August 2014
In "Off Camera" This Month:
Editor's Note
GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE 2014: Don Knapp, James Scalem To Be Inducted Into Gold Circle
Chapter's Board of Governors Ready For New Year
Friends of Faith Cancer Fundraiser Aug. 23
KTVU's Fred Inglis Retires
KNTV NBC Bay Area Hires Away KGO-TV ABC7 Assistant News Director
Big Changes at Fresno's CBS and NBC Affiliates
KGO-TV ABC7's Mike Shumann Shares Thoughts About "Legends of Candlestick" Game
Sacramento Documentary Film Crew Chronicles Bay Area Afghan Men's Group
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles: Faith Fancher
The Health Reporter
The Yoga Corner with Melanie Woodrow
Soundbites: KOFY TV 20's Celeste Perry
Technology, Engineering Emmys in Las Vegas in January
Copyright in the Media: YouTube and Embedded Video Content
On The Move
Do You Remember?

Off Camera

    Kevin Wing, Editor 

the board of governors




  Keith Sanders, San Jos

  State University

Vice President, San Francisco: 

  Kevin Wing, ABC-TV/"Good

  Morning America"  

  Vice President, Sacramento: 

  Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden


Vice President, Fresno: 

  Kim Stephens, KMPH FOX 26 

  Vice President, Hawaii

  Pamela Young, KITV 4

  Vice President, Reno: 
    Terri Russell, KOLO 8
    Alison Gibson, Media Cool
  Past President:

  Javier Valencia, Consultant


national trustees:

Linda Giannecchini, KQED 9

(National Awards Chair)

Alison Gibson, Media Cool

(National 2nd Vice Chairperson)

Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media

(National Program Chair)

Steve Shlisky, KTVU Channel 2  (Alternate) 



Zara Arboleda, KGPE CBS 47

Kent Beichley, KRON 4

Wayne  Freedman, KGO ABC 7 

Luis Godinez, KDTV Univision 14

Richard Harmelink, KFSN ABC 30  (Nominating Chair) 

Pablo Icub, KUVS Univision 19

George Lang, The Big Picture

Da Lin, KPIX 5

Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions  

(Gold & Silver Circle Chair) 

Sultan Mirza, KPIX 5 (Webmaster) 

Jen Mistrot, KPIX 5

Joyce Mitchell, 4 U Productions

John Odell, CCSF Emeritus

(National Rules Chair) 

Ross Perich, Trainer Communications

Greg Rando, KTVU Channel 2

Brenda salgado, KGMB/KHNL, Hawaii News Now  

Sandy Sirias, KFTV Univision 21

Matt Skryja, AAA 

Stephanie Stone, KFSN ABC 30

Karen Sutton, Beyond Pix Studios

David Waxman, KRCB 22

Melanie Woodrow, KTVU Channel 2 

Alice Yu, KVIE 6


committee chairs:


  Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media 


  John Catchings, Catchings & Associates

  Linda Giannecchini, KQED 9 


  Julie Watts, KPIX 5


  Steve Shlisky, KTVU Channel 2 


  Jim Spalding, Spalding & Company  


   Mark Pearson, ARC Law Group  


  Kym McNicholas, Kymerview


  Patty Zubov, Platonic TV


execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton, NATAS 

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Editor's Note

       Welcome to your 
Off Camera for August!
      On behalf of everyone on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, I hope you're enjoying the summer! As you know, Off Camera is the official monthly publication of the Chapter. And, as a member, Off Camera is the one benefit you receive each month of the year. Each month, we strive to create a newsletter that's informative and entertaining, one that represents every region of our Chapter. 
     We'll be rolling out a few new features over the next few issues, including a brand-new look for Off Camera. That's in the works in the coming months. But first, I want to tell you about our top story in this issue. It's Gold & Silver Circle season, and two of our colleagues in television -- both of whom have worked in the industry for 50 years or more -- will become the newest members of the Gold Circle when they are inducted in San Francisco on November 1. Please join me in congratulating Don Knapp and James Scalem, two very distinguished members of our business. Read about them below. 
     Also this month, we remember Faith Fancher, the beloved KTVU Channel 2 reporter who died of breast cancer in 2003. Later this month, the 10th annual Friends of Faith fundraiser at Lake Merritt in Oakland will benefit uninsured and underinsured women suffering from breast cancer. Hope you can join in, be a part of a wonderful day and help those in need. And, in remembrance of Faith this month, Gold & Silver Circle Profiles is spotlighting her life and career, both of which were too short.
     Last month, the Bay Area said farewell to Candlestick Park with the last sporting event ever to be played there. Joe Montana's "Legends of Candlestick" matchup, between San Francisco 49ers legends and the legends of the NFL, was a fun game of flag football (no tackling after age 50). Our own Bay Area broadcast legend, KGO-TV ABC7's Mike Shumann -- himself a 49ers alum -- played in the game and scored a touchdown with a pass from Joe Cool. Mike writes an Off Camera exclusive for us, reflecting on that July evening at the 'Stick that meant so much for him and 49ers fans everywhere. 
     Now, back to some of those new features for Off Camera. This issue, we launch a new monthly column with your good health in mind, written by Melanie Woodrow, one of the newest members of the Board of Governors and an investigative reporter at KTVU Channel 2. Yoga Corner with Melanie Woodrow will focus on good health through yoga. Melanie's been practicing yoga for the last several years, and suggests that wellness in mind, body and spirit through yoga are important in the hectic world of television. Melanie joins Karen Owoc, who has been sharing health, exercise and nutrition tips with her column, The He
alth Reporter, for the last two years. Hope you'll take a breather from work and check them out!
     This fall, we'll launch Where Are They Now?, an occasional series that showcases those who worked either behind the scenes or in front of the camera at TV stations within our Chapter. 
     Among those featured include Bob Jimenez, perhaps best known for his decade-plus tenure through the 1980s and early 1990s as anchor of Live At 5 at KRON 4. Where's he now? Find out this fall!
    Thanks again, as always, for your interest and support of Off Camera each month. We appreciate it, and we hope you enjoy this issue!
Kevin Wing
Off Camera
Gold Circle Induction In Fall
For Don Knapp, James Scalem
Legends Represent More Than 100 Years In Television

      Two legendary stalwarts of Bay Area and northern California television, with more than 100 years of television experience between them, will become the latest inductees this fall into the prestigious Gold Circle to honor each individual's 50-plus years in the industry.

      Don Knapp, the veteran reporter of KPIX 5 in San Francisco as well as other Bay Area stations and a former correspondent for CNN, is a familiar face to television viewers in the Bay Area and California and also throughout the country.

      James Scalem, whose time-honored career at KQED and PBS has made him a distinguished public television standout throughout the United States, will join Knapp when they are inducted into the Gold Circle on Nov. 1 in San Francisco. 


Don Knapp
2014 Gold Circle Inductee

Knapp started his television career in 1964 at WBNS in Ohio as a reporter, shooter, writer, editor, film processor, doing it all while attending Ohio State University Journalism Graduate School part time. 

      Since his 1969 move to San Francisco, he has worked at KPIX (twice), KTVU, KRON and KGO-TV. He has also worked at CNN as the cable network's San Francisco Bureau network correspondent. 

      Knapp has covered major stories around the world including: the Iraqi refugee crisis following Desert Storm; Yellowstone forest fires; San Francisco's Loma Prieta earthquake; the O. J. Simpson trial; and the Columbine school shootings, to name but a few. 

      His work has been recognized with Emmy�, RTNDA, ACE, and San Francisco Peninsula Press Club awards, including a lifetime achievement honor from the Society of Professional Journalists.

      Knapp was inducted into the Silver Circle in 2009.


     Scalem's long career in public television began in 1958 at the San Francisco station KQED where he rose from the proverbial mailroom to become Program Manager, and Director and Executive Producer of Local & National Cultural Programming, as well as Executive Producer of On-Air Fundraising and Promotion. In the early 1980s, Scalem produced 50 live tennis telecasts for PBS; and received two local Emmys for An Hour with Joan Baez (one of three Joan Baez concert specials he produced and directed) and the creation and production of one-minute biographies called Spaces Between Programs. 

James Scalem
2014 Gold Circle Inductee

     From 1991 to 1998, Scalem headed the Fundraising Programming Department at PBS. During that period, he was responsible for creating, funding and administering more than 350 "pledge" programs for the PBS system. Among the programs Scalem brought to the screen during his tenure were: the 1994 and 1998 Three Tenors Concerts from Los Angeles and Paris, Riverdance, Les Miserables in Concert, two Peter, Paul and Mary specials, three Victor Borge Then and Now specials, The Eagles Reunion Concert "Hell Freezes Over," The Moody Blues at Red Rocks, John Tesh at Red Rocks, Yanni at the Acropolis, Michael Crawford in Concert, Andre Rieu -the Vienna I Love (and three other Rieu Specials), Helmut Lotti Goes Classic, various Frank Sinatra Specials, Perry Como's Irish Christmas, and five Lawrence Welk Specials. 

       Scalem also pioneered the highly successful "self-help" genre of fundraising programming by commissioning and acquiring programs featuring John Bradshaw, Deepak Chopra, menopause expert Dr. Judith Reichman and others.

       In 1998, Scalem became executive vice president of Media Productions International, where he produced the specials, Bobby Darin - Beyond the Song, Patty Page - the Singin' Rage, and A Salute to British Comedy on American Public TV. In 2000, he began producing programs under his own banner, first serving as consulting producer for Hawaii - Songs of Aloha, a PBS fundraising special, and then producing Robert Mirabal - Music from a Painted Cave, a Native American concert/dance special, in 2001. 

      The 2014 Gold and Silver Circle inductees will be honored at the Annual Induction Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, located at 55 Cyril Magnin Street, Market at Fifth Streets. 
      Luncheon proceeds will go to the TV Academy Scholarship Fund, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Individual tickets and table sponsorships are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, minus the cost of lunch. 

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Chapter's Board Of Governors Ready For A New Year
Incumbents, New Officers, Governors Plot 2014-15 Plans At Annual Retreat

Story and Photos by Steve Shlisky
Chapter Education Chairperson

      The Bay Area's famous Golden Gate fog made way on the morning of July 19 for the annual retreat for the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

      Governor George Lang, owner of The Big Picture Film and Video Arts, secured the Loch Lomond Yacht Club in San Rafael, which hosted the retreat. This get-together provides a way for the Board to run a post-mortem of the Emmy Awards Gala event held June 15 in San Francisco, strategize for the upcoming year and welcome the newly-elected members of the Board.

      Newly-elected Governors arrived for orientation with Chapter Executive Director Darryl Compton and Linda Giannecchini, national NATAS trustee and national awards chairperson. Compton and Giannecchini briefed the newly-elected Board members on the duties of serving as a Governor, the Chapter by-laws and what is expected of them throughout their initial two-year term.

      Following the initiation of the new Board members, the retreat began when the full Board arrived. The Board is made up of 25 Governors (the local chapter has 23 Governors at the moment; there have been two resignations), eight committee chairpersons, 10 officers (there are two open positions - Vice President, Small Markets and Secretary) and four trustees (three trustees and one alternate). 

      Each of these positions participate and vote on local NATAS business (members holding more than one position only get one vote). 

Plans for Off Camera
Melanie Woodrow and Kevin Wing discuss new ideas for the Off Camera newsletter

      "A table of 23 trustees, officers and governors had the opportunity to meet newly-elected board members, renew old ties, and plan fresh initiatives," says Keith Sanders, Chapter president and a media producer at San Jose State University. 

      After initial introductions, incumbent members introduced themselves to the new members. Then, the retreat began with an agenda of moderate presentations: "Turning Emmy Gold into Emmy Green"; webcasting; the rollout of our new Chapter website; and strategic planning.

      In four years, Emmy Gala Chairperson Julie Watts, a consumer investigative reporter and anchor and KPIX 5, overhauled the Chapter's premier event -- the Emmy Awards -- turning it into something special.           Specifically, Watts has guided the Gala toward profitability and produced a shorter and more exciting event. Before Watts' involvement, the awards portion of the Gala had swelled to almost five hours in previous years. Historically an event that has lost money, Watts created the template for the Gala to transform it into a profitable event for the Chapter. She has guided the Board on ways to entice sponsors to participate in the event. 

      The Gala has always lost money because the ticket prices and Emmy entry fees do not offset the costs of the Emmy statues, dinner, hotel charges, and various union contracts. 

      Despite these losses, new sponsors have assuaged the situation.

      Compton calls the event "the monster that keeps growing", referring to the cost, addition of categories and keeping up with technology. 

      In the past, Bay Area stations KGO and KTVU have underwritten and televised the show. The stations would take care of production costs, while the Chapter concentrated on the awards themselves. While there is no longer a local broadcast of the Gala, the Chapter produces a webcast of the event, paying for all production costs. 

      Production duties are under the direction of Chapter Governor Karen Sutton, general manager of Beyond Pix. 


Planning Takes Leadership
Chapter President Keith Sanders, far left, engages Board members (left to right) Patty Zubov, Greg Rando, Linda Giannecchini and Kim Stephens

  "The Emmy webcast is on the cutting edge of technology," Sutton says. She guarantees that the live streaming and the added content of expanded recipient interviews and bonus coverage will always be of the highest quality.

      Watts is retiring from serving as executive producer of the Emmy Gala. She will no longer oversee the event but will stay involved as the Awards Chair. At the retreat, she outlined her ideas to elevate the Gala to the next level. She suggested finding a way to eliminate the expensive dinner portion of the evening, which ties the event to expensive San Francisco hotels, while looking for ways to keep the show attractive for sponsorships. 

      Watts encouraged each governor, chair and officer to support the Emmy Gala event

New Chapter Website
Marketing Chairperson Patty Zubov, promoting the yet-to-debut new Internet home for the Chapter

      The other major undertaking this year will be the debut of the Chapter's new website. 

      Marketing Chairperson Patty Zubov, executive producer at Platonic TV, said the website's launch will be after Sept. 1.

      Using the WordPress format, Board governors and chairpersons will be able to change and update their sections of the site individually. In the past, content changes were relayed to a third party. New content can be entered immediately now, trumping waiting a week, the current process.  

      Sanders says it is necessary to bring new members up to speed and review the previous year's events and and plan the future direction of the Chapter. 

      "The retreat at Loch Lomand Yacht Club in San Rafael was more than just a room with a view. It was a room where all points of view could be heard while discussing critical issues," Sanders says.

      "It was inspiring to see how much more the Board does above and beyond the Emmys, said Melanie Woodrow, a first-term Governor and an investigative reporter at KTVU Channel 2. "I look forward to contributing to Off Camera and judging student awards."

      Greg Rando, a Governor and KTVU's promotion manager, said he "learned so much in the last year on the Board."

      "It's a very rewarding experience," Rando said. "I just thought stuff like the Emmy awards show just happened, but I've learned that it takes a lot of hard work from a lot of talented people. And it's not just the Emmy's. From educational programs and scholarships to speaking engagements and offering health insurance to members, being a member of NATAS is very rewarding."

      After the retreat, Lang offered board members a ride on his 43 foot cruiser yacht - a 430 Sports Coupe, which he berths at the marina.

      The Loch Lomond Yacht Club overlooks the marina's 500 berths, one of the largest marinas in the Bay Area. 


Annual Friends Of Faith Cancer Fundraiser Aug. 23
Oakland Event Benefits Uninsured Women With Breast Cancer


By Keith Sanders

Chapter President

         Faith Fancher was 53 years old when she lost her battle with breast cancer in late 2003. But, the beloved, longtime KTVU Channel 2 reporter, who worked at the station from the early 1980s to the early 2000s, has never been forgotten.

      The walk/run course circles Oakland's scenic Lake Merritt and is a fundraiser for uninsured and underinsured women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.  FedEx presents the 10th Annual Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge on Aug. 23 at Lake Merritt in Oakland. 

      KTVU Channel 2 anchor Dave Clark and reporter Cristina Rendon will keep the program moving as this year's emcees. KGO-TV ABC7 anchor Dan Ashley and his band, PUSH, will perform during the pre- and post-Walk program.

      Chocolate Platinum "Soul Line" Dancers will provide warm-up for the event. 

      Raffle prizes include the following: iPad Air, 10th Anniversary Photo Quilt and a Mexico timeshare package.

      There will be awards for the top three overall runners and top three overall walkers. Day of event on-site registration for non-registered participants begins at 8:30 a.m. 

      The walk/run begins at 10 a.m. and prizes will be given away at 11:15 a.m.

      (Editor's Note: For more on the life and career of Faith Fancher, please read about her in this issue's Gold & Silver Circle Profiles, below.)

Fred Inglis Approaching End Of The Game 
KTVU Sports Reporter, Anchor To Retire After 22 Years At Station

By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco

Fred Inglis
Retires Aug. 11
Fred Inglis, who has covered every single sport while serving as a sports reporter and anchor at KTVU Channel 2, is getting ready to hang up his jersey after nearly 23 years at the Oakland station.
       Inglis, well liked and admired at the station and throughout the industry, will also be saying goodbye to California. 
       "There's so many things that come to mind when I think of my 22 and a half years at KTVU, but mostly the word "gratitude" expresses my feelings the most," Inglis says. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to meet so many great people, to travel to places I would otherwise not visit, and to witness so many great sporting events first hand."
       Inglis has been there, in the anchor chair or on the field, throughout the best of times and the worst of times for the Bay Area's professional sports teams. He has covered it all, from the Super Bowl championship wins for the San Francisco 49ers to the World Series championships for the San Francisco Giants.
      "I'm grateful to have been able to work with so many talented and hard working professionals," Inglis says. "I'm also grateful for all the KTVU management who trusted me to create, write, and edit my own stories. It was a great experience, and after 37 years in California, my wife and I will take all the memories back to Michigan. We are about to start a new era in New Era, Michigan."
      Inglis' last day at KTVU is Aug. 11.

New Station For Veteran Assistant News Director
Stephanie Adrouny Leaves KGO-TV ABC7, Joins KNTV NBC Bay Area

Assistant News Director to KNTV
Stephanie Adrouny (right), with KGO-TV colleague Lynne Friedman at her farewell party
Does Stephanie Adrouny know the way to San Jose? Yes, the now-former assistant news director at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco does. 
       KNTV NBC Bay Area has hired Adrouny to be its new assistant news director, starting this month. She replaces Matt Goldberg, who left the station earlier this summer to become managing editor at KNBC in Los Angeles. 
       Adrouny had been KGO-TV's assistant news director for the last eight years. 
       Starting at KGO-TV in 2000 as a weekend producer, Adrouny eventually began producing the station's weeknight 11 p.m. newscast. 
       She went on to become the station's nightside executive producer and, later, its dayside executive producer. In 2006, she was promoted to assistant news director.
       It's a return to KNTV for Adrouny. She worked there in the 1990s, before the station became a NBC-owned station.
Flurry Of Changes At Fresno's CBS, NBC Stations

By Kim Stephens
Chapter Vice President, Fresno

      There are significant on-air changes in Fresno with the CBS and NBC stations in a combined newsroom since last fall under the ownership of Nexstar.

      On July 25, KGPE CBS 47 morning weather anchor Jenny Toste announced she is leaving TV news to work in the Fresno State University communications office, focusing on social media.

      Additionally, KGPE CBS47 investigative reporter Zara Arboleda has announced that she is heading to Children's Hospital Central California to become its public relations manager. Arboleda is also a NATAS Chapter board member.

      Reporter Claudia Rodarte left the station on the same day as Arboleda's announcement. Rodarte is now working in insurance. 

      Amy Gill is joining the sports team. Jessica Porter takes over the weekend anchor gig. Both joined the Nextar affiliates over the summer and will report for both the CBS and NBC stations.

      In May, weekday evening anchor Evy Ramos left KPGE CBS47 for Sinclair-owned WOAI in San Antonio.

Reliving The Candlestick Glory Years Of The 49ers
KGO-TV ABC7's Mike Shumann Joins Former
Niners Teammates At 'Stick's Final Game
30,000 Fans Turn Out For "Legends Of Candlestick" Matchup

By Mike Shumann
Special to Off Camera

       What a weekend it was! The final football game at Candlestick Park with Joe Montana leading the way. The Legends of Candlestick, and me, facing Dan Marino's all stars. 
Mike Shumann
"What a weekend it was...!"
       We all met Friday afternoon for our only practice which lasted 30 minutes as none of us wanted to pull a hamstring before the big game. We then returned to our hotel down by the airport to a schmooze with the sponsors and get reacquainted with our old teammates and opponents. It was so much fun to catch up with my former teammates and see what had become of them in their life after football. It was different back in the 80's as we played for a lot less money and used our NFL careers to set us up for our next profession in life. We didn't make the big bucks and made sure the young guys knew this. 
       Unlike the good ole days, most of us were in bed by 10 p.m. and didn't break curfew!
       I think all of us were a bit nervous at the pre-game meal Saturday as we weren't sure how our bodies would hold up in a flag football game. The age of our rosters were between 45-60 yet in our minds we all thought we could still do it. The bus left at 3 p.m. to the 'Stick as we all wanted to get to the field and watch the San Francisco Police Department face the San Francisco Fire Department in the first game of the night. 
      Most of us were debating if we should get our ankles taped like old times, and I made sure I did as I didn't want to blow my Achilles' tendon out on my first route. It was interesting watching everyone fall back into their old routines of preparing for a game. 
      Jerry Rice still wanted to look like a GQ model on the field, Joe was walking around cracking wise on everyone, Dwight Clark was hosting 20 friends and colleagues from work and I was debating whether to wear cleats or tennis shoes. There was so much trash being talked as both teams were in the same locker room, but we all knew we couldn't back it up like the old days. Then the negotiations began, no collisions, are you going to run full speed, or is this a fun-loving game of flag football.
A Selfie Of 49ers Legends
KGO-TV ABC7's Mike Shumann, with friends and former teammates Joe Montana and Roger Craig
  We lost two players in warm-ups with pulled calf muscles and that's when we all realized we'd better start slow.
      We all lined up in the tunnel to get introduced one more time and I had to follow Jerry Rice! Really! I stalled coming out to let the roar cease before everyone started yelling...."SHuuuuuu". It was unreal at my age to hear the roar one more time and I think everyone felt the same way. That's when the adrenaline kicked in and all of a sudden, this was a competitive contest! The Legends started the game for us with Joe at QB, Jerry and Dwight at WR, and yet it was the worker bee, Bill Ring, scoring our first TD. Athletic instincts took over and we all wanted to be the player we used to, but our bodies wouldn't allow it. There were flashes of brilliance and the 30,000 fans there were loving it. Steve Young scrambling for a TD, Jerry making a great catch, John Taylor going deep and Ronnie Lott breaking up a pass. I pulled a calf muscle in the first half, but like old times got it taped at half time and came back out to play. All of us were fighting for touches in the huddle with former 49er FB and current 49er coach Tom Rathman calling our plays. I had to catch at least one pass and finally did to start the second half.  Then, on a broken play I caught a TD from Joe, becoming the oldest player in Candlestick history to catch a TD, and what I thought would be Joe's last.
      I even threw the ball in the stands like the old days and the fans went nuts.
      Guys were dropping like flies with injuries, mostly pulled muscles, so it became comical trying to get enough players on the field. But, with two minutes left, we trailed and Joe took us down the field and who better to catch the game winning TD than Eddie DeBartolo
      Mr. D didn't want to do it as he was afraid he would drop it, but Joe rolled out and put it right in Eddie's hands, he spiked it and we carried him to mid-field on our shoulders with tears in his eyes. I told Mr. D that he was now the oldest to catch a TD from Joe at the Stick and he loved it. This game was also closure for Eddie, as he was the main reason, along with Bill Walsh, that the 49ers were an elite franchise.
      It was a fitting ending to an unbelievable era in 49ers history, with five Super Bowl titles in this concrete jungle we know as Candlestick. I will be forever grateful for my days with the team and on this field as I'm not sure it will ever be the same. I was one lucky guy to play with Joe and all of my Hall of Fame teammates one last time in a game I think we will all remember as we closed the door on this phenomenal chapter in our lives. 


Bay Area Afghan Men's Group Welcomes 
Sacramento Documentary Film Crew

By Joyce Mitchell

Chapter Governor


     A TV moment in Fremont -- the Bay Area's fourth largest city -- provides a rare glimpse into an Afghan men's group that meets like clockwork every Thursday afternoon to provide emotional and mental health support to one another. 

     Violence and social upheaval in Afghanistan have had a lasting impact on Fremont's Afghan community.


Sacramento Film Crew Chronicles Afghan Men's Group
Documentary Producer Joyce Mitchell (right), with videographer Ken Day (second from left)

   The central portion of Fremont's Centerville District has become known as Little Kabul because it has the largest population of Afghans anywhere in the Western world. Mild weather and nearby rolling hills remind them of their homeland. Unfortunately, nearly half live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

     In March, the group agreed to participate in a Sacramento television documentary. After meeting with the crew and gaining trust, the Afghan men's group agreed it was important to show viewers how peer support has been helpful for members dealing with mental health issues.

     The group has dozens of members and several agreed to be interviewed for the

documentary entitled A Choice to Heal: Mental Health in California. The program aired on CBS May 31 and was hosted by Mariel Hemingway.

     The Afghan Men's Group is facilitated by Mohammad Tariq Mehdavi. "There is a big problem on all the refugees," Mehdavi says. "The isolation is a big problem for them." Mehdavi was one of the first refugees to settle in Fremont in 1979 following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. "We came and I was among twenty families here. Now, it's about 40,000 people."

     The focus of the documentary is to highlight various Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) programs funded by California's Mental Health Initiative Proposition 63. The initiative was passed by voters in 2004. Twenty-percent of funds are earmarked for PEI. Many PEI programs are geared toward preventing stigma, homelessness and incarceration of people with mental illness.

     Other documentary elements included San Francisco's Larkin Street Youth Services, and Huntington Park's El Centrito de Apoyo, which means little center of support and culturally appropriate services for American Indians disproportionately impacted  by suicide and addiction. "I'm really gratified when I hear all the good work that's going on in all the communities and I'm so grateful to the people who have taken the dollars and taken the act and put it to work," California Senate President Pro Tem and Proposition 63 Co-Author Darrell Steinberg says.

      While the Afghan community is very private, Mehdavi and his group agreed to participate in the program to help shatter stigma and demonstrate how ongoing peer support shores up people living with mental health challenges. "Yes, I have good experience for myself," Mehdavi says. "The amount of medicine which I used to use, now I am not using that much. The young doctor you saw in there, he is a psychologist and he comes every Thursday and tells us about these kinds of problems that are going on among Afghans."

Documentary Showcases Fremont's "Little Kabul" Community
Veteran Sacramento videographer Ken Day (right), filming the CBS documentary

     One of the biggest humanitarian crises of modern history, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 sent millions of people fleeing. The United States backed rebels fighting the Soviet invasion and granted Afghans political asylum. Refugees grabbed their children and escaped when they could.

     Ongoing strife in Afghanistan ignites painful memories of family and friends lost or left behind from days of the early 80's. "I haven't seen or heard from them since, " says Mohammad Naim Mojaddedi. "I mean, they are gone. We don't know, hear about them. This incident at that time affected me mentally and emotionally a lot. They are lost and presumed dead. It was a tragic experience for me."

     While the Afghan men's meeting is modest, outcomes are profound. "When you have the chance to talk to someone, particularly the same group that has the same kind of problems, it is somehow a relief," says Abdullah Kazem, Ph.D. "Life is not so easy. We have to be hopeful. I have come to the conclusion that you have to be hopeful and you will be successful."


Gold & Silver Circle Profiles   

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    I remember Faith.

    Yes, I remember Faith Fancher very well, and very fondly, I must add. I still can't believe she's been gone nearly 11 years.

    Fancher had a wonderful spirit, and an infectious laugh. I can still hear her laughter when I think back to the years I worked with her at KTVU Channel 2. I recall the first time I met her, when I was a news intern at KTVU. She never treated me like an intern. Instead, she treated me like an equal. That's how she was. She treated people the way she wanted to be treated.

    She was a good, good person. She always had a smile on her face, the kind that would light up a newsroom. And every day I worked with her, I would have to say she did just that. 

    This month, to honor the 10th annual Friends of Faith breast cancer fundraiser happening at Lake Merritt in Oakland Aug. 23, I thought it would be fitting to write about someone who has never been forgotten from this life. Not just by me, but by so many of us. 

    Fancher's broadcasting career began in college at WBIR-TV/Radio in Knoxville as a radio news writer. After graduation in 1972, she was hired by WBIR as a reporter. Faith was subsequently hired by WSM-TV in Nashville as a television correspondent; NBN (the National Black Network) in New York, a syndicated radio network supplying news and public affairs programming to 100 affiliate stations; and National Public Radio (NPR) as a reporter/anchor in 1978. She served as Washington, D.C., correspondent for CNN in 1980 and returned to NPR in 1982.

     She was a native of Franklin, Tennessee, where she spent her childhood summers on her grandparent's farm. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the Tennessee-Knoxville with a double major in Education and English.

     Fancher passed away at the age of 53 on Oct. 19, 2003 in her Oakland home, surrounded by family and friends.

     Her plight was well known to thousands of KTVU viewers throughout the 1990s, after she disclosed that she was being treated for the disease. Hoping her story would teach others the benefits of early detection, she allowed her friend and former KTVU co-anchor Elaine Corral Kendall and a camera crew to follow her treatment, which began with a lumpectomy at Alta Bates Hospital in the spring of 1997. "Faith's Story" aired for three nights. It generated hundreds of letters from well-wishers and won numerous awards.

    The surgery, however, revealed more bad news. Doctors had succeeded in removing the tumor from her left breast, but the cancer -- which was a particularly aggressive type -- was invasive and tests determined that other tissue in her breast was already precancerous.

    She told Bay Area viewers that a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery were her best chance of beating back the disease. On May 22, 1997, she told viewers, many of whom had written notes offering comfort and support, that they would be "seeing me for a long time."

    That September, believing she'd beaten the disease, Faith returned to work. But her grueling treatment left her tired and weak, and within a couple of weeks she left the newsroom for good. Two years later, her doctors told her the cancer was back.

    Giving up her place in front of the television camera didn't mean she dropped the crusade she'd begun on behalf of others struggling with breast cancer. Fancher knew that her position and her ability to profile her journey for the public allowed her access to some of the best treatment and doctors available, and she committed herself to helping those with lesser means struggle through their own battles with the disease. Along with friends, including many prominent Bay Area journalists, she established Friends of Faith and succeeded in raising more than $500,000 for breast cancer research and giving stipends to low-income and minority women with breast cancer.

   By June 2002, she had undergone seven operations for cancer and continued her valiant fight by trying new treatments and continued to talk about her struggle with Channel 2 viewers. 

   "I will always remember her as a strong, vivacious woman who absolutely loved life, who fought to the very end and encouraged other people to fight, too," she said at that time. "No matter how many times it came back, she said: 'Tell me what I have to do and I'll do it. This is my job now. I'm fighting cancer.'"

    Dear Faith, you will never be forgotten from this life. 

Portions of this article were provided by the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 


Kevin Wing is a San Francisco Bay Area/Northern California producer for ABC News' Good Morning America and ABC World News. He is also Chapter Vice President, 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. He has been profiling Gold & Silver Circle inductees in Off Camera since 2007. Tweet Kevin @KevinWingABC or write him at kevin.offcamera@gmail.com. 

The Health Reporter

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Eat Your Way to a Trimmer Waist


      Are you finding it harder to maneuver in tight spaces like the control room or on challenging field assignments? If so, you might want to consider shedding the extra weight that has settled around your belly. Extra fat from the waistlines of obese subjects compared to dieters who ate refined- A large waistline (abdominal obesity or "having an apple shape") not only slows you down, but puts you at risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.

 The Whole-Grain Diet

     A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a calorie-controlled dietrich in whole grains decreased egrain foods. A grain product is whole grain if a whole grain is listed as the first ingredient on the food label. By following the whole-grain eating plan, participants lost more abdominal fat than another group that ate the same diet, but ate refined grains instead.

    To determine caloric needs, each subject's daily energy needs were calculated minus 500 calories per day to produce a calorie deficit that is necessary to lose weight. To replicate the study, eat the following foods daily for 12 weeks (the participants lost 12-14 pounds):  

  • Four to seven whole-grain servings/day (amount is based on your energy needs)
  • Five servings of fruits and vegetables
  • Three servings of low-fat dairy
  • Two servings of lean meat, fish or poultry

Participants in the whole-grain group included the following whole-grain foods:

  • Bread and rolls, 2-2.5 servings/day (1 slice bread = 1 serving)
  • Brown rice (1/2 cup or 120 mL = 1 serving)
  • Oatmeal (1/2 cup or 120 mL = 1 serving)
  • Pasta (1/2 cup or 120 mL = 1 serving)
  • Ready-to-eat cereal (1 ounce or 28 g = 1 serving)
  • Salty snacks (e.g., popcorn, whole grain crackers, snack chips)
  • Snack bars (0.5-1 serving/day)

    The participants also engaged in moderate physical activity three or more days per week for 30 minutes per session. Ideally, aim for 150-300 minutes of moderate exercise each week which translates to 30-60 minutes on most days.


Decrease Inches and Inflammation

    The study also found that the subjects in the whole-grain group decreased their levels of C-reactive protein (a biomarker for inflammation) by 38% whereas CRP levels in the refined-grain group were unchanged. CRP is an emerging risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and a predictor of cardiac events in persons with and without CVD.


How to Shop for Whole Grains

    To qualify as a whole grain, 100% of the original kernel - all of the bran, germ, and endosperm - must be present. All grains start out whole, but during the refining process, the bran and germ are removed. As a general rule, look for the key word "whole", such as "whole grain", "100% whole grain", or "whole wheat" when shopping for a whole-grain product.


Beware of the following product ingredient descriptions as they MAY NOT be whole grain:

  • Wheat, wheat flour, durum wheat
  • Semolina, stoneground, organic flour
  • Multigrain (may be a mix of whole grains or several refined grains or a mix of both)

These words NEVER describe a whole grain food:

  • Enriched flour
  • Degerminated or degermed (on corn meal)
  • Bran
  • Wheat germ

The following grains are invariably whole grain without being preceded by the word "whole":

  • Amaranth, buckwheat, bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • Popcorn, millet, oats, oatmeal
  • Quinoa, sorghum (milo), triticale
  • Rice (brown, wild, and colored, such as red or black rice)

For the following, you need to look for the word "whole" to be sure you're getting a whole grain:

  • Barley, corn, cornmeal
  • Rye, spelt, wheat

Karen's Fit Tip:  

As you can see, eating whole grains is not limited to just whole wheat, oatmeal and brown rice. Be adventurous and try a different grain each week!


Karen Owoc is a San Francisco Bay Area-based reporter and producer and is host of The Health Reporter. She also served on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 


The Yoga Corner With Melanie Woodrow
Breathe, Breathe, Breathe...
Technique Could Help Newsies Stay Calm, Cool, Collected

By Melanie Woodrow
Chapter Governor
(Editor's Note: The Yoga Corner With Melanie Woodrow is a new monthly column in Off Camera focusing on yoga and your health. This is the debut column in the series.)

      It's 4:42 p.m. You're in the a block of the 5 p.m. newscast. Your package is still being cut, the live shot has already dropped out once and an interview you've been trying to get all day promises he can be to the truck in the next three minutes. Chances are your breath is shallow, your chest is tight and your shoulders are somewhere above your ears.
     I get it!
     Whether you're a reporter, anchor, director, producer or editor, television news is not without stress. Ask most in the business and they'll tell you the chaos and unpredictability is what makes our jobs so exciting.
     That being said, there are times when all heck is breaking lose and you need to be calm, cool and collected.
     That's where breathing comes in.
     A lot of yoga takes place off the mat. In fact, the ability to practice breathing and being present in life can be much more challenging than the most flexible posture in a yoga class.
     The breathing technique known as Ujjayi (pronounced oo-jie-yee) breathing can be quite useful in news. Ujjayi breathing is often referred to as "ocean breath" because of the sound it makes.
     The best part is, you can practice Ujjayi breathing anywhere from the anchor desk to the edit bay to the live truck. All you need is your breath.

Here's how:

1. Sit or stand up straight (if you have the option, sit)
2. Relax your shoulders down
3. Notice if your lifting your chin up. Drop the chin slightly so that it's parallel to the ground. Gently draw your jawline back to feel your neck (cervical spine) align with your upper back (thoracic spine)
4. Relax your jaw and mouth (the mouth can be closed but the lips are soft and the teeth are apart)
5. Slowly inhale your breath through your nose completely filling your lungs
6. Pause at the top of your inhalation
7. Slowly exhale your breath through your nose completely emptying your lungs
8. Pause at the bottom of your exhalation
9. Repeat steps 5-8, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your nose
10. You'll notice your breath sounds like ocean waves moving in and out (or sort of like Darth Vader)

Extra tips:

1. See if you can match the length of your inhalation to the length of your exhalation (usually one is shorter than the other when we're stressed)
2. Imagine every cell of your body filling with oxygen as you inhale
3. Imagine every cell of your body relaxing and letting go as you exhale
4. If a particular area of your body is tight or feels uncomfortable (say your lower back), send your breath to that area. Imagine that area filing with breath as you inhale and releasing/softening as you exhale.

     Ujjayi breathing is also known as "victorious breath." Here's to your victorious live shot, package and newscast!

     Melanie Woodrow is an investigative reporter at KTVU Channel 2 and a certified yoga instructor and health coach. She is also on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Have a question or suggestion for a future column? Tweet Melanie @MelanieWoodrow

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You've heard her smooth, mellow, intoxicating voice on Bay Area radio for years. And, in recent years, she's popped up in front of the camera on KOFY TV20. And, she's as silly, engaging and down-to-earth on television as much as she is on the radio and in person. That's Celeste Perry in a nutshell. Perry, who recently celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary, is also cheering for another reason, too: on July 26, she was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, her name now listed as one of the radio greats of the Bay Area. But, there's more to know about her than just TV and radio. Recently, we sat down with her to find out more!


Where did you grow up? 

Aiana Haina, which is a neighborhood on the eastern shore of Oahu.  Aina means land and Haina is the Hawaiian name given to Robert Hind who owned the land (it was a dairy farm before it became a subdivision). 


Do you have siblings?  

I grew up as the youngest of four. My eldest sister, Linda, passed away this year. My sister Bonnie and brother Craig still live on Oahu. 

My closest sibling, my brother, is 12 years my senior, so in some ways I was an "only" child, entertaining myself and frankly spending a lot of time around adults. I was a mini-grown-up.


Please tell me about your Mom and Dad. You write often about them on Facebook.

My mom (Helen AKA Bunny) and dad (Elwin) (both deceased) were devoted parents.  Hard working folks who grew up during the Depression.  My mom was a home-maker who did a little part time work as an "ironing lady" for a prominent local family and my dad was a marine machinist at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Family meant everything to them. We had dinner as a family together every night while I was growing up. We sat at that table and we ate and talked every night. My mom was a wonderful cook. The family dinner table is a tradition we've continued on our home.

We didn't have a lot of extra money growing up, but it never felt that way.  The culture of  the early sixties was not consumer driven the way it is now. We did all the simple things:  Drive In movies, special Friday night dinners at the local Chinese place...the Beach!  My parents were great people.  They both enjoyed a good laugh, music was always playing in the house...they threw the best New Year's Eve parties and my dad took great pride in his care for us, he saved wisely and they managed to enjoy very comfortable senior years.

What were you like growing up as a kid in Hawaii?

I've been told I was a bit on the serious side at times.  I could spend hours alone, reading my Child Craft Encyclopedia, playing with my collection of trolls, drawing and creating little art projects...and day-dreaming.  We had a stream that bordered our backyard and I loved to play there....exploring and hiking around. My dad took me to the beach all the time Queen's Surf right across from Kapionlani Park in Waikiki....he tried to teach me to swim but I was stubborn, and he was patient and understanding so he let me have private lessons at the Hilton Hawaiian Village pool.  My mom shuttled me to hula lessons from the time I was 5 years old.  Yep I can do a mean hula.


When did you first realize that you wanted to be in radio? In television?

When I was a little girl my mother always had the radio on, and there was a feature called "The Story Lady".  Jane Gerber was the soft-spoken host of the show.  She would tell a story that ended with a delicious twist. They were parodies of classic fairy tales and I loved them.  The element of surprise and the slightly twisted nature of presentation clearly informed my own sense of humor. I

n high school, I participated in speech contests, but I had no designs on a radio career-I thought I was going to be a Special Education teacher-I had worked as a teacher's aide through high school and college. I took a Broadcasting class while I was a student at the University of Hawaii and as a class project I visited a radio station and fell in love with the industry.  I switched my focus to Communications and the rest is history.  My sights weren't set on a TV career, that was simply a happy accident of being at the right place at the right time.


Where was your first job in radio? What was it like there? And, what was your first job in television?

After interning-or as we called it go-fering, I was offered a job as the station mascot, so I donned a feathered suit and stood on street corners handing our promotional items.  The job didn't last long because the management team felt I was too short for the chicken suit. I was a frumpy chicken, so they brought me inside to the studio where I learned how to talk into a microphone and within a year I was hosting a weekend show at KQMQ in Honolulu.  By the time I gradated from the U of H I had a nightly rock and roll radio show there. 

My first job in TV was in Honolulu,  Like KOFY TV in San Francisco, the station I worked for in Hawaii was a local independent shop.  I hosted a game show called TV Poww and over time expanded the show to include guests.


Who has inspired you in your career?

There was a newscaster at the radio station where I worked in Honolulu, her name was Keala Kai and she had the most beautiful voice and very best delivery of anyone I ever heard.  I was in awe of her talent, and I would lock myself in a little production room and try to sound like her.  She ended up moving to Los Angeles and enjoyed a successful major market career.

And there was the "NightBird" Alison Steele, pioneering disc jockey at WNEW in New York. She broke ground in a profession dominated by men.

When I told my mother I was offered a full time job at KQMQ she said  "girls can't be disc jockeys".  I'm sure she believed it, but I was determined and my mother ended up being my biggest fan (besides my husband).

Who has inspired you as a person? 

Historically, I think Rosa Parks had a type of courage that moves me.  But the older I get the more I'm inspired by everyday courage.  Life is full of suffering, and people find ways to move forward with grace-that's inspiring.


You've worked for some pretty cool stations through the years, including KFRC and, of course, Big 103.7. What was it like to work at KFRC, and what's it like to work at Big 103.7? 

I was hired in 2007 when CBS resurrected the KFRC format at 106.9 and it was the best job ever.  It was a lucky accident to find myself working the morning show opposite my co-host Dave The Duke Sholin and our terrific news and traffic guy Mark Nieto.  We showed up every morning with more ideas than we could use on the air.  I wrote material for the show, we interviewed tons of actors, musicians, and comedians.  We created short videos for the show on a regular basis...we were planning on doing an extra hour off the air for podcasting purposes...we had lots of plans, but the economy tanked in October of 2008 and we were the youngest station in the cluster so they shut us down. CBS operated  740 KCBS radio in San Francisco and in an effort to gain a ratings edge they shut us down and simulcasted 740 AM station on 106.9 FM.  It's business. 

Big 103.7 is a great spot for me. It's a more music oriented station than KFRC was, but we're serving an audience of grown ups (which I like).  We have the right music, fun contests and I'm given the opportunity everyday to talk to the Bay Area and beyond (on-line listening thru I-Heart-Radio).


I'll bet that, being in radio, you've met a lot of famous singers and bands. Would you name a few for us? 

Well.....my Brian Wilson interview (Beach Boys, not baseball) was truly memorable.  Lloyd Bridges was a return guest many times and an absolute doll.  I worked in country radio for a few years and had the pleasure of meeting the Dixie Chicks before they became famous...they just sat in my studio, played their fiddles and sang pretty songs. Honestly, the celebrity thing is overrated. I've had way more memorable with my co-workers and listeners.


How does it feel to now be an inductee of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame?

Tickled and honored to be amongst some of my radio heroes. And maybe, it'll help me get a raise!


What's your favorite ice cream flavor?  

Mocha Almond Fudge....or Coconut.


How do you spend your weekends?  

I start most weekends with a Friday meditation.  I sit zazen with a group in Mill Valley, then it all depends on what my husband and I have planned.  We love movies, we love going out to dinner, we love having people over for dinner, we garden, we hike, he bikes.  We sometimes head out of town for a quick getaway...we love to drop over the hill to hang out on the beach at Stinson or Muir.  Our boys are 23 and 19, so they have pretty busy social lives of their own, but when they were little we spent a lot of time on the baseball and soccer fields.


What charitable organizations are nearest to your heart?   

Alzheimer's Association (my dad had AD and my mother had dementia as well)

ALS-TDI and The ALS Foundation/Golden West Chapter (my brother-in-law has ALS, so we're always trying to help raise awareness and funds for research

I'm a Shelter Dog person!!!  Marin Humane Society, Mutville, SF SPCA, ARF to name a few. We found our dog Veto at the Marin Humane Society. Also, Project Avery. I host their gala every year (the organization sends children whose parents are incarcerated, to summer camp). And the Mountain Play Association. Supporting the arts on the top of Mount Tam!


Perfect meal for dinner? 

That's tough.  I have to give you a few menu options.

Easy meal at home of roasted salmon, veggies sauteed with a little chopped fresh mint, rocket salad.  Take me out and I might want to go to Sushi Ran in Sausalito or rustic Italian at A-16, then there's amazing Mediterranean cuisine at Insalata's. BTW, I can also be satisfied with a visit to In N' Out!


Any guilty pleasures? 

This year my guiltiest pleasure is The Bachelorette.  It's such a ridiculous show based on a flimsy, flawed, unreal premise, but for some reason I watch, in utter disbelief every week.


Where did you go to school?

University of Hawaii, class of 1980. 


You and your husband, Alan, just celebrated your 25th wedding anniversary! 

Congratulations! How do you two do it? What's your secret to wedded bliss?

First there's love, then there's mutual respect, shared values...we can't possibly agree on everything and over the years we've committed and recommitted to working through the tough times, and appreciating the good.  We're in it for the long haul-which maybe doesn't sound so sexy, but after 25 years I can say that I feel very lucky to be married to my best friend. We absolutely enjoy each other's company.  We always have something to talk about....and I like to talk!  Plus I think he's sexy and smart and I trust him.  


If Alan could describe you, how would he?

I cheated and asked, he said:  "smart, witty, pretty".


Do you have any professional mentors?

My first boss in San Francisco was Allan Hotlen and he was a terrific teacher.  He had high expectations, very exacting, but also supportive.  I also had the great pleasure of working with Carter B. Smith and whenever I found myself in a "professional pickle" I'd seek out his advice, which was always sound and wise.  Two radio friends, Mike Amatori from KGO and Tim Jordan at CBS are fans of my work, but they keep me honest.


What do you do to relax? 

I take my little doggie and we go for a nice long walk...it gives me a chance to clear my head.

I love to lose myself in a great book, I just finished Ruth Ozeki's "A Tale for the Time Being". I sit zazen to clear the clutter in my head. I hang out with my husband and find a great old film on AMC.


What's it like to work at KOFY TV 20? It looks like you have a lot of fun there.

I love TV 20.  We are a local station with a staff of super talented people who share a common vision of doing good work and having fun together.  I'm given a script for my daily hostings, but that's just a loose outline and I get to play around on tv, with the guys behind the camera, the guests who come in and sit on the KOFY couch, and my dog who makes an occasional appearance.

There's not much unique local TV being produced and supported anymore, so we all feel fortunate to have a place at KOFY, where we put a high value on serving the San Francisco Bay Area.


Favorite read: San Francisco Chronicle, or USA Today? 

Chronicle---however I read it online SF Gate.


What's your favorite TV show?  

This year.... Veep and Nurse Jackie.


See any good movies lately? 

Chef and The Grand Budapest Hotel.  


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

I'm truly both.


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

Since I'm happy where I am at this moment, I'd have to say "no".


Favorite vacation destination? Where have you yet to travel to?

I hadn't traveled much until I met my husband and then we went on our honeymoon to France and Italy and I knew I had to keep getting my passport stamped. I don't love to fly, but I love to travel so I suck it up.  I do adore Italy, I loved Greece and we just returned from a fascinating trip to India.  On the way back we stopped in Tokyo for 12 hours and I really want to go back.  My grandfather was born in Japan, so there's a pull to spend time there.  Also on my wish list: Memphis and Nashville.


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

Everything from Gabby Pahinui to Led Zeppelin to Dinah Washington to the Talking Heads, Motown, Tupac, The Clash, The Kinks, Patsy Cline, The Beatles, and everything in between, well almost everything, you won't find any Katy Perry in my collection.


Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer? 



What's the craziest thing you've ever done? 

I can't possibly tell you... no.


Favorite spot in the Bay Area?

I'm pretty happy hanging out at home in Mill Valley with the family....and then there's that place with the 360 degree view overlooking the Bay at the top of the Miwok Trail.

Stay tuned!
Coming soon in the September issue of Off Camera, Soundbites spotlights KRON 4's Catherine Heenan, who is among the Bay Area's longest-tenured TV news anchors and is one of the nicest people in the business. Join us next month to learn more about her!

Kevin Wing is a San Francisco Bay Area/Northern California producer for ABC News' Good Morning America and ABC World News. He is also Chapter Vice President, 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. Would you like to see someone profiled in Soundbites? Tweet Kevin @KevinWingABC or write him at kevin.offcamera@gmail.com.

Emmy Awards For Technology And Engineering 
Presented In Las Vegas In January 2015
      The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the recipients of the 66th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy� Awards that will take place Jan. 8 in Las Vegas.
      This event marks the ninth consecutive year that the Technology and Engineering Emmy� Awards have been presented during CES. The reception and presentation will take place in The Bellagio Ballroom at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas beginning at 6:30 p.m.
      "The National Academy's Technology and Engineering Achievement Committee is pleased to honor these technology companies and individuals whose innovation and vision have materially affected the way the audience views television and have set the standard for technological excellence in the industry," says Robert P. Seidelcommittee Chairman, Vice President of CBS Engineering and Advanced Technology and Chairman, Engineering Achievement Committee, NATAS.
      For a list of recipients, please visit NATAS' national website. 
Copyright In The Media
YouTube And Embedded Video Content On The Web

By Mark A. Pearson, Esq.

Chapter Legal/Bylaws Chairperson


      One of the questions I hear most often from friends and colleagues in the media is, "How does YouTube get away with posting videos they don't own?" and "Can I use YouTube videos on my website?"  In order to even begin answering such loaded questions, we must start by looking at how YouTube works.

      YouTube is what's known as an internet intermediary. This means, the content found on the YouTube website is almost exclusively generated by third party content providers or "posters". YouTube, as the intermediary, merely provides the platform for these third parties to post content.  YouTube does not create content or post videos to its website, instead they rely on you, as a poster, to provide them with video content. 

      Despite the fact that video content is generated by third parties, YouTube must still secure the right to display and perform the videos.  These rights are based on U.S Copyright Law (17 USC 101, et seq.).  Copyright gives the owner of a video the exclusive right to distribute, perform, display, reproduce and make derivative works of the video.  In order to use any videos on the website, YouTube (Google) must secure permission from the owner of each video. 

     In the traditional copyright permission scenario, a licensee seeks out a licensor and asks for permission to use the licensor's works under a license agreement.  However, this is not the case with YouTube.

     YouTube derives it rights from the third party submitting video content to its website.  YouTube, in essence, works backwards.  Meaning, instead of going out and looking for licensing partners YouTube lets the partners come to them.  In order to post a video on the YouTube site the poster must agree to license YouTube the right to use the video.  This license is in the form of a standard "click-through" agreement, completed online at the time a poster submits a video.  In some instances, YouTube will have a more formalized agreement with larger content providers, and will actually have a revenue arrangement with these larger providers. 

     Once YouTube has secured the copyright license in a video, they can then pass that license on to users of their website.  Users looking to view videos on YouTube passively agree via the Terms of Use, linked at the bottom of each page on the YouTube website, to a non-exclusive grant of right to view videos on YouTube and to link and/embed videos to their blogs and personal websites, for non-commercial purposes only. Here is the language from the YouTube end user Terms of Use:


4. General Use of the Service-Permissions and Restrictions


YouTube hereby grants you permission to access and use the Service as set forth in these Terms of Service, provided that:


You agree not to distribute in any medium any part of the Service or the Content without YouTube's prior written authorization, unless YouTube makes available the means for such distribution through functionality offered by the Service (such as the Embeddable Player).


You agree not to alter or modify any part of the Service.


You agree not to access Content through any technology or means other than the video playback pages of the Service itself, the Embeddable Player, or other explicitly authorized means YouTube may designate.


You agree not to use the Service for any of the following commercial uses unless you obtain YouTube's prior written approval:


(a)the sale of access to the Service;


(b)the sale of advertising, sponsorships, or promotions placed on or within the Service or Content; or


(c)the sale of advertising, sponsorships, or promotions on any page of an ad-enabled blog or website containing Content delivered via the Service, unless other material not obtained from YouTube appears on the same page and is of sufficient value to be the basis for such sales.


A user can embed a video found on YouTube to his or her blog or website provided the site it is not being operated for commercial purposes.  YouTube explains what they consider to be commercial use in their FAQ as follows:


[YouTube] doesn't want to discourage you from putting the occasional YouTube video in your blog to comment on it or show your readers a video that you like, even if you have general-purpose ads somewhere on your blog. We will, however, enforce our Terms of Use against, say, a website that does nothing more than aggregate a bunch of embedded YouTube videos and intentionally tries to generate ad revenue from them.


If a user embeds a YouTube video on a blog or website which is deemed to be commercial in nature, the use would likely be considered copyright infringement and/or a breach of contract.   YouTube would be entitled, at minimum, to injunctive relief against the user and, at maximum, to an award of damages for the infringement and/or breach.


          It's also worth noting that the license granted to users under the Terms of Use to embed video content contains restrictions limiting use of the videos only within the embedded YouTube player.  YouTube expressly prohibits recording or duplicating any video found on the YouTube website or circumventing the embedded player's display. 

         We've now covered how YouTube obtains the right to display and embed the videos found on its website, and how those rights are transferred to end users, but, what happens if someone posts a video that they don't own?  A classic example would be where a third party posts a clip from their favorite movie (Star Wars) to YouTube, without permission from the studio that owns the movie (LucasFilm).

         Going back to the issue of YouTube as an intermediary; provided YouTube offers copyright owners the right to give "notice" of an alleged infringement, and YouTube agrees to "takedown" any infringing video, then YouTube is not liable for copyright infringement. The Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act ("OCILLA") protects internet intermediary websites from punishment for the acts of third party posters.  Commonly referred to as the "Safe Harbor" provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), OCILLA sets forth the "notice and takedown" rules which, if followed, relieve an intermediary of any liability for copyright infringement.  The intent of OCILLA is to promote a free market environment on the internet, while balancing the rights of copyright owners.

       How does OCILLA work? if LucasFilm sees a clip from Star Wars on YouTube that was posted by John Q. Public it would send notice to the copyright DMCA claim department at YouTube.  YouTube would then suspend access to the video and send notice to John Q. Public that a claim of ownership in the video was made by LucasFilm.  John Q. Public then has a chance to dispute the claim, otherwise the video remains removed from the site permanently.  Under its agreement with John Q. Public, YouTube also has the right to suspend John Q. Public's account if he is accused on multiple occasions of posting content he does not own.

      This is why you might see any number of videos on the YouTube website which are infringing on the rights of the true copyright owner.  In fact, it's such a major issue, YouTube has an entire department that does nothing but handle DMCA Copyright "notice and takedown" cases.

      Finally, if you embed a YouTube video to your own website or blog (for non-commercial uses, of course) and it turns out that the video was posted by someone who did not have permission from the copyright owner, fear not!  YouTube, since it's is still hosting the embedded video even though it's on your site, is responsible for complying with OCILLA.  If you receive a message from the copyright owner, you would simply pass the message to YouTube and/or instruct the copyright owner to do the same.  Keep in mind, you'll want to update your site since the embed video will likely soon be removed.


      Mark A. Pearson is a former member of the news media turned entertainment lawyer.  He counsels creative, talented and entrepreneurial clients on copyright, trademark and contract law as a partner at ARC Law Group in San Francisco.  Mark also serves as the Board of Governors' Legal Chair for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. If you have a legal issue you want addressed in a future edition of Off Camera, send Mark a message at mark@arlg.com.

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Do You Remember?

Can you name these former CNN Anchors? 
They have strong ties to Northern California television.  
In last month's Off Camera... 

In the July issue of Off Camera, we asked if you could identify this man sitting in front of the studio camera.
This was Jerry Jensen, back in 1957, when he worked at KCCC in Sacramento (now KTXL Fox 40). Jensen also worked at KRON-TV throughout much of the 1960s, then briefly joined KBHK-TV (now KBCW) before joining KGO-TV in 1969, where he was best-known as co-anchor with Van Amburg of the station's top-rated "News Scene" until his death in 1984 at the age of 49. The NATAS $3,000 Graduate Overall Excellence Scholarship is named for him.

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