SNN Local News 6 (formerly known as SNN 6, Six News Now, and SNN News 6; which were often used interchangeably) is a Comcast cable 24/7 television news 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 are only available on Comcast systems served by headends in Sarasota and Charlotte county. The station broadcasts local news 24/7, and reports live during breaking news stories and community events.

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, & 6 PM 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.

SNN dropped its previous slogan of "Around The Corner, Around The Clock" and was using the slogan "Get More Local News 24/7". In addition, SNN changed its logo and went by SNN Local News 6, instead of the original SNN6.

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's Sarasota/Manatee reporter Jackie Barron regularly appear on the station.

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[2].

Current on-air staffEdit

  • Grant Boxleitner (Reporter/fill-in anchor) (2009-present)
  • John Hill (Weekend Anchor) (formerly of WWSB)
  • Kathy Leon (Morning Forecaster/fill-in anchor) (formerly of WWSB)
  • Kalvin McClure (Reporter/Photographer) (2009-present)
  • Mia McCormick (Evening Anchor/Reporter) (2003-2006, 2009-present)
  • Justin Mosely (Chief Meteorologist) (2004-present)
  • Marsha Panuce (Arts & Events Reporter) (2009-present) (formerly of WWSB)
  • Adam Shadoff (Sports Anchor) (2010-present)
  • Jim Spiewak (Reporter) (2010-present)
  • Adrienne Stein (Executive Producer/Anchor) (2006-present)
  • Josh Stone (Weekend Meteorologist) (2009-present)

Former on-air staffEdit


  • Alicia Allan
  • John Andrews (Reporter/Photographer) (2008-2010) (Currently Producer at SNN Local News 6)
  • Tony Arranaga (Currently at KNXV-TV)
  • Bruce Asbury (Currently at Access Sarasota)
  • Eric Blackburn (Reporter) (Currently at WTVT)
  • Mike Bloomberg (Currently at WMVP-AM)
  • Suzanne Boyd (Currently at WPEC)
  • Harold Briscoe (Anchor) (was last seen as a substitute teacher for Sarasota County Schools)
  • Sandra Brogan (Currently at WSLS)
  • Charles Brown (Retired) (199?-2009)
  • Tom Burse (Chief meteorologist) (2007-2008) (Currently owner of WeatherImage, LLC)
  • Kellie Butler (Currently at WPLG)
  • Ken Charles
  • Carey Codd (Currently at WFOR-TV)
  • Rick DeFuria
  • Scott Draper (Reporter) (Currently at WJHL)
  • Christie Fletcher
  • Colleen Gallagher
  • Howie Grace (Reporter/Photographer) (2009-2011) (Currently at WINK-TV)
  • Nancy Grimes
  • Ajai Hilton (Anchor)
  • Doug Johnson (Chief Photographer) (Currently at WTVT-TV)
  • Denise Johnston
  • Jessica Jordan (Reporter/Photographer) (2009-2010)
  • Laura Kadechka (Currently at WTSP)
  • David Karnes (Chief Meteorologist) (Currently at WRCB-TV)
  • David Karsh (Reporter)
  • Dave Knops (Weekend Meteorologist)
  • Jessica Kow
  • Carol Lim (Anchor)
  • Cheryl Lindo
  • Tom Lloyd (Photographer/Reporter)
  • Janelle Martinez (Currently with WCNC-TV)
  • Rich Matthews (Currently with APTN)
  • Lauren Mayk (Evening Anchor) (2007-2010) (Currently at WFLA-TV)
  • Nicki Mayo (Reporter) (Currently at YNN Buffalo)
  • Candice Brown McElya
  • April Mertz (Kellogg) (Reporter) (Currently at WTVT)
  • James Meyer
  • L.J. (Laura) Moody (Reporter) (Currently at WTVT)
  • Amy Oshier (Currently freelancing)
  • Rob Peery
  • Madelyn Pennino (Currently at Lancaster Newspapers)
  • Nerissa Prest (Currently at WTVT)
  • Karli Ritter (Meteorologist) (Currently at WDAF-TV)
  • Vanessa Rodriguez
  • Antawan Smith (Sports Director) (2000-2010)
  • Drew Smith (Anchor)
  • Chris Stachelski
  • Brandon Todd (Currently at KDFW)
  • Julie Tremmel(Currently at WWLP)
  • Eric Watson
  • Jim Wicks (Anchor)
  • Jeff Williamson (Currently a PIO with Orange County Sheriffs Office)


  1. ^ Article in Sarasota Herald Tribune,
  2. ^ Herald Tribune

Similar operationsEdit

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.

External linksEdit

Official website

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