WWSB’s Linda Carson received some time in the national spot light over the past few days, as the video below made its way around the Internet and shows like “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE” and ABC’s “GMA.” Carson was rammed by a goat, while preparing a video report from the Manatee County Fair. As you can see from the video below, Carson nor the goat were injured. Check it out below….
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(edited from WFTS Press Release) – WFTS-TV won the 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. M-F news competition in the highly sought after Adult 25-54 and Women 25-54 demographics for November 2012. November marked the first time WFTS won all three early evening newscasts in A25-54.
(from BroadcastingCable.com) - Steve Sabato was named director of news and digital content at WWSB Sarasota, Fla. He started Nov. 5 and reports to Jeff Benninghoff, VP and GM.
Sabato comes to the ABC station from Nashville, where he was partner/executive VP of media technology company Cell Journalist LLC. Prior to that, Sabato was director of news and local programming at WKRN Nashville. Sabato also held news director positions at WWJ Detroit and WLKY Louisville, along with a variety of other local TV management positions.
“Steve is a highly regarded news executive with an impressive track record in broadcast news and digital media,” said Benninghoff. “Steve has a history of building strong news brands and is an authority and innovator on multi-platform content strategy. I am very pleased that he will now put his impressive skills to work for our great station.”….Cont….
//hattip to NewsBlues.com
Sources tell Florida News Center that Sarasota’s WWSB parted ways with News Director Gene Ross earlier this week. There is no word on who will fill Ross’ vacancy. The station has already listed the opening on its website.
No reason was given for Ross’ sudden departure. However, his departure comes just weeks after Jeff Benninghoff was named VP and General Manager at the station.
Are more changes coming to WWSB? Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.
(from TVNewsCheck.com) – Calkins Media’s ABC affiliate WWSB Sarasota-Tampa, Fla. (DMA 14), -said today that Calkins executive Jeff Benninghoff is returning to the station as vice president and general manager. Benninghoff previously worked at WWSB — first as controller, then as station manager — from 1998 to 2008. He has since served as the group owner’s VP of finance at corporate headquarters in Levittown, Pa. He succeeds Steven Soldinger, who (as first reported by Florida News Center) resigned in early July.
Benninghoff’s appointment is effective immediately. He will report directly to Calkins Media CEO, Mark G. Contreras.
In making the announcement, Calkins Media CEO Mark G. Contreras said, “Jeff has the perfect combination of skills to lead ABC 7 into our digital future.” Contreras added, “He has an impressive track record of accomplishments in broadcasting and has been with the company for nearly 20 years. His optimism, energy and forward-looking approach will serve us well as we continue to evolve our business models.”….Cont….
(from TVNewsCheck.com) – The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., is three weeks away, but covering it is already shaping up to be the biggest undertaking for Don North in seven years as news director of Media General’s WFLA, the market’s NBC affiliate.
The 2009 Super Bowl pales in comparison, North says. “We are going to cover this as aggressively as anything we do. One way or another, everyone is going to be involved,” he says.
The 14th largest TV market’s other network affiliates — Scripps’ WFTS (ABC), Gannett’s WTSP (CBS) and Fox-owned WTVT — are also gearing up for maximum coverage of the four-day event (Aug. 27-30) that will center on the Tampa Bay Times Forum, but also include other venues around the market.
“It’s mind boggling,” says WFTS GM Rich Pegram. To prepare, he says, the station has done everything from survey stations in previous convention host cities to contract additional employees so that it will be able to explain “how [the convention] is going to impact … lives,” he says….Cont….
Sources tell Florida News Center that WWSB general manager Steve Soldinger announced that he was resigning his post at the Sarasota station. The announcement came during a staff meeting last Thursday. No reason was given for Soldinger’s sudden departure.
There is no word in who will replace Soldinger. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.
(from WWSB.TV) - The founder and original owner of WWSB ABC 7 has died.
Robert Nelson believed the Suncoast deserved its own television station and in 1971, the FCC agreed awarding Nelson Channel 40 on the UHF dial.
The station went on the air with the call letters WXLT-TV. The XL represented the roman numerals for 40.
“We were able to raise the capital and get the local support, and we went ahead. The total staff when we went on the air with Channel 40 from Clark Road, Lawton Drive, was 13 stalwart, ambitious, hard-working, young men and women,” says Nelson….Cont….
(from Examiner.com) - news anchor Lauren Dorsett will be presented with the Broadcaster’s Club of Florida “Rising Star Award” for 2012 at its next luncheon on Friday March 9 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the SaraBay Golf and Country Club in Sarasota, FL. The award is in recognition of Ms. Dorsett’s exceptional contributions to the Sarasota/Bradenton community, both on-the-air, and for her off-the-air civic service….Cont….