SNN Local News
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|SNN Local News
|Launched||July 17, 1995|
|Owned by||LDB Media, LLC.|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Slogan||The Home Team|
|Broadcast area||Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties|
(Sarasota & Charlotte Counties)
|Channel 6 (SD)
Channel 400 (HD)
(Sarasota & Manatee Counties)
|Channel 26 (SD)
Channel 526 (HD)
SNN Local News (formerly known as 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 2am on September 13, 2012.
On January 29, 2009 it was announced that SNN News 6 would go dark at midnight on January 29, 2009. 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. On February 6th, 2013, Chief Meteorologist Justin Mosley announced that he would be leaving SNN to West Palm Beach to a new TV station. It is unknown who will replace him as Chief Meteorologist. On February 18th, SNN announced that they will go HD for Verizon FiOS in the near future. They began HD for FiOS on March 9th, 2013.
Much of its content is recorded, but it is quick to break in live with important and breaking news. SNN Local News 6 is live at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. 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.
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 Newschannel. 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 and partners with the Live Well Network. Their maps are from Accuweather.
News team 
Current on-air staff 
- Lena Vargas - weekday evenings (2011-present)
- Kathy Leon - weekday mornings; former morning weather anchor (2004-present)
- John Hill - weekends (2005-present)
- Cassie Nall - meteorologist; weekday mornings (2012-present)
- Lauren Kusik - weekend/nightside meteorologist; fill-in as needed (2012-present)
- Adam Shadoff - sports director and host of Friday Football Fever; weekday evenings (2010-present)
- Grant Boxleitner - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor (2009-present)
- Amber Stidham - general assignment and sports reporter; also photographer (2012-present)
Former On-Air Staff 
- Justin Mosely - former chief meteorologist (2004-2013); now at WPBF
- Josh Stone - former meteorologist
- Lauren Mayk - former anchor; now Contributor at WFLA-TV
- Mia McCormick - former reporter and anchor; now a Product Reporter at Kelby Media Group and a 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; now at WCTV
- Adrienne Stein - former anchor; now works at WGME-TV
Locally Produced Shows 
- Local Doctors On Call - a health-oriented show featuring host Alix Redmonde
- Get Real On Real Estate - a real estate show, live each Thursday at 7pm starting April 18th
Similar operations