May 2015
April 2015 "Off Camera":
Calendar of Events
EMMY 2015: Nominations Announced
EMMY 2015: David Louie to Receive Governors' Award
EMMY 2015: George Lang to Receive Governors' Citation; Lin, Mitchell, Nielsen, Sutton to Receive Service Medallion
San Francisco State's Legendary Dr. Stuart Hyde Dies
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles: Dr. Stuart Hyde
Richard Moore, Former KQED Chief, Dies at 95
Vince Roman, Bay Area TV News Pioneer and Former KGO-TV News Director, Dies at 90
High School Awards Judging Underway
Scholarship Recipient Continues Her Career Climb
Ann Notarangelo Leaves KPIX After 14 Years, Accepts PR Job
Changes in the Morning at KTVU: Gasia Mikaelian Joins "Mornings On 2"
New Faces on Hawaii Television
What's a Diary? Nielsen Makes Big Changes to Measure Audience
Soundbites: KNTV NBC Bay Area's Stephanie Chuang
Back in the Day: Early Days of KPIX
Where Are They Now?: John Soderman
Do You Remember?
Sacramento Photojournalist's Art Gallery
The Health Reporter: How to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind
Frank Zamacona Keeping Busy
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the board of governors




  Keith Sanders

  San José State University

Vice President, San Francisco: 

  Kevin Wing

  ABC-TV Good Morning America

  Vice President,             Sacramento: 

  Cynthia Zeiden

  Zeiden Media  

Vice President, Fresno: 

  Kim Stephens

  KMPH FOX 26 

  Vice President,             Hawaii

  Pamela Young

  KITV 4

  Vice President,             Reno: 
    Terri Russell
    KOLO 8  
  Vice President,             Smaller Markets: 
    John Odell
    CCSF Emeritus
    Jim Spalding
    Spalding & Company
  Past President:

  Javier Valencia



nationaL trustees:

Linda Giannecchini


(National Awards Chair)

Alison Gibson

Media Cool

(National 2nd Vice Chairperson)

Cynthia Zeiden

Zeiden Media

(National Program Chair)

Steve Shlisky

KTVU Channel 2  




Kent Beichley

KRON 4/Pac12

Wayne Freedman


Luis Godinez

KDTV Univision 14

Richard Harmelink


(Nominating Chair) 

Pablo Icub

KUVS Univision 19

Brian Johnson


Sean Karlin

Beyond Pix Studios

George Lang

The Big Picture

Da Lin


Terry Lowry

LaCosse Productions  

(Gold & Silver Circle Chair) 

Melissa Mapes


Joyce Mitchell

4 U Productions

David Paredes


Pat Patton


Ross Perich

Trainer Communications

Greg Rando

KTVU Channel 2

Erik Rosales


Brenda Salgado

KGMB/KHNL Hawaii News Now  

Sandy Sirias

KFTV Univision 21

Matt Skryja


Stephanie Stone


Karen Sutton


(Emmy Gala Chair)

Melanie Woodrow



committee chairs:


  Cynthia Zeiden

  Zeiden Media 


  John Catchings

  Catchings & Associates

  Linda Giannecchini

  KQED 9 


  Julie Watts

  KPIX 5


  Steve Shlisky

  KTVU Channel 2 


  Alison Gibson

  Media Cool  


  Mark Pearson

  ARC Law Group 




  Patty Zubov

  Platonic TV


execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton


Calendar of Events

June 6
2015 Northern California Area Emmy Awards at SFJAZZ Center

June 20
KGO-TV ABC7 Anchor Dan Ashley's "Rock the CASA" Benefit with Eddie Money in Walnut Creek

For more events and important dates, please visit the Chapter website at emmysf.tv.

EMMY® 2015
44th Annual Emmy ® Award Nominations Announced
Record Number of Nominees This Year;
Gala Tickets For SFJAZZ Center Now On Sale

By  Karen Sutton
Emmy® Gala Chairperson

     The 44th Annual Northern California Area EMMY® Award Nominations were announced May 6th. The Emmy® Award is presented for outstanding
achievement in television by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). San Francisco/Northern California is one of the nineteen chapters awarding regional Emmy® statuettes. Northern California is composed of media companies and individuals from Visalia to the Oregon
border and includes Hawaii and Reno, Nevada. Entries aired during the 2014 calendar year.
    This year, a record number of 761 English and 135 Spanish entries were received in 61 categories. English and Spanish language entries were judged and scored separately. A minimum of five peer judges from other NATAS chapters scored each entry on a scale from 1 to 10 on Content, Creativity and Execution. (Craft categories were judged on Creativity and Execution only).          
    The total score was divided by the number of judges. The mean score was sorted from highest to lowest in each category. The Chapter Awards Committee looked at blind scores (not knowing the category) and decided on the cut off number for nominations and recipients. The results were tabulated by the Chapter's accounting firm, Spalding and Company.
    KNTV NBC Bay Area received the highest number of nominations with 34 followed by KPIX 5 with 24 and KTVU Fox 2 with 22.
    KUVS Univision 19 topped the Spanish contest with 22 nominations. The highest number of individual nominations went to Robert Alberino, 49ers.com, with ten, followed by Bryan Yuen, KPIX 5, with eight. María Leticia Gómez and of KDTV Univision 14 topped the Spanish contest with six each. There were a total of 230 English nominations and 135 Spanish nominations. 873 Nomination Certificates will be printed and given to 518 individuals.
    The Emmy® Gala returns to a theatre setting at the new SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco on Saturday, June 6. The black tie evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and complimentary wine provided by Watts Winery. (No host bar available) The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium with reserved seating. The evening will conclude with dessert following the awards presentation. 
     Recipients of the Emmy® statuette will be escorted to the Joe Henderson Lab for red carpet photos and interviews. The evening will be a dual webcast, so family and friends can watch the stage presentation or the red carpet interviews.
     Reserved seats must be purchased in advance thru the SFJAZZ. Tickets are $80 each with a $10 discount if purchased before May 25. Go to www.emmysf.tv and click on Gala tickets to pick your seats.

To order tickets, click below:

    To read the complete list of the 2015 nominations, click below:

EMMY® 2015
Distinguished Governors' Award
Honors David Louie At Emmys®
KGO-TV ABC7 Reporter Receives Special Honor June 6

By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco

David Louie
2015 Governors' Award Honoree
      David Louie
, who, for more than four decades has worn almost every type of reporter hat for KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco, will be honored with the Governors' Award at the Northern California Area Emmy ® Awards Gala in San Francisco on June 6. 
      Louie, who joined KGO-TV in 1972, will receive the highest honor to be bestowed upon any individual by the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 
     In addition to his many years as a reporter for the station, Louie has also served as an anchor. Presently, he serves as the KGO-TV ABC7's business editor and technology reporter. He has also served as the bureau chief for the East Bay and Peninsula bureaus, business and technology editor, and financial news anchor, reporting from the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange in San Francisco. 
     In 1995, Louie was inducted into the Silver Circle for his more than 25 years of contributions to the Bay Area and northern California television industry. 
     In 1985, the Chapter honored Louie with the Governors' Service Medallion for his contributions and commitment to the Chapter and the Academy.
      Louie served as the national chairman for NATAS between 1994 and 1996, the first minority ever to be elected to that position. At one time, he was also the national president for the Asian American Journalists Association. That organization honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. 
     During his tenure as NATAS chairman, Louie launched the Academy's website, expanded a national program on media literacy for secondary school students and created a $20,000 annual scholarship program. 

EMMY® 2015
Governors' Citation To George Lang
Service Medallions to Lin, Mitchell, Nielsen, Sutton 

George Lang
2015 Governors' Citation Honoree
By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco

        George Lang, president of The Big Picture Film and Video Arts and a former, longtime KGO-TV ABC7 photojournalist, will receive the 2015 Governors' Citation at the Northern California Area Emmy® Awards Gala in San Francisco June 6. 
      In 2014, Lang was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his more than 25 years of contributions to the Bay Area and northern California television industry.
     A four-time Emmy Award honoree, Lang worked for KGO-TV from the 1970s through the 1990s. He also was honored with the George Foster Peabody Award for his work covering the civil war in Rwanda for ABC.
     But, 16 years ago, he decided to switch gears, forming his own production company, The Big Picture Film and Video Arts. 
      Lang continues to serve as the director of photography for broadcast television and commercial shoots and as the producer of corporate videos and events. 
     For the last several years, Lang has underwritten two $3,000 scholarships for the Chapter in memory of Jerry Jensen and Steve Davis, two KGO-TV colleagues. Jensen was the main co-anchor of the station's newscasts alongside Fred Van Amburg beginning in 1969, remaining until his death at age 49 in 1984. Davis was an anchor and reporter at the station for more than 20 years, from the 1970s through the 1990s.


2015 Governors' Service Medallion Honorees
From left: Da Lin, Joyce Mitchell, Anthony Nielsen, Karen Sutton


       In addition to Lang's receiving of the Governors' Citation at the Emmys on June 6, four distinguished industry professionals will be receiving the Governors' Service Medallion for their contributions and commitment to the Chapter: Da Lin, Joyce Mitchell, Anthony Nielsen and Karen Sutton.

       Three of this year's recipients -- Lin, Mitchell and Sutton -- serve as Governors on the Chapter's Board of Governors.

       Da Lin is an award-winning reporter for KPIX 5 in San Francisco, which he joined in 2012. Prior to joining the station, he was a reporter for five years at KRON 4. Lin has received numerous honors for his work, including accolades from the Bay Area Press Photographers' Association to the Northern California Radio and Television News Directors Association. 

      Joyce Mitchell is a veteran of Sacramento television, having served as a producer, special projects producer and executive producer at KCRA 3 and KOVR 13 from the 1970s through the 1990s. Presently, she owns and operates 4 U Productions in Sacramento, serving as an award-winning documentary producer. Throughout her career, she has been honored with four Emmy awards for her work, including the receiving of an Associated Press California-Nevada best documentary award for a program on teens and violence. An HIV/AIDS activist since 1986, Mitchell currently chairs the Capital City AIDS Fund, a Sacramento non-profit organization. She is committed to using television to help in raising awareness and improving and saving lives, Mitchell was inducted into the Silver Circle in 2010 for her more than 25 years of contributions to the Bay Area and northern California television industry. 

     Anthony Nielsen is the subcommittee chairperson for all of the Chapter's webcasting efforts. He got the title in 2013, but he has been the Chapter's expert, director and keeper of the webcasting equipment, with executive director Darryl Compton, for many years. Nielsen's many hours of dedication to webcasting Chapter programs has been outstanding.  Nielsen has also produced and directed NATAS national program webcasts and has traveled out of state with the equipment to produce them. Nielsen has exuded a keen professionalism and commitment to direct and webcast NATAS' program webcasts. 

     Karen Sutton is currently serving as the 2015 Emmy Gala chairperson for the Chapter. An Emmy Award-nominated executive producer with 20 years of leadership experience, Sutton has been successful in motivating teams to persevere to complete complex projects. Formerly general manager of Beyond Pix in San Francisco, where she was responsible for the company's daily operations including overseeing all personnel and departments. Prior to Beyond Pix, she was responsible for producing and directing a variety of programs at Stanford University including documentaries, PBS television series, live interactive webcasts, keynote speaker engagements and live events for high-level state, national, and international visitors. Sutton was also responsible for relocating and redeploying Stanford University's multi-camera production studio and editing facilities. She supervised all visual, technical and integration aspects to design a hybrid facility accommodating analog and digital capabilities.

"Our Teacher and Friend"
Dr. Stuart Hyde, San Francisco State's 
Broadcasting Department Founder, Dies

      Dr. Stuart Hyde, who founded and developed the Broadcast Communications Arts Department at San Francisco State University, has died. 
      Hyde, who died in April,  was kind and encouraging to anyone he came in contact with.
      One of his greatest accomplishments was founding and developing the Broadcast Communication Arts Department (BCA) at San Francisco State University, regarded as one of the most prestigious programs of its sort in the country. 
      Hyde was born in Fresno in 1923 to Anna and Henry Hyde. His wife of 63 years, Allie, a renowned Bay Area artist, died in 2012. 
Dr. Stuart Hyde, 1923-2015
      Hyde is survived by three children: Stuart Hyde, Jr., of Petaluma, John Hyde of San Leandro, Allison Hyde-Rosales of San Francisco, and four grandchildren: Sophia, Maxwell, Katy Rose and Emiliano Angel. Hyde is survived by his brother, Floyd Hyde, and was preceded in death by his brothers Delbert and Vernon Hyde. His parents were descendants of Germans who had migrated to Russia in the 1600s, subsequently immigrating to
  Fresno in the late 1800s. During World War I, his parents changed their name from Heidt to Hyde.
     Hyde grew up in Fresno, and graduated from Fresno High School in June 1941. At the outset of World War II, he worked at the Henry J. Kaiser shipyards in Richmond, later entering active service in the U.S. Navy, where he served as an officer for the duration of the war. Stuart was proud to have participated in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa on the USS Lowndes. Upon returning from the war, he attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelors degree in Theater Arts in 1948. 
    After marrying Allie Bargum in 1949, he continued his studies, receiving a Master of Arts degree in Speech and Drama in 1950, and a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature in 1953, both from Stanford University.
    A talented educator and brilliant mentor to thousands of students throughout his long career, he taught at Stanford University, University of Southern California, and San Francisco City College before choosing to teach at San Francisco State University, where he would serve as Chairperson of the BCA Department for decades.
    In 1964, devastated by the 16th Street. Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, he made it a priority and a policy of BCA Department to recruit African-American and other minority groups as professors and students into the program. In 1969, when San Francisco State was gripped by a student strike, he quelled a potential riot by delivering an eloquent speech encouraging the crowd to use non-violent methods of expression. 
    Subsequently, he and his family would receive death threats for months from the radical group known as the Weather Underground. 
    In 1970, he took on an additional challenge as a Communications teacher at San Quentin State Prison, and continued teaching there for 11 years. Being a pacifist, he considered sending his eldest son to Canada during the Viet Nam war.
    Hyde profoundly influenced radio and television broadcasting in the Bay Area and beyond, through his years of teaching and in his leadership roles at San Francisco State. He authored widely used broadcasting textbooks, including "Radio and Television Announcing' and "Idea to Script". 
    In 2012, Hyde was inducted into the Gold Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, recognizing his more than 50 years of outstanding contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area and northern California television broadcast community. In 1996, the Chapter inducted Hyde into the Silver Circle for his more than 25 years of contributions to the television industry. 
    "I am among the thousands and thousands of students who've benefited from Dr, Hyde's vision and commitment to create an educational curriculum for our industry," says Ron Louie (Silver Circle, 1997), who worked as a director at KTVU in Oakland for more than four decades, beginning in 1971. "Through him, I learned and made a career of broadcasting. I humbly say with utmost sincerity these simple but profound words, "Thank you Dr. Hyde, Thank you.""
    "Though he will long be remembered for his academic leadership, to me, Stuart's true legacy continues to be the countless students he mentored and taught throughout his life, says Linda Gianecchini (Silver Circle, 1997), who went on to work as a producer and director at KQED in San Francisco. "We were the fortunate ones who were blessed to know him and call him our teacher and friend."
    A memorial in honor of Stuart Hyde's life is planned for June.
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles


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(Editor's Note: Gold & Silver Circle Profiles is taking a summer break after this month. As the series begins its ninth year as an Off Camera feature, its next installment returns with a spotlight on Dick Robertson (Silver Circle, 1988; Gold Circle, 2005) in September and a feature on Lee Mendelson (Silver Circle, 1988) in October.)



       This month, to honor the memory of Dr. Stuart Hyde, who passed away last month, Off Camera is featuring more about his life and career.

       Hyde, who was inducted into the Silver Circle in 1996, and the Gold Circle in 2012, of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was chair of San Francisco State University's Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) department from 1958 to 1981, and was the primary driver behind BECA's rise to national prominence as a pre-eminent electronic media degree program.

       Hyde grew up in Fresno and was drawn to not only radio and film, but also the theatre, creating and performing in radio plays throughout high school. During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy, serving stints at Iwo Jima and taking part in the invasion of Okinawa. After the war, Hyde earned degrees from UCLA and Stanford, and he then began teaching.

       He taught drama and broadcasting courses at City College of San Francisco, University of Southern California, and Stanford, before finally landing at San Francisco State as head of what would become the BECA department.

       In addition to college, Hyde taught media performance courses pro-bono at San Quentin Prison for eleven years, and he says he learned from his students at San Quentin about the potential of audio and video as tools of change.

       Through the years, students say Hyde genuinely enjoyed teaching, cared about his students, and was dedicated to their learning. Even in retirement, Hyde kept in touch with former students to advise and counsel them.

       In 1959, Hyde wrote his first book, Television and Radio Announcing, which sold more than 150,000 copies and has undergone several updates and revisions. It continues to be a pivotal and important book in today's learning environment. He also wrote Idea to Script, focused on writing for radio and television.

       Hyde was a member of the Broadcast Legends and was also inducted in to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.


     Kevin Wing is a San Francisco-based producer for ABC News' "Good Morning America". He is also regional vice president, representing San Francisco, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and serves as editor of "Off Camera". Tweet Kevin @KevinWingABC


Richard Moore, Former KQED Chief, Dies at 95
Illustrious Career Also Included Radio, Dancing, Poetry

By James Scalem
Special to Off Camera

        Richard Moore, an influential public broadcasting pioneer in northern California and Minnesota, died March 25 at his home in The Redwoods retirement community in Mill Valley. 

        Moore was 95.  

        Although widely known as a veteran public broadcaster and respected filmmaker, Moore was also a poet. He died two days before publication of his final book of poetry, Particulars of Place.

        Moore's long and eclectic career in public broadcasting began in 1949 when he co-founded KPFA-FM in Berkeley, with Eleanor McKinney and fellow pacifist Lewis Hill. KPFA was the first station in what became the non-commercial Pacifica Radio network, which also includes WBAI in New York City.   

In front of the camera
Richard Moore, left, conducting an interview

 In 1954, Moore was hired as one of the original employees of KQED in San Francisco, beginning as membership director and backup announcer to Bill Triest, another former KPFA staff announcer. Broadcasting on Channel 9, KQED was one of the very first non-commercial educational television stations in the country.

      Moore joined KQED's founding fathers -- General Manager Jim Day and Program and Production Director Jonathan Rice to present a varying array of mostly live, locally produced programs ranging from The Home Handyman and Japanese Brush Painting to Profile Bay Area and The Scotch Gardener.   

      At KQED, Moore went on to become an accomplished television producer, writer, and director. He eventually founded its documentary film unit, which was responsible for creating over 100 films funded and distributed by PBS's predecessor, National Educational Television. Films included were Take This Hammer, an exploration of racism which followed author-activist James Baldwin on a visit to San Francisco in the early 1960s; Love You Madly, a profile of Duke Ellington, soon followed by Ellington's Concert of Sacred Music, recorded at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral; and 

The Messenger from Violet Drive, a portrait of the African-American religious leader Elijah Muhammad

      One of the first films Moore made at KQED was Photography: The Incisive Art with Ansel Adams. Phil Greene had been a student of Adams at the San Francisco Art Institute and had recently joined the KQED film unit. Greene eventually teamed with Moore and editor-photographer Irving Saraf as the key members of Moore's prolific and creative team. 

     Greene, now 87, looks back fondly when he and Moore teamed up.

     "We got along famously right from the start, about 1960. He was an unusual guy, so sharp and insightful, so aware, yet quiet and unassuming with hugely meaningful values. At heart he was a poet, and a delightful human being."

     Moore also produced an outdoor ballet in Ghirardelli Square, Assemblage. Also, during the 1960s, Moore teamed with San Francisco Chronicle jazz critic Ralph J. Gleason to produce the first jazz performance series in the history of American television. Thirty-one half-hour performance-interview programs were taped in the old KQED studios at 4th and Bryant streets and shown nationally on NET, the predecessor to PBS, under the series title, Jazz Casual.

     Featured artists included John Coltrane. Moore directed this legendary performance, the only United States appearance ever made by Coltrane.

     In the late 1960s, Moore succeeded Jim Day to become KQED's second president when Day went to New York to put WNET on the air. That surprised colleagues like Catherine Allen, then a secretary in the KQED film unit and now a senior executive producer at Twin Cities Public TV.  To her, Moore "had always seemed like the consummate artist and intellectual. But, he was also someone with organizational and leadership skills. And more important, he could move easily from one world to the other."

    It was during Moore's KQED leadership that the station premiered a nightly local news program that eventually changed the face of how local news was presented, including newscasts on commercial television. Spawned by a San Francisco newspaper strike, the KQED Newsroom aired on weeknights and was anchored by Mel Wax, a former Chronicle City Hall reporter. 

Friends and colleagues
James Scalem, right, with Richard Moore

    The broadcast featured a group of reporters, hired mostly from the Bay Area local print media, who told their stories to Wax and to the viewers as they sat around a horseshoe-shaped table. Newsroom became the most-watched local series in KQED history. 

    Moore left KQED in 1972 and formed an independent production company, PTV Inc., with Lawrence Grossman, who became a PBS president. Moore focused on literary themes with his 1975 series, The Writer in America, profiling authors like Toni Morrison and Eudora Welty.

    In 1981, Moore became head of national programming at KTCA, a public television station in Minneapolis. In 1983, he became its third general manager. The next year, he began a campaign to fund new headquarters and studios in downtown St. Paul. Those facilities, which still house TPT, "were Dick's lasting legacy," says Jim Pagliarini, station president. Moore retired from TPT in 1990 at the age of 70, soon after the building was completed.

    At the time, Moore reflected on public TV and radio, program production, and his tenure at all three stations. 

    "There's a big difference between breadth of vision and running a public television station," he said. "KPFA, and to a lesser extent KQED, were simply a means of exercising one's interest in many things, the arts and public affairs particularly. That's a very different attitude from most managers who don't think in programming terms, or are not qualified, frankly, not having the educational or intellectual background, to say nothing of the openness of mind or curiosity. Translating broad visions into programming was very much a presence at KPFA and KQED in their early days."

    Moore retired to northern California, where he continued to write and publish poetry.  His work appeared in literary journals, several privately published chapbooks, and in his books, Writing in the Silences, published in 2010, and Particulars of Place, published this year. 

     Born in 1920 in Ohio, Moore's mother died of tuberculosis in the early 1930s, and he was left in foster care in Los Angeles while his father looked for work during the Depression. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, in 1939, but was expelled for his anti-war activities. He later completed his bachelors degree there.

    Moore was a member, with Kenneth Rexroth, of the original circle of avant-garde poets that came to be known as the San Francisco Renaissance. Moore was also a ballet dancer for several years.

    He was preceded in death by his wives, Eleanor and Ruth. He is survived by daughter Flinn Moore Rauck and her husband. John Rauck; son David Moore and wife Kathryn Shanley; daughter Lisa Moore Nardini and husband Paulo Nardini; son Michael Moore and wife Janet Tumpich; son Anthony Moore and fiancée Mary Thorsen; and son Aran Moore and wife Denise Lamott. Moore is also survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  


     James Scalem is a former KQED producer and program manager and a former PBS vice president of fundraising programming. Scalem was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1989. He was inducted into the Chapter's Gold Circle in 2014. 


Vince Roman, Bay Area TV News Pioneer, 90
Former KGO-TV News Director Hired in 1951, Stayed 37 Years

        Vince Roman, a Bay Area television pioneer and one of the first news directors in San Francisco, has died.

        Roman was 90 years old when he died April 29 in Belmont. 

        Roman went to work for KGO-TV in 1951, became news director and remained with the ABC station for 37 years until he retired. He and his partner, Sam Rolph, co-founder of Hillbarn Theatre, bought a house on San Juan Boulevard in Belmont in 1956 and remained there until some time after Rolph died in 2006. They also had homes at Lake Tahoe and on the north shore of Kauai. For the past five years, Roman lived at Sunrise Assisted Living in Belmont.
       Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Roman served as a B-24 radio operator in the 8th Air Force during World War II and flew 13 missions before the war ended. He was mustered out at March Air Force Base in Riverside.
       Roman told friends that he liked the warm weather and decided to remain in California. He parlayed his wartime experience in radio technology into a job in the new world of television. He started by delivering them; then he heard that KGO-TV was hiring and made the jump to TV news.
       Roman rented a room on the Peninsula. When his landlady heard he was interested in community theater, she sent him to Hillbarn where he met Rolph.
       Eventually, his mother and father, both Lithuanian immigrants, and his sister and her husband joined him on the Peninsula.
       He outlived most of his Roman kin, but is survived by Rolph's nephew, Mike Venturino of Belmont, a good friend who managed his affairs.
       Friends will gather to celebrate Roman's life from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Congregational Church of Belmont, 751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont. 

      In lieu of flowers, donations to the Homeless Cat Network, P.O. Box 6, San Carlos, CA 94070, or the Peninsula Humane Society, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, are suggested. 

Silver Circle 2013

Save The Date! 

 Gold & Silver Circle 
Annual Induction Luncheon will be held on
  Saturday, October 24, 2015
Parc 55 San Francisco, a Hilton Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco

It's Award Season... For All Ages
Chapter's High School Awards Judging Underway

By Steve Shlisky

Chapter Education Chairperson


       The Emmy® name is as golden as its shimmering shade. Our NATAS awards are an important symbol of personal excellence in local video media.  

       High school and college students can share in this glimmer. 

       Every spring our local chapter sponsors college scholarships and recognizes high school students and outstanding high school programs.

       Judging is currently underway for this year's High School Awards. The 2015 program reveals a rise in entries from previous years. Videos come from over a dozen schools in northern California and Hawaii. The thirteen program and craft categories include news programs and individual news stories to animation, music videos and long-form fiction. Volunteer judges from the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences score entries in a similar fashion to our local Emmy® Award. Each judge gives a one to ten rating in each of three areas, Content, Creativity and Execution.

       Look for an announcement next month identifying the top scoring "Awards of Excellence" and high achieving "Awards of Merit" on our website: http://emmysf.tv/foundation.html.

       As this year's high school awards finish running their course, it will be time to judge then distribute college students with scholarships. There is $16,000 available this year for talented young broadcasters.

       The Chapter sponsors seven awards: five $2000 scholarships and two $3000 scholarships. Each award is named for former NATAS members who have honored our chapter.

       Four are memorial scholarships: 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 remains active in our Chapter: The Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship.

       The Big Picture's George Lang, will generously underwrite two $3,000 scholarships, that would be awarded to one outstanding graduate and one outstanding undergraduate student.

       These scholarships memorializes two former Lang co-workers and KGO-TV journalists: Jerry Jensen, who co-anchored KGO-TV newscasts from 1969 until his death in 1984; and Steve Davis, an anchor and reporter at the station for more than 20 years throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

       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 must 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 meets to decide the recipient in each category. The committee can award or not award a scholarship for each category.

      The deadline for submissions is Saturday, June 19, so if you know of any qualified college students, please let them know about these awards or send them this link: http://emmysf.tv/graduate.html

      The scholarships will be presented during this year's Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon event on Oct. 24. 

       For more information, visit http://emmysf.tv/silver-circle.html

      The Chapter awards these scholarships to encourage individuals who demonstrate leadership and talent in advancing the artistic, cultural, educational and technical qualities of television.


NATAS Scholarship Recipient's Aspiration
Energetic and Ambitious, Taylor Mosley Pursues Career Dreams


By Steve Shlisky

Chapter Education Chairperson


        We all understand the struggle: transition from an amateur, financially strapped college student to professional, wage earner in your desired field. For the young and energetic Taylor Mosley that professional pursuit is close to reality.

        Mosley, The Steve Davis Memorial Overall Undergraduate Scholarship recipient in 2012, recently landed an entry level position with NATAS Governor George Lang's production house The Big Picture.

Taylor Mosley
Going for her dreams in a big way

    Mosley explained that: "After I won my award, it was still hard to know how to jump start my career."  Lang first witnessed Mosley's work as a member of the Education Committee and a judge deciding the 2012 NATAS scholarship recipients. Lang says she "Is across the board extremely disciplined in both editorial editing, working on shooting, and audio." This position for Mosley fits right in with her current trajectory: "(George) has become a great mentor to me and his dedicated staff have begun to teach me the ropes of video production."

        At the Big Picture, Mosley works in all aspects of professional production: "Getting gear ready for a shoot, running sound or a second camera, sending call sheets, conducting research, making the office neat for incoming clients, answering phones, stocking office supplies." She also works as an assistant editor: "I organize files, back up media projects, prepare editing projects for the lead editor, and sometimes make edits myself." For Lang, Mosley's addition fits nicely into production family: "Her demeanor is amazing she brings an energy and light to the company that affects everyone."

       Mosley did not arrive at The Big Picture tabula rasa. She received high marks as a student attending Laney College's Media Communication Department (Laney is one of four schools in the Peralta Community College District in the East Bay). Laney Professor Marla Leech, has worked closely with Mosley both as an instructor and as an advisor: "Each class she took with me, she excelled in all arenas: organizational, production, team work, and follow through. She was President of the Media Club for two years and did an outstanding job overseeing the Laney Reel Media Festival." 

      I have witnessed Mosley's learning curve as well. A top student in both my Sound Design and Beginning Video Production classes, I witnessed firsthand how she embraced the learning of new software, natural production capabilities, and willingness to both crew and direct crew on school projects. Once she understood a production technique or an editing tool, she would help other classmates get up to speed. Mosley says her Laney experience helped teach her: "The basics of production, editing, and how I naturally function in a group setting. My experiences at Laney have left me with some great friends, supportive community, and helped me discover what I was good at and eventually, wanted to do."

      Her Laney experience and The Steve Davis Scholarship drove Mosley's purchase of production equipment: "Before I owned my camera, it was much harder to understand aperture, ISO, shutter speed, white balance plus all the different types of lens but, once I owned a DSLR, I was really able to practice composing shots and learn from my mistakes. "

      Armed with her new equipment she worked as a freelance videographer on low budget productions: "They were great experiences while I was still understanding and learning the basics of production but, they didn't help make ends meet by themselves."

      Employment at The Big Picture has helped Moseley's career more than economically. She has been able to work toward her professional dream: "I have always loved television, it is very nostalgic for me, and I believe now is a great time to be producing scripted television, especially as an African-American woman. I like the idea of producing short films because they are a great stepping stone to possibly producing feature films."

     For those who teach media, Mosley's transition is the kind of school-to-career arc they wish for every student. Mosley says "I believe that my time at The Big Picture and having George Lang as a boss and mentor will raise my abilities and help me grow toward my goals." Lang summarizes the ultimate outcome "If students like Taylor are our industry's future we are in great shape!!"

KPIX's Ann Notarangelo Leaves Station
Longtime Anchor/Reporter Joined S.F.'s CBS Station in 2001

       Ann Notarangelo , the longtime anchor and reporter at KPIX 5, the CBS O&O in San Francisco, has left the station.
Ann Notarangelo
Left KPIX 5 in April
     Her last day there was April 26.
      Notarangelo, a Bay Area native who joined KPIX in 2001, had been working as the station's weekend evening anchor for the last several years, in addition to reporting during the week.
      The veteran Bay Area television journalist not only left KPIX, she is changing professions.
      Beginning May 11, she becomes the media relations manager for the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department. 
      "For the last 14 years, I've had the good fortune of living out my childhood dream, to anchor and report for the TV station I grew up watching," Notarangelo says. "My mother taught me to enjoy the journey. Now, the time has come to pursue new dreams; they include more time with my family and working for my community more directly."
KTVU Anchor Changes At Mornings On 2
Veteran Gasia Mikaelian Moves to Morning Anchor Desk 

         With longtime morning news anchor Tori Campbell's announcement in earl y April that she
Gasia Mikaelian
New "Mornings On 2" Anchor
is leaving Oakland's KTVU FOX 2 on June 19 after more than 19 years at the Mornings On 2 anchor desk, the station has announced that evening anchor Gasia Mikaelian will move to the station's long-running morning broadcast beginning June 22, joining co-anchor Dave Clark
         Mikaelian is celebrating her 10th anniversary with the station. She joined KTVU in 2005. She currently anchors the station's 5 p.m. newscast and its 7 p.m. broadcast on sister station KICU 36.
         Campbell joined the station in April 1996 as its then-new co-anchor of Mornings On 2, with Frank Somerville. Somerville now anchors KTVU's 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.
          Mornings On 2, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary on the air next January, recently expanded to begin 30 minutes earlier. It now airs between 4 and 9 a.m. weekdays. 
Aloha to New Faces on Hawaii Television
Taryn Hatcher, Francesca Weems Working in "Paradise"

      Hawaii News Now has two new additions to its sports department lineup.
Taryn Hatcher
Hawaii News Now
      Taryn Hatcher has joined Hawaii News Now as a sports anchor and reporter. 
      Hatcher, 22, was working as a sideline reporter for Big Ten Network prior to arriving in Hawaii. She also worked as a sports intern at Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia and CBS in New York. She graduated last December from Rutgers University. 
      While on the East Coast, she began WRSU Sports, then moved on to RVision, where she covered football, soccer and basketball. 
      Francesca Weems is currently a sports anchor and reporter for Hawaii News Now. Weems joined the station in March after working as a sports anchor and reporter for Mississippi News Now, where she covered collegiate teams from the SEC, Conference USA and SWAC.
Francesca Weems
Hawaii News Now

     She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, she was a member of the track and field team competing in the 400 meters, 800 meters and 1600 meter relay.  

     Weems, 29, says she takes pride in being able to provide viewers with the angle of a student-athlete in her reports and productions.  

     At one time, Weems' ambition brought her to work at ESPN, Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, Comcast Hometown Network and at Bay Area stations KTVU FOX 2, KPIX 5 and KGO-TV ABC7, where she worked part-time. 

     Eventually, she moved to WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi, prior to moving to Hawaii earlier this year. 


Audience Measurements' Big Changes in Fresno, Reno

By Kim Stephens
Chapter Vice President, Fresno

        Goodbye diaries, hello code readers. Nielsen is making some big changes that start in the Fresno and Reno markets this November.

        Fresno and Reno are two of 14 medium-sized markets in the country that will receive ratings information from code reader boxes that are being installed on television sets right now. The code reader boxes are said to be about the size of a Roku set top box.  

        But, instead of getting the ratings info to stations overnight, like in bigger markets, these code readers will send out information every 30 days.

        These 14 markets are the first of the 154 being converted: Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, Calif. (123), Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, Wash. (122), Traverse City-Cadillac, Mich. (118), Reno, Nev. (107), Charleston, S.C. (95), Madison, Wis. (82), Paducah, Ky.-Cape Girardeau, Mo. (81), Tucson (Sierra Vista), Ariz. (71), Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich. (70), Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola (Fort Walton), Fla. (59), Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (58), Fresno-Visalia, Calif. (54), Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Pa. (45),  Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (DMA 40). 


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(Editor's Note: Soundbites is taking a summer vacation after this month. It will return in the September issue of Off Camera.)



Stephanie Chuang, one of the Bay Area's newest general assignment reporters, has been working at KNTV NBC Bay Area in San Jose for the last three years. She's an East Bay gal, having lived in Pleasanton early in her childhood, and then in Fremont, where she has spent the majority of her life. Stephanie and I realized that we graduated from the same high school in Fremont. Go Mission San Jose Warriors! Now, take a few minutes to learn more about one of the Bay Area's rising stars of television news. 


Where did you grow up? 

I was born and raised in the Bay Area, some of my childhood spent in Pleasanton but the majority of my life I was in Fremont.


What was it like growing up in Fremont?

I loved it! I grew up in the Mission San Jose neighborhood which has a great mix of old and new. The world-famous church (MSJ) is gorgeous and rich with history. In fact, it's been featured in commercials and of course, is a very popular wedding venue.  Beyond all that, I certainly loved the people. I had extended family living just minutes away and cousins who went to the same schools I did, so that only heightened my Fremont experience. Fremont is a unique city because it's rather large but has been a bit slow to adapt to the change. That's why I am so happy that city leaders have taken so many steps to update our "downtown" area and create an area that will be attractive to people outside of Fremont residents, similar to how Mountain View was able to establish a wonderful restaurants and retail destination along Castro Street. To be completely honest, I also never felt like a minority growing up in that neighborhood where there were so many other Asian Americans. I believe there was some negative with this in that I didn't experience true diversity. Ultimately, though, I think not having to grow up feeling like a real "minority" helped me grow my confidence earlier on.


Since you and I went to the same high school in Fremont - the one and only Mission San Jose High ("Go Warriors!!") - I have to ask if you wrote for the school newspaper, "The Smoke Signal". Doesn't Mission now have its own TV department, too? We never had that back in the old days.

First: woohoo, go Warriors! ;) Incidentally, I have colleagues who are connected to MSJHS, including our 5 p.m. newscast producer and the wife of one of our assignment editors! I absolutely wrote for "The Smoke Signal" for two years. As a junior, I was a reporter and my last year I was the editor for the Entertainment section. I actually have my teacher and "Smoke Signal" advisor, Mr. Brunak, to thank for my attendance at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. I had never even heard of the school prior to his mention of it. I am not positive about MSJHS having its own TV department but I remember a friend one year below me had tried to start one my senior year. It was incredibly ambitious and if there was ever a school to support an endeavor like that, it would be Mission. It's true that there are so many more resources for students nowadays, but there also seems to be a much higher level of expectation in terms of achievement!


Do you have siblings? Please tell me about your family life.

I have a younger sister named Christina who is almost six years my junior. She is my best friend, though it wasn't always this way. With such a significant age difference I never quite considered her a peer until she was a senior in high school. I remember she made an observation and I thought, "Wow, that's brilliant. I guess I could learn from her!" Haha. She is absolutely wonderful!

I'm also blessed to have the best parents a girl could ask for. I know people tend to say things like that but it is true. My father, Kevin, and mother, Fiona, are a rare and special mix of intelligence, soft hearts, logic and considerateness. They also allowed me to always carve my own future and find my own way without adding pressure to the mix. They know me well - I put enough pressure on myself to stress out way too much - and only offer me support and advice (and even then, only when solicited).


When did you first realize that you wanted to work in television?  

I made the final decision to pursue broadcast journalism my sophomore year at Medill when the school requires you to choose a track: broadcast, print or magazine; however, the seed was planted when my family had a meal with my father's friend who had become a CNN financial reporter after working as a finance journalist for Fortune.  He showcased his "on-air" voice and talked about the job. That was in either junior high or high school and the first time I even considered TV news.


Where was your first job in TV?

Technically, my first on-air paid job was in the Salinas-Monterey-Santa Cruz market at KSBW (Hearst-owned).  However, I spent three months (my Fall Quarter junior year) as an on-air one-man-band reporter in Topeka, Kansas. It was part of Medill's "Teaching Media" program and I have to say, one of the best experiences of my life. I made friends, a couple of whom remain very close to me, and went to places I never imagined I'd go to!


How long have you worked at NBC Bay Area?\

Three years now, and they have gone by very quickly!


Who has inspired you in your career? 

Wow, this one is very tough. My mentors have all inspired me because they are all incredibly intelligent, driven and caring people who've managed to remain grounded through the years. I think the fact that they've improved their craft, attained such a great deal of success but have also maintained humility is impressive. They've set the bar high - a bar that has now motivated me to work as hard as I can to also reach.


Who has inspired you as a person? 

This will sound hackneyed but it's true: my parents. My dad is the smartest person I know. He also has a very high emotional intelligence quotient along with the ability to quickly connect the dots logically in any situation. It's incredible. My mom is an amazing woman: so considerate with the biggest heart. They both know what's important in life, what not to dwell on, and passed that along to me and my little sister. I am indebted to them for the best childhood anyone could have ever asked for. I hope to repay them in the future J (very soon).


What's your favorite ice cream flavor?

I can't have only one! There are several including Haagan Daaz Strawberry and Baskin Robbins Pralines N' Cream. Also...mint chocolate chip J.


How do you spend your weekends?

Outdoors! I love being in San Francisco and in the Bay Area, in general. Living so close to the Embarcadero and the water makes it near impossible not to venture outdoors and soak in the rays. I also love reading, something that I used to do so much of when I was younger and then stopped when I was in college.  Spending time with family and friends is one of my top priorities. If I can combine that with my love for discovering new culinary gems, my dream has pretty much come true.


Perfect dinner? 

Honestly, anything my mom makes. Not only is her food amazing, those dishes pick me up and drop me back into my childhood. The memories are endless when it comes to that dinner table!


Any guilty pleasures? 

Sugar, unfortunately! But, I'm doing a better job cutting down the intake.


Do you play any sports?

I used to play soccer but that's much tougher to attempt now. I am trying to get my golf swing back!


What do you do to stay healthy and in shape?

I have started to use my gym at my apartment at least a couple times a week. I also love SoulCycle (essentially spinning to hip hop and a lot of positive shouting from the instructor) and walking around the city.


What do you do to relax?  

Besides eating, which is now obviously one of my all-time favorite activities), I love discovering new places like art exhibits, parks and hiking spots in and around San Francisco.


How many Emmys have you won through the years?

Unfortunately none but I was nominated my second year entering (last year). I actually forgot about the deadline for this year, but I did join one entry with some colleagues!


What's your favorite kind of story to report on?

Human interest - anything that entails telling someone's story. This is why I got into this business. Unfortunately, juggling special projects with my early morning schedule has proven to be fairly difficult. I try to do what I can in a short amount of time with the ultimate objective of storytelling.


What's your favorite TV show?  

It's no longer on, but The Office will forever be one of my favorites!


Personality-wise, are you more of a goof than you are serious?!  

YES! Total goofball, but only those super close to me get a glimpse of that ;).


What's your favorite magazine to read?

I actually really love Vanity Fair. It offers both the light reads on fashion and "non-essentials," but it also features great writing by people like Sebastian Junger.


If you could do it all over again, is there anything you would change about your life? 

Absolutely not. Admittedly, I have lived a very blessed life!


Any words of wisdom for the next generation of television journalists?

YES. First and foremost, identify whether TV news will be that outlet for you and your passion. We know that this industry quickly weeds out those who are in it or pursuing it for the wrong reasons (glamour, "fame," etc.). This is not a quick route back to your hometown, especially not if you're like me and from a place like the Bay Area. It's going to be trying time and time again, with pay that is likely the most embarrassing out of your group of friends (at least in the beginning), and a schedule that will challenge your ability to chase a social life. However, do not let others tell you not to pursue it, at least not because it's changing. It's true that it is very difficult to imagine how TV news will retain, much less grow, its audience as most and more people turn to the internet for the news. As long as you adapt and move along with the times, you'll realize that it's still fine. Also, it's hard to strike the right balance between having a positive attitude and knowing how/when to draw your limits so you don't burn yourself out. And very importantly: identify those you respect the most, those from whom you believe you could learn the most, and connect with them as much as possible. Having the right mentors becomes incredibly critical, trust me on this!


Favorite music? What's in your iPod (if you have one) or collection of CDs?

\My favorite music hails from junior high and high school, which was hip hop and R&B! Love me some Boyz II Men.


Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer?

Wine tasting! Beer is great, too, but makes me feel too full.


Favorite spot in the Bay Area?

This will sound so cheesy, but home! Being with my family is the best feeling in the world.


Favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?

Again, too tough to answer with just one, but I can name a few! The longtime go-to is Le Papillon in San Jose which is the most consistently yummy French joint I've ever frequented (my family's been going since I was little). I love Sushi Ran in Sausalito for the fresh fish and unique flavors, as well as Iyasare in Berkeley (uni risotto anyone?).



     Kevin Wing is a San Francisco-based producer for ABC News' "Good Morning America". He is also regional vice president, representing San Francisco, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and serves as editor of "Off Camera". Tweet Kevin @KevinWingABC

Back in the Day
The Early Days of San Francisco's KPIX

By John Odell

Chapter Secretary


        Last month, I told you about a special feature of Studio "A" at 2655 Van Ness Avenue -- the garage door that allowed them to roll cars right on to the set for live advertisements during the KPIX newscast. There was another special feature of that studio --

"The Bohrman Blast"
High-capacity blower to cool a perspiring Stan Bohrman (not seen) on set. Sitting in is Chris Strand

a device called "The Bohrman Blast."

        KPIX's weekday anchor in the late 1970s, Stan Bohrman, was fond of good food and beverages, enjoyed between the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. 

        But, he also suffered from what I'll call the "Albert Brooks Disease" from the 1987 movie, Broadcast News -- excessive perspiration.  

       In an era before full-spectrum fluorescents and other modern lighting technology, the incandescent studio spots emitted a ton of heat, and air conditioning was a major necessity. 

       Bohrman, however, needed something more specific, especially at eleven. 

       So, the engineers rigged up a high capacity blower aimed directly at his face, and it quickly earned the moniker "The Bohrman Blast." (After Bohrman was replaced by Dave McElhatton, he went to Philadelphia, where, in 1980, he was involved in a then-famous videotaped verbal confrontation with former Philadelphia police commissioner and Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo. Both men are long gone, but the video lives on.) Click here to Check it out. It's a classic.

      One of the really special aspects of starting a career in television in this era was that you got to work with folks who had been there from the beginning. One of those men was Howard Yuen, who had served as an Army electronics tech in the Second World War. (He told me he had once scared some soldiers in the Presidio, who thought he was Japanese.) Yuen was on hand when KPIX turned its transmitter on in 1948, and had some great stories to tell as he taught me the intricacies of Master Control.

KPIX Master Control, 1978
John Pardini at the controls

     KPIX was first housed in an attic suite of the Mark Hopkins Hotel, above the "Tonga Room." The audio editing equipment was perched on a board straddling the bath tub. They often had trouble with the take-up on the early film projectors, and would have to deal with a large tangled ball of film lying on the floor. 


     Making sure the end was firmly affixed to the take-up reel, open a window and throw the ball out! 

     The San Francisco winds would straighten it, and you could reel it in with ease.

     Yuen was the daytime Master Control Operator, and John Pardini ran it in the evenings. 

      Walt Stewart (not the courtroom artist) taught me how to fine-tune an Ampex VR-2000. I owe a lot to those guys, and to Rod Macaluloy, who taught me electronics maintenance. 

      What I gleaned from them got me off the

Preparing the weather forecast
Christine Craft in studio

graveyard shift and on to a schedule where worked videotape, ran Master Control, and did maintenance.

      Studio sets were pretty primitive in those days.                   Christine Craft had to arrange the fronts and temperatures on her weather board using magnetized pieces.

    This was before the advent of the Chyron and other electronic graphics generators. 

     Credits were done with superimposed slides, and here's mine from the early days of the Evening Magazine show.

     Speaking of Evening Magazine, I will, in a future installment, tell you about the 1976 premiere of that ground-breaking program.


Where Are They Now?
Soderman Anchored News in Fresno in 1990s

By Kim Stephens
Chapter Vice President, Fresno

       When was the last time a gang member came up to you and told you to watch out and pretended to shoot you?! That happened to John Soderman during his time as main 10 o'clock news anchor at KMPH FOX 26. 

       Even a Central Valley police chief was worried for the anchorman's safety because of the way he and the news team reported crime stories in the mid-1990s.

       "It was the most gratifying job in my career," Soderman says today, looking back. "We delivered the news the way people talked about it."

       Here are a few examples from a newscast during that time:

       "Tonight, gunfire in a drug deal gone bad. But, wait. When does a drug deal go good?"

Back in the day at KMPH
John Soderman with co-anchor Janet Stoll, who is now the public information officer for the Clovis Police Department. 


       "Tonight 5 punks are in jail, involved in yesterday's gang shooting."

       Soderman recently told me over the phone that this phrasing came about during an editorial meeting. The news staff was talking about the stories to cover that night amidst a really bad crime problem in Fresno. With the support of the station's then-news director, Roger Gadley, they decided to call out gang members.


    "We would also highlight stories of people standing up to the criminals -- even lead with those stories to laud people's bravery," Soderman proudly reminisces. He fondly remembers consultants questioning the use of 'punks,' and 'thugs.' Then, years after huge Ten o'clock News ratings, he got calls from consultants asking for advice.

      These days, Soderman works at KUSI in San Diego. He has quite the impressive resume. He left his home in New Jersey after high school to join the Marines. He played minor league baseball with the Angels and the A's.

      "I always wanted to get into news," he says. So, while he worked on getting a TV job, he became a police officer in Tustin, in Orange County. His first break in news came in Redding. That was followed by Reno, Beaumont, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Denver, Los Angeles, and currently, San Diego.  

      Soderman worked at KMPH FOX 26 from 1990 to 1996, but still, to this day, people will come up to him on the street in San Diego remembering those days in Fresno.  

      "It was the best time in my career."


Do You Remember?

Name the TV Show, Station, Talent & name of the spaceship
 Hint: the talent is a Silver Circle member.

Last month, we asked you about this photo:

The correct answers are: KRON's Science in Action.
Host: Dr. Earl S. Herald  (front, holding snake's head)  
Producer: Dr. Benjamin Draper (Governors' Award 1974) (3rd from back)

Veteran KVIE Photojournalist Opens the Door to Art


By Joyce Mitchell

Chapter Governor, Sacramento


       Art gallery to art gallery, Sacramento KVIE Public Television Photographer Martin Christian is  igniting a passion that grabbed his soul about six years ago. Christian has been working at KVIE for fifteen years as Director of Photography. While in college before branching out into television, Christian  studied still photography. Recently, he's been returning to those roots doing a most soulful and creative one-man still photography art show called Doors of Sacramento.

      "Something happened six or seven years ago and I rediscovered my real love for still photography," Christian said. "I found that passion again and that's where the doors came in during that rebirth. I had been doing still photography for myself. Then, I found I really wanted to start sharing things with people. I decided it was time to put myself out there with the doors."

      In the fast-changing landscape of the downtown area, the endeavor captures and documents historic architecture. The artistic and color saturated exhibit in some cases raises haunting questions of the past, often leaving people wondering about who and why they crossed the threshold of these Sacramento doors.

      The work has been overwhelmingly embraced by the community. "The reaction has been wonderful," Christian said. "I've sold a handful of photographs at one show. I just moved to yet another show and sold three in the first week. And I've been asked for yet another show.  I think I've found something that people respond to."

      Christian started his TV career in Maryland while studying at Salisbury University. "I saw an ad for a Friday night football shooter and because I knew how to use a still camera pretty well I thought I could use a television camera," Christian said. He was given the chance and taught himself how to use a three-quarter-inch camera. The stars aligned and he soon became weekend sports photographer at ABC station WMDT.

      "Salisbury University was perfectly situated for people in college because it was located near a TV station in a very small market," Christian said. "It was an ideal place to go to start your television career. I didn't know that at the time. I just sort of fell into it."

      From Salisbury, Christian made a couple of jaunts to TV stations in Reno but  was especially drawn to ABC's KXLY in Spokane, Washington for its excellence in photography. While working there, he experienced fireworks in learning and love. "I literally went there to learn how to take my story telling to the next level and ended up falling in love with one of my producers."

      Wedding bells rang for the couple ten years ago. Christian and his wife, Karen, relocated to Sacramento. He took a job as a KVIE photojournalist and she was hired as special projects producer at NBC Station KCRA. Today, she is an Emmy-award winning freelance producer. They still once-in-a-while work on projects together but more importantly, they support one another's excitement for adventure, art, and life.

      "We continue to this day to make adventure a big part of our life," Christian said. "Just last month, we went to San Francisco and took the trolley car at midnight across the city. We've made a relationship of being behind the scenes and continuing on with the adventure of life." That includes hiking in the Sierra foothills with their trusted and loyal companion Ralph. Christian outside of his work in photography is an endurance athlete, an ultra runner and cyclist.

      "Karen gave me my final refinement of my door exhibit," Christian said. Initially, Christian had three-hundred doors on file. Then came the input from Karen. In one photograph, she said that she knew what was going on in the picture, that it was a loading dock. "She challenged me to refine my focus on doors where there's really a mystery left," Christian said. "So my marriage to a producer helped me take from three-hundred doors down to forty. She really pushed me to look for doors where peple would have questions. My show wouldn't be what it is without her input."

      At KVIE, Christian photographs long-format programs including documentaries and a popular ongoing feature, Rob on the Road. During his time in Sacramento, Christian has been honored with three Emmy Awards and Ten nominations. "I love my job because it keeps me integrated in the community," Christian said. "I'm really part of our city and region. That's what I really love about my job. It's a great way to stay stimulated and alive."


The Health Reporter

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How to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind



      Losing weight should be simple,but it's become so darn complicated. You're constantly COUNTING. You're counting your 'points', carbs, calories, and even how many strawberries you're allowed to eat.

      From the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep, you are on a rigid dietary budget. Eek. What could be more exasperating. If you're like most people, restriction and restraint bring about stress - a precursor to emotional eating. No wonder dieting is a great way to gain weight. Whatever happened to the simple pleasure of eating?


Math Made Easier

     If you used to break out into a cold sweat when you walked into your math class, brace yourself... because losing weight now is ALL about the math. But thanks to the hundreds of apps, calculators and products on the market, you no longer have to tally every calorie you buy, burn, chew, and crave... it's all done for you. Does that make it better? NO. It's made weight management a technological obsession. It's now easier than ever to get an up-to-the-minute score on your "perceived" success - or failure.   


The Three D's

     Dieting. Ugh. Diets are things you feel you have to go on, but can't wait to get off. Your eating plan should be something you can sustain for life. It doesn't start on a Monday morning and end by Friday afternoon. Dieters usually strive for perfection and feel failure if they falter. That's why diets often lead to the three D's: Depression, Defeat and Depression 

- all of which lead to harmful emotional and binge eating.


Exercise Needs Energy

    Consciously restricting calories and fighting the drive to eat when hungry is counterproductive to healthy exercise. Your body is not meant to be more active when it's in a state of chronic hunger. Will power can only go so far before your physiological and psychological demands take over.


Go for Low 

    You can reduce your calorie intake simply and sensibly without triggering your appetite and without endless calculations. The key is to reduce the density of your meals and snacks. High-density foods yield a lot of calories per bite.


  • High-density foods are usually DRY, FIRM, SUGARY, and/or FATTY.
  • Low-density foods are usually high in WATER and FIBER.


Use the following three approaches when planning your meals:


  • Decrease fat (especially saturated fats)
  • Eat water-rich foods (e.g., choose soups instead of casseroles, fresh fruit over dried, tofu instead of cheese)
  • Increase your servings of fresh fruits and vegetables (which are naturally higher in water)


For example:


  • Eat oatmeal made with lots of milk or water. Add fresh berries and bananas instead of dense sugar, honey or raisins.
  • Always start your lunch and dinner with a big green salad or vegetable soup.
  • Make a 'tall' sandwich piled high with veggies (i.e., tomatoes, lettuce, onions, sprouts, and cucumbers).
  • Dip your vegetables in fresh salsa instead of ranch dressing.
  • Top your whole grains (like barley, brown rice) or baked sweet potato with lots of steamed, grilled or roasted vegetables.
  • Load up your stews and soups with lots of extra veggies. Add more broth and/or water. Use beans and legumes instead of meat.
  • When dining out, request a double or triple order of veggies with your entree instead of a side of buttery mashed potatoes or fries.
  • Skip the creamy fettuccine and opt for whole grain pasta topped with a tomato-y marinara and grilled veggies.
  • Choose nonfat milk and yogurt instead of low-fat or whole.


Fit Tip: Eat as many water-rich foods as you want. Eat until you're comfortably full and satisfied. And most of all, stop counting!


 Karen Owoc is the cardiac rehabilitation clinical exercise physiologist at a San Francisco Bay Area hospital 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 at http://TheHealthReporter.tv 


Thrones, Environment Keep Zamacona Busy


       In February, AVT Productions brought Frank Zamacona back to direct the capture and image mag for Cisco at the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco. Zamacona then directed the live multi-camera capture of the Purple Silk Music Education Foundation's Youth Orchestra concert at Oakland's Laney College. This youth orchestra, based in Oakland instills the appreciation of music from all cultures through instruction in traditional Chinese instruments.

       Zamacona was part of the production team that streamed the Game of Thrones Red Carpet Event at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.  The event was streamed live on Facebook for HBO. Zamacona then joined the Facebook 8 production team at Fort Mason in San Francisco for the streamed Developer's Studio Live show. Facebook 8 is Facebook's yearly worldwide developers conference.

       For the third year, Zamacona directed the Goldman Awards live in San Francisco on April 20. This year, the 26th Annual Environmental Prize Ceremony will have former KPIX 5 news anchor, Dana King, hosting the worldwide event. Providing the entertainment will be the Afro-Cuban inspired, Alayo Dance Company. 

       Six recipients from around the world will receive awards for their environmental achievements. The event will be streamed live on http://www.goldmanprize.org/ceremony/

       Show Boat, a San Francisco opera production that Zamacona multi-camera directed in 2012, will be seen in theaters beginning with Los Angeles on May 25 and New York City on June 12. Other cities include Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Miami, Atlanta, St. Louis, Philadelphia, San Jose, and Honolulu, with more locations and dates soon to be announced.


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