WEDU Awarded 5 Suncoast Regional Emmys®

December 3, 2012 (Tampa, FL) – West Central Florida’s leading PBS station and source for public media, WEDU, was recently honored by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with 16 Emmy® nominations. WEDU took home five of the coveted Emmy® awards during the Suncoast Regional Emmy® Awards ceremony held on Saturday, December 1st in Fort Lauderdale.

Jack Conely, Vice President of Content for WEDU, expressed his appreciation on behalf of the talented team that produce the station’s many local productions. “We are so very fortunate to work with an incredible team of professionals and this much deserved recognition of their work speaks volumes for the amazing efforts put in each and every day on behalf of WEDU and the communities we serve,” said Conely.

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a nonprofit Florida corporation dedicated to excellence in television and offers the annual Regional Emmy Awards in television markets in the entire State of Florida; Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans, La.; Mobile, Ala.; Thomasville, Ga.; and Puerto Rico.

Winning 4 Emmy® Awards, A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins brings the artful, innovative, sometimes odd and always interesting people and places of Florida’s west central coast to life. The fifth Emmy® was awarded to Away: A Story of Trash, a collaborative production between WEDU and St. Petersburg College Digital Arts, Media and Interactive Web Design Program students and staff.

“We are proud to produce these quality local series and to be recognized by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a nod to the dedicated and talented WEDU team,” said Susan Howarth, President and CEO of WEDU.

A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins, underwritten by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, can be seen on WEDU at 8 pm every Thursday. All of the Emmy® Award winning and nominated programs can be viewed on WEDU’s website at:


Suncoast Regional Emmy® Award Winners:


Figuratively Speaking

Mark Harris, Jennifer Noble, Alex Gazio

A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins

Who knew a smile could change the world? Certainly not Scott Gerber, a yacht builder humbled by the recession. When business dried up, Scott and his foreman built a life-size metal stick figure to take their minds off their troubles. Scott didn’t realize it at the time, but the birth of the first “Tube Dude” was a transformative moment in his life. The happy figures are showing up all over the Gulf Coast.



Llama Love

Mark Harris, Bradley Clore

A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins

Llamas may be the South American relative of the camel but for a Sarasota woman and her daughter, llamas are so much more. For Kathy and Karli Wilbanks, llamas are special animals that touch the heart. With their pet therapy llamas “Serendipity” and “Paint Ball Pete,” Kathy and Karli have spent the past 14 years visiting hospitals, nursing homes and senior centers.



Away: A Story of Trash

Jeremy Peplow

St Petersburg College students partner with WEDU to educate viewers about where their trash goes when they throw it “away”, and what can be done to change current practices.



Outside The Box

Bradley Clore

A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins

Its taste is acquired. Its aroma distinct. But who knew a cigar’s container could make amazing sounds? Meet a man who doesn’t smoke, but his cigar box guitars creations are beauty for the eyes and the ears.


PHOTOGRAPHER ‐ Program (Non‐news)

Beach Yoga

Alex Gazio

A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins

Yoga for Life: It’s the social event of the morning—every morning—on Venice Beach. Hundreds trek to the sand just after dawn to stretch, breathe, and simply “be” for Yoga with Elin. Instructor Elin Larsen leads up to 300 people who bend and flex in unison. The free class has led to invaluable changes in people’s lives. Friendships have formed. Romance has sparked—even leading to marriages.


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