Craig Stevens and five other local TV news vets were awarded the Silver Circle award for excellence last night. The award is awarded to distinguished individuals who have contributed a quarter of a century or more of exemplary excellence to the television industry. Stevens has 25 years in the news business, 20 of which he has spent with Sunbeam television, mostly at WSVN with a short stint at WHDH form 1997 to 1999.
Five other local TV news vets were awarded a Silver Circle as well
Manuel Martinez, President of Telemundo stations and former WTVJ NBC 6 general manager
Marilys Llanos, senior reporter for WSCV Telemundo 51
Nelly Rubio WFOR/WBFS Director of Community & Public Relations. She founded the station’s Neighbors 4 Neighbors non-profit organization after Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida.
Teresa Rodriguez co-anchor of Aqui y Ahora on Univision and the first woman to host a national prime-time Spanish-language newscast.
Kerry Weston WPLG Local 10 Assignment Desk planner
The event included a special appearance by the very young and fresh former WFOR reporter, and current ABC News reporter, Gio Benitez right from Dianne Sawyer’s seat
The awards were given out last evening during a formal reception at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel.
WFOR will produce what is the first, and so far only televised debate in the race for Florida Governor. Channel 4 will together with Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association to produce the debate. CBS 4 news anchor Elliott Rodriguez will serve as the moderator of the debate and joining him will be a panel with Florida journalists who will ask the candidates questions.
The one-hour debate titled “Decision 2014: Before You Vote” will air October 15 from 7 to 8pm on WFOR, and in Palm Beach County exclusively on WPBF commercial free. Nationally the debate will air on C-SPAN.
Guess who’s back! WFOR just announced they hired John Gerard as the new weekend meteorologist. South Florida viewers are already very familiar with him, for several years he was a meteorologist at WPLG until moving to WTVJ in 2004. Gerard left WTVJ and South Florida in 2010 for San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI-TV, he’s currently that station’s chief meteorologist.
In addition to his weekend duties, Gerard will also be the primary fill-in meteorologist for Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer.
John Gerard’s first day on the air at WFOR is June 15 at 6 and 11pm.
For today’s Rewind, a full newscast from this day way back in 1995 when WFOR was still known as WCIX.
WCIX 6 Actions News at 11 were anchored by Barbara Sloan and Stan Miller. Miller went on to anchor at several stations throughout the country, right now he is the weekday morning anchor at top-rated Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV. Barbara Sloan’s left WCIX when her contract wasn’t renewed just before Christmas 1995.
Jilda Unruh and Brian Andrews ham it up for his ‘How Dirty Is It’ reports airing on WFOR where places people hang out, and things people touch get swabbed and tested for germs. Hint, your smart phone is gross because it turns out you’re gross!
Personally, we’d rather go through life oblivious to how dirty is it and soap up singing Happy Birthday song for 20 minutes.
If you must know however, here’s how germy Dade transit, and Gov’t Center food court are. [link]