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Joe Gumm departs, Ian Reitz joins WTSP…

Florida News Center has learned that WTSP weekday morning anchor Joe Gumm is no longer with the St. Petersburg station. Gumm, has been noticablely missing from morning newscasts from several weeks now, prompting readers of this website to question his whereabouts. His bio was removed from the station website this weekend.

WTSP General Manager Elliott Wiser tells Florida News Center that Gumm is in fact no longer with the station and that the station has already named his replacement. Ian Reitz fills Gumm’s chair on the morninig show, starting September 30th.

Reitz joins WTSP from Nashville’s WSMV where he has been morning anchor for the past three years. Prior to WSMV, Reitz has worked at KGUN in Tucson and KSTM in El Paso.

Gumm joined WTSP in 2012, coming from KOKH in Oklahoma City. He replaced Keith Jones who left the station to join WTVJ in Miami.

 

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08 2014

WLTV gets a bird…well, sort of…

UPDATE: 07/23/2014 – Our friends at SFLTV.com now report that WLTV’s new “Vision 23″ is in fact, only a vision. The helicopter shown in the promo shot (right) is real, but only serves as a back-up for the other two news helicopter’s in the market (WSVN’s “Skyforce 7″ and WPLG’s shared “Sky 10.” The decked out bird shown in the promos is the former helicopter from WTSP, but does not exist in its “Vision 23″ form shown (right)

WLTV does have access to a helicopter now, but only because the station has joined the sharing agreement between WPLG, WFOR and WTVJ, with WPLG’s Sky 10. Now four TV stations in one market are sharing the same helicopter, leaving only WSVN as the only station in the Miami market to operate its own helicopter.

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Our friends at SFLTV.com report that Miami Univision affiliate WLTV now has its own news helicopter. The station began running promos several weeks ago, bragging the station’s new toy, dubbed “Vision 23.”

This new bird makes only it only the third TV news helicopter to be used in Miami. WSVN’s “Skyforce 7″ and WPLG’s “Sky 10,” which is shared with comptetitor’s WFOR and WTVJ.

SFLTV.com also reports that the new WLTV helicopter was formerly WTSP’s “Sky 10″ (left). The helicopter could formerly be seen flying over the skies in the Tampa market, until WTSP joined a helicopter sharing agreement with fellow stations WTVT and WFTS. in 2009.

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07 2014

Tony Pipitone signs off at WKMG…

Watch the video below as Orlando’s WKMG-TV sends veteran reporter Tony Pipitone off to Miami, with a fond farewell. As Florida News Center previously reported, Pipitone is headed to Miami’s WTVJ, to be closer to his wife, who is executive director of the Miami Herald’s Spanish language newspaper.

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03 2014

More AM news on WTVJ…

(from TVNewsCheck.com) - NBC-owned WTVJ Miami (DMA 16) announced today that its 4:30 a.m. newscast unveiled during the Olympic Games will become a permanent addition to the weekday morning news block.

“We had an overwhelming viewer response to the 4:30 a.m. newscast we launched during the Olympics and are excited to make it a permanent addition to our lineup,” said Migdalia Figueroa, the station’s VP of news. “We are committed to providing our viewers relevant local news and information when they need it and are pleased they want to start their day with us.”….Cont….

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02 2014

Tony Pipitone to depart WKMG, going to WTVJ…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com)Tony Pipitone, one of the finest reporters in Orlando TV history, is leaving WKMG-Channel 6. He will become an investigative reporter next month at WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market.

Pipitone, 53, is moving to South Florida primarily for personal reasons, WKMG said.

He will join his wife, Myriam Marquez, who works in South Florida for The Miami Herald. Marquez, a former columnist at the Orlando Sentinel, was named executive editor of the Herald’s Spanish-language daily, el Nuevo Herald, in October.

They commuted for eight years between the two communities. “We made it work, but we always hoped to get under one roof sooner,” Pipitone said in an interview.

Pipitone has worked at WKMG for 26 years….Cont….

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02 2014