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South Florida TV Journalist Dave Game Dies at 57

Feb 5, 2013

Elinor J. Brecher

Dave Game, an award-winning CBS4 journalist who oversaw the station's "new media" operations, died at his West Miami-Dade home Tuesday morning.

Mary Ann Covey Game, his wife of 37 years, said he succumbed to "complications of a heart condition."

Born Sept. 30, 1955, in Elmira, N.Y., Game was 57.

"He was very passionate about what he did," said his wife, a Carnival Cruise Lines events planner. "He loved everything about the news."

An early computer enthusiast who still had his first-generation Mac -- in addition to all the current gadgets -- Game moved from broadcast to web development in 1995.

His station bio says he helped create "one of the first broadcast websites in South Florida, and managed it as part of his duties as senior producer of special projects."

Game had nearly 40 years of experience in television, radio, and "new media.''

He got his start in radio in 1974 "by supervising the construction and FCC licensing process of a radio station for his college, at age 18," according to his bio.

Two years later, he became a television reporter and anchor, working in Elmira, N.Y., Huntsville, Ala., Nashville and Detroit.

He came to South Florida in 1985, joining the staff of WCIX, which became WFOR. In 10 years of reporting and producing, he won two Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards and contributed to several Edward R. Murrow Award-winning projects.

"In 2005, he moved to new media full-time, as executive producer for digital media for CBS stations in South Florida," his bio says. He supervised a staff of six, updating news and information around the clock.

In 2001, Game was honored with the Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Chapter, for 25 years of service to television. He was a past president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Chapter, and in 2011 was named a national trustee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In addition to his wife, Game is survived by brother Scott Game, of Virginia Beach, Va., brother Kevin Game and sister Kimberly Brown, both of Northport, Fla.

His wife said Game was still grieving the death of his Labrador retriever, Darth, but had welcome a mixed Lab "pound puppy" named Snickers into the couple's rescue brood over Christmas.

Funeral arrangements are pending.



Source: (c)2013 The Miami Herald. Distributed by MCT Information Services.


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