It’s that time of the year again, the Suncoast Emmy Awards are upon us. Recently the chapter announced nominees and as usual we tallied up the nominations. In total South Florida stations and media grabbed 156 nominations this year with WFOR, Telemundo 51, and WJAN leading the pack with 22, 23, and 24 nominations. In Palm Beach WPEC and WPBF have nomination vying for an Emmy statue as well.

The award ceremony will be held on December 13th at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa.

Miami Stations
WFOR – 22
WTVJ – 10
WSVN – 3
WPLG – 9
WSCV – 23
WLTV – 7
WJAN – 24
WSFL – 3
WBFS – 2
WLRN – 3
WPTB – 5
WSBS – 1
Becon – 1
WDFL Mira TV – 2
Sun Sentinel – 1
Miami Dolphins – 4
Miami Heat – 14
Sun Sports – 14
Royal Palm Films – 2
Common Machine Prod. – 1
Armenoid Productions – 1
Miami-Dade TV – 1
Sportman’s Adventures – 1
Television Marti – 2

Palm Beach Stations
WPTV – 14
WPEC – 2
WPBF – 1

You can see the complete list of nominees here [PDF]


Unless you live under a rock, you probably heard what happened last night at the Governor debate moderated by WFOR anchor Eliott Rodriguez. In what looked like an SNL skit, Governor Rick Scott refused to get on stage for several minutes because Charlie Crist had a fan under his podium then lied it was because he was waiting for Charlie Crist to get on stage.

And here’s WTVT FOX13 in Tampa on the Gov’s habit of not answering questions




Someone at WFOR managing the Facebook page accidentally referred to Michael Phelps as Josh Phelps in a post about the swimming star’s DUI arrest. There is a Josh Phelps however, but he’s a former MLB first baseman.


40 minutes later someone edited the post but not before viewers chimed in with snarky comments.


Silver Circle Award

Craig Stevens WSVN 7 NewsCraig 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 Telemundo StationsManuel Martinez, President of Telemundo stations and former WTVJ NBC 6 general manager





Maryln Llyanos, WSCV Telemundo 51 senior reporterMarilys Llanos, senior reporter for WSCV Telemundo 51







Nelly Rubio WFOR CBS 4 News MiamiNelly 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 Univision Aqui y AhoraTeresa 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 NewsKerry 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.

Elliott Rodriguez, WFOR CBS 4 Miami news anchor to moderate Florida Gubernatorial Debate

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.