FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than Florida NewsCenter): WFLA is about to make Florida TV news history next Tuesday when it expands its morning newscast.
Starting Tuesday September 8th, 2015, WFLA 8 will be expanding their weekday morning newscast, a half-hour earlier to 4:00 a.m. Known as NewsChannel 8 Today at 4:00 a.m., the extra half-hour will feature Gene Ramirez (who used to work at WSVN 7 under Eugene Ramiez), Gayle Guyardo and Traffic and Weather Together on the 8’s from StormTeam 8 Weather Meteorologist Leigh Spann and Traffic Reporter Leslee Lacey.
Once this launches, it will become Tampa Bay’s earliest wake-up call, since all others start at 4:30 a.m. and WWSB 40 (ABC/Cable 7)’s morning news start at 5:00 a.m. And it will also make history as the FIRST TV news station in the state of Florida to start its morning newscast at 4:00 a.m.
In a statement obtained by Florida NewsCenter, Bill Berra, WFLA 8’s V.P. of News:
“We recognize that our viewers are starting their busy day earlier and we want to provide the ‘On Your Side‘ coverage they need before heading out the door.”
A historic newscast for WFLA 8 and it will soon hit the airwaves, next week. A surprise story by my end (was caught off-guard when Florida NewsCenter posted it on their website and Twitter) and something that Tampa Bay could enjoy… having the earliest morning newscast start in the entire state.