SNN: Suncoast News Network

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Suncoast News Network
Launched July 17, 1995; 18 years ago (July 17, 1995)
Owned by LDB Media, LLC.
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties
Headquarters Sarasota, FL
Formerly called SNN Local News, SNN Local News 6, SNN News 6, Six News Now
Website [ Sarasota Florida news, weather, sports and business
Comcast Cable
(Sarasota & Charlotte Counties)
Channel 6 (SD)
Channel 400 (HD)
Verizon Fios
(Sarasota & Manatee Counties)
Channel 26 (SD)
Channel 526 (HD)

The Suncoast News Network or SNN (formerly known as SNN Local News, SNN Local News 6, SNN News 6, and Six News Now; which were often used interchangeably) is a 24-hour cable news television station operating in Sarasota, Florida. The station operates in conjunction with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which houses the station in its downtown Sarasota building. The station reports in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties.

The broadcasts were previously only available on Comcast systems served by headends in Sarasota and Charlotte county. SNN debuted on the Verizon Fios cable system at 2:00 am on September 13, 2012.


Much of its content is recorded, but it is quick to break in live with important and breaking news. The station also does live weather in the mornings and evenings, especially during severe weather. The station occasionally broadcasts high school football games and parades in the area. It's shows are branded as followed:

Newscast schedule[edit]

  • Suncoast Morning Edition - 5:00–9:00 am (Live Traffic & Weather Updates)
  • Suncoast Headline News - 9:00–10:00 am, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, 1:00–2:00 pm, 2:30–3:00 pm, 3:30–5:00 pm
  • Suncoast Evening Edition - 5:00–7:30 pm
  • Suncoast Headline News - 12:00–12:30 am, 1:00–5:00 am, 8:00–9:00 pm, 9:30–10:00 pm
  • Suncoast Late Edition - 10:00 pm – 12:00 am


  • Suncoast Headline News - 12:00–12:30 am, 1:00-5:00 am
  • Suncoast Morning Edition - 5:00–6:00 am
  • Suncoast Weekend Edition - 1:00–9:00 am, 6:00-10:00 am, 10:30-1:30 pm, 2:00–2:30 pm, 3:00–3:30 pm, 4:00–7:30 pm, 8:30–9:00 pm, 9:30 pm – 12:30 am


  • Suncoast Weekend Edition - 1:00–9:30 am, 11:00–11:30 am, 12:00–2:30 pm, 3:00–3:30 pm, 4:00–7:30 pm, 8:30–9:00 pm, 9:30 pm – 6 am

The station was the first all digital-disk based television station by use of the Avid non-linear editing systems. SNN was one of the first news operations to have a joined print and broadcast newsroom taking the theory of media convergence to another level.

SNN has a special content use agreement with WFLA-TV and NBC News. While it is not considered an official affiliate, this agreement helped NBC bridge the gap in terms of news coverage between the Tampa Bay and Fort Myers television markets and allowed SNN to use stories from NBC News and its affiliates. That agreement replaced an earlier agreement between then SNN6, WTVT, and the now defunct CONUS Communications in 2002. That agreement also allowed for cooperation between the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Tampa Tribune, which operates as multimedia news organization. Reports from WFLA regularly appear on the station. It also gets stories nationally from CNN. Their weather maps are from Accuweather. National weather reports are from The Weather Channel.

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

News Anchors

  • Kathy Leon - weekday mornings; former morning weather anchor (2004–present)
  • John Hill - weekend mornings and evenings, also reporter (2005–present)
  • Amber Stidham - weekday evenings, reporter (2012–present)
  • Mike Stevens - weekday evenings (2013–present)
  • Grant Boxleitner - weekday mornings; reporter, Host of "Feel Good Friday" (2009–present)

Weather First

  • Justin Mosely - chief meteorologist, weekday evenings (2004-2013, 2014–present)
  • Cassie Nall - meteorologist; weekday mornings (2012–present)
  • Lauren Kusik - meteorologist; weekends (2012–present)
  • Tyler Allender - possible fill-in meteorologist (2013, 2014–present); Might come back in a couple weeks

Home Team Sports

  • Adam Shadoff - sports director and host of Friday Football Fever; weekday evenings (2010–present)


  • Rick De Furia - local film reporter; former first anchor of SNN (1996-2003, 2013–present)
  • Kelsey Kern - reporter (2013–present)
  • John Andrews - general assignment reporter (2014–present)
  • John Woodruff - reporter (2014–present)
  • Melissa Warren - reporter (2014–present)
  • Chrissy McLarty - reporter (2014–present)

Bold denotes a social networking account.

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • David Karnes - former chief meteorologist (1998-2007); now at WRCB-TV
  • Lena Vargas - former morning and later weekday evening anchor
  • Josh Stone - former meteorologist (2011)
  • Lauren Mayk - former anchor; now Contributor at WFLA-TV
  • Mia McCormick - former reporter and anchor; now a Product Reporter at Kelby Media Group and an Instructor at The Connecticut School of Broadcasting
  • Howie Grace - former reporter; now at WINK-TV
  • Antawan Smith- former Friday Football Fever host; now a Marketing Development Manager at PepsiCo
  • Charles Brown - former reporter; Retired
  • Jessica Jordan - former reporter; now Midday Anchor/Host at WAMU
  • Doug Fernandes - also former Friday Football Fever host; still works at SNN, but as a Sports Blogger
  • Alex Yoder - former meteorologist (2011–2012); now at WCTV, worked with Cassie Nall while at FSU
  • Adrienne Stein - former morning anchor (2006-2011); now works at WGME-TV
  • Tom Bayles - former reporter of "War And Terror" segments after 9/11; Bayles was one of SNN's first consistent crossover journalists from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, frequently presenting his print stories on-air as standalone television news segments; now inactive recovering from several surgeries
  • Rob Wells - general assignment reporter (2013–2014); now works at WSYX

Other personalities[edit]

  • Brian Ries - Editor,
  • Lloyd Dunkelberger - Herald Tribune Capital Bureau Chief
  • Jay Handelman - Herald Tribune Theater Critic

Locally produced shows[edit]

  • Local Doctors On Call - a health-oriented show featuring host Candice McElyea
  • Get Real On Real Estate - a real estate show, live each Thursday at 7:00 pm
  • Annete - a public affairs show featuring community leaders that discuss their impacts around Sarasota.
  • Chef Rolf - a cooking show featuring Chef Rolf and discussions on food.
  • Suncoast FYI - show that talks about the questions people have about the Suncoast area hosted by Wendy Mann Resnick.
  • Friday Football Fever - Highlights on local high schools seen at 11:15 pm each Friday during the schools football season.
  • Palm Auto Mall - Live on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 am
  • Diocese of Venice - religious show each Sunday morning.


  • Top Story - The day's top story
  • Breaking News - Locally breaking news
  • Weather Now - The current weather conditions, usually live
  • Weather First - The overall weather forecast, usually pre-recorded
  • This is My Sarasota - a commentary by Sarasota Herald Tribune executive editor Bill Church
  • National News - National news talked about by various anchors each day
  • Market Commentary - daily commentary on the stock markets hosted by Lauren, each Thursday
  • Market Wrap Up - a wrap up of the stocks anchored by Jeff LaBelle, seen live on Fridays, usually at 5:00 pm
  • Your Health - up to date stories about health news
  • Hollywood Minute - a one minute recap of entertainment news around the nation
  • Sarasota CrimeStoppers Fugitive Report - a list of criminals on the loose in the Sarasota viewing area
  • Trending Now - stories trending in the United States, seen each weekday morning

Similar operations[edit]

Similar operations in Florida include Bay News 9 in Tampa Bay and Central Florida News 13 in the Orlando area, both run by Bright House Networks.

Off Air[edit]

On January 29, 2009 it was announced that SNN News 6 would go dark at midnight on January 29, 2009.[1] In November 2008, the owners of the Herald Tribune announced that they would seek to sell SNN News 6 and stop broadcasting at the end of December 2008. This deadline was extended since a group of investors was in place. However, on Thursday January 25, 2009 one investor dropped out of the deal. On February 26, 2009, after a four-week hiatus, SNN was back on the air, with the majority of its former on-air staff.

Changes in 2014[edit]

On February 4, 2014, Meteorologist Lauren Kusik announced on Twitter that the SNN studios were being remodeled and major changes were coming soon. Remodeling maybe taking place because of SNN's newsroom lacking space and outdated logo seen behind the anchor desk. Also other areas, like the SNN Weather Center have not been used since Hurricane Irene in 2012. They may come back, but not certain. On February 5, Justin Mosely, also known as the "Cockroach Guy" after a viral video of his reaction to a cockroach on the air and former chief meteorologist at SNN, would be coming back on March 3. This was announced at an SNN meeting and is the first change for SNN Local News. SNN also has taken a social media trend, with most of its staff having a Facebook or Twitter profile/page. On February 10, Kusik announced also that on March 3, most changes will be shown to the public. On February 11, Kusik uploaded a picture of the SNN Weather Center being re-wired, given the idea of the SNN Weather Center will be used soon. On February 12, SNN added new graphics, moving pictures while the anchor is talking and a "Herald Tribune" lower third, with its logo shown. On February 17, Kusik's computers were moved under her desk, as she was having problems with "keeping warm". On February 20, Kusik posted numerous behind the scenes pictures of the Weather Center being cleaned up, with Kusik taking pictures of an archival cloud chart, a new Samsung 55" HDTV and a curtain blocking the reveal of the SNN Weather Center. On the same day, SNN bought new TV lights for the SNN Weather Deck. On February 22, SNN created and began testing out new graphics (so far for only Weather). These graphics have not made their debut, as a picture Kusik took showed Mike Stephens and Amber Stidham at the anchor desk, which they are usually not at during weekends. On March 1, a temporary screen was put up for the news on the 1 and 2. It would be seen easily, as it was much darker then in the old studio. On March 2, SNN Local News debuted a new logo, showing now only the letter 'SNN' and a blue wave under it. At the 5pm hour, Kusik intergraded the new logo in to the Weather First segment. SNN also debuted a new SNN ident, revealing the words "SNN: Suncoast News Network". On March 3, at 5pm, SNN came on the air, live, and debuted a new set, with new glass and background. It also debuted the SNN Weather Center (even showing the old SNN Local News 6 logo) and for the first time ever, began co-hosting, with Stidham and Stevens. Microphones the same day had the new logo integrated. SNN introduced talent rejoins and new cameras with more pixels. Mess-ups and bloopers did happen that day. On April 15, SNN updated their YouTube profile picture, to match with other social media websites (Facebook, Twitter etc.). On April 21, SNN updated their emailing system from formally, for example to SNN also added the SNN Palm Auto Mall Skycam that stands atop of One Sarasota Tower. It features the John Ringling Causeway to its southwest.


  1. ^ Pollick, Michael. "SNN News 6 will go dark, awaiting deal". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 

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