December 2014 Issue of "Off Camera":
EMMY 2015: Call for Entries
Master Class Series: Voiceovers Dec. 6 in San Francisco
Time to Renew NATAS Memberships
Kim Stephens Receives Statewide Honor
Gold & Silver Circle 2014: Order Photos from Induction Luncheon
Dave Walker, Lois Hart Search for Roots
Fresno Wine Tasting, Networking Event a Huge Success
Gold & Silver Circle Profile: John Catchings
Soundbites: KGO-TV ABC7's Carolyn Tyler
The Yoga Corner
KMPH's St. Jude Children's Benefit Raises $1.1 Million
KITV Sponsors Susan G. Komen Cancer Benefit
New Features for "Off Camera" in 2015
On The Move
Alex Trebek to Host Technology Emmy Awards
Do You Remember?


 Off Camera

    Kevin Wing


the board of governors




  Keith Sanders

  San Jos� State University

Vice President, San Francisco: 

  Kevin Wing

  ABC-TV/"Good Morning America"

  Kevin Wing Media                             Communications

  Vice President, Sacramento: 

  Cynthia Zeiden

  Zeiden Media  

Vice President, Fresno: 

  Kim Stephens

  KMPH FOX 26 

  Vice President, Hawaii

  Pamela Young

  KITV 4

  Vice President, Reno: 
    Terri Russell
    KOLO 8 
 Vice President, Smaller                   Markets: 
    David Waxman
    Waxman TV
    John Odell
    CCSF Emeritus
    Jim Spalding
    Spalding & Company
  Past President:

  Javier Valencia



 national trustees:

Linda Giannecchini


(National Awards Chair)

Alison Gibson

Media Cool

(National 2nd Vice Chairperson)

Cynthia Zeiden

Zeiden Media

(National Program Chair)

Steve Shlisky

KTVU Channel 2  




Kent Beichley

KRON 4/Pac12

Wayne Freedman


Luis Godinez

KDTV Univision 14

Richard Harmelink


(Nominating Chair) 

Pablo Icub

KUVS Univision 19

Brian Johnson


George Lang

The Big Picture

Da Lin


Terry Lowry

LaCosse Productions  

(Gold & Silver Circle Chair) 

Sultan Mirza



Jen Mistrot


Joyce Mitchell

4 U Productions

Ross Perich

Trainer Communications

Greg Rando

KTVU Channel 2

Brenda Salgado

KGMB/KHNL, Hawaii News Now  

Sandy Sirias

KFTV Univision 21

Matt Skryja


Stephanie Stone


Karen Sutton

Beyond Pix Studios

(Emmy Gala Chair)

Melanie Woodrow

KTVU Channel 2 

Alice Yu



 committee chairs:


  Cynthia Zeiden

  Zeiden Media 


  John Catchings

  Catchings & Associates

  Linda Giannecchini

  KQED 9 


  Julie Watts

  KPIX 5


  Steve Shlisky

  KTVU Channel 2 


  Alison Gibson

  Media Cool  


  Mark Pearson

  ARC Law Group 


  Kym McNicholas



  Patty Zubov, Platonic TV


 execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton


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December 2014
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EMMY� 2015
Call for Entries for NorCal Emmy Awards

44th Northern California Area Emmy Awards

     It's time to start looking for those airchecks and asking your colleagues if they want to add their names to your entry as the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gets ready for the 44th Northern California Area EmmyAwards, representing work performed during the 2014 calendar year.

     Because the EmmyAward gala will be held a bit earlier this year (June 6, 2015), the entry deadline is a bit earlier, too.  All entries must be submitted by midnight, Jan. 16, 2015. Entrants will have until Jan. 23 to ensure all video is properly uploaded.

     For the first time, we will be accepting entries from the U.S. Territory of Guam.

     There are also some significant category changes this year, so please be sure to read the Call for Entries carefully.

     We've added a few new categories, including Journalistic Enterprise, Technology and On-Camera Talent-Reporter - Transportation/Traffic.  

     However, the addition of those categories has resulted in rule changes for some of the existing categories.

     For instance, Investigative Reports can now be entered in the new Journalistic Enterprise category, but stories that are investigative in nature will no longer be allowed in the Feature Serious categories. General Assignment Reports are no longer limited to 24hrs; but stories that may be considered a feature or special report, will not be permitted to enter in that category.

     We've also split, combined and removed a few categories due to many or too few entries. 

     Also, please note a little known rule that catches many entrants by surprise.  Per national requirements, each entry (except Overall Excellence/News Excellence) is limited to 12 entrants.


Category Changes:

     Overall Excellence/News Excellence: The president/general manager and news director are the only eligible entrants. 

     General Assignment Reports: This is no longer limited to 24 hours.  Entries should not include feature stories or special reports.

     Continuing Coverage: This is now split into Within 24-hours and No Time Limit.

     Investigative Report: This is now divided into Single Story and Series.

     Feature News Reports: Features should not include stories that are investigative in nature.

     Documentary: This is now split into Cultural/Historical and Topical.

     Promotion-News Promo: Single Spot: now includes same day.

     Promotion-Campaign: This now includes news and programming.

     Musical Composition: This category has been eliminated. 


New Categories:

     Journalistic Enterprise: Two subcategories, Within 24-hours and No Time 

     Technology: Feature/Segment, Program/Special               


     On-Camera Talent-Reporter - Transportation/Traffic



     All information is now controlled on your DASHBOARD. Log into your EmmyExpress membership account. Be sure to pay your 2015 membership dues before filling out an entry form. If you are not a paid member for 2015, you will be charged the non-member rates.     
     Contact the Chapter office if you have any problems accessing your account or have a question. Executive Director Darryl Compton can be reached at 
or at (650) 341-7786.


Dec. 6 Master Class Focuses on VOs




     In this live event and webcast class, Elaine Clark, will cover voiceover techniques for News, Corporate, Commercial and other genres. Clark will also talk about how to launch a voiceover career. 
     Webcast questions will be answered live during the class.


Saturday, Dec. 6 

Voice One

665 Third Street (between Brannan and Townsend Streets), San Francisco


Registration and Refreshments at Voice One - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific



Live Webcast - 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific



     Elaine Clark is the owner/founder of Voice One in San Francisco and the author of the best-selling voiceover instructional book, There's Money Where Your Mouth Is
(now in its third edition]. For over three decades, Clark has performed in all areas of voiceovers: commercials, narrations, video games, animation, and toys. 
    She created the first interactive voice and diction app, Activate Your Voice. Through Voice One, she provides group classes plus one-on-one coaching on-site and via Skype.  Preparing to Record Your Voice, an online course, is available through

     As a coach to many newscasters, multimedia journalists, field reporters, weather forecasters and financial analysts, Clark is pleased to collaborate with the NATAS 

S.F./NorCal Chapter and IBEW by offering this informative and interactive voiceover class to local and nationwide members.

    This event is free for NATAS and IBEW members, $25 non-members, $5 students.

     Save the date Saturday, Jan. 24 for the final Master Class - Camera/Lighting with Chris Bollini.  

     More information at


Time of Year to Renew NATAS Membership -- It's 
Not Just for the Emmy� Awards


By Kym McNicholas
Chapter Membership Chair


     To be a member of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is so much more than simply vying for the highly-coveted Emmy Award. 

     It's about being a part of a supportive community - the broadcast family.                    Broadcasting is a business - television news, in particular, which very few truly understand unless they have worked at a television station with a news department. 

     Newsies are a different breed. We breathe, sleep, and eat news. It is deep down in our DNA. We live it. Every day we go the extra mile to truly bring the best, most relevant stories to our viewers. We help our viewers stay safe with the most up-to-the-minute information. We investigate injustices. Our viewers rely upon us and trust us to work on their behalf each and every day. We are not going anywhere as much as online media would like to think they are taking over the world. It is our duty to stay on the cutting edge so they don't make our newsrooms extinct.  But we have to stick together. We must work hard to be cohesive in order to win at the media game. How? It is through NATAS.

     Throughout my broadcasting career, I have been on and off the Board of Governors. And this term has, by far, the strongest Governors yet, who are determined to bring great value to all of us in the broadcast industry - from San Francisco and Reno to Fresno and Hawaii. It is important to all of us on the Board to make sure we help all of you remain relevant and at the top of your game.

     Activities Chair Cynthia Zeiden holds monthly panels and networking events - with the who's who in not only broadcasting, but also technology - in order to create the best, exclusive opportunities for our members, to ask the questions and learn about the latest media trends both online and on television. 

    Zeiden has also been working for a year to bring new Master Classes to our membership. 

    This month's class will help you improve your voiceover skills. On Dec. 6, Elaine Clark, the owner/founder of Voice One in San Francisco and the author of the best-selling voiceover instructional book, There's Money Where Your Mouth Is, is holding a seminar in person and online for NATAS and IBEW members. 

    Last month, KGO-TV ABC7 reporter Wayne Freedman offered a Master Class on storytelling. And, there are many more Master Classes in TV Production and Post Production to come in 2015 that are free to NATAS members.

    Off Camera Editor Kevin Wing has taken this newsletter to a whole new level -better than it has ever been. It is an amazing newsletter that offers insight into the latest happenings within our industry, features on our fellow NATAS members and photographs from recent networking events. If you decide to let your membership lapse, you will lose touch with what is happening around you.

    As for the Emmy Awards, it is definitely the greatest perk. Whether you decide to enter or not, the event is a must-attend. Emmy Awards Chairperson Karen Sutton and Awards Chairperson Julie Watts, who served for several years in the capacity that Sutton now holds, have created perks with Nespresso coffee bars, champagne tasting, silent auctions, and more.

    Our team, led by NATAS San Francisco/Northern California Chapter President Keith Sanders, is working on even more perks as well from online shopping deals to a brand news state-of-the-art mentor match program. It's all to come in 2015. And you don't want to miss out. 

    To renew your membership, it is half the cost of a new one. So, don't let it lapse. It is not only an investment in your future, but it is a tax write-off as well. 


Renew Membership!


Kim Stephens Tapped for Statewide Honor
KMPH Morning Anchor, S.F./NorCal Chapter Board Member 
Receives Sacramento's Nod from Fresno Assemblyman

By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco

     Kim Stephens is on a roll, and that is, without a doubt, a great understatement. 
     The accolades continue to roll in for Stephens, the popular and highly-respected news anchor at KMPH Fox 26 in Fresno, where she has helmed the station's highly-rated Great Day! morning newscast for the past 11 years. 
Fresno anchor receives state honor
Kim Stephens proudly accepts the state resolution plaque from state Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) at the KMPH studios Nov. 28. 
     In November, Stephens, whose television career has taken her from the East Coast to the Bay Area and, in 2003, to Fresno, was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her more than 25 years of contributions to the television industry. Since the inception of television in the Bay Area and northern California in 1948, only 240 television professionals have been inducted (since 1986) into the Chapter's distinguished group, and Stephens is one of them. 
     On the morning of Nov. 28 -- the day after Thanksgiving -- Stephens was surprised live on the air during Great Day! when state Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), walked into the studio to present her with an official resolution from the California State Assembly, recognizing her many years of television contributions and her timeless involvement to the Fresno community.
     "I am profoundly honored that Assemblyman Patterson and his staff initiated this," Stephens says. Patterson represents the state Assembly's 23rd District, which encompasses portions of Fresno and Tulare counties. He is also a former mayor of Fresno and a former broadcaster.  
     Stephens says her KMPH colleagues knew about the big surprise, but were sworn to secrecy. 
     "I love surprises, but it's difficult to surprise me on Great Day!," Stephens says. "I'm always looking at the rundown, so instead, my co-workers snuck around behind the set and pulled this off perfectly. I really appreciate all the covert work to make this a delicious surprise."
     Stephens, of course, is no stranger to the Chapter. She has been serving on the Chapter's Board of Governors as a Governor representing the Fresno market. Last summer, she began a two-year term as Chapter vice president representing Fresno. 
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TV's Famous Husband and Wife 
Anchor Team Searching for their Roots

By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento

        Curiosity is an innate trait possessed by most broadcast journalists.

        For decades, TV news legends Dave Walker and Lois Hart asked the tough questions, launching, from the anchor desk, the inaugural newscast for CNN in 1980.

        The married anchor team covered major breaking stories in Atlanta during their nine years at the network, and later, at Sacramento's KCRA.

In the beginning
Dave Walker admires a photograph from 1980, showing the very first CNN newscast. He and wife, Lois Hart, were CNN's first husband-and-wife anchor team. 

        In 2003, the couple was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for each of their more than 25 years of contributions to the television industry.         

        In retirement, that curiosity and quest for knowledge has taken a very personal turn for this couple - married now 35 years.  From TV news, Walker and Hart are investigating, researching, and studying history in search of their roots. "Once you start connecting all these dots, you find the fabric of your family life," Walker said.

        Walker and Hart made history professionally, kicking off maverick broadcasting executive Ted Turner's CNN 32 years ago.

        Their lead story that day, June 1, 1980, was President Jimmy Carter visiting civil rights leader Vernon Jordan in the hospital.

        "We decided we wanted to cover national stories and were attracted to the historic breakthrough of a 24-hour news organization," Hart said. Walker said that together, the two of them decided to roll the dice and go. "It was an important move for journalism and us," Walker said.

        Recently, Walker and Hart made a visit to CNN in Atlanta and were interviewed for an 85th anniversary Businessweek documentary on big ideas - big ideas like cable television.

        "CNN apparently was one of the most important business decisions of the last 85 years," Walker said. "We were invited to Atlanta to put a face on it. CNN dramatically changed the broadcasting landscape."

        Walker and Hart had booming TV news careers when they left Sacramento bound for CNN. After nearly a decade there, they made a brief stop at CNBC, anchoring that network's first news program. A year later, the two returned to Sacramento to anchor the evening news at NBC's KCRA. Successful, award-winning TV news careers came to an end when the two decided to abandon the anchor chairs in 2008.

       They may have retired but they certainly aren't idle. TV news skills are helping Walker and Hart pioneer a new frontier that's up close and personal. They're pouring through old documents, newspaper articles and traveling to uncover historical stories of their past.  "A big instigator of all this was my folks wrote a small journal of their family," Walker said. "I thought it was interesting and found out my grandfather was a newspaper guy - my DNA for journalism."

      As they explore their roots, Hart is sometimes surprised by head scratchers,  people asking, "why we're doing this," Hard said.  "I love it . This is helping me re-learn history. Every American has a story. My father has wild stories. My mother was colonial, one of the first settlers in this country back in the 1600s."

      Hart traces her family history with her mother to Kent County, Maryland. Her father arrived in America as an indentured servant.

      "America is about religious freedom and that's what we saw visiting Marshville," said Hart. Marshville was home to 150 settlers back in 1630. Blacksmith John Walker was one of them. And yes, John Walker is a relative of Dave Walker.

      Citing the building of a structure called Hopeful Unity In Marshville, Hart said that it was to have been the centerpiece of a large community. While that did not happen, knowing this piece of family history  gives Hart and Walker a better understanding of the past - and present. "A good reporter has got to be curious," Walker said. "The deeper you get in to family, more and more interesting characters pop up." Walker and Hart spent this past summer visiting their ancestor's home lands, going to several places including Chestertown, Maryland, Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Williamsburg, Virginia. "It's a great way to travel," Hart said.

      Neither Hart nor Walker knew much about their family backgrounds until this new journey began. It was back to the news business for them. The newspaper business. Researching old newspapers to learn what happened to their families and where they came from. Plowing through old papers, Hart found unknown relatives. "I've made contact with four cousins I didn't know I had," Hart said. As she uncovers her roots, Hart is amazed that she actually sees her reflection, her very own face - in images from the past. "It's almost as that's my Aunt Lois," Hart said. "There's so much similarity." As for Walker, Hart said he's a man of "good pedigree." Walker's family dates back to the Mayflower. "It's amazing going through the documents," Walker said. "They show you the Mayflower, a little dinky ship. Rough seas, difficult circumstances, and yet the immigrants from England made it, settling in a place that's all brand new."

     Creative, aggressive, looking back on his family tree, Walker is impressed at the determination and fortitude possessed by the settlers of this country. "They looked at the unknown and went, let's take a shot at it," Walker said.

     Walker was born in New York City then his family moved to Florida when he was a kid. Knowing little about his past, this journey has been an eye-opener. So much to learn. Researching New York Times archives and , it's even come to light that - get this - Walker and Hart are even related to each other. And the Bushes. That's right. Presidential roots. The common theme there is a woman by the name of Mary Mercer.

     Sir Winston Churchill is also a relative. "One thing you have to know about Dave is that he's a big fan of Winston Churchill," Hart said. As it turns out, Walker and Churchill share a great grandmother who was Margaret Walker. "The tombstone of Margaret Walker was one of many landmarks photographed by Hart and Walker on their jaunt through the past.

     Walker, who traces his family primarily back to England, also has found out that there might be a little Italian in him. Famous there, too. Walker is related to Giuseppe Garibaldi, a foremost military figure and popular hero of the 1800's. Deemed one of the makers of Modern Italy, Garibaldi is most known for his battles on behalf of freedom. "That may explain my craving for pizza and spaghetti," Walker said.

       Next on the agenda, Walker and Hart will be planning an excursion to Europe - the Old Country - to trace their family backgrounds back even further.  That Old Country being England. However, the trip may include detours now to Italy. Hart is also finding out there's some Irish and German blood running through her veins as well.

       So, it appears Northern Europe will be the next destination of reporting for this worldly news team. According to Walker and Hart, finding out about your past incorporates the basics of journalism. "The who, what, why, when, and how are the necessary tools to tackle this adventure," Walker said. A growing hobby for people here in the United States, tracing roots can be time consuming  but for good reason. Walker and Hart said that it's very rewarding. "I'm honored that I have those people that go all the way back in my family," Walker said. "They're revolutionary's which may account for the pitchfork mentality myself."     


      Joyce Mitchell serves as a Governor, representing Sacramento, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also a 2010 Silver Circle inductee.

Wine Tasting and Networking Event
A Huge Hit in Fresno in November

     It was a chilly night of wine tasting Nov. 21 as Fresno television colleagues it was time for a get-together.
     The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences hosted the evening's festivities at the Fresno State University Viticulture and Enology Department, complete with wine tasting and Fresno State snacks right there in between the wine barrels at the student-run winery. (KMPH Fox 26's Kopi Sotiropulos even brought in his homemade baklava!) 
    Darryl Compton, the Chapter's executive director, gave an update on this year's Call For Entries changes for submissions for the Chapter's 2015 Emmy Awards. He also waived the $30 initiation fee for everyone who joined NATAS that night. 
    Kevin Smith, Business Manager at Fresno State Viticulture and Enology and some Enology students shared information about the award-winning wines and offered free membership to the wine club. 
   2014 Silver Circle inductee Kim Stephens asked the group to keep the NATAS  scholarship program in mind any time they do a story with high school or college students studying in this field. At that moment, Silver Circle Inductee, Faith Sidlow, scheduled her to speak to her classes at Fresno State. It was a fun night of getting together, sharing stories, and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues in the Fresno TV market. 
   A very special thanks to Fresno NATAS board members Sandy Sirias, Richard Harmelink, Zara Arboleda, Stephanie Stone and the Chapter's vice president representing Fresno, Kim Stephens, for setting this up. 


Gold & Silver Circle Profiles   

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      To say that John Catchings has had one helluva exciting and interesting career in radio, television and video production - and all while living and working in his hometown of San Francisco, one of the greatest cities in the world -- is a serious understatement. It's a travesty, really.

      The man has done it all.

      But, more importantly, Catchings has not just done it all, he's done it all extremely well.

      Not to embarrass him, but that's an understatement, too. And, yes, a travesty.

      Catchings, who, in 2002, was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is a rare breed. Known in the business for his success as a radio and television producer and manager and the owner of a very successful production company, Catchings and Associates, Catchings simply knows how to take charge and get things done. He is also known for his "attention to detail".

      In the 1960s, his San Francisco broadcasting career began in radio. He worked for a couple of radio stations and then, one day, in 1966, he was hired by San Francisco powerhouse KFRC to do the news. By the early 1970s, ABC Radio took serious notice and hired Catchings away to work in management at KSFX.

      Catchings never intended to get into the television side of the business. In fact, it almost didn't happen. He felt at the time that radio was the more "immediate" broadcast medium between the two. But then, one day, he was invited to work a couple of weeks at the assignment desk at KGO-TV Channel 7 to see if he liked it, and by the end of those two weeks, he got the surprise of his life: television had lured him in.


The Big 610
An old KFRC promotional, from 1966, featuring Catchings and colleagues.

     For the next 13 years, he worked at KGO-TV in a number of news and sports management roles, even serving as acting news director in 1990.

      Then, throughout all of the 1990s, he worked a block away, at KPIX Channel 5, also in an upper management role.

       By the 2000s, Catchings decided it was time to try going into business for himself. And so, he formed his production company.

       More on Catchings career later, but first, let's go back a bit to when it all began.

       Born in San Francisco, Catchings is a third-generation San Franciscan and is the oldest of three brothers and two sisters. He grew up near Balboa Park, in a neighborhood now called Mission Terrace. Then, it was off to Ocean View and, finally, the Excelsior District. A graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School, Catchings went on to City College of San Francisco.

       By the time he was there, Catchings was already working in broadcasting, doing fill-in work at KMPX Radio. 

       "I filled in for quite awhile, then went to KNBA in Vallejo," Catchings says, reminiscing. "Then, I went to KBRG, which was at the tail end of playing classical music at that time. I did the news in the morning. Then, I went to KMPX one more time."

With David Crosby, in 1973

       That was early 1966.

       But then, something really big happened. As in The Big 610.

       Catchings was hired at KFRC Radio, and began working for those famous San Francisco call letters. Exciting times.

      "I was assignment editor, reporter, sports guy. I did special projects," Catchings says. "I did a talk show called Focus, featuring a mix of entertainment folks. I had nothing to complain about. I always felt fortunate that I got paid to do something that I loved doing."

      Then, there was the music.

      "We began with the Parade of Hits," Catchings says proudly. "We invited listeners to call in and vote for their favorite songs of all time. That was such a popular thing that we blew out the phone lines. We compiled the votes and counted down the top 300 hits of all time. We were The Big 610. In those days, we played anything that was popular. We even had groupies."

       Catchings, like everyone else at KFRC, rode that huge wave of popularity. With the arrival of the 1960s San Francisco sound and the "Summer of Love", KFRC became one of most popular AM radio stations in the country. It was the place on the Bay Area radio dial where, at that time, "the hits just (kept) on coming."

        "The whole time I was there, I'd have to say that we had just the greatest staff. Many of whom became lifetime friends. Such as John Motroni and Ron Naso. And Tom Saunders from KFRC's competition, KYA. It was a pretty exciting time."


A conversation with Mike Wallace

    "One of the things I learned at KFRC was to pay attention to detail," he adds. "At the time, there was a reason for everything we did on the air. I always wanted to know the reason, because when you understand why, you do it right. I adapted that style of doing things, and it paid off."

       In 1972, Catchings left KFRC when he was hired away by ABC Radio.

       At KSFX, which was originally KGO-FM, Catchings was the director of programming and operations. He was originally hired as a producer, then was promoted to the management position. 

      In 1975, after a decade in radio, Catchings switched gears and decided to start what would be the first incarnation of his production company.


With San Francisco's pride and joy, 
Robin Williams. This photograph was taken backstage at KPIX's north studio, where Williams filled in as host for David Letterman on "Late Show with David Letterman". 

        Then, one day, in 1977, Pete Jacobus approached Catchings with an idea. Jacobus was, at that time, the news director at KGO-TV.

       "He asked me to come to work for him at Channel 7 as an assignment editor," Catchings says. "By then, I'd had a number of offers in Los Angeles to do radio there. But Pete asked me to give TV a shot for a couple of weeks to see if I would like it. I ended up staying."

      The following year, in 1978, it could be said that Catchings had his first run-in with San Francisco history as far as television news was concerned.

      In November of that year, former San Francisco Supervisor Dan White resigned because he wasn't earning enough money as a supervisor to support his young family. White tried to get his job back by rescinding his resignation, but San Francisco Mayor George Moscone refused. Catchings invited White to appear on the 11 p.m. news to talk about the resignation controversy with anchor (Fred) Van Amburg (Silver Circle, 1988).

      Hours after leaving the studio, White went to City Hall and assassinated Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

      Another big story for Catchings happened to be the so-called "Golden Dragon massacre", the name of which came from the restaurant where tragedy and fate came together one night in the late 1970s.

     "Back then, we used to make daily beat calls before our 11 p.m. news," Catchings says. "I got leads for stories all the time because I cultivated contacts and sources."

Gold & Silver Circle induction, 2002
(Left to right) Jack LaLanne (Gold Circle), Wayne Freedman (Silver Circle), Elaine LaLanne (Gold Circle), John Catchings (Silver Circle), Lucille Bliss (Gold Circle, sitting), Rosy Chu (Silver Circle), David Meblin (Gold Circle), Barbara Rodgers (Silver Circle), Don McCuaig (Silver Circle). Missing: Bill Schechner (Silver Circle).

     One of Catchings' sources told him that there had been a break in the Golden Dragon massacre case. The update: that San Francisco police knew that the weapons used by the suspected killers had been dumped in San Francisco Bay.   

     "It was a big story, but we needed to confirm this before we went on the news with it," Catchings recalls. "So, I called Joe Freitas, who was the district attorney (for San Francisco) at the time. I called him at home. Van was on the other line, listening. I told Joe we were going to go on the air at 11 with the latest. Joe had this long pause, then denied it. I said we were still going to go on the air with the news. We went back and forth, then he said we'd harm the case if we went on the air that night with it. Well, we didn't want to harm the case, so we compromised."

     The compromise? Realizing the competitiveness of television news, Freitas told Catchings that he would give them an exclusive by telling him where divers would be searching in the waters the next morning and that KGO-TV's cameras could be there, exclusively.

     "I wanted a reporter and camera there so that we could document the whole thing," Catchings says. Then, at the district attorney's press conference later that day, the latest developments in the case were revealed, but Catchings had asked Freitas that it be mentioned that Channel 7 held off on airing the news at the request of the district attorney.

     "And, Van was there! On scene! Everyone was wondering why he was there," Catchings recalls. "It was a big deal. And, so it was, we broke the story at 5 p.m., with all the film from that morning, the graphics we'd made, and everything else."


Family time
With wife, Lynn Jimenez, and Bentley

   Soon, Catchings was promoted from assignment editor to the executive producer of the 11 p.m. newscast. Remaining in that position throughout the 1980s, he briefly became acting news director, then left the station after being wooed by KPIX and its news director, Harry Fuller. The reason Catchings became acting news director at KGO-TV was to temporarily fill the vacancy left by Fuller.

     "I became director of sports programming at Channel 5," Catchings says. "We did a lot. 49ers telecasts, 49ers pre- and post-game shows, and I EP'd the preseason football telecasts. We also did Bay to Breakers telecasts and A's games, Bank of the West tennis and Cal football games."

     In a short time, Catchings was promoted to be KPIX's director of station operations.

     "I really had fun there, too," he says.

     Catchings decided he could rent out the KPIX north studio from time to time to bring in extra revenue for the station and its studio crew. 

     "We rented out the studio all the time. It worked out great," Catchings says.

     In the mid-1990s, Catchings got wind of the fact that CBS was looking to send late-night star David Letterman on a cross-country tour for his show.

     "David Letterman was at the height of his popularity at that time," Catchings says.

     Catchings thought it would be great to bring Letterman's show to San Francisco for a week. CBS brass eventually came to San Francisco and Catchings gave them a tour of the Palace of Fine Arts as an excellent venue for the show.

     Catchings' idea worked, and Letterman and his production crew originated his show from there for a week. 

     By 2000, it was time for Catchings to leave. "When you stop having fun, it's time to do something else," he says.

     So, that year, Catchings left KPIX to start his award-winning, full-service production company, Catchings and Associates. His video production company is very successful. 

     "I thought I'd start something new, by combining consulting and production," he says.

     He began consulting for Tech TV, which, by then, was being led by Fuller, a longtime fan of Catchings.

     Today, Catchings focuses on television and video production for corporate, government and non-profit clients.

At work, with 

     "I've been working in broadcasting and production since 1964," Catchings says. "Fifty years. These days, I'm more inclined to work on projects that interest me. I'd rather do things that I like to do, like working with non-profits, which is very rewarding.

     Catchings has another milestone coming up: his 25th wedding anniversary, in March. He married Lynn Jimenez, in 1990. Her name and voice are very familiar to Bay Area radio listeners of KGO Radio. 

     "We love to travel," Catchings says. "Local and around the world. We love Australia, Fiji, Bali, Maui and Spain. We love Monterey, and Sonoma. We like to walk a lot, and enjoy wine tasting and dining out."

     Today, the couple resides in the city's Richmond District with Bentley, their Havenese. At one time, the breed was the national dog of Cuba.

     Catchings enjoys giving back, hence, his long-tenured devotion and loyalty to the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, of which he has not only served on the Board of Governors, but is also co-chairperson of the Chapter's archives and museum committee.

     What are the keys to Catchings' success?

     "In doing what we do, we meet a lot of interesting people in all walks of life,
he says. "We tell stories that cover just about any subject imaginable. To tell the story accurately, you have to take time to listen and understand it. As a result, you're always learning. Every so often, situations arise where you can apply that knowledge. At which point, someone will say "how do you know that?". And, my answer is always the same, "we did a story on it".  


       Kevin Wing is a San Francisco Bay Area-based producer for ABC News' Good Morning America. He also serves as editor of Off Camera and as vice president, representing San Francisco, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is also a 2013 Silver Circle inductee. Tweet Kevin @KevinWingABC
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Bay Area television viewers have become accustomed to watching Carolyn Tyler cover some of the most important stories during her nearly three decades as an anchor and reporter at KGO-TV ABC7. Last month, Tyler received quite the honor: she was named Veteran Journalist of the Year by the Bay Area Black Journalists Association. It's fitting: in 2007, she was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her more than 25 years of contributions to the television industry. In 2015, Tyler will begin her 29th year with the station -- a rarity in any large market. Now is your chance to find out more about her. She hails from a large family -- she has 10, count' em, 10 siblings! She's also quite the goof and her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate! And there's more. Get the scoop on her, right now.


Where did you grow up? 

Cheyenne, Wyoming... Yes, there are Black people everywhere! My father was stationed at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base there.


Do you have siblings?  

Yes, ten... eight brothers and two sisters. One brother and one sister live in the Bay Area.


Carolyn Tyler
At the anchor desk at KGO-TV ABC7

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

When I saw the first female and first Black television anchorwoman, Reynelda Muse, on the Denver NBC station.


Where was your first job in TV? What was it like there?

KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul. I was a production assistant in the programming department and then became Associate Producer for one of the first locally produced talk/entertainment shows, "Twin Cities Today". The most difficult part was getting a studio audience there every day-especially during the brutal winter months.

Who has inspired you in your career? 


Who has inspired you as a person? 

My Mother.. She stressed the importance of education, not just in words but deeds. Sometimes on parent/teacher nights, she would have to make it to the elementary school, the junior high and the high school...and she didn't drive! She reads the newspapers from cover to cover and has a curious, active mind.  All 11 of us have gone to college, some graduating from prestigious universities including Harvard, Duke, and MIT.


Tyler's early years as a reporter in Minneapolis-St. Paul. 

You've worked at KGO-TV ABC7 for 28 years. What's the key to your longevity?

Keep my nose to the grindstone, do solid work, connect with the community, and have allies in the newsroom.


Please tell me more about that wonderful honor you received a month ago from the Bay Area Black Journalists Association.

Thank you! I was honored as Veteran Journalist of the Year. I hope my presence on the airwaves have done for aspiring reporters, what seeing Reynelda Muse did for me. Inspire!


What's your favorite ice cream flavor?



How do you spend your weekends?

Family, friends, good food, maybe a concert, a party or a Golden State Warriors game. Of course, on Sundays, I work.


What charitable organizations are nearest to your heart?   

Friends of Faith. It's a non profit I helped found in honor of my late friend, KTVU reporter Faith Fancher. She died of breast cancer in 2003. We keep her legacy alive by providing grants to grass roots organizations that serve local low-income women and men battling the disease.


What year was this, Carolyn?

Perfect dinner? 

Anything cooked by my personal chef! My guy, Gary.


Any guilty pleasures? 

Black licorice Twizzlers.


At KGO-TV, you've been a successful anchor and reporter. You've worked evenings, mornings and weekends. Does it take time to adjust to the different schedules?

Sorry, I didn't hear you. I'm napping!


Do you have any professional mentors?

Harry Fuller and And Andrew Shinnick, who were the news director and assistant news director at KGO-TV; they hired me from Austin, Texas, back in 1986. They were the first to take a personal interest in my development as a reporter.


What do you do to relax?  

I enjoy being around my nephew, Solomon, who is ten. Doing kid things with him makes me laugh.


Who is your favorite television journalist? 

Charlie Rose (nationally) I started watching him back in the CBS News Nightwatch days because one of my best friends was a producer, and he remains the best.  Dan Ashley (locally) One of the nicest, most generous guys in the business.


Favorite read: San Francisco Chronicle, or USA Today? 

Chronicle -- no contest!


What's your favorite TV show?  

With Mom, during a recent visit to San Francisco.

It's a tie: Homeland and Scandal


See any good movies lately? 

Not lately.. but I did enjoy "Chef" and I'm a sucker for all the Planet of the Apes movies-even though the last one "Dawn" wasn't very good.


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

Definitely a goof with my friends.


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

Yes, lots.


Any words of wisdom for the next generation of television journalists?

The industry is evolving rapidly. Stay on top of your game. I also get annoyed at those who say they want to be anchors without going through the process of being writers and reporters.


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

Paris is my favorite city. At one time I seriously considered moving there.  Cuba is on my bucket list.


Tyler, relaxing with her main man, Gary.

During your career, has there been a story or stories that you've "owned" that, up to now, has defined who you are as a television journalist in the Bay Area?

Same Sex Marriage. I was in the San Francisco clerk's office in 2004, when then Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered her to start issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. I interviewed the first couple to get a certificate, lesbian right's legends, Phyllis Lyon and Dell Martin. I followed every twist and turn through all those years and became on a first name basis with people on both sides of this issue. In March 2013 photographer Mike Clark and I were sent to Washington to cover the case before the U.S. Supreme Court. I can't really describe the feeling of sitting in the courtroom and seeing those Justices in person during the oral arguments. When the high court's Prop 8 decision came down, I felt a sense of closure.


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

I like old school R&B like Marvin Gaye, and Barry White.. I'm also a big fan of Mary J. Blige and John Legend.


Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer? 

Wine.. though I used to drink lots of beer when I lived in Texas.


Favorite spot in the Bay Area?

A walk along Ocean beach always quiets my mind.


Favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?

I love John's Grill because my picture is on the wall!


In the January 2015 edition of Soundbites:

In the January edition of Soundbites, we start 2015 by turning the spotlight on Eric Thomas, the longtime anchor and reporter at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco. Stay tuned for him next month!


     Kevin Wing is a San Francisco Bay Area-based producer for ABC News' Good Morning America. He also serves as editor of Off Camera and as vice president, representing San Francisco, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is also a 2013 Silver Circle inductee. Tweet Kevin @KevinWingABC

The Yoga Corner


Forward Bends to Relieve Anxiety and Stress

     Any given day in news can feel like the world has been turned upside down, but who knew purposefully going upside down could calm the brain, relieve stress and reduce anxiety and fatigue?!
     Enter the standing forward bend. Think of it as a more conscious version of picking up your IFB box from the ground and hanging out there for a few minutes before getting back up.
     In addition to its many benefits, I especially love forward bends (called Uttanasana in Sanskrit and pronounced OOT-tan-ahs-ahna) because with a few modifications they enable us to challenge the old yoga excuse, "I'm so inflexible I can't even touch my toes."
     The posture is also about much more than touching your toes (and it's okay if you don't get there). Uttanasana means intense stretch, but don't let that deter you! This is one of the easiest postures you could practice in the field or newsroom without too many people asking you what's up.
     As always, take a moment to read the steps first, then give it a go and come back to the article when you're done for a yoga debriefing.

1) Begin standing
2) Bend at your knees 
3) With your knees bent, arch your back (finding length through your lower spin as opposed to rounding through your spine) and bring your hands in front of your feet or alongside your feet. If you can't bring your hands flat to the ground, it can be nice to tent the hand, pressing down through your fingertips.

4) Take a deep breath in through your nose
5) As you slowly exhale from your nose, begin to straighten your legs
6) As soon as you hit a bit of resistance or tightness in the hamstrings or calves simply pause, stay where you are and breathe. It's okay if your knees are still bent. Don't force straightening your legs.
7) With each exhale breath you may find more room to eventually straighten your legs. As you do this lift your kneecaps and gently spiral your upper, inner thighs back.

8) Be sure to keep a slight micro-bend in your knees so you're not locking out the knees or hyperextending.
9) Try to let go of any tension in your head and neck. Let your head hang heavy with the crown of your head extending to the ground. Draw your shoulders down your back.
10) If your legs are straight, you may find you're able to bring your forehead to your shins.
11) To exit the pose bring your hands to your hips. Slightly bend your knees if needed and come up with a long, straight torso.


     Rather than placing your hands on the ground, you can also cross your forearms and hold opposite elbows. Sometimes it's fun to swing your upper body from side to side while doing this, again really letting go through your head and neck.
     How did that feel yogis and yoginis? Did you feel any resistance through your hamstrings or calves? Did you find either opened up as you came back to your ujjayi breath (inhaling and exhaling from your nose)? Did you touch the ground? If not, did you still feel an opening or stretch through the back line of your body? 
    Remember, be gentle with yourself. A lot of yoga involves developing awareness in the postures and listening to your body. The shapes themselves are less important. Always come back to how the shape feels and where you can let go, whether it's in your body or in your mind.
    To that end, we'll take a break from our mats next month, but not from our yoga. We'll be exploring how you can practice yoga while home for the holidays or reporting on shopping mall madness.
    Until then, I hope you had a very nice Thanksgiving!  

    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
KMPH's Annual St. Jude Children's Benefit Raises $1.1 Million, Gives Away A Home

By Kim Stephens
Chapter Vice President, Fresno

     The highly emotional five-month long TV campaign fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ended Nov. 9 with a record amount of money raised for St. Jude. 

     The 11th annual KMPH FOX26 Dream Home Give-A-way, live from the KMPH FOX26 studios in Fresno, raised $1,075,100! And, a Clovis man won the Dream Home - a brand new $425,000 De Young Properties home built in Clovis. The state of the art home boasts 3,500 sq. feet, 5 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms.  

     In every newscast for 5 months, KMPH promoted the dream home. Kim Stephens reported from the Memphis hospital sharing stories about cutting edge technology, and how children and their families are treated at no cost to them, thanks to the $100 Dream Home tickets viewers buy each year. She also shared the story of a little boy in the Central Valley who received life - saving treatment at St. Jude for a brain tumor. He is now cancer free.

    The Dream Home Giveaway is always a technically challenging broadcast live from both the call center at the KMPH studio, and the Dream Home. Kim Stephens and Kopi Sotiropulos co-hosted the event for the 11th year. Jim De La Vega reported live from every room of the home during the 2 hour live broadcast from 5-7 p.m. Once all of the tickets were sold, around 6:30pm, the phones continued to ring as people made donations to the hospital knowing they could no longer qualify to win the home or any of the other $1000 prizes.

   The following morning on Great Day, Stephens and Sotiropulos interviewed the Dream Home Winner live on the Great Day set. He says he plans to move his family into the home before Christmas!

   The Great Day staff is still trying to catch up on sleep as this crew is always the one to do this live broadcast Sunday night and then turn around for their Monday morning shifts - many of whom start at 1 a.m. 


      Kim Stephens is an anchor at KMPH Fox 26 in Fresno, and is vice president, representing Fresno, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also a 2014 Silver Circle inductee. 

Honolulu Television Station Sponsors 
Annual Susan G. Komen Benefit Race



     Honolulu's KITV annually co-sponsors the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and this year was no different.
     Year after year, Hawaii cares about this very worthwhile cause.

     Top photo: Supporters Ashley and Michelle Sakaki with administrative assistant Lydia Mahelona and Hoala Morrison
     Bottom photo: Breast cancer survivors, anchor and NATAS governor Pamela Young, and Lydia Mahelona, at the finish line.

Sneak Peek at 2015
Two Brand New "Days" in "Off Camera" in New Year

     2014 is nearly in the history books, and a new year is less than a month away.
      Your monthly publication, Off Camera, is always aspiring to create new ways to keep you informed, and to bring you more each and every month.
      With the beginning of 2015, Off Camera will launch two new recurring series, Back in the Day, and A Day in the Life.
      Back in the Day will feature profiles of television professionals who once worked in television in the Chapter coverage area, which includes the San Francisco Bay Area, all of northern California from Fresno to the Oregon border, Reno and Hawaii. The series will also spotlight the history of television within our Chapter. 
      Our first Back in the Day profile will be with Bob Jimenez, who anchored and
Bob Jimenez
reported at KRON in San Francisco from the late 1970s through all of the 1980s, at a time when the station's newscasts were known as NewsCenter 4. Jimenez is perhaps best known from his KRON years as anchor of the San Francisco station's weekday afternoon Live At 5 newscast.
      Back in the Day will debut in the February issue of Off Camera and will be written by a rotating staff of contributing Off Camera writers. 
      A Day in the Life, reported by Off Camera Editor Kevin Wing, will feature television professionals currently working within the Chapter's coverage area, offering a personable, exclusive, inside glimpse of each
Frank Somerville
featured person's day, from the time they start their day to the end of their work day.
     First up to be featured, and appearing in the January edition of Off Camera, will be KTVU's Frank Somerville, one of the Bay Area's longest-tenured news anchors. Joining KTVU in 1992 as a co-anchor for Mornings On 2, Somerville assumed the co-anchoring duties of the station's flagship newscast, The Ten o'clock News, in 2008. He also anchors KTVU's 5 and 6 p.m. broadcasts each weeknight.
    If you would like to be featured in either one of these new recurring series or would like to nominate someone to be featured, please drop a line to Off Camera Editor Kevin Wing at 
    Off Camera strives to bring you more each and every month. We hope you will enjoy reading Back in the Day and A Day in the Life in the new year, and will continue to enjoy our regular features such as Gold & Silver Circle Profiles, Soundbites, The Health Reporter and The Yoga Corner, along with everything else we bring you to stay on top of what's happening throughout our Chapter. 

On The Move


      Stephanie Linton will join KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco as its new assistant news director. Linton will be moving to the Bay Area from Charlotte, where she is assistant news director at WSOC-TV. Linton has also worked in Miami and West Palm Beach.


      Got a new gig or a promotion? On The Move and Off Camera would like 
to spread the word!  Please drop us a line at 
and let us know!  


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Alex Trebek To Emcee Emmy Awards 
Technology and Engineering Jan. 8

     The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Television Academy announced today that Jeopardy! game show icon, Alex Trebek and Yahoo Tech star, David Pogue, will host the 66th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy� Awards which 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 and the first time the two Academies have merged their Engineering Awards ceremonies. The reception and presentation will take place in the Bellagio Ballroom at the Bellagio in Las Vegas beginning at 
6:30 p.m.

    "I can't think of a more entertaining and tech-savvy pair of co-hosts than Alex Trebek and David Pogue for our grand celebration of the best in technology across the television spectrum," said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. "With honorees such as Apple, HBO, Intel, Microsoft, MLB, Netflix, and TiVo, and lifetime honorees such as, Larry Thorpe from Canon, SMPTE and Kazuo Hirai of the Sony Corporation, this should be one of the best tech shows in all of CES!"

    "We're happy to join with the National Academy in honoring this year's Engineering Emmy Award recipients," said Maury McIntyre, President and COO of the Television Academy. "These innovators' achievements set the standards for capturing, presenting, and transmitting the best images and sound for television's highest quality content. They have transformed television into a truly sensory experience."

Do You Remember?

Can you name these three men?  
Here's a hint: two of them are 
inductees of the Silver Circle.


In the November issue of Off Camera,
we asked you to name the 
KTVU Promotions Manager 
(he's holding the magazine in the photograph). Who is he?

       Dick Robertson (Silver Circle Class of 1988, Gold Circle 2005) worked at KTVU Channel 2, KRON 4, KQED 9 and Mother Lode Communications.  He was our Chapter Administrator for many years.  Now residing in Medford, Oregon, Robertson is involved with SOPTV, Channel 8, the PBS station serving southern Oregon. 

Dick Robertson (left) and 
Mark Stanislowski, SOPTV

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


The name "Emmy�" and the graphic image of the statuette, are registered trademarks of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.