24/7 internet newspaper's 5th anniversary: Headline Surfer to rank Central Florida's 'Top 500 Newsmakers'

Top 500 Central Florida Newsmakers / Headline Surfer

John Morgan, attorney, Orlando / Headline SurferOrlando Ch. 6 news anchor Lauren Rowe / Headline SurferFrank Bruno/ former Volusia County Chair / Headline SurferPalatka Vice Mayor Mary Lawson-BrownRich Devos / owner Orlando Magic / Headline SurferFormer Congresswoman Sandy Adams / Headline SurferDisney CEO Bob Iger / Headline SurferWendy Libby, president of Stetson University / Headline SurferNBA star Vince Carter of Daytona Beach / Headline SurferMandy Moore, actress/singer born and resides in Orlando / Headline SurferORLANDO -- As part of its 5th anniversary and recent move from New Smyrna Beach to Lake Mary, Headline Surfer is going to do what some naysayers would dismiss as unrealistic -- maybe even ridiculous, which is all the more reason why the 24/7 internet newspaper with one shoe-leather journalist is going to do it: Headline Surfer is going to count down the Top 500 Newsmakers in Central Florida until No. 1 is crowned, literally.

More on the crowning later.

Here are the requirements to be considered: A person doesn't have to live here, but must be a regular contributor to the news scene or a returning figure at least twice a year. 

The Top 500 is not just for the usual power elite personalities, politicians athletes and celebrities, whose names are bandied about in specialty publications or advertising supplements, but also the not-so-famous -- the obscure person who has or is making a difference in some way in the lives of others.

In keeping with the 5th anniversary theme, selections will come from those in the news over the last five years.

The terrain from which the candidates are considered will come from the following 10 counties or outsiders who have had a significant impact in any, some or even all of these counties Headline Surfer has defined as its general coverage area: Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns, Putnam, Marion and Lake counties.

The beauty of having 500 selections is that every county will be represented. It's a requirement that at least somebody comes from one of the counties, kind of like the Major League Baseball All-Star roster where all the teams have at least one player.

This could take a bit of time, but heck, the pundits don't think it will ever happen any way. Won't they be eating crow when No. 1 is crowned from Headline Surfer's Top 500 Newsmakers countdown.

Like any countdown, it is more subjective than objective, but the rankings are what will get people talking. It's a great way for Headline Surfer to hob-nob with the movers and shakers of Central Florida and share the experiences with you. 

It's also a great way to generate advertising revenue so Headline Surfer can pay the rent and continue upgrading the 24/7 internet newspaper.

John Morgan, attorney, Orlando / Headline SurferOrlando Ch. 6 news anchor Lauren Rowe / Headline SurferFrank Bruno/ former Volusia County Chair / Headline SurferPalatka Vice Mayor Mary Lawson-BrownRich Devos / owner Orlando Magic / Headline SurferThe first five newsmakers shown here as above above, from left to right, are John Morgan, Orlando attorney; Lauren Rowe, evening news anchor Ch. 6 in Orlando; former Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno; Mary Lawson-Brown, City of Palatka vice mayor and Rich DewVos, owner Orlando Magic and founder of Amway. 
 
Former Congresswoman Sandy Adams / Headline SurferDisney CEO Bob Iger / Headline SurferWendy Libby, president of Stetson University / Headline SurferNBA star Vince Carter of Daytona Beach / Headline SurferMandy Moore, actress/singer born and resides in Orlando / Headline SurferThe next five newsmakers, again left to right, are former Congresswoman Sandy Adams; Disney CEO Bob Iger; Wendy Libby, president of Stetson University; NBA superstar and Daytona Beach native Vince Carter and Mandy Moore, actress/singer who calls Orlando home.
 
At least one of the people shown above is in the Top 10. Can you guess who that person or persons may be? Send your guesses to henryfrederick@headlineSurfer.com and we'll mention you when that we get to that portion of the countdown.
 
Also, feel free to send in a nomination for inclusion in the the Top 500 Newsmakers. And as always, feedback is welcomed on on our Twitter and Facebook fan pages.

Headline Surfer Multimedia:

The New Smyrna Beach High School Cudas Marching Band's staple, "The Final Countdown," by '80s band Europe, was the catalyst for Headline Surfer's 5th anniversary countdowns of the Top 500 Stories and the Top 500 Newsmakers.

Here is the link to our YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp4QatBYAKdgQYUOnuGAE2g.

Here you will find the best of our video catalogue of community events throughout Greater Daytona Beach-New Smyrna Beach and as far away as Miami and Tallahassee, whenever needed to cover the news that matters. In all, Headline Surfer has more than 5,000 raw videos in its arsenal. And while the Orlando TV stations are far superior in major breaking news coverage to our husband-wife team, no media outlet in Central Florida has the hyper-local video coverage of community events we've provided nearly every day for the past 5 years.

Final Countdown / Published Nov. 12, 2012 
New Smyrna Beach HS Cudas Marching Band
Headline Surfer video produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick
 
Editor's Note: The NSB Cudas football team, led by head coach Lance Jenkins, had a magical 2012 season, going undefeated in the regular season before bowing out in the playoffs.
 

Cudas 2010 Final Countdown / Published Nov. 17, 2010
New Smyrna Beach HS Cudas Marching Band
Headline Surfer video produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick
 
Did You Know?
Headline Surfer has covered every regular season home football game of the New Smyrna Beach HS Cudas and the Homecoming halftime since its inception in 2008. Our presentations have included video highlights of each game, half-time show, marching band, cheerleaders and home crowd. 
And for each of the past three years, Headline Surfer has digitally covered New Smyrna Beach High School's graduation ceremonies under Principal Jim Tager from the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. 
 
Bonus: Europe's "The Final Countdown"
 

 

Discography: 

Band: Europe; Song: The Final Countdown; Album: The Final Countdown; Billboard Hot 100: USA No. 8 (No. 1 in GB); Awesome Fact: No. 1 in 26 countries, including Germany, with 8 million-plus singles sold worldwide; Sad Fact: Voted No. 1 on VH1's 40 Most Awesomely Bad Metal Songs; Source: Songfacts.com.

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Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.