Florida Rep. Writes Pai Over Gray-Frontier Retrans Blackout

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) has written FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to stick up for Gray Television’s WWSB Sarasota, Fla., in a retrans fight with Frontier Cable. Citing a failure to reach a retrans agreement with Frontier, WWSB used some in-house news reporting last week to relay that it had been pulled from the cable system Friday (Dec. 18) after WWSB offered to keep the signal on at current terms while they continued to negotiate.


Long-Lost Video Of Anchor’s On-Air Suicide Posted


Jennifer Hardy Named WWSB News Director

This is a move within Raycom for Hardy, who is news director at WAAY in Huntsville, Ala. The two stations are owned by Calkins, which was purchased by Raycom in April.

DMA 13

WWSB Tampa To Launch 7 P.M. Newscast

On Monday, Sept. 14, Calkins Media-owned ABC affiliate WWSB Tampa, Fla. (DMA 13), is will debut a news newscast. ABC 7 News at 7:00 will have an investigative point of view, featuring a long-form report on a topic of the day as well as a live, roundtable discussion with community leaders and newsmakers. The program […]

Calkins Media Building ‘WordPress For OTT’

Calkins Media and its Chief Digital Officer Guy Tasaka have retooled its Amazon Fire OTT app to allow for more monetization and discovery opportunities. It has also overhauled its mobile app at WWSB Tampa, Fla., resulting in a 900% increase in video views. The revamped version has since been rolled out at Calkins’ WAAY Huntsville, Ala., and WTXL Tallahassee, Fla.


Woman Steals WWSB Reporter’s Car On Camera

DMA 14

WWSB Tampa Revamps Its Anchor Lineup

ABC affiliate WWSB Tampa, Fla. (DMA 14), announced today that weeknight anchor Lauren Dorsett is leaving for personal reasons and plans to return to Southern California, where she grew up and most of her family still lives. Hayley Wielgus, co-anchor of WWSB’s Good Morning Suncoast and ABC 7 News at Noon, is being promoted to […]


JVC GY-HM650 Powers Tightrope Coverage

WWSB photographer Charlie Yeagley didn’t have to pack much gear in order to go live to his station in Sarasota, Fla., while covering local legend Nik Wallenda’s historic tightrope walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Garnd Canyon last month. The ABC affiliate used the JVC GY-HM650’s live streaming capability to air live press conferences before and after the walk.

DMA 14

WWSB Tampa Names Sabato News Director

Veteran news director and digital technology expert Steve Sabato will become director of news and digital content at the ABC affiliate starting Nov. 5.

DMA 14

Steven Soldinger Named WWSB Tampa GM

The former GM of station in Atlanta, Norfolk and Tampa is tapped to lead the Calkins Media ABC affiliate.