Jerry Tootle is currently in his 14th year at Florida State University as a staff member of Seminole Productions. Designated as a Senior Broadcast Specialist, Tootle’s experience and skills cover the gamut of video production, with a particular emphasis on field production.
Producing, writing, directing, videotaping, and editing productions for the University as well as corporate clients fall under Tootle’s skill set. He has produced numerous shows for SunSports Fox Network, including the current production of Seminole Basketball Highlights with Leonard Hamilton.
In recognition of his efforts, Tootle received the 1998 Videographer Award of Distinction for a thirty-minute documentary on the Boys Choir of Tallahassee, a local outreach organization for youth at risk. In 2000 he earned the Communicator Award of Excellence for a “Tribute to Bobby Bowden”, a 25th anniversary memorial to the renowned coach. In 2003 it was the Aurora Gold Award for “God’s Love Lifted Me”, an interpretative music video featuring the Boys Choir of Tallahassee, which was broadcast nationally on BET. 2004: the Aurora Gold Award for a thirty second commercial for the Lassiter-Ware Insurance Group. 2005: two Aurora Gold Awards, one for a Department of Environmental awareness campaign for small businesses; the other for “Seminole Pride”, a tribute to the University’s athletic programs. In 2007 Tootle’s production of “Radon Awareness” for the state Department of Health garnered another Aurora Gold Award.
Tootle is also involved with the direct instruction and training of students, as well as the performance of managerial tasks when needed at Seminole Productions.
From 1984 to 1995, Tootle was a news videographer and producer at the Tallahassee CBS affiliate WCTV. He earned Associated Press awards for Best News Video in 1991 and 1992, and an AP award for Best News Series in 1992. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting.