October 2015
October 2015 "Off Camera":
NATAS Awards Scholarships For 2015
Cheryl Jennings Leaving KGO-TV Anchor Desk; Will Remain At Station
KNTV NBC Bay Area's Investigative Team Honored
Former KNTV, KOVR News Director Jim Sanders Dies
Former KBHK-TV Program Director Al Sturges Dies
John Coney, Public Television Pioneer with KQED, KVIE Dies
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles: Charles Schulz
From A Producer's Perspective: Making Of KCRA's 60th Anniversary Special
What Is The San Francisco Channel?
"Creature Features" Returns
Our People: KGO-TV ABC7's Bob Goldberger
New Daytime Lineup At KRON
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Inductees Preparing For Memorable Day 
In San Francisco
KMPH's Kim Stephens To Emcee Induction Luncheon At Parc 55

Silver Circle 2013
By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President,
San Francisco

       Kim Stephens, the popular morning co-host ofGreat Day on KMPH Fox 26 in Fresno for more than a decade, has been tapped to emcee this month's Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon in San Francisco. 
      The announcement was made by Terry Lowry, chairperson of the Gold & Silver Circle Committee of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 
     The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco. A no-host reception will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon. The induction ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. 
     Stephens is no stranger to the annual luncheon. Last year, she was inducted into the Silver Circle to recognize her more than 25 years of contributions to the San Francisco and northern California television community. Before joining KMPH in 2003, Stephens was an anchor and reporter at KNTV in San Jose. 
     This year's induction luncheon will be, like in past years, a star-studded affair.
     In addition to six Bay Area and northern California television professionals being inducted into the Silver Circle for their industry contributions and career accomplishments, the Chapter will be inducting legendary Peanuts executive producer, Lee Mendelson, into the Gold Circle for his 50 years of contributions and accomplishments to television. 
    In 1988, he was inducted into the Silver Circle.  
    Collaborating for decades with Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz, Mendelson has been creating and producing numerous Peanuts prime-time television specials for the last half-century. 
    His television career began in 1961 at KPIX in San Francisco. In 1963, he founded his television and film production company, Lee Mendelson Film Productions. 
    The 82-year-old Mendelson hasn't slowed down at all. He is putting the finishing touches on a new prime-time special, It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown. It airs Nov. 30 on ABC.
    A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on network television in 1965. 
    Jason Mendelson, Lee Mendelson's son, will introduce him during his Gold Circle induction. 
    Being inducted into the Silver Circle this year are:
    Dan Ashley, the longtime news anchor at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco. Ashley will be introduced by friend and colleague, Kevin Wing (SC 2013), formerly with KGO-TV ABC7 and now with ABC News;
    Tom DuHain, recently retired reporter of KCRA 3 in Sacramento after more than 40 years there. DuHain will be inducted by friend and colleague, Joyce Mitchell (SC 2010), formerly of KCRA and now with 4 U Productions; 
    Sandy Lee, the now-retired, longtime producer of KPIX 5 in San Francisco. Lee will be introduced by friend and colleague,  Linda Yee  (SC 2007), of KPIX;
    Doug McConnell, program host, now with KNTV NBC Bay Area in San Jose after many years with KPIX and KRON in San Francisco. McConnell will be introduced by friend and colleague, Jack Uhalde, and son, Nicholas McConnell;
    George Warren, longtime reporter for KXTV 10 in Sacramento. Warren will be introduced by friend and colleague, Dan Adams (SC 2005), formerly of KXTV, and;
    Cynthia Zeiden, owner of Zeiden Media. Zeiden will be introduced by friend and colleague, Linda Giannecchini (SC 1997), of KQED. 


2015 Gold & Silver Circle Sponsors

NATAS Awards Five Scholarships For 2015

By Steve Shlisky
Chapter Education Committee Chairperson
      The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences encourages future digital media professionals by sponsoring college scholarships. This year seven scholarships are available: five separate undergraduate awards in reporting, videography, writing, production, and overall excellence; and two graduate awards in production and overall excellence.
       The 2015 $2,000 Scholarships are being awarded to: Michael Cotton, from Laney College, recipient of Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Videography Scholarship; Courtney Wagner, from Sacramento State University, recipient of the The Peter Marino Memorial Production Scholarship and Alexandra Swati Guild, from Stanford University, recipient of The "Miss Nancy" Besst Memorial Graduate Scholarship.
      This year's $3,000 Scholarships, underwritten by George Lang of The Big Picture, memorialize two former KGO-TV journalists. The Steve Davis Memorial Undergraduate Overall Excellence Scholarship goes to Ryan Remo Fioroni, from Laney College and The Jerry Jensen Memorial Graduate Overall Excellence Scholarship goes to Lauren Knapp from Stanford University.
      Every candidate submitted a variety of their completed works, a letter of support from a faculty member or dean, a personal essay, a copy of their Grade Point Average (GPA) and transcripts to the twelve-member Scholarship Panel (Robert Erdiakoff, Alison Gibson, Phil Kipper, George Lang, Joyce Mitchell, Manny Ramos, Greg Rando, Keith Sanders, Steve Shlisky, Matt Skryja, Kim Stephens, and Karen Sutton), a sub-committee of the NATAS Education Committee, screened DVDs or uploaded online videos of the entries. The Panel judged in six areas of excellence: Content, Execution, Creativity, Personal Essay, GPA, plus an overall score based on the quality of the entry materials. The panel then discussed, by conference call, the merits of each entry.
      Education Committee Chairperson Steve Shlisky says: "Each year we see the quality and aesthetic vision of these submissions edge closer to the work of the professional journalists in our market - a tribute to the excellent media education coming from our local colleges,". Shlisky is a producer/editor at KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland and a Professor and Co-Chairs the Media Communication Department at Laney College.
    The Scholarship Panel could have awarded seven scholarships this year, but in keeping with the high standards enjoyed by our local chapter, The Scholarship Committee decided to award only those individual entries that rose to the highest professional level. The $2,000 Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship and the $2,000 Kenneth Sloat Langley Memorial Writing Scholarship had no recipients.
     The scholarships will be presented during the NATAS Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the Parc 55 San Francisco, A Hilton Hotel Union Square.  Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a No-Host Reception.  Lunch begins at noon followed by the Induction program at 1 p.m.
     This chapter awards these scholarships to encourage individuals who demonstrate leadership and talent in advancing the artistic, cultural, educational and technical qualities of television. For information about these and future scholarships and go to http://emmysf.tv/graduate.html

Cheryl Jennings Doing It Her Way
Longtime KGO-TV Anchor To Focus On Special Projects, Sunday Public Affairs Show; Leaving ABC7 Anchor Desk

By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco

Cheryl Jennings
Leaving KGO-TV 
Anchor Desk
      Longtime KGO-TV ABC7 Anchor Cheryl Jennings has confirmed to Off Camera that she has made a decision to leave the anchor desk to focus more on special projects that are of most interest to her.
     Jennings, a 2003 inductee of the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will also continue to host her popular Sunday morning public affairs show, which is being renamed Behind the Headlines with Cheryl Jennings
     With KGO-TV since 1979 and an anchor there for nearly 30 years, Jennings says it was a "tough decision" to leave the anchor desk.
     "My managers, Vice President of News Tracey Watkowski and President Bill Burton were extremely supportive when I went to them and talked about wanting more time to travel more for stories," Jennings says.
     "They asked me to remain a 'key member' of the team and stay with KGO, 'sharing compelling stories, reporting on issues and topics important to the Bay Area, and working with the many charities she supports'. That sounds like a dream job to me!", Jennings explains.
     Adding that she is "thrilled" to pursue more of her special projects, including a trip to Afghanistan to follow the work of the non-profit Roots of Peace, Jennings says she will "miss working side-by-side with my friends every day at the anchor desk and in the newsroom and around the building."
     "We are a very close family at the station," she adds. "But, lucky me, I will still get to see them because I'm not leaving the station. There's so much to do and I'm looking forward to it." 
     Burton told Jennings he was renaming her Sunday morning Emmy Award-winning community affairs show, placing Jennings' name in the show title. 
     At press time, Jennings was uncertain as to when her last day of anchoring would be. 
KNTV NBC Bay Area's
Investigative Team Honored
      Recipients of the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced in late September by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) -- and KNTV NBC Bay Area's Investigative Unit was among them.
      The team received a regional Pillar Award for Outstanding Regional News Story - Investigative Reporting for its entry,  Sysco's Dirty Secret: Hidden Food Sheds Across North America
      The executive producer of the report was Matt Goldberg. Rounding out the rest of the team are: Felipe Escamilla, producer; Kevin Nious, investigative producer; Vicky Nguyen, investigative reporter; David Paredes, investigative photojournalist; and Jeremy Carroll and Mark Villareal, photojournalists. 

Former Bay Area, Sacramento
News Director Jim Sanders Dies
Served as News Chief At KNTV, KOVR and San Diego's KNSD

By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco

    Jim Sanders, the iconic news chief who led successful local TV news operations in the Bay Area, Sacramento and San Diego, has died. 
    Sanders was 68 when he died in San Diego in early September.
    For five years -- from 2002 to 2007 -- he successfully led the news operation at KNTV in San Jose during a critically pivotal time for the station. The former, longtime ABC affiliate and independent station for San Jose (when it was once a part of the Salinas-Monterey television market) became an NBC owned-and-operated station for the Bay Area in 2002 after NBC ended a 52-year relationship with its former Bay Area affiliate, KRON in San Francisco. 
    Prior to joining KNTV in 2002, Sanders was news director at KNSD, the NBC station in San Diego, throughout much of the 1990s. Before his years in San Diego, Sanders was news director at KOVR in Sacramento.

Al Sturges, 81
Served as Program Director At S.F.'s 
KBHK-TV During Station's Early Years
Al Sturges
Former KBHK-TV Program Director Dies At 81

      Al Sturges, a former executive at KBHK-TV in San Francisco during the early years of the station, has died.
      Sturges passed away July 30 after a brief illness. He was born Albert B. Sturges, Jr., in San Francisco on Aug. 18, 1933. He attended Lincoln High School.
      Inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1997, Sturges received a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University in 1955, and in 1994 he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of LaVerne in LaVerne, in southern California.       
      Sturges' entire career was in broadcasting, both radio and television, and is lasted more than 50 years. Besides his work at KBHK-TV, where he served as program director, Sturges also worked in Portland, Oregon and in Chicago. He also worked at radio stations in Petaluma, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara.
      In Santa Barbara, he held the position of general sales manager at KRUZ, and sales manager positions at KTMS/KHTY. In 1989, Sturges served as president of the Santa Barbara Ad Club.
      After retirement, Sturges taught business and management classes for the University of LaVerne and Allan Hancock College, including a business class at the Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc.
      Sturges and his wife, Dorothy, relocated to Sun City in Palm Desert in 2003. He was an avid tennis player and was very proud that his Sun City team participated in the USTA 65-and-over Tennis Championship for 2014 and finished in second place for the Silver Medal.
     Sturges is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Dorothy; daughter Pamela Sturges Hirsch and son-in-law Rick Hirsch of San Anselmo, CA; daughter Kimberley Sturges Kludas and son-in-law Ron Kludas of Fresno, CA; and four grandchildren: Elizabeth, Ryan, Will and Jack.
    A memorial service will be held in Palm Desert this fall. 

John Coney, 79
Public Television Pioneer; Was KQED Producer and  Director, KVIE Program Director

       John Coney, a producer who started his career in the early days of public television, died Aug. 7 in Seattle. 
      Coney was 79.
      Coney's public broadcasting experience dates to 1956, when he began work at KQED in San Francisco as producer and director. Among the shows he produced was David Littlejohn: Critic at Large, a weekly survey of arts in the Bay Area.
      He was program director at KVIE in 
Sacramento from 1974 to 1976. There, Coney created several local productions, including a weekly capital news program, California Journal, which aired on many California stations.
John Coney 
Former Executive At KQED, KVIE Dies 
      "I was John's first hire at KVIE, an all purpose, one-man production department," said Alan Foster, head of Executive Program Services, in an online remembrance. "We worked together on many ambitious production projects  John was typically always dreaming up. He was probably my first true mentor in television and a good one - one thing was, you never wanted to disappoint him!"
     In the early 1980s Coney was an executive producer at KCTS in Seattle for shows including Hard Choices, which examined how advances in medicine and technology made personal health decisions more complex.
     Coney executive-produced several travel specials in the early 1990s for Rick Steves, now famous for his European travel series on public  television. "John was my mentor and my friend. He loved travel and public television and inspired me in so many ways," Steves recalled in an online tribute. "He was my first coach in a recording booth and he gave me the confidence to take my travel teaching to a level I likely would never have reached without him.  His laugh, his liquor cabinet, his etchings, his passion for community, his annual Christmas party in mid-January and the thrill of real candles on the tree with him standing by fire extinguisher in hand - I will never forget," Steves said.
    Coney is survived by his wife, Jodi, and stepsons John, Roald and Bruce Simonson.
    A memorial service took place Aug. 15 at Queen Anne Lutheran Church in Seattle.

Gold & Silver Circle Profiles
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     Charles Schulz was a master of his art. He was a true legend who brought smiles and laughter to millions, young and old.
     Inducted into the Silver Circle 1997 of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1997, Schulz was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1922.
     During most of his adult life, he lived near Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco. The popular Charles M. Schulz Museum is located in Santa Rosa.
     Schulz was nicknamed "Sparky" after Barney Google's horse "Sparkplug". His fascination with comic strips began early, reading the Sunday comics from four different newspapers with his father each week. With encouragement from his father, a barber, and his mother, Schulz enrolled in a correspondence course in cartooning at what is now the Art Instruction Schools.
     His career in cartooning was interrupted in 1943 when he was drafted into the Army and he soon embarked for Europe in the fight against Germany. Upon his return, Schulz landed his first job in cartooning at Timeless Topix, a Catholic comics magazine. Soon after, he took on a second job as a teacher at Art Instruction, where he worked with Charlie Brown, Linus and Frieda, who later lent their names to the Peanuts comic strip.
Schulz's first break came in 1947 when he sold a cartoon feature called "Li'l Folks" to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Li'l Folks" ran as a weekly feature for two years. In 1948 he sold a cartoon panel to the Saturday Evening Post and would go on to sell 15 more panels between 1948 and 1950.
     In 1950, after many mailbox rejections, Schulz boarded a train from St. Paul to New York with a handful of drawings for a meeting with United Feature Syndicate. On Oct. 2 of that year, Peanuts, named by the syndicate, debuted in seven newspapers. When asked if he thought the strip would be a success, Schulz replied, "Sure, I thought it would last. In fact, when I started out I thought, I'll be drawing this for the rest of my life."
     That's exactly what happened.
     Schulz was 77 when he died on Feb. 12, 2000, a day before his final "Peanuts" cartoon ran in the Sunday editions of newspapers across the country.

      Next month in Gold & Silver Circle Profiles: A very special interview with Lee Mendelson, a 1988 Silver Circle inductee who will be inducted Oct. 24 into the Gold Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

      Kevin Wing is a San Francisco-based producer for ABC News' "Good Morning America", is editor of "Off Camera" and serves as San Francisco vice president on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Inducted into the Chapter's Silver Circle in 2013, he has been penning "Gold & Silver Circle Profiles" since 2007.

A Producer's Perspective:
Preparing KCRA's 60th Anniversary Special, 
Paring 60 Years Of Television Into A One-Hour Show

By Dave Manoucheri

Special To Off Camera
      How do you even begin to distill 60 years of history down to an hour?
      This would be a difficult job even if everything was all on a server ready for review. Yet technology has expanded in the broadcast realm so much in my own career that I can make the honest claim that I have worked on as many as eight different video formats in my career.
      So imagine that there are more than that in your archive when you have to pare down 60 years to an hour. Where do you start?
      There certainly had been other "specials" produced by KCRA for momentous occasions. However, even the 50th anniversary of the station, which had multiple half-hour productions, was cut from previous already-cut compilations. They used music, though, and mixed it in mono. Natural sound, that one, precious gem of a material for former photographers like me, was virtually nonexistent.
      There is another problem, particularly from the earliest eras of KCRA's history, all of which was shot on film. If you followed up on a big story, say Mike Boyd interviewing mass murderer Charles Manson, you didn't make a copy. You cut the piece of film you needed out of the original story and put it in your new one. This is what happened to many of the early pieces of KCRA film. As a result we had to track down those pieces and fit them back together.
      One bright spot was the fact that KCRA had handed a lot of old film - the majority of it, in fact - to the Center for Sacramento History. Nowhere near what we needed, though, was digitized.
      KCRA's archive, the one here at the station, is a mixed bag of news formats. Beyond the 16mm film, and there's still a ton of that left in our own archive. Some sound is on phonograph records. Some optical or magnetic film. There's also 2-inch videotape. Machines to play that material have quickly gone the way of the Dodo. Most of that was either programming or transferred to 1 inch or ¾ inch tape. The rest, we may never see again.
      The majority of the non-film material is on a mix of videotape formats. 3/4-inch cartridges abound. As do the troublesome Panasonic MII format. We also have DVC Pro, Sony Pro Disc, Sony Beta and SD Cards. If you're counting, that's nine formats.
To produce this special we brought in people going back to the earliest days of KCRA-3's News division. Each of them had stories and each of them had stories we'd never thought of and no one had ever put on an anniversary special before. The stories were personal, poignant . . . and we loved hearing them told, sometimes for the very first time on-camera.
      Then, we had to find the infamous B-roll to cover those stories.
A 16mm film we found from 1975 - the 20th anniversary of the station - was filled with shots of old staff and crews in the field. Yet the glue or splicing material hadn't held. We borrowed a projector from a local director but it could only play one audio format, so the film was silent
      We ran into a similar issue when people told stories of how amazing Boyd's reports were. His description of a California execution is still taught in law enforcement circles. Yet finding the full report is nigh impossible. As a result, many of the older stories were stitched together from several of the best pieces. Some from film, others from film-transfers to videotape, others from either raw videotape of stories or from finished packages.
     Today, we capture airchecks as the newscast runs. That, however, was not the case years ago. The first KCRA broadcast in 1955 does not exist in any form. Even as near as the 1990s, there would be no copy of what aired unless someone decided to record it. Only the stories themselves.
      Tom Duhain, one of our veteran reporters, hadn't realized that he'd left a box full of ¾ tapes behind when he retired. Most of that had his weather anchoring from the 1970s. That material was a goldmine for early newscasts as he'd rolled on the entire newscast for many of those.
      Many of the former special reports or amazing stories still had their raw tape, saved, stored on shelves in a room adjacent to what had been the KCRA newsroom. Nearly all the raw tape from early anchor Stan Atkinson and reporter Roy Stearns' overseas trips are still here. So are raw tapes covering serial killer Dorothea Puente, including an interview on a KCRA airplane commandeered by Sacramento Police. KCRA's Boyd was the only reporter to get an interview with her because of that.
      Along with that are the examples of today's coverage, much of it on DVC Pro, Disc and server that show just how the legacy of that reporting is influenced by the reporting of old.
      The other thing that stands out is which formats withstand the test of time . . . and which have an obvious problem with aging gracefully. We found 16mm films of station IDs for the Apollo Space missions that were beautiful.     
       The floods of 1955, which we found in the archive, were scratched and dirty, but working. Most of that film still looks great. It looks... like film.
      Much of our ¾ library, now more than 30 years old, created issues with clogged video heads. MII had issues with tape glitches when it was new. It wasn't that much better today. It's not that our material isn't playable. It is what every videotape format is and has always been: videotape. It's magnetized mylar and each pass scrapes a little more of that oxide onto the heads of the machine.
     This is a part of the history you never get to see. This is the firsthand look at the technological history of television. We suffered through all the same format changes that most other television affiliates and networks did, too. Yet the technology fades away when you see stoic reporters stand toe-to-toe with mass murderers or cover disasters. When another wades through flood waters. When a bomb explodes at Harvey's of Lake Tahoe or when our own cameras were live in Boston, showing the world as shots rang out in the very back yard where the Marathon bomber was hiding.
     I spent the last several weeks going home smelling like my grandmother's basement, for sure. Yet there's a strange satisfaction to finding that perfect piece of news history and adding it to the story.
     After all, good pictures and compelling sound are what we all use for telling our stories, right? Our biggest problem? Fitting 60 years into 60 minutes.

     Dave Manoucheri is a special projects producer at KCRA.

What Is The San Francisco Channel?
Production Company Rolls Out Something Different

     Time for a short television history lesson. 
     In the late 1940s, mainstream t elevision hit the airwaves after 20 years of experimentation. 
     In the early 1970s, Sylvester "Pat" Weaver wired up San Francisco, and the City by the Bay got cable TV.
     Fast Forward to 2013 , and IPTV, also known as streaming video, hits the scene with affordable bandwidth.
     The new technology is here and the big question is how is it going to affect our industry.
     Are IP based television channels going to pop up all around us and how does this content delivery method differ from normal TV and cable?
     Two former NATAS chapter members, Sam Gold and Rod Laughridge, are about to take the bull by the horns and see where it takes them. Simply put, they're re-inventing the wheel? Why? Because it needs to be re-invented! Community IP Media & Television Inc. is their production company that is about to roll out something a little bit different.
      They have created a medium known as "Community Media," which in its simplicity is Public Access and/or Community Access television WITHOUT the politics and political baggage that almost always accompanies taking any type of funding from a city or county entity via the state PUC/DIVCA/ cable company pass-through and turns a Silk Purse back into the veritable Sow's Ear!
     Since they don't take funding from DIVCA, they are in a totally unregulated arena, and don't have to deal with the restrictions that Public & Community Access stations are forced to comply with on a daily basis.
     As veterans of the public access arena for many years, they have experienced how NOT to operate a channel, so they have no place to go but up. Just because they are in the Community Media arena, it's no excuse for not operating their channel in a highly professional manner. Proper management is so very important to success!
Where do they get their operational funding? As a 501c3 non-profit, they are able to apply for foundation grant funding. Other income sources include program underwriting, memberships and donations from the community-at-large. 
     But they take the game seriously and take it a step further. They are NOT a cable channel, but an internet  based video channel that can be accessed via most any mobile device such as a tablet, laptop, internet ready television set and smartphone from anywhere in the world. Visit them at sanfranciscochannel.tv
Press the play button and the broadcast will go full screen. No app to deal with. It's all very straightforward.
     Internet television has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television program delivery. Viewers and consumers are increasingly watching premium TV content online, and are now expecting to be able to access this content on just about any device. Up until recently,  online viewing was mostly limited to Video-On-Demand (VOD) and catch-up TV.
     Mainstream television, the corporate structured, spoon fed, ad heavy/content light concept that is delivered direct to your home or business through a wired cable box is in its death throes. It is slowly, inexorably being replaced by consumer driven, a la carte, interest-focused, content heavy internet video that is delivered direct to you wherever, whenever and however you want it. Community Media should be no different.
     The San Francisco Channel is community-based -- by San Franciscans, for San Franciscans, and to engage and involve San Franciscans with high quality video content from some of the top producers from around the country and around the world! They will also be producing a considerable amount of local content spotlighting our city and its valuable treasures and resources.
     Even their bandwidth provider is a San Francisco based company. They are hoping to team up with a local newspaper to offer a unique perspective of San Francisco news.
Unlike a cable channel on your TV set or cable box, they promote a viable brand, and the brand is the San Francisco Channel.tv and it's new content that will only be available on their IPTV channels
     State-of-the-art production equipment is now almost totally portable and can be utilized and set up almost anywhere. A totally dedicated studio setting isn't really necessary anymore.
     If you would like to become part of this unique vision, give them a call at Community IP Media & Television, Inc?, at 855-295-4660.

Creature Features Returns!
Iconic Late Night Bay Area Fixture Now On Internet TV

     It's back! Yup, Creature Features had 14 fabulous, unforgettable years on Bay Area television, but it returns once again in the 21st century to San Francisco Bay Area television but it's only going to be available on IPTV, via San Francisco's own "The San Francisco Channel", "Television Without The TV", the new IP based internet television channel located at www.sanfranciscochannel.tv
      For many years since its debut in 1971 on KTVU with its host, the late Bob Wilkins, with cigar in hand, Creature Features dispensed the worst in horror movies ever made. As Wilkins used to say "Don't stay up and watch these, they're not worth it!"
      After Wilkins' retirement in 1979, the reins were taken over by now SF Chronicle Pink Section DVD reviewer John Stanley (author of "The Gang That Shot Up Hollywood",  "I Was A TV Horror Host" and the "Creature Features Movie Guide") who kept things going until 1984, when Creature Features left the Bay Area airwaves. Thirty plus years later, those memories still thrive and the Baby Boomers want them back. Their devotion still continues to amaze!
      Throughout those years, John interviewed many celebrities, many of whom have since passed on and we will be tacking them on to the Creature Features shows as "The John Stanley Interviews" and maybe digging into the archives and bringing back some of the old shows and memories for re-broadcast with a hefty technology update!.
      You never knew who (or what) you'd see next on Creature Features. There was an endless parade of the totally weird people who claimed to be witches and martians, inventors who built robots, a woman who knitted a sweater for King Kong, local filmmakers who showed bizzare TV commercial take-offs.
      Working with other horror show aficionados from around the country we will be bringing those same awful movies back as Creature Features Presents The Dungeon of Dr. Dreck on Friday Nights at 11 p.m., Creature Features Presents The Saturday Fright Special on Saturday Nights at 11 p.m. and  Creature Features Presents Lord Blood-Rah's Nerve Wrackin' Theatre on Sunday Nights at 11 p.m.  It should be noted that Lord Blood-Rah's Nerve Wrackin' Theatre is locally produced in the Bay Area.
      Now semi-retired, and presently in production with Homecoming: A Fable II, shot at the infamous Devil's Slide in San Mateo County, with the assistance of Bay Area videographer Dina Boyer, Stanley will be working on some new and interesting future Creature Features projects to once again promote this almost forgotten genre of cinematic trash (their words).
      For more information go to www.creaturefeatures.tv or www.stanleybooks.net.

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Executive Producer On The Job 
KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco has a gifted, talented newsman in Robert Goldberger. As the station's Executive Producer of News, Goldberger manages a diverse newsroom of more than 100 journalists, overseeing content and the production of the evening newscasts, including assignments and scripts.

New Daytime Lineup At KRON 
Replaces Paid Programming

      In September, KRON launched a new daytime programming lineup that replaces paid programming with a first-of-its kind crime show, a reality television drama and the liveliest entertainment news and talk variety hour straight from Hollywood.
New to KRON 4 lineup are:
      Bridezillas, the syndicated version of the hit AMC show that chronicles the lives of women engaged to be married, casting their busy schedules in an emphatic and humorous fashion.
      Hollywood Today LIVE, a brand new one-hour, daily entertainment news and talk variety show that delivers the latest and most outrageous movie, TV and pop culture news, exclusive celebrit y interviews and the hottest red carpet premieres from the heart of Tinsel Town.
      Crime Watch Daily, the first crime show to air in daytime syndication and the "first-of-its-kind dynamic program that covers the world of crime, mystery and drama". KRON will work in tandem with Crime Watch Daily on local undercover investigations and exclusive stories. Recently, the two worked on an investigation into Uber and how the company screens its drivers.
     "We are very excited about our Fall Launch that eliminates paid programming and infomercials from our Monday-Friday daytime schedule for the first time since 2002," said Vice-President and General Manager Ashley Gold Messina. "This move adds continuity to our schedule, gives the Bay area viewers a reason to stay with KRON 4 all day long, and gives us an additional promotional platform for our news products. With this new line-up, we have a great foundation to advance our growth plans."
     "It was really important that we provide viewers and advertisers with top-notch, unique programming that they can't get anywhere else," says Bob Scutari, General Sales Manager. "We look forward to maximizing all the opportunities that our new schedule will bring."

Below is KRON's daytime lineup:
10:00am - Dr. Phil
11:00am - Law & Order Criminal Intent (new time!)
12:00pm - Bridezillas (new to the line-up!)
1:00pm - Hollywood Today Live (new to the line-up!)
2:00pm - The Doctors (new time!)
3:00pm - Crime Watch Daily (new to the line-up!)
4:00pm - Dr. Phil
5:00pm - KRON 4 News at 5

The Health Reporter
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Lessons We Can Learn from Dogs
In the TV news world, you often see life and people at their best, but also at their worst. As humans and as time wears on, it's easy to forget the little things that make life worth living. However, dogs know how to live and love. Here are some lessons we can learn from them...
* Always run to greet loved ones when they come home.
* Never pass the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
* Relish in the simple joy of fresh air and wind in your face.
* Take naps.
* Stretch before rising.
* Run, romp and play daily.
* Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
* Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
* Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
* On warm days, lie on your back in the grass. On hot days, drink lots of water and find shade.   
* When you're happy, dance around, and wag your entire body.
* Take long walks and stop to smell the roses (and anything else that interests you) along the way.
* Be loyal.
* Never pretend to be something you're not.
* If what you want is buried, keep digging until you find it.
* No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout. Run right back in there and try it again.
* When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
* Look at the people you love like they're the best thing since peanut butter.
~ Author unknown
     Karen Owoc is the Clinical Exercise Physiologist at a San Francisco Bay Area hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation program and former NATAS Governor. She produces and hosts "The Health Reporter", a half-hour medical program, and a series of short-format health and lifestyle TV segments. Visit her blog for more healthy living how-to's at http://TheHealthReporter.tv.

New Chief For Hawaii's ABC Affiliate
McNamara: "Exciting Times Lie Ahead For KITV"
Joseph McNamara
New KITV Chief
  KITV in Honolulu has a new president and general manager.
    Joseph McNamara   recently joined KITV, "Hawaii's ABC affiliate", as president   and  g eneral  m anager .  
    McNamara has held positions   with   WMGC   (WNT)   and   WBNG- TV   in  Binghamton,   New   York   and   WTNH in  Hartford/New   Haven,   Connecticut, KHON Honolulu and most recently in Virginia with Next Star Broadcasting where he just completed a rebuild, rebranding and a news team launch. 
     "Exciting times lie ahead for KITV as we will be making a multi-million dollar investment in the facilities including full HD news build out, enhanced graphics and music as well as introduce the most progressive weather and traffic on-air presentations available anywhere," McNamara says.   

On the Move

Shirin Rajaee
Joining KOVR

Shirin Rajaee, morning and midday news anchor at KEYT in Santa Barbara, joins KOVR in Sacramento as weekend evening news anchor and correspondent.

      Henry Lee
, crime reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, joins KTVU in Oakland as a justice reporter. 

      Anny Hong, weekend morning meteorologist and anchor at KRON in San Francisco, has been promoted to fulltime duties as weekday morning meteorologist. She will also serve as a breaking-news anchor. 

      Greg Shepperd, former managing editor at KCRA in Sacramento, has been named news director at KOAT-TV in Albuquerque. Since leaving KCRA, Shepperd spent three years as news director at KHBS/KHOG-TV in Fort Smith, Arkansas. 
      Have a new job? Got a promotion? Retiring? We'd like to know about it. Please write to  On the Move and  Off Camera Editor Kevin Wing at kevin@emmysf.com.

Corrections and Clarifications 

       In the September edition of  Off Camera , in a story we featured to mark the 20th anniversary of KMAX CW 31's morning program,  Good Day , we mistakenly identified the show as  Good Day Sacramento . The show was known as the latter from the 1990s until earlier this year, when the title was simply shortened to  Good Day .
      This was an editorial error, not a reporter error. We at  Off Camera regret the mistake with our sincerest apologies to everyone at KMAX CW 31.

Do You Remember?

Can you name this anchor team 
and the station they worked for?
In the September edition of Do You Remember?, 
we asked if you could identify this gentleman on the cover of 
a TV magazine, and what Bay Area station he worked for. 

It's former KDTV Anchor, Silver Circle Class of 1994 and 
Gold Circle Class of 2008, Luis Echegoyen!

If you know the answer to this month's
Do You Remember?, please write to 
Off Camera Editor Kevin Wing at kevin@emmysf.com.

Write Us! Off Camera Wants to Hear From You!

        Off Camera always wants to hear from you. Have a great story idea? Interested in writing a story for us? Want to tell us how we're doing? Whatever it may be, please feel free to drop us a line. 
        Write to Off Camera Editor Kevin Wing at kevin@emmysf.com
        Thank you!

The Board of Governors
President:  Keith Sanders San Jose  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:  (Vacant)
Secretary:  Randy Forsman,  KCRA 3
Treasurer:  Jim Spalding Spalding & Company
Past President:  Javier Valencia Consultant
Linda Giannecchini KQED 9  (National Awards Chair)
Alison Gibson Media Cool  (National 2nd Vice Chairperson)
John Odell CCSF Emeritus
Steve ShliskyKTVU Fox 2  
Alternate: Kevin Wing ABC-TV Good Morning America
Kent Beichley KRON 4
Alyssa Deitsch KHSL/KNVN
Randy Forsman KCRA 3
Wayne Freedman KGO-TV ABC7 
Luis Godinez KDTV Univision 14
Richard Harmelink KFSN ABC30   (Nominating Chair) 
Pablo Icub KUVS Univision 19
Brian Johnson KFSN ABC30
Sean Karlin Beyond Pix Studios
George LangThe Big Picture
Da Lin KPIX 5
Terry Lowry LaCosse Productions   (Gold & Silver Circle Chair) 
Melissa Mapes KITV 4
Joyce Mitchell 4 U Productions
David Paredes KNTV NBC Bay Area
Pat Patton Consultant
Ross PerichProMotion Studios
Manny Ramos Manny Ramos Communications
Erik RosalesKMPH FOX 26
Brenda Salgado KGMB/KHNL Hawaii News Now 
Don Sanchez KGO-TV ABC7 (Retired) 
Matt Skryja CSAA  
Stephanie Stone KFSN ABC30
Karen Sutton Independent  (Emmy Gala Chair)
Melanie Woodrow KGO-TV ABC7
Activities/Programs:  Cynthia Zeiden Zeiden Media 
Archives/Museum:  John Catchings Catchings & Associates
                            Linda Giannecchini KQED 9  
Awards:  Julie Watts KPIX 5
Education:  Steve Shlisky KTVU Fox 2 
Finance:  Alison Gibson Media Cool  
Legal/Bylaws:  Mark Pearson ARC Law Group 
Membership:  (Vacant)
Marketing:  Patty Zubov Platonic TV

Darryl R. Compton NATAS  


Contact Information:

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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
Fax: 650 372-0279


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