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WFLA News Channel 8

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WFLA News Channel 8 logoNews Channel 8 is an NBC affiliated television station. The Channel is providing services to Tampa, Florida, and is also serving the nearby city St. Petersburg. The call sign of this TV station is WFLA-TV. At the same time, it is branding as NewsChannel 8 live streaming. And working with the slogan, “On Your Side”. WFLA News live stream is covering breaking news, WFLA weather, and sports all over the St. Petersbug and Tampa. Currently, the station is under the ownership of Nexstar Media Group. Firstly, the Channel went on air with the live stream of the Gasparilla Pirate Festival on February 14, 1955.

WFLA News Channel 8 Live Stream

Don’t miss any breaking news and headlines about sports, WFLA weather, and traffic from St. Petersburg andTampa. Stay updated with local news with WFLA News live stream.


WFLA News channel 8 is currently having affiliations with some of the following networks:

    • 8.1: NBC
    • 8.2: Court TV
    • 8.3: Court TV Mystery
Former Affiliations

WFLA TV remained affiliated with the following networks in the past:

  • NBC Weather Plus: From 2005 to 2008
  • RTV: From 2008 to 2011
  • MeTV: From 2011 to 2019
WFLA News Channel 8 building
WFLA TV Main Building – P.O. Box 1410 Tampa, FL | Courtesy:

Step-up from Analog Signals to Advancement (Digital Signals)

On June 12, 2009, WFLA news channel 8 shut down it’s broadcasting over analog signals and started telecasting over digital signals.

Why WFLA TV is so famous?

Presently, Channel broadcasts locally produced newscasts of 42 hours each week. WFLA remained clear rating winners for early morning, late news as well as evening newscasts. It was basically the only station within the market to gain the audience’s attention for its late newscast despite NBC’s lackluster ratings performance at the time. In October 1985, the station started using a helicopter for news-gathering named as “Eagle 8”. As in December 1994, market shakeup, channels started changing their network affiliations. But at that time, WFLA TV was among one of the few major stations that did not change their network affiliations. So, as a result, it became the highest-rated television station in the market.

On July 30, 2012, WFLA debuted a brand new weeknight 7:00 p.m. newscast; the primary such program therein time slot within the Tampa market since WFLA produced an analogous newscast for WXPX-TV (channel 66) from 2000 to 2002. On August 26, 2013, WFLA launched an hour-long 4:00 p.m. newscast. Additionally, WFLA dropped its noon newscast on August 23 but retained a noon newscast on Saturdays and Sundays. However, the management stated that a midday newscast might return in September 2014, to the station’s weekday schedule.

WFLA News Channel 8 studio
WFLA News Channel 8 studio | Courtesy: official website

Syndicated Programs

The program schedule of WFLA News Channel 8 live stream includes many popular syndicated shows, entertainment, local sports, classic family shows. Some of the most famous programs are the following:

  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Rachael Ray
  • Extra

WFLA TV live stream also includes the whole lineup of NBC programming, but it only goes on air the fourth hour of Today (An American TV Program) at noon instead of 10 a.m. slot, which is the recommended time slot for this program.

It is one of the most famous programs of WFLA TV. The Channel produces this program on each weekday mornings at 10 a.m. This show is about lifestyle as well as entertainment. There came a controversy in 2003 when The New York Times published a report of its ‘play for play’ practices. That article revealed about several thousand dollars charges by the businesses to appear on the show. Later on, after a lot of dispute on this issue, to avoid more intervention, WFLA News Channel 8 live streaming agreed to identify each paid part as such. In 2005, the original hosts of Day Time left the show, and in these days, Danny New and Cyndi Edwards are hosting this program.

Dan Lucas and Karen Loftus on set
Dan Lucas and Karen Loftus on set | Source: twitter

News Programming & Shows

WFLA presents local newscasts on both weekends and weekdays. Some of the newscasts are pre-recorded i.e., evening and overnight broadcasts. WFLA also provides newscasts for the other stations of Tampa Bay Market. WFLA radio Tampa is also a hub for the Florida News Networks. On weekdays the station begins with a local morning show, known as AM Tampa Bay. The host of this local morning program is Jack Harris. Another famous show is PM Tampa Bay, which is an early evening show. The host of this local evening show is Ryan Gorman.

Syndicated Programs

Some of the other syndicated programs of WFLA’s weekday lineup also includes some of the following:

  • Grownd Zero with Clyde Lewis
  • Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.
  • Sunday Night Live with Bill Cunningham
  • This Morning, America’s First News with Gordon Deal
  • Somewhere in Time with Art Bell

Other than these programs, there are also some paid programs on different topics, brokered programing. Some of the money features show are on the topics of health, money, law, fishing, and boating, etc.

Top Ex-Presenters of 970 WFLA Radio

This station gave so many stars at the start of their careers. Some of them are Glenn Beck and Lionel, as they started hosting in this station. Some other well-known names are given the following:

David and Avery Cotton at WFLA News Channel 8
David and Avery Cotton at WFLA News Channel 8 | Source: facebook page
  • Bob Lassiter
  • Jay Marvin
  • Dick Norman
  • Chuck Harder
  • Jack Ellery
  • Freddy Mertz
  • Al Gardner
  • Mark Larsen
  • Daniel Ruth
  • Mark Beiro
  • Paul Gonzalez
  • Mel Berman

Also, Watch local news from Tampa: Fox 13 News Tampa

News Team of WFLA News Channel 8

The News team of WFLA News live stream is hardworking, competent, and also experienced. List of some of the anchor is the following

Name Working As Show Name Schedule
Jennifer Leigh
Jennifer Leigh
Anchor weeknights at 5, 5:30, 7 & 11pm.
Keith Cate
Keith Cate
Co-Anchor Newscast at 5pm, 6pm & 11pm
Stacie Schaible
Stacie Schaible
Anchor News Channel 8 at 6pm, weeknights, on WFLA TV
Josh Benson
Josh Benson
Anchor-Person Newscast at 5:30

Great 38

News Channel 8 at 5:30 newscasts from Monday through Friday. Josh also anchors News Channel 8 at 8:00 p.m. on Great 38.
Jennifer Peñate
Jennifer Peñate
Co-Anchor Great 38 8:00 a.m.
David Espinosa Hall
David Espinosa Hall
Anchor of Today Today Each morning from 4:30 a.m. until 7 a.m.
Rod Carter
Rod Carter
News Anchor Evening Newscast weekend evening newscasts at 6 pm, 8 pm and 11 pm.
Evan Donovan
Evan Donovan
political anchor as well as reporter Battleground Florida Anchors News Channel 8 Today on weekend mornings, hosts the Sunday morning political show Battleground Florida. while he also reports on political issues during the week.

WFLA Weather News

News Channel 8 also presents up to the minute weather forecasts for its viewers. It gives the first weather alert and, at the same time, 8 Day Forecast, which is well-known as Max Defender 8 Day Forecast. While on the other hand, a team named as Storm Team 8, presents news and conditions about WFLA weather break.

Storm Team 8 Weather Team

The weather team of WFLA News live stream is competent, hardworking, and also experienced. They are often called as Storm Team 8 Weather. Due to their expertise in atmosphere conditions, the WFLA is regarded as the best-rated weather reporting channel. List of some of the members of the storm weather team is the following:

Name Working As Show Name/Schedule
Steve Jerve
Steve Jerve
Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve provides weather forecast on workday 5, 5:30, 6, and 11 pm newscasts
Leigh Spann
Leigh Spann
Meteorologist 4:30 am Monday-Friday
Julie Phillips
Julie Phillips
Evening Meteorologist Monday through Friday at 4 pm
Ian Oliver
Ian Oliver
Meteorologist You can catch him on News Channel 8 on the weekends at 6 PM, 8 PM (Great 38) and 11 PM and during the week on News Channel 8 at 11 AM
Jennifer Leigh
Jennifer Leigh
Meteorologist One can catch her forecasts on digital, including social media, website as well as WFLA App

WFLA TV Schedule

Here is the list of name and schedule of some of the most famous programs of Channel 8 News live stream following:

11:34 PM - 12:37 AM The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Its a musical show in which Actor Seth Rogan; actor Chiwetel Ejiofor; as well as musical guest Alanis Morissette performs. 12:37 AM - 1:37 AM Late Night with Seth Meyers Another Musical show on WFLA news channel in which Actress Tracee Ellis Ross from The High Note; while musical guest Luke Bryan performs. 1:37 AM - 2:07 AM A Little Late with Lilly Singh Actor Thomas Middleditch, actor Martin Starr, actor Zach Woods, and actress Amanda Crew.

2:07 AM - 3:00 AM Today with Hoda & Jenna Another the most famous show, Read with Jenna features author Eric Thomas; TODAY Food with chef David Rose; Dating These Days: Viewer Questions Answered with author Rori Sassoon. 3:00 AM - 4:00 AM Bloom In this well-known show of WFLA TV the topics about health, medicine, fitness, mental health, sports medicines as well as relationships are discussed.
4:00 AM - 4:30 AM
1st Look
5:30 AM - 6:00 AM Your News. Your Nation. The Making of NewsNation This program contains a preview of the new prime-time news program "NewsNation," which aims to provide a unique and unbiased nightly newscast. 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM NewsChannel 8 Weekend Morning Edition A comprehensive look at local, statewide and national news events by the NewsChannel 8 Team, along with updates on sports as well as the weekend weather. 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Weekend Today NBC News provides breaking news stories, interviews, human interest and pop culture stories. It also presents national and local weather reports.

Shows after 11 AM

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Vets Saving Pets This program consists of family matters. 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM The Champion Within It presents the stories about the heart and hard work. Basically this program is about life-changing events. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Earth Odyssey with Dylan Dreyer Host Dylan Dreyer moves towards different areas while containing new information.
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Consumer 101 Experts share tips on how to clean the inside of a vehicle; Jack stops by the Consumer Reports air conditioner lab, where he learns how they test ACs. 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Roots Less Traveled Basically this TV program is about Connecting to Whalers 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs This is the time of sports programming
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PGA Tour Golf There comes to another sport-related program. 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM NewsChannel 8 at 6:00 The NewsChannel 8 Team presents the latest information on the events of the day and timely updates on local sports, weather conditions, and traffic issues. 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt This program produces Crucial events and developments from the United States and around the world are covered by the anchors and correspondents of the NBC News team.
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM NASCAR Cup Series NewsChannel 8 at 11:00 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM Here comes another newscast which gives news about all the important events of the day as well as the weather too. 11:30 PM - 1:02 AM Saturday Night Live Another musical show in which Actress Jennifer Lopez hosts; musical guest DaBaby performs.


Controversy and Criticism

Channel remained under a lot of controversies and criticism. Firstly, when Channel produced an hour-long documentary that contained the topic of condemning homosexuality as a sin in the Christian position. It also claimed the drive of the gay community to make all criticism on homosexuality as hate speech. This documentary was broadcasted with the name of Silencing Christians. It was presented as a paid program from the American Family Association at 7 p.m. on the evening of June 27, 2009. Before this broadcasting, numerous phone calls swamped the station as well as several emails against the broadcast of this program. Later on, after broadcasting of this program, hundreds of phone calls and 1,000 emails protested against the broadcast. But the station remained firm on its decisions to show this program.

About WFLA News Channel 8

This Channel is basically an NBC affiliated station. It firstly went on air on February 14, 1955, under the ownership of The Tampa Tribune. It has been affiliated with NBC with the inception of this station. WFLA TV live stream remained as of early rating leader in Tampa Market until 1962 because of its newspaper background.

Coverage Area

The channel covers a vast area of Tampa city and bay. Here is the coverage area map of the station.

970 WFLA News Radio

News Radio WFLA970 WFLA News Radio is basically a commercial AM radio station which is presently working in Sarasota-Bradenton, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater and Florida. It is also serving the Tampa Bay Media Market. The call sign of the station is WFLA. 970 WFLA radio live is branding as NewsRadio WFLA. At the same time, the slogan is Tampa Bay's News, Traffic and Weather. Currently, WFLA news radio is working under the ownership of iHeartMedia, Inc., which is the largest radio station, owner.

History of WFLA Radio

Firstly, 970 WFLA live went on air in 1925. 970 WFLA live broadcasts at 25,000 watts in day time while at night, the station reduced its power to 11,000 watts for live stream. Its programming can be heard at three FM translators, 99.1 in Bayonet Point, 94.5 MHz in Gulfport, and 105.9 in West Tampa.Affiliations of 970 WFLA Radio

970 WFLA live is having affiliations with some of the following stations:

  • Premiere Networks
  • Fox News Radio
  • NBC News Radio
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
Tel: 702 642 3333
Tower Location: Hillsborough County, Florida
Brand Name: News Channel 8
Trevelyan Cosmo
Trevelyan Cosmo
A professional writer since 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Trevelyan Cosmo ran the creative writing department for the major News Channels until 2019. He then worked as a Senior content writer with, including national newspapers, magazines, and online work. He specializes in economics and broadcasting communications.

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