC affiliate KMBC in Kansas City, Mo….Cont….

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03 2017

Give me football, not severe Wx coverage….

Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening proved to be a dangerous time for weather Florida. The National Weather Service had issued a historically rare PDS Alert (potentially dangerous situation). As the first dangerous line of storms rolled into the Tampa market, stations were popping in and out of syndicated network programming to cover the weather.

WTSP continuously dropped in and out of the AFC championship football game on CBS, much to the irritation of some viewers watching the Patriots vs. the Steelers. Those viewers, included one Twitter user across the Bay at WTVT. The following tweet was sent out in response to WTSP’s coverage.

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01 2017

Burn, baby, burn – 2016 – WTSP to air Yule Log…

For the fourth year in a row, Tampa’s WTSP will air its verison of the burning “Yule Log.” This year it air from 6:30-9:30a.m. on Christmas morning.

WTSP started airing the Yule Log in 2013, competing with similar offerings from 24hr cable channel Bay News 9 (and it’s sister station in Orlando, News 13). However, while 2013 was the first year for WTSP, it became the last year for BN9/News 13. After thirteen years (2001-2013) the cable channels put the fire out and killed the tradition for 2014.

The TV Yule Log tradition was started by New York station WPIX-TV, 50 years ago in 1966! That live stream can be found here.

We here at Florida News Center are happy to see the log still burns at WTSP – Merry Christmas to you all.


12 2016