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Tom Farmer

As the song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year" because the Lower Great Lakes Emmy® Awards "Call for Entries" has been released. OK. I suppose that song may be referring to something else taking place this month, but the words fit for one of the most anticipated times of the Emmy® year.

In keeping with the gift giving spirit, the Lower Great Lakes Chapter is once again offering an early bird discount for all members who get their completed Emmy® Entry in before December 31st. So, if you haven't done so yet, now would be a good time to renew your membership in NATAS and encourage others to join. The benefits of membership can be a great cost saver especially around Emmy® entry time.

Our Awards Committee and Board of Governors took a number of your suggestions when creating this year's "Call for Entries" making it the most category-filled ever offered in the chapter's history. More information about the "Call for Entries" can be found later in the newsletter from our VP and Emmy chair, John Stealey.


As we wrap up 2015 I want to extend a few "Thank Yous" beginning with those of you who took the time to participate in the Emmy® judging process this year. Our Emmy Awards Administrator, Bob Hammer, indicated that the Lower Great Lakes Chapter is considered one of, if not THE best chapters in meeting judging deadlines.

I would also like to thank our Board of Governors and staff. Your commitment to scholarship, the awards process (including college and high school) and our members, continue to make the Lower Great Lakes Chapter one of the finest in all of NATAS.

Finally, special thanks to all of you, our members. Your support of the chapter not only serves to improve the Emmy® process, but helps us maintain the integrity of the highest award in television.

I hope that you and yours truly enjoy, "The most wonderful time of the year." Happy Holidays from all of us at the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of NATAS.


As Tom mentioned, The NATAS Lower Great Lakes Call For Entries has been unveiled. Here are the details from EMMY Awards Administrator Bob Hammer & Chairman John Stealey.

Bob Hammer
John Stealey
The NATAS Lower Great Lakes Call for Entries for Emmy Award consideration has been posted on our website ( It's time to collect your best work from this past year (1/1/15 - 12/31/15) to submit for Television's highest achievement, the Emmy Award. We've added nearly 30 new categories this year, so check the Call for Entries for the new categories. Submissions are completely on-line, entry form submission deadline is February 1, 2016 with the video upload submission deadline of February 8, 2016. There is also an early bird entry opportunity to save a few bucks! In order to qualify for the "Early Bird" your entry must be completed and finalized by December 31, 2015.
I encourage all of you take a look at the new Call For Entries categories on our website ( The Call For Entries is available for download as a .pdf file and can also be printed.
The NATAS Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards Ceremony will be held June 18, 2016 at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio - mark your calendars.

Good Luck,

Bob Hammer - NATAS LGL Emmy Awards Administrator
John Stealey - NATAS LGL Emmy Awards Chair


As station's firm up their budgets for the coming year, it may be a good time to do some job hunting. Visit the NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Job Bank at our website


The Cleveland Association of Broadcasters will be holding their annual holiday party, sponsored by NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter tonight from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Speakeasy (1948 W. 25th Street, Cleveland, Ohio).  Admission is $20 at the door, or $15 with an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots, and includes 1 Drink Ticket, 2 Raffle Tickets, and free appetizers.  For more information, visit