Set Record High
The 45th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards entries have set a new record.
The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has received 757 English and 179 Spanish entries for a total of 936. That is up 4 percent from last year's total of 896. Spanish entries are responsible for the increase of 44 from last year's 135.
These numbers, however, are subject to change during the certification process as some entries will be disqualified.
e certification process is behind schedule this year due to everyone working on Super Bowl 50 in the Bay Area.
The awards committee has spotted several entries in the wrong categories, rules violations (such as no black between composite segments) and double dipping by entering the same title in more than one entry. The Master Entry list is updated daily and can be viewed at
Entrants will be contacted about discrepancies.
also has many names which were submitted but remain unpaid.
Unpaid names will be removed.
As a reminder, check the Master Entry list to be sure names are correct on all entries that you submitted. Names can be added until
by contacting the Chapter office.
Only names listed on the Master Entry list are eligible to receive the Emmy® statuette.
Nominations parties will take place
. Nominations will be announced by a live webcast from Sacramento at
Emmy® Gala 2016 will be held
at the elegant SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco.
SUPER BOWL 50
Descending on Santa Clara
CBS Sports Crews Join Stations from Bay Area, State, Nation to Cover Super Bowl 50 in South Bay, S.F.
By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco
Bay Area television crews along with their counterparts from around the state and across the country have turned the cities of Santa Clara and San Francisco into a media circus in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50 this Sunday.
In Santa Clara, every Bay Area television station - KTVU, KRON, KPIX, KGO-TV and KNTV, along with Comcast Sports Net Bay Area - have descended on the area in and around Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and the much-hyped Super Bowl City venue at the foot of Market Street in San Francisco. There are TV crews from Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego, all of them, naturally, joining CBS, the network which will broadcast the big game on Sunday.
In reality, it's the tale of two cities celebrating this once in a lifetime event - the 50th Super Bowl, being played in the Bay Area. San Francisco, the more famous and celebrated of the two, has pulled out all the stops to show its pride to the sports world in having the National Football League choose the San Francisco 49ers' new home, Levi's Stadium, as the prized venue for Super Bowl 50. It just happens to be located 49 miles (no joke) from downtown San Francisco, in Santa Clara, home to its own sprawling convention center, California's Great America theme park, and now, the new home of the 49ers. The little city that could. For more than 40 years, Santa Clara has just gotten things done, almost effortlessly.
CBS Sports crews have been at Levi's Stadium for weeks leading up to this weekend, setting up their cameras and getting equipment in place, and building a studio set that promises to dazzle television viewers. Local and regional stations have been here, too, from doing regular live shots for morning shows and evening news broadcasts. The same applies to San Francisco, where the city has embraced the attention as well with the help of the Super Bowl City venue, which has been attracting throngs of Super Bowl fans from not just the Bay Area but for those who have traveled to the region from around the country.
The Bay Area's CBS station, KPIX 5, has pulled out all the stops, of course, setting up shop at Levi's Stadium as well as in downtown San Francisco at Super Bowl City. They, of course, have signed Joe and Jennifer Montana to be on the air with the rest of the KPIX 5 news team.
All of this media excitement, and the big game hasn't even arrived. Yet. Well, we're just hours away from the showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Naturally, there is media excitement. After all, this is not just the Super Bowl. This is Super Bowl 50, and its home is the San Francisco Bay Area.
SUPER BOWL 50
Super Bowl Anecdotes: The Thrill
and Humor of Covering the Big Game
By Don Sanchez
In my 40-plus years at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco, I did sports three times as an anchor and reporter.
The first time the 49ers went to the Super Bowl in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1982, my best memory was of Coach
Bill Walsh in a doorman's uniform taking the players' luggage.
Pretty funny because no one recognized him initially.
In 1985, the 49ers faced the Dolphins at Stanford Stadium -- the Super Bowl's first appearance in the Bay Area. I spent the week before in Miami at the Dolphins camp enjoying delicious Florida stone cra
Super Bowl, 1988, in San Diego
Don Sanchez and his loyal KGO-TV crew
The day of the game, it was very foggy, about 35 degrees and we were in Palo Alto from 7 a.m. until the game was over. The seats were so uncomfortable, filled with splinters, that Apple provided cushions to ease our behinds and you could take them home.
The cushion, that is.
After the 49ers won, there was the Market Street parade. I'm hanging out of a balcony at the Emporium for the live broadcast when the assignment desk calls: "Twelve 49ers are going to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Stop your live broadcast and get to the airport."
We were booked on Pan Am shortly before it folded. They had $99 fares, so it was jammed. I got a middle center seat next to a woman who had never flown before. She was near hysteria every time we hit a bump. Plus, she was quite large. I had to sit sideways for all five hours to Honolulu.
The last Super Bowl I covered was in San Diego, in January 1988. It was Washington versus Denver.
John Elway facing
Doug Williams. It is the site of one of the most embarrassing questions from a reporter who asked Williams: "so how long have you been a black quarterback?", to which he replied, "all my life "
I can't wait to see what happens here in Santa Clara.
One thing I'm sure of.
I'm not driving.
SUPER BOWL 50
Longtime KTVU Sportscaster Reflects
on Historic Super Bowls of the Past
Fox 2 Sports Chief Ibanez's 'Off Camera' Exclusive
By Ross Perich
KTVU Fox 2's Mark Ibanez is the longest-tenured sports director in the Bay Area. As he prepares to cover Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium, he recently chatted with me to share several of his fondest and funniest Super Bowl memories.
In his own words:
My first-ever Super Bowl was bittersweet because it was actually in our backyard when the 49ers played the Miami Dolphins at Stanford Stadium in 1985. Game day was a dreary, cold day and it didn't feel like anything more than just another Stanford game, other than the fact the Niners were playing in it. The crazy thing was I almost didn't make it into the game due to a mix-up with my press credentials.
I had a pass for the post-game press conference, but not a sideline pass. So, acting with a "tough guy" face, I pretended to be one of the security guys, and carried a walkie talkie and clipboard the entire game with an IFB in my ear. They kept checking everyone's field passes, but not me. I fooled them - otherwise I would have been kicked out of my first Super Bowl!
The 49ers ended up creaming the Dolphins and after capturing all of the elation in the winning locker room, my photog and I went to the Miami locker room, which had naturally cleared out in a hurry. Only one player remained, and it was now Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. Of course, I asked Dan for an interview and it was the shortest interview I have ever conducted, consisting of just two words: "F#@! off!"
My second Super Bowl was in Miami in 1989 - yes, much better weather and a lot more fun as we actually got to travel and enjoy all of the hoopla leading up to the game. And the game was an all-time classic, culminating with the 49ers last-minute drive to go 90 yards, as Joe Montana hit John Taylor with just 34 seconds left for the game winning touchdown! I vividly recall the noise of the crowd and the pressure-packed atmosphere. As my cameraman and I followed the 49ers down the sideline on that historic drive, I mentioned to him that professional athletes in these situations deserve every penny they get - the pressure was enormous.
Leading up to the game, I also got one of my first Super Bowl scoops. On the first day of practice in Miami, Jerry Rice hurt his back and the 49ers weren't sure he could play. It turned out that my chiropractor also happened to be Rice's chiropractor, and he called me to say he would be working with Jerry and invited me to the appointment to adjust Jerry's back. Among hundreds of TV crews, we secretly snuck into the hotel room and captured some incredible video, including nat sound where we could actually hear Rice's back cracking. Three national networks caught wind of our scoop and created a bidding war for the rights to our exclusive video, offering as much as $3,000.
Fast forward to 1995 and we were back in Miami where Steve Young led the 49ers to an easy win over the San Diego Chargers. Leading up to the game, I had some fun producing a package and sarcastically saying what a tough assignment I had covering the Super Bowl in sunny Miami. As I was doing my stand-up to close my story - on the beach of course, I told my cameraman to keep rolling. He had me framed from the waist up as usual showing my sport coat attire, but I only had swim trunks on below. I then tossed my microphone on the ground, tore off my coat, and three beautiful bikini-clad women then came up and escorted me into the water. Yes, it was a rough life covering Super Bowl XXIX.
On a more serious note, covering Super Bowls is actually really hard work - especially in Eastern time zones, given the three-hour time difference and having to go live on the Ten O'clock News, which is about 2 a.m. local time. Everything gets blown out of proportion during Super Bowl week and everyone is expecting a big story. The reality is coaches have to coach, and the only time you can gain access to them is during 7 AM press conferences - so we average about four hours of sleep each night. By the time you are on the air - after 16 hour days - you are exhausted and your boss is still expecting you to break that great story. It all goes back to that word "super" - super pressure and super high expectations for the Super Bowl.
Finally, everyone has their favorite Media Day silly story. I credit my long-time producer Pete Lupetti for this one, when he suggested to have one of the 49ers players go in disguised as a reporter. At Super Bowl XXIX in Miami, 49ers offensive lineman Derrick Deese was up for the ploy. He dressed in street clothes, we gave him a Channel 2 mic, and away he went - actually interviewing several San Diego Chargers' players! CBS network news caught wind of the story and followed him around and ended up showing our Channel 2 mic flag on CBS. My news director loved that! And Deese ended up catching the broadcasting bug as he is now a talk show host in Los Angeles.
I look forward to sharing more crazy stories from Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium next month.
SUPER BOWL 50
Working on a Super Bowl TV Crew
By John Odell
San Francisco/Northern California Chapter
To many fans, the 1980 Oakland Raiders were a "lame duck" team, given their intention to move to Los Angeles the following year. So it took many by surprise -- including the media -- when this 11-5 wild card eleven, led by mid-season quarterback replacement Jim Plunkett, beat the San Diego Chargers 34-27 to advance to Super Bowl XV, that would be played at the Superdome in New Orleans on January 25, 1981.
My then-employer, KPIX Channel 5, in a heated ratings race with arch-rival KGO-TV, committed to going "whole-hog" in its coverage of this contest. We sent anchor Gary Rebstock, feature reporter Mike Hegedus, sportscasters Wayne Walker and Fred McLeod, field producer Jeri Cheney, camera operators Mary Weston and Glenn Nosse, and a field engineer and videotape editor (me, doing double duty). Former head coach John Madden did commentary.
We set up shop on the wrought iron-railed second floor balcony of the Embers Steakhouse on Bourbon Street, overlooking the French Quarter. This was during the pre-satellite era, so we had a high-speed Telco link back to the West Coast and did live inserts on Eyewitness News all week leading up to the Super Bowl and the day of the game.
Our competition consisted of KGO-TV producer Emily Pearce and cameraman Al Topping, shooting 16mm film.
Needless to say, we rocked.
Accommodations were a problem. Every hotel room had been snatched up. Cheney found a not-so-cheap cheap motel for most of the crew, but Rebstock and I ended up in a filthy fourth-floor walk-up tenement. He, the anchor, got the bed. I got the couch. The bathtub looked like bodies had been dismembered in it. Oh well, no Airbnb back then.
On game day Nosse and I were dispatched to the Superdome to shoot sideline shots and after-game interviews. The stadium was festooned with yellow ribbons, and the atmosphere was one of celebration, as the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran had been released just five days earlier.
Back then, the mini-cam and videotape recorders were two separate units. So my job that day was to carry the latter. I remember the squeeze into the Raiders' locker room after their victory over the Eagles. At one point, Nosse was on the inside and I was on the outside, with our "umbilical" cable stretched ever-taut between us. When we returned to the Embers afterwards, Rebstock, ever the Midwesterner, said, "You guys look like you've been rode hard and put away wet!"
The next Super Bowl was to be held, for the first time, outside the country's warm winter environments - in Pontiac, Michigan. As we were packing up our equipment at the Embers, Rebstock and I did a "pity the poor fool" routine. "The Raiders are moving to Los Angeles, and the 49ers will never make it to the Super Bowl!"
It was 17 degrees and snowing as we unpacked our remote equipment outside the Lindell AC bar in downtown Detroit. The fools had arrived. What got us there was "The Catch," Joe Montana to Dwight Clark, with 51 seconds left in the NFC championship game
Our crew had morphed and grown. Rebstock, Walker, McLeod, Cheney and I were back from 1981. Camera operators were now April Langford, Rick Lee, Bob Doty, and Bob Huestis. Added were director Wally Miller and floor director Carl Young.
The Lindell AC was the Motor City's most famous sports bars, and its walls were crowded with team memorabilia. Among the trophies was, bronzed, an "essential piece of athletic equipment" once worn by the Detroit Lions #55, Wayne Walker. It also had the newest 'thing" -- video games like Pong and Pac-Man.
More than just doing cut-ins, we were now anchoring sections of the newscast from our remote. I remember one frequent guest, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen.
We shut down the Lindell remote on Saturday night and went live from the floor of the Silver Dome on game day. On the 20th anniversary of the 49ers 26-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Chronicle re-published a Fred Larson photograph, taken from the end zone, of the Niners' famous first quarter goal line stand. I was next to McLeod when he took it. That was cool.
As for differences between today's Super Bowls and those more than three decades ago, the hoopla and the entertainment stand out. The halftime show for XVI was the fresh-faced, short-haired, all-American singing group, "Up with People." There were no fireworks, rock bands or "wardrobe malfunctions" back then.
Chapter Executive Director Visits Fresno
Compton Visits Stations During Emmy Entries' Promo
By Kim Stephens
Chapter Govermor, Fresno
With two weeks before the Emmy
submission deadline, and a lot of questions about how submissions are judged, Darryl Compton recently visited all of the Fresno television stations. The executive director of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences stayed overnight so he could talk with evening and morning crews at ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Univision and CMAC, Fresno's community TV station.
Compton explained the submission and judging process and the benefits of NATAS membership. He brought Emmy
statues as inspiration and even showed winning videos to help people have a clearer understanding of the kind of exceptional work that has been awarded in the past.
Richard Harmelink, a Chapter governor representing the Fresno market,
says "Having Darryl stop by for a visit to ABC30 was GREAT! After he left, I went around to everyone and asked if they got something out of it. They told me that the answers to their questions and concerns, most about how the Fresno market is judged, were thoroughly answered. I believe they have a greater insight on how NATAS works and that their Emmy® entries really do get judged fairly."
It was fun to watch the enthusiasm build in a room as Compton talked about the Chapter and Emmy
Gala. He brought an Emmy® statuette, which was a highlight for a lot of selfies and social media posts. The raffle prizes of wine and chocolate were a huge hit!
Chapter Preparing to Award
High School and College Students
for Broadcasting Excellence
By Steve Shlisky
Chapter Education Chairperson
A new year renews the search for excellence among student broadcasters.
San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awards area high
schools and colleges with a wide variety of honors.
s the Chapter professionals anxiously await the results from their Emmy® entries, dozens of future journalists and filmmakers anticipate similar acknowledgments.
The Chapter accepts entries from area high schools (all of n
orthern California, from Visalia to the Oregon border, along with Hawaii and Reno). Students can enter their best work in a number of categories. Most of the categories are familiar to those who annually enter our signature
Awards such as: "Newscast", "Arts & Entertainment", "Public Affairs" and many of the craft categories. There are a couple of categories you may not be used to seeing: "Music Video" and "Long Form - Fiction".
The "Awards for Excellence", which promotes best practices to high school students,
is intended to be an incentive for the pursuit of excellence in television journalism and
focus public attention on outstanding achievements in television produced by high school students. Faculty involvement can only be advisory. Winning sponsored high schools receive an engraved glass pillar. The students involved in the production of the entry will receive certificates.
If you are curious about the high quality of high school student work, check out last year's recipient work on our website Link
you know of any talented high school students who would be interested in these awards, let them know that the filing deadline is March 11. For more information, Link
NATAS' High School Awards is underwritten by The TV Academy Fund, Inc.,
a non-profit, 501(c)(3), established to administer scholarships, grants, fellowships, research and programs that will advance the art and science of the television industry.
It is also time again to announce our Chapter's College Scholarship Program. This year, there are $16,000 in scholarships available.
sponsors seven awards: five $2,000 scholarships and two $3,000 scholarships. Each award is named for former NATAS members who have honored our Chapter.
Four are memorial: The Peter J. Marino Jr. $2,000 award recognizing production; The Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Award, recognizing videography; The Kenneth Sloat Langly Award recognizing writing; and the "Miss Nancy" Besst Award recognizing an outstanding graduate student.
One of the Named scholarships is still active in our Chapter: The
Once again, The Big Picture's George Lang is generously underwriting $6,000 for scholarships, split equally between the best graduate and undergraduate entry.
These scholarships memorializes two former Lang colleagues, both of whom were KGO-TV journalists: Jerry Jensen, who co-anchored the station's evening newscasts from 1969 until 1984; and Steve Davis, who served as an anchor and reporter at the station from the 1970s to the early 1990s.
Scholarship applicants must be actively engaged in a collegiate-level curriculum in one or more areas of the television industry. They must attend a college in Northern California (Visalia to the Oregon border), Hawaii or Reno.
All entrants submit a sample of their work, their transcripts, an essay, and a letter of recommendation from their professor or dean. All entries are screened by a panel of judges culled from the NATAS Education Committee. The Committee may award or choose not award a scholarship for each category. The entry deadline is May 13.
2015's recipient work, follow this link to our website Link
The scholarships will be presented during this year's Gold & Silver Circle Induction this fall. For more information Link
The Chapter awards these scholarships to encourage individuals who demonstrate leadership and talent in advancing the artistic, cultural, educational and technical qualities of television.
From Graduation to the Newsroom
Fresno State Grads Hit Ground Running in TV Industry
By Faith Sidlow
Special to Off Camera
We're very proud of our December 2015 Fresno State MCJ Broadcast Journalism graduates. Within days of completing finals, they all found jobs in their field.
Here is the complete list of graduates who are now working in the real world:
Andrew Worth is going to KERO-TV Bakersfield as an MMJ.
Audrianna Ferri started her new producer job at CBS47 in Fresno three weeks before she graduated.
Jonathan Roque is social media coordinator at AMOR in Fresno.
Kayleena Speakman has a sports reporting job in Salisbury, Maryland.
Gilbert Magallon just signed a contract for an MMJ position at KNDU-TV in Yakima, Washington.
Keenan Sanders is the newest MMJ at KTWO-TV in Casper, Wyoming.
Matt Criswell is a production assistant at KSEE-TV in Fresno.
Congratulations to all of these new communications professionals. You make us proud!
Faith Sidlow is a professor at Fresno State University and is a 2012 inductee of the Silver Circle of The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles
During his lifetime, Rollin Post was one of the Bay Area's quintessential political reporters. He was a familiar presence on three Bay Area television stations for nearly 30 years, from 1961 to 1997.
Inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1990 for his more than 25 years of contributions to the Bay Area and northern California television industry, Post was perhaps best known in the last years of his life for his work as the political editor at KRON in San Francisco.
Post was certainly in his element throughout his career. He lived and breathed politics.
Born in New York City in 1930, Post's father was a New York state assemblyman, and his mother was a fashion model and civic volunteer. Talk about being destined for a career in journalism: Post was named for his grandfather,
, who won the first Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.
The family eventually moved from New York to southern California. That is where Post attended high school in Claremont. After high school, he made it to the Bay Area to attend San Francisco State College for a year before entering the Army. After, he attended UC Berkeley, graduating from there in 1952 with a degree in political science.
With his sights now set on launching a career, Post became a copy boy for CBS Radio in Los Angeles. That is where he met
Diane Opley, who became his wife in 1954.
Three years later, he joined KTTV in Los Angeles, where he worked as the writer and producer of
The Paul Coates Report, a syndicated interview show.
Moving back to the Bay Area in 1961, he joined KPIX as a morning producer and assignment editor. In 1962, he became a reporter for the station.
Post went on to work for KQED, where he was a commentator on the evening news roundtable broadcast,
Newsroom. In later years, he co-hosted
A Closer Look, with
(SC '89, GC '13).
Post and Davis worked together for more than 30 years, including 18 years as co-hosts of
California This Week on KRON.
Post died in October 2011 at the age of 81 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He will always be remembered for his nearly 30 years in the Bay Area as an interviewer, commentator and reporter. He grilled politicians of any stature and scope during his lengthy career. He was a force to be reckoned with.
Kevin Wing (SC '13) is a San Francisco-based producer for ABC News' "Good Morning America" and is principal/executive producer of his production company, Kevin Wing Media Communications. He is editor of "Off Camera" and serves as San Francisco vice president on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Inducted into the Chapter's Silver Circle in 2013, he has been penning "Gold & Silver Circle Profiles" since 2007.
Anchor/Reporter Christine Park Leaves TV
for Communications Job with San Diego Schools
After 15 years of being one of the most loved and respected journalists in the Central Valley, Christine Park left KFSN ABC30 this month.
She is moving with her family to San Diego, where she has accepted a public information officer role with a local school district.
Saying farewell to Fresno and television news wasn't easy.
"It was touching, the genuine sadness they expressed, when I announced my departure," Park says about her loyal viewers. "They were always so kind and complimentary. They felt a real connection to me." Park says she felt honored to earn their trust and respect while on the air.
She served many roles while at Channel 30, including weekend assignment editor, special projects producer, South Valley Bureau reporter, morning show reporter, and most recently, consumer reporter and anchor of the midday and 4 p.m. newscasts.
Park, a five-time Emmy® recipient, has covered almost everything, from flying with the Blue Angels and being on board a Navy aircraft carrier to exposing the exclusive Disneyland Club 33, and working the front lines of southern California wildfires.
She enjoyed sharing stories that took viewers outside of their day-to-day lives. "The ones that gave them a window into something they might never see or experience, without our help," says Park.
Park taught broadcast journalism at Fresno State for several semesters after receiving her Master's Degree there in 2006. She says she has always loved education, and knew it is where she would ultimately end up.
"Sometimes, we have to make decisions not based on our own desires, but what's best for our families," Park says. "In this case, a series of events and opportunities came up that allowed us to pursue our dream of living in San Diego."
Asked what Park will miss most about working at ABC30, she said she will miss the camaraderie and building friendships "under deadlines, crappy schedules, and stressful situations."
The stress should be minimal moving forward. Park's new home in San Diego is just a few minutes away from the beach.
On the Move
Brittney Shipp joins KRON in San Francisco as a meteorologist. She leaves WCAU in Philadelphia, where she served as a weekend meteorologist since 2013.
Carina Corral rejoins KSBY in San Luis Obispo as co-anchor of the station's 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts. She leaves KSEE in Fresno, where she worked as an anchor and reporter. Prior to joining KSEE, Corral spent nine years at KSBY as a reporter and morning anchor.
Brandice Bailey joins KPIX in San Francisco as morning executive producer. She leaves KRIV in Houston, where she was nightside executive producer. Her first day is March 14.
Benjamin Ng joins KTXL in Sacramento as sales director. He leaves KCRA, where he served as national sales manager.
Ian Schwartz, weekend meteorologist and general assignment reporter for KOVR in Sacramento, joins KPHO in Phoenix as morning meteorologist.
Derek Shore, reporter for KOVR in Sacramento, joins WPLG in Miami as a general assignment reporter.
Pierre Noujain joins KXTV in Sacramento as a sports anchor and reporter. He leaves KCEN in Waco, Texas, where he served as sports director.
Cory James, joins KFSN in Fresno as a reporter. He leaves KCOY in Santa Maria, where he was a multimedia journalist.
Robin Winston has joined KRON in San Francisco as a morning traffic anchor. Previously, she was a traffic reporter for KGO Radio in San Francisco.
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On the Move
Romance on the Anchor Desk
Reno Co-Anchors Engaged (It's Not a Ratings Stunt)
By Sarah Johns
Special to Off Camera
I fell in love with Dave while wearing Depends.
It was graceless, truly. I walked out of my bathroom, and in an attempt at humor, self-consciously did a little dance to show off my adult diapers. And he replied,
That was it.
Dave and I had been dating eight months when I went into the hospital for the first time. This incident happened the afternoon I was released from that first visit. The following week, I went back into the hospital for emergency surgery - where a tumor the size of an orange was removed from my bowel.
No sh&^. Literally. That's what put me in the ER in the first place. And my stubborn-streak would've kept me out of the hospital at all, but for Dave. He insisted that I go.
That same stubborn streak severely hampered his plans for our engagement as well. Unbeknownst to me, he wanted to propose at a restaurant. The problem? He wanted to do so the night before we were leaving for Thanksgiving vacation. And I still had to pack. So here we are: I'm lining suitcases, pillows, boxes of games and food in the entryway - turn around, and what is Dave doing? Sitting on my couch watching TV.
That was it.
I was gonna wring his neck. Then he tells me to sit down on the ottoman, and starts playing a video he made: Reasons Why Sarah Should Say "Yes." Dave had all of our closest family and friends give reasons to say "yes," with one exception. His co-anchor Amanda yelled, "Nooooooo!" He provided a priceless gift for the engagement that means more than any expensive restaurant dinner could.
So, how do we make it work? He anchors Good Morning Reno and Midday. He goes to bed at
6 p.m. I anchor the
4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. shows.
By the time I get home, his snores fill the hall.
Easy. When you find a man who thinks you look sexy in adult diapers: YOU KEEP HIM.
When you find a man who knows the right time to push against or go with stubbornness: YOU KEEP HIM.
KOLO 8 News Now anchors Dave Lawrence and Sarah Johns got engaged Nov. 24, 2015. They announced it on the final day of the November book to their viewers. The competition still thinks it was a ratings stunt.
"How Lee Mendelson and Doug McConnell Changed My Life..."
TV Editor/Producer Rosenthal Offers Gratitude, Praise
Special to Off Camera
I was thrilled to attend the Gold and Silver Circle induction ceremony in San Francisco back in late October. Why? For very good reason. The two most instrumental people in my career were honored that day. Lee Mendelson, most famous as the producer of the beloved Charlie Brown network television specials, was inducted into the Gold Circle, while Doug McConnell, best known as the longtime host of KRON-TV
s Bay Area Backroads, was inducted into the Silver Circle.
gave me my start in the television business back in the mid-1970
s, while I was still in college. A filmmaking course I took out of curiosity got me completely hooked. One of my friends from high school happened to be his
son, Glenn. Thanks to that connection, the following summer, Mendelson allowed me watch he and his team edit one of their network TV documentaries, provided I was quiet and didn
t bother them.
Of course, Mendelson kept turning around and explaining things to me. The second day I was there, they needed someone to put away and keep track of trims (the little pieces of film that accumulated during the editing process as a project was refined). I was hired as assistant editor and got to work on a variety of fascinating, nationally televised projects with a group of very skilled people, not the least of whom was Mendelson.
was, and continues to be, a man of many talents. In addition to his gifts as a producer, director and writer, Mendelson is an accomplished pianist and he
s far and away the best salesman I have ever witnessed in action! (My previous job was at a furniture store, so I have some experience in this area.) Watching him on the phone with a difficult Hollywood star or a tough network executive was a sight to behold. He would invariably have them eating out of his hand by the end of the conversation.
Where Mendelson excels even more is as a boss. I cannot think of another employer who is as loyal to his employees as he is.
In my case, his loyalty extended long past my work with him. Things had slowed down a bit at Lee Mendelson Productions, at least on the non-animated side. I had managed to get some freelance work at KPIX, thanks to Mendelson
s former partner, the late, great Shelly Fay. That led, in a roundabout way, to another gig that was coming to an end.
Just then, out of the blue, I got a call from Mendelson
s son, Glenn, telling me that I should contact the producers of The World of People, a new television magazine show that was starting up. Mendelson had called them to recommend a mutual friend of ours for a research position; while he was at it, he said,
And if you need a good editor, I know a terrific one
A few weeks later, I stopped by Mendelson
s office to thank him. He asked me how it had turned out. When I told him they were still deciding, he said,
Let me call them again.
He picked up the phone right then and there.
Soon after, I had my first videotape editing job. I had only worked in film up to that point, which was the reason for the hesitation in hiring me. Mendelson definitely made the difference. He actually gave me my first AND second starts in the business!
A few years later, I was back at KPIX, editing documentaries and Evening Magazine segments, when an affable guy named Doug McConnell showed up from Seattle to take over as host of a show called Pacific Currents. He replaced Jerry Graham, who had moved over to KRON and would eventually start a local travel show called Bay Area Backroads (funny how things work sometimes!).
Thinking McConnell was completely new to the area, I started giving him tips about things to see and do. I had no idea that his knowledge of the Bay Area was encyclopedic, and he was too polite to set me straight.
The first time we worked together was when McConnell was sent to Alaska to cover the plight of two whales trapped in the ice, a story that captured the world
s attention. This was in the prehistoric days before cell phones; in order to collaborate remotely, McConnell and I had to hurriedly write a script together during the brief satellite time the station had allotted us.
I also got to work briefly as a producer on Mac & Mutley, a show about people and animals hosted by McConnell and a scuba-diving dog who looked a little like Benji. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled shortly after my debut.
n 1993, Doug followed in Graham
s footsteps once again, this time as the new host of Bay Area Backroads. I was the first producer he and Executive Producer Carl Bidleman hired.
For all of us, wandering the backroads was an absolute delight, not only for the great places we were able to visit but also for the wonderful people we got to know along the way.
set (and still sets) the standard for treating guests on his shows with warmth and respect. He comes by it easily. He is genuinely interested in people and their stories. It
s not an act. He truly is as nice as he appears on TV.
Despite several decades in the business, something that leaves many people jaded, McConnell maintains the enthusiasm of a rookie. That enthusiasm is contagious. It
s one of the things that enhanced the joy of exploring the backroads.
He is also incredibly generous with his time. I don
t think you could find anyone who hosts or participates in more charity events than McConnell. Whether it
s raising money for a summer camp for kids with life-threatening conditions or helping an environmental organization, he will be there.
Sometimes, that complicates his work life. For instance, during many of the Backroads years, Doug served as auctioneer for the annual Hospice of Marin fundraiser. Each time, his voice would be reduced to a raspy whisper for most of the following week. We had to plan our voiceover needs in advance so we got everything recorded BEFORE he ran the auction.
I had the pleasure of working with McConnell on Bay Area Backroads for 15 years. My time at Lee Mendelson Productions was much shorter. But, both men profoundly and positively affected my career and my life.
They gave me incredible opportunities. They challenged me to learn and improve and step outside my comfort zone. And they set amazing examples of how to treat others.
t have chosen two classier or more deserving people to induct into the Gold & Silver Circle.
Michael Rosenthal is currently working at KRON 4 on "BackStory", a behind the scenes look at how the news is gathered. It airs at 9:30 p.m. Sundays.
The Health Reporter
How to Ignite Your Metabolic Furnace
Your metabolism is the rate at which all the chemical reactions in your body work as a whole to create the energy you need to thrive. Think of your metabolism as the engine in your car. Sometimes it can be a high performance machine, but without good care, it can run like a slug. Here are some tips to keep your body working at optimum speed.
Signs of a Sluggish Metabolism
The most obvious signs that your metabolism has plummeted are:
- Weight gain
- Inability to lose weight despite restricting calories
- Not feeling hungry
Causes of a Deaccelerating Metabolism
The main reasons your metabolism may be slowing down:
- Age: Your metabolism is thought to slow about one to two percent per decade.
- Low percentage of muscle mass: When your muscle mass diminishes, your basal metabolic rate (the number of calories you burn while at rest) diminishes as well.
- Not eating enough food! Insufficient calories can cause you to go into "starvation mode" which can slash your metabolic rate. Severely restricting your caloric intake is one of the key reasons that diets don't work and wind up making you fatter in the end.
- Lack of exercise and physical activity: In a UC Davis study, they found that the resting metabolic rate in highly trained runners was reduced by 7 to 10 percent when daily exercise training was stopped.
- Dehydration: Your organs need water to function every day. When you don't get enough water, your organs will slow down and can eventually shut down.
- Hypothyroidism: The main purpose of the thyroid hormone is to keep your engine running. When your thyroid isn't producing enough thyroid hormone, your metabolism will slow down.
How to Preserve Your Metabolism
- Eat "real" food: For your engine to perform optimally, you need whole, unprocessed fuel.
- Eat regularly: Listen to your physiological signs of hunger.
- Strength train: Include exercises that make muscle, i.e., strength training. Muscle is more metabolically active that uses energy and burns calories while stored fat uses very little energy. In other words, people who have more lean body mass have a higher metabolism than those with more body fat. According to the Centers for Disease Control, strength training can increase your metabolic rate by as much as 15 percent.
- Move: Avoid sitting most of the day. Try to get in at least 10,000 steps per day. A 16-week Tufts University program found that strength training increased mobility in older adults with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis and decreased pain by 43 percent.
- Exercise smart: Include interval training in your exercise regimen. High-intensity interval training increases your oxygen consumption and makes your mitochondria work harder. Mitochondria are organelles within your cells that produce energy from glucose and oxygen. Also, exercises that promote good joint health, i.e., they increase your flexibility and mobility, will enable your body to move more. You'll be able to move muscles and joints through their full range of motion. Be sure to change up your exercise routine because your body, and thus your metabolism, adapts to the stresses placed on it.
- Balance activity with rest: Being physically active may burn more calories, but your body needs rest to perform optimally and to prevent injury (how active can you be if you're injured).
- Daily cold exposure: In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that two hours of daily exposure to cold (10ºC or 50ºF) increased the amount of metabolically active brown adipose tissue (BAT) or 'brown fat'. Mammals contain two types of fat (adipose tissue) - brown fat and white fat. The main function of brown fat is to transfer the energy from the food you eat into heat whereas white fat's main purpose is to store energy for when fuel is needed.
Foods that Boost Metabolism
Foods that help build muscle and offset muscle loss will help increase your metabolism which will speed up the rate at which you burn calories (and ultimately, lose weight if desired). The top seven foods include:
- Egg whites (they're loaded with protein and vitamin D)
- Clams, lean meat or iron-fortified cereal: An iron deficiency can impair muscle function, normal function of the nervous and immune systems, and can limit your work capacity during exercise.
- Milk (a good source of calcium)
- Whole grains (these foods are rich in fiber and take more effort to break down than white bread/pasta)
- Lentils (good source of fiber and iron)
- Hot peppers (think hot sauce, cayenne, red pepper flakes, and chilis). Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a chemical compound that can raise body temperature and kick up your metabolism by using up more energy. Capsaicin is likely increasing the activity of your sympathetic nervous system which activates the "fight or flight response" and the secretion of adrenaline.
- CH-19 Sweet Peppers: If you don't like the heat, capsaicin's non-spicy cousin, DCT or dihydrocapsiate, found in CH-19 sweet peppers may be equally effective for boosting metabolism according to researchers at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. Several hours after consuming the test meal in the study, energy expenditure was almost double in the group consuming the highest amount of DCT versus the placebo group. In another study at Kyoto University in Japan, CH-19 sweet peppers were found to increase body temperature and energy consumption in healthy volunteers versus those that ate Sweet California Wonder Peppers (bell peppers) which contain neither capsaicin nor capsiate.
Remember, you're not stuck with a sluggish metabolism. You may not be able to bypass the slow-mo effects of aging, but with exercise of sufficient frequency, intensity and duration, the right foods, and adequate calories, you can take control of your metabolism and stop agonizing over every calorie.
Karen Owoc is the Clinical Exercise Physiologist at a San Francisco Bay Area hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation program and former NATAS Governor. She produces/hosts "The Health Reporter," a half-hour medical program, and a series of short-format health and lifestyle TV segments. Visit her blog for more healthy living how-to's at http://TheHealthReporter.tv.
Abe Mendoza has covered it all during his years as a videographer for KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco. He has, of course, covered news for the station, but his specialty is covering sports. Always willing to greet anyone with a smile, Mendoza knows about giving back. For years, he has mentored National Association of Hispanic Journalists students, and he serves as contest director for the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association. He's also an all-around good guy.
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