Silver Circle 2013
November 2016
Special 2016 Gold & Silver Circle Edition

Chapter Celebrates Gold & Silver Circle Class of 2016 Inductees in San Francisco
(L to R)  Terry Lowry, Bill Martin, Fred LaCosse, Robert Handa, Steve Swatt,  Lyanne Melendez, Lori Waldon,  Dan Ashley and  Randy Davis
November 2016 "Off Camera":
GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE 2016: Inductees in Pictures
GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE 2016: LaCosse Inducted into Gold Circle; NorCal Vets to Silver Circle
GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE 2016: Scholarship Recipients Shine
NATAS Trustees Imagine Academy's Future
Milt Weiss, Former KGO-TV News Director, Dies at 69
Agar Jaicks, Former KGO-TV Producer/Director, Dies at 93
KFSN Tradition Continues at the County Fair
Paul McCartney in Sacramento; TV Peeps' Night Out
The Health Reporter: Heart Attack Quiz
"Off Camera" Editor Interviews Clint Eastwood
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Celebrating Our Heritage
Talent, Longevity and Involvement
Recognized at Induction Luncheon 
Fred LaCosse Inducted into Gold Circle; NorCal Vets in Chapter's "Broadcasting Hall of Fame"

By Keith Sanders
Chapter Education Chairperson

The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held its 2016 Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square Hotel. Veteran news anchor, reporter and talk-show host Fred LaCosse (SC'88) was inducted into the Gold Circle. Six new inductees were added to the Silver Circle: Sacramento-based Political Analyst Steve Swatt; KGO ABC 7 Photojourna list Randy Davis ; KCRA 3 News Director  Lori Waldon ; NBC Bay Area Reporter Robert Handa ; KTVU Fox 2 Chief Meteorologist Bill Martin ; and KGO ABC 7 Reporter  Lyanne Melendez .  
Silver Circle 2013
The  Gold & Silver Circle recognizes those who have been actively engage in television for at least 25 or 50 years (at least half of that time in this NATAS chapter area), distinguished themselves in their careers, and have made significant contributions to the TV indust ry and to the community. Including this year's inductees, there are 253 members of the
Gold & Silver Circles  combined.
" I'm proud to welcome in all the new members to what is, essentially, our chapter's Broadcasting Hall of Fame," said Awards Chair  Wayne Freedman  (SC'02) .
"Saturday   was an amazing reflection of careers," recalled Governor George Lang (SC'14), "not only of those celebrated and inducted that day, but those of us who were surrounded by coworkers and friends."
Inductees were introduced by colleagues, followed by beautifully edited videos about their career. Finally each inductee came to the lectern to accept their membership into this prestigious honor society.
Chapter President  Steve Shlisky  (SC'14) opened the show to over 160 guests, including National NATAS President Bob Mauro.
"Being recently elected president, this is the first time I get to introduce this great chapter event,"  said Shlisky. "It's especially nice to have the National Academy president and CEO attending as well, all the way from New York."  
Next, $10,000 in college scholarships were awarded. More about that later.
2015 Silver Circle honoree and KGO ABC 7 anchor Dan Ashley (SC'15)  was unable to attend the ceremony last y ear because he was on safari in Africa, so the first order of business was to formally induct him. He was then immediately put to work as this year's Master of Ceremonies.
4U Productions owner and Governor Joyce Mitchell (SC'10) was the presenter for the first 2016 Silver Circle Inductee, Steve Swatt, Comcast/Time Warner Political Analyst.
Swatt is an award-winning Sacramento-based author, professor and political analyst, currently hosting Comcast Newsmakers and Time Warner Cable's Sacramento Report. He's in his 46th year covering topics of interest to Northern California. He began his broadcasting career at KCRA in Sacramento as a general assignment reporter. In 1979 he became KCRA's Capital and political correspondent. He's also taught and mentored graduate students at Sacramento State University.  
KGO ABC 7 Reporter  Laura Anthony  spoke about 2016  Silver Circle Inductee Randy Davis.
Davis grew up in the news business since his father  Steve Davis  was a reporter and anchor in San Francisco. Randy became a freelance film/video photographer in 1979, working at KGO and KTVU. After a brief stint at KICU, he was hired full-time at KGO, where he remains today.
Davis is responsible for day-to-day newsgathering, live satellite feeds and editing multiple stories .  
"It felt pretty good seeing Randy Davis up there," said Lang. "I've seen him assisting others coming up in this business, just like the students we saw at the induction luncheon."
KCRA 3 President and General Manager  Elliott Troshinsky gave the opening remarks for 2016 Silver Circle Inductee Lori Waldon, KCRA 3 News Director.
Waldon's career began as a news reporter working for TV stations in Charlotte, North Carolina, Mobile, Alabama and Peoria, Illinois. Afterwards she spent 13 years in news management at KPIX 5. Waldon then moved to WISN 12 News in Milwaukee as News Director. Under her leadership the station received many prestigious awards including Edward R. Murrow awards for  Breaking News and  Best Newscast . In 2012 Waldon moved b ack to Northern California as News Director for KCRA/KQCA, where the station was honored with a Emmy® award, and Edward R. Murrow awards for Overall News Excellence , Breaking News  and Best Newscast .    
KQED 9 Anchor / Host  Thuy Vu introduced 2016  Silver Circle Inductee Robert Handa, NBC Bay Area Reporter.
Handa was named "2015 Reporter of the Year" by the Associated Press. He began his career at KNTV more than thirty years ago. He became a "fill-in" anchor at KPIX, a documentary producer for KQED, and then won awards as a reporter for KTVU in the San Jose bureau. Handa returned to KNTV (now NBC Bay Area) where he's host of the weekly talk show "Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa." He has also received much recognition for his community involvement.
KTVU Fox 2 Meteorologist Mark Tamayo spoke about 2016 Silver Circle  Inductee Bill Martin, KTVU Chief Meteorologist.
Martin was a surfer as a college student, and like all surfers, he wanted to be able to predict the weather. He graduated from Berkeley with a degree in Physical Geography and an emphasis in Climatology. He also spent three years as a post-graduate at San Francisco State studying atmospheric science. After an internship at KRON 4, Martin took a job as Chief Meteorologist at KFTY 50 in Santa Rosa. He was the morning show Chief Meteorologist at KPIX for two years before moving to KTVU in 1995. He built KTVU's weather brand and eventually became Chief Meteorologist there as well. Martin became one of only six meteorologists in the country to interview President Obama on climate change.
KGO ABC 7 Reporter Carolyn Tyler (SC'07)  told the audience about 2016  Silver Circle Inductee Lyanne Melendez, KGO ABC 7 Reporter.
Melendez got her first job as a production specialist at WTMJ in Milwaukee. She's worked in San Juan Puerto Rico as well as CNN-Spanish in New York where she was a Senior Correspondent. She joined KGO in 1994 as a general assignment reporter. She's won numerous awards including the "Latina Media Person of the Year" award from New York University.
"Lyanne Melendez stole the show," said Freedman. "After seeing the video she produced with Cathy Cavey, it's clear that if Lyanne decides to give up her career in news, she can do equally well in comedy."
Honoring 50 years' of television contribution,  Schock Ink owner  Jim Schock introduced 2016  Gold Circle Inductee Fred LaCosse, President of LaCosse Productions.  
LaCosse is best known as a veteran news anchor, reporter and talk show host but has one of the most varied resumes in broadcasting, having held positions in almost every phase of the industry. He began his career six decades ago in 1956 and has worked at six television stations: WTTW, Chicago; WLWC, Columbus, Ohio; KRON and KGO, San Francisco; and KICU and KNTV in San Jose.
He co-hosted the daily morning talk show  A.M. San Francisco on KGO TV (ABC) from 1982 - 1987 with his wife, television and radio personality Terry Lowry  (SC'96) . LaCosse hosted the weekly syndicated program  Silicon Valley Business This Week from 1995 - 2001.  In 1978, LaCosse received an Emmy ®  award for his news feature reporting and was honored by UPI for the best news feature report in California. 
You can read complete Inductee biographies and see videos at

2016 Television Academy Collegiate Scholarships  
Luisa Conlon, Dane Christensen, Keith Sanders, Boyoung Kim, Aydan Dorsett-Sobel 
Earlier in the show, NATAS Education Chair and Past President Keith Sanders handed out $10,000 in scholarships to this year's four student awardees. Each scholarship is named after a beloved broadcast professional who worked in our chapter.
Luisa Conlon  from the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism won the $3,000 Jerry Jensen Memorial Graduate Overall Excellence Scholarship
Boyoung Kim  from De Anza College won the $3,000 Steve Davis Memorial Undergraduate Overall Excellence Scholarship.
"I was happy to receive my scholarship," said Kim, "but I also felt motivated by the stories of the Gold and Silver Circle inductees."
Dane Christensen  from Stanford University won the $2,000 "Miss Nancy" Besst Memorial Graduate Scholarship.
"The monetary contribution, although greatly appreciated, is actually second to the validation and support I felt from the professional storytellers with whom I spent the afternoon," said Christensen.   
Aydan Dorsett-Sobel  from the Academy of Art University won the $2,000 Sheldon "Shelley" Fay Memorial Videography Scholarship.
This year's two $3,000 Scholarships were underwritten by George Lang (SC'14) of The Big Picture, memorializing two former KGO-TV journalists: Steve Davis and Jerry Jensen. The Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Memorial Videography Scholarship was underwritten this year by Lee Mendelson (SC'88/GC'15), creator of the Peanuts TV specials.
As in past years, the Scholarship Committee decided to award only those entries that rose to the highest professional level. The $2,000 Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship, the $2,000 Peter Marino Memorial Production Scholarship and the $2,000 Kenneth Sloat Langley Memorial Writing Scholarship had no recipients.
The committee's nine-member Scholarship Panel included Randy Forsman, Phillip Kipper, Mike Moya, Manny Ramos (SC'00), Keith Sanders (Chair), Steve Shlisky (SC'14)Matt SkryjaKim Stephens (SC'14), and Pamela Young (SC'04).
Twenty college students attended the induction luncheon at no cost thanks to ticket donations from the board. 
"I love the combination of current and retired broadcasters along with almost two dozen college students - a per fect convergence of past, present and future media professionals," said Shlisky.
To learn more about the Television Academy Collegiate Scholarships and how to apply for the next round, go to

Special Thanks
This event was made possible by the generosity of our sponsors. The Bronze sponsor was KGO ABC 7, Copper sponsors were KCRA 3 and KNTV NBC Bay Area, and Table sponsors were KCRA 3, KGO ABC 7 and Joyce Mitchell. Student sponsors were Linda Giannecchini (SC'97), Alison Gibson, Fred LaCosse, George Lang, Terry Lowry, Melissa Mainz, Joyce Mitchell, Mike MoyaJohn Odell (SC'03), Pat Patton, Ross Perich, Manny Ramos, Don Sanchez (SC'00), Keith Sanders, Juan Serna, Steve Shlisky, Matt Skryja, Steve Swatt and Pamela Young. Scholarship donations were made by The Big Picture Film & Video. In-Kind Sponsors were Brad Kinstler, See's Candies; Carolyn Compton, Floradora Floral Designs, Jodi Cummings, Pier 39; Pamela Young and Gary Sprinkle.   
The Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon could not take place without the work of many volunteers, the board of governors, the Gold & Silver Circle Event Committee.  Terry Lowry has chaired the  Gold & Silver Circle  Committee for ten years in a row. Her committee members include  John Catchings, Catchings & Associates  (SC'02),   Craig Franklin Retired, KPIX 5, KRON 4  (SC'08),  Wayne Freedman, KGO ABC 7  (SC'02) , Linda Giannecchini ,  KQED/Franklin Mieuli & Associates  (SC'97) , Ron Louie, Retired, KTVU 2  (SC'97) , Joyce Mitchell, 4U Productions  (SC'10) Mike Moya , Fotografx/Laney College,  Sharon Navratil , Retired, KTVU Fox 2,  Diane Donian Paskerian,  Paskerian Associates  (SC '89),   Don Sanchez , Retired, KGO ABC 7  (SC'08) , Julie Watts, KPIX 5,  C ynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media  (SC'15) and  Patty Zubov, Platonic TV.
Thanks to Sally Bowden  and Pat Patton for working the reception table, Kristi Kirshnan, Mike Moya, Ken Newberry, Photographers, Randy Forsman, Videographer, Steve Shlisky for the Scholarship Video, Noemi Zeigler Sanchez, Johanna Andrade, Maya Hernandez, Social Media, Patty Zubov, Marketing, Linda Giannecchini, Administration, Rachel Prasad, Director of Event Planning, JW Marriott, and Alexander Gutierrez, Sales Manager, PSAV.  

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New Gold & Silver Circle Member Website Pages Are Up!
      When you go to  and select "Members" in the left-hand column, you will now see a thumbnail in alphabetical order for each member of the  Gold & Silver Circle .  
      Click on the member's thumbnail, you'll see a Bio and, if available, the video montage shown at the Induction Luncheon. 
      We have included PDFs of  Kevin Wing's   Off Camera Gold & Silver Circle Profiles and  In Memoriam  for many of our members who have passed. 
     Go to  and check out the new webpages!

They're Heee-re! Industry's Next Generation Arrives
Scholarship Recipient's Musings About G&SC Induction Event

By Aydan Dorsett-Sobel
Special to Off Camera

(Editor's Note: Aydan Dorsett-Sobel, a student at the Academy of Art University, is the 2016 recipient of the Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Memorial Videography Scholarship.)

        As a film student focusing in cinematography and having never heard of NATAS, I submitted my work in order to hopefully fund future projects and to receive an accolade to put to my resume. Much to my good fortune, I won the Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Memorial Videography Scholarship and was invited to the Gold and Silver Circle induction luncheon to receive my award.
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Noemi Zeigler, a NATAS Governor and the Social Media Sub-Committee Chair, interviews  Aydan Dorsett-Sobel , one of four 2016 Collegiate Scholarship recipients.
     After finding my name tag and quickly surveying the posterboards of previous Gold & Silver Circle inductees, I bumped into Noemi Zeigler, a previous professor of mine who was conducting video interviews for NATAS. She was eager to ask me some questions. We talked briefly about the ceremony and my award, although I still did not have a great idea of what to expect at the event. 
        Soon after, I introduced myself to the other scholarship recipients. After seeing the previews of their films, all of them had very impressive work to show. Being called up to receive my certificate, check, and viewing my work with a room full of people was like presenting a research paper to my high school history class without pants. But, the weird part is they are kind of into it. Call me an adrenaline junkie, but this is the feeling I make art for, being someone who prefers to lurk in the shadows but somehow simultaneously enjoys embarrassing himself on his own terms. 
       Many members came up to our table and had sincere and encouraging things to say to us. It's nice to receive warmth from complete strangers who want nothing more than to pass on kind vibrations. This kind of action can transform the world. 
      Continuing on to the lunch, lucky for me my girlfriend whom I brought as my plus-1 is a vegetarian, therefore I ate two soups. Need I say more? Watching the Gold & Silver Circle induction communicated how special the business world of media arts can be. The interactions between lifelong colleagues and friends made me look forward to all the weird and exciting people I've yet to meet on my journey. 
      One introduction that stood out to me was that of Randy Davis, who apparently has a universal reputation of being a human hydraulic press. 
      Overall, the event was a great experience and I'm eternally grateful to the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for feeling compelled to assist the next generation of filmmakers in the commencement of their careers. In honor of this generosity, I hope to one day reciprocate by passing it on to the generation after me.

Thank you, See's Candies, for your support!

Each attendee at the Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon 
received a half pound box of See's Candies.

G&SC Wine Donated by The Big Picture Film & Video Arts

George and Claudia Lang  and  The Big Picture Film and Video Arts 
provided wine for the  Gold & Silver Circle Luncheon.

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NATAS Trustees Imagine Academy's Future
Second 2016 National Meeting in Chicago Last Month

Story and Photograph
By Steve Shlisky
Chapter President and National Trustee, San Francisco

       The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences trustees accomplished their second 2016 national meeting in late October. More than 60 trustees, national officers and committee chairs met in Chicago. Each one of NATAS's 19 chapters sent representatives to this meeting to plan the future of the organization. Our Chapter's trustees are Linda Giannecchini, John Odell, Steve Shlisky, and Cynthia Zeiden. Zeiden was not able to be in Chicago and her voting proxy went to Giannecchini.
       The meeting began early Friday morning with comments from the NATAS national chairman Chuck Dages. Dages focused on the changing broadcast landscape. He noted that the newer media companies like Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter continue their unbridled inroads into broadcast audiences and advertisers. He explained that younger generations of viewers are breaking away from the traditional living room television screen to smaller laptop and smart phone video formats. Dages believes that our future depends on our ability to recognize, compete (in redesigning our award shows), and to design awards for programs intended for these spaces.
       To counter this trend Dages pointed out that the Emmy® brand, through its chapters, has a, "footprint that touches every part of the United States." Utilizing this aspect suggests how we will thrive to move forward. The chairman cited many of our programs as the key for moving forward, such as, the many professional award programs, scholarships, masterclasses (which focus on best practices), high school student awards, signature shows, and the EMMY® brand and national presence.
       Dages's report then segued to a vision and strategy caucus facilitated by the Dean and Executive Director of Arrupe College of Loyola University, Fr. Steven Katsourous, an expert on Organizational Leadership. In preparation for this trustee session, Katsourous prepared a survey broken down into six broad dimensions:Contextual, Educational, Interpersonal, Analytical, Political, and Strategic. He broke down these dimensions further into dozens of multiple choice questions dealing with the areas of the orientation of new trustees, interpersonal relationships, trustee sense of inclusiveness, and on how well each trustee feels we function as a non-profit entity.
       Nearly all chapter trustees filled out this survey earlier this year. Katsourous findings suggest areas in which the national organization can improve going forward, especially in educating new trustees on the history and relevance of the organization and developing a clearer image of the future.
       After a break, Dages asked each trustee to state the reason they are here and how they feel about the organization. Many of the comments centered around trustees wanting to give back to their chosen professional industry and believing in awarding excellence. Career Development & Job Bank Chair John Hammond added that, "Content is King and the Emmy® Award is the crown". National Education Chair Danielle Mannion would like the rigorous student awards program to continue. Chicago/Midwest Chapter Trustee Barbara Williams Perry would like to see a reorganization of the chapters to better align with national. Other comments included trustees wanting improved racial diversity on the board, supporting the growth of Spanish language members, and staying relevant amongst new media formats.
      Just before lunch, the trustees were treated to two winning videos from this year's National Student Production Awards from two Chicago students. Mannion presented a handsome glass etched award to each of the two Chicago native students producing the videos.
      The National Social Media Committee Chair and member of the Southwest, Rocky Mountain Chapter, Doug Mummert, announced a $10K Scholarship in his name for perpetuity.
      The session continued after lunch with a few committee reports. National NATAS Treasurer Alison Gibson (and a Governor from our Chapter) reported on the proposed 2017 operating budget and National Awards Chair Giannecchini (and co-chair of our Chapter's Archive & Museum Committee) gave an extensive account from her September Awards Committee meeting in New York. 
      At the end of the afternoon, Dages thanked the Chicago trustees for hosting the event and announced the tentative meeting locations for 2017, Fort Worth, Texas in the spring and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the fall.
Milt Weiss, 69
Former KGO-TV News Director Throughout 1990s Dies

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera
        Milt Weiss, who was news director at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco for much of the 1990s, has died.
        Weiss was 69 years old.
        Dylan Weiss, Weiss' son, said his father passed away on Oct. 4. 
        The veteran newsman, who spent most of his career with ABC and its stations, served as KGO-TV's news director from 1990 to 1998. 
        Weiss' son did not disclose the cause of his father's death, but did say that his father had been suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. 
        At one time during his career, Weiss was a senior producer at ABC News for ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings
        "Milt felt that journalism was an important endeavor, a noble profession, and a meaningful contribution to our society," his son says. 
        Weiss resigned from his news director post at KGO-TV in 1998 after accepting the position of news director at WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland. 
       In lieu of flowers, Weiss' family is asking that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association in his memory. 

Agar Jaicks, 93
Former KGO-TV Producer/Director for Four Decades
        Agar Jaicks, a longtime leader in San Francisco who fought for progressive causes with tireless energy and who also worked in Bay Area television for four decades, has died.
       Jaicks was 93 years old when he died of cancer in his San Francisco home in late October.
        For more than four decades, Jaicks worked at KGO-TV in San Francisco, originally starting his television career as a stagehand before becoming a producer and director, particularly with documentaries. 
       Jaicks was also a union leader at the station.
       Called "one of the most sweetest of gentlemen" in San Francisco, Jaicks served for three decades as a member and eventually as chairman of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, organizing voter registration drives and supporting the candidacies of minority, gay and female candidates.
       Jaicks was a native of Chicago. 

All's Fair with KFSN's Action News Team 
Crowd Favorite at Fresno County Fair for Two Decades

Story and Photographs 
By Richard Harmelink
Chapter Governor, Fresno

      For almost 20 years now, KFSN, ABC30 (Fresno) has set up shop at the "Big Fresno Fair." The station broadcasts their  5PM 6PM and 6:30PM  newscasts right in front of fairgoers for eight evenings. 
     "The Fair is one of the Central Valley's largest events," says ABC30's President and General Manager Dan Adams. "It also represents a unique opportunity for the ABC30 family to meet and directly touch the lives of the viewers." 
     Along with watching the News LIVE, fairgoers get a chance to grab pictures and autographs of the ABC30, Action News Anchors and Reporters. 

Huge TV Turnout for Paul McCartney
Music Legend Rocks Sacramento's New Golden 1 Center

Story and Photographs 
By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento

            Sacramento is still rocking with joy following the premiere of the new Golden 1 Center in downtown kicked off by Sir Paul McCartney. Every local media outlet and television station turned out to cover the opening and three-hour concert October 4, 2016.
            "I've been a huge fan of Paul McCartney since I was a kid," said photojournalist Aimee McKinney who was an employee and now freelances for ABC10. "I just woke up one day and said I'm a Beatles fan." Prior to signing on with ABC10, McKinney worked at Sacramento PBS Station KVIE for twelve years as a photographer and editor.
            "TV is a family and I connected with several former TV veterans to go to the concert with me," said McKinney. "So, former Channel 10 reporter Dave Marquis and I put together a plan, scored tickets, and ubered our way to the Golden 1 Center." Marquis retired this year after 23-years at ABC10.
             Once at the center, TV people united and re-united. They gathered together to watch former Beatle and rock legend McCartney dazzle Sacramento. "All the TV stations were doing live newscasts from the center," said McKinney. "A TV chopper overhead gave viewers a look at traffic and people standing in line to pack the place."
            McKinney said that the experience was really cool because she connected with new employees at the ABC10 live set while actually attending with veterans who've moved on and out of TV. "It was a combination of old and new there. It was truly representative of McCartney who's been around a while gracing the stage of the new center. And believe me, McCartney, even at 74, rocked it."
            Local concert-goers were treated to vintage neon signs decorating the inside of the Golden 1 Center along with a good sound system. The signs used to hang outside of Sacramento businesses. McCartney  started the show with the song "Hard Day's Night."
            It was indeed a long hard day's night for TV crews covering the opening of the center. "But no one was disappointed," said McKinney. "It was a test of parking, traffic, and creativity. And it all worked."

The Health Reporter

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Heart Attack! First Aid Quiz
       If you're experiencing "chest pressure" or "chest pain", aspirin is the BEST form of first aid. But all aspirins are not alike nor are all methods of taking aspirin alike. Take the lifesaving quiz below...

Why Aspirin?
      A heart attack, or myocardial infarction (MI), is permanent damage to the heart muscle. Most heart attacks develop when a cholesterol-laden plaque in a coronary artery ruptures. Plaque deposits are hard on the outside and when this outer shell ruptures (cracks), platelets rush to the area in an effort to 'patch' the ruptured area.
      Platelets are disc-shaped particles in the blood that aid in clotting. A clot grows minute by minute! As a clot grows, it blocks an artery. When the artery is completely blocked, cardiac tissue dies from the lack of blood supply and you have a heart attack. But aspirin can help stop the platelets from forming a larger clot if you take the aspirin BEFORE the clot gets too big. Time is critical! Aspirin helps inhibit platelet activity.

QUIZ (3 questions):
1. Pick the METHOD that you think makes aspirin work the fastest*.  That is, during a suspected heart attack, which of the following is the fastest way to reduce blood clot formation?
  A. Swallow the aspirin with 4 oz. of water.
  B. Chew the aspirin for 30 seconds, then swallow it.
  C. Swallow the aspirin with 4 oz. Alka Seltzer.
*In a  Texas study , scientists studied aspirin absorption rates and antiplatelet activity on 12 volunteers who took aspirin via these different methods. They frequently monitored blood samples and measured the concentrations of aspirin, its active ingredient (salicylate), and thromboxane B2 (TxB2). 
TxB2 is an indicator of platelet activation. S ince aspirin inhibits platelet activity (clotting slows down), TxB2 levels will go down. The study revealed which method of aspirin ingestion was best at speeding up aspirin absorption and thus, slowing down clot formation.
Correct answer: B - It takes 5 minutes to reduce TxB2 concentrations by 50% and 14 minutes to reduce it by 100%. Clotting is affected extremely quickly when you chew the aspirin for 30 seconds before swallowing it.
50% Reduction in TxB2
100% Reduction in TxB2
A. Swallow the aspirin with 4 oz. of water
12 min.
26 min.
B. Chew the aspirin for 30 seconds, then swallow it
5 min.
14 min.
C. Swallow the aspirin with 4 oz. of Alka Seltzer
8 min.
16 min.
2. What is the best TYPE of aspirin to take during a possible heart attack?
  A. Safety-coated (enteric)** coated aspirin.
  B. Non-safety coated (regular) aspirin.
**Aspirin may be coated, so it doesn't dissolve in your stomach. With the special acid-resistant coating, the aspirin will dissolve and be absorbed in your small intestine instead of your stomach, thus preventing stomach upset and aggravating stomach ulcers.
Correct answer: B - Take REGULAR aspirin for heart attack first aid. An enteric-coated aspirin will take longer to absorb even if it's chewed.

3. What is the best DOSE of aspirin to take during a possible heart attack?
  A. 1 baby (low dose) aspirin 
  B. 2 baby (low dose) aspirins 
  C. 1 adult regular-strength aspirin
  D. 1 adult extra-strength aspirin
(One baby aspirin = 81 mg. One adult regular strength aspirin = 325 mg. One adult extra strength aspirin = 500 mg.)
Correct answer: C - 325 mg or 1 adult regular aspirin. If you only have baby aspirin on hand, chew 4 tablets.

First Aid Steps for Heart Attack Symptoms
  1. Call 911 ASAP! Speak with an operator/EMT BEFORE taking aspirin in case you have an allergy to aspirin or a condition that makes it too risky to use aspirin. Also, it may be dangerous to take aspirin if you are suffering from a stroke or other condition and not a heart attack. NOTE: The FDA advises that you consult with your doctor beforehand, to determine the best course of action in the event you have a heart attack.
  2. Take aspirin.
  3. Take your nitroglycerin as prescribed if you have any.
  4. Unlock the front door, if possible.
  5. Lie down, raise your legs.
Fit Tip Keep a bottle of non-enteric coated adult regular-strength aspirin by your bedside, in the kitchen, family room, and in any other room that you spend a good deal of your time.
Source: American Journal of Cardiology.  1999 Aug 15;84(4):404-9.
Karen Owoc is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiac rehabilitation at a San Francisco Bay Area hospital and a Health Education Instructor for Kaiser Permanente. She is a former NATAS Governor and produces/hosts health and lifestyle TV segments. Visit her website for more healthy living how-to's and her real food recipes at

Off Camera Editor Interviews Clint Eastwood
Hollywood Legend was Carmel Centennial Parade Grand Marshal

      Hollywood legend and Carmel-by-the-Sea's favorite son,  Clint Eastwood , served as grand marshal of the Carmel Centennial Parade Oct. 29. The day's celebration, attended by more than 10,000 people, marked the 100th anniversary of the city's incorporation. Eastwood served as Carmel's mayor in the mid-1980s. Here, the star is dressed for the occasion minutes before climbing atop a Wells Fargo stagecoach. 
      T hrough his production company,  Kevin Wing  (SC '13)  -- our  Off Camera  editor -- had an exclusive interview with Eastwood before the parade began. The interview will be part of a  Carmel Centennial Celebration video that Wing is creating and producing exclusively for the city.  

Photo by Richard Harmelink 
On the Move
        Ron Acker, a film and video editor at KTVU in Oakland, has retired from the station after an impressive 45-year career there. Until his retirement, Acker was the longest-tenured employee at the station. He began at KTVU in 1971. Congratulations and happy retirement, Ron!

Alena Lee
        Alena Lee joins KFSN in Fresno as a meteorologist. She arrives in California after working at  WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she forecast weather for th e ABC and WB station's weekday morning newscasts.  She was recently involved in extensive  coverage of Hurricane Hermine as it brought heavy rains and strong winds along coastal South Carolina. Alena was born and raised in Las Vegas, and graduated from Arizona State University.

      Evan Schreiber, news anchor and reporter at KRCR in Redding, joins KOLD in Tucson as a reporter. Schreiber, who was a sports anchor at KIEM-TV in Eureka prior to his joining KRCR, begins his new job in Arizona in December.

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"What's the Forecast, Mike?"
Everyone in the Bay Area knows Mike Pechner. The revered, longtime meteorologist, who has worked for television and radio stations in the Bay Area -- in particular San Francisco's KCBS -- throughout the last four decades, is the go-to weatherman when it comes to forecasting the weather. What? Even when the Bay Area is home to seasoned television meteorologists? Well, not to discount them, as they all do an awesome job as well, But, it's all of them -- Pechner's peers in the business -- who call him legendary. Pechner has also owned and operated his weather forecasting business, Golden West Meteorology, In fact, next August, Pechner will celebrate a milestone for his company: 50 years in the business. He has also worked for KRON, KPIX and KTVU. When hired by KPIX in 1970, he was the Bay Area's first weather producer. As if he isn't busy enough, Pechner is also a volunteer firefighter with the Cordelia Fire Protection District. 

Do You Remember?
Can you name these members of the Silver Circle 
and what year they were inducted?

In October's Do You Remember?
We asked you to name this person...
It's  Bob Anderson  (Silver Circle Class of 1993).  
He worked as a writer/producer at KRON 4 and KGO 7.  
Before his TV career, Anderson could be heard on  KYA Radio as "Mike Flynn."

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Hawaii Students Receive Four National Awards

        Hawaii high school students have won four awards in the 2016 National Studen t Awards  competition from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The four student production awards were the most received by any high school this year.
        Students at Wai'anae High School in Wai'anae, Hawaii, received awards in several categories.
        Hawaii is part of the San Francisco / Northern California Chapter of NATAS.
        The National Student Production Awards were announced Oct. 4 in Washington D.C. by NATAS in 23 programming and craft categories to student recipients from across the country.  The event was held before a studio audience of television professionals and live-streamed through from The Newseum's Knight TV Studios located between the U.S. Capitol and the White House on historic Pennsylvania Avenue.
       "The National Academy takes great pride in honoring all of these amazing students and expect great and extraordinary things from this promising new media savvy generation," said Chuck Dages, NATAS chairman. 
      Over 200 young professionals, culled from 19 regional NATAS chapters, were successfully narrowed down from a record-breaking 1,500 entries, by judges selected from industry professionals to university professors, to advance to the national competition.
     "We are very grateful to the hundreds of industry professionals who judged and critiqued these exceptional student productions, says Danielle Mannion, NATAS education chairperson. The high level of creativity and production value demonstrated in the work produced by the 2016 National Student Production Award recipients is impressive! It is clear that the future of the television industry will be exciting and innovative with these young leaders paving the way."
     Nominees were announced with pre-recorded messages from industry elite such as Alex Trebek, the hosts of "The Real," Daphne Oz (The Chew), the hosts of The Talk and Mario Lopez ("Extra"), Jennifer Duck (producer, Anderson Cooper 360), Eric Notarnicola (writer, Comedy Central), and more. The winners were presented with a NATAS certificate and a crystal pillar award, emblazoned with the world famous Emmy® logo for their school, by NATAS President Bob Mauro.
     "John F Kennedy once said that our 'Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.' The future of science, music, engineering, animation, and technology, all of which are required to insure the future of the television arts and entertainment," Mauro says. Adding, "Today NATAS pays homage to nominees and winners alike for what they have already accomplished and in anticipation of the great things they will accomplish in the future." 

2016 National Student Production Awards
Winners List

Searider News, Wai'anae High School San Francisco / Northern California Chapter, Crystal Cebedo, Diamond Tuisano, Tyler Chanthakham, Cayla Paulo, Jaena Campos, Mashealani Nieto Lopes, Jazmine Calixtro, Wainani Wetter, Chrisann Rabanes, Tyler Bright Deana Goslin, Elizabeth Ufi, Hiilani Yin, Chloe Yniguez, Maria Rallojay, Cheralei Tokunaga-Williams, Amy Vitale, Olivia Quismondo, Anthea Hamilton, Jazlyn Puaoi

Without Home, Wai'anae High School, San Francisco / Northern California Chapter,
Crystal Cebedo, Tyler Chanthakham, Diamond Tuisano,  Cayla Paulo

A High Five For Good, School District of Lee County, Suncoast Chapter Jason Sill, Advisor,
Paige Renyhart

Ditto, Har-Ber HS, Mid-America Chapter, Amber Karnish, Kendall King

Today, Ballard High School, Northwest Chapter, Northwest Chapter, Advisor, Bergen Johnson, PJ Hase, Coleman Andersen

That's Not It, Wai'anae High School, Wai'anae, San Francisco / Northern California Chapter, Alennox Anduha, Jiovanni Magofna, Rachmaninoff Yeazus, Audio Aimee Nitta, Kamalulilani Suan-Alensonorin, Nakili Cachola, Gena Martin, Oliver Risi,

Citizen Laith, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, Nashville/Mid-South Chapter, Laith Amanoel, Loai Amanoel

Revolving Child West Broward High School, Suncoast Chapter, Vidal Rivera, Advisor, Jodi Tesser, Advisor, Francisco Cabrera, Eve-Katherine Pithey, Adrian Rodriguez, Kira Rivera, Steven LeBoeuf

A Day Not Subtracted, NW Documentary, Lily Beeson-Norwitz, Sydney Hammer, Sarah Peabody, Andrew Powelll

Win The Day, Barrington High School, Chicago/Midwest Chapter, Sean Moran

Monster, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School Biscayne Bay Campus, Suncoast Chapter, Victor Fernandez, Advisor, Chloe Golan, Nicole Barradas

Wai'anae Strong, Wai'anae High School, San Francisco / Northern California Chapter, Aimee Nitta, Producer/Editor Rachmaninoff Yeazus, Nakili Cachola, iovanni Magofna, Alennox Anduha, Kamalulilani Suan-Alensonorin, Gena Martin

Dennis Sever's House, Lake Forest High School, Chicago/Midwest Chapter, Bailey Lawrence

Motion Graphics Reel 2015, Ravenwood High School, Nashville/Mid-South Chapter, Mitchell Mullins

Sound Compilation, Saint Xavier High School, Ohio Valley Chapter, Brian Mitchell, Advisor, Mark Vogt

Directing Compilation Saint Xavier High School, Ohio Valley Chapter, Brian Mitchell, Advisor Mark Vogt

Hologram, Ballard High School, Northwest Chapter, Miles Andersen, Sho Schrock, Sophie DeGreen, Jesse Romero, Emily Black

Cinematography Compilation, Saint Xavier High School, Ohio Valley Chapter, Brian Mitchell, Advisor Mark Vogt
Composite - Cole Bacani, Neuqua Valley High School, Chicago/Midwest Chapter, Cole Bacani

1. Caroline Hearn, Cambridge High School, Southeast Chapter, Marc Schneider, Advisor Caroline Hearn
2. Jordan Elder, Park Hill High School,, Mid-America Chapter, Jordan Elder

Close To 190,000, Fairhaven High School, Boston/New England Chapter, Bethany Fernandes

1. Elizabeth Gonzalez - Writer, Wildcat Entertainment Television, Mid-America Chapter, Elizabeth Gonzalez
2. Identity Crisis Franklin High School, Nashville/Mid-South Chapter, Mckenna Martin, Writer

Technology & Engineering Emmy®   Awards Set

         The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the recipients of the 68th Annual Technology & Engineering  Emmy® Awards that will take place on Saturday, January 7th, 2017. This event marks the eleventh consecutive year that the Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards have been presented during CES. The reception and presentation will take place in the Monet Ballroom at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas beginning at 6:30 p.m.
        "From our beginnings in 1948, the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards always recognized the talented and innovative leaders and companies that have made our industry possible,"  said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. "As we all enjoy the new world of television on our laptops, tablets and smartphones, we take time tonight to honor those that have the vision of seeing the seemingly impossible and making it a reality."
       "The National Academy's Technology and Engineering Achievement Committee is pleased to honor these technology companies and especially happy to honor, Tony Werner, President of Technology and Product at Comcast Cable with our Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished career," said committee Chairman, Robert P. Seidel, Vice President of CBS Engineering and Advanced Technology and Chairman, Engineering Achievement Committee, NATAS. "Over the last twenty-five years, Tony has been one of the leaders in the digital revolution in video, voice and data services in our industry delivering world-class products to consumers and companies alike." 

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NATAS Job Bank
The Board of Governors
President: Steve Shlisky*, KTVU Fox 2/Laney College
Vice President- San Francisco: Don Sanchez *, KGO-TV ABC 7 (Retired)
Vice President-Sacramento:  Cynthia Zeiden* Zeiden  Media/Sacramento State University    
Vice President- Fresno:  Kim Stephens* KMPH Fox 26 
Vice President- Hawaii:  Pamela Young*, KHON 2
Vice President- Reno: Landon Miller, KTVN 2 
Vice President-Smaller Markets: Scott Rates, KAEF/KBVU
Secretary:  Randy Forsman KCRA 3
Treasurer:  Jim Spalding Spalding & Company
Past President: Keith Sanders , San Jose State University
Linda Giannecchini* KQED 9/Franklin Mieuli & Associates  (National Awards Chair)
John Odell* CCSF Emeritus
Steve Shlisky*KTVU Fox 2/Laney College  
Cynthia Zeiden*, Zeiden Media/Sacramento State University (National Program Chair)
Kevin Wing* (alternate), ABC-TV Good Morning America/Kevin Wing Media Communications
Kent Beichley, Pac 12 Networks
Wayne Freedman*, KGO-TV, ABC 7
Alison Gibson, Media Cool (National Treasurer)
Luis Godinez KDTV Univision 14
Richard Harmelink KFSN ABC30  
Pablo Iacub KUVS Univision 19
Brian Johnson KFSN ABC30
Sean Karlin, Independent
George Lang* The Big Picture
Melissa Mapes Mainz, Mainz Media
Joyce Mitchell* 4 U Productions
Michael Moya, fotografx, Laney College
David Paredes KNTV NBC Bay Area
Scott Patterson, San Francisco State University
Pat Patton, KRON 4 (Retired)
Ross PerichProMotion Studios
Manny Ramos* Manny Ramos Communications
Erik RosalesKMPH FOX 26
Terri Russell, KOLO 8
Don Sanchez* KGO ABC7 (Retired) 
Juan Serna, San Jose State University
Matt Skryja, AAA NCNU Insurance Exchange  
Julie Watts, KPIX 5
Melanie Woodrow KGO-TV ABC7
Noemi Zeigler Sanchez, Laney College/Academy of Art University
Activities/Programs:  Cynthia Zeiden* Zeiden Media/Sacramento State University 
Archives/Museum:  John Catchings* Catchings & Associates
                             Linda Giannecchini* KQED 9/Franklin Mieuli & Associates
Awards:  Wayne Freedman* , KGO ABC 7
Education:  Keith Sanders , San Jose State University  
Finance:  Alison Gibson Media Cool (National Treasurer)  
Legal/Bylaws:  Mark Pearson ARC Law Group 
Membership:  Michael Moyafotografx/Laney College
Marketing:  Patty Zubov Platonic TV

Darryl R. Compton* NATAS

* Silver Circle inductee

Contact Information:

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
San Francisco/Northern California Chapter
Darryl Compton,
Executive Director
4317 Camden Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403-5007
Phone: 650 341-7786 or 415 777-0212


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