Jimmy Cefalo Biography
Jimmy Cefalo known with his real name as James Carmen Cefalo is an American journalist, news broadcaster and sports broadcaster, radio talk show host, Voice of the Miami Dolphins, businessman, wine enthusiast, and former professional American football wide receiver and game show host.
Jimmy Cefalo High school career
He attended Pittston Area High School in Pittston, Pennsylvania. It was his performance there that led to his inclusion on The Pennsylvania Football News All-Century Team.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds during his senior year for head coach Bob Barbieri’s Patriots, he was one of the nation’s most highly recruited running backs.
Jimmy Cefalo Age
James Carmen Cefalo is an American journalist, news broadcaster and sports broadcaster, radio talk show host and also Voice of the Miami Dolphins. James was born on October 6. 1956 in Pittston, PA.
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His family has been in the wine business for several generations. The Cefalo family has been involved in the making and selling of wine for the past 150 years.
His’s great grandfather was a winemaker and innkeeper in Central Italy. His grandfather came to this country in 1908. Information about his parents and siblings will be updated soon.
Cefalo became a coal miner, landowner, and winemaker in Northeastern Pennsylvania. One of his 7 sons, Charlie, continued the tradition with a bonded Pennsylvania winery producing Italian varietals until his passing.
Cefalo’s Wine Cellar began in 2002 with a 3400 square foot retail/liquor store located in South Miami. The store specialized in hard-to-find, highly allocated wines.
In 2005, Jimmy and Brenda Bassett formed their company, Cefalo’s International, which continues to grow with the launch of their new food wine and travel show, Cefalo’s – Eat This Drink That Go!, as well as serving as the Wine Ambassador for Martini & Rossi, owned by Bacardi.
Until it closed in October 2008, Cefalo’s Wine Cellar was a 7,000 square foot facility that included several components – a historic bar “The Taurus, built in 1911”, a retail wine store “Cefalo’s Wine Cellar” with tasting room and a private membership wine cave serving 99 members, with their private lockers “Cefalo’s Cave Club”.
For Cefalo’s Cave Club, a ridge was found under the aquifer where 36 feet was dug to create a two-story wine cave.
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He is married to his wife Janice Cefalo. The couple has three daughters: Mia, and twins Ava and Katie. The family resides in Miami Beach, Florida.
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The American Journalist, news broadcaster and sports broadcaster, radio talk show host, Voice of the Miami Dolphins, businessman, wine enthusiast, and former professional American football wide receiver and game show host. James has an estimated net worth of $11million dollars as of 2019.
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Cefalo is a familiar face to many in the South Florida community from his many years as a local TV personality. He is also a familiar figure from the gridiron as a former member of the Miami Dolphins and the current radio voice of the team.
Jimmy holds a long list of impressive career credentials from both on and off the field. During his years playing for the Dolphins, he scored the second longest touchdown in Super Bowl history during Super Bowl XVII, against the Washington Redskins.
In his broadcast career, he was a correspondent for NBC news on the “Today Show”, sports anchor for “NBC News at Sunrise” and co-host of the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul. He also co-hosted “PM Magazine,” “AM South Florida,” on WTVJ and hosted the “Trump Card” game show distributed by Warner Brothers Television.
In 1988, Jimmy snared an Emmy for his writing on the 24th Olympic Games. And fives times, National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named him Florida Sportscaster of the Year “1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004”.
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Cefalo was a standout at Penn State University from 1974 to 1977. He led the Nittany Lions in all-purpose yards his senior season.
Jimmy was instrumental in Penn State’s 41-20 victory over Baylor in the 1975 Cotton Bowl Classic. He was named most valuable player of the 1976 Gator Bowl. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 1978.
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He was a third-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in the 1978 NFL Draft. He would play six seasons for the Dolphins, including Super Bowls (XVII and XIX), earning a reputation as a sure-handed, dependable receiver. In Super Bowl XVII, he replaced receiver Nat Moore out as the result of an ankle injury.
He proved to be one of Miami’s few bright spots in a 27-17 loss to the Washington Redskins. He caught the team’s only offensive touchdown and averaged 41 yards per catch.
His’s 76-yard touchdown reception from quarterback David Woodley still ranks as the fifth-longest in Super Bowl history.
In 1984, he caught the Dan Marino pass that broke the record for most touchdown passes in a season.
He played in one of the most famous games in NFL history: the AFC divisional playoff game between the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins on January 2.1982, at the Orange Bowl. The Pro Football Hall of Fame named it the “NFL’s Game of the ’80s.”
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He was a color commentator for NFL on NBC, partnering with Charlie Jones from 1985-1988, and Jim Donovan in 1989.
He has also been a correspondent for NBC News on The Today Show, sports anchor for NBC News at Sunrise and co-host of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Jimmy hosted NBC’s pregame coverage for Game 5 of the 1987 National League Championship Series, as Marv Albert was away on a boxing assignment for NBC. He also hosted NBC’s pregame show for Game 4 of the 1989 American League Championship Series as Marv Albert was away on an NFL assignment for NBC.
Jimmy Cefalo Radio and television
As of 2019, he is the play-by-play man and “Voice of the Miami Dolphins” radio broadcast team and the host of South Florida’s First News Program for WIOD. In March 2012, Cefalo’s International launched their new food, wine, and travel radio show called – his’s – Eat This Drink That Go!, which also airs on Clear Channel Communications at WIOD610 and 100.3FM in South Florida as well as nationally streamed on www.
WIOD.com and IHeartRadio. He does regular sports analysis for the NFL Network and WIOD’s sister station WINZ, the Sports Animal, which also carries the Miami Dolphins broadcast.
In 1988, Cefalo won an Emmy for his writing on the 24th Olympic Games. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named him Florida Sportscaster of the Year five times “1998, 2001–2004”.
He co-hosted PM Magazine, AM South Florida, and hosted the syndicated game shows Trump Card, the unsold pilot People on TV and Sports Snapshot “according to The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows Volume 2”. Cefalo is the only alumnus of Penn State to ever host a game show.
Jimmy became the play-by-play man on the Miami Dolphins radio broadcast team on Dolphins flagship station WQAM in 2005.
He now works with Rose and Bob Griese. For thirteen years, he was the Sports Director at WPLG-TV in Miami.