10 February 2013

The Tampa Bay Network Affiliate TV Stations Voiceover Announcer Club

Recently I came across a website for those of you out there that like TV station promos and news opens.  It's called SouthernMedia's News Music Search Archive, where you can listen to news opens and promos from not only our TV stations in the Tampa Bay region, but TV stations in not only surrounding but outlying metropolitan areas across the country as well.  It's well worth a look - you'll spend hours listening to promos from TV stations across the country, both current and historical.

Be sure that you are using Firefox or Google Chrome when visiting the SouthernMedia News Music Search Archive - the website has recently undergone a facelift and if you use Internet Explorer, you will get a message saying that you are using an incompatible browser for that site.  However, I tried the site with Internet Explorer 8 and the site works great, except for the message nagging you to use Google Chrome or Firefox.

With no further ado ... drumroll please ...

Here's the roster of the Tampa Bay Network Affiliate TV Stations Voiceover Announcer Club, as of January 2013 (source for station announcer information:  SouthernMedia's News Music Search Archive, Tampa/St. Petersburg TV Market Page).  As you will see, only the four network affiliates - NBC (WFLA), ABC (WFTS), CBS (WTSP) and Fox (WTVT) - are shown here as well as Bright House Networks' Bay News 9.

WFLA-TV NewsChannel 8 (NBC):  Bill Ratner

WFLA-TV has been the Tampa Bay region's NBC affiliate since 1955.  WFLA-TV has survived the Great Tampa Bay Network TV Affiliation Switch of 1994.

WTSP-TV 10 News (CBS):  Scott Chapin

The newest voiceover announcer on the block in the Tampa Bay region, Scott Chapin has plenty of voiceover experience.  His recent voiceover experience was that at WSVN Channel 7 in Miami, and according to my research Scott Chapin is the most sought after voiceover announcer for TV stations nationwide.

WTVT-TV Fox 13 (Fox):  Danny Harmon

Not only Danny Harmon does voiceover for WTVT Fox 13 as well as WKMG Channel 6 in Orlando, he is also an avid railfan too!  You need to check out his channel on YouTube; his YouTube name is distantsignal and you will have hours of railfan fun!

WFTS-TV 28 ABC Action News (ABC):  Charlie Van Dyke

Another well known voice over announcer, Charlie Van Dyke can also be heard on Bright House Sports Network (Channels 47 and 1147 on Bright House Networks in the Tampa and Orlando areas) as well as Tampa's Q105 (WRBQ-FM) and Central Florida News 13, Orlando's counterpart to Bay News 9 on Bright House Networks.  (Psst!  If you got Bright House Networks digital cable in the Tampa area, you can watch Central Florida News 13 on Channel 1213!)

Bay News 9 (Bright House Networks exclusive):  Paul Turner

Yet another well known voice over announcer, Paul Turner has been the voice of Bay News 9 right from the beginning when Bay News 9 went on the air in September 1997.  Paul Turner can also be heard on many other TV stations throughout the country, including WSVN Channel 7 in Miami where he is the current voice over announcer there.

To those of you in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area that miss Scott Chapin doing the voiceover announcer duties on WSVN, you got a great voice over announcer bringing plenty of Tampa area flair (translation:  Many years of Tampa experience) down to South Florida.  If you WSVN viewers out there in South Florida really miss Scott Chapin so much, just head north either via Alligator Alley and Interstate 75 or Amtrak's northbound Silver Star (Train 92) to Tampa and tune in to WTSP 10 News.

And there you have it - the roster of The Tampa Bay Network Affiliate TV Stations Voiceover Announcer Club as of January 2013.  Stay tuned!

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