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By Bob Goldberger
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
San Francisco/Northern California Chapter
By Keith Sanders
EMMY JUDGING NOW UNDERW NO W UNDER WAY
The Call for Entries has passed. The DVDs delivered. The entry fees paid (hopefully). Now comes the excruciatingly long wait to find out if your work will be nominated. It’s all up to the judges, which raises a lot of questions for many of you, such as: Who are the judges? How are they selected? What makes them qualified to judge my work? The best place to start is at the beginning of the process, the meeting of the Awards Chairs from all 20 regional chapters. Our Awards Chair for the Northern California chapter is Javier Valencia. Last year, he met with the other 19 regional Chairs and Chapter Administrators to determine which chapters will be “trading partners” this year. Javier says, ”A few smaller chapters will trade all of their entries with just one other region, but we find it works best to select four or five different trading partners.” That’s because a chapter our size has more than 900 entries, and that’s a lot of DVDs for another chapter to try to judge within a few weeks. So, for example, Breaking News entries may be sent to Chicago for judging, while Documentaries are judged
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6th HD SEMINAR
Six years ago did you have HD in your home? Probably not. The SF/NorCal chapter’s first HD seminar occurred late in 2001. The featured speaker was Sony high-definition camera specialist Jeff Cree. His background was not broadcast television…it was feature films. But that’s not surprising. Many people experienced HD theatricals at the Cineplex long before being able to watch HD broadcasts at home. In 2001, HDTVs on the showroom floor were still outnumbered by platoons of cheap standard-definition sets. It’s true everyone gawked at the stunning HD images, but reality set in as consumers pulled out their wallets. Many decided they would still rather fork over $300 for thirty-six inches of standard-definition color.
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By Cynthia E. Zeiden, Activities/Programs Chair
NAT AT NATAS NIGHT AT
Executive Editor, c|net News.com, will talk about about c|net plans for the future. We’ll see lots of samples of c|net’s advanced media content. We’ll also discuss the direction of video on the web and how it will affect the media industry. Admission is free for NATAS members and guests of c|net. RSVPs are necessary to ensure a spot, e-mail: email@example.com with your name and affiliation or call: (650) 341-7786.
Join us for an evening at c|net Headquarters (235 Second Street, SF, CA 94105) on Monday, March 26, 2007 from 7-9 p.m. At 7 p.m. we’ll have registration, refreshments, networking and a meet and greet with a c|net Human Resources representative. c|net is looking for talented people to join their team. At 7:30 p.m., we’ll start the program with a tour of c|net, then Harry Fuller,
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NOW UNDERW EMMY JUDGING NOW UNDERWAY
continued from page 1 mystery markets. “When we set up our Emmy® trades, we make sure we in Boston, Newscasts in Atlanta, and so sign up chapters who can provide on. judges for all of our English and SpanInitial secrecy is critical. ”In an ish language entries.” effort to avoid any conflicts, we do not Awarding an Emmy® statuette is announce our trading partners or the not like hanging a wreath around the categories they are judging prior to our winner of a horse race. Judges are entries being judged,” notes Javier. So instructed to grade entries purely even now, after our entries have against a standard of excellence, already been mailed across the country, which is very different than ranking Javier won’t reveal who has them. them from best to worst. That’s why There is one way you can sneak a it’s not uncommon to have no winner peak, though, by helping judge other Javier Valencia, in a particular category. If the judges chapters’ entries. If you’re judging Awards Chair don’t feel any entry is “Emmy®Seattle’s work, you know some of our entries went to Seattle, you just don’t know which worthy,” their grading will reflect that. We also can categories. A complete list of which chapters have more than one winner in a given category. provided judges will be included in the May 12th As the other chapters finish judging, the ballots Emmy® Awards printed program. are sent by Fed Ex direct to our accounting firm of When each market’s Awards Chair receives our Spalding and Company. Javier says, “We hope to entries, it’s up to him or her to recruit panel leaders, have all the results back by March 23rd so the who in turn recruit peers to judge each entry fairly Awards committee can review the results and make within the NATAS rules and regulations. A minimum the final selection of nominees and recipients.” of six television professionals must judge each entry, (We’ll go into the “blind ranking” process that with no more than four of the six judges coming from determines the nominees and winners in April’s Off a single TV station. That’s sometimes easier said Camera.) The nominations will then be announced than done. Javier knows from experience. “It’s at events throughtout the chapter on Thursday, getting harder to recruit judges as stations consoliApril 12th, and the Emmys® awards presented the date and job responsibilities increase.” But he adds, night of Saturday, May 12th at the Palace of Fine “While judging can be time consuming, it’s a great Arts in San Francisco. opportunity to see the best work in your field from Good luck to all. Some of you are essentially different parts of the country. It also provides some already winners— we just don’t know it yet. great story ideas and gives you some tips for preparing your future Emmy® entries.” That may be one reason some of our chapter’s most frequent Thursday, April 12, 2007 winners are also our most reliable judges. Emmy® Award Nomination Parties The people judging your work are a lot like you. 6:30pm-8:30pm-Major chapter cities They are television professionals in comparable Saturday, May 12, 2007 markets who volunteer to be peer judges, meaning 36th Annual Northern California Area they have experience and expertise in the Emmy® Awards particular category they’re judging. While it’s enPalace of Fine Arts, San Francisco couraged, judges are not required to be NATAS 4pm Reception; 5pm Awards Presentation members. We do put quite a bit of trust and faith in 8pm Dinner & Dancing - The Exploratorium each chapter’s Awards Chair and the panel leaders (Invitations mailed mid April) he or she chooses, to make sure they are recruiting only television professionals with a high level of proficiency in their discipline, who have earned the respect from their peers within their particular station or market. That’s the type of person we ask to help judge their work, and we expect no less. The only significant change in the judging process for our chapter this year is with Spanish language entries. For the first time, they will all be judged entirely by Spanish speaking peer judges, to avoid the disadvantage of having English speaking judges relying on a translation. But Javier says the JOB BANK at www.emmysf.tv Spanish language entries were sent to the same
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PREPARA ARATIONS UNDERW EMMY PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY
Mikaelian MacKenzie Heenan Sinkovitz
By Keith Sanders, Emmy® Show Producer
Kohara Schechner Aguirre
CBS 5, he served as a national correspondent for NBC News OverThe 36th Northern California Area night with Linda Ellerbee. Bill has Emmy® Awards Show will be held at won two San Francisco Emmy® the Palace of Fine Arts in San FranAwards, a DuPont/ Columbia Univercisco. The date is Saturday, May sity Award, the Edward R. Murrow 12th. A baker’s dozen of presenters Lucero Lopez Vazquez Award, and the Charitas Award. have been confirmed so far: Jessica Aguirre is the weekday co-anchor for Gasia Mikaelian, a reporter for KTVU Channel ABC7 News at 6. She joined ABC7 in July 1998. 2. Prior to joining KTVU two years ago, she worked Aguirre moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles as an Anchor/Reporter for KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliwhere she was an anchor/reporter for KABC-TV. An ate in Houston, Texas. Her favorite part of the job Emmy® award winner, Aguirre is a member of the is reporting on breaking news and meeting new National Hispanic Journalists and is affiliated with the people with exciting stories to tell. Latin Business and Professional Women’s OrganizaBob MacKenzie, a recently retired reporter tion. from KTVU Channel 2. He joined the station in 1978 Larry Beil currently anchors sports coverage for as a feature reporter for “The Ten O’Clock News” the weekday ABC7 News at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., as and ultimately was instrumental in the development well as ABC7 News at 9 p.m. on Your TV20. Before of the very popular Segment 2. MacKenzie is the joining the ABC7 News Team, he worked as a recipient of 13 local Emmy® Awards, a National SportsCenter anchor at ESPN. From 1989-1995 he Headliners award and numerous other professional was a weekend sports anchor and sports reporter honors. Catherine Heenan, an anchor for KRON 4 News for KTVU in Oakland. Larry also worked as a sports director at KGMB in Honolulu. at 4 and a general assignment reporter. She came Before joining NBC11, Lisa Kim was an anchor/ to KRON 4 in San Francisco from WTMJ-TV in host at MSNBC. She anchored the morning and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she received numerweekend news in San Diego. Kim is the recipient of a ous awards for investigative and general assignGolden Mike award and an Emmy® award. She is a ment reporting. She was most recently awarded member of the Asian American Journalists AssociaBest On-Air Newscast Anchor by American Women tion as well as the Northern California National in Radio & Television. Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Tom Sinkovitz recently left KRON in San FranRaj Mathai serves as sports director for NBC11. cisco. He was co-anchor for the 9 O’clock News. He anchors the nightly sportscasts plus you can His career began with the Armed Forces Vietnam catch him as a sideline reporter for NBC Sports. Network in 1969. Since 1970, he has worked in Mathai has been honored by the Associated Press WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pa., WCPO-TV Cincinnati, WBAL-TV Baltimore and WXIA-TV Atlanta. He joined for Outstanding Sports Segment. He’s also been awarded regional Emmy® statuettes for Outstanding KRON in January 1990 when the station was still an Sports Program. Raj reported on-location from the NBC affiliate. Olympic Games in Torino, Athens and Salt Lake City. Sydnie Kohara brings years of experience to Santiago Lucero is reporter at KUVS Univision her position as co-anchor of the CBS 5 Eyewitness 19 in Sacramento. Born in San Luis, Argentina, he News Early Edition. She provided live coverage for graduated from Brigham Young University. He worked the ABC network as a worldwide audience got its as a reporter for KUTH in Utah. He also wrote arfirst glimpse of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake ticles for the local newspaper “Hispanic World.” He devastation. Kohara and her newsroom colleagues moved to KUVS in 2005 at KGO-TV shared the prestigious George Foster Maribel Lopez is anchor for “A Primera Hora” at Peabody Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award KUVS in Sacramento. Maribel was born in Long for Excellence in Reporting. Island, New York. She moved to Puerto Rico when Bill Schechner joined CBS 5 in 1992 for the second time, after working at the station from 1976 she was young. She started her television career as a reporter for WORA Puerto Rico. She began work at to 1981. Bill was the host of CBS 5’s This Morning KUVS in 1999 as a reporter. and Eyewitness News at Noon. Between stints at
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6th HD SEMINAR SPOTLIGHTS LOCAL HD TV
Haman Swanson Reyes Welch Crayton Salyer
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As you fast forward to 2007 you’ll notice everything has changed. HDTV prices have shrunk and screen sizes have grown. High-definition movies on cable and satellite are abundant. Many national shows and all major sporting events can be seen in HD. Both HD DVD and Blu Ray DVD players are available. A majority of local broadcasters are going through the transition to HD at all levels, including acquisition, production and transmission. The 6th Annual HD Seminar took place on January 31st. It featured a panel of Bay Area HD experts including Jim Haman from KTVU, Jim Swanson from KRON, Janice Reyes from KGO, Steve Welch from KQED and Angela Crayton-Smith from KNTV. They described how their respective TV stations were rolling out HD. Kim Salyer from Video Arts rounded out the field by talking about HD postproduction in feature films. Meet the Panelists KTVU in Oakland was the first TV station in the San Francisco market to convert its daily newscast to HD, on October 10 last year. Panelist Jim Haman coordinated the station effort to migrate KTVU News to HD. He beg50 an work there 20 years ago as a producer/director. He now holds the position of Director of Broadcast Operations and is the winner of 7 Emmy® and 5 Telly awards. Saturday, February 17th KGO in San Francisco became the second station in the market to begin broadcasting HD news, along with their 3pm live lifestyle and entertainment show The View from the Bay. The programs are switched using a new automated system called Ignite HD. Panelist Janice Reyes led a team of engineers who developed Ignite HD along with sister-station KABC in Los Angeles. Janice is the Vice President of Engineering for KGO-TV/DT. She’s
been working for ABC-owned TV stations for 21 years. Last year panelist Jim Swanson served as Executive Producer for more than 100 high-definition shows at KRON in San Francisco. Thirty years ago Swanson began his career there. In 1983 he began work at KPIX producing documentaries and weekly shows. He then returned to KRON in 1996 to head up local production. Swanson has won 15 Emmy® awards in categories ranging from Sports to History to Technical Achievement. KQED in San Francisco will be the first TV station in the market to migrate all local programming to HD. Panelist Steve Welch was recently named Vice President, Television Engineering & Operations for Northern California Public Broadcasting (which includes KQED, KTEH and KCAH). He has successfully led the operations and engineering departments through KQED’s revolutionary transition to digital technology. Welch received the PBS Engineering Individual Achievement Award in 1995, among other honors. Panelist Angela Crayton-Smith is Director of New Technology & Broadcast Engineering, NBC11 and Telemundo 48, San Jose and San Francisco. In 1994 Angela landed a job in Denver, Colorado, as Producer Director for News and Specials. By 2003 she’d moved to NBC Network in New York. Angela was soon promoted to Director of On-Air Systems. In this role she maintained all of NBC Network Distribution as well as Northeast HUB Operations. She led the team that built 3 HD
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Program Integration rooms for the 2006 Winter Games. Recently she accepted a position at the brand new all digital KNTV and KSTS facility in San Jose. Panelist Kim Salyer is the co-founder and President of Video Arts, Inc., Northern California’s leading independent High Definition post-production studio. Kim co-founded Video Arts in 1976 as a two-person production company. After 10 years Salyer moved the company’s focus from production to post-production. In 1986 Video Arts opened as one of the first all-component video post houses and computer graphics studio in the U.S. Video Arts has provided color grading and finishing services for ten films nominated for Academy Awards. 5 Stations…5 HD Solutions Each television station made the transition to HD its own way. On one end KQED spent $28 million over three years to upgrade all shows to HD. The public television station uses three HD production formats; HDV, XDCam HD and HDCam. “Over the past several months we have converted our entire production capability to HD” said Steve Welch. In contrast independent station KRON created over 100 HD shows last year on a shoestring budget. The KRON engineering team assembled five Dell computers right out of the box, loaded Canopus Edius NLE software, then added a lot of RAM, an HD video card, and lots of high-capacity firewire drives to make the HDV or DVC Pro HD edit stations. “It’s a very low tech solution. My department survives because we’re able to keep the costs down,” said Jim Swanson, “as soon as costs get too much the shows go away, it’s as simple as that.” There was one similarity among the different HD solutions. HD newscasts from KTVU and KGO both use the automated Grass Valley system Ignite HD. “After last year’s NAB there was a lot of attention and focus paid to Ignite as a software, hardware and automation system for newscasts” said KTVU’s Jim Haman. The control room has a new HD GVG 4 M/E Kayak switcher to manage all the video sources. An HD GVG Concerto router manages the new HD graphics, HD Weather and Traffic systems and HD studio cameras.
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Ignite HD is also central to KGO’s newscast. “The important part for engineering is that it links the newsroom with the control room, which in television has always been an issue,” said Janice Reyes. Ignite HD features an integrated video switcher, audio mixer and teleprompter that consolidates news production. KGO’s system interacts with legacy Vinten Robotic camera pedestals. The KNTV all new digital facility was built with HD in mind. However NBC is still determining the best system to use. “NBC will not roll out HD until they have completely studied the workflow” said Angela Crayton-Smith. “Our photographers are going with the Edius Pro and Canopus in the field, in preparation for HD,” she added. Video Arts was the only HD production company represented on the panel. “We do corporate video, big events, advertising, independent films and documentaries,” said Kim Salyer. “For us, HD is the holy grail that we’ve been working towards all these years” he mentioned. Video Arts has been doing HD since 2003 and the company has recently moved into a new 13,000 square foot facility. The Snader Connection The 6th Annual HD Seminar was housed in the Snader Visual Solutions Expo for the second year in a row. If you haven’t seen their event, think of a mini-NAB located in the South San Francisco Convention Center. Over 90 companies were represented at 76 booths. The 2007 attendance broke 1,000 including exhibitors and attendees. One of the most popular activities was the “camera shootout” in the Camera Corral. All seminars took place in front of standing room only crowds (including our HD Seminar). Snader & Associates kindly donated over $1,000 worth of food and drink for famished HD seminar guests. Snader also included our event in their printed ads. “It’s a win-win situation for both organizations,” said Snader Event Coordinator Katie Carney. This year the use of HD at many local TV stations is undergoing a major expansion. The South San Francisco Convention Center is also undergoing a major expansion of over 4,000 square feet. Next year the 7th Annual HD Seminar should be even bigger and better!
ST NEW STATION OWNER IN HAWAII HAW
ANOTHER ANOTHER CHANGE ON GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO DA SACRAMENT MENTO
Taryn Winter Brill
It took nearly two years, but KGMB-TV in Hawaii now has a new owner, MCG Capital, based in Virginia. The company is a relatively new player in the Television industry. MCG Capital has interests in communications, publishing, newspaper, cable and broadcasting companies, which gives the corporation partial interests in five television stations in Alabama, Texas, Wyoming and Nebraska. But MCG Capital managing director Michael McHugh says, “We don’t have any control-equity investments in TV stations,” until now. After KGMB went up for sale in May 2005, there was industry talk about the possibility of relocating the station and using its valuable property on Kapiolani Blvd. to build a mixed-use high-rise on the site. MCG won’t discuss its plans for the station. “I can’t comment on our specific plans for the station, except to say that we plan on returning the station to number one in the market,” McHugh says. The seller, Emmis Communications Corp., will reward employees who stuck it out during the long sales period with a one-time “success” bonus equal to three months’ pay. They paid the same bonus to employees who stayed at their other Hawaii station, KHON, until its sale closed.
Veteran news anchor Abbott Dutton has been let go from Ch. 31 and Good Day Sacramento, after nine years with KMAX. Dutton also co-hosted the 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. segments of the five-hour morning program. Station management announced Stefanie Cruz will replace Dutton on the Good Day” news desk, and Ch 31 will hire a new co-host for the 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. hours. Cruz has been the weekend anchor of Good Day. Replacing Cruz on weekends is Taryn Winter Brill. “We just want to go in a different direction with the show,” says Brent Baader, Channel 31’s news director. “We’re always looking to improve.” Dutton’s dismissal comes two months after longtime Good Day weather anchor Tom Loffman was replaced by Cody Stark from sister station Channel 13.
KHON ANCHOR HAW TO PBS HAWAII
KHON news anchor Leslie Wilcox has been selected president and CEO of PBS Hawaii to replace Mike McCartney, who stepped down last May to head the state Democratic Party. The selection of Wilcox concluded a nationwide search by the PBS Hawaii’s board of directors. “We’re delighted to have someone of Leslie’s stature to play a significant role in our leadership team,” board chairman Neil Hannahs said. “She is known and respected throughout the community as someone who cares greatly about our Islands and holds compassion for the people of Hawaii.” Wilcox leaves KHON on March 2. “The mission of PBS Hawaii is magnetic, and I am inspired by their mission and the strong and resourceful team already in place,” she said. “Together, we’ll look for new opportunities for creative programs, community service and civic engagement.”
The Huntington’s Disease Society NorCal chapter honored KOVR CBS13 Health Reporter Diana Penna at the Celebration of Hope dinner on February 6th. HD Director Penny Riley presented the award, also pictured KOVR CBS13 weather anchor Dave Bender.
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SILVER CIRCLE PROFILE SILVER CIRCLE PROFILE MANNY RAMOS
By David Mills
Class of 2000
of different ethnicities on the air. Manny was hired first by KOVR in Sacramento. He joined KRON in San Francisco in 1979. The next year, he was hired at KPIX, where he has been the past 27 years. He has covered virtually every beat and worked just about every shift at the CBS station. Manny is on the board of directors of Latinos in Communications and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The veteran reporter is active in raising money for college scholarships and speaks frequently to students. Manny lives in Marin County with his wife, Robin. He has three children and three grandchildren. Manny credits his success to his parents, “the two smartest people I ever met,” who taught him right from wrong. “I think of them all the time,” he says. As for journalists just getting into the business, Manny has some advice. “Never let anyone discourage you,” he says. “One of the first news directors to see my audition tape out of college told me, ‘I just don’t think you have any future in front of a camera.’ 32 years later, I’m still in front of one. SAVE THE DATE!
NATAS Gold & Silver Circle 2007 Induction Luncheon
Manny Ramos remembers the incident well. It was the mid-1970s. He was a new reporter at a Sacramento station, one of that region’s first Latino on-air personalities. In a serious tone, the news director told Manny his name sounded “too ethnic.” He suggested Manny use “Randy Ramos” instead. Manny refused, saying “Manuel” was his father’s name. That was the less-than-auspicious beginning of what has turned out to be a distinguished television news career for Manny Ramos. It’s a path that eventually led him to KPIX-TV, where he has been an on-air institutition the past quarter-century. Manny’s solid reporting skills have earned him four Emmy® awards. His skills, likability and community activism gave him a spot in the Silver Circle, when he was elected to that exclusive club in 2000. It’s been a long journey from the town of Salinas, where Manny grew up. His mother stayed at home while his father toiled as a gardener and farmworker. Manny got an early taste of what life would be like without an education. Whenever he or his siblings misbehaved or received poor grades, their father took them into the fields to work. It was a lesson learned early and well. Manny got his first inkling he wanted to be a reporter in grade school. “I always wanted to know what was going on,” he recalled. “And I wanted to be the one to tell everybody.” However, Manny was Hispanic, so he was put on a non-college “track.” He remembers teachers who helped him complete the classes and get the grades he needed to get into San Jose State. He graduated from there in 1974, just when television stations were under pressure to put people
Saturday, October 27, 2007
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AW AND THE AWARD TO GOES TO . . .
CBS 5’s (KPIX, San Francisco) Investigative Unit has won the Bill Stout Award for Enterprise News by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association of California, Nevada and Hawaii (APTRA). The winning entry was titled “The Unabomber Evidence Revealed.” I Team members Anna Werner, Alexander Gurevich, Gerard Watson, and Greg Marasso will receive their award during a ceremony in Hollywood on March 3. ”Investigative journalists look beneath the surface to find important stories that have been overlooked or hidden. Our I-team’s stories on the Unabomber did just that, and it’s very gratifying to have that work recognized with this prestigious award,” says Dan Rosenheim, Vice President and News Director for CBS 5.
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By Terri Maria Amos
In the pursuit of excellence….right in the middle of the Emmy® season…what exactly does that mean? As members of this Academy, we are committed not only to recognize outstanding achievement in the television industry with an Emmy® Award, but also to advance the arts and sciences of television and foster creative leadership within our individual areas of expertise. Mentoring goes hand in hand with this vision.
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President Lynn Friedman wants you to Mentor! Do you remember your first person …the first person to take an interest in you? The person who let you take ‘em out for a cup of coffee so you could ask your questions? There was a one-on-one connection. Each one of us can name that special person who took an interest when we first started out, someone “who showed us the ropes.” Our professional careers were impacted by the time and interest that special person paid to us. This is a great opportunity for you to become that special person to someone else! I know what you’re thinking… ‘I’m already so busy, I don’t have the time.’ However, signing up to be a mentor is not a huge time commitment. It is simply the formal process connecting two professionals for the informal one-on-one connection. Mentoring is a great way to broaden the community of professionals that strive for excellence and impact on the next generation of television professionals. For more information on becoming a Mentor (or requesting a Mentor), please send an e-mail email@example.com. Terri Maria Amos is the Mentor Match contact. (click on NATAS National)
JOIN AWRT FOR DRINKS, FOOD, AND ALL THAT JAZZ! American Women in Radio and TV invites you and your friends to an evening of fun and networking! WHEN: March 14th, 5:30-8PM WHERE: Yoshi’s-Jack London Square
510 Embarcadero W, Oakland RSVP: www.awrtgold.org $7 for AWRT members, $10 for non-members ($10 for everyone at the door) Yoshi’s is offering a special price of $10 if you want to stay for the 8 p.m. show, “Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra!”
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TV Production Reporting Videography Minority Student Advanced Media
By Alison Gibson
The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of will award five $3,000 collegiate student scholarships this year. The Peter J. Marino Television Production Scholarship; the Abrazos & Books, Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship; the Sheldon “Shelly” Fay Videography; the Thomas F. Drayton Minority Scholarship; and new this year, the Board of Governors’ Advanced Media Scholarship. The Chapter awards these scholarships to encourage individuals who demonstrate leadership and talent in advancing the artistic, cultural, educational, and technical qualities of television. Scholarship applicants • must be actively engaged in a collegiate-level curriculum in one or more areas of the television industry and be attending a college within the Chapter area — Northern California (Visalia to the Oregon border), Hawaii, and Reno, Nevada. • have completed at least one undergraduate academic year of television studies, or be enrolled in a television graduate program. • have at least one remaining year of undergraduate or graduate study. Entrants may receive only one scholarship per year. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for a second scholarship in the year following their award. Complete rules and applications are available on the chapter website at www.emmysf.tv Completed applications must be postmarked by Monday, April 2, 2007. The Committee then screens the applications, reviews the DVDs and essays to select the recipients. The five successful applicants will receive their scholarships at the San Francisco/ Northern California annual Emmy® Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, May 12, 2007.
Richard C.H. (Dick Riley) Smith Sept. 23, 1926 - Feb. 13, 2007. Born in Los Angeles, grew up in Tulare, attended Pomona College in 1943 and got drafted in 1945, returned to graduate from UCLA. After receiving his English degree, Dick got a job at a radio station in Modesto! Before the year was out, he (cornet/trumpet player) and a Pomona classmate (clarinet) took off across country to visit New Orleans, mecca for those who played Dixieland jazz. One night, while listening to a favorite band in a bar on Bourbon St., he got a phone call from a colleague in New York, saying they had a chance to play on a TV show. That gig turned into five years in NYC - playing with Conrad Janis and his Tailgate Band, working for CBS, winning the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts with their band, getting married, having a daughter, and getting a phone call from Turk Murphy, who needed a trumpet player for his San Francisco band. As Dick never learned to read music, life with Turk was brief. He then played with Kid Ory and finally hung up his horn in 1960 to work in radio. This was followed by a career in TV news as a writer-producer, first at KRON, where he initiated the first hour-long newscast in the Bay Area, and then at KGO, where he wrote and produced for news anchor Van Amburg. He retired in 1989 to focus on his love for cooking and traveling. He leaves Judy, daughter, Hilary, son-in-law, Peter, and two grandchildren.
MEMOR ORY IN MEM ORY
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Sayra Vazquez anchors the 6pm and 11pm news Monday thru Friday at KFTV in Fresno. Sayra arrived in the United States at age 13, settling down in Truckee, Nevada. Later she attended the University of Nevada in Reno. In 1996 she began working for Channel 68, a Univision affiliate. She was hired by KUVS in 2000 as an anchor and reporter, before moving to KFTV. Eventually nine pairs of presenters will hand out Emmy® awards in as many as 63 categories. There was a record 948 entries submitted this year, well over 100 more than last year. This could mean that more Emmy® awards will be given away. Significant steps are being taken to keep the show time down, since it will be followed by a dinner and after party at the Exploratorium next door. “The planning and preparation for 2007’s After Party is in full swing!” said Executive Producer Terri Maria Amos. She added that “Hatfield & Walker is our lighting and design team, the band will be provided by Associated Entertainment, and Knights Catering will serve us appetizers and dinner.” Formal invitations will be mailed to all SF/NorCal NATAS members and entrants in April.
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7 THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
OFFICERS: 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 SAN FRANCISCO 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) NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Kym McNicholas, KFTY 50 Linda Giannecchini, KQED 9 (Museum) Deanne Moenster-Poitras, KTVU 2 Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Jeanette Pavini, CBS 5 Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) Wayne Philippo, CBS 5 GOVERNORS: Sheraz Sadiq, KQED 9 Dan Adams, KXTV 10 Tamar Sarkissian, Freelance Terri Maria Amos, Independent Gary Schultz, ABC 7 Brian Avery, Avery Media (Membership) Annika Wood, Independent Samuel Belilty, Univision 21 Pamela Young, KITV 4 John Burgess, KFTY 50 COMMITTEE CHAIRS: Joe Cherubini, KRON 4 John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc.(Museum) Martin Christian, KVIE 6 Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) Christopher Conybeare, Univ. of Hawaii David Perry, David Perry & Assoc. (Marketing) Janice Edwards, NBC 11 James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance) Wayne Freedman, ABC 7 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Albert Garcia, Univision 19 Darryl R. Compton, NATAS Bob Goldberger, ABC 7 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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