WTVT History - FOX 13 News

WTVT broadcast history Video included

Since our start in a converted Greek restaurant in 1955, WTVT has been a pioneer in broadcast television. Here's a look at our first half-century on the air.
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  • News opens through the years

    News opens through the years

    From our simple start back in 1955 to the high-definition open currently in use, it's easy to see the advances in technology just by watching these newscast intros.
    From our simple start back in 1955 to the high-definition open currently in use, it's easy to see the advances in technology just by watching these newscast intros.
  • 'It's a Tradition' promo, 1979

    'It's a Tradition' promo, 1979

    One of a series of promos produced in 1979 that highlighted WTVT's experience covering the Tampa Bay area. Take a look at that 1979 set, the old-school yellow graphics, and...those haircuts!
    One of a series of promos produced in 1979 that highlighted WTVT's experience covering the Tampa Bay area. Take a look at that 1979 set, the old-school yellow graphics, and...those haircuts!
  • 'Celebrate Big 13' promo, 1980

    'Celebrate Big 13' promo, 1980

    This piece, created for our 25th anniversary, looks at the advances made by both WTVT and the Tampa Bay area during our first quarter-century on the air.
    This piece, created for our 25th anniversary, looks at the advances made by both WTVT and the Tampa Bay area during our first quarter-century on the air.
  • Promo featuring Walter Cronkite, 1985

    Promo featuring Walter Cronkite, 1985

    The elder statesman of news took time in 1985 to promote WTVT, then a CBS affiliate. And that's the way it is.
    The elder statesman of news took time in 1985 to promote WTVT, then a CBS affiliate. And that's the way it is.
  • Big 13 'specialists' promos, 1985

    Big 13 'specialists' promos, 1985

    A series of spots from 1985 that highlight the different beats that our reporters covered at the time. See if you can recognize some of them -- despite their classic 1980s hair.
    A series of spots from 1985 that highlight the different beats that our reporters covered at the time. See if you can recognize some of them -- despite their classic 1980s hair.
  • Hurricane Elena promo, 1985

    Hurricane Elena promo, 1985

    This storm pummeled the west coast of Florida for several days in 1985 before making landfall to the north.
    This storm pummeled the west coast of Florida for several days in 1985 before making landfall to the north. Throughout that time, Roy Leep and the rest of the WTVT team were busy with round-the-clock coverage.
  • Big 13 song promo, 1985

    Big 13 song promo, 1985

    Caution: You may need a napkin to wipe the sap from the screen after watching this 1985 promo. Back in the day, that was one stylish living room.
    Caution: You may need a napkin to wipe the sap from the screen after watching this 1985 promo. Back in the day, that was one stylish living room.
  • Andy and Roy promo, 1986

    Andy and Roy promo, 1986

    Andy Hardy and Roy Leep spoke their own languages and had their own styles, as this tongue-in-cheek spot from 1986 shows.
    Andy Hardy and Roy Leep spoke their own languages and had their own styles, as this tongue-in-cheek spot from 1986 shows.
  • New WTVT studios, 1989

    New WTVT studios, 1989

    After the original 1950s-era building became a bit cramped, WTVT moved into new studios in 1989. We took the opportunity to highlight our involvement in the community.
    After the original 1950s-era building became a bit cramped, WTVT moved into new studios in 1989. We took the opportunity to highlight our involvement in the community.
  • Kathy and Denise promo, 1990

    Kathy and Denise promo, 1990

    When Denise White and Kathy Fountain started anchoring the 5 o'clock news together, they made up the first team of female anchors in the Bay Area.
    When Denise White and Kathy Fountain started anchoring the 5 o'clock news together, they made up the first team of female anchors in the Bay Area.
  • Good Day Tampa Bay debut, 1994

    Good Day Tampa Bay debut, 1994

    Sure, it seems like the Good Day team has been helping you start the day forever. But Bill Murphy and Leslie Spencer kicked off the latest version of the show back in 1994.
    Sure, it seems like the Good Day team has been helping you start the day forever. But Bill Murphy and Leslie Spencer kicked off the latest version of the show back in 1994.
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  • Anchor

    John Wilson

    John Wilson

    John Wilson is the co-anchor of the FOX 13 6 O'clock News and the FOX 13 10 O'clock News and offers an Emmy-winning weekly commentary called My View. ----------------------------------------------------------------
    John Wilson is the co-anchor of the FOX 13 6 O'clock News and the FOX 13 10 O'clock News and offers an Emmy-winning weekly commentary called "My View."
  • Chief meteorologist

    Paul Dellegatto

    Paul Dellegatto

    Paul Dellegatto is the chief meteorologist for FOX 13. His passion is severe weather and tropical meteorology, which serves his viewers well.
    Paul Dellegatto is the chief meteorologist for FOX 13. His passion is severe weather and tropical meteorology, which serves his viewers well.
  • Sports director

    Chip Carter

    Chip Carter

    Chip Carter is the Emmy Award-winning sports director for FOX 13. He can be seen Mondays through Fridays anchoring the 5:30, 6:00, and 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. sportscasts.
    Chip Carter is the Emmy Award-winning sports director for FOX 13. He can be seen Mondays through Fridays anchoring the 5:30, 6:00, and 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. sportscasts.
  • Anchor

    Kelly Ring

    Kelly Ring

    Kelly Ring is a co-anchor on FOX 13 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. News. She joined the FOX 13 team in October of 1985.
    Kelly Ring is a co-anchor on FOX 13 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. News. She joined the FOX 13 team in October of 1985.
  • Good Day anchor

    Russell Rhodes

    Russell Rhodes

    Russell Rhodes is a co-anchor of FOX 13's Good Day Tampa Bay from 6 to 10 a.m. He joined the FOX 13 team in September of 1994.
    Russell Rhodes is a co-anchor of FOX 13's Good Day Tampa Bay from 6 to 10 a.m. He joined the FOX 13 team in September of 1994.
  • Good Day anchor

    Walter Allen

    Walter Allen

    Walter anchors Good Day Tampa Bay on the weekends and can be seen reporting during the week. He joined FOX 13 in March of 2014.
    Walter anchors Good Day Tampa Bay on the weekends and can be seen reporting during the week. He joined FOX 13 in March of 2014.
  • Political editor

    Craig Patrick

    Craig Patrick

    Craig is FOX 13's political editor. He is a 15-time Emmy and nine-time Associated Press award-winning journalist, with experience as an executive producer, anchor, and reporter.
    Craig is FOX 13's political editor. He is a 15-time Emmy and nine-time Associated Press award-winning journalist, with experience as an executive producer, anchor, and reporter.
  • Good Day anchor

    Laura Moody

    Laura Moody

    Laura Moody anchors Good Day Tampa Bay each weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. The Florida State graduate joined the FOX 13 team in 2006.
    Laura Moody anchors Good Day Tampa Bay each weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. The Florida State graduate joined the FOX 13 team in 2006.
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