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By Bob Goldberger

October 2005

San Francisco/Northern California Chapter

SAN FRANCISCO STATIONS HIT THE ROAD FOR KATRINA
It was Friday, August 26, 2005. Hurricane Katrina had rudely slapped the Florida Keys, and was now chugging through the Gulf of Mexico on a collision course with New Orleans, growing stronger by the hour. News managers in Northern California and throughout the country were struggling with the same question: “Do we send our own people to cover this developing story?” The Bay Area’s five primary news stations each answered that question differently, for very different reasons. Three went, two did not, but they all brought their viewers extensive coverage of the disaster now known simply as “Katrina.” When Katrina hit Monday morning, it was a strong category four storm, with sustained winds of 150 miles an hour and waves up to 40 feet high. It left the Gulf Coast in shambles from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Mobile, Alabama. By Tuesday, two sections of levee protecting the sunken city of New Orleans had crumbled, and 80% of the Crescent City was severely flooded. First on the scene was KGO, ABC7, although news director Kevin Keeshan says they didn’t exactly plan it that way. “We were first in because we had the good fortune of (reporter) Mark Matthews already stationed in Crawford, Texas, covering Cindy Sheehan’s protest outside the President’s ranch. That story essentially ended Saturday, so on Sunday, Mark drove eight hours to Baton Rouge to cover Katrina.” Matthews reported live Sunday night and Monday morning as the storm rolled in, before moving to New Orleans and Slidell the next day, to cover the gut-wrenching flooding, evacuations, and rescues. Two other stations weren’t far behind. By the end of the week, crews from KTVU (Fox 2) and KPIX (CBS 5) were also in New Orleans. In fact, KPIX committed three reporters and photographers at once. News Director Dan Rosenheim says it was a special situation. “We don’t normally send reporters to hurricanes because they don’t happen here. If we were in New York or Miami, where they deal with their own hurricanes, it would be different. But when the magnitude of Katrina’s damage became clear, we knew we had to go.” KTVU news director Ed Chapuis gives the same reason for sending reporter Ken Wayne to New Orleans, but he says for them, one crew was enough. “Our goal clearly was not to try to out network the network. We wanted to do the human stories about our local people who were there— to show how California was helping with the recovery effort. We saw it as a local story because we’d seen so many crews coming out of here. Our goal was to find them and tell their stories.” KNTV (NBC 11) and KRON 4 News opted not to send their own crews, again, for different reasons. KNTV news director Jim Sanders says it simply was not necessary, because the NBC O&O group (owned and operated
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MEDIA NIGHT 10/7 SILVER & GOLD 10/15
NATAS’ Northern California chapter will host this month’s “Media Night” in Sacramento. The monthly get-together will be held at 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Riverside Clubhouse in downtown Sacramento. NATAS will provide a drink coupon for any television industry employee from the region who signs up at the chapter’s information table. The “Media Night” is held the first week of every month in Sacramento as a way for industry professionals to get together and exchange information.

Later this month, your Northern California NATAS Chapter will induct eight more outstanding television professionals into the Gold and Silver Circles. A. Richard (Dick) Robertson will be inducted into the prestigious Gold Circle, which honors individuals who have served in the television industry for 50 years or more and have made a significant contribution to the industry. Robertson, owner of Mother Lode Communications, began his broadcasting career at KSL-TV in Salt
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NEXT ACADEMY FORUM KEVIN O’BRIEN’S BACK IN THE GAME “TV AD SALES” Wed 11/2
“People Meter Forum” 9/22/04 KPIX Photo by Robert Mohr © 2004

What is the status of television advertising sales? Is California’s special election helping? Are ads sold on TV stations’ web pages the key to the future? If you don’t work in the sales department, why should you care? These and other questions will be the focus of a forum on TV ad sales next month. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the north studio at KPIX-TV, 855 Battery St., San Francisco. It will feature panelists from sales departments as well as general managers and station managers. The event is sponsored by NATAS’ Northern California chapter. “There is probably no issue more important for people who work in the TV industry than the current state of advertising sales,” said David Mills, chapter president. “We want to provide a forum for discussion on this issue that is vital to everyone in the television business.” The forum will be free to NATAS members as well as non-members.

EMERALD YEH HONORED
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) presented former KRON reporter Emerald Yeh with its prestigious Margaret Cork Award for her ground breaking documentary Lost Childhood: Growing Up in an Alcoholic Home. The documentary, first aired on KRON in San Francisco, is now being aired on PBS stations across the country as part of a public awareness campaign started by Yeh. NACoA also honored Jerry Moe, National Director of the Betty Ford Center Children’s Programs, whose efforts are recognized in Yeh’s program, for his three decades of work with children and families affected by addiction. The Margaret Cork Award was created in honor of one of the pioneer researchers in the field of children of alcoholics, whose seminal book The Forgotten Children, helped catapult the plight of children of alcoholics into the public eye. The award was presented to Yeh at the Washington Club in Washington, D.C. on September 22nd.

Former KTVU General Manager Kevin O’Brien has joined the Granite Broadcasting Corporation as a consultant to its stations on programming acquisitions and strategic sales initiatives for 2006. Granite owns eight broadcast stations nationwide, including KBWB (WB affiliate) in San Francisco and KSEE (NBC affiliate) in Fresno. The corporation previously owned KNTV (NBC-11) in San Jose before selling the station to General Electric (NBC parent company) in May, 2002. O’Brien’s partnership with Granite comes shortly after the company announced the pending sale of its WB stations in San Francisco and Detroit. W. Don Cornwell, Chief Executive Officer of Granite Broadcasting Corporation, says, “Kevin O’Brien is a gifted operator with over 38 years of broadcasting experience, including many years of direct experience and excellent relationships in the San Francisco and Detroit markets. His background in independent television and his contacts in the industry are very valuable and will greatly enhance the current positive momentum at our stations.” O’Brien has kept a low public profile since being dismissed as President of the Meredith Broadcasting Group last October. In an unusual move, the company stated its Board of Directors terminated O’Brien for “violations of Meredith’s Equal Employment Opportunity policies.”

NBC11 TRANSMITTER
At midnight on September 14th KNTV ceased operations from the Mt. Loma Prieta transmitter location and begin broadcasting from it’s new state-of-the-art facility on San Bruno Mountain, just south of San Francisco. This improved or restored over-the-air service to approximately 400,000 viewers throughout the Bay Area. From this new location NBC 11 will broadcast all analog and digital signals. This means viewers may be able to receive Channel 11’s regular analog service and also see their digital and high-definition signals including NBC11 Weather Plus, their 24-hour weather channel. Most televisions with regular antennas will need to be reprogrammed to activate channel 11. Viewers on cable 3 were not affected by the relocation.

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CIRCLE INDUCTION 10/15 SILVER CIRCLE PROFILE JAN MOELLERING
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Lake City in 1951. He spent a year as Promotion Manager for KTVU in Oakland before moving to KRON, where he remained for 18 years. After a stint in Flagstaff as a professor in the Northern Arizona University’s communications program, Robertson returned to the Bay Area and worked three years as KQED’s Director of Corporate Communications before starting his own firm, Mother Lode Communications. In 1996 he retired to the Gold Country, where he became marketing manager for the Tuolomne County Film Commission. Robertson now lives in Plantation, Florida. Seven new members have been named to the Silver Circle, which honors NATAS members with 25 or more years in the television industry. They include Dan Adams, a reporter at KXTV News 10 in Sacramento; Dominic Bonavolonta, now an instructor at Ohlone College in Fremont, California, following his retirement from directing the nationally syndicated show “Extra”; Jim Branson, managing editor at KTVU Fox 2 and former news writer at KPIX; Kate Kelly, an anchor/reporter at KPIX CBS 5; Doug McKnight, a producer and news director whose career has included KGO-TV in San Francisco, KICU in San Jose, and now is the development director at KAZUFM at California State University, Monterey Bay; Nancy Osborne, an anchor/reporter at KFSN ABC 30 in Fresno; and Don Sharp, now news operation manager at KPIX, after several years at KRON. Get your tickets in advance to help induct the Gold and Silver Circle Class of 2005. Saturday, October 15, at the Radisson Miyako Hotel in San Francisco, reception 11 a.m., lunch at noon followed by the induction ceremonies. Silver Circle member and KRON 4 anchor, Wendy Tokuda, will be the mistress of ceremonies. Guests will enjoy wine from Forest Glen Winery and a box of See’s Candies to take home. Table decorations will be provided by Hoogasian Flowers. Tickets: E-mail: circle@emmysf.tv or call (650) 341-7786.

“Moe” in the middle with former GM Stew Park (Silver Circle ‘88) & present GM Linda Sullivan

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By Meredith Smith Jan “Moe” Moellering’s (Silver Circle ‘94) “15 minutes of fame” began literally as the producer/host of a 15-minute radio show about her high school that aired every Sunday night on a local radio station. Feeding her fascination with broadcast, Jan enrolled at San Jose State University as one of only a handful of women majoring in Radio & TV Production. Jan’s big break came in February 1959 during her junior year when KNTV called the school looking for students to work on a new contest called “Watch & Win.” Jan happily thumbed through the phone book and called random South Bay households to ask if they could identify the famous face shown on-air. Frank Darien, host of “Record Hop” (a live, 5-daysa-week local program similar to “American Bandstand”), quickly recognized Jan’s skills and asked her to be the show’s coordinator. She spent the next five years trying to avoid the camera, meeting famous musicians and signing autographs in the grocery store for fans who saw her…on camera. “We had perfect timing. The show ended in January 1964 with the ‘Twist’ and two weeks later The Beatles came to America,” said Jan. Jan has spent the next 38 years in the Production department. She was the “numbers lady” and among other duties kept track of all of the tapes that came and went out of the studio. Now in Programming, she manages the program schedules and tries to keep everyone up to date with the NBC program changes. She remembers when KNTV was the first station in the country to air an ad for Trojan condoms in the 70’s. She’s seen the transition from black & white film to color cameras and color tape in the late 60’s to today’s alldigital technology. “We used to receive commercial instructions via the mail. Then when fax machines were introduced we could make a change on the log in 30 minutes. Now, with e-mail, changing commercials is practically instantaneous,” said Jan. Jan has worked for 12 bosses and eight general managers at KNTV. “I’ve seen the station grow from a tiny station in San Jose to an NBC O&O in San Francisco without getting out of my chair.” What’s next for Jan “Moe”? “I’ll stay as long as they want me. It’s still fun to come to work.”

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COVERING “KATRINA”

stations) sent three crews to report just for the owned stations, in addition to their regular affiliate service NewsChannel. “My first concern was safety,” says Sanders. “I didn’t think I could assure their safety if I sent somebody down there. And I was already getting great service from our team of NBC reporters on the scene. I thought my viewers were getting just as good, and in some ways better coverage.” KRON news director Chris Lee says his station worked closely with their Young Broadcasting sister station in Lafayette, Louisiana, and CNN, which provided multiple live reporters and live feeds from Louisiana and Mississippi, 24/7. “I don’t think having our own reporter with a ‘4 ball’ on the mic flag would have given our viewers any better coverage or understanding of the story.” Lee adds, the decision had nothing to do with cost. “Budget really wasn’t a consideration. The only consideration is we’re retraining our entire staff (to become reporter/photographer video journalists) and the timing wasn’t good for us to pull people out of the station and send them to another state.” But the stations that did send their own crews, insist they provided their viewers with insight to the story they could not have gotten otherwise. KPIX’s Rosenheim explains, “I wanted particular types of stories from our reporters. Sydnie Kohara is a Louisiana native. She grew up in a parish outside New Orleans, so she brought special expertise and emotional relevance to our coverage. Dr. Kim Mulvihill, who I sent, was able to do special reports on health issues— illness, care, and disease in the flood zone, which

AFTER THE EYE OF THE STORM
Covering the evacuation of New Orleans
She had gone to New Orleans for the same reason so many others flocked to the “Big Easy.” Now her mother sat on a plane headed for Houston, thousands of miles from their Australian home. As we took off, Sharon Cullington got the good news, answering her cell phone when the airlines say you shouldn’t. With a pleasant gasp, her story becomes one of the few bright spots. Sharon tells us her 22 year-old daughter “is likely on a bus headed for Baton Rouge. Thank God she’s alive.” Once we land, the first stop is the nearest super center grocery store. Inside, we stock up on everything that can withstand a week in a car without refrigeration. Basically By Adam Housley Correspondent FOX News

was something nobody else could do.” He adds, “It’s not just having a presence, stand up in New Orleans and be live. It’s having someone familiar to our audience that they can relate to, who can cover the story in a way that’s more relevant to them.” KTVU’s Chapuis says that’s what Ken Wayne’s reports added to his station’s coverage. “The very first day they were there, they hooked up with the Menlo Park and Oakland fire folks. He got on their boats and did rescues with them. And they got some really great, emotional stories with emergency crews from the bay area. Later, they hooked up with CHP going door to door in New Orleans, and got some of the first footage of forced evacuations. It was great video that went out nationwide. It was some of the best coverage of what our local crews were doing there.” KGO’s Keeshan agrees it’s the personal stories that make the difference. “We had one of our former reporters, Jim Wieder, working for ABC after the hurricane. So he covered the wide view, ‘today’s developments’ of the disaster every day. That allowed our reporters, Mark Matthews and then Wayne Freedman to focus on more personal stories. The close-up, people stories are what we can, and did do much better (than the networks). From the moment Katrina hit, we showed our viewers the harsh reality of what people there were going through, and what our bay area volunteers were doing to help them.” There is one thing all five news directors agree on. All say they’re extremely pleased and proud of the coverage they offered Bay Area viewers of the biggest domestic news story since 9/11.

a week of camping without a tent and without any sense of normalcy. Here we also find hurricane stories. A Baptist family leading a church volunteer group, loading a basket full of diapers and baby supplies. When they hear we are headed for New Orleans, they say “God bless, we’re just trying to do anything we can to help.” After loading up, we quickly drive east on Interstate 10, heading into Louisiana. We pass semi after semi loaded with generators, food, and water. In the westbound direction busses, full of the lucky ones who made it out of New Orleans.
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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK ‘KATRINA”
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In frustration and desperation, Tom, a volunteer rescuer from the West Bank just across the Mississippi River from downtown, yells “Do you have any children inside?” The woman replies “Just one.” That’s when Tom erupts. “Ma’am, you can’t stay here, you can’t keep your child here. These waters are gross. There’s dead bodies, raw sewage, oil....they’ll make your child sick!” With that, the woman finally gives in. It’s been a week of living with high water. Her three year-old son is out of diapers and food is running low. I ask her why she stayed, along with six other people on her block. She replies “I thought the waters would go down, they had gone down before.” Tom tells me, “It is frustrating! We are trying to help these people; they just can’t live like this. It is unsafe!” He continues, “You think they’d want to leave, but we have to plead with them to get into the boat.” Joe Green refuses to leave. He’s adamant about getting back into his row boat and maneuvering back down Elysian Fields Avenue to his home filled with six feet of stale, polluted, wretched flood water. As we stand on an off ramp of the 610 freeway, which was being used for a boat launch, Joe tells me, “I can’t leave my neighbor. He’s 73 and won’t come out.” As a gust of stench fills my nose, I asked him how he can live in such horrific conditions—water in his home; his neighborhood is a cesspool of garbage and junk and bodies and sewer. Joe replies, ”It’s not so bad.” I know his response isn’t heartfelt; there’s a reason Joe won’t leave. He asks for my cell phone and somehow our phone gets through. On the other end, his wife Sadie. She’s alive and well, living in a shelter in Houston. With that news, Joe changes. His eyes well up and he seems satisfied. I ask him if knowing his wife won’t come home to an empty house, and knowing she is alive and well makes his decision different. He lets out a deep sigh of relief and replies, “Yes.” Joe had changed his mind and made the right decision. With that, he gets back into his canoe, tells me thanks and goodbye, and heads down the street intent on convincing his neighbor to leave. The constant hum of helicopters echoes through flooded neighborhoods, as they drop down to inspect homes that might still house people too stubborn, or too weak to escape. As they hover into position, spray from polluted waters peppers rescuers and their boats. The volunteers have come from all over. We have met some from Phoenix, California, Arkansas and Texas.

At this interstate off-ramp, where we report today, water remains 5-6 feet deep. Floating and submerged in it, I see tires, garbage, oil, toys, diapers and in some cases, bodies. I am told by one rescuer they don’t have time to recover the dead right now, so those found floating are tied to the tops of street signs, only six inches or so above flood levels. I have seen dogs swim to their deaths, people refuse to leave their two-story homes, the lower level filled with this cesspool called the flood. At night we drive with our guards and crew to each new live location. Throughout this city I once knew well, there is a darkness and eeriness I have never felt here in my homeland. People lurk in blackened streets; soldiers march with M16’s drawn; fires are the only lights that glow in the blackness; homes creak from the weight of the floodwater, and somewhere in the distance, a dog howls. This cannot be real. This cannot continue for long, but to the disappointment of so many, we are now into our eighth day. We just cross the Huey P. Long Bridge. This area of Jefferson Parish is mostly dry, a few trees into homes, some shallow flooding and a burned business or two. With some power, some water and good old American will, this part of New Orleans could be back to normal in a week or two. Same for the West Bank, just across the Mississippi River. That’s the good news. As we arrive on Interstate 10 near the Superdome, the real damage and death is clear. There are still groups of people standing in line on the hot cement. Some have been here for 5 days. All they have is on their backs, or in small plastic grocery bags. Garbage and filth is everywhere. Adam Housley is a member and former Governor of the SF/ NorCal NATAS Chapter.

JOB BANK at www.emmysf.tv

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BROADCAST GOES WIRELESS
By Keith Sanders

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Is your cell phone already maxed out such as CBS, NBC or ABC, SmartVideo with downloaded ring tones, personal Chief Executive Richard Bennett snapshots, e-mails & games? Well it’s said. 2005 time to upgrade the flash card because Last month MobiTV, the world’s first television broadcasts are coming to your television network providing live cell phone! television on mobile phones, received A number of service providers have an Emmy® Award by the Academy of been buying up spectrum and are ready Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS). to roll out television broadcast subscripThe Emmy® Award for Outstanding tion service to millions of cell phone Achievement in Engineering Developusers. You could soon be watching your ment was issued to recognize developfavorite TV show in all its glory on that ments that are so innovative in nature one-inch screen. Impossible you say? as to have materially affected the Who are these companies? Why are transmission, recording and reception they needed? For an answer let’s look at of television. MobiTV received this the history of portable television. award at the 2005 Primetime Emmy® Most early TVs were large pieces of Creative Arts Awards ceremony that furniture containing dozens of vacuum was held September 11 at the Shrine tubes and were about as portable as a Auditorium in Los Angeles. “I believe dining room table. But in 1949 Motorola MobiTV set the standard and started built a relatively small “Suitcase” set the race for mobile television,” said portable, housed in a luggage case. Brian Seth Hurst, co-governor, TV manufacturers continued to build Interactive Media Peer Group for ATAS. portables because they were Broadcast television is another type popular…and the portables grew smaller. of content that wireless carriers will bill Motorola used early transistor technolfor, just like long distance calls, phoogy in 1960 to build a 19-inch Astronaut tos, e-mails, etc. It remains unclear if television that was the first large-screen, user demand will make this service a cordless portable TV. They even grew success. But if mobile television on cell smaller. Panasonic drastically shrank the phones becomes as popular as size of portable TVs in 1971 with the podcasting, I may have to trade in my ear buds for prescription lenses. fully transistorized Model TR-001 that featured a miniature 1-1/2" screen. And smaller. The first Sony “Watchman” was built in 1988 using integrated circuits and sporting a black-and-white flat screen. These portable TVs were very different from each other, but no matter their size they all received analog They don’t know if it was the first in the nation, but it’s signals. Now as portable TVs have continued to shrink, a Northern California first. During September’s premier they’ve become digital cell phones. These cell phones of “Lost”, KGO-TV in San Francisco (ABC O&O) aired a cannot receive analog television signals. The analog Mercedes Benz commercial that was shot, produced, and broadcast signals need to be broken up into small digital broadcast in full HDTV. Viewers with HDTV sets who get packets of information…and that’s where the new service their television signal over the air, via Comcast HD providers come in. signal, or through Direct TV (with an HD waiver), saw the Companies like MobiTV (Sprint), GoTV, Verizon commercial during the 9:15pm and 9:45pm breaks in Wireless, Nokia, SmartVideo Technologies & MediaFLO KGO’s digital channel. All other viewers watching analog USA (QualComm) would like to send you broadcast video television signals, saw the same commercial in its programming for a fee. “It’s the closest thing in the standard format. mobile media arena to a traditional broadcast network”

COMMERCIALS IN HD

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MORE HAWAII MOVES
KHNL-TV (NBC-Hawaii) morning anchor Lyle Galdeira will leave the station after November sweeps to work fulltime in real estate. Gladeira has been with KHNL for 10 years as anchor and consumer reporter. Last month, we told you KGMB News & Health Reporter Angela Keen was leaving to pursue other opportunities. Turns out that opportunity was just down the street. Keen is jumping from CBS in Honolulu to NBC, KHNL News 8. Keen worked at KGMB 9 for nearly 12 years with many duties including anchoring, medical reporting, and weathercasting. Keen will be co-host and weathercaster for “News 8 Today,” the station’s morning show. She will also serve as the station’s health reporter.

ON THE MOVE

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After completing the third season of Spark (KQED/BAVC), Pamela Rorke Levy is moving on to a staff position as Creative Director/Executive Producer at The Kenwood Group, a creative agency in San Francisco specializing in marketing events and video for major corporations like Intel, Sun, Seagate, and Square Enix. Pam says “While I miss working on Spark, I’ve already had an opportunity to involve artists featured on Spark in corporate events. Right now, artist David Best — who is renowned for the giant temple structures he builds for Burning Man each year — is building a stage set for a corporate event I’m doing at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for an Israeli software company, Mercury.The music for that same event will be provided by Bay Area vocal percussionist Kid Beyond.” Prior to KQED Pam was at KRON 4 as EP.

RORKE LEVY GOES CORP.
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RAY DOLBY LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT
San Francisco’s Ray Dolby, co-creator of the first video tape recorder at AMPEX and later Dolby Labs, received the National Television Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 Tech© Marc Bryan-Brown 2005 nology and Engineering Emmy® Awards on Sept. 29th in Princeton, NJ. Ray received the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter Governors’ Award in 1988.

Sanders

Julie Luck has left her weekend anchor/reporter job at KRON in San Francisco, to become the primary anchor at the Fox O&O in Winston-Salem North Carolina, WGHP. Julie will anchor the 5,6 and 10pm newscasts. Sandy Lee returns to the hectic newsroom environment as managing editor at CBS O&O, KPIX-TV in San Francisco. Sandy has been producing episodes for Edelman Productions, but previously worked as a producer for KGO-TV’s 7 On Your Side Consumer Unit, and as Executive Producer for special projects at KRON-TV. Ron Comings has landed on his feet in Hawaii, as the new news director of Emmis-owned FOX affiliate KHONTV. Ron left KXTV in Sacramento back in June, after seven years at the helm of that Gannett newsroom. Ron is now the KHON’s third news director in three years. Gary Gunter has left his main anchor job at KRCR-TV in Redding, CA, to become news director of KDBC-TV, El Paso, TX. No word yet on Gary’s replacement in Redding. Alan Wang joins KGO-TV, the ABC O&O in San Francisco, as Saturday morning anchor and nightside reporter. Alan leaves WSB in Atlanta. Abigail Sterling Vazquez also joins KPIX-TV as a special project producer, from KRON-TV. Abigail has also worked for KTVU in Oakland, KGO in San Francisco, WMAQ in Chicago, and for the CBS news bureau in Rome. Keith Sanders, NATAS vice president for San Jose and our annual Emmy® show producer has joined the academic world, as media producer for San Jose State University.

Donna Fendrick will join KOLO-TV in Reno as sports director and sports anchor. Donna has been a sports anchor/reporter in Raleigh-Durham, Albany, HartfordNew Haven and Portland, Maine. This is her first sports director position

© Marc Bryan-Brown 2005

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“VJ REVOLUTION” TOPIC OF NorCAL RTNDA CONFERENCE & AWARDS ON SAT. 10/22
If you work in television news and haven’t yet heard the title “VJ” you will. VJ is short for Video Journalist, a television reporter who works alone with a small digital video camera and a laptop editing system. VJ conversion is being marketed to stations as a strategy to cut production costs by 20 to 70 percent while improving output quality. Detractors say it’s a way to cut TV jobs and will lower the quality of journalism. The BBC has transitioned to video journalists and KRON-TV in San Francisco will soon be the first major market station to make the change. What does it mean for television news and your job? We’ll find out on Saturday, October 22nd at the ABC Broadcast Center in San Francisco. The site of the 24th NorCal Rosenblum RTNDA Conference. Panelists include the man behind the “VJ Revolution” Michael Rosenblum along with KRON 4 news director Chris Lee, Reporter: Wayne Freedman, KGO ABC 7; Mark Jones, KRON 4, Tamar Maghdissian, KHSL 12, Chico and moderator Harry Fuller. Harry Fuller has spent the four years since 9-11 covering European news and necessarily the rest of the world’s reactions to America’s role in world economics and politics as executive producer and assignment editor for CNBC Europe. He will share impressions at the luncheon. Harry has been around Bay Area TV for years working at KGO, KPIX and ZDTV. Fuller Other panels include Covering the Disaster: ”Katrina;” A Foot in the Door; One-on-One Tape Critique; and tours of ABC Radio & TV, CBS 5, KCBS Radio and the NBC 11 and Telemundo 48 SF Bureau. The day ends with dinner and presentation of the 24Th NorCal RTNDA Awards at the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. KGO Radio host and KGO ABC 7 anchor Pete Wilson will host the event. Complete information and registration on NorCal’s website at: www.norcalrtnda.com or call 650-3419978.

7 THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
OFFICERS: 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 CALIF ALIFORNIA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Terri Russell, KOLO, VP, Reno 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 NATIONAL TRUSTEES: 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 Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards) Dan Ashley, KGO COMMITTEE CHAIRS: (not listed above) Brian Avery, Avery Media John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. Samuel Belilty, KFTV (Museum) John Burgess, KFTY Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) Thomas Drayton, KTXL James Spalding, Spalding & Co., (Finance) Janice Edwards, KNTV Rick Zanardi, Notra Dame de Namur (Publicity) Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Albert Garcia, KUVS Darryl R. Compton, NATAS Bob Goldberger, KGO Off Camera Stewart Heller, York Productions Bob Goldberger, Editor Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Darryl Compton, Publisher Justin Kanno, KOLO Robert Mohr, Photographer Jack LiVolsi, KBWB (Publicity) Ronald Louie, KTVU (Alt. Trustee)

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