The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences


September 2004

San Francisco/Northern California Chapter

Seven Join Silver & Gold Circles
Six silvers and one gold. That’s not the medal count for the U.S. gymnastics team. It’s the class of 2004 in the Silver and Gold circles for NATAS’ Northern California chapter. The newest members of the clubs were announced late last Gold Circle - VIC STERLING month. They will be inducted at the annual luncheon, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Radisson Miyako Hotel in San Francisco. Tickets are $50 for NATAS members and $55 for non-members until Oct. 1. After that date, ticket prices are $55 and $60. To purchase tickets, call the NATAS office at 650-341-7786 or email “sc@emmysf.tv.” The Gold Circle honors people who’ve worked in the television industry for at least 50 years. The Silver Circle recognizes people who’ve worked in the t-v business for at least 25 years. The lone Gold Circle inductee is Vic Sterling, an announcer/director at KOVR in Sacramento. Sterling
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NBC returns to Mt. San Bruno

KRON 4 NBC Affiliate on San Bruno Mountain 1950

Out with old and up with the new. That’s the plan at NBC-11’s offices in San Jose. The Bay Area NBC affiliate received approval last month from the Federal Communications Commission to build a new transmitter atop San Bruno Mountain. The new tower is expected to be completed in six months. It will replace the station’s current transmitter on Loma Prieta Peak, south of San Jose. NBC-11 officials say the new transmitter will reach 400,000 people in San Francisco and other Bay Area counties who lost service when the station became the region’s NBC affiliate in January 2001.
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Innovative technology is changing the local audio portion of any transmission. The ratings game. system contains several components. Beginning September 30th, each participant in The encoder is installed at the distriSan Francisco market survey households will strap bution source to insert an inaudible on a Portable People Meter (PPM). It will document Identification Code into the audio shows heard by the viewer 24 hours a day from all stream. Next to it is the station monitor, electronic media sources. which ensures the audio content is accuHere’s how the PPM works: rately encoded. The Portable People Meter The pager-sized Portable People Meter detects identification codes that can be embedded in the continued on page 6 Off Camera, September 2004, page 1

People Meter ForumSanders - Wed. Sep. 22nd By Keith

New Governors Appointed New Transmitter Tower
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Bob Goldberger

Bob Anderson

Two new members have been appointed to NATAS’ Northern California Board of Governors. At their August meeting, the governors unanimously selected ABC-7 executive producer Bob Goldberger and WB20 general manager Bob Anderson for the board. Goldberger has been ABC-7’s nightside executive producer for the past year. Before that, he served as news director for KNTV for three years. He was a news manager and reporter in three markets in Florida and Louisiana. He’s a graduate of the Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. Anderson has been president and general manager at WB20 since May 2002. Before that, he was vice president of programming at KNTV/KBWB. He helped launch shows such as “Tech Now!,” “Sports Sunday” and “Wine Country Living.” He also worked as a producer, director, production manager and promotion manager at KNTV/KBWB. Before coming to San Jose, Anderson worked in Monterey and Nebraska. Goldberger and Anderson replace board members Pat Patton and Kira Vilanova, who submitted their resignations this summer. They are two of the 25 governors on the board, which oversees NATAS’ operations in Northern California, Reno and Hawaii.

Nearly a million people in the Salinas Valley and other nearby areas will lose the NBC-11 signal. However, most of them will be able to pick up NBC programming from Salinas and Fresno area stations. “We’ve always said we would not rest until every viewer who wants to watch NBC-11 is able to do so,” said Linda Sullivan, NBC-11 general manager. Rival stations KTVU and KRON tried to block the new transmitter, but FCC regulators denied their request. NBC-11 is also building a new state-of-the-art digital broadcast headquarter in San Jose. Station officials say the Silicon Valley facility will be the nation’s most technologically advanced television station. It’s expected to be completed in November. It will house NBC-11 and its Telemundo sister station, KSTS.

Fresno Reporter Injured


KRON has launched programming featuring HDNet television. The new programs began August 18. KRON-HD can be viewed in the Bay Area on channel 704 on Comcast’s digital tier or on channel 4.2 (UHF 57) by people with h-d receivers. Coming Events “We’re delighted to work with HDNet and Comcast 9/13 Cinema Club - San Franicsco “Silver City” Cable to provide such high-quality programs to the 9/18 Cinema Club - Sacramento “Pick a Movie” Bay Area,” said KRON General Manager Mark 9/22 People Meter Forum - KPIX Antonitis. “This is our first step in a long-term plan to 10/16 Silver/Gold Circles Luncheon - Miyako Hotel bring h-d programming to our viewers.” 10/28 - Video on Demand - Akimbo Systems, San Mateo Off Camera, September 2004, page 2

A Fresno television reporter is recovering from a broken neck suffered in an automobile accident in early August. Kathleen Rhodes of KGPE fractured a vertebrae in her upper neck when the car she was riding in was struck by another vehicle in Fresno. Rhodes was riding in a car driven by Ken Shockley, formerly of KFSN. Shockley’s son and friend were also in the vehicle. They were returning home from a fund-raising event. Shockley suffered a concussion while the other two passengers were treated and released. Rhodes was transferred to UC-San Francisco medical center, where she had surgery to repair the damage to her neck. Rhodes has worked at KGPE for the past year. It’s not known yet when she’ll return to the CBS affiliate.

Big Changes at

New Fitness Show Hits Airwaves

KTVU Television is expected to name a new general manager soon to replace outgoing g-m Jeff Block. Block was promoted last month to a new role with Cox Television to build that company’s strategic digital efforts. Block has worked at KTVU since 1987. He took over as general manager of the Oakland-based Fox affiliate in 2001. “Jeff has had a great 17-year tenure with Cox Television,” said Cox executive producer Bruce Baker. “This move allows us to use his analytical and planning skills on a larger scale.” Changes have also occurred on KTVU’s morning news program. Melinda Tichelaar has been named executive producer for the station’s early morning news and its Mornings on 2 program. Tichelaar had been acting executive producer since May. That’s when she took over for Rosemarie ThomasSchwartz, who created Mornings on 2 and now works for former KTVU General Manager Kevin O’Brien’s media company. KTVU officials also announced Ed Cosci, the station’s manager of engineering operations, has retired. Cosci worked at KTVU for more than 43 years, beginning his career in 1960 as an engineer. Don Thompson has taken over Cosci’s post.



Eric Harr Roberta Gonzales

New Promotion Manager ABC 7 has promoted at Missy Crawford to the job

of promotions manager. Crawford took over the post in early August at the San Francisco ABC O&O. Crawford joined ABC 7 in 1996 as an intern in publicity. She was hired that year as an assistant publicity director. The following year, she became an associate producer for creative services. For the past six years, she’s been a promotion writer, producer and editor. Crawford will oversee the daily operations of the promotions department as well as continue to produce promotions, including the “Another Reason to JOB BANK at Watch” campaign. Off Camera, September 2004, page 3

A new fitness show is hitting the airwaves on UPN Bay Area. “The Pulse” makes its debut on Sept. 4. It will air from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Saturday on the local UPN station. The half-hour show is hosted by KPIX weathercaster Roberta Gonzales and professional triathlete Eric Harr. Gonzales is a marathon runner. Harr has a sydnicated newspaper column and has been on numerous radio and television shows. “The Pulse” will feature in-depth segments on fitness topics as well as interviews with inspiring athletes. It will also contain segments on fitness technology, nutrition and fashion. The show will be taped at Bay Area races and events. In mid-October, the show will be taped on the big island of Hawaii as Harr competes in the Ironman Triathlon. “The Pulse” is produced by BodyRock Productions, a newly formed Bay Area production company.


Silver/Gold Circle Luncheon Oct. 16th
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began his broadcasting career in 1952 as a radio disc jockey. He joined KJEO in Fresno in 1956 as a news anchor and host of a movie program. In 1962, he moved to KCRL in Reno, where he was an announcer, director, sports director and program manager. He eventually moved to KRON, where he spent 20 years as an announcer-director. In 1986, Sterling joined the staff at KOVR. He becomes the fifth member of the Gold Circle. Six new members will be inducted into the Silver Circle. Lloyd LaCuesta began his television career as a writer/ producer at KABC-TV in Los Angeles. He moved to KGO-TV in San Francisco before joining KTVU in 1976. He has been a reporter at the Oaklandbased Fox affiliate since then. LaCuesta has been active in recruiting more minorities into the field of journalism. Greg Lyon began his t-v career as a writer-producer at KRON in 1976, becoming a news reporter within a few years. Lyon won the 1998 RTNDA award for “best news reporting” and the 1998 “breaking news” award from the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. He’s also received 12 regional Emmy awards.

Doug Murphy got started in television in his home state of Ohio, doing color commentary for Ohio State football games. He was a sportscaster and reporter in Houston before anchoring the first “Live on 5” show in the country in 1977. Murphy joined KPIX in 1982, first as a reporter before starting his anchoring career in the late 1980s. Murphy has won a regional Emmy award as well as AP and RTNDA awards. George Osterkamp has been a model for a generation of reporters, producers and writers from his current position as a CBS network news producer in San Francisco, where he’s worked since 1982. Before that, Osterkamp was a producer in KRON’s Washington D.C. bureau and a producer, director and news director of the “Newsroom” program on KQED. Osterkamp has won three national and nine local Emmy awards.

Jennifer Smith has been a reporter and anchor at KXTV in Sacramento since 1980, currently coanchoring the midday and 6 p.m. newscasts. Before moving to Sacramento, Smith worked at two stations in Virginia. She’s shared in two regional Emmy awards for “best newscast” as well as winning AP and RTNDA awards. continued on page 5 Off Camera, September 2004, page 4

Silver / Gold Circles
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Pamela Young began her t-v career in 1975 as a reporter on KPIX’s “All Together Now” program. From 1976 to 1980, Young worked at KQED before returning to her home state of Hawaii to work at KHVH Radio, KHON, KGMB and now KITV. Young has won eight regional Emmy awards as well as a George Foster Peabody Award in 1981. She is also the Hawaii region’s vice president for NATAS. Last year’s inductee Tom Vacar, KTVU consumer reporter will be this year’s master of ceremonies. Luncheon guests will have a choice of Chicken Breast stuffed with Shiitaki Mushrooms, Filet of Salmon or Crisp Eggplant. Special thanks to Turnbull Wine Cellars of Napa Valley for providing wine for the second year. Look for a special treat from See’s Candies.

BABJA Honors Barbara Rodgers

The Bay Area Black Journalists Association will honor KPIX CBS 5 anchor Barbara Rodgers at a fundraising luncheon for “Young Journalist Scholarships,” on Friday, October 15th at the Hilton Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Barbara will be honored for her twenty-five years of anchoring at KPIX and her numerous local and national awards. The “Young Journalist Scholarships” will be used to improve the overall quality of life for young people by encouraging and supporting their educational goals. BABJA is seeking sponsors who will receive reserved tables, ads in the program and more depending on the level of participation. Contact luncheon chairperson Karen Stevenson at 510-2714781 or karen@corecommunications.org Individual luncheon tickets are $65. Reception starts at 11:30 am, lunch at noon and the program from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

NorCal RTNDA Convention & Awards Oct. 22-24 in Monterey
The 23rd Annual NorCal RTNDA Convention and Awards will take place the weekend of October 2224 at the Monterey Marriott in Monterey, CA. The Radio-Television News Directors event is open to anyone interest in radio and television news, you don’t need to be a member. Seminars, panel discussions, exhibitors, one-on-one tape critiques and the awards banquet plus a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium are some of the activities. More information at www.norcalrtnda.com or call 650-341-9978.

800-887-6285 www.turnbullwines.com

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People Meters
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KRNV Anchor Promoted
It’s prime time for Shelby Sheehan KRNV 4’s co-anchor for the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Shelby a Bay Area native moved to Reno from Eureka in 1998 as a general assignment reporter. She was promoted to morning anchor in 2001. Shelby is happily married to News 4 anchor Bill Frankmore.

is worn at home by the viewer to detect and record the inaudible codes of the program being watched. The base station is a dock where each survey participant places the PPM at day’s end. It recharges the battery and sends recorded codes to a collection device called the household hub. The hub collects all the codes from the survey household and transmits them to Arbitron by telephone. PPMs are capable of identifying the signal source from analog, digital, live and recorded programming on television, radio, cable, satellite and even internet transmissions. PPMs have been deployed in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and, more recently, Chicago. Some shows in these markets experienced a sharp decrease in viewership using PPM data. That set off a storm of controversy. Almost $60 billion in advertising revenues are at stake nationwide.

Alma Carroll Appointed to SF Ballot Committee

Wednesda Sept ednesday 7 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 22 studios, Fr KPIX studios, San Francisco

Me Forum People Meter Forum

The Board of Governors has appointed Alma Carroll to serve as the NATAS representative on the San Francisco Ballot Simplification Committee. Alma takes over Governor John Odell, who has served on the committee for many years. Alma who is a long standing member of the Academy and Silver Circle Class of 1991, said that “it is important for the Academy to participate in and contribute to local government and community affairs.” The committee is responsible for making voting ballots in San Francisco City and County easy for citizens to read and understand.

How will the new people meters work? Will there be a significant change in the ratings? Will we really have “sweeps” weeks every week? You are invited to the Those are some of the questions that will be Open House Party. answered at a NATAS-sponsored forum on the new people meter system scheduled to take effect in the Where: BAVC, 2727 Mariposa St. 2nd Floor, Bay Area on Sept. 30. San Francisco CA 94110 The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. on When: Thursday, September 9, 5pm -9pm Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the KPIX studios, 855 Admission: Free Battery St., San Francisco. ABC 7 anchor Dan • AVID Adrenaline demos Ashley will moderate the event. A representative from Nielsen is expected to • Check out SMOKE in our Online Suite attend along with Alex Petrilli, KPIX researcher; • New Software Ellen Conlan, director of research at ABC 7; and a • New Instructors news director. • Raffle for Free Classes The forum will feature discussion between panel • Full Bar members as well as questions from the audience. • Delicious Appetizers There is no charge. • Local DJ’s Reservations, e-mail: forum@emmysf.tv, or call: • Video Screening and Installations 650-341-9978. Off Camera, September 2004, page 6

Sacramento Tapeless Seminars

San Francisco - Sep. 13th
Drama Set against the backdrop of a mythic “New West,” SILVER CITY follows grammaticallychallenged, “userfriendly” candidate Dicky Pilager (Chris Cooper), scapegrace scion of Colorado’s venerable Senator Jud Pilager (Michael Murphy), during his gubernatorial campaign. When Pilager finds that he’s reeled in a corpse during the taping of an environmental political ad, his ferocious campaign manager, Chuck Raven (Richard Dreyfuss), hires former idealistic journalist turned rumpled private detective Danny O’Brien (Danny Huston) to investigate potential links between the corpse and the Pilager family’s enemies. Danny’s investigation pulls him deeper and deeper into a complex web of influence and corruption, involving high stakes lobbyists, media conglomerates, environmental plunderers, and undocumented migrant workers. SILVER CITY offers John Sayles’ toxic look at the state of the union on the eve of the 2004 Presidential election. MPAA Rating: R for language. Starring: Chris Cooper, Richard Dreyfuss, Billy Zane, Danny Huston, Darryl Hannah. Directed by: John Sayles. Produced by: John Sayles, Maggie Renzi. Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Refreshments & Networking 7 p.m., movie 7:30 p.m. Seating limited to first 146 to arrive.

By George Franco

NATAS Sacramento recently held two tapeless Camera Seminars. Brian Rutz of the Digital Video Division of JVC demonstrates the capabilities of the JVC GY-DV5000 Camera. The system uses a camera mounted hard disk drive along with back up DV tape. JVC says it’s the future of non linear tapeless editing because you can record in the format required by your non linear edit system. The previous week Sony displayed its PDW510 Camcorder. This camera is configured with an optical disc about the size of a DVD. Sony proclaims tape is dead and this new tapless system is the next generation for field gathering and archive. The seminars were held at Get A Grip Video Productions in downtown Sacramento. The state of the art screening room was recently used by Charlie Matthau, the director son of Hollywood legend Walter Matthau, for daily screenings of “Her Minor Thing.” The Sacramento based movie recently wrapped up production in the Capitol City. NATAS members as well as video production and film makers from the Sacramento region attended the seminars. Many thanks to Dave Van Hoy of Advanced Systems Group Inc, from Emeryville for setting up the JVC seminar and Chad Pierce and Bruce Raddatz of Snader and Associates, Inc. of Roseville for setting up the Sony Seminar. The next tech seminar in the not too distant future will be a look at Hi Definition television.

Sacramento - Sep. 18th
Meet vice president George Franco in the lobby of the Regal Theatres at Natomas Marketplace, 3561 Truxel Road, Sacramento (Off I-80) at 11:30 a.m. Pick the hottest movie playing.

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The CINEMA CLUB is a FREE first run monthly screening for NATAS, DGA and AWRT members who may bring a guest. Off Camera, September 2004, page 7

NATAS Board Retreat
August 14, 2004 at the
Retreat photos by: Lynn R Friedman

Governor Adam Housley hosted the annual Board of Governor’s retreat and board meeting at his family’s Housley’s Century Oak Winery in Acampo, California near Lodi. At the end of the meeting Adam gave the board a tour and tasting. Academy members are welcome to stop by for a taste.

Housley’s Century Oak Winery
22211 N. Lower Sacramento Road Acampo, CA 95220. 209-334-3482 www.centuryoakwinery.com

OFFICERS: David Mills, KPIX, President Lynn R Friedman, KGO, VP, SF Keith Sanders, Perfect Pitch TV, VP, SJ George Franco, KOVR, VP, Sacramento Erik Rosales, KGPE, VP, Fresno Terri Russell, KOLO, VP, Reno Pamela Young, KITV, VP, Hawaii Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Secretary Frances Palacios, Palacios Prod., Treasurer NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) GOVERNORS: Dan Adams, KXTV Bob Anderson, KBWB Dan Ashley, KGO Brian Avery, KTLN John Burgess, KFTY/KVIQ John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. (Museum) Janice Edwards, KNTV Ginnelle Elliott, KPIX Albert Garcia, KUVS Bob Goldberger, KGO Stewart Heller, York Productions Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Adam Housley, Fox News Justin Kanno, KOLO

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