March 2014 

Editor's Note

      Dedicated to Shirley Temple Black...
       In the 1930s, she was the little shining star that our great nation needed to pull itself out of the throes of the Great Depression. Americans flocked to the movies to be cheered up by the little girl with the golden corkscrew curls and bubbly, effervescent personality. But, as we all know, Shirley Temple was not a "little star". By the time she was 3 years old, she was making movies in Hollywood. Very soon after that, Little Miss Miracle would become Hollywood's most-famous child star ever -- a big star that shined brightly for the rest of her life. 
      With her passing last month at the age of 85, it is a very sad time for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Shirley Temple Black was a longtime San Francisco Bay Area resident who was a dedicated, wonderfully-involved member and supporter of our Chapter for five decades. Nearly 20 years ago, our Chapter inducted her into the Silver Circle to recognize her many significant contributions to the television industry. In addition to the world claiming her as its own during the height of her movie career, we are proud to say that Shirley was one of us in the Chapter, our most famous member ever. 
      We at Off Camera are dedicating this month's issue to Shirley's memory. In this issue, you can read about her career as an actress and U.S. diplomat and being a longtime Bay Area resident. She was a friend to many of us as well, as you'll read in Terry Lowry's special remembrance of her. We are also featuring a special Gold & Silver Circle profile about Shirley this month. 
Kevin Wing 
Off Camera
     In this issue, we also remember Jim Lange and William Schuyler
     Jim passed away in late February at his Mill Valley home here in the Bay Area. He was a legendary radio voice in San Francisco for decades, and also worked in radio in Los Angeles. But, the nation grew to know him, beginning in the 1960s, as the popular host of The Dating Game and The $100,000 Name That Tune. He was a very nice man who won't soon be forgotten. 
     William was an instrumental force in the creation of television broadcasting here in northern California, helping to launch stations in the Bay Area, Sacramento and Monterey. His technological genius was also the mark of a true legend. Like Shirley, Jim and William were also inductees of our Silver Circle
     There's much more in this issue of Off Camera, from the covering of this month's Oscars to features about Chapter events and people. Scroll down to check out the entire issue, or, have a look at our table of contents, below and just to the left, to find out what else we have in store for you this month.
     Thanks so very much again for reading and supporting Off Camera. We truly hope you will enjoy reading this month's issue.
Shirley Temple Black Dies
Most Famous Child Star In Hollywood History Was 
Silver Circle Inductee; Friend To NATAS' S.F./NorCal Chapter

By Kevin Wing

Chapter Vice President, San Francisco


      Shirley Temple Black, who rose to fame as the most popular child star in Hollywood history and, undoubtedly, was the most famous member of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, died Feb. 10 at her home in the Bay Area.

      Temple Black was 85 years old, and died of natural causes at her home in Woodside. She was surrounded by family and caregivers, according to a statement by Cheryl Kagan.

  Shirley Temple Black 

      The actress and diplomat, who would have celebrated her 86th birthday on April 23, was inducted into the Chapter's Silver Circle in 1996 in recognition of her contributions to the television industry. In 1992, Temple Black received the Governors' Award, the highest honor the Chapter can bestow. In 1964, the Chapter honored her with the Governors' Service Medallion for her dedication and service to the Chapter.

      Temple was 3 years old when she began acting. By the time she was 10, she became a top box-office draw. At that time, she commanded a then-unheard of salary of $50,000 per movie. The first film that got her noticed was 1932's War Babies, which was part of the Baby Burlesks series of short films.

      For nearly 18 years, she sang, danced and acted her way into the hearts of moviegoers throughout the country and around the world. Her trademark ringlets were popular with little girls everywhere for nearly four decades, from the 1930s through the 1970s.

      20th Century Fox produced a series of feature films with the talented little girl. Little Miss Marker, Curly Top (both 1934) and The Littlest Rebel (1935) were her biggest hits.

      The studio eventually released Bright Eyes, which introduced Temple's signature song, On The Good Ship Lollipop. The song sold more than 500,000 copies at that time, and earned Temple a special Academy Award.

      Temple's star was so bright in the 1930s, she was the number-one box office draw, besting legendary stars like Clark Gable and Bing Crosby for movie supremacy. From 1935 to 1938, she was the No. 1 movie attraction. Her movies produced happy uplifting moments that came at a time when the nation was still reeling from the effect of the Great Depression.

      In 1940, Temple and 20th Century Fox mutually decided it was time to part ways. The year before, in 1939, as she got older, her popularity began to fade.

      In 1945, she married actor John Agar. They divorced five years later. In 1950, at 22, Temple married Charles Black. They remained married for 55 years until his death in 2005.

      With her film and television career behind her, Temple Black became a foreign diplomat, serving in the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations for five years, from 1969 to 1974. She became U.S. ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, and was U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.

      Temple Black remained a cultural icon for decades following her reign on the silver screen.

      In 1958, she returned to show business to host Shirley Temple's Storybook, a successful anthology series of fairy tale adaptations that aired on NBC. In 1960, it became The Shirley Temple Show, remaining on the air until the following year.

      Temple Black received numerous awards throughout her career, including two lifetime achievement awards. In 1935, Temple left her footprints and handprints in the wet cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. In 1960, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in movies.

      She is survived by her three children, Linda Agar, from her first marriage to actor John Agar, and Charles Alden Black, Jr., and Lori Alden Black, from her second marriage to Charles Black. She is also survived by a granddaughter and two great-granchildren. 


In "Off Camera" This Month:
Editor's Note
Shirley Temple Black Dies At 85
Shirley Temple Black Was A Friend To Many
Special Gold & Silver Circle Profile: Remembering Shirley Temple Black
Jim Lange, Legendary Bay Area Radio And TV Icon, "Dating Game" Host, Dies
William Schuyler, Northern California Television Pioneer, Dies
Jan Moellering Celebrates 55 Years at KNTV NBC Bay Area
Restructuring At KQED Results In South Bay Layoffs
KRON Station Facility For Sale; KRON Staff To Move To KGO-TV Studios
NATAS Membership Has Its Perks
How Do Journalists Cope With Traumatic, Tragic Stories?
KGO-TV ABC7 Sends Clark, Marzullo To Hollywood To Cover The Oscars
2014 Gold & Silver Circle Nominations Deadline
Soundbites: KMPH's Kim Stephens
The Health Reporter
Former San Jose State Broadcasting Professor Ken Blase Dies
On The Move
Interns Learn Basics Of TV Production At KRCB
Former KPIX Anchor Dana King Running For Oakland City Council Seat
Do You Remember?

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 

Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Treasurer

Kim Stephens, KMPH FOX 26, Secretary

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 Channel 2  (Alternate) (Education)



Zara Arboleda, KGPE CBS 47

Kent Beichley, Freelance

Luis Godinez, KDTV Univision 14

Pablo Icub, KUVS Univision 19

George Lang, The Big Picture

Da Lin, KPIX 5

Jen Mistrot, KPIX 5

Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter

Ross Perich, Trainer Communications

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, Beyond Pix Studios

Justine Waldman, KRON 4

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)

Kym McNicholas, Kymerview (Membership)

Mark Pearson, ARC Law Group (Legal/Bylaws)

James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance)

Patty Zubov, Platonic TV



execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton, NATAS 

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Remembering Shirley Temple Black
In San Francisco in 1996, Shirley Temple Black is inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her many significant contributions to the television industry. Seated: Berta Lowry, mother of Terry Lowry. Standing, from left to right: Diane Paskerian, Shirley Temple Black, an unnamed friend of Berta Lowry, Fred LaCosse and Terry Lowry

Photo Courtesy of Terry Lowry

By Terry Lowry

Chairperson, Gold & Silver Circle Committee

      My mother was so thrilled to meet Shirley Temple Black in 1996. Shirley and I were honored together at the Gold & Silver Circle luncheon that year.  She was charming and unpretentious with everyone in attendance.

      As a teenager growing up in Durango, Mexico, my mother and her sisters never missed any of Shirley's movies.

      They would attend the local theatre every weekend to watch Shirley's magical movies.

My mother continued to enjoy her movies on television and video.



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        She was a California girl. Born in Santa Monica on April 23, 1928, just a few miles from Hollywood, a young Shirley Temple would eventually become the most-famous child star in the world well before the age of 10.
      And, in her later years, after marrying Charles Black - the love of her life - she changed her name to Shirley Temple Black. After her extraordinarily successful movie career as a child actress, she eventually turned to television before becoming a U.S. diplomat. And, though she hailed from southern California, she and her husband chose the San Francisco Bay Area to be their home, living in Woodside, along the San Mateo County peninsula, until her death Feb. 10 at the age of 85.

      Temple Black was undeniably the most-famous member of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which inducted her, in 1996, into the Chapter's distinguished Silver Circle for her many years of contributions to the television industry. Four years before, the Chapter bestowed the highest honor that any member could receive - the Governors' Award. Temple Black had always been dedicated to the Bay Area television industry, and that was evident to the Chapter three decades before. That's when the Chapter - in 1964 - honored her with the Governors' Service Medallion for her many invaluable contributions to the Chapter.

     Raised during the Great Depression, Temple was born to a banker and a housewife. She was just three years old when she landed her first contract with Educational Pictures, making her acting debut in a series of low-budget movies dubbed "Baby Burlesques". Her mother took advantage of her toddler's natural flair for dancing by enrolling her in dance classes a few months later. Her father became her agent and financial adviser.

    And that was just the beginning of what would become a lifetime in the spotlight for the young California girl. The "Baby Burlesks" films caught the attention of the big movie studios in Hollywood, and the Fox Film Corporation was the first of the majors to sign her on.

    By 6, Temple starred in Carolina, her first Hollywood feature film. With Fox, she made eight more films, including Little Miss Marker, which went on to become a box-office smash. The nation, still reeling from the Great Depression, flocked to the theaters to see Temple's movies, which provided a morale boost for Americans struggling through the economic downturn. In fact, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Temple "Little Miss Miracle", giving her credit for raising the nation's morale during times of economic hardship, even going so far as to say, "As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right."

    Temple received a special Academy Award in the mid-1930s for her song-and-dance routine in 1934's Bright Eyes, in which she danced to the tune of On the Good Ship Lollipop. She was also "Outstanding Personality" of 1934. In 1940, by the time she was 12 years old, Temple had 43 movies to her credit.

    As the most-famous little girl in the world with the bouncing golden corkscrew curls began to mature, her popularity with movie audiences began to drop. As an adolescent, her appearance in 1940's The Blue Bird failed at the box office. In 1947, at the age of 19, she appeared with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. Though the film received critical praise, moviegoers did not receive it well. By then, audiences were coming to terms with the fact that their "Little Miss Miracle" was growing up.

    Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Temple Black (who married Black in 1950) began working in television, appearing sporadically on the small screen. From 1958 to 1961, she starred in her own NBC anthology series, Shirley Temple's Storybook. During the show's final year on the air, it was retitled The Shirley Temple Show.

    Temple Black recognized that her work in entertainment appeared to be coming to an end, so she refocused her efforts on a career in public service. In 1967, she unsuccessfully ran for a California Congressional seat. In 1969, she became ambassador to the United Nations for one year. Then, in 1974, Temple Black was appointed ambassador to Ghana. In 1976 - just in time for the nation's Bicentennial celebration - she became chief of protocol of the United States, a position she would hold until 1977.

    In 1988, Temple Black became the only person to date to achieve the rank of honorary U.S. Foreign Service Officer. Her ambassador duties were far from over at that point in her life. From 1989 to 1992, she served as ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

    In 1998, Temple Black's accomplishments as an actress, entertainer and diplomat were recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors, held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In 2005, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.

    Following Temple Black's death last month, her family issued this statement: "We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife of 55 years."

    There will never be another Shirley Temple.



Jim Lange, Bay Area TV And Radio Legend, Dies
"The Dating Game", "Name That Tune" Made Host World-Famous

By Kevin Wing

Chapter Vice President, San Francisco


      Jim Lange, a legendary Bay Area radio and television personality who went on to international fame as host of television's The Dating Game and The $100,000 Name That Tune, died Feb. 25 in Marin County.

Jim Lange 
Outside The Dipsea Cafe, Mill Valley, 2011, after being interviewed for his Silver Circle profile in "Off Camera". 
Photo courtesy of Kevin Wing      

      Lange died at his home in Mill Valley after suffering a heart attack. He was 81.

      Among the most well-known members of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lange was inducted into the Chapter's Silver Circle in 1993. He was also inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, in 2006.

      Lange is perhaps best-known as the original host of The Dating Game, a popular daytime game show that ultimately symbolized the swinging late 1960s and 1970s. The show aired eight years on ABC, from 1965 to 1973.

      By the time he began hosting the show, he was already an immensely popular radio personality in San Francisco, where he moved after a stint in the Marines. In the 1950s, Lange began working the night shift at KGO Radio, where he became known as the "All-Night Mayor." In 1960, he moved to KSFO, where he remained for 23 years. Two years later, in 1962, he got his big TV break when he was tapped as the announcer on a national variety show starring country singer Tennessee Ernie Ford. The show, which aired on ABC, originated from San Francisco.

      In a 2011 Off Camera profile interview in recognition of his Silver Circle induction, Lange said he commuted from his home in the Bay Area to Los Angeles during his years as host of The Dating Game. The program was produced in Hollywood.

      Lange also worked at KFRC-AM, and later at KABL-FM, until his retirement in 2005. He also worked at KMPC Radio in Los Angeles in the early 1970s and then again in the 1980s.

Jim and Nancy Lange
Game Show Great Asked For Miss America 1961's Hand In Marriage, and She Said Yes.

      Born James John Lange on Aug. 15, 1932, in St. Paul, Minnesota, he was 15 years old when he won an audition to work as a disc jockey and sports reporter at a local radio station.

      He studied radio and television speech with a minor in journalism at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated cum laude.  

      By the mid-1950s, he was on local television in Minnesota, playing the title character on Captain 11, in which he would introduce science fiction shows, such as Buck Rogers.

      In late 1965, when he began hosting The Dating Game, Lange was still working his 6 a.m.-to-10 a.m. morning drive shift at KSFO. Wanting to maintain living and working in the Bay Area, he flew to Los Angeles three times a week to tape five Dating Game shows before flying back to San Francisco.

      The show became so popular that a nighttime version premiered in 1966, a year after the ABC version debuted. It remained on the air until 1970. There was also a syndicated version which lasted until 1974.

      Some contestants later became famous, including Farrah Fawcett, John Ritter, Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Andy Kaufman, Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck. Arnold Schwarzenegger also appeared on the show.      

      The show was revived in syndication in 1978, airing until 1980.

      Lange also hosted The $100,000 Name That Tune, The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime, Bullseye, Hollywood Connection and The New Newlywed Game, among others.

      He eventually met and married Nancy Fleming, who was crowned Miss America in 1961. In the mid-1970s, Fleming was tapped as the original host of A.M. San Francisco on KGO-TV.

      Lange is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons Gavin and Nicolas; stepdaughter Ingrid; stepson Steig; sister Midge; and four grandchildren. 


William Schuyler, Pioneer of California TV, Has Died
Instrumental In Launching Oakland's KTVU and Monterey's KMST

By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco

      William 'Bill" Schuyler, a Northern California native who, in the early years of television on the West Coast, rose to prominence as a broadcasting entrepreneur when he became one of TV's founding fathers in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, has died.
     Schuyler died Dec. 10. 
     For his pioneering contributions to the northern California television industry, Schuyler was among the inaugural inductees, in 1986, of the distinguished Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also received a Lifetime Achievment Award for his career accomplishments. 
William "Bill" Schuyler 
Northern California's "Television Maverick"
     He was born in 1922 and grew up in northern California, eventually moving to southern California as a teenager. During World War II, he was stationed in Japan. After the war he worked for RKO Radio in Los Angeles where he became very interested in a new industry in its infancy, television. Shortly after his marriage to actress Kristine Miller, they moved to Santa Barbara where Schuyler was consultant and sales manager for KEYT.
    In 1957, the couple relocated to the Bay Area, where Schuyler was part of the team that built KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland. It is where he became the local sales manager for the first independent television station in the Bay Area. 
    In 1968, Schuyler and two KTVU associates moved to Monterey to build the original KMST Channel 46. Being a great salesman and before their new station went on the air, he convinced CBS officials in New York to grant them the CBS affiliation for their new station. He was also the station's national sales manager. In 1977, the group sold the station to Retlaw, Walt Disney's television division.
    After the sale, Schuyler applied and received the "construction permit" for a new station in Sacramento, KSCH. As the consummate entrepreneur, he searched the country for new media broadcasting ideas including over-the-air pay television, the precursor to other paid broadcast channels. He sold KSCH in 1986, but not before acquiring a new permit for KSMS, another station in Monterey.
    Schuyler built KSMS in just 60 days in order to save the local Spanish language broadcasting from being taken off the air. In 1991 he sold KSMS to build another television station in BoiseIdaho

(The Monterey Herald contributed to this story.)


A Legendary Luminary At NBC Bay Area:
Jan Moellering Celebrates 55 Years At KNTV
Station's Staff Helps Silver Circle Inductee Celebrate In Grand Style

By Bob Redell
Chapter Governor

       As unnerving as live television can be, there is always an out.  If the microwave or satellite fails, the control room can switch back to the anchors, and the anchors can go to tape.  It's virtually impossible for the show not to go on.  
       So, imagine a time in our not so distant past when there was just a studio, no videotape to fall back on.  The only alternative was the dreaded blank TV screen.  That was live television without a safety net.  
Jan Moellering 
55 years at KNTV NBC Bay Area, and counting. 
   In 1959, Jan "Moe" Moellering walked that tight rope as coordinator for KNTV's Record Hop. "I just think looking back on the early days," says Moellering, "the Record Hop was really, really fun."  
       Record Hop ran five nights a week, for 45 minutes, just before ABC News' 15-minute network newscast with anchor Ron Cochran.  Host Frank Darien brought in the likes of Bobby Darin and Nancy Wilson
       The onus was on Moellering to make sure an audience was in place for the live show. She relied on local high school students to show off their dance moves for the two black and white television cameras inside KNTV's San Jose studio at 645 Park Avenue.  
       "Sometimes, there weren't enough kids showing up to dance, so we would have two couples in this big old studio," Moellering says. "We'd have to go into the office and get the secretaries and salesmen to come out and dance for the show."
 A Big Day Worth Celebrating 
 Rich Cerussi, president and general manager of  KNTV NBC Bay Area, congratulates Jan  Moellering on 55 years of service.
       Record Hop went off the air a month before the Beatles invasion. Moellering wonders how her show would've adapted if it had stayed on.  
       "The boys grew their hair long," she recalls. "At the time, it was unheard of. We probably wouldn't have let them in the studio."  
       It's hard to spot Moellering in the old Record Hop reels because she was so shy of the camera.
       But, not of the microphone.  
Record Hop 
On set, in the early 1960s.
     She eventually started voicing ads at KNTV, until one day, she made one of the healthiest decisions of her life.  She quit smoking her unfiltered Pall Malls.  While she saved her lungs, she killed her broadcast voice. "I couldn't do a 30 second ad without my voice cracking," she says. But she didn't lose her job, a job she still has to this day.  Just this past month, Moellering celebrated 55 years
 at KNTV, where she works as program coordinator.  You can imagine a lot has changed between now and then.  
      Most striking for this fourth-generation San Jose native is the fact that KNTV is now known as NBC Bay Area, and located in much spacious studios in north San Jose. Moellering never envisioned ever working for the Peacock network. 
      "The fact that I work for NBC, which was the Mount Everest of television back then, the epitome of television... I'm still amazed."  
Like A Family At Work
NBC Bay Area colleagues help Jan Moellering celebrate an unprecedented anniversary.
      She stills misses her early days in the business, what she refers to as "those fun innocent days of yesteryear," a time when she would've swept the floor to get her foot in the door.  
      "In those days, you were going to go to LA or New York and do something," Moellering says. "And sometimes when my friends would go there, they would write back and tell me to stay where I am." 
      Rich Cerussi, NBC Bay Area's president and general manager, is grateful Moellering has abided by that advice for all this time, noting that she "comes to work each day, as if it were her first on the job. She has weathered many changes, without skipping a beat."  
     Moellering doesn't anticipate skipping a beat anytime soon. "Oh yes, some day.  When I have something else to do.  I don't have a real plan.  It would be dangerous for me to quit."

KQED's Silicon Valley Presence Changing
Staff Reduction, But Plans Continue To Increase Service To South Bay


      Personnel changes are occurring at KQED Silicon Valley.

      KQED is proceeding its plans to increase its service in the South Bay by establishing a multi-platform Silicon Valley News Desk and hiring more KQED personnel in San Jose to staff the news desk and connect with the community. These personnel changes are operational, not financial, and have no impact on plans to invest in KQED Silicon Valley.

      Becca King, current Executive Director, Silicon Valley, and Executive Producer, KQED Plus, informed the station last monnth of her intention to leave to pursue other opportunities. Her last day will be March 14

      The station has announced that all broadcast television production and post production will take place at KQED San Francisco. As a result of this change, two full-time and one part-time television production staff members working at KQED Silicon Valley will be laid off. 

      KQED will be posting a new external affairs director position for KQED Silicon Valley. This position will encompass many of the responsibilities King managed with a focus on engaging the different communities in the region, including building partnerships and collaborations with organizations throughout the community and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the KQED Silicon Valley office. The new position will also be responsible for designing initiatives that build awareness and engagement of KQED's programs and services throughout Santa Clara County. KQED will continue with the development of a multi-platform Silicon Valley News Desk located at KQED Silicon Valley to expand KQED's overall coverage of Northern California by initiating daily news and issues coverage of the South Bay and Silicon Valley region. KQED is currently interviewing candidates for a Silicon Valley News Desk senior editor. Future plans for staffing initially include a reporter, blogger and a multimedia producer responsible for video, audio and text features for the web and mobile platforms.  

KRON's Station Facilities On The Market
Media General Selling Historic Van Ness Building; Staff Relocating To KGO-TV

      Media General, the owner of San Francisco's KRON, is putting the station facility on the market. 
      The company says it is listing the Van Ness Avenue Building. All staff will be moving to the KGO-TV ABC7 building across town.
      "KRON will remain an independent station with its own staff and separate broadcast facilities. No staffing changes are expected as a result of the move, which is foreseen to be completed in the next six to nine months," according to a Media General statement.
      The new space will provide a separate studio that Media General CEO George Mahoney called "a significant upgrade from our current studio," and said the setup will better foster staffer collaboration.
      The Van Ness building was completed in 1967. Prior to 1967, KRON operated out of the basement of the San Francisco Chronicle building. At the time, KRON and the Chronicle were under the same ownership.
      Young Broadcasting bought the four-story structure in 2000 for $8.4 million.
Membership In NATAS Has Its Perks
New Membership Chair Finds Fun Activities Like Sonoma Wine Event

Photos courtesy of Kym McNicholas

By Kym McNicholas
Chapter Marketing Chairperson

       In January, I was voted in as the new Membership Chair of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (that's us!). My goal this year is to truly be able to add greater value to your membership with plenty of perks! 
       Each month you will see new perks that will be featured in Off Camera
       To kick things off, in January, WineRoad.com offered our members free tickets, valued at about $60 each, to enjoy their annual Winter Wineland weekend in Sonoma County. 
       It was an epic weekend with every participating winery offering some sort of food and wine pairing. Our favorites included Armida Winery, known for its "Poizin," the wine to die for R.I.P. They offered a nice BBQ and plenty of big screens for watching the NFL playoffs that weekend. 
       Another favorite was Bella Winery which had large vats of Paella to share with visitors to pair with their wines. By the way, their 2012 Late Zinfandel is phenomenal! 
       Downtown Healdsburg also had some amazing offerings including Thumbprint Cellars' macaroni & cheese competition. 
       You don't want to miss this event next January! So, keep an eye on www.wineroad.com for all of their fun events. 

How Do Journalists Cope With Tragic Stories?

By Stephanie Stone
Chapter Governor

         On a cold, January night, 21-year-old Joshua Lewis walked along one of Fresno's busiest thoroughfares in the middle of rush hour traffic, and started shooting. Police called it "widespread chaos." Before the crime spree ended, an innocent 65 year old man was dead and two others were seriously wounded. Lewis later stole a car, crashed it, and died, leaving an entire community in shock and many struggling with more questions than answers.

On that same January night, ABC30 reporter Rick Montanez was covering the flu outbreak when the assignment desk called. Montanez rushed to the scene, and witnessed the same "chaos" that Police had already described. At the end of his night shift, Montanez, an experienced field reporter, turned to his private Facebook account for help. He wanted to vent, frustrated that the victims were simply heading to a hardware store when someone started shooting.

When he arrived at the scene, the family of a man who was killed in front of his wife was standing on the street corner. They were heartbroken. Then he heard Police relay information about the other victims and witnesses.

Montanez says, "It just made me angry. I quickly went past being sad." Montanez also covered the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. That incident stripped everyone's general idea of a "safe community." This random shooting, on a random January night, felt the same.

Montanez, who is usually reserved on social media, says, "I guess I was almost hoping to hear from people about how horrible they thought it was, too. That's comforting in a way".

Rick Montanez 
KFSN ABC30 reporter, recalls how difficult it can be to cope after reporting on a traumatic, tragic story. 

He says, "I finally realized the toll our coverage can take on me, personally. That's when I first realized I need to let it out, I needed to process what I'm seeing and hearing from the witnesses and victims of these tragedies."

After seeing the Facebook post, a college journalism professor and friend of Montanez stepped in, offering a resource for journalists, to help us all deal with tragic or traumatizing stories.

Andrea Bernstein primarily works as a contributor to Marketplace, the business show on public radio. She discovered the Dart Center while teaching a Media Ethics class at the University of La Verne. "The Dart Center is a great resource for journalists who cover traumatic events," Bernstein says. "Not only do they provide information on how to news gather with sensitivity to victims, but they are also mindful of the way traumatic events impact the journalist. They study this, and use their research data to help inform journalists and editors about PTSD and the ways to get help if you need it."

According to its website, The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. "It's dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Whether the topic is street crime, family violence, natural disaster, war or human rights, effective news reporting on traumatic events demands knowledge, skill and support. The Dart Center provides journalists around the world with the resources necessary to meet this challenge, drawing on a global, interdisciplinary network of news professionals, mental health experts, educators and researchers."

As for Montanez, he says, "At the end of the day it's terrible to be so affected by something like this, but it's also a reminder that I'm still human, especially in a business that almost forces us to shut off emotions and opinions on a daily basis."

You can find more information about the Dart Center at http://dartcenter.org


KGO-TV ABC7 Crew Gets Shiny and Sparkly For The Oscars
San Francisco Station Sends Clark, Marzullo To Hollywood To Cover Gala Event

Covering The Oscars For The Bay Area
KGO-TV ABC7 photographer 
Michael Clark and reporter
Katie Marzullo, in Hollywood to cover the 86th Annual Academy Awards for their station. Here, they are seen on the red carpet on March 2, just hours before the start of the annual awards show, which was telecast on ABC. Behind them is the main entrance to the Dolby Theatre, the permanent home to the Oscars. 

Photo courtesy of Michael Clark
April 15 Is Deadline For Class Of 2014 Nominations For Distinguished Gold & Silver Circle Induction
Silver Circle 2013

     This is your opportunity to honor the careers and contributions of our NATAS chapter's most distinguished television colleagues by nominating them to the Gold & Silver Circle Class of 2014.

     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.

Gold Circle Application Form 

     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.     
The Induction Luncheon will take place October 25 at the Wyndham Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.

Save the date: 
Saturday, October 25 - Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon 


 More information on the Gold & Silver Circle 


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Kim Stephens has a 
Great Day every day as co-host of the Fresno Fox affiliate's popular morning newscast. The Bay Area native (she hails from Marin County) has been on the morning anchor desk there for a decade. After working on a morning newscast in the Bay Area, she certainly knows what she's doing. Viewers know that, which is why they watch her each weekday morning, making Stephens one of the most-watched anchors in Fresno. Want to know more about her? Did you know she's our Chapter's secretary and has served on the Board of Governors for the last few years? Read on. There's more to know about Kim.


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in San Rafael - just north of San Francisco. Went to St. Raphael's from 2-8th grade and then Marin Catholic High School. 

Do you have any siblings?
I am the oldest of two. Three years separate me and my brother, Brad. We nearly always got along well. (Except for long car rides.) He lives in San Francisco. I wish we lived closer to each other. I love being around him.
Do you have any pets in your family?
I grew up thinking I could never have a pet because I'm terribly allergic to dogs and cats. While reporting from a dog show in Knoxville, TN, I discovered a dog, a big dog, that I could have with no allergies! So, we have a 60 pound black standard poodle, Max. No foofy cut, though. ;) 
Did you grow up thinking that one day you would work in television?
I didn't realize I wanted to be in TV news until my final semester of college- 5th year. After one semester as an intern writing TV commercials, I found my way in to the newsroom writing for the noon news. I loved the energy, and constant change. Still, I never imagined I'd be able to push through my shyness to interview people. 
Have you established a niche for yourself in your career? 
I think I found my niche a few years into working at KERO in Bakersfield. I was doing a live shot and felt happy and at ease explaining where I was and what was happening around me. I decided to talk to the camera as if it was my best friend and not worry about any news jargon, just be a normal person. That live interaction was/is my comfort zone. 
I have a feeling that TV has been a big part of your life since childhood. True?
That television box always intrigued me. When it applied, it was the subject of my elementary school reports. Maybe that's because my father was in the biz. When I was in 2nd grade he moved from doing the morning stock report on KNBR with Frank Dill and Mike Cleary and got into sales and management at KBHK and then KTVU. He retired in 2000.
I long knew I wouldn't get into sales, the math intimidated me. I considered advertising but realized I got the biggest thrill in learning and sharing information. I was always comfortable with public speaking, but didn't know how to apply that into a career until my newsroom internship. 
What inspires you?
Boy, I'm inspired everyday, it seems, by someone I've interviewed or reported on from sick kids who raise money for others, to unassuming people who go out of their way to help others. Those people remind me to stay grounded and purposeful in my goal to help others. In the TV business, Kate Kelly, Cheryl Jennings and Wendy Tokuda inspired me to just be real, friendly and connect with the viewer. Once, while reporting on the Robert Alton Harris execution at San Quentin, I stood in the crowd watching Wendy do her live shot. I was so jazzed to see her work right before I went live for my station in Bakersfield. And, on the days when I'm in a stressful live breaking news situation, I think of my former co-worker Terilyn Joe. We worked together at KNTV. When we first met I tried to be cool but deep down inside I was freaking out that I was working alongside a woman I watched every time I came home to visit my folks. I found her to be helpful, a tough, thoughtful mentor who exuded and expected professionalism. And, when the you -know- what was hitting the fan, she was a calm, perfect ad-libber when that red light turned on. 
I must also say another big inspiration came from a former co-worker who I best not name. She inspired me to do the opposite of what she did. By watching her I realized I prefer to be kind to my co-workers and viewers, do as many speaking engagements as possible and invest in my community. 
Where was your first TV job?
About a month before I graduated in 1988 from Chico State in Broadcasting, I sent out tapes (3/4 inch - remember those?) to TV stations up and down the Pacific. Amazingly, Walt Brown saw something and hired me at KERO in Bakersfield. I started as the morning cut-in anchor, producing, writing and editing for a whopping $100 a week. Through the 4 years there I did every job in the newsroom except sports and photography, got promoted to weekend weather, then weekend anchor, then 11pm anchor. In the beginning I was also working as a waitress and radio producer/reporter at KERN radio. 
In 1992 I started Live at Five at WBIR in Knoxville, TN. Reporting and anchoring on that show was a blast - especially as we went live all around the Southeast. After a few years I was promoted to the6pm and 11pm news when an icon retired. During this time I also earned my masters degree in Broadcast Management at The University of Tennessee and taught a few classes. (Peyton Manning and I were in school together, if I may name drop for a moment.) I also spent about a year at WVLT as the 6 and 11pm news anchor, started the 7pm newscast, and was the nighttime managing editor. Out of the blue, while on maternity leave, I got a call from Bob Franklin. I'd interviewed with him twice before and this time he invited me to join the Tech Team at KNTV. I couldn't pass up the challenge and the opportunity to get back home. My husband and I really wanted our son to be close to his grandparents so, I took a huge pay/responsibility cut and moved. 
I got to KNTV in June, 2000. I reported for the Tech team with the two awesome Scotts - McGrew and Budman. Shortly after I got there the little ABC station become THE NBC affiliate and there was a lot of change in that newsroom. I quickly picked up the book, "Who Moved My Cheese?" I anchored a new 4:30am tech/business news, and did the morning business reports on the morning news with Laura and Brett Cannon. That's where I was on September 11th. Wow. As our new ownership and management was evolving I was moved to the 10am news as a reporter and anchored the weekend morning news. In the Fall of 2003 I left to start Great Day at KMPH in Fresno and have been here ever since. 



What's a "day in the life of Kim Stephens" like?
A day in the life of me is busy but that's the way I seem to like it. I wake up at 2:30am, get to work by4am, go through scripts, have a quick morning meeting with producers, get the news ticker filled with stories and start it all live from 5-10am. After I finish writing the promo, and stories for the website, I run to the break room for a quick lunch. Then, it's back to the newsroom to prep for the11:30-noon Midday newscast. Most days I'm off work by 12:15pm. If I don't have a speaking engagement I may get to come home and relax with my husband for a little bit before we head to one of our son's classes or baseball games. Once a week I teach Catechism. I'm also the parent club president for our sons' taekwondo dojang. Some days it's too much. Some days I come home and sit on the couch with the remote and a glass of wine at, yes, 2pm. Dinner is 3:30pm. Bedtime is 6:30 pm
Being a journalist usually means you are curious about everything. How curious are you as a person?
Do you HAVE to be more curious to do this job? I just AM, always have been, which is why this is such a natural fit for me. I much prefer to work with people who are in this job because of curiosity and the desire to inform and help others rather than 'Me Me' people who just want to be seen. I don't appreciate self absorbed celebrity seekers. I'm not in this business to be recognized or called famous. 
I have to ask you this, as I know you like ice cream. What's your favorite flavor?
Kevin, I was always a chocolate ice-cream lover until my first date with my husband at The Buckeye in Mill Valley. He ordered a vanilla milkshake for desert Who does that!? Well, it was delicious and far from boring. So, vanilla is usually my order unless I'm in the mood for coffee ice-cream - a close second.
What do you usually do on weekends?
I cherish my weekends. It's all about sleeping in, when the boys don't have an early ballgame. Sometimes I'll sleep in to 9am! Glorious! And to have a fried egg rather than the oatmeal or cereal during the week is a treat. These little things make me happy. Sometimes I'll MC an event - usually a fun thing where my husband can come and it's like a date, but most of the time the weekends are tennies, jeans, no makeup and lots of laughter and fun with my 2 sons, husband and Max our dog. 
You are quite involved -- not only with the Fresno community, but on our Chapter's Board of Directors, too. How do you do it?
I feel lucky to be on the Board of Governors - to be working with these people who are dedicated in helping others in this industry. I'm on the scholarship committee, mentoring committee and do a lot of Emmy judging for different markets. And, I must confess, when I'm able to drive up for the meeting in The Bay Area rather than be on the conference call, I'm like that 22 year old with her first job in the biz, just watching Terry Lowry and drinking in her amazing spirit. She, too, was/is one of my idols. I don't mean to sound like a weird stalker, Terry! I just greatly respect your work and grace. 
Do you like dining out, or eating at home?
Perfect meal is at home - virtually anything my husband makes. He's our stay at home dad who is an amazing chef. White Bean Chili, Coconut Shrimp, Beef Wellington - I can't name a favorite. Just eating at home and enjoying some wine together is perfect. 
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Getting to sit and watch TV with my husband may be the best guilty pleasure. I always feel guilty for sitting when I feel like I should be doing something more productive. Our favorites are Orphan Black, Justified, Arrow. I'll also steal away time for The Good Wife, Revenge, Scandal and The Americans. Everything is DVR'd because of my early bedtime. 
Wait. You don't like to go out to a nice restaurant?
If I go out to eat it's usually with the kids so our favorites for the family are chains - Elephant Bar, California Pizza Kitchen and the local Yosemite Falls Cafe. If it's just Rick and me - Trelio, Cracked Pepper and Flemings - but I can't tell you the last time we did that! 
What do you like most about your job?
I really like my co-workers. I learn from them every day. We all have such different interests but are all truly vested in Great Day. Even though I wake up at 2:30 a.m. I don't ever dread going to work. 
Do you have any mentors?
I've already named people who inspired me in this business but I watched them from afar, except for Terilyn. Two other people who I'm grateful to for their guidance are Robin Mangarin and Lynn Espinoza from KERO. I can still hear Lynn advising me to just be myself, and Robin helping me speak up for myself. And, Steve Dean, the creative services director at WBIR showed me how a TV station SHOULD promote and brand itself. The mentality of a #1 station, and all its employees is like no other. 
What do you do to relax and unwind?
To relax I garden, do craft projects around the house, take photographs, bake, work out or root on my sons at their baseball games. 
Being from the Bay Area, how do you like life in Fresno?
When my husband first suggested I apply for the job to start Great Day I told him there was no way I was moving to Fresno. Growing up in Marin, I never heard anything good about the place - always considered it the arm pit of the state. Well, what a pompous idiot I was! In all honesty I took the job because I'd get to work with one of the kindest people ever - Kopi Sotiropulos. Beyond that, I love the area because of the agriculture and produce, the kindness of the people, the site of the snow capped Sierra, and, I love the heat. We live in Clovis, a suburb of Fresno. The school system is incomparable. We could afford a home. We never could have this quality of life while I was working at KNTV, sadly. 
Who are your favorite broadcasters?
My favorite broadcasters are Vin Scully, Chris Fowler, David Feherty, and Robin Roberts. I appreciate their conversational way of telling a story, getting an interviewee to open up and connect with the viewer. 
Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do when you're not working?
I love to read, even though it's just getting a few pages in before I fall asleep every night. I read a lot with my kids so - you may laugh at my recent nightstand collection: Harry Potter, 39 Clues, Percy Jackson. I did squeeze in 50 Shades of Grey, and just finished PT-109. I am now reading Re-Discovering Catholicism and The Definitive History of WWII.
What's your favorite newspaper?
USA Today - but it's online and read during commercial breaks and packages. I live and work in 20 second increments. 
Being from the Bay Area, I have a feeling you grew up on our professional sports teams. Favorite?
As a little girl I was a huge Dave Casper and John Madden fan (even shot a commercial with Madden while in college.) But, when the Raiders left for LA, I became and still am a tried and true 49ers fan. (And Giants Baseball since birth. Hummmm Baby!)
What kind of personality would you say you have? Are you more serious, or are you just a big goof?
My friends growing up would probably all agree that I'm a goof. I find humor in some of the dumbest, most inappropriate things, but when I'm at work, I'm pretty serious. Thankfully I work with people, including our Great Day DJ, who help me let my hair down with fun stories and great music we dance to in commercial breaks. 
Have you always been outgoing?
I wish I had more self confidence growing up. I'm so proud of my sons who have a strong sense of self. I didn't have that until college. I don't ever even fantasize about re-living this life. I'm proud that I stuck my neck out and took a lot of chances so I have no regrets. 
What's your favorite vacation destination?
Favorite vacation destination is La Quinta. Kona, Hawaii is a right up there too - great places Rick and I have had the opportunity to celebrate some anniversaries. Some day Provence will be in this list - as soon as we can get away and make that a reality. 
What do you like about being a journalist?
I love learning something new every day. That's my favorite part of this career. I also like having a way to connect with people and share that information that I hope can help them too. One thing I'm concerned about is the increasing blurred lines between entertainment/voyerism and journalism. I feel like an out of date old lady when I question things on the basis of journalistic integrity. No, I can't accept that $300 gift from an advertiser - even if another an air co-worker of mine did. No, I can't do a commercial for your company. 
How about your taste in music. What do you like? 
I absolutely love anything from Maroon 5, Lennie Kravitz and Lady Antebellum. My favorite current songs are Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse,'  Pharrell's 'Happy," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," and Eminem's 'The Monster.'  Perennial favorites are Rachmaninoff's " Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," and, Claude Debussy "Clare de Lune." 
Cold beer or a glass of wine after a long week?
I don't drink beer much anymore. My favorites are Guinness or Killian's Red, but these days I much prefer a Pinot from the Central Coast or a Zin from Lodi. When our Fresno highs get up to 100+ degrees, then, I'll take a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  
What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
Craziest thing I've ever done i.e. dumbest: jumping off a bridge in Chico into a river. It was crazy high, and yes, we were all sober. 
How would you like viewers to see you?
I'd like for viewers to see me as a genuine person who doesn't put on airs, who is, kind, trustworthy and exemplifies integrity. However, I learned pretty early on in this business that not everyone will like me and I have to be OK with that. In fact a friend just told me the other day that there are some people in town, former co-workers, who says I"m a B. That hurt for a second, but when I thought about who they are, and I realized we have differing opinions on integrity and professionalism. 
Do you like social media?
I had the biggest smile on my face the other day because a group of co-workers from Tennessee just shared a few tweets with each other about our days together in the early 1990's. We got re-connected in a second, with a tweet. A flood of happy memories came back. I appreciate social media for that. Sometimes I pull up Twitter, however, and my feed just speeds by in a flash and it's just way too much. I keep up as much as I can. It is stunningly helpful in breaking news, though everything must be read with temperance. When it comes to Facebook, the connection with viewers is deeper, more personal and rewarding. I try very hard to respond to each and every post. I think they deserve my time and respect. I am an administrator for 4 public Facebook pages, 3 Twitter profiles, 2 Instagram pages, 2 Pinterest and 1 personal FB profile. (that sadly gets virtually no attention.) Sometimes I get overwhelmed and sometimes I get to the point where I feel utterly speechless. 
Stay tuned: 
Tori Campbell is not only passionate about her work at Oakland's KTVU, she's also very passionate about good nutrition and making sure she and her family eat right. But, she's taken her interest in eating right to an all-new level. In the April edition of Soundbites, find out more about the longtime Mornings On 2 anchor and East Bay resident. 

The Health Reporter

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Are you running on an empty tank? People in television and TV news often work long hours and at all hours. Even though your day may start at midnight, starting your day without a meal often results in feeling depleted, overeating later in the day, and making some not-so-smart decisions as you go along. Eating a good breakfast sets the stage for making healthy choices that will power up your body as well as your brain.

Why Eat Breakfast?

As you sleep, your body works hard to digest last night's dinner. By the time you wake up, your body and brain demand fuel.


Three Breakfast Components

Morning menus are filled with options -- from breakfast wraps to smoothies in every color -- and need not be complicated. Breakfast can be simple, quick and satisfying. Be sure it includes a heart-healthy mix of protein, healthy fats, and whole grains to satisfy you as well as sustain you. Here are some examples: 


1. Protein

Examples: Plain nonfat yogurt, Greek yogurt (loaded with calcium and has nearly twice as much protein as regular yogurt), beans, and free-range eggs (limit to five whole eggs per week). Choose eggs rich in omega-3 fats from hens fed a vegetarian, organic diet.


2. Healthy Fats

Examples: Nuts, seeds (e.g., sunflower seeds, ground flaxseed, chia seeds), wheat germ, avocado, salmon.   

3. Whole Grains (Source of High Fiber)

Examples: Whole-wheat low-carb tortilla, slice of whole-grain bread, steel-cut oats, bran cereals/flakes, barley, bulgur, and whole wheat couscous. 

A whole grain is the entire grain which includes the bran, germ and endosperm (the starchy part). Whole grains are complex carbohydrates or "good carbs". Including them at breakfast will help you meet the suggested 40 gm of fiber per day and help:

  • Fill you up

  • Lose weight

  • Lower cholesterol

  • Stabilize blood sugar

  • Avoid a mid-morning energy crash

  • Promote regularity

"Refined" flours like white and enriched wheat flour include only part of the grain (the starchy part) and are NOT whole grain. A healthy breakfast cereal should list a whole grain as the first ingredient. Also, check that your breakfast cereal has the following per serving:

  1. 5 or more gm fiber

  2. Less than 5 gm sugar

  3. Less than 300 mg sodium (Less than 200 mg is healthiest)

Whenever you are looking for a whole-grain food (whether it's cereal, bread or a snack), look for these specific words to identify whether it's truly whole grain:

  • 100% whole wheat

  • Amaranth

  • Barley

  • Brown rice

  • Buckwheat

  • Buckwheat flour

  • Bulgur (cracked wheat)

  • Corn, including whole cornmeal

  • Millet

  • Popcorn

  • Quinoa

  • Rye

  • Sorghum (also called milo)

  • Spelt

  • Stoneground whole [name of grain] - NOT "stoneground wheat"

  • Teff

  • Triticale

  • Wheatberries

  • Wild rice, colored rice

  • Whole [name of grain]

  • Whole-grain [name of grain] - NOT just "multigrain"

  • Whole grain corn/corn meal

  • Whole oats, oatmeal - Including steel-cut oats, old-fashioned oatmeal, instant oatmeal (choose the plain, unsweetened variety)

  • Whole durum wheat

  • Whole wheat - NOT "wheat, wheat flour, wheat germ, or durum wheat"

Diabetic*/Heart-Healthy Breakfast Ideas

  • Veggie omelet and whole-grain toast

  • Breakfast wrap - An egg or tofu and veggie scramble wrapped in a whole-wheat low-carb tortilla

  • Black bean and quinoa burrito topped with kale guacamole

  • Whole-grain cereal with milk, nuts and fruit (fresh, frozen, dried, or freeze-dried)

  • Yogurt smoothie with fruit, veggies and flax seeds (See Power Smoothie: Spinach, Apple, Peach)

  • Peanut butter or almond butter on toast

  • Yogurtand chia seeds topped with fresh fruit salad

  • Cottage cheese topped with roasted walnuts and any kind of fruit, such as pineapple, apples, citrus, berries

*Diabetics need to watch portion sizes to keep carbohydrates to 45-60 grams per meal for women and 60-75 grams for men.


Ken Blase, Longtime SJSU Journalism Professor, 78
Popular, Well-Known At San Jose State; Also Familiar Voice on San Jose Radio

          Kenneth Wayne Blas�, a longtime journalism professor and director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University, has died. He was 78.
        Blase, who had been living in Camas, Washington, died Feb. 21. He was a former San Jose resident.
        He was born to the late Louis and Concordia Blas� on Oct. 22, 1935, in Sylvan Grove, Ksnsas. Upon
Ken Blase
Former San Jose State journalism professor dies at 78
Photo courtesy of Judith Blase 
graduating from high school, Blase received a football scholarship from Kansas Wesleyan University, but following a football-ending knee injury, he transferred to Kan
sas State University. His college career was interrupted by military service in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany and served as a radio operator and cryptographer. Upon return from the army, he completed his bachelor of arts degree in Communication at Kansas State.
       Blase met Judith Dee Stark at Kansas State University, and they were married at the K-State chapel in April 1959. They remained a devoted and happily married couple for almost 55 years, until Blase's death.
       Beginning his post-college career in news at KAYS TV in Hays, Kansas. Blase accepted a broadcasting job in the Bay Area with KWUN Radio in Concord. After a successful tenure at KWUN, he was recruited to KXRX Radio in San Jose. He was news director for 10 years, during which time he also taught journalism courses part-time at West Valley Community College.
       Blase continued his own education by earning a Masters degree in Communication from San Jose State University and a Juris Doctorate from Lincoln Law School in San Jose. Following law school, he passed the state bar exam on his first attempt and continued his full-time career in education at San Jose State as a journalism professor, Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Associate Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, and media law professor.       At the conclusion of his 25-year administrative and teaching career, Blase participated in the Faculty Early Retirement Program at San Jose State, and taught for five more years. During his last two years of teaching, he commuted back and forth from his retirement home in Camas, Washington.
      Remarkably, amidst all his many life accomplishments, Blase in parallel battled heart disease for over 33 years until he lost that valiant fight. 
       "My children and I are deeply moved by the outpouring of genuine affection for Ken coming from so many friends, colleagues and former students," says Judith Blase. "The wonderful sentiments expressed have helped greatly to mitigate the pain we feel over losing him, and for that we are extremely grateful." 
      In addition to his wife, Judith, Blase is survived by his two daughters, Lisa Blas� of San Jose and Vanessa Blas� Ness of Truckee. He is also is survived by two grandchildren, Michaela and Mitchell Ness, also of Truckee.
      In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations be made to The Dr. Kenneth Blas� Journalism School Fund at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95112.
      A celebration of Blase's life will be held at San Jose State University in late April. Arrangements are pending. 

On The Move

Who's Arriving, Who's Leaving Around The Chapter


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Interns Learn The Ropes, And Then Some, At KRCB

By David Waxman
Chapter Governor

      Volunteering for KRCB North Bay Public Media, a small-town public television in a big market, is a great way for beginners to get a taste of the broadcast television industry. It's also a great way for industry veterans to inspire the next generation to get involved in our chosen field.

      I've worked at KRCB for eight years, and I took the job precisely for the rare opportunity to meet students like Sutter Laird of Cotati. While he is by far the youngest intern I've ever had, mentoring him has been and remains a great honor. It's my small way of paying back the many mentors I had through my own production career, one that goes back to when I was 14 years old myself!

      I recently asked Sutter about his experiences at KRCB.


Sutter Laird
Becoming an integral part of KRCB.

Q: How old are you and how old were you when you first started volunteering?

A: I am currently 15 years old and a Sophomore in high school, and I started volunteering at KRCB in eighth grade, when I was 13.


Q: What is the most valuable thing that you've learned as a KRCB volunteer?

A: Learning how to direct live television is a surprisingly useful skill, in and out of the control room. Through directing I've learned how to remain calm in a stressful situation, and how to think and react quickly to unexpected occurrences.


Q: Has your experience as a KRCB volunteer influenced your interest in pursuing a college degree or a career in broadcasting?

A: Prior to volunteering at KRCB, I had no interest in a degree or career in broadcasting. In fact, I knew almost nothing about broadcasting, and was amazed to learn how much "behind the scenes" work goes into television. Through my experiences at KRCB, I've discovered that broadcasting is a fascinating field with many opportunities that interest me. It is certainly something that I am considering for a degree and/or career.


Q: Do you have anything else you want to add?

A: It's an honor to be able to work with the crew at KRCB. I can truly say that everyone I've met at the station has been knowledgeable, professional, welcoming, and more than happy to help a complete beginner like myself.


The next opportunity to join the KRCB Crew Corps, our group of dedicated production volunteers, is at our Spring Orientation on Saturday, March 22 at 1:00pm. Contact me at david_waxman@krcb.org , or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KRCBCrew for more information or to sign up. While no production experience is required, experienced professionals are always a welcome addition to the KRCB Crew Corps.


Former KPIX Anchor Runs For Oakland Council Seat
After Years In Front Of The Camera, Dana King Tries Hand At Politics
By Matthew Artz 
Oakland Tribune 


       A fixture on Bay Area television screens for more than a decade is going to try her hand at politics this year by running for an open seat on the Oakland City Council.

      Longtime news anchor Dana King, who retired from KPIX just over a year ago, says she will seek to replace Pat Kernighan, who is not running for re-election in a district that includes Chinatown, the relatively affluent Grand Lake and Trestle Glen neighborhoods and the working class San Antonio district.

     "I don't come from (the political) world, but there are many parallels to journalism," King says. "I've spent 25 years figuring out what is the truth in a story. I think that's pretty good training of what's required of a city council member."

Dana King, former anchor at KPIX, said she plans to run for Oakland City Council. (KPIX)
Former Anchor Running For Office
Dana King, formerly with KPIX, is running for an Oakland City Council seat.

      King, 53, who is a full-time artist, moved from Sausalito to Oakland in 2012 after buying a San Antonio-district live/work studio. She started considering a council bid after learning of Kernighan's retirement.

     "I suppose I might be looked at as a carpetbagger, but I chose to move here because I want to be part of this exciting, vibrant community," she says.

     King says she will finalize her platform after meeting with district residents. Key issues will include police staffing, quality of life concerns such as tagging, and affordable development. "We have to recognize the historical aspect of this community and make sure that the people who spend their lives here don't get pushed out," she says.

    King says she is a fan of Kernighan, who is considered a political moderate. But she wouldn't put any labels on herself. "Whatever position I take it will be after deep study," she says.

    The only other candidate currently declared in the race to succeed Kernighan is Sokhom Mao, a foster youth advocate who sits on the Oakland Citizens' Police Review Board.


Do You Remember?
Can you identify this reporter covering the Coalinga earthquake in 1983?  
Need a hint? She recently retired after 35 years at the same station 
(note the mic flag).
If you know who she is, drop us a line at kevin.offcamera@gmail.com.


In the February issue of Off Camera we asked:  Can you name anyone in this photograph?
It was taken during the fifth anniversary celebration of KPIX in San Francisco.  
Walter and Ruby Hunter are joined by Bay Area TV critics. 




From left to right: Bob Foster,San Mateo Times; Walter Cronkite, CBS News; Jim Abby, Oakland Tribune;
Ruby Hunter, KPIX hostess; Dwight Newton, San Francisco Examiner;Terrence O'Flaherty, San Francisco Chronicle.

Thank you to Al Sturges for writing in with the correct names!


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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