This logo was captured from a 1980 WFLA promo that had the 1979–1986 NBC logo next to the 8. WFLA would not have the peacock on its logo again until 1995.
This "gapped 8" logo would only last a year as WFLA was in the ratings basement during this logo's era.
"Channel 8, just watch us now!"
This logo debuted on April 5, 1982, with an image campaign called "The Spirit of Tampa Bay". The logo was designed by artist Aki Seki, however, it bears similarity with a logo used by SEQ–TV in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia from 1976-1977.
In January 1983, WFLA-TV changed its call letters to WXFL as then-owner Media General sold its sister radio stations WFLA-FM and WFLA-AM. The radio stations got to keep their call letters and Channel 8 was forced to change theirs; the station kept the 1982 logo even with the callsign change.
WFLA-TV (second era)
The rule on television and radio call letters not belonging to different owners was repealed and on January 1, 1989, channel 8 regained the WFLA-TV call letters and introduced a new logo to go with the change.
1Nexstar operates these stations owned by Mission Broadcasting. 2Nexstar operates this station owned by Cunningham Broadcasting. 3Nexstar operates this station owned by White Knight Broadcasting through an SSA. 4Nexstar operates this station owned by Vaughan Media. 5Predecessor company of LIN Media. 6Currently a repeater for WWLP. 7Joint venture with Discovery, Inc., in which Nexstar owns 31% while Discovery owns the remaining 69%.