News 9, Bay News 9

January 20, 2011 by USA Post 

News 9, Bay News 9 is a cable television station based in New St. Petersburg, Florida. He is currently the Tampa Bay Area, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Polk, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

The cable service operator Time Warner, which managed the system at the time, created it and is now the primary content provider for the new system known as Bright House Networks to make new Local permanently available in this rapidly growing region. Former WTSP news anchor Al Ruechel was one of its anchors first and remains in operation. Three original anchors remain at the station: Ruechel Mike Clay and Alan Winfield. Winfield only works during the hurricane after leaving the station full time in 2006 to join a religious ministry. One of the original reporters, Chuck Johnson, remains also Bay News 9. In December 2008, Jen Holloway left the station to join the parent company, Bright House Networks as a spokesman for marketing. Weekend morning anchor Erica Riggins replaced its place [3].

Chief Elliott Wiser has come to Seattle to create the station. His drawing of the wheel home remains on the corridor wall station. Wiser also created the channel Bay News 9 Weather, a service in Spanish, channels on demand and the website. He also created a channel for 24 hours of sport called Catch 47 (later renamed Bright House Sports Network).

The station began operating Sept. 24, 1997 and gives the weather forecast every ten minutes “on the new” and more often in unusual weather. In 2002, he was first in the region to provide a system VIPIR Doppler radar. In 2007, Bay News 9 became the first station in Florida and only a handful of stations to provide a double pole Doppler radar system [4]. Monday, January 5, 2009, Bay News 9 launched its system upgrade called Doppler Rader Klystron 9. This new system is able to see the weather patterns in more detail than other Doppler radar systems [5].

It can be seen on channel 9 on all systems, except for Pasco County, where one sees on channel 6 (WTSP is on channel 9, due to its transmitter site). Newscasts (with the exception of the morning news segments) are recorded for repeat broadcasts with breaking news and weather forecasts inserted almost hourly.

Weather Project consists of science kits that are distributed to all teachers of Grade 6 public school in the 7-county area of visualization and Weather Project activity books for kindergarten and primary children. Bay News 9 presents an interactive exhibition entitled WeatherQuest at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, an exhibition of news and weather in Lakeland at Explorations V Children’s Museum and Classroom Weather Project at the Center for Science in the Pinellas County. Meteorologists also go to hurricane exposures and schools to education about the weather. [Via wikipedia & cyber]

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