Posts Tagged ‘WTXL’

Changes are coming to WTXL…

Tis the season for a new set! Tallahassee’s WTXL is the latest on the list of Florida stations that are in the process of adding a new set. The station has started running promos (like the one below, featuring morning anchor Greg Angel), teasing the new set construction. The new set is expected to debut April 28th, just in time for the start of the most-important May ratings period. Stay tuned to Florida News Center.


04 2014

WTXL’s helicopter crashes, off duty…

(from – The FAA and NTSB are investigating a weekend helicopter crash near Tallahassee, FL, that killed two people and injured one.

Killed in the crash were the pilot Terry Ooten and passenger Curtis Clifford. Sheri Devore, a second passenger, was injured

The helicopter that crashed is the same one Tallahassee ABC affiliate WTXL uses for news gathering. The station partners with Tallahassee Helicopters for use of the Robinson R-44 helicopter. It was not being used by the station at the time of the crash….Cont….



02 2014

M. David Lee named as News Director at WTXL…

(from Calkins Media Press Release) - M. David Lee III will join the WTXL ABC 27 team as news director in December 2013.

Lee is currently the Assistant News Director with Cowles California Media Company at KCOY, Santa Maria, Calif., where he is responsible for day-to-day operations of the news department.

Lee has 25 years in broadcasting, serving as a production manager, sports director/anchor, promotions director, reporter, assignment editor, and news content manager.

He was part of the team that won a 2012 Emmy award for Overall News Excellence and nominated that same year for Best Newscast and Team Coverage categories. At KION in Salinas, Calif., Lee and the staff were winners of three 2012 Regional Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence, Video Breaking News and Video Continuing Coverage categories and winner of a National Murrow Award in 2011 for Video Continuing Coverage category.

He was promoted within Cowles television stations from Assignment Manager and Content Manager at KION to Assistant News Director at KCOY.


12 2013

WWSB goes all out to send off Lauren Dorsett…

As Florida News Center reported two months ago, WWSB-TV anchor Lauren Dorsett announced that she would be departing the Sarasota station after November books. Dorsett is headed to her native Southern California to be close to her family, but has yet to announce any future employment or future work in television. Her final day is tomorrow, November 25th.

She joined WWSB in April 2010 as a transplant from its sister station, WTXL-TV in Tallahassee. In just a short three years, the blonde bomb-shell has captured the hearts of Sarasota…or at least those of the bosses at WWSB. The station has planned a tribute to the three-year tenured anchor, has devoted a special section on its website , and has peppered with promo banners just for her departure. The station writes..

ABC 7′s Lauren Dorsett…over the past three and a half years, you’ve come to know, and love, her as weeknight anchor of Your Suncoast News. Now, as Lauren prepares to say good-bye, we look back at some of her most memorable moments…and hear from organizations that have benefited from Lauren’s work in the community. Join ABC 7 for “A Suncoast Send-Off for Lauren”…beginning Monday at 11:00. To send your good wishes to Lauren, post your comments at the bottom of this page.

Not to take away from the career or person that is Lauren Dorsett (and we do truly mean that), but does anyone think this a tad much for an anchor who has only been with the station for three years and is not even from the area? It certainly helps to be blonde and beautiful (again, no offense to Ms. Dorsett…as she is blonde and beautiful) to garner this much attention.


11 2013

WTXL promo sign “video bombs” WCTV live shot…

(from - During a WCTV live shot Friday from the Tallahassee Regional Airport, a promo for rival WTXL flashed on the screen behind reporter James Buechele (picture above; video here).

Buechele was talking about the airport’s potential expansion when the ad in the terminal flipped over to a graphic featuring WTXL anchors Mika Highsmith and Greg Angel. The promo aired twice, both before and after Buechele’s taped package….Cont….(from

//story and image c/o of’s Media Bistro


06 2013

WTXL gets a news helicopter…

(from – WTXL-ABC27 is proud to announce a new partnership with Tallahassee Helicopters to bring our viewers news coverage in a way that’s never been done before in the Tallahassee-Thomasville-Valdosta market.

The 2005 Robinson R44, Raven 2 helicopter has a glass cockpit and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment possessed by only three helicopter schools in the nation, and we have one….Cont….



03 2013

Changes in Tallahassee…

Viewers in the Tallahassee market may have noticed recent changes at WTLH Fox 49 and WTXL ABC 27. Both stations have updated their graphics and news music packages. WTLH has adopted the Fox O&O style (also used on FL stations WTVT, WOFL, WOFX, WAWS and WFLX). WTXL on the other hand has adopted a newer version of the graphics package used on its sister station in Sarasota, WWSB.

Check out the changes below, c/o of the YouTube videos below. – Thank you to Anonymous!

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06 2012

Comings and goings at WTXL…

Our friends in Tallahassee wanted to share some of the recent comings and goings at WTXL.

Reporters Jade Bulecza and Ty Wilson have joined the station.  Bulecza comes from
WALB Albany, Ga.

Anchor Anne Imanuel announced her departure to accept an anchor/reporter
role at Bay News 9.  She left Mar. 22 and started at Tampa’s Bay News 9 last week.

Reporter Patty Santos left Mar. 23 for a reporter position at KJRH in
Tulsa, Okla.

Host Kristen Ledlow left March 30th to accept a sports reporter job for
Fox Sports South and will be based in Atlanta.

VP/GM Gary Wordlaw resigned Mar. 15.  Bill Fee, retired GM from WCPO
Cincinnati, is the acting GM until a long-term one is hired.  *

Reporter Jerry Hume is leaving later this month for a reporter job at
Central Florida News 13

//hattip to our Tally buddies! – Stay tuned for any further changes…


04 2012

Motley is leaving WTXL…

Sources tell Florida News Center after less than a year at WTXL-TV, anchor Russell Motley is leaving the Tallahassee station. He joined WTXL in Oct 2010, from Jacksonville duopoly WTEV/WAWS.

We hear that Motley is headed to South Florida to teach at local college. However, no specifics were given. Stay tuned for further updates.


08 2011

Motley to WTXL…

Sources tell Florida News Center that Russell Motley has been named as the new evening anchor at Tallahassee’s WTXL. Motley fills the anchor chair, recently opened after the firing of anchor Michael Dupre (as reported by FNC back in August). Unlike Dupre, Motley will co-anchor the entire evening newscast line-up, from 5-6:30pm with Anne Imanuel, but will solo the 11pm newscast.

Motley has over twenty years in television news and just recently earned a Masters Degree from Florida A&M University. He most recently worked at Jacksonville’s WTEV/WAWS, before being let go in 2007 during reorganization at the duopoly.


10 2010