For more information about becoming an Investor, please contact:

Craig Richard
President & CEO

(813) 518-2620
crichard@tampabayedc.com

WFLA

WFLA-TV/News Channel 8 is Tampa Bay’s #1 source for news, weather, sports and entertainment. Anchored by Tampa Bay’s most trusted journalists, News Channel 8 is On Your Side providing viewers with important coverage of news, late breaking events and politics. News Channel 8 aggressively seeks answers and demands accountability, and investigates to expose problems and achieve results.

WFLA-TV first went on the air February 14, 1955, with a live broadcast of the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates. Fifty year later, they are still broadcasting this Tampa Bay tradition and have been an NBC affiliate since the day they signed on the air. With the recent acquisition of WTTA-TV/Great 38, these two stations entertain, enlighten and inform viewers throughout the Tampa Bay area.

News Channel 8 and Great 38 provide local businesses, ad agencies and brands a one-stop shop to effectively and efficiently reach their target audiences across all screens.




Steve Blanchard

Steve has been the VP of Sales at News Channel 8, owned by Nexstar Broadcasting, since 2013 and is responsible for the oversight of sales for WFLA and WTTA in Tampa.  Steve has 26 years of television experience and has been with Nexstar for over 15 years.  Steve grew up in Tampa and started his career at the Hearst station in the market, WMOR.

Steve has extensive knowledge and contacts throughout the Southeast,  having worked for Cox Media Group in Charlotte, NC and at Nexstar properties in Charleston, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Savannah, GA and Raleigh, NC.

Steve has been back in Tampa for 7 years and is very active in the community.  He serves as a board member for the Tampa Chamber.  He is involved with Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Council and serves on the Board of Trustees for DACCO.

Steve Blanchard
Vice President of Sales