Gayle Sierens to Retire from WFLA-TV in May 2015

(Tampa Bay, FL) In the wake of three other retirement announcements of longtime Tampa Bay news anchors, Gayle Sierens said she would be leaving WFLA-TV/NewsChannel 8 in May 2015 after a 38-year stint at the station. She will anchor the 11 p.m. newscast through the end of 2014 and continue anchoring the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts until May 20, 2015, her last scheduled day at WFLA-TV.

Sierens joins John Wilson and Anne Dwyer (WTVT-TV) and Yolanda Fernandez (WFLA-TV) in announcing their departures from Tampa Bay television after long stints with their respective stations.

“I am so grateful to live out my career in the town where I grew up. Who gets to do that?” Sierens said. “I am truly excited for this next phase of my life. I have worked the night shift for more than three decades. I’m eager to go to bed at a normal time, and have time to travel with my husband and children. I’m even hoping to improve on my golf game, and looking forward to more time to volunteer in our community.”

When she joined WFLA-TV/News Channel 8 in 1977, Sierens was a weekend sports anchor/reporter and became the 11 p.m. weekday sports anchor in 1983. In October of 1985, Sierens made the transition from sportscaster to news anchor. On Dec. 27, 1987, she called the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL game on NBC becoming the first woman to do play-by-play for a National Football League game. Marty Glickman, who is credited with being a pioneer in radio and later TV play-by-play, was assigned to coach Gayle Sierens for that assignment.

Sierens began her career at WFSU-TV in Tallahassee, Fla. She received a B.S. degree in mass communications from Florida State University. She was the winner of the Florida Holocaust Museum’s “Loebenberg Humanitarian Award.” She was also named Humanitarian of the Year by the Judeo Christian Health Clinic. The Association of Fundraising Professionals created the “Gayle Sierens Volunteer of the Year” award in her honor. She was named a “Woman of Distinction” by Girl Scouts of America, Suncoast chapter.

Gayle Sierens and her husband, Mike, have been married for 26 years and have two sons, Cam and Luke, and a daughter, Maddie.

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Two Longtime Tampa Bay News Anchors Announce Retirements

(Tampa Bay, FL) The Tampa Bay local news television landscape is rapidly changing. Three longtime anchors in the market are leaving the airwaves, two to retirement and one to a public sector position.

Last week, John Wilson announced his retirement from WTVT-TV after a 50-year career in television. On Monday, Anne Dwyer announced she was leaving the same station after 30 years on the air as reporter and anchor. Yolanda Fernandez also announced she was leaving WFLA-TV to become a spokesperson for the St. Petersburg Police Department. She had been a reporter and weekend anchor on WFLA-TV for 25 years.

John Wilson plans to write a book on his experiences as a reporter and anchor in local news. Anne Dwyer said she plans to “sleep in and take care of some home improvement projects”. Yolanda Fernandez is scheduled to begin her new job with the St. Petersburg Police Department later this month.

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Baltimore Orioles to Hold Youth Baseball Clinic Saturday at Ed Smith Stadium

(Sarasota, FL) On Saturday, May 24, Baltimore Orioles players and coaches will conduct a baseball clinic on the main field at Ed Smith Stadium for 50 children from the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club in Sarasota. Participants will assemble at 12:30 p.m., and on-field activities will begin at 1:00 p.m. with instruction in pitching, hitting, fielding, throwing and base running. The Oriole Bird will also be present and refreshments will be provided to all participants.

 

Orioles minor league players scheduled to participate include Bobby Bundy, Jonah Heim,  Steve Johnson, Sean McAdams, and Nik Nowottnick. Coaches will include Orioles Hall of Famer Scott McGregor and minor league field coach Scott Thomas. McAdams was selected by the Orioles in 2013 out of Cardinal Mooney High School.

 

“This is the second in a series of youth clinics the Orioles will conduct this year at Ed Smith Stadium,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “Orioles players and coaches have a great time sharing their passion for the sport by working with children from local non-profits. It’s another way the Orioles give back to the community and seek to influence young people through providing positive role models.”

 

“We enjoy a great partnership with the Baltimore Orioles and appreciate their players and coaches providing this special opportunity to develop baseball skills. Through team sports, like baseball, we instill healthy lifestyles and good character development,” said Bill Sadlo, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.

            

The Orioles’ youth baseball clinics are part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. For more information, or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, please visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.

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WENG Radio to broadcast Venice Indians spring football game Friday night

(Sarasota, FL) WENG AM 1530 and FM 107.5 will broadcast the Venice Indians vs. Lakeland Dreadnaughts spring football game live from Powell-Davis Stadium on Friday, May 23rd. Coverage begins at 5:45 p.m. with the pre-game show. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.  Rich Spedaliere will call the play-by-play.


The schedule of remaining spring games in Sarasota and Manatee County follows:

May 22
Cardinal Mooney at Braden River, 7:00 p.m.

May 23
Haines City at Manatee, 7:30 p.m.
Bayshore at Cape Coral, 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland at Venice, 6:00 p.m.
Port Charlotte at Wauchula Hardee County, 7:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg at Sarasota, 7:00 p.m.
Southeast at Riverview, 7:30 p.m.
Palmetto at Booker, 7:00 p.m.
Lakewood Ranch at Naples Lely, 7:00 p.m.

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Bradenton Marauders host Cubs and Stone Crabs in 5-Game Home Stand

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders host the Daytona Cubs (Chicago Cubs) in a four-game series May 20-May 23 and play the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays) on Sunday, May 25. The games on May 20, May 22, and May 23 start at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 is a 10:30 a.m. game with gates opening at 9:30 a.m. May 25 begins at 1:00 p.m. with gates opening at noon.

 

Marty the Marauder celebrates his birthday on Tuesday, May 20. Marty’s mascot friends from around the state of Florida will be at McKechnie Field to celebrate. Cake will be served.

 

The First Mates Kids Club takes over the ballpark every Tuesday. Kids 12 and under can join the club for $15 to receive a game ticket and meal voucher at 11 Tuesday home games, along with special experiences reserved for club members only during the season. Club members also receive a free ticket to the game on Sunday, June 22 with an invitation to a postgame ice cream social with the Marauders. After Tuesday games there will be a Kids Fun Run for all kids 12 and younger to circle the bases.

 

Wednesday, May 21 is Education Day. Students from local schools will attend the game as a field trip. Educational exhibits will be displayed around the ballpark. Students will be served lunch at the ballpark.

 

Thursday, May 22 is Island Night. The first 500 fans will receive an Island Night t-shirt. Island Night is also a Thirsty Thursday. Sodas and select draft beers will cost just $1. The Marauders offer Thirsty Thursday Club memberships for only $60 to receive a ticket to the remaining 10 Thursday home games, a club t-shirt, and the opportunity to earn great rewards all season. Each club member will also receive their first 12-ounce drink for free at each Thirsty Thursday game. Marauders season ticket holders can join the Thirsty Thursday Club for just $10.

 

Friday, May 23 is a Free Shirt Friday featuring an All-Star Game t-shirt giveaway for the first 500 fans. Every Friday home game is also a Happy Hour Friday presented by Pier 22 Restaurant. Between 5:30 and 6:30, 500 free hot dogs will be given away and there will be great drink specials from Kayem and Cheney Brothers.

 

The Marauders play on the road at Charlotte on Saturday, May 24. Sunday, May 25 is Latin Heritage Day at McKechnie Field. Free salsa dancing lessons will be held on the outfield boardwalk when gates open at noon. For $2, fans can purchase a wristband to sample food from great local Latin restaurants that will be onsite for the game.

 

Every Sunday home game is a Family Fun Sunday. Tickets and regular-sized Kayem hot dogs are just $1. Children 12 and younger can run the bases after the game in the Kids Fun Run.

 

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders please visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.

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