The Gold Circle recognizes individuals who have worked with distinction in the television industry within the Suncoast region of the State of Florida, the State of Louisiana, the Mobile, Alabama – Pensacola, Florida television market and/or Puerto Rico for fifty years or more.
2020 Gold Circle Honoree
Mel Showers is a news icon in the Mobile-Pensacola television market who worked at WKRG News 5
for 50 years.
A Mobile native, Showers began working at WKRG News 5 part-time in 1969. He became a full-time employee in March 1970, working as a booth announcer, providing live station identification and reading live commercials. In 1974, Showers became a reporter, covering many beats including courts, local police, the Alabama Legislature, and Mobile County and City governments. Among the most memorable stories he covered were Hurricane Frederic in 1979 and the KKK lynching of Michael Donald in Mobile in 1981.
“Mel Showers is beloved by people all along the Gulf Coast,” said Jesse Grear, Vice President and General Manager of WKRG. “Millions of viewers have watched Mel over the years. From reporting on cross burnings by the KKK to the devastation brought by some of the country’s most powerful tropical storms and hurricanes, Mel has been the voice of calm during some of the most dramatic times in Alabama history,” Grear said.
In 1981, Showers was named co-anchor of Morning Newscenter 5, and in 1990, he was moved to the evenings, anchoring at 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm newscast. In 2016, Showers was inducted into the Alabama Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, and he retired in 2019 after an illustrious career.
Gustavo G. Godoy
2013 Gold Circle Honoree
Gustavo is editor and executive publisher of Vista Magazine, a national dual language publication for the U.S. Hispanic market, with a monthly national circulation of a million one hundred thousand copies.
Godoy has held numerous positions in the U.S. market as well as in Spanish language television. He started his career as a reporter/photographer for Miami’s NBC affiliate WCKT-Channel 7. He was hired as field producer and bureau chief for ABC News Latin American Bureau. In 1971 he was made Assistant News Director for Miami’s WCIX-Channel 6. In 1977 he was made Latin Affairs Director for Miami’s WTVJ-Channel 4 and also served as special assignment reporter on the Ralph Renick Report. Godoy organized live coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions. In 1984 he became vice president and news director for S.I.N. After establishing and structuring Miami’s WLTV news operation, he was appointed Network Vice President News Director for Washington-based Spanish International Network. In 1986 Godoy produced Spanish language news, news specials and public affairs programs for the Telemundo Network. In 1987 he was made vice president and general manager of KTVW, Channel 33, in Phoenix, AZ.
Gustavo is a four-time EMMY® Award winner. He developed and established the first Town Hall meeting Spanish format program in education as well as several news special programs covering national elections. He created the first exit polling system in the Hispanic market covering presidential and congressional elections.
Godoy is active in professional organizations as well as in community service. He also is a regular panelist and guest speaker.
Gustavo and his wife Virginia have five children and reside in Miami.