Posts Tagged ‘WWSB’

Calkins Media to dump WWSB & WTXL…

(from – 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 →


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 →


01 2016

Alan Cohn to, more news on, WWSB…

Sources tell Florida News Center that Sarasota’s WWSB has hired Alan Cohn to anchor and serve as managing editor of a new weekday 7 p.m. newscast. Cohn and the new newscast will debut on Monday Sept 14th.

Viewers in the Tampa market, might have previously known Cohn as an investigative reporter at WFTS. He joined WFTS in 2009 and then parted ways with the station in 2012. In 2013, Cohn announced that he was running as a Democrat for Congress in Florida’s 15th Congressional District. Read the rest of this entry →


08 2015

WWSB anchors get hitched…

(edited from – WWSB’s own Max Winitz and Hayley Wielgus said “I do” on Saturday night in an interfaith wedding ceremony at the Sarasota Yacht Club.

The ceremony was officiated by both a rabbi and pastor, with friends, family and ABC 7 colleagues in attendance to share in the celebration. Read the rest of this entry →


03 2015

Josh Taylor departs WWSB…

(edited from – A former South County reporter will soon be answering questions from the media instead of asking them.

Josh Taylor, 36, is the new public information officer for the city of North Port. The former reporter for WWSB ABC 7 starts on Monday, said Erin Bryce, the city’s community outreach manager.

Taylor said his office will be housed at the North Port Police Department. He will serve as a citywide public information officer, reporting to City Manager Jonathan Lewis and be paid an annual salary of $63,800. Read the rest of this entry →


03 2015