Posts Tagged ‘WWSB’

A goat takes on WWSB’s Linda Carson…

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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01 2013

WFTS makes gains in November 2012 books…

(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.


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11 2012

Steve Sabato named as N/D at WWSB…

(from - 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….

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11 2012

WWSB parts ways with News Director…

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.


09 2012

Benninghoff named as VP/GM at WWSB…

(from – 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….


08 2012