Posts Tagged ‘WWSB’

“The View,” Sarasota style…

“Suncoast View” premiered last week for viewers of Sarasota’s WWSB. The local talk show, based on ABC’s “The View,” features morning anchor Stephanie Roberts, veteran reporter Linda Carson, reporter Bobeth Yates and political commentator Regina Hopper.

A WWSB press release says about “Suncoast View”:  “The afternoon chatfest will feature the co-hosts discussing local hot topics in the news, sharing their opinions and engaging in lively conversations on every day issues and subjects such as parenting, relationships, cooking, fashion, entertainment, home & garden and even politics. The program will also include interviews with newsmakers and stories trending on social media.”

The show, which was announced back in July, premiered on September 8th. It airs week days at 4pm.

Check out the show’s second episode, 9/9/14, below…

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09 2014

Linda Carson celebrates 50 years on TV…

(from WWSB.TV) – Tonight, there is only one Amazing Woman, and her name is Linda Carson. We are celebrating a remarkable milestone in her life Monday, which is Linda’s 50th anniversary in television news.

After graduating from Mercer University and doing Coke commercials for the Bear Bryant Show, Linda’s first job in television news was in her hometown of Atlanta in 1964.

Channel 11 hired Linda to do the weather. She was among the first women to break into what was then a male-dominated business. Little did she know she was blazing a trail into TV news that other women would follow….Cont….

 

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09 2014

Woman steals WWSB reporter’s car on camera…

(from WWSB.TV) – It’s scam awareness month here at WWSB ABC 7, and sometimes exposing these types of things can be hazardous. That was the case today for 7 South Newsroom reporter Josh Taylor, who is investigating an alleged rental property scam.

It started out with a 91-year old Venice woman claiming she had rented an 11-bedroom home on Siesta Key for a family reunion. It turns out though that after some code violations the home now only has five bedrooms.

She wanted her money back but was told no, even though it was in her contract that she was entitled to it.

ABC 7 went looking for answers, and Josh was setting up his camera Friday afternoon when this happened….Cont….

 

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02 2014

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 MySunCoast.com 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.

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11 2013

Former WWSB meteorologist heads West…

Former WWSB-TV Sarasota meteorologist and Meredith Garofalo will be heading to the west coast of California. Garofalo will be the new weekday morning meteorologist and multimedia journalist for KEYT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Santa Barbara, CA.

Garofalo departed WWSB in March 2013 to be the Community Resource Director with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. Garofalo was very involved in the Sarasota/Bradenton community and recently was a nominee for the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance “Ray of Sunshine” Sandies Award. She also starred as “Rizzo” in the Manatee Players production of Grease in September.

Garofalo started her career at WGN-TV in Chicago and previously worked at KOTA-TV in Rapid City before joining WWSB in July 2011.

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11 2013