Longtime sportscaster Tom Korun retires from ABC Action News

Posted at 10:45 AM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 20:35:26-05

TAMPA, Fla. — After more than 40 years in the business, veteran Tampa Bay sportscaster Tom Korun is retiring.

Today he will sign off for the last time at ABC Action News.

Korun is an award-winning sports journalist, including multiple honors by the Florida Sportscasters Association and the Sunshine State Awards.

His career started in Iowa and brought him to the Bay area in 1986. 

Korun, known for the catchphrase he uses going in commercial breaks as being back in “a minute and change,” has made a name for himself by working in local television, local radio and statewide on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

"Hard to believe it's been over 42 years since my first TV sportscast at WHO-TV in Des Moines. A 19-year-old student at Drake University cutting my teeth in one of the most exhilarating industries on earth,” said Korun. “Now I want to thank everyone who's joined me during the week and weekends at 6 and 11 for the past 31 1/2 years here in the Tampa Bay area.”

“Tom has set a high standard for local sports coverage,” said WFTS news director Matt Brown. “Not only has he provided great reporting, but Tom has added insight and commentary to sports stories you don’t get anywhere else.”

“I’ve been given tremendous latitude to express my opinions and I will be forever grateful. I especially enjoyed the passion of viewers who stepped forward to express their thoughts because they mattered to me and still do,” commented Korun.

He and his wife, Gil, will continue to call Tampa home.