Posts Tagged ‘WWSB’

Tampa TV is prepping up for the RNC…

(from – 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….

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08 2012

WWSB GM suddenly resigns….

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.

Soldinger joined WWSB in Oct 2011, replacing former VP/GM Jeff Whitson. Whitson left WWSB in Aug 2011 to join a local area broadcasting company.

There is no word in who will replace Soldinger. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.


07 2012

WWSB reporter gets a soaking and national airtime…

Watch below as WWSB’s Trevor Shirley gets a soaking and some national air time on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!”


06 2012

Founder & former owner of WWSB dies…

(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….


05 2012

Dorsett is a “Rising Star”…

(from - 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….


02 2012

Soldinger named VP/GM at WWSB…

(portions from – ABC 7 (WWSB-TV) is pleased to announce the appointment of broadcast executive Steven Soldinger as Vice President & General Manager.

Soldinger, who has managed several television stations and owned and operated a radio station, comes to ABC 7 from Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as Vice President & General Manager of WGNT, Norfolk; WUPA, Atlanta; and WTOG, Tampa, all CBS Television stations. His appointment at ABC 7, the Suncoast’s top-ranked news station, is effective immediately.

“I am delighted to join the team at ABC 7 and make the move to the Suncoast,” said Soldinger. “WWSB is a dynamic, progressive television station with an excellent news operation and deep commitment to serving the Suncoast community. I look forward to working with the staff and leading the station to exciting new heights.”…Cont…

Soldinger fills the void left by former VP/GM Jeff Whitson. As Florida News Center reported back in August, Whitson left the station to join a local broadcasting company. What changes will Soldinger bring to WWSB? Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.


10 2011

WWSB GM to depart, the search is on…

Florida News Center has learned that VP/general manager, Jeff Whitson is leaving Sarasota’s WWSB-TV. Whitson informed station staff via an e-mail last week (read on at the bottom of the story), that he is leaving to become Vice-President of broadcasting at TelAmerica Media. He will stay on at the station until Aug 15th. Until a replacement is found, Ken Long will assume the role as acting VP/GM.

As Florida News Center reported at the time, Whitson joined WWSB in April of 2010. He came from Jacksonville duopoly WTEV/WAWS. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for future details.

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08 2011

Wielgus signs on at WWSB…

(from – Hayley Wielgus made her WWSB debut on Monday, joining the Sarasota ABC-affiliate’s morning and noon newscasts. Wielgus, who comes to WWSB from KYTX in Tyler, TX, will anchor the station’s daytime newscasts alongside veteran meteorologist John Scalzi, who recently renewed his contract.

“I am delighted to welcome Hayley to the Suncoast’s #1 news team,” exclaimed Jeff Whitson, WWSB’s vice president and general manager, in making the announcement. “I know that she and John will make a great team, and I’m very excited and optimistic about the future of our morning, and noon, broadcasts.”

Wielgus is replacing Linda Carson, who anchored WWSB’s morning and noon newscasts for the past year. Carson is now working as a senior reporter and fill-in anchor with the station….Cont….


07 2011

FL comings and goings…

Kimberly Curth moves to a reporter at WSMV in Nashville. She was previously a weekend anchor and reporter at WKRG in Mobile, AL.

Erin Guy will leave KOCO in Oklahoma City to be a reporter for WPBF in Palm Beach.

KYTX in Tyler, TX, will say goodbye to Hayley Wielgus, who was a weekend anchor and reporter. She moves to WWSB in Sarasota, FL.

Miguel Amante, a former anchor and reporter at KXTX-39-Telemundo in Dallas, is joining Central Florida News 13 in Orlando as a multi-media journalist and producer for the cable channel’s CFN13 En Español. He starts July 5.

//hattip to MediaBistro


06 2011

Changes at WWSB…

Viewers watching Sarasota’s WWSB today may have noticed a few changes. The station unveiled a new graphics package and slogan, “We’re here for you” (which yours truly finds slightly creepy for whatever reason).

Astute readers of Florida News Center quickly guessed that the new graphics are from Florida TV broadcast graphics house, Giant Octopus. Check out the new graphics below.



04 2011