Posts Tagged ‘WWSB’

SNN interviews the competition for story….

Sarasota 24hour news outlet, SNN broadcast a story last week about the Zika virus. The story detailed how communication between counties, the state and local media was not always on the same page. In the (video below) SNN multimedia journalist Jason Raven included an interview with competition for feedback about the communications issues. Raven interviewed WWSB medical reporter Alix Redmonde for the “media’s” take on the story.

While this is not unheard of, we here at Florida News Center find this odd and a tad unconventional. Why would one highlight the competition for story, instead of just using another reporter from SNN for the story? Kudos on a good story, but why another outlet? Read the rest of this entry →

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09 2016

Max Winitz to depart WWSB….

WWSB weekend anchor and general assignment reporter Max Winitz will be departing the Sarasota station. His final broadcast will be Sunday night, 5/29.

He is leaving to accept a position as the Communications and Public/Media Relations Manager for the 2017 World Rowing Championships. This event will take place in Sarasota in October 2017. He says this is only a sabbatical from TV news.

He joined WWSB in January 2011, finding love at the station. He married WWSB week day evening/night anchor Hayley Wielgus in 2015. Wielgus will remain in her position at WWSB.

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05 2016

Jennifer Hardy named N/D at WWSB….

In a press release today, WWSB announced that Jennifer Hardy has been named as the Sarasota station’s new news director.

Hardy comes from sister station, WAAY-TV in Huntsville, AL, where she was that station’s news director. Before WAAY, Hardy worked in Reno, Las Vegas, Spokane, Tulsa, Memphis and Tuscon. Read the rest of this entry →

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05 2016

Calkins Media to dump WWSB & WTXL…

(from TVNewsCheck.com) – Calkins Media is exiting the broadcast TV business, having agreed to sell its three small-market ABC affiliates to Raycom Media and its duopoly partner, according to a memo to station staffers from Calkins CEO Mark Contreras.

Under the agreement, Raycom will buy Calkins Florida stations, WWSB Sarasota and WTXL Tallahassee. American Spirit Media will buy WAAY Huntsville, Ala., which will presumably be operated in tandem with Raycom’s NBC affiliate in Huntsville, WAFF. Read the rest of this entry →

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04 2016

Leadership changes at WWSB…

Sources at Sarasota’s WWSB tell Florida News Center that Steve Sabota is out as News Director and that Gayle Beatty is in as the station’s Creative Services Director.

In an e-mail to staffers on Friday, general manager Jeff Benninghoff explained that Sabota asked to be “reassigned” to another position within the station, wanting to focus more on community involvement and the “brand” of Calkins Media stations. Read the rest of this entry →

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01 2016