MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami sports activities legend Bernie Rosen, a pioneer in native sports activities protection, has handed away on the age of 93. Bernie wasn’t identified for being on TV, however for what he did behind the scenes.
Rosen, began the primary native TV sports activities division in Florida at WTVJ in 1949.
Messages of condolences are flooding Twitter.
Bernie Rosen was the Godfather of South Florida sports activities TV. None of us are right here w/out him. Every day at WTVJ began with an 8am get up name from Bernie. Every recreation included a meal with him within the press field. He noticed all of it and lined all of it. RIP Bernie we’ll all miss you. pic.twitter.com/4CdKBHFuOc
— Mike Cugno (@MikeCugnoCBS4) December 9, 2020
He was recruited out of the University of Miami, together with fellow hurricanes Ralph Renick and Bob Weaver to assist launch WTVJ, one in all solely 16 native broadcast TV stations in your complete nation.
Bernie ran the sports activities division for 35 years. During its humble beginnings, Bernie didn’t have a automobile and solely made about $150 a month so he used to take the general public bus whereas carrying all of his heavy digicam gear with a purpose to shoot tales.
Under his management, Bernie turned nationally identified and revered.
65 Years at WTVJ: A Tribute to Sports Director Bernie Rosen (2014).
He lined each native sports activities story together with the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins, the University of Miami Hurricanes, and developed a tremendous relationship with boisterous boxer Cassius Clay, later generally known as Muhammad Ali, whereas he educated at Miami’s 5th Street Gym.
Bernie additionally employed the nation’s first feminine sportscaster Jane Chastain in 1967. Under his steering, Chastain was a trailblazer at WTVJ and finally turned a community star.
He additionally paved the best way for sports activities figures like Chris Myers, Roy Firestone and Suzy Kolber.
All labored below Bernie’s watchful eye however he was additionally the primary to place a sports activities intern named Tony Segreto on the air, the place he stayed as sports activities anchor and information anchor for 30 years.
Rosen was honored with the Golden Circle Award offered by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for greater than 50 years of service becoming a member of solely Bob Weaver to obtain that recognition.
WTVJ Celebrates Bernie Rosen on his 92nd birthday in July of 2019 beneath:
After 35 years as sports activities director, Rosen retired to a part-time position as sports activities project editor, serving in that capability till 2013.
Funeral preparations haven’t been launched, however a celebration of life occasion is anticipated to happen subsequent yr.