It all began in a small building on Biscayne Boulevard with the call letters WPST.
Sixty years later, under the call letters WPLG, station president Bert Medina gathered the staff in the Local 10 newsroom to help celebrate the iconic milestone.
Local 10 News has and will continue to build on the legacy of legends like Ann Bishop, Chuck Dowdle, Don Noe and Dwight Lauderdale.
Medina made sure to let all of Local 10’s employees know that this wasn’t about a building, a broadcast license or a business model. He said the station’s success is about the people in front of and behind the camera.
Many of Local 10’s employees have worked at the station for more than 25 years. The longest-tenured employees are Leetha James and Mario Hernandez, who began their careers at WPLG 38-plus years ago.
Medina unveiled a time capsule that will contain items reflecting the station and community in 2017.
“And it will be opened on the 100th anniversary of WPLG, which will be Aug. 2, 2057,” Medina said.
That capsule will be buried under a new Local 10 sign that bears the names of all the current employees and will serve as a lasting tribute to WPLG’s broadcasting legacy.
That legacy and storied history was unveiled on a timeline wall for all to see as they enter Local 10’s Pembroke Park studios.
Medina said it is part of the station’s “promise to our viewers and commitment to serve and deliver excellent journalism for generations to come.”
Happy birthday, WPLG.