By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
Local broadcasting luminary Tony Segreto owes his crossover success to Dan Marino — or so Marino says.
“We joke about it,” Segreto says about hosting the ’90s TV show of his longtime paisan. “About six months into The Dan Marino Show, the station decided to take me out of the sports world and put me into the news world, which launched me into a whole different profile.
“So Dan credits The Dan Marino Show for finally making my career take off. And you know what? I will attribute that to him as long as he wants.”
A 40-year fixture on South Florida TV screens, Segreto joined WTVJ in 1968 as an intern out of Miami Dade College. He worked as a photographer, producer and reporter, as well as a sports and news anchor who covered 25 Super Bowls and interviewed two sitting presidents. His affable charm and smooth on-air delivery helped elevate Segreto to one of the region’s most famous, respected and trusted broadcasters before he retired from NBC 6 in Fort Lauderdale in 2009.
At 67, Segreto remains active in the community, with affiliations ranging from the Orange Bowl Committee to the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County. He’s also behind Tony Segreto Sports, a media company focusing on sportsmanship, character and positivity in youth athletics. He and his wife, Roseann, live in Davie and have two grown children, Anthony and Samantha.
Aside from the weather, what do you enjoy most about living in South Florida?
I really love and embrace the diversity South Florida offers. If you take the time to listen and look, it’s a symphony of language, and a beautiful canvas of culture and food.
Aside from the weather, what do you least enjoy about living in South Florida?
Traffic! What used to take 15 minutes to get somewhere is now in many cases doubled in time.
Are you a beach person or a pool person?
Beach, for sure. I love the pool, but the fresh salt air and the sound of the ocean is hard to beat. Plus it brings back a flood of memories as a child with family and friends.
When in your life are you or have you been the happiest?
I like to think I’m at my happiest every day. If you live in the moment, truly enjoy what you do and enjoy your environment, your ‘happiest’ is an evolution that flows differently every day.
What do you do when you’re stuck in a traffic jam on I-95?
What music are you listening to now?
An eclectic playlist of James Taylor, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald and Alison Krauss.
Are you a fan, and if so, of what?
Do you do social media?
Instagram: ynkeclpr, Twitter: @tonysegreto
Who is your real-life hero or heroine?
My parents. Both were loving, giving, proud, faithful and thankful for every day and every benefit afforded them, with an open door to family and friends.
If you had to choose: Rocky or Raging Bull?
What car are you driving now?
What do you like most about yourself?
My sense of humor.
What places in South Florida do you recommend to guests visiting from out-of-town?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Hahaha, would love to have 20-20 vision.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Marrying my wife and having our two beautiful children. Everything else pales in comparison.