Bob Hite returns to celebrate Gayle Sierens’ retirement

Bob Hite returns to celebrate Gayle Sierens' retirement (Image 1)

In the world of TV news, one would be hard pressed to find a co-anchor team that worked together longer and had as much success as the WFLA-TV co-anchors Bob Hite and Gayle Sierens.

They were a dynamic duo for more than two decades.  Their on-air chemistry was rivaled only by their off-air friendship.

Bob Hite recently returned to Tampa to help celebrate Gayle’s upcoming retirement.  It was a reunion filled with emotion.  Bob Hite retired from WFLA-TV eight years ago.  Bob and Gayle began working together at WFLA in 1977.  Gayle was fresh out of college, hired to do sports.  Bob was a Philadelphia  reporter who “sailed” into Tampa Bay to anchor the news.

Hite recalled, “They had a film crew waiting for me to dock when I arrived that first day, so she was the very first reporter or staff member I met from this television station.”

Sierens made the transition from sportscaster to newscaster in 1985.  She and Hite worked side by side for 22 years.  It was a match made in TV heaven.  Their professionalism and playfulness captivated Tampa Bay area viewers.

When Sierens asked Hite for some advice on retirement, he told her, ” Pursue all your passions.”

Go to our Facebook page to leave Gayle a special message

Sierens responded that she would and that included more golf.  Sierens also said she planned to slow down, and not live life in such a hurry.

WFLA-TV invites you to watch an emotional tribute to Gayle Sierens Wednesday night.  The special show will detail Gayle’s long and celebrated career beginning at 7:30pm Wednesday on News Channel 8.

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