Posts Tagged ‘WWSB’

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

Lauren Dorsett out, Stephanie Roberts joins WWSB…

Sarasota’s WWSB-TV announced today that primary anchor Lauren Dorsett (right #1) is leaving the station to be close to family in her native Southern California. She joined WWSB in May 2010, from its sister station WTXL-TV in Tallahassee. So far there is no word on where she will work in California, or if she will remain in television. Her last day at the station is November 27.

Doresett will be replaced by morning anchor Hayley Wielgus (right #2), co-anchoring the 5, 5:30, and 6 p.m. newscasts with Scott Dennis. She will anchor the 11 p.m. newscast solo and will contribute as a station health reporter.

The station announced that former WFTS meteorologist Stephanie Roberts (left) will officially join their ranks, replacing Hayley Wielgus on the morning show. She will co-anchor Good Morning Suncoast with Don Brennan. As Florida News Center reported in May 2012, Roberts was fired from WFTS for unknown reasons. In the years prior and leading up to, Robert’s became a regular guest meteorologist on the weekend editions of ABC’s Good Morning America. Interestingly, Robert’s new bio on WWSB’s website makes no mention of her four years at Tampa’s WFTS. WWSB and WFTS are both ABC network stations, sharing the same market, with WWSB focusing on the Sarasota/Bradenton/Venice viewership. Her first day on the morning show will be October 7th.

 

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10 2013

Meredith Garofalo departs WWSB…

(from TVSpy.com) – Meredith Garofalo, who signed off from Sarasota ABC affiliate WWSB, has taken a job with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.

While at WWSB, Garofalo was the weekend meteorologist and reporter. She started her career at WGN in Chicago and worked at KOTA in Rapid City, SD before coming to WWSB….Cont….

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03 2013