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Holley Sinn departs/Hilary Zalla joins WTSP traffic….

WTSP traffic reporter/anchor Holley Sinn (right) has left Tampa’s WTSP. She left the station at the end of December.

Sources tell Florida News Center that Sinn left WTSP because her husband was offered a job in another market. He accepted the position and the two moved out of Florida.

Sinn took over morning traffic duties from Lorena Rabago. Prior to traffic, Sinn worked at WTSP’s “infomericial” show Studio 10.

WTSP has hired Hilary Zalla (left) to fill Sinn’s shoes at the traffic desk. Zalla joins the station from WKEF/WRGT, the ABC/FOX affiliates in Dayton, OH.


01 2015

Former WTSP anchor’s daughter killed in accident…

(from – A former anchor for 10 News was involved in a serious crash that claimed the life of her daughter and left her husband seriously injured.

Marty Austin known formerly as Marty Matthews was involved in a crash around 12:20 p.m. on December 24, on Interstate 95, in Colleton County, South Carolina.

Her husband, 66 year old Edward Austin, was driving the Cadillac SUV according to authorities. Read the rest of this entry →


12 2014

Burn, Baby, Burn…..2014!

For the first time in thirteen years, Tampa’s Bright House Cable news channel Bay News 9 and Orlando’s News 13 is breaking tradition and will not be airing the burning “Yule Log” LIVE on Christmas Eve. The tradition, started in 2002 had featured a burning fireplace, along with traditional Christmas music played (varying hours each year) from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. midnight.

Bright House Cable customers can still enjoy the scenes and music by going to OnDemand channel 999 in the Tampa and Orlando markets. For 2014, Bright House has expanded the different versions of the fireplace, up to eleven different options with and with-out music. The new highlight for this year, is a fireplace that is inspired by the Disney movie Frozen.

Tampa’s WTSP will air its verison of the burning “Yule Log” from 7-10:00 a.m. on Christmas morning. This is the second year that WTSP has aired its burning fire place, beginning last year for Christmas 2013. Watch the 2013 promo below:

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12 2014

Tampa stations honored with duPont-Columbia Awards…

(edited from - Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced 14 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, including four for investigative reporting by local stations–and two were in the same market, Tampa-St. Petersburg.

ABC affiliate WFTS was honored for “Incapacitated: Florida’s Guardianship Program”, an investigation that exposed “rampant abuse and fraud” by court appointed guardians. The investigation resulted in a new guardianship reform bill.

Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP received a duPont for “Short Yellows and the Red Light Fight”, an investigation that exposed how local governments “abused technology to cheat drivers.”….Continue for full story….


12 2014

John Wilson signs off at WTVT, after 50 years in news…

Veteran anchor John Wilson sgined off at WTVT, on tonight’s 6 p.m. newscast. His final hour-long show featured words of praise from leaders in the Tampa Bay area, politicians, legal officials, CEO’s, sports figures and many more.

He delivered his final newscast surrounded by family and friends who came to watch at the station. After handing over the reigns to his son Mark Wilson, who will take over for Dad as lead male anchor for the 6 and 11pm newscasts, he spoke directly to the viwers.

Referring the languages spoken in the many countries in which he has reported from, John Wilson ended his final newscast with the following statement:

“So it’s done. Deep breath time,” he paused, voice catching. “Au revoir as I heard in Normandy, auf wiedersehen in Germany, hasta la vista in Cuba, and in Moscow, do svidaniya. Until we meet again, for we surely will. Thank you for watching, and on behalf of all of us here at Fox 13, I’m John Wilson. Goodnight, and farewell.”

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11 2014