Gayle Guyardo celebrates 25 years at WFLA News Channel 8

Gayle Guyardo celebrates 25 years at WFLA News Channel 8


ELECTRONICS, A WHOLE LOT MORE. IS THAT 7501 LAND O’LAKES BOULEVARD. WE HAVE A LOT GOING ON HERE AT NEWS CHANNEL 8 TODAY. WE ARE EXPANDING OUR MORNING NEWS PROGRAM ON OUR SISTER STATION, GREAT 38. WE WILL HIGHLIGHT THE PEOPLE AND PLACES IN THE BAY AREA THAT REALLY MAKE IT GREAT. A BIG CONTRIBUTOR TO THAT IS MY FRIEND HERE, GAYLE GUYARDO. THIS MORNING, MARCO VILLARREAL SHOWS US WHY SHE IS THE PERFECT PERSON TO FIND GREAT THINGS ABOUT TAMPA BAY. Reporter: FOR 25 YEARS GAYLE GUYARDO HAS WOKEN UP TAMPA BAY. I CAUGHT UP WITH HER OUTSIDE THE STUDIO AND SAT HER DOWN IN THE INTERVIEW CHAIR FOR A CHANGE. HOW AWKWARD DO YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW? PRETTY AWKWARD. Reporter: DO YOU LIKE IT BETTER ON THIS END? ABSOLUTELY. Reporter: WITH HER CHARMING SMILE, THIS HOMETOWN GIRL SPENT MOST OF HER CAREER IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA. I DID EVENING NEWS IN SARASOTA, FLORIDA. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THAT CITY. I LOVE SARASOTA. Reporter: YOU STILL GO DOWN THERE ALL THE TIME? ALL THE TIME. Reporter: THERE SHE DID EVERYTHING SHE COULD TO GET STATIONS IN TAMPA TO NOTICE HER WORK. I DID ALL THESE CRAZY STORIES, LIKE HAVE THIS POLICE DOG COME AFTER ME IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE DARKNESS. I WORE ONE OF THOSE SLEEVES. ANYTHING I COULD DO TO PUT FUN STUFF ON A RESUME TO HOPEFULLY GET A JOB IN TAMPA. Reporter: OVER THE YEARS, SHE HAS SAT NEXT TO MULTIPLE ANCHORS. ONE MAN SHOWED HER HOW TO WORK WITH JUST ABOUT ANYONE. I WAS BLESSED TO SIT NEXT TO BILL RATLIFF FOR MANY YEARS. HE WAS SO SKILLED AND HE WAS A SENIOR ANCHOR AND WAS SO SEASONED. I JUST SAT BACK AND SOAKED IT ALL IN. Reporter: EVEN WITH HER SUCCESS IN SERVING THE BAY AREA, SHE NEVER FORGETS WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE, FAMILY. THEY FILL MY LOVE TANK LIKE NOBODY ELSE DOES. I LOVE MY KIDS, MY HUSBAND, I AM SO BLESSED. SHE BLESSES US RIGHT HERE TOO. REMEMBER 7 TO 9 ON GREAT 38 STARTING MONDAY AUGUST MONDAY, AUGUST 7. THANK YOU MARCO, FOR DOING THAT STORY. I APPRECIATE IT.

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