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January 2007

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By Bob Goldberger
I had a dream the other night that all the produc-
ers, reporters, photographers and directors at my
station brought in their Emmy® entries three days
before the deadline, asking if I could save them the
postage by shipping the entire station’s entries in one
box. We had already dubbed over our best newscasts
and compiled the assortment of stories and other work
needed to compete in the “Outstanding Television
Station” category.
Robert Mohr ©2006
Then I woke up.
After more than 25 years in the news business, I By Keith Sanders
know from experience there will be a mad scramble the Analog television will suffer a mass extinction in two
final day before the deadline to track down and dub years. This shutdown marks the end of a broadcasting
over Emmy® entries. Always has been, always will be. system called NTSC that dates back to 1941. Congress
The only difference this year is that all entries must be has mandated on Tuesday February 17, 2009, the
submitted on DVD-R. In this digital age of server- spectrum that carried analog television will be re-
based playback (are you the only one on your block purposed for other uses. Once analog television
without a TiVo?), NATAS national decided it was time to disappears, only digital televisions and analog TVs with
dump videotape and require every region to submit digital converters will operate.
entries on DVD-R. The majority of televisions sold from now on will be
As we’ve discussed in previous Off Cameras, this will digital. Most take advantage of high-definition (HD)
inevitably create some technical problems for those of formats that digital TV allows. But now that a growing
you who don’t prepare. But there’s still time for you number of us have an HDTV, the natural question to
and your colleagues to get with the new program, even ask is “when can we see local programming in HD?”
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Now that it’s 2007,
if your station does not have a DVD dubbing station
tax day is just around
already set up. Recordable DVD players have dropped
the corner. If you
in price so much, some models now cost less than
contract out your
$100. There’s a wide selection at Fry’s, Best Buy,
services or in some
Circuit City, or any other electronics store. An engineer
other way operate your
can hook it up to one of your Beta or DVC Pro playback
own media business,
machines so all you have to do is push Play and Record
NATAS and the Bay
to make your dubs. It’s actually quite simple, but you’ll
Area Video Coalition
have a rush hour-type of gridlock next week if you only
are offering you a
have one DVD dubber, and everybody at your station
chance to get some
waits until the final day to get their entries together.
expert advice on
Also remember, you cannot put any type of label—
preparing your return.
not even a piece of tape— on your DVD entry. Any
The Small Media Busi-
foreign object on the DVD itself will make it unbalanced
ness tax seminar is
and unplayable. Label your entries using only a
taught by Jim
Sharpie or some other permanent marker. Any entry
Spalding, CPA and
that is unplayable cannot be judged and will be dis-
Chair of the NATAS Finance Committee.
qualified. You also must use a clear case.
On the flip side, filling out your paperwork this year The media business tax seminar is for professionals
is easier than ever. Entry forms are posted online, so in the broadcast, film and video business. Whether you
you can enter and even pay (using a credit card) via own your business or freelance, even a little, this tax
email. If you are paying by check you should still fill in seminar will give you many tax tips that can help you
the form on-line. know what to expect this year while preparing your
If you haven’t started working on your Emmy® returns.
entries yet, consider this your wakeup call. You still The seminar is at the BAVC offices in San Francisco
have plenty of time, but not time to waste. on 2727 Mariposa, Thursday February 15th from 7-9
Deadline for Entries: 5pm, Friday, January 12. p.m.
Entries Must be on DVD- R Topics will range from new tax deductions and
No Paper Labels on DVD restrictions for 2006 returns to benefits and liabilities of
A full list of categories as well as entry forms are on incorporating. Of course, Jim will take questions at the
our NATAS website, end.
Nominations will be announced Thursday, April 12, The admission charge is $10 for NATAS and BAVC
at nomination parties within each television market in members, $25 for non-members. There is limited
the Northern California Region. seating available for this event, so please RSVP ASAP
Emmy® 2007 Awards Program & Party is Saturday, to or call (650) 341-7786.
May 12, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. We
hope to see you all there, and as always, remember,
you can’t win if you don’t enter.


Julie Haener has been named co-
thrilled about expanding my anchor
anchor of The Ten o’Clock News on KTVU
duties and continuing to be working for
Channel 2 replacing Leslie Griffith. The
one of the most respected TV stations in
veteran KTVU anchor/reporter will co-
the country. KTVU is a terrific place to
anchor the Bay Area’s top-rated news-
work and I’m blessed to have the
cast alongside Dennis Richmond. The
support of my family,” said Haener.
two will also continue to co-anchor the
Throughout her career, she has been
award-winning KTVU Channel 2 News at
recognized for her excellence in broad-
casting. She has received three Emmy®
“We’re very excited about having
awards while at KTVU including one in
Julie join Dennis Richmond as co-anchor
2004 for Best On-Camera News Anchor.
of the award-winning Ten o’Clock News.
In that same year, the American Women
In addition to her anchoring skills, Julie
in Radio and Television (AWRT) named
has reported on many of the Bay Area’s
her as the Best TV On-Air Reporter. In
most important news events over the past decade. 2002, the Radio Television News Directors Association
This experience along with her strong journalistic of Northern California honored the KTVU Channel 2
background will benefit the KTVU news team and Bay News at 6, co-anchored by Haener and Dennis Rich-
Area television viewers,” said, KTVU GM, Tim McVay. mond as the Best 30 Minute Newscast.
“This is a wonderful opportunity and a position that Haener joined the KTVU team in 1997 and became
doesn’t come along too often. I couldn’t be more co-anchor of the KTVU Channel 2 News at 6 in 2000.
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public television station will be the
Last year, many TV stations in the San Francisco first in the Bay Area to create all
market began to produce regularly scheduled HD local production in HD. Last fall,
programming. This transition from standard definition KQED premiered three weekly
to HD was usually expensive, sometimes painful, and shows in HD. The new science,
always took a lot of work. Each TV station solved the nature and environment series
conversion problem its own way with a variety of “Quest” will go HD early this year.
successful results. The station is hoping to launch the
You can get a better appreciation of the quality, fifth season of the weekly arts
variety and costs of high-definition TV production series “Spark” in HD this spring.
solutions at the 6th Annual NATAS HD Seminar on Kim Salyer is the Co-Founder
Wednesday January 31st from 6 to 9 pm. This year, on and President of Video Arts, Inc.,
one stage you’ll see all the Bay Area’s HD movers and Northern California’s leading
shakers. They’re responsible for the production and independent High Definition post-
broadcast of HD newscasts, weekly shows and long- production studio. His company
form programming: has provided HD post-production
Jim Haman is an Emmy Award
winning Director of Broadcast strategies and services for long-
Operations from KTVU. He di- form broadcast content. Video Arts
rected KTVU’s transition to HD has also provided finishing services
news. Last October, KTVU became for nine films nominated for Acad-
the first Bay Area TV station to air emy Awards.
local news in HD. “Overall, this The 6th Annual NATAS HD Seminar will be held at
was one of the biggest projects the Snader Visual Solutions Expo at the South San
that KTVU has embarked on since Francisco Convention Center from 6 – 9pm, Wednes-
moving into our current location day, January 31st. You can network with your peers
20+ years ago,” says Ed Chapuis, KTVU News Director. from 6pm – 7pm, and listen to our panel of experts from
“The accelerated time frame and shear volume of the 7pm – 9pm. This seminal event features clips of local
equipment and workflow changes has been enor- programming in high-definition. Panelists talk about
mous.” their areas of specialty and answer audience ques-
Janice Reyes is the Vice President of Engineering tions. Seminar snacks are generously sponsored by
for KGO 7. HD news on KGO is expected to premiere Snader & Associates. Admission and parking are free.
early this year using an automated production system Only 50 seats are available so RSVP early to
called Ignite HD. “Ignite was designed, developed and or call 650-341-7786.
tested (by Grass Valley) with the help and input of ABC
Owned Television Station Engineers from KABC (in L.A.)
and KGO” remarks KGO GM Valari Staab.
Jim Swanson is Executive
Producer at KRON 4. He led
KRON’s migration to HD produc-
tion. Last year, the TV station
created 80 locally produced shows
in HD, including “Bay Area Back
Roads,” “Henry’s Garden,” “Bay
Café” and half a dozen documen- Also arrive early to see HD hardware demos at the
taries. “Each HD edit station cost Snader Visual Solutions Expo. Compare and contrast
no more than $6,000,” Swanson HD camcorders in the camera corral. You can connect
with over 80 manufacturer representatives and product
says. “It gives us most of the post-production firepower
specialists. It’s a hands-on opportunity to evaluate
of an Avid HD workstation with five times the capacity.”
cutting-edge equipment and technology. The Snader
Steve Welch is the Vice President of Television
Visual Solutions Expo is open Wednesday January 31st
Engineering & Operations for Northern California Public
from 10am-7pm, and Thursday February 1st, from 9am –
Broadcasting at KQED, KTEH and KCAH. Over the past
4pm. This expo is like a mini-NAB convenient to anyone
several years, KQED 9 has spent $28 million for their
in the Bay Area. Expo attendees should register at
conversion to HD broadcasting and production. The, or visit
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By Lynn R Friedman for those mid-career grants next year.

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit four differ- Fresno Cinema Club chair Richard Harmelink was in
ent markets within our region during one long road trip attendance to explain how the screenings work. We
in December. The first stop was Univision, KSMS-TV 67 now have Cinema Clubs in San Francisco, Sacramento,
in Monterey. If only all television stations looked like San Jose and Fresno. Enrollment is free with NATAS
KSMS. We’re talking ski lodge beautiful complete with membership but you need to sign up separately.
rustic wooded grounds. General Manager Aaron Scuby One camera person suggested we put on a seminar
gave me great background information on the with an editor and videographer. Enough of the “How
Monterey market. News Director Fidel Soto was very to be a good reporter classes,” he says. What about
supportive, attending the entire winner’s reel screen- the crafts?
ing. Everyone loved Andres Pruna’s Emmy®-winning
“Monterey Aquarium” story from his Latin Eyes entry.
The surprise of the evening was seeing their public
affairs producer being interviewed in her role as an
Aquarium guide.

Word is, KFTV-21 is planning to relocate and build a

brand new facility in a much nicer area. Once again,
everyone was so friendly I can’t wait to return.
Then it was time to hit the road again, this time to
Sacramento. Did I mention how much I love my GPS?
At Fox40/KTXL, vice president Thomas Drayton ar-
ranged for my 3:00pm visit in the middle of the news-
There was a lot of discussion about Spanish lan- room and even ran out for pizza. We set up the
guage judging. The NATAS board has taken this matter Emmy® statues and NATAS brochures on his desk.
quite seriously. Governor Samuel Belilty of Univision, Great turnout. continued on page 5
Fresno, has spent considerable time and effort re-
searching the Spanish language judging procedures of
other chapters.
A frequent concern we hear from smaller markets is
the fear that they may not be able to compete
with larger markets because they don’t have the same
resources to, for instance, fly off to Mexico to cover a
murder investigation. While that’s a legitimate concern,
in my opinion most categories honor content, skill and
creativity, and not budget.
Everyone now knows the contact names for Emmy®
entry placement assistance, listed on our
Next was Fresno, which justified my GPS purchase.
Fresno is one huge city. NATAS vice president, Nancy
Osborne and governor, Samuel Belilty hosted the road
trip at the local Univision, KFTV-21. Everyone enjoyed
the opportunity to view the Emmy® entries. An addi-
tional Winner’s Reel viewing will be planned for 2007.
There was a lot of interest in Emmy® entry category
placement assistance. And I expect more competition
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continued from page 4 The adventure continues with the 11:00am Amtrak
The biggest surprise for me was seeing Greg train to Reno. Everyone was right, it’s a beautiful way
Saunders, former Promotions Director at KGO, now the to travel, and this must be one of the most scenic
Creative Services Director at KTXL. The News Director routes. Of course, as everyone also warned me, the
and General Manager showed up in the middle of their train was late. Vice President Terri Russell picked me
busy days to say hi. NATAS clearly has a good reputa- up and off we went to Sparks for the final stop of the
tion there, probably thanks to President Dave’s visit last road trip.
year. It was a small but enthusiastic group who asked a
The specifics of the new DVD rules were discussed, as lot of questions about the Emmy® process. Again,
well as the numerous other benefits of NATAS member- there was a request from a camera person for a panel
ship, such as grants, scholarships, cinema club, medical/ on upgrading videography and editing. We viewed and
dental, etc. Of course the newsroom already knew critiqued several stories from the Winner’s Reel and
about the Thomas F. Drayton Minority Scholarship. went over the various NATAS benefits.
Onward to Univision 19- KUVS, hosted by Governor Special thanks to KRNV 4’s weekend anchor/re-
Alberto Garcia. We spent a lot of time discussing the porter Sarah Johns for hosting the gathering at her
specifics of Emmy® entries, strategies, category place- apartment complex.
ments, rules and regulations. There is a lot of enthusi-
asm and anticipation at Ch. 19 for this year’s Emmys®.
(Look out everyone!).
Some of you may not know that English translation
dubs are no longer needed for Spanish language
entries. They are now judged by Spanish speaking
judges. As with the other Univision stations, they all
said they would like to help judge Spanish language
entries from other regions. Another successful evening,
but I never want to see pizza again.

Lynn R Friedman
© 2006

So the bottom line people, check out in greater detail for everything Emmy®
Awards. We have a vibrant, active television community
from Visalia to the Oregon border, Hawaii to Reno. I’ve
got the photos and business cards to prove it.
And the bonus surprise, an afternoon in Reno thanks
to the Amtrak train’s 10 hour delay. I can’t wait to hit
the road again. In the meantime, I recommend the all-
you-can-eat sushi bar at Harrahs.

KREN is a CW affiliate,
Broadcasting’s two and KAZR carries Azteca
Reno stations, America programming. Both
KREN-TV 27 and stations went live from the
KAZR-TV 46 are new mall studios in early
already broadcast- September and are
ing in HD, now delivering a 1080i HD
utilitizing seven HD cameras that cost less
signal through local cable to about 50 percent of the
than $15,000 each. Their new studio complex at a local
Reno market. Pappas is preparing for daily production
shopping mall includes a 120 foot glass window that
of two separate one-hour HD newscasts for both KREN
lets the public watch their live broadcasts. Inside,
and KAZR seven days a week. All video capture, field
three Canon XL H1 HD cameras have been configured
and studio, will be shot and edited in HD.
as studio cameras. In the field, three more XL H1s are
KREN and KAZR’s HD set up is serving as a beta test
used to shoot news stories, with the seventh serving
site for the rest of the group’s stations.
as a hand-held camcorder for interviews at the mall.
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By Adam Housley, Fox News Correspondent and former NATAS Governor

At attention they stood. The that would bring even the stone
morning I am told was not much cold to tears. A TV in the corner
different than today. Puffy clouds plays a documentary of the attack,
provide dramatic breaks from the and its picture has drawn a vet and
searing sun. The whites of the Navy his daughter. As I catch a glimpse, I
faces, the tans and blues of the see the tears. They stream down
Marines, all saluting heroes who his cheeks and his daughter pats
survived “A Day to Live in Infamy.” his shoulder. I didn’t have the heart
Every five years the surivors and to interrupt and I have no idea, no
their families make the pilgramidge. way to imagine his loss, his heart-
Events last nearly a week leading ache 65 years after more than 2000
up to December 7th and on this souls were lost here. Men and
morning the men who somehow women, sailors, marines and civil-
survived the sinking of the Arizona ians. Innocent all and forgotten
have come to pay what is likely none.
their last respects to these now 11:45 am.
tranquil and brilliant turqouise The first wave of survivors sit
waters. As one survivor tells me, “I down in the theater for a short film
am getting too old, the trip recounting the Japanese surprise
from the mainland now physically attack on Pearl Harbor. As the film
too tough, I don’t expect to come plays I can hear the quiet crying.
back.” Explosions rock the screen, black
There are 11 this time, members and white photos are at times a bit
of a dying club. Glenn tells me the graphic and the film from both the
blast that destroyed the USS American and Japanese reports at
Arizona launched him into the the time is remarkable.
water. He would surface for air in Outside, people who have come
burning oil and then swim to the to pay their respects treat the
nearby Nevada which was trying to veterans like rock stars. They pose
escape the Japanese attack. Glenn for pictures, ask for autographs
would somehow get pulled and, in some cases, stand atop
onboard. His arms and ears planters to catch a glimpse of these
burned, he would man a fire hose men.
and help keep the Nevada afloat. At one point I interview a veteran
That battleship would later beach who corrects me a bit. He says this
itself so as not to block the harbor’s club founded on sorrow will not die.
entrance. Children of survivors carry on the
The stories are mesmerizing and memories and a young girl chirps
I could stay here for days listening next to me, “So will the grandchil-
and imagining each and every dren!”
one. As the men make their way 12:10 pm
around the memorial visitors center We arrive at the memorial, built
and prepare for the boat ride to the above the sunken USS Arizona. It
actual memorial itself, I walk into has been 15 years since my parents
the little book store. Here a sight continued on page 7
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have remained in a grave they
brought me here and the images, never imagined.
the tingling I felt as a kid, return. The sister finishes her tribute.
We stand back and watch as the The flower pedals sweeten the
vets and their families peer over the sight and she sits back in her chair
rails, point to the places they to be wheeled back to the boat. I
escaped and the areas from which wonder if this will be her last trip
they were, in some cases, blown here.
clear. Tears are shed, stories told, 12:35 pm
and through it all, those of us We are back on the boat and
fortunate enough to witness these head across the shallow harbor to
moments stand back in awe. the visitors center. Sons and daugh-
12:24 pm ters approach us and tell us the
The men and their families stories they’ve heard. One man
continue to reminisce, the wall of says his father, now 87, didn’t talk
names has been read and names of about Pearl Harbor, never spoke of
friends still entombed in this ship the attack and the horror until
have been pointed out. I glance he was 59 years old. Apparently
back down the rectangular-shaped one day he surprised them and
memorial and notice a woman. She opened up.
has stood from her wheelchair and 12:45pm
the golden Hawaii sun shoots We arrive back at the visitors
through the open roof, lighting her center dock. Tourists have lined the
weathered but welcoming face. Her path, digital camera’s pointed and
gray hair appears a brilliant ready as we leave the boat. We
silver, as if her brother has shone a say our goodbye’s and look forward
light from heaven on her face. I to seeing
can’t ask her name. I can’t spoil her everyone at the 65th commemora-
moment. She holds a lei, slowly tion. As we walk ahead, I look back
pulling each pink flower pedal and to see heroes, in some cases
watching them gently land on the defying age to walk up the ramp.
turqouise waters that provide a Flashes bounce off the walls and
clear view of the rusted wreckage light up faces. Waves are ex-
below. I am told she has come changed, people applaud and I feel
here again to visit her brother. She lucky to be a witness.
has come to remember one of the Photos Adam Housley © 2006
more than 1,000 that for 65 years

Granite Broadcasting, the parent company of KBWB - San Francisco and Detroit. Our ability to sell those
Your TV20 in San Francisco, voluntarily filed petitions to stations on an acceptable basis was directly impacted
reorganize under the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code. in January 2006 by The WB Network’s announcement
The company continues to operate its eleven television that it would cease operations. This unexpected and
stations (broadcasting on 23 channels) while it reorga- damaging decision forced us to seek other alterna-
nizes its debt, which Granite officials say had been pre- tives.”
negotiated with the company’s secured debt holders. Cornwell says Chapter 11 protection and negotia-
W. Don Cornwell, Chairman and Chief Executive tions will allow the company to reduce its corporate
Officer, says, “We operate competitive and profitable debt from approximately $505 million, down to $230
television stations, and despite our need to restructure million.
our corporate balance sheet, we have continued to In the meantime, there is no immediate impact on
successfully grow the business.” Cornwell confirms the TV 20’s operations. The station is still launching a
company’s inability to sell KBWB (TV 20 in San Fran- primetime 9:00pm newscast, produced by ABC 7 (KGO-
cisco) after the WB network merged with UPN played a TV) on January 8th (see December Off Camera).
major role in the bankruptcy filing, saying, “We have
been candid about the Company’s need to restructure
its corporate balance sheet. In that regard, we ex-
Send your news items to:
plored a wide range of alternatives, including the sale
of stations formerly affiliated with The WB Network in
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Thanks to all who attended our annual; Holiday Party on December 15th. Special thanks to our hosts
Eric Hayashi and Eric Henry of the Film Arts Foundation, and our Trivia contest prize sponsors:
Olivia Stewart, HBO; Sharon Navratil, KTVU 2; Lynn Friedman, ABC 7; Pamela Young, KITV 4; and
7 David Perry, David Perry and Associates. Photos Lynn R Friedman © 2006


Lynn R Friedman, ABC 7, President
Javier Valencia, KRON 4, VP, SF (Awards)
Thomas Drayton, Fox 40, VP, Sacramento
Nancy Osborne, ABC 30, VP, Fresno
Terri Russell, KOLO 8, VP, Reno
Duncan Armstrong, NBC 8, VP, Hawaii
Tamar Sarkissian, Freelance, VP, Sm. Mkts. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Keith Sanders, SJ State University, Secretary 4317 Camden Avenue
Sharon Navratil, KTVU 2, Treasurer San Mateo, CA 94403
David Mills, CBS 5, Past President (Alt. Trustee)
Linda Giannecchini, KQED 9 (Museum) Kym McNicholas, KFTY 50
Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Deanne Moenster-Poitras, KTVU 2
Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) Jeanette Pavini, CBS 5
GOVERNORS: Wayne Philippo, CBS 5
Dan Adams, KXTV 10 Sheraz Sadiq, KQED 9
Terri Amos, Independent Tamar Sarkissian, Freelance
Brian Avery, Avery Media (Membership) Gary Schultz, ABC 7
Samuel Belilty, Univision 21 Annika Wood, Independent
John Burgess, KFTY 50 Pamela Young, KITV 4
Martin Christian, KVIE 6 John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc.(Museum)
Christopher Conybeare, Univ. of Hawaii Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal)
Janice Edwards, NBC 11 David Perry, David Perry & Assoc. (Marketing)
Wayne Freedman, ABC 7 James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance)
Albert Garcia, Univision 19 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
Bob Goldberger, ABC 7 Darryl R. Compton, NATAS
Justin Kanno, KOLO 8 Off Camera
Ronald Louie, KTVU 2 Bob Goldberger, Editor
Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions Darryl R. Compton, Publisher
Danny McGuire, Spirit Productions
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