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August 2005

ff The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences San Francisco/Northern California Chapter

First, thank you to the 131 individuals who took the
time to complete the recent Membership Survey which
was included with the June Governors’ Ballot. This is the
first Membership Survey the Academy has done in a
number of years and it is very helpful to the Board to get
feedback directly from the members.
67% of the respondents said that they joined the
Academy to enter the Emmy® Awards. 44% for the
programs, 34% membership discounts, 30% the mentor
program and 26% for the Mid-Career Grants.
“Off Camera” came in with high ratings, 69% have
been reading the monthly newsletter by viewing the e-
mailed PDF in color. Another 19% read it occasionally,
only 4% never opened it. 6% still like receiving the
(black and white) printed copy. There is still interest in
the “National News” and “TV Quarterly” which are cur- Save the date and get ready to
rently only available on-line. “schmooz.”
NATAS programs also received a good response with On Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. until 4:30
41% voting for the Cinema Club, 37% seminars and p.m. at CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St. in San
31% mixers. Francisco, NATAS’ Northern California chapter is having
The “Emmy® 2005” show received the most com- an all-day event of keynote speakers and seminars as
ments, especially from those who did not attend, 44%. well as media networking where Bay Area media organi-
The notes ranged from “not nominated,” “on vacation” or zations will have information tables.
“too far to travel,” “Bay to Breakers next morning.” Planned seminars at the “Schmoozarama” include:
Others felt that the evening is “too expensive,” “the show Show Me the Idea
is too long,” “just give out the awards, skip the entertain- The Perfect Resume Tape
ment,” “have the dinner and program together like we Multicultural Media in the Bay Area and...
use to.” Those that did attend liked the venue, recep- How to Sell Your Screenplay
tion, show, dinner and dancing. Fall TV Previews
The Board of Governors will be studying the results of Admission is $10 for members of NATAS and other
the survey at their annual retreat on August 13th. Please participating organizations; $20 for non-members.
feel free to send additional comments or suggestions for RSVPs are recommended for guaranteed admittance.
the board to consider to: . RSVP to or (650) 341-7786.


NATAS president David Mills is planning his November 14-15; Salinas/Monterey, No-
final series of “Road Trips” to visit each of our vember 21-22; Fresno, December 5-6; and
chapter cities. These are informal visits to back to Sacramento December 12-13.
stations. Dave buys pizza for the newsroom Dave will be bringing a Emmy® winners
and talks about the Academy, membership and reel to show as well as Academy literature.
the annual Emmy® Awards. NATAS vice presidents will be lining up the
The tentative itinerary includes sponsoring station visits which will include appointments
the Sacramento media night on Friday, with the general manager and news directors.
October 7; Honolulu, Hawaii from Oct. 16-19;
Reno, NV, Oct 24-25; Chico/Redding,
Dave Mills
Off Camera, August 2005, page 1
By John Kiesewetter
Cincinnati Enquirer

In San Francisco meteorolo-

gist Steve Raleigh, WCPO
found a forecaster with Cincin-
nati TV experience and family
Edwards Navratil Anderson LiVolsi roots here to replace Pete
Four new members were appointed last month to Delkus.
NATAS’ Northern California Board of Governors. Raleigh worked for WLWT-TV
At its monthly meeting in July, the board elected a in 1986-88, long enough to
new secretary, treasurer and two governors. meet and marry Julie Leis,
Janice Edwards, a host and producer at NBC-11 in daughter of Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis Jr.
San Jose, is the board’s new secretary. Among other “I love Cincinnati, and I never thought I’d have a
duties, Edwards will take the minutes at board meetings chance to come back,” said Raleigh, 43, chief meteorolo-
and serve on the chapter’s executive committee. gist for KRON-TV in San Francisco, the No. 6 TV market.
Sharon Navratil, a producer at KTVU in Oakland, is Cincinnati is No. 33.
the chapter’s new treasurer. Among other duties, Navratil “We’re back in Cincinnati all the time. This is all about
will oversee the chapter’s budget and also serve on the family and a life opportunity,” he said. Raleigh and his
executive committee. wife, who married here in 1987, have two boys and two
Two new board members were also selected to fill girls, ages 15 to 9.
seats left vacant by resignations in the spring. Bob Raleigh said he has agreed to start at WCPO-TV on
Anderson, general manager at KBWB in San Francisco, July 18. Delkus signs off today after nine years to go to
and Jack LiVolsi, promotion manager at KBWB, were WFAA-TV in Dallas.
elected to those posts. Raleigh was tops among seven finalists, including
All four appointments last until June 2006. staffers Steve Norris and Larry Handley, said Bill Fee,
WCPO general manager. He also interviewed former
COMMITTEE CHAIRS WKRC meteorologist Mike Buresh, now in Jacksonville.
“Steve has been in and out of Cincinnati for 15 years.
He knows the market, the people and the newsmakers,”
said Bob Morford, WCPO news director.
Morford was impressed that Raleigh, in a job inter-
view, stressed the importance of “being on the air during
severe weather situations.”
Fee praises Raleigh’s technology skills, and his
smooth on-air presentation.
“He’s a very likable person and has a very deep
Zeiden Catchings Giannecchini Valencia knowledge of meteorology. He’ll work well with Clyde,
Carol and DJ,” said Fee, referring to anchors Clyde Gray,
Carol Williams and sports anchor Dennis Janson.
Joining former colleague
Raleigh said he’s looking forward to working with
Raleigh was hired as WLWT’s weekend forecaster, but
soon shifted to morning weather so he could also be the
Kentucky news bureau chief. He left in 1988 to be a full-
Gibson Spalding Cohen Amos time meteorologist in Charlotte, N.C., and moved to
KRON-TV in 1990.
At its July meeting, the
board also approved the list
of committee chairs for the
next year.
Cynthia Zeiden will
serve again as activities/
program committee chair.
Zanardi LiVolsi John Catchings and Linda
Giannecchini will co-chair the museum/archives com-
mittee. Javier Valencia will once more head the awards
You are invited to attend the 2nd annual Film Industry
committee. Alison Gibson keeps the reins of the
Gala set to take place at the stately Renaissance Parc
education committee. Jim Spalding heads up the
55 Hotel in San Francisco on August 20. The Gala
finance committee. Atlanta attorney and National 2nd
begins promptly at 7PM, with a private VIP reception
Vice Chair Darryl Cohen chairs the legal by-laws com-
one hour prior. The Award Ceremony to commence at
mittee. Terri Amos, a new board member, will chair the
9PM. Tickets are $150 information at
membership committee. Rick Zanardi and Jack LiVolsi
will co-chair the publicity committee.
Off Camera, August 2005, page 2
Stacy Owen, the former
news director at KRON 4 in San
Francisco, has been hired as
news director at KXTV news 10
in Sacramento.
Owen begins her new job on
Aug. 8. She replaces Ron
Comings, who left the Sacra-
mento ABC affiliate earlier this
Owen had worked at KRON
for almost 14 years and was
scheduled to return from maternity leave early this year
when she announced she wouldn’t be rejoining the
independent station. At the time, Owen said she wanted Hackney Nubla Mayclem
to spend more time with her family, but she added she A new program will soon replace “Evening Magazine”
expected to return to the news business. on KPIX-TV with the help of two former on-air personali-
ties from KRON-TV.
LEMON TO WITI Liam Mayclem and Brian Hackney are coming over
from the San Francisco independent station to join
Jim Lemon has been named Vice President - News Evening Magazine co-host Malou Nubla as correspon-
Director for WITI FOX 6, Milwaukee, WI. Lemon will dents on a new show, “Eye on the Bay.”
oversee all of the news operations at WITI including the The show is scheduled to debut on Monday, Sept. 12.
news staff, operational/ administrative duties and pro- It will air in Evening Magazine’s slot at 7 p.m. Monday-
ducing 43 hours of news a week. He has more than Friday on CBS5.
twenty years of experience in the news business, most KPIX officials say “Eye on the Bay” will focus on a
recently as the News Director at KOVR in Sacramento. single, timely topic each night. The subjects will range
Lemon is expected to start at WITI in mid-August. He from items such as the Golden Gate Bridge to on-line
replaces Bob Clinkingbeard who transferred within FOX dating to “cheap eats.”
to their Orlando station. Lemon has also held the News Nubla has been the co-anchor on Evening Magazine
Director posts at KGMB and KSNT television stations. He since 1999. Her co-anchors have been Jonathan Karsh,
started in the industry as an anchor/reporter and moved Mike Rowe and, most recently, San Jose Sharks an-
up into the producer ranks and then news management. nouncer Randy Hahn.
He earned his Master of Arts in Journalism and his Kirstin Kodama Anderson has been hired as the
Bachelor of Arts in Radio - Television at the University of producer, from KOMO, Seattle.


Martin Chan Vasquez

Vu Wieder Bermudez
Allen Martin has been named weekend anchor at
Three of the on-air personalities at ABC-7 in San KPIX Ch. 5, San Francisco’s CBS O&O. For the last eleven
Francisco have departed. months Allen has been reporting M-F for the station’s #1
Reporter/anchor Thuy Vu decided last month not to ranked 11pm newscast. Recently he has been filling in
renew her contract, saying she wanted to take a break for the weekend and weeknight anchors. Prior to KPIX
from the news business. Her last day was July 30. Allen spent six years as the main anchor and assistant
Reporter/anchor Jim Wieder has also left the San news director for KION/KCBA in Monterey, California.
Francisco station. Wieder resigned on July 1 so he could From 1995 to 1998 he was a main anchor at KFOR, the
pursue other opportunities. He was replaced on the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City.
station’s Saturday morning news by Janelle Wang. Joe Vasquez and Lisa Chan will co-anchor, the CBS
Elizabeth Bermudez has also departed. She left 5 (KPIX-TV) Eyewitness News and UPN Bay Area (KBHK-
ABC7 on July 22 to devote more time to raising her TV) Weekend Early Editions
Off Camera, August 2005, page 3

By Keith Sanders
The SD video we grew up watching has a 4x3 aspect This camera is backward compatible to the mini-DV
ratio and is composed of 525 scan lines running at 30 and DVCPRO50 tape formats, but also shoots DVCPRO-
frames per second. This single standard was bolted down HD at 100 megabytes per second. It has two stereo pairs
in 1953 and is quite different from the myriad high- of uncompressed audio and two slots for recording on
definition video standards available today. expensive P2 flash media. Eight-gigabyte flash cards will
All HD video has a 16x9 aspect ratio, but it features be available this fall for $1,700 each, but remember they
720 or 1080 lines of resolution. It can run at 24 or 30 can be re-used much longer than the practical life span
frames per second. Scan lines can be progressive or of the camera.
interlaced. Even the amount of compression varies Shooting with flash cards also means no digitizing —
dramatically. The wide variety of HD video standards is just import your video files directly into the NLE and start
one reason why some high-definition video cameras can editing. It will be possible to record directly to hard
cost more than a new Hummer H2, while others are sold drives as well, not a portable solution but more economi-
at Fry’s. cal than P2 media.
Not all HD video is created equal. Quality is usually Sony revolutionized the HDV standard with the
judged by the “bit rate.” The higher the rate, the better introduction of the HDR-FX1 last fall and the HVR-Z1
the video will look. At one end is Panasonic’s D5 format, early this year. Both cameras packed an unbelievable
which is used in most major HD production houses amount of HDV production firepower for the price. Now
worldwide. It runs at 1.5 gigabits per second. It’s com- Panasonic is introducing a $6,000 DVCPRO-HD camera
pletely uncompressed and is too expensive for all but the that has many of the attributes of the $70,000 VariCam
most high-end users. HDV is the low-price leader. It can and the $100,000 CineAlta. It seems clear that for many
run at under 20 megabits per second, or 1/75th the data of us, high-definition video production will not be high
rate of D5. priced much longer. Learn more at
Even though HDV doesn’t cost much more than mini-
DV, the high compression rates can create artifacts if
your HD project requires a lot of post-production. The Keith Sanders, is the NATAS
audio is compressed as well and this could become an vice president for San Jose and
issue if sweetening is needed. But HDV has been the owner of Perfect Pitch TV.
only HD format with camcorders priced less than In addition to being our
$10,000 until now. technology chair he also produces
This fall, Panasonic is coming out with the AG-HVX200 the Emmy® show.
for less than $6,000. It can record almost any frame Send your technology stories
rate, be it 24fps, 30fps or slow motion. It’s also the first
camcorder to record high-definition 1080/24p, the same
standard that Lucas used to film “Star Wars Episode II.”

click on NATAS National link
Off Camera, August 2005, page 4
By Lynn R Friedman
In the San Francisco area, we are still receiving free
film passes to numerous screenings.
If you’d like email notices when these passes become
available, kindly send your email address to Please request to be put on
“Lynn’s List.”
My long-term goal is to give NATAS members dis-
count admission at local theaters, providing you with
another reason to join NATAS besides entering the
Emmy® awards. Another goal would be for NATAS
To maximize the coverage of the recent San Jose members to receive free admission to select films during
Grand Prix KNTV NBC 11 set-up a remote studio above Oscar consideration period just like DGA, WGA, etc.
turn #11 of the course. Do you have ideas of what screenings you’d like
Cinema Club to provide for you?
I’d love to hear from you.

KRNV News 4 Reno is

one of the sponsors of the
NBC11 reporter Bob Redell shows off a new device
that is changing the way fans are wathcing the races,
while the photographer captures it all on camera.

If you are in the Lake Tahoe area you must spend an

evening at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand
Harbor. Performances alternate between the traditional
“Macbeth” and an American Wild West setting of “The
Comedy of Errors.” A fantastic evening of fun, food
and entertainment with the Lake Tahoe sunset as the
background. Ticket information available on-line at: Performances
nightly except Monday through August 21st.

NBC11 photographer Dean Smith works hard while

T.J. Holmes conducts an interview with race expert,
John Della Penna.
NBC11 and
Telemundo48 announced
plans for health and
lifestyle professionals,
non-profit organizations Wondering what’s coming next from the FCC? How
and businesses sponsor- federal policy may affect you, your career, your profes-
ing at “Living Well sion? Get answers Saturday, Aug. 20, as APTRA hosts
2005,” a celebration of Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Get a
the Bay Area’s healthy story while schmoozing with the Senator over lunch!
lifestyle on September 24 The luncheon will be held at the University of Nevada
and 25 at San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Visitors at Reno J-School reading room and begins at 12:30 p.m.
will experience stress reduction techniques, free medical Register online by Aug. 15 at APTRA Online. The cost is
screenings, and learn about new ways to live a vigorous $15, plus a 75 cent online fee.
and thriving life at any age in the Bay Area. For more The event is sponsored by APTRA, the Associated
information, visit Press Television Radio Association of California/Nevada.
Off Camera, August 2005, page 5
by Kehau Fernandez

Editor’s Note: brother’s photo. I spoke for the family at Kyle’s

Kehau Fernandez was most wake and funeral. Despite my experience with
recently the weekend assign- casualty stories, I was surprised at how relentless
ment manager at KITV, the some reporters could be.
ABC affiliate in Honolulu. My sister-in-law and her parents were hounded
Among her responsibilities for information at the worst times. Unreal!
was to locate and arrange For the most part, media members were re-
“photo ops” with friends and
spectful and helpful through the whole ordeal.
family of Hawaii-based
When I went back to work it was impossible to
military personnel killed in
Iraq and Afghanistan. approach a war story in the same way. Every time
another local soldier died, I relived the pain. Every
I woke up just before 8 and walked into the time I see a flag-draped casket I think of my
kitchen when I heard the doorbell. brother.
It was two military officials from Schofield I’m not sure I’ll ever leave behind the sadness
Barracks. One of them was a chaplain. I felt an and disbelief.
ache in the pit of my stomach. My brother, Cpl. As journalists, we are locked into an automatic
Kyle Ka’eo Fernandez, 26, husband of Celeste, routine of gathering information. Is it really worth
father of 5-year-old Kyla and 2-year-old Keahi, had the scoop to call a grieving widow moments after
been killed in an ambush in Afghanistan. she learns of her husband’s death?
Before that day I had never allowed myself to That name on the wire was a person with
feel anything when reading the lists of casualties feelings and dreams...and a family who mourns. I
that came over the wire. This was something that have been on the other side of that burial-site
happened in a far-off place to people I didn’t know. interview and I know that my work, my thoughts
I knew the task of dealing with media would fall on the war, my hopes for the future will never be
to me. I prepared a statement and copies of my the same.

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 SAN FRANCSISCO
Terri Russell, KOLO, VP, Reno NORTHERN C ALIF
Pamela Young, KITV, VP, Hawaii 4317 Camden Avenue
Janice Edwards, KNTV, Secretary San Mateo, CA 94403
Sharon Navratil, KTVU, Treasurer (650) 341-7786 F: (650) 372-0279
Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Museum) Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions
Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Tamar Maghdissian, KHSL
Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) Deanne Moenster-Poitras, KTVU
GOVERNORS: John Murray, JM Communications
Terri Amos, Cornerstone Prod. (Membership) John Odell, CCSF
Bob Anderson, KBWB Sheraz Sadiq, KQED
Duncan Armstrong, KHNL Pam Schoen, KTXL
Dan Ashley, KGO Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards)
Brian Avery, Avery Media COMMITTEE CHAIRS: (not listed above)
Samuel Belilty, KFTV John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc.
John Burgess, KFTY (Museum)
Thomas Drayton, KTXL Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal)
Janice Edwards, KNTV James Spalding, Spalding & Co., (Finance)
Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA Rick Zanardi, Notra Dame de Namur (Publicity)
Bob Goldberger, KGO Darryl R. Compton, NATAS
Stewart Heller, York Productions
Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Off Camera
Justin Kanno, KOLO Bob Goldberger, Editor
Jack LiVolsi, KBWB (Publicity) Darryl Compton, Publisher
Ronald Louie, KTVU (Alt. Trustee) Robert Mohr, Photographer
Off Camera, August 2005, page 6