Dave Game, an award-winning CBS4 journalist who oversaw the station’s “new media’’ operations, was known as a storyteller.
In a long television career on both sides of the camera — in South Florida since 1985 — Game covered space launches, urban riots, plane crashes, serial killings, sensational murder trials, and day-to-day stories, all with straightforward professionalism.
In 1992, he reported the devastation of Hurricane Andrew outside his own heavily damaged home near Perrine. On Tuesday, David Woodward Game died there of complications from a heart condition. He was 57.
“He loved everything about the news,’’ said Mary Ann Covey Game, his wife of 37 years.
Game had nearly 40 years of experience in television, radio and new media. An early computer enthusiast who still had his first-generation Mac — plus all the latest gadgets — Game moved from broadcast to web development in 1995.
Mary Ann Game said her husband bought his first Mac while working in Detroit, his last stop before Miami.
“He’d done a story where kids got computers in school, and he looked at me and said, ‘I have to have this now. That’s the future.’ ”
In a statement, WFOR-CBS4 Vice President/General Manager Adam Levy said: “Dedication is defined as self-sacrificing devotion. This was one of the many great attributes Dave possessed. He was a passionate colleague to all of us and a longtime friend to many of us.”
Longtime WFOR colleague Gary Nelson called Game “a writer who turned phrases and combined words with images so creatively as to be the envy of many of us. He was hell-bent on getting it right, and always had something — an element, a piece of sound, a visual, a metaphor, that would leave me thinking, ‘Darn, if only I had thought of that.’ ”
Born Sept. 30, 1955, Game grew up in the Elmira, N.Y.-area town of Horseheads. Fascinated by radio, he passed the Federal Communications Commission license test at 14. 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.
He dropped out of school to became a rock jock, then joined the “eyewitness news’’ staff of WENY, an Elmira station. He rose to anchor before moving on to Huntsville, Ala., Nashville and Detroit.
He came to South Florida for a job with WCIX, which became WFOR-CBS4. In 10 years of reporting and producing, he won two Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards and contributed to several Edward R. Murrow Award-winning projects.
Game 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 a video tribute to Game in 2001, when he was honored with the Silver Circle award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Chapter, for 25 years of service to television, then-news director Shannon High said Game was “the Man. . . His stories changed laws and lives. . . . He is loyal, kind and thoughtful.’’
Thanking his colleagues at the 2001 celebration, Game said that he never wanted to leave South Florida.
“No place else in the world is like the news in Miami,’’ he said.
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 welcomed a mixed Lab “pound puppy’’ named Snickers into the couple’s rescue brood of cats and dogs over Christmas.
Funeral arrangements are pending.