Posts Tagged ‘wtsp’

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

Jim Van Fleet files suit against former station/bosses…

(edited from – Former 10Weather WTSP chief meteorologist Jim Van Fleet has filed a lawsuit against his former TV station and two managers, claiming two managers there conspired to oust him from the job.

He claims the managers defamed him by spreading false rumors that he was using drugs and set him up for disciplinary action so they could name meteorologist Bobby Deskins as his replacement.

The lawsuit filed last month in Pinellas County Circuit Court describes Van Fleet as an “exemplary” employee since signing a five-year contract with the station in 2011. But four years into the contract — and one month after a positive performance review conducted by general manager Elliot Wiser — things started to go south for Van Fleet, the suit says. Read the rest of this entry →


11 2016

Chief Met Jim Van Fleet is out at WTSP…

UPDATE: Sources confirm to Florida News Center that indeed, Van Fleet’s contract was not renewed and that he and the station have parted ways. So there there is no word on who will replace him as the new Chief Met. Stay tuned.


FTVLive reports that WTSP Chief Meteorologist Jim Van Fleet is out at the Tampa station.

The website says that station GM “Bob Clickingbeard escorted Van Fleet out the door” Wednesday afternoon and his bio was quickly removed from the station’s website. There was no reason given for Van Fleet’s departure.

As Florida News Center reported, he joined WTSP in 2011, after ten years at WOFL in Orlando. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2016