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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.


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.



10 2013

Meredith Garofalo departs WWSB…

(from – 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….


03 2013

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