Capt. Mike Anderson to bring Reel Animals to Capt. Mel Berman's old timeslot on WFLA-AM
Anderson will offer a new show, Reel Animals Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 9 .a.m. Saturdays on WFLA-AM (970) to fill the space left by the death of Berman, who died Feb. 5 after complications from heart surgery. The loss of Berman also took away a voice which had talked fishing and conservation at WFLA on Saturday mornings for for 25 years.
Anderson already hosts a show, The Reel Animals Fishing Show, for sister Clear Channel Radio station WDAE-AM, and leads a TV show, Reel Animals, for Tampa NBC affiliate. WFLA-Ch. 8. Anderson filled in for Berman when the 81-year-old had surgery before his death and led a tribute show on WFLA the day after he died.
WFLA-'s press release is below.
Captain Mike Anderson to host “Reel Animals Saturday” on WFLA-AM, Tampa
Newsradio 970-WFLA is excited to announce that veteran charter captain and professional tournament fisherman Mike Anderson will host the “Reel Animals Saturday” fishing show on Saturdays from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
This entertaining and informative program will provide anglers with tips and guidance to help them make the most of their time on Tampa Bay’s waters. WFLA Program Director RC Bauer said the show will be very interactive, allowing callers to phone in their questions and share their fishing stories. “Captain Mike is great at engaging listeners and providing the kind of information they can really use,” said Bauer.
Anderson has some big shoes to fill, as his show will air in the same time-slot that was occupied by the late Mel Berman, who was a favorite with 970-WFLA listeners for more than 25 years. “I have a deep respect for Captain Mel’s work and am honored that WFLA would provide me this wonderful opportunity to carry on the fishing tradition that Mel started,” said Anderson.
Anderson joined the Air Force in 1986 and completed his six-and-a-half year tour of duty at MacDill Air Force Base. In early 2000, he began Thunder Bay Charters Service and is currently fishing 150+ days per year. He is also a contributor to a number of charitable organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa, Children’s Miracle Network and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
In addition to his new show on WFLA, Anderson is the host of the “Reel Animals Fishing Show,” which airs on Sunday mornings from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. on sister Clear Channel station 620-WDAE. That show will continue, as will Mike’s “Reel Animals” TV show, which can be seen locally on WFLA-TV, Channel-8, in Tampa.