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April 2007

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(come to a party - nominations will not be posted on the website until Friday, April 13th)

MAAY 12th
By Keith Sanders, Emmy® Show Producer fornia Emmy® Awards Show in 1998.
Willie Brown was a two-term
America’s top political satirist Will mayor of San Francisco and legend-
Durst will present Emmy® awards with ary Speaker of the California State
former San Francisco Mayor Willie Assembly. He’s widely regarded as
Brown at the 36th Northern California the most influential African-American
Area Show. Both men co-hosted the politician of the late twentieth cen-
daily morning talk show “Keepin’ It Real tury. Today, he heads the Willie L.
with Will and Willie” last year on local Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics and
AM station KQKE. Public Service. In addition, Brown has
Will Durst has appeared on Letterman, Comedy also appeared in several Hollywood films such as
Central, HBO and Showtime, receiving seven con- “The Princess Diaries” and “The Godfather, Part III.”
secutive nominations for the American Comedy Speaking of Godfathers, Jack La Lanne,
Awards Stand Up of the Year. He’s an Emmy® America’s Godfather of Fitness, will do a personal
nominee, host/co-producer of the PBS series Emmy® Exercise Minute for the audience halfway
“Livelyhood,” and a regular commentator on NPR, through the show (he won’t be live, he’ll be
CNN and C-SPAN. Durst hosted the Northern Cali- Memorex). continued on page 2
Off Camera, April 2007, page 1

Robert Mohr © 2006

continued from page 1

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, Robert Mohr © 2006

inspiring people to help themselves to a better life, Her ten year stint at KRON 4 News is over. On
physically, mentally, and morally. Jack and Elaine April 9th, Wendy Tokuda returns to the station
are members of the NATAS Gold Circle. where her Bay Area career began, KPIX CBS 5. This
time she will co-anchor the 5 p.m. news with Allen
“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/
After the show, our famous dinner and after- reporter, co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. news-
party await you in the Exploratorium. “The latest casts. Next, she moved to Los Angeles and co-
and greatest update for the After Party 2007 is that anchored the 6 p.m. news for five years before
we have booked last year’s phenomenal band, the returning to the Bay Area in 1997 as an anchor/
crowd-pleasing ‘Masterpiece.’ They had everyone reporter at KRON.
out of their seats and on their feet dancing...even In addition to co-anchoring the 5 p.m. news,
on stage, so we listened to your comments and Tokuda will continue to work on her series, “Stu-
brought them back again” said Executive Producer dents Rising Above” profiling low-income, at-risk Bay
Terri Maria Amos. Area teenagers. This nationally recognized series
Formal invitations to the event will be mailed in a has won the Peabody Award and a National Emmy®
few days. 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.
Christmas is coming early for some news employees agency) filing that initiated this. We listen very
at KXTV News 10 in Sacramento. The station closely to our employees here and decided to make
announced it is voluntarily paying back wages to changes. I am thankful that someone brought this
employees to compensate those who missed meals to my attention.”
during the past three years and were not paid for Postell would not discuss how many employees
the time. will receive back pay, nor how much the station will
News 10 President Russell Postell told the pay out.
Sacramento Bee several editorial employees ap- California law requires employers give workers a
proached him with the problem. “The situation had meal break of at least 30 minutes once they work
varying interpretations,” says Postell, “so we looked more than five hours in one day. Employers must
at it and made the necessary changes that it provide a second half-hour meal period if a worker
takes.” He emphasizes, “There was no (state puts in a 10-hour day.
Off Camera, April 2007, page 2

By Penelope Dunham, Dr. Edell’s Television Producer (in photo with Dean)
March 12th was an historic day at KGO ABC 7 Brian, a scleroderma patient with a heart of gold,
news. That’s the day one of the pioneers of medical and Gene, disfigured by porphyria, a rare sun-
television retired after 27 years. Dr. Dean Edell may sensitivity disease, who was also a loving father
have retired from his daily television reports on ABC 7 to a wonderful family.
News, but he’ll continue his nationally syndicated radio Many Bay Area viewers never realized Dean’s
show, which airs in the Bay Area on KGO AM 810. So news reports aired throughout the United States
here’s a brief look back at Dr. Dean Edell’s wild ride. and even in Russia. You’d even catch Dr. Dean
Once upon a time, there was a doctor who trained dropping in on network shows like “The Today
for 13 years to be an eye surgeon. But one day, he Show” and trying to get a word in edgewise with
simply walked away, dropped out and became a tried- the ladies on “The View.”
and-true hippie. Then 27 years ago, KGO kind of Dean also did several full-length programs and
cleaned him up (except for the hair), and turned him is probably the only medical doctor to have his
into a TV personality. own daily network television show. In addition to
One of his first appearances involved discussing television, he’s one of the most popular radio talk
tampons as a cause of toxic shock. “There are a lot of show hosts, carried in more than 300 markets.
physicians who feel the string might be implicated,” said Along the way, Dean has put several of his
Dr. Edell. Thus began a unique media career. kids on TV and showed he’s a big kid himself
Edell was always ahead of the curve. In the early when he climbed into an F-18 fighter jet for the
80’s, he was one of the first to report on a “mysteri- ride of his life.
ous” illness, later known as Acquired Immune Deficiency So after 27 years, what it all comes down to
Syndrome or AIDS. At the height of early AIDS hyste- is Dr. Dean’s desire to teach us about our bodies,
ria, Dr. Dean made a point of shaking hands with AIDS and to inform, educate and empower each one of
patients to show people couldn’t get it from touching. us about our own health. Dean may pop up again
Dr. Dean was one of the first journalists to look at at ABC 7 from time to time when we need his
the science behind such controversial issues as circum- expert opinion on a major medical story. And you
cision, childhood immunization, medical marijuana and can still catch him on KGO Radio and ask him
the myth of silicone breast implant disease. In addition medical questions every weekday at 1 p.m. on
to keeping us up on the latest research, he introduced 810 on the AM dial.
us to the human side of medicine with real heroes like


Nomination applications are available at
(click on Silver or Gold Circle) or contact the TV Academy office at or 650-341-7786.


Saturday, October 27, 2007
Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

Off Camera, April 2007, page 3


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
A shake-up at the top of the news department year’s worth of carbon emissions, as a first step to
failed to slow KCRA Channel 3; the station domi- eliminating its negative climate footprint. “Being
nated all evening time periods in the February carbon neutral is another way of serving and better
sweeps period, despite the January resignation of sharing the planet with KQED audiences, members,
News Director Dan Weiser. volunteers, and staff, says Don Derheim, Executive
In last month’s Off Camera, we noted Ch. 3’s Vice President of Northern California Public Broad-
news ratings had slipped a bit in recent years, casting. “Public media has a responsibility to distrib-
prompting the change in leadership. But News ute programs, thoughts and ideas that may not be
Director Anzio Williams arrived from New Orleans in popular or commercially viable. In the same way,
March to find his new station perched comfortably our stand as the first carbon neutral broadcaster will
on top. resonate with some and may not with others. ”
The Nielsen Company reports KCRA’s 5 p.m. KQED established a baseline reading of its carbon
newscast finished the February sweeps with a emissions by determining the amount of energy used
10.1 rating, almost four times their nearest competi- in its daily operations, from its production vans, to
tor, KXTV Channel 10, with a 2.7. KOVR Channel transmitter towers, to the electricity used in its
13 earned a 2.5 rating at 5 p.m. building. Carbon credits of the same amount were
At 6 p.m., KCRA won with an 8.5 rating, beating then purchased from the Chicago Climate Exchange,
the next two stations combined. KOVR finished with to promote energy efficiencies in other companies,
a 3.7, followed by KXTV 10 with a 3.1. or to be used toward renewable energy sources like
Ch. 3 also won the late news race, with a 6.6 wind power.
rating at 11 p.m. KOVR ended February with a 5.8 KQED will seek donations and matching chal-
rating at 10 p.m., KXTV was next with a 4.7 rating lenge grants from “green” companies during its April
at 11 p.m., and KTXL Fox 40 tied them with a 4.7 21 pledge day. With contributions from companies
for its 10 p.m. newscast. such as Elephant Pharmacy in Berkeley, World Watch
“It is our mission to live up to our slogan, ‘Where Institute and Environmental Magazine, KQED heralds
The News Comes First,’ each and every day,” said the beginning of “green memberships” and all-green
KCRA 3 President and General Manager Elliott pledge gifts. Special KQED hemp/cotton shopping
Troshinsky. “We take great pride in our newscasts, bags will be made available for those pledging more
and the fact that viewers still make KCRA 3 their than $40. New members will be sent the green
first choice for local news and information.” KQED recycling sticker to show their support of
KCRA’s morning and noon newscasts also beat environmentally-friendly public broadcasting.
the competition, for a clean sweep. For more information on reducing and offsetting
carbon emissions and purchasing carbon credits,
visit Bay Area nonprofit DriveNeutral at

San Francisco
San Jose
Lena Sullivan and James Reid
Fresno to co-executive producers,
(KPIX TV, San Francisco) CBS
NATAS members can sign up for notification of FREE
5’s “Eye on the Bay” from
screenings of first run films. Get on the e-mail list by
senior producers, same station,
sending your name, membership number and which
same show.
city list you want to:
Off Camera, April 2007, page 4
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
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 more than 16,000 television shows from the 1940s
Britney Spears is in or out of rehab. We go to the on), ZDNet, mySimon, and its latest acquisition,
Internet. Chow (for foodies). All this is housed on 2nd Street in
According to Fuller, the only news broadcast San Francisco in a steel, glass and granite structure
that still makes business sense is morning news, at with lots of exposed cable gathered together and
least until the computer interface gets easier (like flown across the ceilings.
wearing it on your head). People can more easily Getting in was very hi-tech, with a touch screen
dress for work, make breakfast and brush their kiosk for electronic sign-in. This sophisticated device
teeth with the news show blaring in the back- slowed things down considerably when the printer for
ground, so viewers are still likely to tune in. the name badges locked up, but Fuller and his people
Immensely knowledgeable and an engaging came to the rescue and eventually got it working
storyteller, Fuller skillfully presented examples of not again. Up on the 6th floor, where producers track their
only c|net’s many offerings (including the fascinat- voices, cast their pods, and videotape c|net TV
ing gadget blog Crave), but other ultra sticky sites segments (yes, still tape! not disk!), there are remind-
as well. Video plays a big role and it looks good. Not ers of broadcast newsrooms everywhere: piles of
hi-def, but good enough for easy viewing and a paper on one desk, headphones and cameras and
quick grasp of the info. In case anyone is unsure if microphones on another, and, under the Know Your
the Web is just a passing fancy, there is a baby Audience sign, a series of CRT monitors looking behe-
game site that held a mother and her toddler hos- moth-like beside the sleek, flat panel displays. Accord-
tage for 8 hours one recent Sunday. Future ad$ ing to Fuller, graphic artists from a Major Film Produc-
eyeballs are unblinkingly in the making online. tion House Not So Far Away have come to c|net for
While c|net is flush with advertisers advice on how to cope with a dying breed of monitor.
wanting a piece of their screenscape, it knows to Apparently, CRTs have a better resolution adjustment
keep the ad fare brief, lively and appropriate. More mechanism than flat panels, and spare parts are
and more, advertisers are insisting on images along getting harder to come by.
with their Web copy, moving or otherwise. On Around the corner, such as any TV studio worth its
c|net, 12-second broadcast quality com- heft in curiosities might have, is a red British telephone
mercials precede reporting segments and are appar- booth lying on its side. A quaint reminder of the past,
ently watched and not skipped over. the phone is missing.
Fuller kept us happily engaged with his philoso- Fuller led us further, the laces of one shoe untied;
phy of Where We Are Going Next (and why broad- he was anxious to show us the interview studio with a
cast networks are so screwed) until he began to view to the Bay Bridge used as a backdrop. Inside,
lose his voice. We all wanted more, but it was time there is room for one, at most two, on-camera guests
for the behind-the-scenes tour. and a very small camera operator. But the camera is
Brick and Mortar and Phone Booths affixed to a crane. And so the viewer will see dramatic
c|net Networks oversees - among other sites - movement. On the Web. It looks like there just may, (where you can find info on still be enough room for old broadcasters there, too.
Off Camera, April 2007, page 5
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
KPIX in San Francisco has won the Gracie Allen
close, with KHON carrying over its 7 rating from last
Award from the national organization of American
year. KITV (ABC 4) came in second with a two,
Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) for its
also the same as last year. KHNL (NBC 8) saw its
Jefferson Awards series. The award is named for
morning rating drop from a 2 to a 1. KGMB (CBS
Gracie Allen, an early trailblazer for women in radio
9) doesn’t air local morning news.
and television. It honors work for its realistic and
The 5 p.m. race, however, tightened a bit.
faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, com-
KHON still led the pack with an 8 rating, but that’s
mercials, news, features and other programs. CBS 5
down a point from last February, while KITV gained
Vice President and News Director Dan Rosenheim
viewers, increasing from a 6 to a 7 rating this year,
says “The award is a source of pride to us all. In
leaving it only one point behind KHON. KGMB also
particular, it’s a tribute to fine work by Barbara
increased, from a 5 to a 6, nipping at KGMB’s heels.
Rodgers, Kate Kelly, Stephanie John, Paul Morrill
KHNL, however, lost a point to drop to a more
and supervising producer Rosemary Roach.” The
distant fourth with just a two rating.
award will be presented at the Gracie Allen Awards
At 6 p.m., KHON nearly doubled the audience of
Luncheon at Tavern on the Green in New York on
its three competitors combined, but still saw some
June 19th.
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 AUTHOR JAN YANEHIR
to a 3. Silver Circle mem-
The only time period KHON lost was at 10 p.m., ber Jan Yanehiro has
where the American Idol juggernaut wasn’t enough joined with Deborah
to hold off the powerhouse CBS lead-in. KGMB Collins Stephens,
(CBS 9) built its audience from last year’s 9 rating Jackie Speier and
to an impressive 11 this year. KHON dropped a Michealene Cristini
point to a 9, KITV grew to a 6 rating, while KHNL Risley in authoring the
dropped two points to a 4, although late news new book “This Is Not
comparisons for NBC stations this February are a the Life I Ordered:
bit dicey because the Olympics inflated many of 50 Ways to keep
their numbers last year. your head above
So there are plenty of bright spots for most water when life
stations in Hawaii this year, and if the trends keeps dragging you
continue, we could see the horse race tightening down.” Journalist
even more in May. 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 Send your news items to:
Night Comedy Show on April 17th, at the 142
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton in Mill
Valley. More information
Off Camera, April 2007, page 6
SPANISH TVV National television
personality Beatriz
Moncayo joined KSMS
Univision 67, The Salinas
area’s only Spanish lan-
guage 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 report-
The 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 experi-
De 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 Scholar-
here is growing,” she says, “and it’s a united popula-
ship 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.
radical groups and Qaddafi in Libya during the mid-
80s. 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 inves-
tigation 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 Journal-
ism 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 J-
school’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
the hope of producing investigative work for broad- and Dave Bender
cast. Last month we reported that the man in the left
This year’s scholarships will be presented at the photo was KOVR CBS 13 Health Reporter Diana
Emmy® Awards ceremony on May 12th. Penna’s husband Chris Capra. Chris is in the right
photo with Diana. The person on the left is KOVR
CBS 13 Weather Anchor Dave Bender.
Off Camera, April 2007, page 7
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, 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)
Linda Giannecchini, KQED 9 (Museum) Kym McNicholas, Freelance
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 Maria Amos, Independent Tamar Sarkissian, KRON 4
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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