December 2013 

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In "Off Camera" This Month:
Letter From The President
Editor's Note
EMMY 2014: Call For Entries Deadline Jan. 24
KTVU's Rosy Chu Retires After 42-Year Career
KQED's Derheim Leaves Station After More Than 20 Years
Marla Tellez Leaves KNTV, Joins KTTV As Morning Co-Anchor
Jon Kelley Departs KNTV, Returns to Chicago To Anchor At WFLD
KTVU Marketing Director Holub Accepts New Atlanta Post
Media General Merges with KRON Parent Company
Kennedy Assassination 50 Years Later
Purchase Official 2013 Gold & Silver Circle Photographs!
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles: William Winter
Soundbites: KGO-TV ABC7's Cheryl Jennings
The Health Reporter
NBC Bay Area Hires Peggy Bunker For Morning And 11 A.M. Newscasts
TV A Go Go
James Beard Foundation Awards Call For Entries
Preparing For That Dream Job
Do You Remember?
Bruce Franchini, Producer/Director, Dies At 69

Off Camera

    Kevin Wing, Editor 

the board of governors



Keith Sanders, San Jos State University, President

Kevin Wing, ABC-TV/"Good Morning America," VP San Francisco

Christian Anguiano, KUVS 19, VP Sacramento

Richard Harmelink, KFSN ABC 30, VP Fresno

Justin Fujioka, KITV 4, VP Hawaii

Terri Russell, KOLO 8, VP Reno

Mike Garza, KXTV 10, VP Smaller Markets

Kym McNicholas, PandoDaily, Secretary (Memership) 

Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Treasurer

Javier Valencia, Consultant, Past President


national trustees:

Linda Giannecchini, KQED

(National Awards Co-Chair)


Alison Gibson, Media Cool

(National 2nd Vice Chairperson)

Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media

(National Program Chair)


Steve Shlisky, KTVU 2  (Alternate) (Education)



Zara Arboleda, KGPE CBS 47

Kent Beichley, Freelance

Luis Godinez, KDTV Univision 14

Pablo Icub, KUVS Univision 19

Mistie Lackey, KOVR CBS 13

George Lang, The Big Picture

Da Lin, KPIX 5

Jen Mistrot, KPIX 5

Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter

Jim Parker, CBS Digital Media

Greg Rando, KTVU Channel 2

Bob Redell, KNTV NBC Bay Area

Gary Schultz, KGO ABC 7

Sandy Sirias, KFTV Univision 21

Matt Skryja, AAA 

Kim Stephens, KMPH Fox 26

Stephanie Stone, KFSN ABC 30

Karen Sutton, Stanford Video

Ken Wayne, KTVU Channel 2

David Waxman, KRCB 22

Justin Willis, KSEE 24

Pamela Young, KITV 4

Alice Yu, KVIE 6


committee chairs:

John Catchings, Catchings & Associates (Museum)

Craig Franklin, (Awards)

Mark Pearson, ARC Law Group (Legal/Bylaws)

James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance)

Patty Zubov, Platonic TV



execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton, NATAS 

Quick Links
Letter From The President

Hello everyone, 

Professional membership to NATAS is a privilege extended to those who make direct contributions to the industry. The benefits of membership go far beyond the well-known Emmy entry and gala discounts.

All members enjoy discounts to Academy activities throughout the year, such as seminars, workshops, product demonstrations and luncheons. These activities include private screenings with filmmakers, craft training in specialties such as lighting, videography producing and writing, plus the highly popular Show Me the Idea, Meet the Pros! and Schmoozerama events. Members are also invited to participate in national webcasts. All of these activities are prime opportunities for members to network with other industry professionals, collaborate on projects and make contacts for future jobs.

All members receive the Academy newsletter, Off Camera, featuring local industry news, in-depth Gold & Silver Circle profiles, notices and descriptions of upcoming events, health tips, technology articles, updates on the milestones of other professionals and much more.

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NATAS allows members to make a tax deductible donation to help young journalists improve their skills. Thanks to our members' generosity, the "TV Academy Fund" awarded $12,000 in collegiate scholarships this year, as well as Student Television Awards for Excellence to high school students.

If you're a returning member, you'll receive a big discount on the annual membership fee, regardless of your market size: San Francisco/San Jose/Sacramento returning membership is $65 (new $110), Fresno/Hawaii is $50 (new $80), Salinas-Monterey/Chico Redding/Eureka/Reno is $35 (new $55), and Student is $25 (new $35).

NATAS membership allows you to gain the maximum benefit from our amazing industry. It will keep you informed, keep you engaged, and help you develop additional skills for your job, or maybe help you land a new one. If you haven't renewed your membership for ������2014, reinvest in your career today.

Link to Membership Renewal 








Keith Sanders


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Northern California Chapter,

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences


Editor's Note

      Happy Holidays to you!
      I hope you will enjoy reading your last 2013 issue of Off Camera. There's something for everyone this month.
      Emmy season already? Well, sort of. Check out Craig Franklin's story below about the Call for Entries for our regional Emmy Awards for 2014!
      Wanna stay healthy in the new year? Of course, you do. How about flying smart when you're traveling 35,000 feet up? Karen Owoc has more for you in her monthly Health Reporter column.
      Plus, for a few of us, the end of the year and the start of 2014 mean new beginnings. And, we're not kidding.
      KTVU's Rosy Chu says goodbye to the station's Jack London Square digs after 42 years there. And, Don Derheim says so long to KQED after a 20-year stay there. 
      For two of our Bay Area friends, it's a "good day" for them in many ways, with Marla Tellez and Jon Kelley off to new morning gigs in Los Angeles and Chicago, respectively, after stints at KNTV NBC Bay Area.
      Speaking of new jobs, are you prepping for a new job? Have a look at Kym McNicholas' tips. Perhaps, it might just work for you.
      Last month marked 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. Some of our colleagues were either working in the business already or in school on that November day in 1963. From Fred Van Amburg to Fred Zehnder, they share what they were doing and where they were when they heard the news. 
     And, in this month's Gold & Silver Circle
spotlight, we remember our dear friend, Pete Wilson, from the Silver Circle Class of 2005. All of these stories and a lot more are in this issue of Off Camera. Hope you enjoy it. We'll be back in early January with the first edition for 2014! Enjoy the holidays and Happy New Year! 

Kevin Wing
Off Camera

EMMY� 2014
Three Categories Added to 2013 Emmy Awards
Call For Entries Deadline Set for Jan. 24

By Craig Franklin
Awards Committee Chairperson


     It's time to gather your best work of 2013.

Dec. 1 marks the call for entries for the 2014 San Francisco/Northern California Area Emmy� Awards.  

     Start early and beat the Jan. 24 deadline. Online entry forms are at www.emmysf.tv, along with a list of categories and rules.


    Three new categories have been added.

     CATEGORY 16: Lifestyle. For excellence in stories or programs dealing with everyday life, such as cooking, home improvement, gardening, outdoors, crafts, auto repairs, etc.

     CATEGORY 18: Special Events Coverage. For excellence in coverage of a one-time only, anticipated community, entertainment, or sports event.

     CATEGORY 32: Musical Composition / Arrangement. This is a craft award.


     Complete list of rules and categories, just click on the link to the Call for Entries.


Link to Call for Entries 


Link to your Membership 


Link to Online Entry 


Important dates:

     Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - Deadline for entries

     Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 - Video upload deadline

     Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 - Entry list posted at www.emmysf.tv

     Friday, April 11, 2014 - Last day to add names to entries

     Wednesday, May 7, 2014 (noon) - Nominations Announced at www.emmysf.tv

     Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Emmy� Gala at San Francisco Hilton Union Square 


Retirement For Rosy 
KTVU Community Affairs Director Leaving After 42-Year Career

     Rosy Chu is retiring this month from KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland after 42 years there. 

     With her departure, Chu -- KTVU's director of community affairs and public service -- is among the longest-tenured employees ever in the 55-year history of the station.

     "I lived the dream being able to travel from San Francisco and cross the Bay Bridge to land my dream job at KTVU in 1971," Chu says.

     "Rosy's commitment to the community and to KTVU and TV36 is unprecedented. She has made an impact on our stations and the community for over four decades which all of us are grateful for. Her steady presence in building community outreach, enhancing the lives of those she meets and her relationships with community leaders will be missed dearly." says Tom Raponi, KTVU/TV36 vice president and general manager. 


Rosy Chu 
Retiring After 42 Years 

     Chu got her start as a secretary in the station's art department, then moved on to a number of producer roles. From 1985 to 1988, she was the producer of 2 at Noon- the first newscast outside The Ten O'clock News. In 1989, she took on her current role.

     Chu has been an ambassador for KTVU and a resource for the community. Since joining the station in 1971, she has traveled throughout California and to China and Australia, hosting and producing a number of documentaries. She also has hosted and produced a variety of public affairs programs, including four years as a News and talk show Producer. Some of Chu's most memorable interviews include, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, United Farm Workers Founder Cesar Chavez and author and activist, Gloria Steinem.

     "I've had a chance to interview some very important people, from politicians, Hollywood stars and athletes and they were all fascinating. But with that said, my most memorable interviews would include all of those strong and brave individuals who allowed me to share their stories on their struggles and success in overcoming the human condition. From incredibly difficult life challenges of illness and injustice to domestic violence, they all showed that people are resilient and hopeful," Chu says. 

     "As I come across people in the community every day and they hear you work for KTVU, many of them talk about being on Rosy's show. There are countless companies in the Bay Area that Rosy has touched. Small or big, Rosy's helped them all get their message out there." says Jim Haman, the station's director of broadcast operations.

     Chu was among the first woman of Asian descent to work behind-the-scenes in the television industry. She was the first Asian American woman to host and produce a regularly scheduled talk show, All the People in the Bay Area. She was an early member of Asians in Mass Media and the National Asian American Telecommunications Association. Chu also served on the founding Board of Directors for the San Francisco Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and was the first Asian American on the Board of Governors for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

     In 1990, Chu helped launch Bay Area People, the Bay Area's longest running public affairs program. She has also directed some of the Bay Area's largest television public affairs projects such as Family 2 Family, One Warm Coat and Cox Conserves Heroes.          In 2005, Chu was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She has been nominated for eight regional Emmy awards, winning one. Her work has been recognized by numerous community groups and national organizations including: The Take A Bigger Role Life Savers Video Excellence Award; the National Broadcasters Association Children's Television Award; N.Y. Film and Video Festival Awards, California School Boards Foundation Documentary Media Award, the California Teachers' Association Media Excellence Awards and American Women in Radio and Television.      In 2010, Chu was recognized by the Asian American Journalist Association as being a pioneer and one of the first Asian American public affairs producer, host and manager in television. Most recently, Chu was recognized in 2012 by the Black Women Organized for Political Action as a Powerful Women of the Bay, recognizing her contributions as an outstanding woman in her field. Chu was also honored with being asked to record her personal story as part of StoryCorps, an independent non-profit project. The project honors and celebrates the lives of Americans through the capturing of oral histories.            Chu's family has been a big part of her KTVU career. She met her husband at the station and the birth of her daughter was covered on the News as a part of a Father's Day report.

      "There are two things that I will really miss about KTVU," she says. "The first is the great family that I have acquired over the past 42 years at KTVU. I grew up here at the station and there are a lot of people that have become family, sharing life together as we work side-by-side. The second is the terrific Bay Area community in which I've had the pleasure to serve. I'll truly miss working with those who are making their marks on our community, especially the large number of community groups that make a difference in our life and in our society."


Derheim Ends More Than 20 Years at KQED
Station Vice President To Become CEO Of SFJAZZ

     There will be a big change at KQED this month.

     Don Derheim, the station's executive vice president and chief operating officer, is leaving KQED on Dec. 6 after 20 years.

     "I have worked with Don since 1995, and he has been an invaluable partner for me, and I know for many of you, over the years," says John Boland, president of KQED. "His intelligence, creativity, leadership and unwavering commitment to KQED and our mission have been an inspiration and we will miss him very much."

     Derheim is leaving KQED to become chief executive officer of SFJAZZ, the largest non-profit presenter of jazz in the western United States.

     "This is an opportunity for Don to lead an organization himself," Boland says. "He's going to do a great job and we're delighted that he will still be here in San Francisco, and a wonderful partner with KQED Arts!"

     "While replacing an accomplished executive who has been with the organization for many years is never easy, KQED is in a good position to make this transition without negative impact," Boland adds. 


Marla Tellez Heads For Hollywood
KNTV NBC Bay Area Anchor/Reporter To KTTV's "Good Day LA" as Co-Anchor

By Kevin Wing
Marla Tellez
Farewell To KNTV, Joins KTTV In January
Vice President, San Francisco

      Marla Tellez, who had been a reporter and regular fill-in anchor for KNTV NBC Bay Area's Today in the Bay newscast for the last three years, is preparing to join Fox affiliate KTTV in Los Angeles as a co-anchor of its long-running Good Day LA program. 
       The two-time Emmy Award-winning Tellez, a Bay Area native, also co-anchored KNTV's NBC Bay Area News at 11 a.m. Her last day at KNTV was Nov. 27. Her first day on the air at KTTV will be on Jan. 7.
      KNTV said goodbye to Tellez on the same day as her 11 a.m. co-anchor, Jon Kelley, who moves to Chicago to become anchor of WFLD's Good Day Chicago broadcast. Kelley starts his new job this month. 
      Joining KNTV in 2010, Tellez was previously anchoring the morning and noon newscasts at KOB-TV in Albuquerque, where she had worked for three years. 
      Prior to her stint in New Mexico, Tellez worked as a reporter at KION in Salinas-Monterey and KFTY in Santa Rosa. She was also a producer-correspondent for Eye on the Bay at KPIX in San Francisco.
Jon Kelley Leaves Bay Area For Chicago
NBC Bay Area Anchor Returns 
To Windy City For WFLD's "Good Day"
Jon Kelley 
Debuts In Chicago This Month
By Kevin Wing
Vice President, San Francisco
      Jon Kelley, who joined KNTV NBC Bay Area in the summer of 2011 to become co-anchor of the station's Today in the Bay morning newscast and its then-new 11 a.m. newscast, has joined WFLD in Chicago. Kelley will anchor the station's morning broadcast, Good Day Chicago.
      It is a return to Chicago for Kelley.   
      Kelley's last day on the air at KNTV was Nov. 27. His departure from the station came at a time when his NBC Bay Area News 11 a.m. co-anchor, Marla Tellez, left as well. Tellez's last day was also on Nov. 27.         Tellez is joining KTTV in Los Angeles as a co-anchor of its Good Day LA broadcast. Her first day on the broadcast is Jan. 7.
KTVU Marketing Director Leaving For East Coast
Jeff Holub Accepts New Atlanta Post

     Jeff Holub has left his position as marketing director of KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland.   

     His last day was Nov. 19.

     Holub spent 17 years with Cox Media Group. He joins WGCL in Atlanta this month. He had been wanting to return to the East Coast.

     Greg Rando is serving as acting marketing director for KTVU and KICU TV36, and Group 236.

     Rando has been with KTVU since 2004. He is also sits on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 


KRON's New Ownership
Media General Investors Approve Merge With New Young Broadcasting

    Shareholders of Media General shareholders have approved the company's merger with New Young Broadcasting.

    New Young Broadcasting owns San Francisco's KRON.

    As a result of the merger, the company will keep the Media General name and will continue to be traded on the NYSE under its existing symbol MEG.

    "We're delighted to have shareholder approval for our business combination with Young Broadcasting, and we are very excited about the prospects for the combined company," says George L. Mahoney, president and chief executive of Media General. "Once we receive FCC

 approval for our license transfers, we will close very quickly on the transaction.  We believe the review process is going smoothly at the FCC."

    Shareholders voted to eliminate Media General's dual-class stock structure and reclassify one-for-one each outstanding share of Media General's Class A and Class B common stock into a newly-created class of common stock. They also voted to issue approximately 60 million shares of the new common stock to Young Broadcasting equity holders, increasing the number of outstanding Media General shares to about 88 million.


The Day The President Died
Do You Remember Where You Were On Nov. 22, 1963?

By Kevin Wing
Vice President, San Francisco

      Many people who remember what happened on Nov. 22, 1963, will likely always tell younger generations how pivotal of a day in history it was. 
      Of course, it was 50 years ago last month that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. His death changed the course of our nation, also changing the course of the world. And, for those who are old enough to remember the tragic events of that day, it has truly become a day that cannot be forgotten. People can recall exactly where they were, and what they were doing, the moment they heard the President had been shot. And the moment they learned he was dead.
      More than likely, those old enough to remember what happened on that day near that grassy knoll in the South will say that the day became a dividing line. In one instant, the era of Camelot came to a sickening, abrupt close. The nation and the world changed that day. Television news changed that day, too. As the coverage of the events of Nov. 22 and the events of the following days -- from the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald on live television and the somber images of the President's caisson slowly being carried through the streets of Washington to young John-John's salute to his father -- television news grew up. 
     We decided to ask what you remembered of that day, where you were and what you were doing. Many of you wrote in, and we thank you. Here's what you had to say about that November afternoon 50 years ago:

"I was at home getting ready to go to work when I got word that President Kennedy had been shot dead in Dallas. I was anchoring the Eleventh Hour News and Sports on KPIX at the time and got word of the assassination through a phone call and quickly turned on the television and contacted the station in that order...the television coverage was rather chaotic in the beginning but so was the unbelievable story being told through it...my wife and I sat and stared at the television and took notes until it was time to head for the station...(we had voted for this man and in March of 1962 I had been chosen to anchor TV coverage of Charter Day activities at Cal...JFK was the keynote speaker) now 50 years later that newscast about what was happening in Dallas is a blur...and to this day I can't remember if I did a sports report that night...my wife says no...she hopes not!"
~Fred Van Amburg

"As the 6 p.m. news producer at KPIX, I was in the old 3rd floor newsroom at Van Ness and Greenwich. Sherm Bazell, the Noon News producer, was just making a last-minute check of the AP and UPI wires when he rushed out of the wire room and yelled "Kennedy's been shot!" I ran the first bulletin to Bill Hillman in the announce booth and he put it on the air. Less than a minute later, Walter Cronkite came up on the network, and for the next several days all of us just watched -- almost in disbelief -- the hour-after-hour coverage from Washington and Dallas."
~Fred Zehnder

"The president has been shot."  Nonchalantly, that was the comment from my friend Anthony Santos as we were hanging out on the sun-drenched playground during recess that Friday morning at Linda Vista Elementary School in San Jose.   Oblivious that the world around us was at that very moment changing forever, I jokingly said, "Yeah, he shot himself in the foot."  That reaction from a naive ten year old was based on the fact that my Republican parents were no fans of Kennedy, and the few comments I heard about him at home were less than glowing. "No, really," Anthony replied at just about the same time the school bell rang cutting short our ten minute recess to the groans of kids who were just starting to release the energy that naturally builds as you sit in your fifth grade class for fifty minutes.  

"Return to your classrooms right now, everyone," exclaimed my teacher Mrs. Naomi Churchwell, who was stuck with yard duty for that recess.  She rounded us up and lead us down the open air corridor to our room.  At the same time, other bewildered teachers, some with cigarettes still dangling from their lips, flowed from the teachers' lounge, hurriedly heading back to their respective classrooms as unknowing grade schoolers lined up to be let back in for what would be a lesson most would never forget."

~Dan Adams

"I was sitting in ROTC class at Westminster College waiting for class to begin.  The colonel walked in and simply said "Gentlemen, the President of the United States has been shot and is dead.  Class dismissed." Without saying a word, we all got up and walked out."   
~Pat Patton

"I had just finished playing golf at Green Hills Country Club and was in the clubhouse when it was announced. I was a staff photographer with the San Francisco Examiner. I knew then our lives had changed. One of my first assignments was photographing the pictures that was being broadcast on TV.
~Fred Pardini

"I was at Galileo High School in SF, just getting out of gym class and had to go all the way across campus and up 3 flights to my next class.

As I was walking up the stairs and down the hallway, I heard people talking about Kennedy being shot. We had a Mr. Kennedy who was a teacher so I thought they were referring to him. It wasn't until I got to my biology lab class that I knew what was happening.

The class was dark, no lights, and there was a TV set on.

Things are a blur after that. I don't remember if we were dismissed and went home or if we stayed in school. As with everyone else, I stayed glued to the TV set all weekend to watch Walter Cronkite. And, for the first time Gal's football team did well enough to play in the Thanksgiving playoffs at Kezar stadium that Thanksgiving... but of course, it was called off as the nation mourned."
~Rosy Chu 


I was a newly hired reporter hanging out near the Teletype machines in the Albany, N.Y. bureau of United Press International (UPI), leisurely scanning copy on the "A" wire, the machine that relentlessly churned out the most important stories for newspapers, radio and television stations around the world.  It was just after 1:30pm (EST), a slow news day, and the Teletype was noisily clacking out a story about a forgettable Minneapolis murder trial.  Suddenly the machine started sputtering in mid-sentence, the carriage jumping up and down rapidly, an indication that someone had pressed the key that interrupted the transmission so another bureau could send copy. "Five bells sounded, the signal that a "Bulletin" was about to be filed.  "Three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade today in downtown Dallas," the Dallas bureau reported. "Oh my God," I yelled. Half a dozen reporters, editors and teletype editors in the Albany bureau stopped what they were doing and joined me hovering over the Teletype as sparse details emerged. Veteran White House correspondent Merriman Smith, riding in the motorcade five cars in back of Kennedy, had grabbed the one radiotelephone in the press car and began dictating a story to UPI editors as the entourage sped toward Parkland Hospital. He was minutes ahead of the competition who, in the era before ubiquitous mobile phones, had no way to contact their newsrooms. Smith was now at the hospital and saw the President's limp body. Ten bells sounded on the Teletype -- a "FLASH" -- the absolute highest priority on the wire service scale.  "KENNEDY SERIOUSLY WOUNDED," it read.  "PERHAPS SERIOUSLY. PERHAPS FATALLY BY ASSASSINS BULLET." Smith continued to dictate a detailed account of the scene at Parkland and then those ominous ten bells and the words, "FLASH KENNEDY DEAD."

~Paul Jeschke


"We were in LA shooting a documentary on narcotics addiction, "Junky," for the KRON-TV Assignment Four series.  On November 22nd we were setting up for interviews with recovering addicts at Synanon's old headquarters at the beach when, from a TV set in an adjoining room, we heard "The President has been shot."  Along with our subjects, we crowded into the TV lounge and watched the terrible news play out from Dallas.  After hearing Cronkite's announcement that President Kennedy was dead, we quietly packed and returned to our motel where we continued listening to the coverage from Dallas and Washington into the night.  We returned to our documentary work the next day but the enthusiasm to get our story had taken a dive."
~Bob Anderson

"In 1963, I was a sophomore at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I had taken one of my required subjects in Political Science and was late for class that day (not the first time). Arriving a couple minutes after 1:30, I was surprised to see the professor was not there. This was unusual since he was usually early to answer questions from students. We all fidgeted around for several minutes when someone in the class asked; "How long are we supposed to wait for a full professor? Is it 10 or 15 minutes?" We all looked at each other without a clue when he walked in and simply said; "The President has been shot. Class is cancelled today." Of course, we were all stunned and no one moved for about a minute. Then we all scattered. Shock settled in as I ran to my car to hear the radio and rush home."
~John Hammond

"On the anniversary of JFK's death 50 years ago, I have to say that at that time on the West Coast, it was time for recess at Mae L. Feaster Elementary School in Chula Vista, California. 
I was about ten years old, fifth grade and we were out in the playground before lunchtime,
when we heard the news of the assassination (we didn't know that big word, we heard he was killed). Saddened, we all were left to go home and upon my arrival, wall-to-wall tv coverage from Dallas. My first images of the event were of the arrival of the plane carrying the President to Washington, the up to the minute reports from CBS, NBC, the new ABC, all in black and white. As a kid, we just wanted to see cartoons. Three days of sad news, then on Sunday morning as we watched "LIVE TV" - I remember Jack Ruby reaching into the frame with a black pistol a "pop, pop, pop" sounds killing Oswald in the stomach. I don't remember having a Thanksgiving dinner that year."
~Al Delino

"I was working in the TV biz at the time of Kennedy's assassination. I had moved from the Midwest in 1960 to take a $2 an hour floor director's job at KNTV Channel 11 in San Jose. By November 22, 1963, I was doing three jobs: director, announcer and production manager. We all had multiple jobs in small TV stations in that era! That morning I had visited the station's Art Department which was across the street from the main part of the station. When I returned to the main building, I was asked by a very shaken salesman in the hallway "Have you heard what happened to the President?"  My response was "No."  His:  "He's been shot and killed in Dallas."  Little did I realize at that moment that this tragedy would be a turning point in television stations all over the country. I immediately went to the newsroom where the 1963 staff of four was busy reading the updates on the AP and UPI wire machines and watching the live news reports from the three networks at the time, ABC-TV, CBS-TV and NBC-TV.  Our program director motivated us to prepare a two hour afternoon live program. I was asked to co-host the program with Jess Marlow, our on-air news anchor, who later distinguished himself as a Los Angeles market TV anchor.  Jess handled all the significant news updates on the air.  My job was to introduce high school choirs we had invited to participate, to interview local politicians and dignitaries, and to handle all extraneous duties to free up Jess for the important news of the afternoon.  Following that two hour special just a few hours after the President's assassination, our KNTV staff and management came of age as did local broadcasters around the country, realizing the potential of local television stations to become major sources of news and special events of the day."

~Fred LaCosse


"I was a 5-year-old kid at home with my Mom...we were watching her favorite CBS TV soap opera,  "As The World Turns," when Walter Cronkite interrupted with the sad news. I remember for many days the replay of the awful film footage of the assassination...then, the Lee Harvey Oswald killing by Jack Ruby...over and over...then the funeral procession...every channel simulataneously...burned into my memory. Amazing that was 50 years ago! Three years later, I was aboard my first commercial United Air Lines flight to Honolulu, quite unexpectedly on our flight was Jacqueline Kennedy, Caroline, John-John, Peter Lawford and his family."

~Barry Barsamian


"I was in 5th grade in Baltimore, Maryland, and home sick that day.  Not so sick, really, but a "cold" back then.  Really an excuse to watch "I Love Lucy" re-runs after the Noon news in Baltimore.  But then, the world changed that early afternoon, eastern time.  That weekend I watched transfixed as live television in black and white brought us the vigil in the Rotunda and then the funeral procession.  It was at that point that I made the decision that the power of TV was awesome and that someday I was going to make that my life's work. In 1976, when I started as a PA in TV in Baltimore, a good number of the senior studio operators and techs had served in that live national funeral coverage in DC. They were young guys in '63 and now they were senior staff in 1976. They were in fact all "guys" back then (and they slept on the live production truck floor, all packed in, so they'd be in position for their "section" of the coverage). Many east coast crews came to help the nets; they covered "sections" of the route for live coverage using multiple cameras with their own directors sub-cutting and then returning control to the next unit as the procession moved toward Arlington Cemetery.  Those guys had great stories to tell about how they did what they did.  All of it reinforced my decision.....what a great calling this was, to serve in live local television."

~Joseph Heston


"I heard Walter Cronkite on the radio announce shots fired at JFK's motorcade in Dallas as I was about to hop the train into Grand Central station and the WNEW newsroom. By the time I reached the studio in mid Manhattan, my colleague Reid Collins was already on the air, JFK was dead and Ike Pappas had been dispatched to Dallas. I went to cover the great silent wave of mourners descending on St. Patrick's cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Faces from the giant melting pot that is New York, all streaming into the great cathedral, in collective shock and grief.  The silence was broken only by the echoing foot steps on the marble floor. I hear it even now.  It has become in memory a mute memorial to the common thread that connects us all in such moments. I would hope that this fiftieth remembrance of that dark day in Dallas might also rekindle the reality I witnessed in that moment of one people, one nation."

~George Reading 


"I was a freshman at UC Berkeley, walking through Sproul Plaza on my way to class when I saw a whole crowd of people at the Student Union, a crowd so big that it filled the building and spilled out into the plaza.  People were saying the president had been shot.  They were listening to the radio inside the building.  Don't remember where I was when I heard that the president was dead, except that there was a guy living across the hall from me in my dorm who said "good" when he heard the news.  I was shocked and disgusted.  It happened on a Friday.  The things I remember most about that weekend was feeling outrage when I heard the NFL planned to go ahead with games on Sunday. I'm not sure if they actually did.  And a feeling of trepidation that LBJ would be president. I guess I thought of him as nothing but a hick and a bumpkin, which is pretty much what JFK's people thought of him.  Changed my mind when I saw the great things he accomplished over the next couple of years.  But then he expanded the Vietnam war and the draft, and I only thought of him as the guy who was trying to kill me for no reason!"

~Jim Branson


"I was in English class at Kalani High School and happened to be speaking as the class discussed Orwell's 1984. A radio news report was piped in directly over the public address system. We heard the middle of the report, so for several minutes we didn't know who had been shot. Once the words "President Kennedy" were said, several classmates concluded it was a hoax. No one could fathom anything so horrible happening."

~Pamela Young


"I was running late for a history class at the College of Marin. The news came on my car radio just as I was getting out of my car. There were twenty or thirty kids standing around my car, many crying in just a few minutes. When I walked into my class and told the professor, I thought she was going to faint. She just had this blank look on her face and couldn't speak. Finally she said, "Don has something to tell the class". I told them and one by one the students walked out and did not say a word. I drove to my Dad's real estate office in San Rafael. I just wanted to be with someone. I think it was the first time I ever saw him crying."

~Don McCuaig 


"I was the promotion manager at KGO Radio when Kennedy was killed. Edie Kirby, the Traffic Director, was monitoring the network line and heard the "standby" announcement even before ABC put it on the air. What a shock. Don Curran, the manager, told all the non-air people to go home as there was no point in working the rest of the day."

~Ron Wren


"I was in the media, in a way, in the fall of 1963.  I had the largest paper route of the Paso Robles Daily Press as an eighth grader.  I remember having to wait for the 140 copies of the special edition of that afternoon's paper to be dropped off at my house. While most of my customers had heard of the shooting, there was something about delivering the shocking news in writing that made me hurry on my bike through the downtown part of my route and out along the Salinas River and up into the houses among the foothill almond orchards."

~David Hosley


""What does assassination mean?" I asked the crying adults around me. I was just a tot and didn't understand why everyone was wailing. "The President's been shot", I was told. "Is he okay? Will he get better?" were my childish responses. When no one answered me, I cried along with everyone else. I remember the grown-ups being silently mesmerized by the TV broadcasting, going to church to pray, then watching the somber funeral procession with the very stoic Mrs. Kennedy and her two children standing composed at attention. My dad told me it was little John's 3rd birthday as we watched him salute his dad's coffin. I feared for the demise of my own parents. Everyone around me was so incredibly sad as if the nation's heart had been broken. Time halted and the world had stopped turning. Jackie's composure became a model for grace under fire. When my own father died, I recalled being that little girl watching the First Lady and her children suffer in silence. I vowed I would not show my emotions until I was in the privacy of my home. Fifty years later, I still feel the pain of that fateful November day."

~Cynthia Bryan

"I was in high school in Lubbock, Texas. The principal came over the public address system to tell us the President had been shot. We gathered around a TV and heard he was dead. We went home in tears...upset that President Kennedy had been killed but also upset that it had happened in Texas. I was transfixed to the television set at home the next few days, openly crying at times. As a reporter for my high school paper, I wrote some of our coverage. Later, at Texas Tech in Lubbock, one of my journalism professors who had been the AP Capitol Bureau Chief in Austin at the time and was there in Dallas that day, took me and a few others to the Capitol to interview Governor John Connally about that day. He showed us his scars and at one point got emotional reliving what happened. I wrote that story for the University Daily paper where I was an editor."
~Rita Williams

Official 2013 Gold & Silver Circle Photographs!

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The Silver Circle is not an award -- it is a society of honor. To be eligible for membership, individuals must have been actively engaged in television broadcasting for 25 years or more (with at least half of those years in the chapter region), made a significant contribution to their local television markets and distinguished themselves within the industry and the community. Silver Circle inductees are elected by current members of the Silver Circle.



The Gold Circle honors individuals who have been actively engaged in television broadcasting for 50 years or more (with at least half of those years in the chapter region) and who have fulfilled the same criteria as Silver Circle nominees. Gold Circle inductees are elected by the NATAS Chapter Board of Governors.


Neither the candidate nor the nominator need be a member of NATAS.


Inductees will join the ranks of television luminaries such as: Belva Davis, Roberta Gonzalez, Spencer Christian, Jim Swanson, Don Ford, Pam Moore, Marty Gonzalez, Ysabel Dur�n, Pete Wilson, Barbara Rodgers, Kevin Wing, Dave McElhatton, Wendy Tokuda, Rigo Chacon, Sydnie Kohara, John Kessler, Dennis Richmond, Belva Davis, Ross McGowan, Ed Pearce (Reno), Nancy Osborne (Fresno), Pam Young (Hawaii), Dan Adams (Sacramento), Suzanne Shaw, Luis Echegoyen, Rita Williams, Don McCuaig, Shirley Temple Black, Charles Schulz, Jack Hanson, Jim Vargas, Don Sanchez, Joe Fonzi, Cheryl Hurd, Jack LaLanne and Elaine LaLanne.


NATAS 2013 Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon

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FALL 2014

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     Pete Wilson was a storied television news mainstay in the Bay Area and northern California for nearly three decades, most notably in San Francisco, where he anchored the news on KGO-TV ABC7 during two different eras, separated only by a long tenure at KRON across town.

     Inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2005, Wilson died unexpectedly in July 2007 after undergoing hip replacement surgery. Wilson's passing shocked the Bay Area television community. He was well-liked by his peers, and he was popular with Bay Area viewers, engaging his audience with a style that sometimes would raise a few eyebrows, yet endeared them enough to keep coming back for more, night after night.

    Born in Wisconsin in April 1945, Wilson graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, majoring in journalism and creative writing. He was also a Vietnam War veteran. He began his broadcasting career at a small country-western radio station in Milwaukee while attending graduate school.

    His first television job was at WTMJ in Wisconsin, but it wouldn't be long before he headed to California. In 1979, he became news anchor and news director at KTXL in Sacramento, doing the nightly NewsPlus broadcasts for the then-independent station (it is now Sacramento's Fox affiliate.).

    The Bay Area took notice of Wilson in the early 1980s, and in 1983, he made the move to the Bay Area to anchor the 5 p.m. news at KGO-TV. Three years later, in the summer of 1986, with the departure of the station's legendary News Scene anchor, Fred Van Amburg, Wilson became the station's main male anchor.

    Although he only remained at KGO-TV until 1990, Wilson was there to anchor coverage following the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

    In 1990, he surprised the industry, and viewers, when he shifted stations and went to work for KRON, anchoring all of its evening newscasts. His arrival at KRON was considered quite a coup for the station at that time. Wilson helped to bolster the station's credibility and its ratings, but in the end, he would only remain there 12 years. In late 2001, KRON was on the verge of losing its 52-year affiliation with NBC to San Jose's KNTV, and Wilson was the first of many high-profile employees to leave the station. He returned to KGO-TV ABC7, where he would anchor the station's 6 p.m. newscasts for the next five years, until his death in 2007.

    In addition to his television chores, Wilson was also a popular voice on Bay Area talk radio. In 2000, he began a weekday afternoon talk show on KGO Radio, airing live from 2 to 4 p.m. When he finished each show at KGO Radio, which was one floor above KGO-TV in the ABC Broadcast Center, Wilson would then head downstairs to prepare for the 6 p.m. newscasts.

    Wilson, always the professional whether it was delivering the news to television viewers or engaging his radio listeners with some interesting aspect about current events and the news of the day, also took humor in the human condition with what made us tick or with what we, as humans, would do to one another that might spark interest with the general public. For years, from KGO-TV to KRON, he ended his broadcasts with a humorous look at the day with what was called "The Circular File". True to form, nothing got by Wilson. Nothing. And the viewers loved it.

    During his illustrious career, Wilson won six regional Emmys and two prestigious George Foster Peabody awards. He was an avid golfer, passionate about the game. And, he loved oil-painting landscapes. Early on-air promotional spots at KRON showed Wilson outside in front of a canvas, paint brush in hand. He also loved talking about politics.

    Mention Pete Wilson's name to any longtime resident of the Bay Area, and he will likely be remembered for his on-air demeanor. Call out his name to any of his many friends, colleagues and peers, and it would be extremely difficult to find anyone who would have something uncomplimentary to say about him. Pete Wilson was a very unique, well-liked Bay Area television journalist. Our profession continues to miss him.


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This month, we head out to the Central Valley for a visit with KMPH 26's Kopi Sotiropulos, who's been waking up Fresno for years on Great Day! Now, it's time to find out more about Kopi, one of Fresno's most well-known television personalities.

Where did you grow up? 
Fresno, California
Do you have siblings? If so, are you the oldest? Youngest?  
Brother Pete. I'm older.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be in television news?  
In college
Who has inspired you in your career?  
Bill Cosby
Who has inspired you as a person? 
My parents
Before KMPH FOX 26, where did you work before?  
It is actually work at KMPH Fox 26.  I have never worked for another station.
As an anchor, every day at work is different from the one before it. Can you describe a "day in the life of Kopi"?  
I get to work by 3-3:30 AM. Edit videos for segments I shoot everyday called Great Day Faces, Kopi's Exclusive 10 Day Forecast and 7th Inning Stretch. We have our production meeting.  On the air from 5-10 a.m.  Co-anchor, do weather and traffic. I'm out and about everyday, either at a school talking to kids about the weather, the importance of staying away from gangs and drugs, the importance of an education. Like most anchors, I emcee community luncheons and other events.  
Do you like ice cream? Okay, that's a loaded question. Of course, you do! What's your favorite flavor?  
Strawberry cheesecake
Tell us about your home life. How do you spend your weekends?  
When I'm not participating in community events, I just work on the "honey do list", take in a movie, go to church and try to catch up on some sleep.
I know you support many charitable organizations. Please tell me about all of them.
My church, MS Society and station sponsored organizations like St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Perfect meal for dinner?  
A good salad, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, BBQ chicken or fish.
What do you enjoy most about your work?  
The people I work with and meeting people in the community.
Have you had any mentors, and if so, who? Who do you look up to?  
My good friend John Soderman.  A person working 2 or 3 jobs to support his family.
What do you do to relax? What hobbies and/or activities are you involved with?  
Read. No real hobbies. Shoot the bull with friends.
What do you like most about working at KMPH FOX 26?  
The people I work with and getting to meet our viewers.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years?  
Who is your favorite television journalist?  
Bill O'Reilly
Do you have a favorite author?  
Brad Thor
Fresno Bee, or USA Today
USA Today
What's your favorite TV show? Go to the movies lately?  
Burn Notice and Modern Family.
Personality-wise, are you more of a goof than you are serious?!    
If you could do it all over again, is there anything you would change about your life? 
Learn how to play piano.
Any words of wisdom for the next generation of television journalists?  
Be objective and tell a good story.
Favorite vacation destination? 
What's the most favorite thing about your job? Least favorite thing, if anything?Having fun on the show.  
Having to get up early.
Favorite music? What's in your iPod (if you have one) or collection of CDs?  
Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett and Simon and Garfunkel.
Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer? 
Cold beer
What's the craziest thing you've ever done?  
Scaled a 20-story building. Chased a car thief until police caught him.
From a journalistic standpoint, how would you prefer viewers to see you?  
A person that did his job well and put a smile on our face.
Favorite spot in Fresno ? Favorite vacation destination? Where have you yet to travel to?  
Fig Garden Village
South Pacific
What do you like about social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus? Does it help bring in new viewers?  
Having fun and interacting with people.  

Stay tuned: 2014! In the January edition of Soundbites, get to know Jenna Susko of KNTV NBC Bay Area in San Jose. Find out more about one of the members of the station's Investigative Unit, and more! 

The Health Reporter

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The chance of you being in an airline accident may be slim, but here are some things to consider before you board your next flight.


Get in Shape. This is not so much a question of looking good, but in an emergency evacuation, you will need considerable strength, agility and balance to save your life. Remember, if the cabin fills with smoke, you'll need to be able to get down on the floor and crawl to get to an exit. This can be a problem if you're not very flexible and can't move quickly.

Pay attention to how you dress. What you (and your children) wear matters. Keep a copy of these tips in your suitcase as a reminder when preparing for your next trip.

  • Don't wear synthetics, such as polyester, nylon, rayon or poly-cotton blends. Even though you may be far enough from the fire to avoid serious injury, the heat alone will melt your synthetic clothing and it'll adhere to your bare skin.Melted fabric that sticks to flesh can result in a critical burn and infection. However, at the same distance away from the heat, a cotton jacket or pair of pants won't begin to char or catch fire. The bottom line is, natural fibers are safer, plastic is dangerous.

  • Wear natural fibers, such as cotton, pure wool, silk, or leather. Cotton is flammable, but in a truly massive and intense fire, whether your clothes are flammable or not won't matter much unfortunately. NOTE: Some cotton shirts are sewn with poly/cotton thread (an ignition source), so you are still vulnerable.

  • Wear long pants and long sleeves. Skip the short skirts, shorts and skimpy T-shirts. Protect your arms and legs. Heavy denim pants and a cotton long-sleeved shirt are best.

  • Wear layers. Two layers are better than one. You can wear a 100% cotton long-sleeved shirt under a cotton jacket. Add a cotton T-shirt under your shirt for another layer of protection.

  • Wear cotton or wool socks. In this case, the longer they are, the better.

  • Don't wear frayed or fuzzy clothing. A frayed cotton jacket, shirt or jeans with its dangling cotton threads can ignite when exposed to even the smallest flame.

  • Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes with secure laces or straps. Leather is the best heat-resistant footwear material. For the best protection against heat, wear leather boots, but be sure they have heat-resistant thread and laces. Leave your heels, flip-flops and sandals in your luggage. Heels can actually puncture an airline's escape slide and you'll have to remove your shoes in an emergency.

  • Wear comfortable, unrestrictive clothing. If your clothes are tight, you won't be able to move quickly and easily in an emergency evacuation.

  • Carry a cotton or wool handkerchief or scarf. In a fire, wear this over your mouth and nose as a smoke filtering mask.


Remember...if your clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP, AND ROLL!


Karen's Fit Tip: Wear a medical identification tag. This is important when you have a medical issue, such as asthma, a blood disorder, heart condition, or rare blood type. High-stress emergencies can trigger a cardiac event or heavy smoke can bring on an asthma attack.


Peggy Bunker Joins KNTV NBC Bay Area
Will Report For "Today In The Bay", Anchor Station's 11 A.M. Newscast

By Kevin Wing
Vice President, San Francisco
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Will Report, Anchor For KNTV

      KNTV NBC Bay Area has hired Peggy Bunker to anchor its NBC Bay Area News at 11 a.m.
      Bunker will also report and have fill-in anchor duties on the station's Today in the Bay newscast.
      She most recently worked at KOMO, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, where she anchored the station's morning and midday newscasts. She is a former anchor of ABC News' World News Now and America This Morning
      Prior to this, Bunker also anchored in Denver for KDVR's Good Day Colorado broadcast, and was one of the original anchors for The Daily Buzz, a national morning show that originated from Los Angeles. 
      While at KOMO, Bunker received a 2012 National Gracie 
Award for her reporting.
      Bunker replaces Marla Tellez, who left in late November to co-anchor Good Day LA at KTTV in Los Angeles. 

TV A Go Go...

New Beginnings and Opportunities Around the Chapter


     Betty Yu has joined KPIX 5 in San Francisco as a general assignment reporter. The Bay Area native began Nov. 11. Yu arrives from WTVJ-TV in Miami, where she has been reporting for the last two years. Prior to Miami, she was an anchor and reporter for News 12 The Bronx and Brooklyn. Yu graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University. 

     Brandon Mercer joins KPIX 5 in San Francisco as director of digital content. He was news director at KTXL in Sacramento. 

     Tina Vossugh joins KPIX 5 in San Francisco as assignment editor. She was an associate producer for CNN.

     Got a new gig? Get a promotion? TV A Go Go and Off Camera want to know and help you spread the word! Please drop us a line at

kevin.offcamera@gmail.com and let us know! Congratulations!


James Beard Foundation Awards 
Accepting Entries
For Broadcast, 
New Media 


      The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards are now accepting entries for the Broadcast& New Media Awards. Entry forms are completed online and can be found at 

Please note that for all entries besides Outstanding Personality/Host, judges look for: the entry's content, originality, execution, and overall appeal.

       For the Outstanding Personality/Host category, judges look for: the host's knowledge of content, presentation, communication skills, style and appeal.

      Fees are $100 per entry for members and $135 for non-members. (On the payment page, there is an option for non-members to become members for $29.)

      The Broadcast and New Media entry deadline is Jan. 9, 2014.  Nominees will be announced on March 18, 2014 and their submissions posted on the James Beard website.   

      The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner will be on May 2, 2014 in New York City.


Preparing For That Dream Job
Insightful Steps For Jobseekers To Updating Resume, 
Seeking Advice, Reaching Out To Prospective Employers


By Kym McNicholas

Chapter Secretary


      If you are looking for a job, contemplating a career change, or know someone who is in need of some direction, the obvious places to start include LinkedIn, Monster.com, GlassDoor, or Craigslist. But what about the not-so-obvious or not-so-mainstream web sites, or even new ones, that will help you prepare for that dream job?


Seek Advice


     Before you even start looking for a job you should talk to people. You should ask for advice. Make sure you understand the market you want to enter and what it takes to succeed. The big trend to help you find the help you need is experts on demand. That means if you have a question, there's someone ready real-time to answer. Last week Google announced Google Helpouts, which allows users to search through their database of experts to find someone who's online and available to offer advice. Many of the experts seem to run about $15 for 15 minutes or so with a $.99 charge for each additional minute.

    I have two concerns with this service: One, Google makes money selling advertising. This seems to be another way to help their small business customers build their brand. There's the potential these so-called experts may offer vague information, biased information that supports their own brand versus their competitors, and possibly upsell unsuspecting users who trust them. I don't know that for certain. But when you search careers/education and someone who owns a flight school is the one offering advice on how to get your pilot's license, who's flight school is he going to try and promote? Ok, he is an expert in that field. And maybe there isn't anyone else better to give that information. But in this particular case, why not just call any flight school for free versus paying for this Google Helpouts expert who may spend your 15 minutes coercing you into signing up for his classes?  Google Helpouts is still useful. I'm just saying I get the feeling it's more of a marketing tool for small business. So, simply double-check for bias and take some of the advice given with a grain of salt, which you should in the case of any advice anyway.

    The one on-demand expert service I prefer at the moment is PopExpert. They're a little more limited in terms of the types of experts they offer. But they definitely offer career coaching. What I like is that you can see each expert's bio. It's totally transparent. And every expert is hand-selected by the PopExpert team to make sure they can add value to your life one-hundred percent. The one caveat: They're more pricey, $50-$125, than most of the experts on Google Helpouts. However, the sessions are longer, 50 minutes, and you get the first session free. You may only need one session. So, it's worth giving this site a chance with no money out of pocket.




     I'm a contrarian when it comes to the resume. I believe everyone should have one. I look at it as a fact sheet that simply bullet points your skills, your achievements, and your job history. Whether or not you hand it to your future employer, how else would you keep track of everything you've accomplished in your career. I have my resume on my desktop that I'm constantly updating, not necessarily to hand to an employer, but simply for reference. Still, your resume should always be ready to print or email. That means spelling, grammar, and alignment needs to be perfect. It's automated on most computers so there's no excuse not to run spelling and grammar checks. As for alignment, it's a little more difficult for some people. So, I found a site that I love. It's www.resume-now.com. It offers the standard resume layout with all the important fields as a template. It's formatted perfectly and you have a wide variety of fonts, colors, and additional layouts to choose from. The best part is it's free.




    Let's say you are applying for a job where there's a lot of competition and you truly want to stand out. Or let's say you want to work at a company that may not even have a job that's been created. A resume is not enough. You need to create a job proposal. Create a 1-page proposal convincing the company you would like to work for, to hire you. I use www.1-page.com/. It allows you to take a more action-oriented approach to standing out to any employer. The interactive tools provided on this site help you to figure out and perfectly state your goals, the value you bring to the table, the ideas you have to solve key issues facing the company, and show the employer how your skills can help them achieve success. It's just a different more pro-active approach. I think it's great for people who truly know what they want, have their intentions set on a particular company, and are willing to go above and beyond to get it.

    When I was called in to interview at Williams' Energy News Live, an online live video broadcast, they told me before I left that they loved me but thought I looked too young to be on the anchor desk. I remember on my flight home, I told the woman next to me I was going to work there. I wasn't going to take no for an answer. So, I went home and spent the next three days straight, no sleep, collecting every single publicly traded energy firm, their customers, and their vendors, and listing them on an excel spreadsheet along with all the contact information for their public relations contacts and analysts. Then I sent it off to the News Director Ron Wishna, along with a 1-page proposal showing them the value that I truly bring to the table. He literally called me five minutes later and said that he had no choice but to hire me. Either that or he would have to pay me a lot of money for the work that I had done (And he had even hired someone already to do), and for the ideas that I shared to create the ultimate show.

    Same thing happened when Sarah Lacy hired me for PandoDaily. I called her up with a proposal saying here's the value I can provide. There wasn't a position available at the time. She created it for me. Now, two years later, she is now an Emmy nominated talent.

    Yes, there's always a risk when you offer a proposal. The employer may not like the ideas that you've shared. But why would you want to work for a firm that doesn't like your ideas? Wouldn't you rather work at a place where you're valued for your brilliance? At the very least, you'll get noticed. They may even bring you in to talk about their opposition to your ideas and offer you the opportunity to bring some different thoughts to the table after learning more about their goals. You don't have the job now anyway, right? So, it's worth a shot. Plus, I think it's fun to do all the research about a firm and brainstorm all the things that I would do for them if I was working there. If you believe in the law of attraction, then this is most certainly up your alley. You can use 1-page's service for $11.11 for a 3-month subscription. You can also get a free ebook on their site called "The Resume Is Dead," which talks more about the value of the proposal.

    Now, you're ready to hit-the-ground running.

    If you want to hear me talk about these sites, here's the segment on KRON:


Do You Remember...?

 Who is the Captain?

 If you know who this is, please let us know! Drop us a line at  kevin.offcamera@gmail.com and we'll mention your name next month!



 Last month we asked "Who Are They?"


A few of you remembered their names! Thanks for writing in: 
Dan AdamsDonald Gold, and John Odell
News Scene Team On KGO-TV
Back row, left to right: Steve DavisTom JanisJerry Jensen, Jim Celania.
Front row, left to right: Jack HansonMarcia BrandwynneFred Van AmburgPete Giddings.


Bruce Franchini, 1944-2013
Award-Winning Producer/Director Dies; Career Began at KQED

      Few lives have been as successful, yet so quietly lived as that of Bruce Franchini, the award-winning television producer/director who died earlier this month and whose funeral took place in Palm Springs on Nov. 22.

      He was 69.

      Born in San Francisco and raised in San Anselmo, Franchini began his television career with KQED while still a student at San Francisco State University.

      He moved fast up the television production ladder to become one of its best directors. His talent was recognized by a year's internship to BBC Television in London in 1969 and 1970, where he worked on Dr Who and a number of other fine programs.

      One of his earliest production successes was on the ground-breaking Newsroom program. During a decade in Los Angeles and New York he directed many concert, performance and theatrical programs including ACT's Cyrano de Bergerac,Meeting of Minds and the award winning Day at Night series.   

      On returning to San Francisco, Franchini produced and directed the documentary film,

Bruce Franchini

Conservatory - Inside the American Conservatory Theater - focusing on a young student named Annette Bening.  

      He then produced and directed dozens of programs for KQED, the San Francisco Opera, and PBS including Opera in the Park, Jazz Tap Ensemble: In Review, San Francisco Ballet's Jinx, Growing a Business and the Emmy award-winning Linda Ronstadt's Canciones De Mi Padre.  His facility to build a devoted production team around him, produce a highly professional program and have enormous fun in the process made him a very popular colleague.

     It also endeared him to artists who often were not totally at ease speaking in front of a camera.  This was evident in his beautifully filmed interviews for the San Francisco Symphony's 1986 Opening Night Gala with pianist Rudolf Serkin and opera diva, Leontyne Price

    The son of a restaurateur and a talented cook himself, Franchini left a lasting impression on culinary television.  His programs, screened globally, invariably won industry awards (6 James Beard awards and eight nominations or Emmys over three decades). These included NewYork's Master Chefs, followed by The de' Medici Kitchen,Cooking Techniques and further programs with the late Julia Child, Jacques P�pin (Fast Food My Way), Lidia Bastianich (Lidia's Family Table, and Lidia's Italy) and Jos� Andr�s (Made in Spain) These fine chefs all preferred to work with Franchini rather than any other director because of his attention to detail, his empathy and calm professionalism.

    His expertise was probably showcased most effectively in the early 1990s when he directed the Emmy Award-winning Gardens of the World, hosted by the late Audrey Hepburn, who he effectively helped persuade out of retirement to work on the series.  

    In later life, Franchini also traveled and collaborated extensively with his long-term partner, the international concert pianist, recording artist, teacher and composer, John Bayless. They married quietly shortly before Franchini's death after 27 years together.

    Franchini is survived by his brother, Nick Franchini, sister, Royann Franchini and a large extended family. He will be greatly missed by them and his very many devoted friends.     A memorial service will be announced shortly.

Contact Information:

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
San Francisco/Northern California Chapter
Darryl Compton,
Executive Director
4317 Camden Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403-5007
Phone: 650 341-7786 or 415 777-0212
Fax: 650 372-0279


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