AuthorJosh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

The xx: a musical gem of a discovery

I’m usually the last to learn about great music. I’ll be the guy who asks my friends if they’ve heard the great track from some band only to learn that the song came out two years ago. On top of my failure to find good tracks, I have a pretty quirky musical taste. It wouldn’t completely be inaccurate for me to mix in some electronic, followed by a dose of hip hop, backed...

Let’s go racin’ boys!

I never grew up watching NASCAR – but when I lived in Tucson, my buddy Chris Tardiff urged me to check it out. I thought it was a joke prior to really sitting down and learning more about the sport. I have to admit, there’s some pretty cool things that go on – from the track, to the sound, to the crazy technology in the cars. It’s quite a sport – and fans are crazy...

Good time to be a sketch artist

A sketch artist always seems to be a good career move. There will always be criminals. There will always be people trying to identify the criminals. What I find so interesting is the different styles and artistic abilities of each artist. It makes for some wild representations of the criminal. Central Florida sketch artists are pretty good for the most part. We have had a rash of stories recently...

Naked jogger taken down with taser

I just wrote an entry about some of the most bizarre stories we cover in Orlando. And here we go again. This was a story makes the list for sure (as reported on our WFTV-TV website): A police dashboard-cam and taser-cam video has been released showing a West Melbourne police officer chasing down a naked jogger wearing swimming goggles and nothing else. The officer had to use his taser to get him...

LTV: Viewer knows how to fix local news

Here’s a Tucson viewer with an idea. I’ve already started seeing some stations do this type of thing. I rarely watch the local news any more unless I tape it so I can scan through commercials and news stories that have zero interest for me. Here is a tip to KVOA, KOLD, KGUN and KMSB News. Who wants to take over and stay at number #1? Take a page from ESPN’s SportsCenter...

Bizarre Anchor Ledes: Only in Orlando

It was quite interesting for me to move from anchoring the morning news in Tucson, Arizona¬† to the evening news in Orlando, Florida. Perhaps one of the biggest changes I’ve noticed was the news itself. Some of the content in the scripts I proofread before newscasts is oftentimes hard to believe. But it’s real. An ‘anchor lede’ is the first sentence leading into an...

One month down, two more to go

I don’t like to work out. But I have to do it. We all should. The hardest part is getting started – but if I can get started, I usually make it through the day’s workout. Today I’ll have finished the first month of P90X – the workout plan you’ve probably seen on TV infomercials. They’re always on. Basically, it’s an intense workout requiring only a...

LTV: An angry Lieutenant Colonel

Here is a pretty snappy email from a Lieutenant Colonel in Tucson, Arizona in response to a recent forecast: How about forecasting the actual weather and not this misinformation in the daily star of NO CHANCE OF RAIN. YOU IDIOTS OWE ME A CAR WASH AND IT IS AN $85,000 DOLLAR CAR. I can’t believe you people. I went through this with (omitted) some years ago. The hell with the airport, we got...

WFTV Senate debate: busy day, successful results

This place was jammed on Wednesday. WFTV hosted a debate for the Florida Senate race between Congressman Kendrick Meek (D), Governor Charlie Crist (I) and Marco Rubio (R). Each candidate held little back as they volleyed shots back and forth and teamed up on poll-leader Rubio. It’s bound to be a riveting race. ABC’s Good Morning America co-anchor George Stephanopoulos was lead...

Florida senate race hits Orlando and WFTV-TV

The newsroom is abuzz here at WFTV-TV as U.S. Senate candidates Charlie Crist, Kendrick Meek and Marco Rubio prepare for a debate surrounding the issues facing Florida and the country. The debate will be broadcast live at 7:00PM (eastern) from Studio A here at WFTV-TV and hosted by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. This will be the candidates 2nd debate. It’s a hot race. Some supporters...

Josh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

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