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SAN FRANCISCO DROPS OUT OF TOP FIVE
The news hit bay area television executives hard. The bragging rights they’ve enjoyed the past 25 years are over. San Francisco has dropped from its coveted #5 spot on Nielsen’s ranking of television markets, based on total number of households. Who’s #5 now? Boston, the city San Francisco passed back in 1978. Not because Boston has grown, but because San Francisco has shrunk. Maybe it wasn’t San Francisco at all. More likely, the culprit is the tech industry-heavy region of the market, San Jose and Silicon Valley. But somehow, somewhere, the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose market has lost 81,050 households, to 2,259,870, dropping San Francisco to the sixth largest television market. Does dropping from fifth to sixth really matter? After all, losing 81,000 households is only about a 3% drop, hardly enough for advertisers to leverage significant discounts in the rates they pay for commercial spots. But there’s no denying being a Top 5 market carries with it a certain prestige. Saying “I work in a top ten market” doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well. San Francisco wasn’t the only market hit in this year’s Nielsen shake-up. (See inset box). Despite adding population, Fresno dropped a market, to #58, and SalinasMonterey fell three more notches to #124, after dropping a market last year as well. Sacramento stayed firm at market #19. Meanwhile, the rest of our NATAS region enjoyed a jump: Hawaii returns to #71, Reno is now the 114th market, Chico-Redding is #131, and Eureka moved up to continued on page 6 #192.

Thursday. Oct. 28th 7 p.m.

“VIDEO ON DEMAND”

Akimbo Systems founder, Steve Shannon (he also created Macromedia’s Dreamweaver software while at Macromedia), said that “at the end of 2004, Akimbo Systems will be the largest video on demand (VOD) system in the world.” And they are located right here in our region, in San Mateo. The official launch date for this new internetbased VOD system (as opposed to cable-based VOD) is October 2004, so Akimbo is throwing a party to show us how this technology works and how content is distributed, both technically and in terms of business models. Akimbo will definitely offer a brand new distribution option to all producers of content. Steve said that “the storage capabilities on Akimbo’s system is unlimited, so the need for new content will always exist, they plan to offer hundreds of new hours of programming each month.”

CIRCLE LUNCHEON Sat. Oct. 16th
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the Silver and Gold Circle Induction Luncheon on Saturday, October 16th at Designated Television Market Area the Radisson Miyako Hotel in San Francisco. The Reception starts at 11 a.m. with lunch and the program at noon. San Francisco - 81,050 HH Market # 6 KOVR’s Vic Sterling will be joining the Gold Circle Sacramento + 36,600 HH Market # 19 with over 50 years in televison. Six new members of the Fresno + 15,460 HH Market # 58 Silver Circle (over 25 years working in TV): Lloyd Honolulu + 4,930 HH Market # 71 LaCuesta, KTVU; Greg Lyon, KRON; Doug Murphy, Reno + 4,610 HH Market # 114 KPIX, George Osterkamp, CBS News; Jennifer Smith, Monterey-Salinas - 7,900 HH Market # 124 KXTV; and Pamela Young, KITV. Silver Circle member Chico-Redding + 3,390 HH Market # 131 Tom Vacar will be the master of ceremonies. Lunch is $55 Eureka + 860 HH Market #192 for members and $60 for guests. Advanced ticketing Nielsen Media Research 9/20/04 required 650-341-7786 sc@emmysf.tv Off Camera, October 2004, page 1

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Akimbo Systems invites NATAS members and friends to their new offices in San Mateo on Thursday, October 28th from 7 to 9 p.m.. 155 Bovet Road, Suite 660 in San Mateo, CA 94402. After the cocktail party, we will see product demonstrations of Akimbo’s downloading technology. We will hear from: Steve Shannon, Founder and Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing and Josh Goldman, Chief Executive Officer Don’t miss this cutting-edge NATAS event! As technology evolves, so do media distribution models. The options for television and film producers are rapidly expanding. And these new media delivery systems can potentially reach millions of people worldwide. So please explore the possibilities with us. For more information and directions to Akimbo Systems, go to: www.akimbo.com. You must RSVP your attendance to akimbo@emmysf.tv or call 650341-7786 to attend. This is a FREE event.

MEMBERSHIP MEMBERSHIP EVENTS PLANNED EVENTS PLANNED
A “class reunion” and “getting from here to there.” Those are the themes for two membership events being sponsored by NATAS in October in Sacramento and Reno. Lynn Friedman, NATAS’ San Francisco vice president, will travel to Reno on Monday, Oct. 4, to oversee a panel on “getting from here to there.” At the event, television industry professionals from the Bay Area and Sacramento will talk about how they jumped from smaller markets to larger t-v markets. On Thursday, Oct. 21, a “class reunion” membership mixer will be held at Joey B’s restaurant in Sacramento. Former Sacramento TV professionals are invited to return to their former “stomping grounds” to talk with former colleagues as well as new employees in the Sacramento market. Several former Sacramento anchors and reporters have been invited to attend the mixer. More details on each event will be e-mailed later this month. Membership mixers are also planned later this fall in Fresno, Hawaii, Salinas, Chico, Redding and Eureka. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from some of the top professionals in our region, and meet some of the competitors in your own market who may be your co-workers down the road.

TV BEYOND TIVO

By Keith Sanders

By year’s end, San Mateo based Akimbo Systems should be the largest video-on-demand service in the world. The Internet itself is their source of high-quality TV programming. No broadcasts. No tuners. No channels. Just speedy downloads of Microsoft Windows Media 9 files. The Akimbo player is a set-top-box that connects your existing broadband Internet service to your television. It stores up to 200 hours of video. Some content can exist on the player indefinitely while other programs have varying expiration dates. Copy protection prevents you from transferring files onto your desktop. A remote control allows fast forward, rewind, pause and skip functions. The Akimbo Guide is the most comprehensive listing of video on the Internet. You can browse the guide for content, or have your favorite programs delivered within a few hours or overnight. Almost four thousand programs can now be accessed, and the list is growing by 50-100 hours a week. Most subject matter is not available on cable or satellite TV. The 16X9 crowd will appreciate Akimbo Systems founder Steve Shannon’s commitment that “HDTV content will be available sometime next year.” Customized service options are available for varying monthly fees. Find out more at www.akimbo.com. Off Camera, October 2004, page 2

AT BA NEW GM AT BAY AREA’S KTVU AREA’S KTVU
Oakland’s FOX affiliate, KTVU-TV, has a new President and General Manager. Cox Television appointed long-time Cox executive Tim McVay to the coveted position. McVay replaces Jeff Block, who was promoted in August to a newly created role of helping build Cox Television’s overall strategic digital efforts. Bruce Baker, Executive Vice President of Cox Television, says “Tim has been with Cox Television for 25 years and has demonstrated strong leadership ability and met every challenge along the way. His experience and knowledge of the broadcasting business will be a great asset to KTVU-TV.” McVay joins KTVU-TV from WSB-TV in Atlanta where he served as General Sales Manager the past eight years. He previously was General Sales Manager at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh from 1994-1996, and Local Sales Manager at WSB-TV from 1992-1994. He began his broadcasting career at WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio in 1979 as an account executive. McVay takes over a strong station that boasts having the highest rated primetime newscast in the country, The KTVU 10 O’Clock News.

CHANGES IN
After riding the waves all day, who has the energy to stay up until 10pm to watch news? Hawaii’s WB affiliate, KFVE, is counting on there being plenty of sleepy viewers out there just aching for an earlier, 9:00 newscast. With the “HAWAII” NBC help of its sister station, KHNL (NBC), the “K5 News at Nine” debuts October 18th. Unlike most other television markets, Honolulu’s FOX affiliate, KHON, goes head-to-head with the other local network newscasts at 10pm, rather than ending its primetime an hour earlier, so this will be Hawaii’s only 9:00 newscast. General manager John Fink says the station will add 4 new positions: a producer, reporter, anchor, and editorABC photographer. Other changes in the islands: Weekend producer/reporter Lisa Kubota of KHNL, moves across the street to KGMB in same role. Michael Weir leaves his 5pm producer position at KRON in San Francisco, to move into management as Executive Producer at KGMB. KGMB also is auditioning for a weathercaster. Weekend meteorologist Britt Riedl is on maternity leave but is not expected to return fulltime. KITV cameraman Oscar Betham has resigned. Former radio broadcaster Melisa Yuchida, moves into television, as a new reporter at KHNL. Congratulations and good luck to all.

NorCal RTNDA Convention & Awards Oct. 22-24, Monterey
The 23rd Annual NorCal RTNDA Convention and Awards will take place the weekend of October 22-24 at the Monterey Marriott in Monterey, CA. The Radio-Television News Directors event is open to anyone interested 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. Wayne Freedman will present his reporting seminar, all the Bay Area TV News Directors will be on a panel. Former CHP Commissioner Spike Helmick wlll speak at the luncheon on Saturday. Phil Matier will MC the Awards Banquet. www.turnbullwines.com More information at www.norcalrtnda.com or call 650-341-9978. Off Camera, October 2004, page 3

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COMMUNITY SERVICE PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY SERVICE EMMY AWARDS FINALISTS AW FINALIST
A couple of Northern California organizations are finalists for this year’s National Public & Community Service Emmy Awards. The ceremony will take place at a luncheon on Thursday, October 21st, at the Rainbow Room in New York City. The awards honor television professionals for programming that advances the common good. The Community Service Emmy Award is presented to a local television station or cable company for a campaign or series that provides an example of outstanding service to its community. In addition, two awards for Outstanding Public Service Announcement, one national and one local, are presented each year. Nationwide panels of civic leaders and community service professionals chose the nominees. “This year’s entries are extremely impressive and reflect the dedication and continued concern that organizations have for bettering the communities they serve,” said NTA President, Peter Price. The nominees for the three categories are: The 2003 Community Service Emmy: • KEYE-TV, Austin, TX- “Dealing With Depression: A KEYE Safe Family Special” • WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, OH- “Finding Family” • WRC-TV/NBC4, Washington, DC- “Get Healthy 4 Life” • WETA, Arlington, VA- “WETA’s Hometown Heroes” • KNBC, Burbank, CA- “California Indians: Stories of a People” KRON-TV, San Francisco, CA“Beating The Odds/Students Rising Above” • KSDK, St. Louis, MO- “A Place to Call Home” • WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL- “Hurricane Season 2003: Forcasting the Storm” • WBNS-10TV, Columbus, OH“Breaking The Cycle: A Town Hall Meeting with Dan Rather” The 2003 National Public Service Emmy: • Kaiser Family Foundation/Viacom, Menlo Park, CA- “Know HIV/AIDS: Little Reminders; Excuses, Bedroom” • Church of Jesus Christ the Latter Day Saints/ Bonneville Communications, Salt Lake City, UT“By The Hour” • Kaiser Family Foundation/MTV, New York, NY“MTV/Kaiser Family Foundation: Condom Factory, Condom Testing” • Kaiser Family Foundation/BET, Menlo Park, CA- “Rap It Up: Security, Pharmacy, Statistics” • TV Land and Nick at Nite/MTV, New York, NY“TV Land and Nick at Nite’s Family Table: Share More Than Meals: Special Moments #1; Time Together, The Whole Story” • MTV, New York, NY- “Fight For Your Rights: Protect Yourself: Nightkids, Deli, Drugstore” Good luck to KRON-TV and Kaiser Family Foundation at this month’s awards ceremony in New York City.

Peabody and Columbia-Dupont Awards. Jeff will team with Michael Espinoza will be joining Granite-owned NBC Anna Werner in the new KPIX investigative unit. affiliate KSEE, Fresno as Executive News Director. He’ll Anny Hong jumps 63 markets to become the weekday also serve as coordinator of news resources for Granite. It morning anchor for KGPE in Fresno. She was previously a marks a return to Fresno for Michael, who earlier in his reporter, weekend weather anchor and fill-in anchor for career had been News Director of KFSN-TV. Michael most KVAL-TV in Eugene, Oregon. recently had been teaching at USC after leaving his job as Terri Ruppe to Local Sales Manager, KPIX CBS 5 Assistant ND of KABC-TV in Los Angeles. He replaces from Account Executive, same station Julie Akins at KSEE-TV, who left the station in July after Julia Madden to writer, KPIX CBS 5 from KRON almost three years as ND. same position. Pedro Calderon has been promoted to News Director LaSandra Hunt to account executive KPIX CBS 5/ for Univision owned station KUVS in Sacramento. He has KBHK UPN Bay Area New Business Development Team been the anchor there and has worked at KUVS-TV for from KTAL, Shreveport, LA, same title. seven years. Pedro replaces Alberto Larios. Alica Green to studio operations technician, KPIX CBS Jeff Harris joins KPIX CBS 5 as Executive Producer, 5 from technical director, News Channel 8/ABC 7 (WashInvestigations. Jeff leaves Denver’s KMGH-TV, where, as ington DC). Executive Producer of Special Projects, he won both Off Camera, October 2004, page 4

ARRIVAL ALS PROM OMO NEW ARRIVALS AND PROMOTIONS

There will be a lot more The imperfections were information for bay area on the minds of the auditelevision executives to sift ence. They questioned Hall through. It will be more over and over again on the accurate and it will be potential problems of the available every day. new technology. That was the general Among them: consensus of a panel of *People who “channel experts who gathered last surf” will be required to hit month at the KPIX studios ALEX PETRILLI, ELLEN CONLAN, DAN ASHLEY, COLLEEN HALL, TOM SPITZ an “OK” button once they Photos by Robert Mohr © 2004 647-MOHR in San Francisco to discuss the new settle on a channel. If they Nielsen “people meters.” forget, the program won’t get credit. About two dozen people listened to the *Household members are only given 30 75-minute discussion at the Sept. 22 event. to 45 minutes of instruction on how to use The forum was moderated by ABC 7 the people meters and they receive it on the anchor Dan Ashley. The panelists were: day their house is wired up. Colleen Hall, Nielsen regional vice presi*What’s taped on a VCR is counted, but dent; Tom Spitz, KPIX programming programs recorded on Tivo® aren’t. That executive; Alex Petrilli, KPIX researcher; capability is still a year or more off. and Ellen Conlan, ABC 7’s director of *There is skepticism whether 800 homes research. is enough of a sampling in a market with 2 Hall began the discussion by outlining million households. for the curious audience how the “people Hall insisted their sampling is represenmeters,” which went into effect Sept. 30, tative of the Bay Area and the data collected will work. Under the new system, the will be a true reflection of what the market household sampling in the Bay Area has is watching. She and others also cautioned increased from 500 to 800 homes. TV professionals to analyze the data over Every member of each household is time and not to put too much stock into any given a remote control to “log in” each time one day. they watch a television program. A main “The information will be available every “meter box” is capable of recording data day, but the question is, should we look at it from up to 16 individuals. Every television every day,” said Conlen. in a home is connected to the system. “I think it would be foolish to panic on a “We are so excited to bring this technolday-to-day basis,” added Spitz. “This is a ogy to this market,” said Hall. “The ‘people sophiscated business. The people meters are meter’ technology is revolutionary. It will a tool.” provide television stations with such a great Panelists pointed out news departments competitive advantage.” will now have a better idea who is watching The demographic data gathered by the their newscasts. In addition, big stories will people meters will be given to TV stations be broadcast when they’re ready, instead of every morning. In essence, it’s like having a being held for “sweeps” months. And, “sweeps” month every day. panelists said, stations that produce solid “It’s going to have tremendous potennewscasts day in and day out will do better. tial,” said Spitz, “because people will be “Strong stations will benefit,” said looking at a lot more information and Conlan. they’ll be looking at it every morning.” For the future, the panelists said the The data will be more detailed than the technology will improve and the information current meters and diaries. And supporters it delivers will be more reliable. say it will be more accurate. “We may not like the information,” said “This is not perfect, but it’s a lot better Spitz, “but it will be more accurate.” than the diaries,” said Petrilli. Off Camera, October 2004, page 5

FORUM GIVES PREVIEW OF “PEOPLE METERS” METERS”

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But San Francisco isn’t taking the bad news lying down. Several stations are questioning Nielsen’s research data. “It just defies logic to believe we lost 81,000 households in a single year,” says ABC-7’s director of research, Ellen Conlan. In addition, Conlan points out, counting households only tells half of the story. “The bay area has many multi-generational households, and in general, just more people per household, so if you compare actual population, the bay area is still the fifth market.” Boston actually falls to #7 under this scenario. If you compare total population within each market, San Francisco has 6,381,934 people, and Boston has only 5,885,971, a difference of half a million people. So the fight is far from over, and who knows, when the dust settles, Nielsen could discover a mistake and return San Francisco to #5. But more likely, the re-ordering will stick for the next year or two, until the economy picks up and the bay area regains some of the jobs it lost when the tech bubble burst. Back in the ’70s, San Francisco and Boston jockeyed for the #5 spot for several years, with S.F. jumping ahead in 1976 and Boston taking it back in 1977, before San Francisco took back the crown for good in 1978. Turns out “for good” isn’t quite the same as “forever.”

49ERS FINALLY 49ERS FINALLY ON HDTV IN BAY AREA HDT BA

SPEAKERS SPEAKERS SERIES TRAC NAMES ATTRACTS BIG NAMES

The new Lesher Speaker Series is off to a great start following a packed house for “An Evening with Jay Leno” on September 15th. Leno may be a tough act to follow, but some big JAY LENO with KTVU’s KENNY WARDELL names will give it a shot between October and April. Next up are former V.P. candidate Geraldine Ferraro and CNN’s “Crossfire” co-host Tucker Carlson, on OctoMalcolm Rodgers is joining ABC owned KGO-TV in ber 11th. On November 3rd, baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr. San Francisco as a graphic artist. In his new role, Rodgers will speak on The Keys to Success, followed by the real life will design news and promotions graphics as well as create “Catch Me if You Can” con artist Frank Abagnale, Februsets and scenery. Rodgers is a bay area veteran. He started ary 2nd, 2005. his career in local television at KPIX-TV in 1987. During Jane Bryant Quinn, personal finance columnast and commentator, will speak on March 9th, and Senator Robert his 10 years at the station he advanced from carpenter to scenic director. In 1998 he formed Bowman Rodgers Dole rounds out the speaker’s series on April 5th. Design, a boutique agency specializing in art direction, The Lesher Speaker Series is sponsored by KGO Radio, design and production of scenic environments for on-air KTVU-TV, and The Contra Costa Times. All events are at sports, talk and special event shows. Rodgers is a graduate the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts in Walnut of The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Creek. You can purchase tickets at the Lesher ticket office, or by calling 925-943-SHOW. http://dlrca.org/newsmakers.htm Off Camera, October 2004, page 6

Hardcore football fans in the bay area can now watch almost all of their NFL games with more detail than ever before. KPIX (CBS) and KGO (ABC) have been broadcasting the NFL in digital High Definition TV for several years. Now, KTVU (FOX), which carries most of the 49ers games, has joined the club. On September 12th, KTVU aired its first NFL game in full HDTV, The Atlanta Falcons vs. the San Francisco 49ers. KTVU announced it’s doubling its digital transmitter power from 500,000 Watts to 1,000,000 Watts. FOX says it will have six HDTV production trucks and crews covering most of the weekly NFL games. In addition, FOX will air the NFC Playoffs and Super Bowl XXXIX in the 16 x 9 - 720P format of high definition and high resolution. Baseball fans will also be able to watch the 2004 American League and National League Playoffs, and the World Series in HDTV. Of course, you have to pony up big bucks and actually buy a high definition television to enjoy the sharper picture. The rest of you will get the same old picture you’ve always had, between cable outages and weather interference on your satellite dish.

GO-T KGO-TV ADDS ARTIST GRAPHIC ARTIST

TECH TV LIVES ON, IN L.A.
Yes, there is life after TechTV for the few dozen employees Comcast Cable transferred from San Francisco to Los Angeles, after purchasing the network and laying off more than 200 people. The former TechTV gang now works out of some wellequipped digs in West L.A., in a note from Peter Hammersly, VP, Executive Producer, Programming, indicates they’re doing just fine, thank you. For all who need a quick review of the harried history of TechTV, magazine publisher Ziff Davis launched the network in 1998, as ZDTV, broadcasting technology and internet-related programs via satellite and cable delivery. The slickly produced ZDTV failed to find a mass audience, and the next year Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen bought a majority interest, delivering a much-needed infusion of cash to the company. He later renamed ZDTV, TechTV. This past May, Comcast Cable announced its purchase of TechTV for an undisclosed price, to merge with its G4 video game network. G4 executives notified 285 TechTV employees they could be let go, and ultimately offered about 80 people jobs with the newly merged division. Unfortunately, the jobs were in Lala Land, so not all 80 accepted the offer. But for those who did, here’s how the transition has gone, according to one happy transfer: “As you know, only a handful of shows were picked up when the network was acquired (The ScreenSavers, X-play, Unscrewed with Martin Sargent and acquisitions Robot Wars and Anime Unleashed). Most of the staffs of those shows made the big plunge to relocate; we returned to production on Labor Day. The whole process from announcement of the acquisition to going live from new sets & studios in LA took less than 4 months. The folks from G4 did a great job of preparing for the increased staff and production, though we’re bursting at the seams on office space. The new sets are terrific and the facility is outstanding overall. The building was formerly the ATT Digital Media Center and is wired like no other I’ve seen. People have been both pleasant and professional. Our shows have never looked better. The “lifestyle” seems to be pretty agreeable. Most folks are living out here on the Westside where the air, climate, and traffic are all about as good as they can be for LA. Still, the Bay Area will always be home for many of us.” NATAS wishes continued good fortune to all those who made the trek south.

CINEMA CLUB
San Francisco - Oct. 11th
1 hr. 46 min. This
ensemble comedy is about a married couple, the Jaffes (Hoffman, Tomlin), who work as detectives, helping people solve existential crises in their lives. For those not familiar with the philosophy-based term of “existential crisis”, some examples of such a crises would be a “mid-life crisis”, a “what am I doing with my life?” sort of hang up, “my life has been a mistake”, “my whole life is a joke”, etc. Their first client in this movie is Albert Markovski (Schwartzman), who is experiencing angst because of his position at Huckabee’s, a popular chain of retail stores. Investigating his workplace, the Jaffes take on one of Albert’s coworkers, Brad Stand (Law) as a client as well, which leads them to investigate his girlfriend, Dawn Campbell (Watts), who is the spokesmodel in the Huckabees TV commercials. Meanwhile, Albert teams up with an existential firefighter (Wahlberg) and a French radical (Huppert) out of frustration with the idea that the Jaffes are helping the very man who seems to be part of Albert’s existential crisis. Starring: Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg, Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jason Schwartzman, Isabelle Huppert Directed by: David O. Russell Produced by: David O. Russell, Scott Rudin, Gregory Goodman MPAA Rating: R for language and a sex scene. 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.

Sacramento - Oct. 16th
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.

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

Over Easy Meets Again By Alison Gibson
Who, you might ask, does not remember the 6-season run of the national PBS talk show taped at KQED studios in the 70’s and 80’s that featured hosts Hugh Downs and Frank Blair, Jim Hartz and Mary Martin, along with a marquis of almost every Hollywood celebrity of the era? Many may not, since we are fast approaching that age which memory is but a memory. But at Dolby Laboratories on the first Saturday in September, about 80 veterans of the Power-Rector production gathered to remember and to fill in the gaps of the past 22 years. At the Karen Larsen-produced event, producer Blanche Chase screened old funding and outtake reels - a tribute to Sony stock that dropout on the original 3/4" tapes was minimal. Did we age as gracefully? Looking back at the scenes from Studio A, where then floor director Frank Zamacoma rallied the audience with bits of stand-up comedy, a hair-curled, pre-made up Ethel Merman rehearsed There’s No Business Like Show Business with Mary Martin, a broom-swinging Margaret Clarke, standing in for Ms. Martin, “sang” Getting to Know You, and Herb Ferrette jazzed on the piano, headset attached, readying the cams for a later-taped Arturo Juarez musical number. Exuberant youth was still evident around the cocktail and hors d’oevres tables (thanks to Chef Narsai David for massive amounts of wine). Many had made the trek from LA and NY to attend: former AD (now high-powered post supervisor) Jeff Yuen, hip-as-ever editor Walt Louie, award-winning location managers Diane Friedman and Robin Citrin (blond, gorgeous and poised as always), style/set designer Ken Short, and the inimitable Margie Kerns (now of WNET/ NY, send your resume) were among the ex-pats in tow. Senior Writer/Producer Ben Bayol MC’d and former staffers Margarita Landazuri, Francie Covington, Victor Jones (aka djovida) and Art Juarez regaled us with anecdotes of wayward field production (did Roy Rodgers really have a sexy portrait of Dale Evans, or was that Trigger?). Lead Studio Producer Lynda Egener Jenner prompted us all to encourage Mr. Bayol, who for 8 years has been seeking funding to renew the show - and is almost there. The times they may be a-changing, but most of us on the OE crew would welcome a 21st century version of this timeless program - whatever it takes to guide us into our mature years with dignity and zest. Reported by Alison Gibson, ex OE-er, who fondly remembers the cooking segment “Thanksgiving Turkey for One.”

THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
OFFICERS: David Mills, KPIX, President Lynn R Friedman, KGO, VP, SF Keith Sanders, Perfect Pitch TV, VP, SJ George Franco, KOVR, VP, Sacramento SAN FRANCSISCO CALIF ALIFORNIA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Erik Rosales, KGPE, VP, Fresno 4317 Camden Avenue Terri Russell, KOLO, VP, Reno John Murray, San Mateo, CA 94403 Pamela Young, KITV, VP, Hawaii JM Communications (650) 341-7786 Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Secretary Sharon Navratil, KTVU F: (650) 372-0279 Frances Palacios, Palacios Prod., Treasurer John Odell, CCSF www.emmysf.tv Nancy Osborne, KFSN NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Pam Schoen, KTXL Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Heather Searles, ITVS Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) Josh Springer, KCSM GOVERNORS: Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards) Dan Adams, KXTV Stuart Yamane, Yamane Creative Svc. Bob Anderson, KBWB Richard Zanardi, Notre Dame Univ. Dan Ashley, KGO Brian Avery, KTLN COMMITTEE CHAIRS: (not listed above) John Burgess, KFTY/KVIQ Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Museum) (Museum) Deanne Moenster, KTVU (Publicity) Janice Edwards, KNTV James Spalding, Spalding & Co., (Finance) Ginnelle Elliott, KPIX EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Albert Garcia, KUVS Darryl R Compton, NATAS Bob Goldberger, KGO Stewart Heller, York Productions Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Adam Housley, Fox News Justin Kanno, KOLO Ronald Louie, KTVU Off Camera Bob Goldberger, Editor Darryl Compton, Publisher Robert Mohr, Photographer

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