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Tampa in spotlight on national television

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 22, 2001

You'll be seeing a lot of Tampa this week on TV, with extra attention from CBS's The Early Show and two shows on the TV Food Network that focus on Tampa restaurants.

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Beginning today, the Bryant Gumbel-hosted Early Show features reports each day on Tampa-related subjects, presented by anchor Reginald Roundtree and weather forecaster Dick Fletcher of area CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10.

Monday's report focuses on Tampa's status as a sports town, Tuesday deals with manatees, Wednesday looks at Bern's Steak House and Thursday details costumes for the Gasparilla parade. On Friday, the show comes to Tampa, telecasting from the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium and the NFL Experience that day and Jan. 29.

Anchor Jane Clayson also talks with Linda Lynch, wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety John Lynch, on being the wife of an NFL player.

On the TV Food Network, The Best Of host Marc Silverstein was in Tampa last fall and filmed segments for "End Zone Eats" at Bern's Steak House, Dogwater Cafe, Sack's Seafood Grille & House of Jazz and Mise en Place. The show airs at 1:30 and 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Food Fantasy, hosted by Largo High School graduate Robin Dorian, airs 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and features a visit to Bern's with the winners of a tailgate party contest.

In addition, chef Jeannie Pierola of SideBern's will be on CBS's The Early Show, broadcast locally on WTSP-Ch. 10, during its morning broadcast on Friday. Also that day, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse will be live on ABC's Good Morning America from outside the WFTS-Ch. 28 studios in Tampa. The broadcast is open to the public, and the show begins at 7 a.m. WFTS at 4045 N Himes Ave., across from Raymond James Stadium. Parking is available at Tampa Bay Center.

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WTSP reporter Bill Logan, who leaves the station today after executives declined to renew his contract, already has landed on his feet as main sports anchor at WXII-TV in the Greensboro/Winston Salem, N.C. area -- the country's 47th-largest TV market (Tampa/St. Peterburg is ranked No. 14). "I'm feeling like everything happens for a reason," said Logan, 39, who starts work at the NBC station in early February, ending six years at WTSP. "I'm better off now than I was a week ago."

- Information from times staff writer Janet K. Keeler and Times Television critic Eric Deggans was used in this report.

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