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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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CBS Sports and NFL Network Team Up For Thursday Night Football

(New York, NY) CBS Sports and NFL Network today announced plans for extensive on-site pre-game and post-game coverage for its broadcasts of Thursday Night Football. The networks team up for over two hours of coverage, featuring CBS Sports and NFL Network analysts and reporters, originating from the site of each game for all 15 weeks, beginning at 6:00 PM, ET on NFL Network and continuing through kick-off at 8:25 PM, ET.

At 7:30 PM ET, host James Brown is joined by analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher. The show will air on CBS and be simulcast on NFL Network weeks 2-8, and on NFL Network during weeks 9-16. Brown, Cowher and Sanders will also provide halftime coverage.

Additionally, each week Thursday Night Football coverage will conclude with a live post-game show airing both on CBS and NFL Network.

The networks will utilize two sets each week on location with the joint studio team contributing across all shows leading up to kick-off and post-game. One set will be positioned in the stadium, while the other set will be located outside the venue. The full talent lineup for the pre-game and post-game coverage of Thursday Night Football will be announced this summer.

The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.  The Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 11 with Steelers vs. Ravens from Baltimore. 

2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule

Kickoff times are 8:25 PM ET unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 11 (Week 2):

Steelers at Ravens

Nov. 6 (Week 10):  

Browns at Bengals

Sept. 18 (Week 3):

Buccaneers at Falcons

Nov. 13 (Week 11):

Bills at Dolphins

Sept. 25 (Week 4):

Giants at Redskins

Nov. 20 (Week 12):

Chiefs at Raiders

Oct. 2    (Week 5):

Vikings at Packers

Dec. 4  (Week 14):  

Cowboys at Bears

Oct. 9   (Week 6): 

Colts at Texans

Dec. 11 (Week 15): 

Cardinals at Rams

Oct. 16 (Week 7): 

Jets at Patriots

Dec. 18 (Week 16): 

Titans at Jaguars

Oct. 23 (Week 8): 

Chargers at Broncos

Dec. 20 (Week 16): 

Eagles at Redskins*

Oct. 30 (Week 9): 

Saints at Panthers

Dec. 20 (Week 16): 

Chargers at 49ers*

Weeks 2-8 and one of the Saturday games from Week 16 will be broadcast by CBS and simulcast on NFL Network. Weeks 9-12 and 14-16, including one of the Saturday games during Week 16 will be televised by NFL Network.

*The kickoff times for each of the Saturday games – Philadelphia at Washington and San Diego at San Francisco – will be determined at a later date.

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