(from MiamiHerald.com) – WFOR’s Al Sunshine — yes, that’s his real name — came to South Florida in 1968 to study marine biology at the University of Miami.
But after selling photos to the campus newspaper, The Hurricane, and taking journalism courses, he decided to swap fish and manatees for film and media.
By 1972, he was on the air with WTVJ as a reporter/photographer who could shoot, write and read his own stories. Among his first assignments: the tumultuous political conventions at the Miami Beach Convention Center — the Democrats in July, Republicans in August.
Between the two, he and Deborah Liscomb, the 17-year-old freshman he met on the first day of his sophomore year, went to New York and got married.
Forty years, a slew of awards and a stint with CNN later, Sunshine is still on TV in South Florida, an extraordinary feat in a notoriously fickle industry that favors youth, glamour and fabulous hair….Cont….