MDC’s Wolfson Archives to Present REWIND: LatinX News Trailblazers

Reporter Manolo Reyes. Photographs of early years of WTVJ, Channel 4, Miami. Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives

Miami, Sept. 26, 2019 – In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the acclaimed Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College (MDC) will showcase the on-screen work of Latinx TV news reporters in South Florida from the 1960s to the 1990s, during the screening of REWIND: LatinX News Trailblazers, Oct. 1- 29, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at noon.  The event is free and open to the public.

“Miami is a hub of Spanish-language TV and media, but it wasn’t always that way,” said Archives Director Rene Ramos. “The breadth of our collections allows us to feature the on-screen work of pioneer broadcaster Manolo Reyes and stories by the next generation of Latinx broadcasters.”

Clips featured in Latinx News Trailblazers date from the 1960s through the 1990s, including tongue-in-cheek stories about the legendary Chupacabra, reported by Eliott Rodriguez; 1970s reporting from Cuba by Diana Gonzalez; local reporting by Gustavo Godoy; and dispatches from the Apollo 11 launch and the new Space Transit Planetarium reported by Manolo Reyes, perhaps the first Spanish-language television reporter in Florida.

All clips are in English except for Reyes’ reports, which will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.  REWIND programs are short – 15-30 minutes each – and repeat during each 90-minute screening.

Events at the Wolfson Archives are presented with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

For more information, please contact the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at 305-237-7731 or

About The Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at MDC

The Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives is an official moving image repository and archives of the State of Florida and is one of the largest institutions of its kind in the United States. Lynn Wolfson helped found the Moving Image Archives in 1984, along with Ralph Renick and historian Arva Moore Parks. Named in honor of Lynn and the late Louis Wolfson II, a Florida legislator and leader in the state’s communications industry, the Archives is solely operated by Miami Dade College, and is housed in a 9,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility on MDC’s Wolfson Campus. The Archives’ collections include 35,000 hours of videotape and 23 million feet of film. A local television news collection dates to the late 1940s, with footage from landmark television station WTVJ (first in Florida, 18th in the nation) as well as WPLG, WCKT, WCIX, and WINK. The capstone of activities at the Archives is a long-term digitization project funded generously by an additional gift from Lynn Wolfson.


WHAT:              REWIND: LatinX News Trailblazers


WHEN:             Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 1- 29, noon- 1:30 p.m.


WHERE:           MDC’s Wolfson Campus, Room 8401, 300 NE Second Ave.


Media-only contacts: René Ramos, Archives director, 305-237-7731,; Lou Kramer, Archives manager, 305-327-7731,; or Kevin Wynn, public programs coordinator, 305-327-7732,