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.”
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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