Former anchor Rondinaro back on air

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Steve Rondinaro, who spent 10 years on the anchor desk in O-Town, is back reporting the news. He’s the new lead anchor and managing editor for WWAY-ABC 3 in Wilmington, N.C.

Rondinaro was the main anchor at WESH from 1986 to 1995, when he stunned co-workers with a decision to leave Central Florida and move to the quiet mountains of North Carolina. He and his wife bought a bed and breakfast, but also he kept his hand in broadcasting by acquiring a tiny radio station. That led to the creation of Rondinaro Broadcasting, which would later add an FM station and another AM station.

Rondinaro returned to Orlando in 1999 — this time at WFTV — to anchor for a year before again returning to the mountains. He eventually sold off his radio stations and bought a local TV station, WLNN (known as Mountain Television).

That was three years ago. Now, with his son graduating high school, Rondinaro and his wife decided they wanted to be back by the beach — and so he accepted the position at WWAY. You can read Rondinaro’s station bio here and click here to watch video of him anchoring on WWAY.

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