The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences


April 2005

San Francisco/Northern California Chapter

The question of who will be nominated in the Emmy 2005 competition will be answered soon. This year’s nominations will be announced at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at various locations throughout the Northern California chapter. Join the party closest to you from 7 to 8:30 pm. Emmy entrants in San Francisco can hear the nominations announced live at Hunan’s restaurant at 924 Sansome Street. In Sacramento, the nominations will be announced at Andiamo restaurant, 3145 Folsom. The San Jose party will be at the Tied House, 65 N. San Pedro. The nomination party in Fresno will be held at Campagnia restaurant, 1185 E. Champlain Dr. In Reno, the announcements will be made at the Peppermill Fireside Lounge, 2707 S. Virginia St. You can also read the nominations on our website at 7:30 pm. 722 entries were submitted for this year’s contest — the most in two decades. The Emmy recipients will be announced at the Emmy 2005 show on Saturday, May 14, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The no-host show begins at 5 p.m. An after-party with dinner and dancing starts about 8 p.m. This year’s show has a “Wild, Wild West” theme, featuring the western history of the chapter. Stations will
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The good, the bad and the unsolved were spotlighted as the NATAS chapter hosted its third forum in two years on the Nielsen people meters. About two dozen people attended the March 24 panel at KRON-TV in what turned out to be a lively and sometimes contentious discussion. Andy Smith, a Nielsen account executive, defended the people meter system that was instituted in the Bay Area last fall. She said the new system is more accurate than the old method of meters and diaries. She added the people meters were necessary because of advances in television and the changing habits of television viewers. ”Each of these measures have their own strengths and weaknesses, but the new system is more accurate,” Smith said. She noted the people meters register programs each member of a household watches and also don’t rely on people’s memories when filling out diaries. In the Bay Area, 800 homes are sampled under the new meters, compared to 580 under the old system. Smith’s assertions were challenged by other panel members. Pat Patton, Young Broadcasting’s vice president of programming, said there were wide differences between the old and new systems when the two were


Wednesday, April 27th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the KPIX Studios, 855 Battery at Broadway is the setting for our annual “Meet the Pros.” “Meet the Pros” is an opportunity for students and others interested in broadcasting careers to meet with professionals from a cross section of our industry. Whether you are interested in news, production, sales or engineering this is the evening for

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opportunity to meet several pros. The event is co-sponsored by the Television Academy, NorCal RTNDA (Radio-Television News Directors Association) and AWRT (American Women in Radio Television) who’s members receive a $5 discount on the $15 admission charge. Light refresements will be served. Please RSVP to pros@emmysf.tv or call 650-341-7786.

EMMY 2005

submit short “western histories” to be played throughout the awards show. Among the presenters this year are: Carolyn Tyler and Thuy Vu of ABC-7 in San Francisco; Barbara Rodgers and John Kessler of CBS-5 in San Francisco; Jan Wahl and Catherine Heenan of KRON in San Francisco; T.J. Holmes and Raj Mathia of NBC-11 in San Jose; Dan Adams of KXTV and Deirdre Fitzpatrick of KCRA, both in Sacramento; Nancy Osborne of KFSN and David Ibarra of KFTV, both of Fresno; and Terri Russell and John Tyson of KOLO in Reno. In addition, two general managers are scheduled so far to hand out special awards. They are Jeff Clarke of KQED in San Francisco and Marcela Medina of KDTV in San Francisco. Formal invitations to Emmy 2005 on May 14th will be mailed later this month.

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Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) are offering a three-day, intensive workshop on computer-assisted reporting tailored to the needs of news directors, top editors, line editors and producers. The workshop is at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Mo, but time’s running out to apply, so hurry if you’re interested. Friday, April 8 - Sunday, April 10: Editor Boot Camp. Participants will learn the things they need to know to make CAR successful in their newsrooms. They’ll experience just enough hands-on work in this three-day session to understand what their reporters are tackling and what more is possible. They’ll also hear from other editors who have been there before them, and not only survived, but flourished. For a schedule of events, registration form and more information, please see: http://www.ire.org/training/april05EditorCamp.html


A new phase of the NATAS-sponsored mentoring program has begun. The Northern California chapter has set up mentoring for five television industry professionals in smaller markets with their counterparts in larger markets. A weathercaster in Reno has hooked up with a Bay Area t-v meteorologist. Two reporters in the Reno region are matched with their counterparts in the Bay Area. A sports producer in Chico has been teamed with a sports anchor in the Bay Area. And a director from the San Jose area will be mentored by a director at a San Francisco station. Several other mentoring requests are also being processed. The mentoring programs last for six months. Participants set up their own schedules and decide how to communicate with each other. The NATAS office sets up the arrangement and asks participants to keep them updated on their progress. Last fall, a reporter from Reno was mentored by a Sacramento reporter and a producer in Sacramento was mentored by a producer in San Francisco. NATAS members in smaller markets are eligible for the mentoring program. They can sign up at any time during the year by going to the NATAS web page at “emmysf.tv” and clicking on the “mentor” icon.


JOB BANK at www.emmysf.tv

Gary Radnich has been making the rounds lately. Not just on the sports desk at KRON TV, or in front of the microphone at KNBR AM. You couldn’t open a newspaper in the bay area in March without seeing an article about Radnich’s 20 year anniversary at KRON. The entire populace now knows what everybody at KRON has known for years: Gary Radnich ALWAYS shows up for his sportscast at the last minute, he never scripts anything, and he’s very proud of both. What undoubtedly drives his showproducers and directors crazy helps Radnich keep his sportscasts fresh and unpredictable. Radnich explained his unique style to the Chronicle: “During one of his more serious moments, Radnich defends his work ethic. After the running start he gets during his KNBR show that ends at noon, he usually goes home and reads five newspapers. He says he used to do things the regular way, but knew he would burn out quickly fretting over a script. “‘Years ago I’d type everything out,’ Radnich says. ‘And then before you know it, it sounds like you’re reading it.’” Here’s to another twenty years of unscripted, unrehearsed, and unpredictable sports reporting, Gary.


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The accuracy of Nielsen’s numbers was challenged when compared side by side. He said the audience began asking both sets of numbers couldn’t be questions. KTVU reporter Tom right. Vacar said 800 homes isn’t a big “If these new numbers are enough sample to accurately good, then the old ones were no reflect the t-v viewing habits of 2 good,” he said. million households with a choice Karen Orofino, general sales of dozens of channels. manager at KRON, said the “How can 800 homes accupeople meters, which deliver rately measure anything?” he daily demographics to stations, (l to r) Edwards, Patton, Smith, Macholl, Orofino asked. may be providing too much information. She said sales agencies are demanding Smith said Nielsen wouldn’t object to increasing the performance on a daily basis and there are too many sample size, but noted local t-v stations aren’t willing to statistics to deal with. pay for it. “It’s like going on a diet and getting on the scale Vacar also accused Nielsen of setting up a system with every 30 seconds,” she said. its own ground rules that is driving commercial television Orofino also noted the people meters have shown an out of business. overall decline in t-v viewership and that is driving down ABC At that point, Pat Macholl, KTVU research director, 1 advertising rates across the board. came to Nielsen’s defense. ”At some point, we’re not going to be able to put gas She said TV ratings are the strictest survey in the in the news trucks. We’re trying to run a business here,” industry — more accurate than newspapers, radio and Orofino said. even the Internet. Under questioning from moderator Janice Edwards “Nothing is perfect,” she said, “but what we’ve got is of NBC-11, Smith also acknowledged the people meters better than the others.” aren’t registering programs that are recorded on Tivo Smith told the audience more changes are on the way. and watched later. She said Nielsen is working on a For starters, Nielsen will have to figure out a way to count solution. programs captured by not only Tivo and Direct-TV but by Smith denied reports that a large percentage of digital video recorders, satellite dishes and even cell 2 3 Nielsen families are dropping out of the sample because phones. it is too much work. “It’s a challenge,” she said. Thanks to our friends at AWRT (American Women in Radio Television), KRON 4 for hosting and our own governor Sharon Navratil of KTVU FOX 2 for producing.

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People meters were supposed to end traditional sweeps as we know it in the San Francisco market. With 4 overnight demos, what’s the point of having a ratings month? Every day is sweeps. That was the theory, at least. But in practice, every station aired special sweeps reports of some kind. And when March rolled around, the post-sweeps spin continued unabated. According to news releases sent to Off Camera: KGO ABC 7 was #1 sign-on to sign-off for the 9th consecutive major sweeps month. It also placed #1 at 5:00pm for the 32nd consecutive sweeps, at 6:00pm for the 10th consecutive sweeps, and at midday. KPIX CBS 5’s 11pm news6was the highest rated newscast in the market for the 2nd consecutive sweeps period, and #1 at 11:00pm for the 5th consecutive sweeps. We did not receive releases from the other three stations, but a review of the ratings shows that while KNTV NBC 11 did not win any newscasts outright, it had a strong showing in the key 25-54 demographic; KTVU Ch. 2 easily won the morning news race, more than doubling its nearest competitor’s rating at 6am, 8 and KRON 4 held strong at 9pm and in the key 25-54 demo for most other newscasts. So everybody had plenty to brag about. Maybe that’s why they’re so reluctant to let go of their sweeps months.


David Piechowski has joined KGO ABC 7 as a Web 5 Producer. Davis has worked at WNUV-TV in Baltimore, KOVR-TV, Sacrameto, COFIX, Inc. in Los Gatos and done freelance writing and producing in the Bay Area. Former NorCal member Michel James Bryant has also joined “A Current Affair” as a correspondent. Michel, who created and produced the clever and quirky “Legal Edge” news feature, moves from EXTRA, where he was a correspondent and producer.


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The nomination deadline is May 1st for consideration for induction into the Academy’s Silver and Gold Circles. The Silver Circle recognizes television professionals whos careers span over 25 years and made a significant contribution to our industry. The Gold Circle is for 50 years of service. Applications can be found on the Academy’s website www.emmysf.tv or 9 call 650-341-7786. Voting will take place this Summer with members of the Silver Circle and the Board of Governors of the Academy. The induction luncheon is in October.


By Dan Adams

March 20,1955, 2:15 PM. With the flip of a switch, KBET, Channel 10, (now KXTV News 10) became Sacramento’s first VHF station on the air. “It was the biggest party Sacramento had seen in a long long time,” according to Betty Stoddard Ford, who hosted “Take Ten,” the station’s first talk show. To celebrate its golden anniversary, News 10 opened its doors and threw a party again. On Saturday, March 19, more than 600 viewers, including several former employees who were there when the station first signed on, were invited to News 10 for station tours and the opportunity to meet with the current staff. Among those who attended was legendary News 10 anchor, Dick Cable, who worked at the station from 1969 to 1998. Dick joined other current long time on air reporters and anchors including Jennifer Smith (25 years) and Dan Adams, George Warren, and Mark Hedlund (all 24 years) who shared their experiences covering, major Northern California news events over the past several decades. Then, at 7:00 PM, News 10 broadcast an hour long special, “50 years of News 10.” The program, included rare news and entertainment footage and numerous interviews from the people who, over the years, brought the news to Northern California on Channel 10. Among the highlights were clips from one of KBET’s original newscasts in 1955, anchored by Hank Thornley. Thornley, who left Channel 10 in 1960, is now retired and living in Las Vegas and had saved the newscast on a kinescope. “Shell News” was 15 minutes long and included several filmed reports from Sacramento, Fairfield, and Truckee. Thornley says the original owners thought they could simply put a radio-type newscast on the air with Thornley merely reading wire copy. But once he and Paul Meeks, KBET’s first photographer, introduced film in the newscast, they realized the real potential of news on television. That became all the more apparent on Christmas Day, 1955, following a series of powerful

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storms. Meeks says early that morning, Thornley called him at home and said “Grab some clothes and boots, we’re going to Yuba City.” When the two arrived at the bridge between Marysville and Yuba City, Thornley said police told them “You’re not going any farther. The levee protecting Yuba City just broke, the town is going under.” Thornley and Meeks quickly shot film of flood waters rushing through Yuba City’s farms, neighborhoods, and downtown and captured stranded residents being evacuated by small boats. They rushed film to KBET’s Sacramento studios (which were in an old converted CHP building) and immediately processed and put it on the air. Thornley said, “The response was tremendous. KBET got national recognition for its news coverage. And from that point on, there was no looking back.” “50 Years of News 10” also includes 30 plus airchecks from major news events as covered by Channel 10 including the first bulletin of President Kennedy being shot, Governor Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Lynette Squeeky Fromme’s assassination attempt of President Gerald Ford at the state Capitol, and the Loma Prieta earthquake. Its commitment to news has made KXTV the only Sacramento station to have received Emmy Awards (2) for its overall newscasts, an honor that historically has gone to San Francisco stations. Throughout the rest of the year, News 10 will continue to celebrate its golden anniversary. Station IDs have been produced featuring greetings from past on air talent, and the viewer response to “50 Years of News 10” was so positive, plans are to rebroadcast it several times.

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By Keith Sanders

Current law says the Bay Area’s analog television spectrum will be shut down at the end of next year. Will your old analog TV immediately become obsolete? Don’t hold your breath. The law won’t take effect until 85% of all households have digital TVs. How fast is digital TV growing? Our first nationwide HDTV broadcast was during a Space Shuttle launch on October 29, 1998. The Consumer Electronics Association reports that by the end of 2004, 11 million U.S. households had purchased digital TVs. They predict 7 million more units will be sold this year. So by year’s end we’ll be at 18 million sets, or 16% of current households. So when will 85% of all households have digital sets? For perspective, we can compare the transition from black and white to color TV with the transition from analog to digital TV. Our first color network broadcast was NBC’s Tournament of Roses in Pasadena on January 1, 1954. As color television began to catch on, the total number of TVs sold each year increased. But color sets didn’t begin out-selling B&W models until 1972. It took thirty years for color TV to reach 85% of American households. Is that the best comparison? After all, there was less incentive to buy a color TV because B&W models never became obsolete. There was no threat that they would become outdated (as there is with our analog sets today). Here’s a better comparison. After World War II, Great Britain was using a 405-line B&W television format. In the late-fifties it was decided they would abandon it in favor of a 625-line color system (PAL). Old B&W sets could not receive the new color images. In 1964 the BBC began broadcasting in both the 405-line and the 625-line formats (just like we now simulcast the 525line NTSC format and the high-definition digital format). Soon there was pressure from the British government on broadcasters to curtail transmission of the 405-line format so the spectrum could be sold. Sound familiar? Even so, 405 line broadcasting continued through the rest of the sixties and seventies. Finally the old transmitters were shut down between 1982 and 1984. Britons took 20 years to give up their low-resolution B&W sets even though the images on the 625-line color sets were much better. So will it take us 20 years to make the transition to digital? Maybe not, but it won’t happen quickly. It’s true that we’re now living in a much more technological society. We’re used to buying new cell phones and computers every two or three years. Digital televisions are morphing into just another special purpose computer. The cost of HDTV sets will keep decreasing. The amount of HD programming will keep increasing. HD DVDs will become commonplace. But remember that millions of Americans and Britons were satisfied with their low-cost B&W TVs…even decades after color was available. In my opinion your old analog television is safe for now. Keith Sanders is owner of Perfect Pitch TV and is the NATAS vice president for San Jose.

By Keith Sanders

NATAS HD Seminar panelist Jacob Rosenberg served as online editor and post supervisor for the theatrical film “Dust to Glory” being released this month. This documentary captures the drama of the 36th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race. The movie was shot with 55 cameras on multiple film and video formats, then off-lined on two Avid Xpress DV systems. On-line editing was performed with Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5. Color correction and effects were done in Adobe AfterEffects 1.5 and Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse color correction tool. “This (Cineform) codec let us stay in desktop software the entire way, and turn the entire movie into a deliverable file without any noticeable artifacting on the big screen“ says Rosenberg. The entire process was conducted on two BOXX Technologies HD pro RT workstations at Laser Pacific, Hollywood. “This is a movie getting broad theatrical release that had its film negative printed from a compressed HD file, and that is brand new…I can definitely see other indie films using this kind of workflow.” “Dust to Glory” opens in the Bay Area on April 8th. You can see it at The Bridge in San Francisco, The Aquarius in Palo Alto and in San Jose at the Santana Row Theatre.

Antonio Montanari, Jr., a longtime member of the Academy died of a heart attack last week in Los Angeles. Antonio was a Purple Heart Korean War veteran and very active in the 50th Anniversary commemoration. He was the co-owner of SAGA Pentamedia and produced documentaries including the 1995 Emmy nominated “U.S.A. vs. Tokyo Rose.” Polly Gonzalez, was anchor for KLAS-TV, Channel 8, Las Vegas. She was formerly a member of the NorCal Chapter when she anchored at KXTV 10 in Sacramento and had worked at KCBA, Salinas. Polly was killed in a single car accident while traveling near Death Valley with her two young daughters. Her children were not seriously hurt. She was returning to Las Vegas from visiting family in San Jose.

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By Lynn Friedman

San Francisco - Apr 11th

Free first run film screenings. That’s right, NATAS membership isn’t all about Emmy entries. Join us the second Monday of every month at the Delancey Street Theater in San Francisco. The socializing begins at 7pm, film at 7:30pm. Enter through the iron gates on the Embarcadero across from Pier 36. Join “Lynn’s List.” Be the first on your block to see that new film. All you have to do is give us your email address. I send out “NATAS Cinema Club Special” emails about additional free screenings throughout the month. “Lynn’s List” also includes opportunities for those living outside the SF Bay Area to win film DVDs. I am working hard to bring additional benefits to those of you unable to attend the SF events. To join, send your email address to cinemaclub@emmysf.tv.

By Gabe Nansen

How many times have you said to yourself “Gosh, I really wish there was a way that I could watch “The Big Lebowski”... while riding on an old school bus... through the streets of San Francisco?” Well now there is a way, and it’s called The Movie Bus. A uniquely wild experience filled with booze, fun, and film, that no movie-buff should go without. Last month’s feature was “The Jerk,” a Steve Martin classic. The night started off normal enough; me, waiting on a street corner, checking my watch. Finally the bus pulled around the corner, and I was welcomed aboard with a pair of “Opti-Grab eyeglasses,” a goofy tiein to the Steve Martin flick. Music was playing, and people were drinking, as I settled into the futon-laced lounge area toward the back. I chatted it up for a few minutes with the couple sitting next to me. Then the Movie began, to hoots and hollers from the audience. The bus soon settled into a nice parking space at the Palace of Fine Arts, while we all giggled at the movie and each other. I’m looking forward to doing it again this month, and I hope to see you all there.

Drama 2 hrs. A single father tries to come to terms with his 16-year-old daughter Rose’s comingof-age. When the father’s new love, Kathleen and her two teenage boys come to live with them, Rose undergoes a sexual awakening with both liberating and devastating consequences. MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual content and some drug material. Cast and Credits Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Catherine Keener, Camilla Belle, Paul Franklin Dano, Beau Bridges Directed by: Rebecca Miller Written by: Rebecca Miller Produced by: Lemore Syvan, Ron Kastner, Jean-Louis Piel More information: http://www.elevationfilmworks.com/# The Delancey Street Screening Room is located at 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, between Brannan and Townsend, enter through iron gate. Refreshments & Networking 7 p.m., movie 7:30 p.m. Seating limited to first 146 to arrive. FREE for NATAS members who may bring one guest. Mark your calendars for the Second Monday of each month for “Cinema Club.”

“The Big Lebowski,” April 7th
Get picked up at Pier 1 - 8:00 pm or 19th & Valencia - 8:15 pm For more info, or to reserve a spot on

The Movie Bus (415) 424-1058
Gabe Nansen is a NATAS member and graphic designer at KTVU FOX 2.

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Steve Davis—the consummate reporter. An honest witness. A man for whom facts, truth, humanity and important stories were always worth the effort. Steve was central to KGO News when it had a larger daily audience than all of today’s local newscasts combined. One day in 1979, after a particularly tough but rewarding week of news coverage, a show producer, the late Alec Nagle declared: “Remember these times... these are the good old days.” And so they were. – Harry Fuller With his deep, rumbling voice, Steve Davis was a master story teller with a one-word credo: Truth. Steve told the truth with uncanny insight which at times put him in great personal peril. He loathed injustice, false prophets, icy bureaucracies, corrupted, dimwitted and self-serving politicians and shysters. In his classic, understated world view Steve would always say a good story told itself … if he could just get out of its way. Steve couldn’t get out of the way of his own story for which all of us who knew him are forever thankful. – Andrew Shinnick
There was a memorial service for Steve Davis on March 26 at the Tiburon Community Congregational Church. Lynn Friedman captured the spirit of the day.

Photo by Tom Vacar

OFFICERS: David Mills, KPIX, President Lynn R Friedman, KGO, VP, SF Keith Sanders, Perfect Pitch TV, VP, SJ Dan Adams, KXTV, VP, Sacramento Nancy Osborne, KFSN, VP, Fresno Terri Russell, KOLO, VP, Reno Pamela Young, KITV, VP, Hawaii Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Secretary NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) GOVERNORS: Bob Anderson, KBWB Dan Ashley, KGO Brian Avery, KTLN Samuel Belilty, KFTV John Burgess, KFTY/KVIQ John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. (Museum) Janice Edwards, KNTV Ginnelle Elliott, KPIX (Membership) Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA Albert Garcia, KUVS Bob Goldberger, KGO Stewart Heller, York Productions Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Adam Housley, Fox News Justin Kanno, KOLO Ronald Louie, KTVU (Alt. Trustee)


4317 Camden Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403 (650) 341-7786 F: (650) 372-0279 John Murray, JM Communications Sharon Navratil, KTVU John Odell, CCSF Pam Schoen, KTXL Heather Searles, ITVS Josh Springer, KCSM (Publicity) Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards) Stuart Yamane, Yamane Creative Svc. Richard Zanardi, Notre Dame Univ.

EMMY NOMINATION PARTIES Thu. Apr. 14th 7-8:30 pm
924 Sansome Upstairs (Broadway/Vallejo)

65 N. San Pedro

COMMITTEE CHAIRS: (not listed above) Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Museum) Deanne Moenster, KTVU (Publicity) James Spalding, Spalding & Co., (Finance) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Darryl R. Compton, NATAS Off Camera Bob Goldberger, Editor Darryl Compton, Publisher Robert Mohr, Photographer

3145 Folsom Blvd.

1185 East Champlain Drive.

Fireside Lounge 2707 South Virginia St.

Nominations opened & posted at 7:30pm

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