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April 2007

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By Keith Sanders, Emmy® Show Producer

America’s top political satirist Will Durst will present Emmy® awards with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown at the 36th Northern California Area Show. Both men co-hosted the daily morning talk show “Keepin’ It Real with Will and Willie” last year on local AM station KQKE. Will Durst has appeared on Letterman, Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime, receiving seven consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year. He’s an Emmy® nominee, host/co-producer of the PBS series “Livelyhood,” and a regular commentator on NPR, CNN and C-SPAN. Durst hosted the Northern Cali-

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fornia Emmy® Awards Show in 1998. Willie Brown was a two-term mayor of San Francisco and legendary Speaker of the California State Assembly. He’s widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century. Today, he heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics and Public Service. In addition, Brown has also appeared in several Hollywood films such as “The Princess Diaries” and “The Godfather, Part III.” Speaking of Godfathers, Jack La Lanne, America’s Godfather of Fitness, will do a personal Emmy® Exercise Minute for the audience halfway through the show (he won’t be live, he’ll be continued on page 2 Memorex).



Robert Mohr © 2006

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Jack La Lanne is now in his 90s and is the nation’s original television exercise guru. He opened the first modern health spa in the United States in 1936, and brought exercise to TV in 1951. La Lanne and his wife Elaine lecture all over the world, inspiring people to help themselves to a better life, physically, mentally, and morally. Jack and Elaine are members of the NATAS Gold Circle.

Robert Mohr © 2006

After the show, our famous dinner and afterparty await you in the Exploratorium. “The latest and greatest update for the After Party 2007 is that we have booked last year’s phenomenal band, the crowd-pleasing ‘Masterpiece.’ They had everyone out of their seats and on their feet dancing...even on stage, so we listened to your comments and brought them back again” said Executive Producer Terri Maria Amos. Formal invitations to the event will be mailed in a few days.

Christmas is coming early for some news employees at KXTV News 10 in Sacramento. The station announced it is voluntarily paying back wages to employees to compensate those who missed meals during the past three years and were not paid for the time. News 10 President Russell Postell told the Sacramento Bee several editorial employees approached him with the problem. “The situation had varying interpretations,” says Postell, “so we looked at it and made the necessary changes that it takes.” He emphasizes, “There was no (state


Her ten year stint at KRON 4 News is over. On April 9th, Wendy Tokuda returns to the station where her Bay Area career began, KPIX CBS 5. This time she will co-anchor the 5 p.m. news with Allen Martin. “We are thrilled that Wendy is coming back to KPIX, her home for many years. She is a wonderful broadcast journalist,” said Dan Rosenheim, CBS 5 Vice President and News Director. Tokuda’s broadcasting career began in Seattle, first as a secretary in public affairs before working her way on air as a news reporter. She then moved to KPIX, where she spent 14 years as an anchor/ reporter, co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Next, she moved to Los Angeles and coanchored the 6 p.m. news for five years before returning to the Bay Area in 1997 as an anchor/ reporter at KRON. In addition to co-anchoring the 5 p.m. news, Tokuda will continue to work on her series, “Students Rising Above” profiling low-income, at-risk Bay Area teenagers. This nationally recognized series has won the Peabody Award and a National Emmy® Award for Public Service. It has raised more than 3.8 million dollars in scholarship funds to help send these students to college, and will air on CBS 5.

agency) filing that initiated this. We listen very closely to our employees here and decided to make changes. I am thankful that someone brought this to my attention.” Postell would not discuss how many employees will receive back pay, nor how much the station will pay out. California law requires employers give workers a meal break of at least 30 minutes once they work more than five hours in one day. Employers must provide a second half-hour meal period if a worker puts in a 10-hour day.

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By Penelope Dunham, Dr. Edell’s Television Producer (in photo with Dean)

March 12th was an historic day at KGO ABC 7 news. That’s the day one of the pioneers of medical television retired after 27 years. Dr. Dean Edell may have retired from his daily television reports on ABC 7 News, but he’ll continue his nationally syndicated radio show, which airs in the Bay Area on KGO AM 810. So here’s a brief look back at Dr. Dean Edell’s wild ride. Once upon a time, there was a doctor who trained for 13 years to be an eye surgeon. But one day, he simply walked away, dropped out and became a triedand-true hippie. Then 27 years ago, KGO kind of cleaned him up (except for the hair), and turned him into a TV personality. One of his first appearances involved discussing tampons as a cause of toxic shock. “There are a lot of physicians who feel the string might be implicated,” said Dr. Edell. Thus began a unique media career. Edell was always ahead of the curve. In the early 80’s, he was one of the first to report on a “mysterious” illness, later known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS. At the height of early AIDS hysteria, Dr. Dean made a point of shaking hands with AIDS patients to show people couldn’t get it from touching. Dr. Dean was one of the first journalists to look at the science behind such controversial issues as circumcision, childhood immunization, medical marijuana and the myth of silicone breast implant disease. In addition to keeping us up on the latest research, he introduced us to the human side of medicine with real heroes like

Brian, a scleroderma patient with a heart of gold, and Gene, disfigured by porphyria, a rare sunsensitivity disease, who was also a loving father to a wonderful family. Many Bay Area viewers never realized Dean’s news reports aired throughout the United States and even in Russia. You’d even catch Dr. Dean dropping in on network shows like “The Today Show” and trying to get a word in edgewise with the ladies on “The View.” Dean also did several full-length programs and is probably the only medical doctor to have his own daily network television show. In addition to television, he’s one of the most popular radio talk show hosts, carried in more than 300 markets. Along the way, Dean has put several of his kids on TV and showed he’s a big kid himself when he climbed into an F-18 fighter jet for the ride of his life. So after 27 years, what it all comes down to is Dr. Dean’s desire to teach us about our bodies, and to inform, educate and empower each one of us about our own health. Dean may pop up again at ABC 7 from time to time when we need his expert opinion on a major medical story. And you can still catch him on KGO Radio and ask him medical questions every weekday at 1 p.m. on 810 on the AM dial.

Nomination applications are available at www.emmysf.tv (click on Silver or Gold Circle) or contact the TV Academy office at circles@emmysf.tv or 650-341-7786. SAVE THE DATE for the NATAS GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE LUNCHEON Saturday, October 27, 2007 Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
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On March 5, KQED made environmental history as the only public broadcaster in the country to be carbon neutral. The next step comes April 21, when the station will conduct a “green” pledge day to support the station’s effort to neutralize the entire year’s worth of carbon emissions, as a first step to eliminating its negative climate footprint. “Being carbon neutral is another way of serving and better sharing the planet with KQED audiences, members, volunteers, and staff, says Don Derheim, Executive Vice President of Northern California Public Broadcasting. “Public media has a responsibility to distribute programs, thoughts and ideas that may not be popular or commercially viable. In the same way, our stand as the first carbon neutral broadcaster will resonate with some and may not with others. ” KQED established a baseline reading of its carbon emissions by determining the amount of energy used in its daily operations, from its production vans, to transmitter towers, to the electricity used in its building. Carbon credits of the same amount were then purchased from the Chicago Climate Exchange, to promote energy efficiencies in other companies, or to be used toward renewable energy sources like wind power. KQED will seek donations and matching challenge grants from “green” companies during its April 21 pledge day. With contributions from companies such as Elephant Pharmacy in Berkeley, World Watch Institute and Environmental Magazine, KQED heralds the beginning of “green memberships” and all-green pledge gifts. Special KQED hemp/cotton shopping bags will be made available for those pledging more than $40. New members will be sent the green KQED recycling sticker to show their support of environmentally-friendly public broadcasting. For more information on reducing and offsetting carbon emissions and purchasing carbon credits, visit Bay Area nonprofit DriveNeutral at www.driveneutral.org.

A shake-up at the top of the news department failed to slow KCRA Channel 3; the station dominated all evening time periods in the February sweeps period, despite the January resignation of News Director Dan Weiser. In last month’s Off Camera, we noted Ch. 3’s news ratings had slipped a bit in recent years, prompting the change in leadership. But News Director Anzio Williams arrived from New Orleans in March to find his new station perched comfortably on top. The Nielsen Company reports KCRA’s 5 p.m. newscast finished the February sweeps with a 10.1 rating, almost four times their nearest competitor, KXTV Channel 10, with a 2.7. KOVR Channel 13 earned a 2.5 rating at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., KCRA won with an 8.5 rating, beating the next two stations combined. KOVR finished with a 3.7, followed by KXTV 10 with a 3.1. Ch. 3 also won the late news race, with a 6.6 rating at 11 p.m. KOVR ended February with a 5.8 rating at 10 p.m., KXTV was next with a 4.7 rating at 11 p.m., and KTXL Fox 40 tied them with a 4.7 for its 10 p.m. newscast. “It is our mission to live up to our slogan, ‘Where The News Comes First,’ each and every day,” said KCRA 3 President and General Manager Elliott Troshinsky. “We take great pride in our newscasts, and the fact that viewers still make KCRA 3 their first choice for local news and information.” KCRA’s morning and noon newscasts also beat the competition, for a clean sweep.

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Lena Sullivan and James Reid to co-executive producers, (KPIX TV, San Francisco) CBS 5’s “Eye on the Bay” from senior producers, same station, same show.

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By Alison Gibson, Media Cool The sign on the wall in the big room of cubicles says Know Your Audience. That mantra pretty much summed up the main theme of a 2-hour presentation that held NATAS members and their guests spellbound on the night of March 26. The guru we had come to hear, a man known to many of us from his previous incarnations at CBS New Media, ZDTV, KPIX and before that, KGO, was Harry Fuller, Executive Editor of c|net News.com. Most of us already knew that these days it’s ALL happening on the Web, but Mr. Fuller clarified it for those who may still have had their doubts. Once The New York Times sold off its broadcast stations, he said, the writing was on the wall. The masses not only no longer read newspapers, they also don’t watch the 5 o’clock News. And boomers – contrary to common expectation – are not sitting around waiting for the news to come on TV when they want to know about traffic, weather or whether Britney Spears is in or out of rehab. We go to the Internet. According to Fuller, the only news broadcast that still makes business sense is morning news, at least until the computer interface gets easier (like wearing it on your head). People can more easily dress for work, make breakfast and brush their teeth with the news show blaring in the background, so viewers are still likely to tune in. Immensely knowledgeable and an engaging storyteller, Fuller skillfully presented examples of not only c|net’s many offerings (including the fascinating gadget blog Crave), but other ultra sticky sites as well. Video plays a big role and it looks good. Not hi-def, but good enough for easy viewing and a quick grasp of the info. In case anyone is unsure if the Web is just a passing fancy, there is a baby game site that held a mother and her toddler hostage for 8 hours one recent Sunday. Future ad$ eyeballs are unblinkingly in the making online. While c|net News.com is flush with advertisers wanting a piece of their screenscape, it knows to keep the ad fare brief, lively and appropriate. More and more, advertisers are insisting on images along with their Web copy, moving or otherwise. On c|net TV.com, 12-second broadcast quality commercials precede reporting segments and are apparently watched and not skipped over. Fuller kept us happily engaged with his philosophy of Where We Are Going Next (and why broadcast networks are so screwed) until he began to lose his voice. We all wanted more, but it was time for the behind-the-scenes tour. Brick and Mortar and Phone Booths c|net Networks oversees - among other sites MP3.com, TV.com (where you can find info on


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more than 16,000 television shows from the 1940s on), ZDNet, mySimon, and its latest acquisition, Chow (for foodies). All this is housed on 2nd Street in San Francisco in a steel, glass and granite structure with lots of exposed cable gathered together and flown across the ceilings. Getting in was very hi-tech, with a touch screen kiosk for electronic sign-in. This sophisticated device slowed things down considerably when the printer for the name badges locked up, but Fuller and his people came to the rescue and eventually got it working again. Up on the 6th floor, where producers track their voices, cast their pods, and videotape c|net TV segments (yes, still tape! not disk!), there are reminders of broadcast newsrooms everywhere: piles of paper on one desk, headphones and cameras and microphones on another, and, under the Know Your Audience sign, a series of CRT monitors looking behemoth-like beside the sleek, flat panel displays. According to Fuller, graphic artists from a Major Film Production House Not So Far Away have come to c|net for advice on how to cope with a dying breed of monitor. Apparently, CRTs have a better resolution adjustment mechanism than flat panels, and spare parts are getting harder to come by. Around the corner, such as any TV studio worth its heft in curiosities might have, is a red British telephone booth lying on its side. A quaint reminder of the past, the phone is missing. Fuller led us further, the laces of one shoe untied; he was anxious to show us the interview studio with a view to the Bay Bridge used as a backdrop. Inside, there is room for one, at most two, on-camera guests and a very small camera operator. But the camera is affixed to a crane. And so the viewer will see dramatic movement. On the Web. It looks like there just may still be enough room for old broadcasters there, too.

Local news bragging rights in Hawaii still reside at KHON (Fox 2), although the latest Nielsen report shows its ratings have slipped a bit, while a couple of competitors have gained ground. The morning race in February wasn’t even close, with KHON carrying over its 7 rating from last year. KITV (ABC 4) came in second with a two, also the same as last year. KHNL (NBC 8) saw its morning rating drop from a 2 to a 1. KGMB (CBS 9) doesn’t air local morning news. The 5 p.m. race, however, tightened a bit. KHON still led the pack with an 8 rating, but that’s down a point from last February, while KITV gained viewers, increasing from a 6 to a 7 rating this year, leaving it only one point behind KHON. KGMB also increased, from a 5 to a 6, nipping at KGMB’s heels. KHNL, however, lost a point to drop to a more distant fourth with just a two rating. At 6 p.m., KHON nearly doubled the audience of its three competitors combined, but still saw some slippage, dropping from a 17 to a 16, while #2 KGMB increased its rating from a 5 to an 8. KITV held its 6 rating, but KHNL dropped again, from a 5 to a 3. The only time period KHON lost was at 10 p.m., where the American Idol juggernaut wasn’t enough to hold off the powerhouse CBS lead-in. KGMB (CBS 9) built its audience from last year’s 9 rating to an impressive 11 this year. KHON dropped a point to a 9, KITV grew to a 6 rating, while KHNL dropped two points to a 4, although late news comparisons for NBC stations this February are a bit dicey because the Olympics inflated many of their numbers last year. So there are plenty of bright spots for most stations in Hawaii this year, and if the trends continue, we could see the horse race tightening even more in May. KPIX in San Francisco has won the Gracie Allen Award from the national organization of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) for its Jefferson Awards series. The award is named for Gracie Allen, an early trailblazer for women in radio and television. It honors work for its realistic and faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, commercials, news, features and other programs. CBS 5 Vice President and News Director Dan Rosenheim says “The award is a source of pride to us all. In particular, it’s a tribute to fine work by Barbara Rodgers, Kate Kelly, Stephanie John, Paul Morrill and supervising producer Rosemary Roach.” The award will be presented at the Gracie Allen Awards Luncheon at Tavern on the Green in New York on June 19th.


Silver Circle member Jan Yanehiro has joined with Deborah Collins Stephens, Jackie Speier and Michealene Cristini Risley in authoring the new book “This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to keep your head above water when life keeps dragging you down.” Journalist Linda Ellerbee writes “I wish I had this book 30 years ago. What a welcome soruce of inspiration and insight.” Check it out at your local book store.

LA based comedian (and NATAS member) Carrie Snow will be appearing at Mark Pitta’s Tuesday Night Comedy Show on April 17th, at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley. More information www.throckmortontheater.com.

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National television personality Beatriz Moncayo joined KSMS Univision 67, The Salinas area’s only Spanish language station. Moncayo, 35, joined KSMS from her previous job as news anchor for the nationally broadcast Telefutura Network show “Noticias al Minuto.” She co-anchors the weeknight 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Patricia Lezama. Former co-anchor Esmerelda Montenegro is reportThe local award season is close at hand and we edly leaving the business. will soon announce the 2007 class of NATAS scholars. KSMS General Manager Aaron Scoby says, “We’re We recently heard from last year’s winner of the excited about having her join the team. Bringing Thomas F. Drayton Minority Scholarship, Toni someone with such national and local news experiDe Aztlan, a Masters degree candidate at UC ence as Moncayo to KSMS is great for the station.” Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Here’s an Moncayo says she plans to get involved in the update – and a chance to feel great about your Salinas community right away. “The Latino population continuing support of this important NATAS Scholarhere is growing,” she says, “and it’s a united populaship program. tion, which was demonstrated during the marches for “Since I was awarded the scholarship I have immigration last year. I want to report on everything been working on my thesis project, a 25-minute that Latinos and immigrants here deal with on a daily documentary film about the unlikely gathering of U.S. basis.” radical groups and Qaddafi in Libya during the mid80s. I have traveled all over the country for this project – recently Detroit for Minister Louis Farrakhan’s speech, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Denver, Colorado. It took a massive amount of investigation to gather all the intricate pieces and players of this story. I invite you all to a screening of this film and the other projects produced by my friends and peers at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism the weekend of May 10th. In addition to this reporting project, I am also investigating organic products being imported to the Mary Zanakis Leslie Wilcox US from China, (and finding some very interesting When we told you about Leslie Wilcox’s move information about what we are eating). In two from KHON to PBS Hawaii, we showed a photo of weeks, I am bound for China where I will continue my former KHON reporter Mary Zanakis. Sorry Leslie. research for a story that will be featured on the Jschool’s “Covering Asia” website. Your contribution to my education has been invaluable, not only in terms of a financial boost, but it has given me confidence, affirmation of my work and the prestige of being associated with NATAS.” Toni De Aztlan, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Future plans for de Aztlan include a possible year-long fellowship with NBC news in New York and Penny Riley, Diana Penna Chris Capra & Diana Penna and Dave Bender the hope of producing investigative work for broadLast month we reported that the man in the left cast. photo was KOVR CBS 13 Health Reporter Diana This year’s scholarships will be presented at the Penna’s husband Chris Capra. Chris is in the right Emmy® Awards ceremony on May 12th. photo with Diana. The person on the left is KOVR CBS 13 Weather Anchor Dave Bender.



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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, KRON 4, 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, Freelance 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, KRON 4 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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