October 2013 

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In "Off Camera" This Month:
Gold & Silver Circle Induction Oct. 19
Off Camera EXCLUSIVE: Thuy Vu's Sneak Peek at KQED Newsroom
Bay Area In Spotlight During America's Cup Coverage
KUVS Has New Studio Digs
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles: Don McCuaig
Soundbites: KGO-TV ABC7's Mike Shumann
The Health Reporter
TV A Go Go
John Hambrick, Former KRON Anchor in 1970s, Dies At 73
KITV Wins American Legion Journalism Award Honors
Do You Remember When?
91-Year-Old Former News Anchor Returns To TV

Off Camera

    Kevin Wing, Editor 

the board of governors



Keith Sanders, San Jos State University, President

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

Christian Anguiano, KUVS 19, VP Sacramento

Richard Harmelink, KFSN ABC 30, VP Fresno

Justin Fujioka, KITV 4, VP Hawaii

Terri Russell, KOLO 8, VP Reno

Mike Garza, KXTV 10, VP Smaller Markets

Kym McNicholas, PandoDaily, Secretary (Memership) 

Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Treasurer

Javier Valencia, Consultant, Past President


national trustees:

Linda Giannecchini, KQED

(National Awards Co-Chair)


Alison Gibson, Media Cool

(National 2nd Vice Chairperson)

Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media

(National Program Chair)


Steve Shlisky, KTVU 2  (Alternate) (Education)



Zara Arboleda, KGPE CBS 47

Kent Beichley, Freelance

Luis Godinez, KDTV Univision 14

Pablo Icub, KUVS Univision 19

Mistie Lackey, KOVR CBS 13

George Lang, The Big Picture

Da Lin, KPIX 5

Jen Mistrot, KPIX 5

Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter

Jim Parker, CBS Digital Media

Jack Pavelick, Springboard TV

Greg Rando, KTVU Channel 2

Bob Redell, KNTV NBC Bay Area

Gary Schultz, KGO ABC 7

Sandy Sirias, KFTV Univision 21

Matt Skryja, AAA 

Kim Stephens, KMPH Fox 26

Stephanie Stone, KFSN ABC 30

Karen Sutton, Stanford Video

Ken Wayne, KTVU Channel 2

David Waxman, KRCB 22

Justin Willis, KSEE 24

Pamela Young, KITV 4

Alice Yu, KVIE 6


committee chairs:

John Catchings, Catchings & Associates (Museum)

Craig Franklin, (Awards)

Mark Pearson, ARC Law Group (Legal/Bylaws)

James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance)

Patty Zubov, Platonic TV



execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton, NATAS 

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Belva Davis To Join
Gold Circle At Oct. 19
Induction Luncheon
In San Francisco
Christian, Ford, Gonzales, Silva, Swanson, Wing To Join 2013 Silver Circle


By Terry Lowry
Chairperson, Gold & Silver Circle Committee

      It's the past, present and future, together in one exciting celebration, and it's all happening Saturday, October 19 in San Francisco. Meet the new kids on the block that day at one of the most star-studded events of the year in the Bay Area.
      New kids on the block?
      Honoring the best and the brightest in the television industry in what promises to be a very exciting day, this year's Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon event starts at 11 a.m., Oct. 19, at the Parc 55 San Francisco Wyndham Hotel in the city's Union Square. The hotel is located at 55 Cyril Magnin St., near Market and Fifth streets.
      Rita Williams, who retired from KTVU in Oakland after a nearly 40-year career in television news, is the mistress of ceremonies.
      Belva Davis, the Bay Area television journalist and broadcaster who earlier this year retired after a half-century in the business, will join the elite Gold Circle on this day. Davis' career began in 1963 at KTVU in Oakland. She eventually went on to KPIX and KRON, both in San Francisco, where she worked as a news anchor, reporter and urban affairs specialist. For nearly 20 years, until last year, Davis was with KQED, serving as the host/moderator of This Week in Northern California. Davis was inducted into the Silver Circle in 1989.
     Six television journalists and broadcasters will be inducted into the Silver Circle Class of 2013 that day as well. 
     They are: Spencer Christian, of KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco; Don Ford, of KPIX 5 in San Francisco; Roberta Gonzales, also of KPIX; Lori Silva, of KHON in Honolulu; Jim Swanson, of KRON in San Francisco; and Kevin Wing, formerly of KTVU, KGO-TV and KNTV in the Bay Area, now working here with ABC-TV/Good Morning America.
     A no-host reception begins at 11 a.m., with the luncheon to follow at noon. The induction ceremony begins at 1 p.m.
     Enjoy a delicious meal with fine wines, a decadent one-half pound of See's Chocolates plus a goodie bag full of treats to take home.
     For the luncheon menu and details on how to order tickets, see below.
     The Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon, presented by the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is a fun way to get together with old friends and colleagues, celebrate some of the best among in television and contribute to our industry's future.



The National Academy of

Television Arts and Sciences

San Francisco/Northern California Chapter





Saturday, October 19, 2013

PARC 55 San Francisco Wyndham Hotel - Union Square San Francisco

55 Cyril Magnin Street, Market at Fifth Streets, San Francisco, CA 94102

No Host Reception 11 a.m. ~ Luncheon 12 p.m. ~ Induction Ceremony 1 p.m.


 Link to purchase Tickets & Sponsorships










Freshly Baked Artisan Rolls and Sweet Butter.




The Parc 55 Salad

Butter Lettuce, Point Reyes Bleu Cheese,

Dried Cherries, Sliced Granny Smith Apples, Candied Walnuts,

Champagne Vinaigrette




Horseradish Crusted Baked Salmon, Tarragon Buerre Blanc

Chef's Selection of Seasonal Accompaniments


Entr�e Option


Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free available upon request

Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Tower

Served with Polenta Cake & Tomato Coul�s




Chocolate Indulgence Cake with Raspberry Coulis




Compliments of Watts Winery


2010 Watts Cabernet Sauvignon

(Los Robles Vineyard, Clements Hills)


2011 Watts Chardonnay

(Casa Azul Vineyard, Dijon California)


Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea.


Please submit full names and menu choices for each person attending.





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KQED Getting Ready For Oct. 18
Series Premiere 
Of KQED Newsroom 
Host Thuy Vu Offers Glimpse Of Her New Public Affairs Show


By Thuy Vu
Host, KQED Newsroom
     Lack of affordable housing. Income inequity. Childhood obesity problems. The need to preserve and enhance a cherished agricultural heritage. Those are just some of the story ideas that poured from Marin County residents and community leaders who packed our first Open Newsroom forum. It's one of four community meetings KQED is holding throughout the Bay Area this fall as we prepare for the Oct. 18 launch of KQED Newsroom, our new multi-platform public affairs and interview program. I've always enjoyed being out in the field talking with real folks about their issues and concerns, so it was energizing to see the great turnout. 

After two decades in journalism, being the host of KQED Newsroom is a pinnacle for me.

Thuy Vu
Thuy Vu 
Host Of KQED Newsroom

It's a rare, incredible opportunity to be part of a team building a brand new show from the ground up. Everything is being looked at through a fresh lens. How should the new set look? What kind of format should we have? Who would make the best guests? What stories should we cover? How can we best serve the diverse interests of Bay Area residents while continuing to meet the highest standards of compelling, insightful journalism?

    It's an exciting challenge. The name of our show pays homage to KQED's legendary Newsroom program from the 1960s, which started during the newspaper strike. The groundbreaking show was a big hit and became the precursor to PBS' Macneil-Lehrer Newshour. It was also a place where male journalists openly smoked while discussing the big stories of the week and women were invited on the show to "look pretty." Thank goodness times have changed.

    On our new show, I'll be joined by senior correspondent Scott Shafer, who will also continue his current job hosting KQED Radio's The California Report. He will not be smoking on set, nor will he be telling me to just look pretty.

    In fact, Scott is outnumbered. Women run the show behind the scenes. Joanne Elgart Jennings, who spent more than a decade at PBS' Newshour, is executive producer. Our two producers are Robin Epstein, who was a long-time producer for KQED's This Week in Northern California with Belva Davis, and Monica Lam, who used to be with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

    This will be a new show for the 21st century. The digital era has changed the way the people consume news and information. The public's appetite for relevant, value-added content hasn't diminished; it just now needs to be fed through multiple distribution methods. That's why KQED Newsroom will be available on television, radio, online and through audio and video podcasts. Audiences will have access to our full programs on any device they choose, including tablets, smartphones and Roku. 

    We've been experimenting with social media as well in the period leading up to the show's debut. Our recent feature story highlighting the impact of Burning Man on art beyond the playa thrived online after getting a big boost from Facebook and Twitter. In addition to the station's social media plugs, producer Lori Halloran, Joanne Jennings and I all mentioned the story on our personal accounts as well. Friends and fans shared and retweeted, and before we knew it, the story had more than 13,000 views in less than three days on YouTube. It's a prime example of why we'll be distributing on a variety of platforms. There's immense public interest in these types of stories, and we will deliver wherever our audiences want to consume our content, whether it's TV, radio or mobile.

    We'll keep building on this type of audience engagement once KQED Newsroom debuts. Of course, we're also busy lining up guests for newsmaker interviews and brainstorming about everything from story ideas to roundtable topics. I won't be revealing those details here, though. We may live in the age of social media, but some things still need to be kept under wraps!

    Check out the show on Friday, October 18 at 8pm and let me know what you think. My email is tvu@kqed.org.




    Editor's Note: Can't wait until Oct. 18? Check out KQED Newsroom's new promotional video here: www.youtube.com/embed/GQH7oQHSKeE<http://www.youtube.com/embed/GQH7oQHSKeE


America's Cup Coverage Showcases Sailing's Best, and San Francisco Bay
Team USA's Thrilling Win Wows Local, National and Global Viewers

By David Waxman
Chapter Governor

     "This is my 52nd year working in television. I thought I had seen it all," says NorCal NATAS Executive Director Darryl Compton. "But I was blown away standing in the America's Cup control room watching the live race with all the new technology. Six cameras on each boat, cameras in helicopters, chase boats, graphic technology that is out of this world."

     The world came to San Francisco's front door last month for the 34th America's Cup, and we had a lot to learn about this storied, historic, but often underappreciated competition.

     The winning team at the 33rd Cup in 2010 in Spain was USA's BMW ORACLE RACING, so Oracle's Larry Ellison, a Bay Area resident himself, decided to bring the 2013 event to these shores. As a serious sailing aficionado, raising this sport's profile was of particular importance to Ellison.

     And that's where broadcast television enters this story. Races were televised on NBC or NBC Sports network nationally, and viewable via online live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra. 203 countries broadcast the races. America's Cup YouTube Channel videos received 24.8 million views. "More people watched the first race of this America's Cup," says Ellison, "than all of the America's Cups in history."

    On Saturday, September 14, six NATAS Northern California Chapter board members were fortunate to go behind the scenes at the America's Cup Television Compound, consisting of 14 40-foot shipping containers (that traveled around to the international AC World Series race locations), laid out and wired up like a small city inside Pier 23, on San Francisco's Embarcadero.

    As the first of the day's two scheduled races approached, Cup defender ORACLE TEAM USA was down zero points to six in a first-to-nine showdown against the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand. Nearly 600 journalists from 32 countries were already reporting that ORACLE TEAM USA's chances were quickly plummeting. The competition could be over by the next day.

    Only three guests could fit into the double-wide shipping container that is Production Control Room 1, a tightly-cramped space staffed by two dozen crew members, so we broke into two groups.

    Kevin Wing, already a fan of sailing, was among those in the first group. "To see the live coverage on our own turf here on San Francisco Bay was exciting for me." Darryl Compton was "having more fun than a kid on Christmas morning."

    Also in the control room was Patty Zubov, covering America's Cup since the AC World Series races in SF in August and October of last year, when they raced 45-foot catamarans as "practice" for the 72-foot catamarans raced in the finals. She arranged for the tours for NATAS: "I felt NATAS members should witness this faction of the industry - where production stands presently and where it could be going," says Zubov. "Ways to better educate and engage viewers."

    At the heart of the broadcast operation was the Emmy� Award-winning technology called

At the Heart of America's Cup TV Production 
Emmy� Award-winning technology in the form of 
AC LiveLine.

AC LiveLine. With this "augmented reality" technology, viewers see the shape and size of the course overlaid on San Francisco Bay, start and finish lines, ocean currents, and details that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye but are essential to understanding the nuances of this thrilling sport.

    I waited outside for my group to be lead inside. I've never watched competitive sailing before, so I joined the thousands of enthusiastic fans already assembled to watch the race. Many were grouped in front of a massive video screen erected inside the sprawling America's Cup Park, a wonderland for sailing enthusiasts with food, drink, and merchandise vendors, special exhibitions, and a 9,000-seat amphitheater - all free and open to the public on race days.

    Despite sunny conditions, winds were high along the surface of the San Francisco Bay that day, a dangerous fact in a sport where the high-speed wing-sail 72-foot catamarans have proven to be deadly. The first race started with Team New Zealand pulling ahead. I was more or less watching the people, not the screen. That's when suddenly a deafening cheer rippled throughout the park and I spun around to witness Team New Zealand's boat askew, nearly capsizing, and forcing TEAM USA to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision. ORACLE TEAM USA grabbed the lead and never let go, winning the first race of the day.

    I felt the energy of the crowd, and instantly I was captivated... so much so that I nearly forgot to return to Pier 23 for my turn in the control room!

    Midway through the second race of the day, with ORACLE TEAM USA in the lead, wind gusts over the Bay reached a dangerous red zone. Umpires, spread between a pair of boats in the water and the umpire container inside Pier 23, officially made the call: the race was to be abandoned.

    I watched as the broadcast continued even as the boats retreated. The announcers, from their perch inside yet another container several rows over, wrapped up the coverage and tossed to a package. Once safely in the package, the Director rolled his chair back from the wall of video monitors for the first time since I got there, took a deep breath, and asked aloud, "Okay, when's the next race?" A Producer beside him laughed as she replied, "Tomorrow!"


LiveLine Mastermind
Stan Honey (far left), the developer of AC LiveLine, explains how it works to the NATAS tour group including Executive Director, Darryl Compton (center).

  For our tour of the ACTV compound, we met the man behind LiveLine, Stan Honey. Once a competitive sailor himself, Honey poured decades of research and development to turn the America's Cup into a sport for anybody to enjoy.

    There was one tool in the AC LiveLine arsenal that I found particularly helpful at assisting casual viewers like me to gauge the progress of the dueling catamarans as they dart back and forth across the water in a zigzag formation: a football-like gridiron superimposed across the Bay. "Just by adding that," says Honey, "we found that it instantly became clear who was ahead and who was behind."

    Honey was starting to make a name for himself in the mid-90s when he was hired to make NHL hockey more watchable on television, introducing the short-lived but then-innovative virtually-glowing hockey puck in 1995. It was a novelty at the time, but over the next decade new advancements, complicated engineering feats, and a multi-disciplinary team hand-selected by Honey brought the virtual First-Down Line to NFL football, the virtual Strike Zone replay to MLB baseball, and other examples of "augmented reality" that have since become mainstays of sporting events on live TV today.

   Honey set his sights on bringing his two true passions together. He and his team travelled with the international AC production crew, and through trial and error worked out the bugs, as hundreds covered the events that whittled down the teams to the best in world: ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand.

    A casual viewer can see which team is sailing which catamaran, compare the speed of each craft, and ascertain the distance between the two competitors - all relevant information not only for viewers but also the umpire team. For the first time, America's Cup judges were able to watch real-time data on the boats' vital statistics, refer back to rules violations such as the incident we just observed, and even issue rulings from another high-tech shipping container located across from Production Control Room 1 at Pier 23.

    As Director of Umpiring, Mike Martin pointed out to our tour group that the America's Cup is one of the very first pro sports to actively embrace this GPS-powered real-time data, even releasing the raw stats not only to both teams but to the public at large as well.

    The results are nothing short of an engineering masterpiece. "I am still in awe of the creation of the graphics and the precision required to overlay them live," says Karen Owoc from our tour group. Like me, she was a sports fan who never knew racing sailboats could be so exciting.

    "I am definitely inspired to watch sailing in the future," Owok adds, "now that I have a greater understanding and respect for the sport and for the technology involved. It's one thing to set up some stationary cameras at an NFL game; it's another to hover over a dynamic event with three helicopters, on-board cameras, and surround sound!"

    The whole camera system was custom-designed to blend into the boats and survive in the salty seawater conditions. GPS coordinates, 6 video pictures, multi-channel sound, and additional metadata were sent over a secure, wireless IP network from a mast atop each catamaran to a redundant antenna array atop Pier 23. A team of radio engineers constantly tweaked the incoming signals as the boats raced up and down the Bayshore.

    With camera angles that were labeled "Chase Boat," "Oracle 3," and other specific names, the Director deftly called for shots as if the cameras were simply in a studio next door. Our small tour group sat next to AC Production Executive Denis Harvey, who was able to answer questions while the instant replay team, the graphics team, the sound team, and a gaggle of producers fed the Director everything he needed to pull together a tight, fast-paced event.

    The America's Cup, an epic international competition, is named not for the continents, but rather for the schooner America which won a race around England's Isle of Wight on August 22, 1851. The silver trophy has been donned "America's Cup" ever since. This sports competition predates the modern Olympics by two generations.

    Conventional wisdom had said that the 34th America's Cup was most certainly going to the dominating challengers, Emirates Team New Zealand. But the Oracle team proved conventional wisdom wrong. With their win on the day of our tour, the series turned around, for an historic comeback.

    Going into the race on September 25, Emirates Team New Zealand and ORACLE TEAM USA were tied eight to eight. It was winner take all. Defending champions, ORACLE TEAM USA, won the deciding race and were awarded the 34th America's Cup. "This regatta has changed sailing forever," says an ecstatic Larry Ellison. It also changed the broadcast of sports like sailing, which have traditionally been difficult to view much less televise. "Since we took home the big prize," says Kevin Wing, "hopefully the America's Cup will return to the Bay Area in three years." At press time, Australia's Hamilton Island Yacht Club was confirmed as the "Challenger of Record" for the 35th America's Cup. Stay tuned!


David S. Waxman is the Senior Producer at KRCB North Bay Public Media (PBS).



New State Of The Art Studio For KUVS
All Smiles In New Studio
The staff of KUVS Univision 19 Celebrate The Debut Of Their New News Studio.
        Sacramento's KUVS Univision 19 has unveiled a new state-of-the-art, high-definition studio and newsroom, including new outdoor building signage with the redesigned Univision UniMas logos. 
       The newly-remodeled facilities is the new home of Noticias 19, the station's 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts and A Primera Hora, its morning program.
       The new studio features a LED lighting system and top-of-the-line visual background monitors, new equipment, graphics, and an advanced weather forecast system. 

Gold & Silver Circle Profiles 



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      For 36 years, Don McCuaig was among the very best, most talented photographers to work in the Bay Area television market.

      McCuaig not only has had the longevity of working in the business to prove it, he has numerous Emmy awards and other honors to show for it, along with a wealth of colorful memories, especially from his many years at KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland.

      McCuaig, inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2002, worked at KTVU from 1970 until his retirement in 2006. Ask him what he's done throughout his career, and he'll tell you a few things at best. He's being modest. He has done it all. And then some.

      You might say McCuaig was destined for a life in television in one form or another. Born June 19, 1944, in Los Angeles (just three blocks from the MGM Studios lot), McCuaig grew up when television was in its infancy. In fact, the McCuaig family was the first on the block to own a television set. Back in those days, the television broadcast day didn't begin until 3 p.m. each day.

     "All the kids would come over and I'd set up the dining room, turning it into a theater," McCuaig says. "For a kid, it was an exciting time."

     McCuaig's father, Don, sold cars, but cars weren't selling very well in Los Angeles in the early 1950s. So, in 1953, the McCuaigs packed up and moved to the Bay Area, settling in Mill Valley. Eventually, the family would relocate to Larkspur, and later, Novato.

     The younger McCuaig aspired to be an architect at the time, attending the College of Marin.

     "I'd been going there for two years, and I was ready to go to Cal Poly (in San Luis Obispo) to continue my studies," McCuaig says. "But then, I started having second thoughts about being an architect. I knew it wasn't going to be something I wanted to do for the rest of my life."

     Instead of attending college in San Luis Obispo, McCuaig got a job as a telephone installer for Pacific Telephone (today's Pac Bell) in 1965. Then, he got a letter from the federal government.

     McCuaig was about to be drafted. It was the Vietnam era.

     He ended up going to Fort Ord. "Every morning, I'd get up and look at the headlines, and more Gis were going to Vietnam," McCuaig says. But he never had to go. Instead, he was "shipped" - to Sausalito.

     Being back in the Bay Area, McCuaig would eventually go to work for a brokerage house on Taylor Street in San Francisco. Across the street from there was KBHK-TV Channel 44.

     By now, you already know where this is going.

     "I started hanging around there, and finally, the front desk guy introduced me to George Dakin, the head film editor there," McCuaig recalls. "So George invites me in and gives me a little tour."

     Dakin told McCuaig that the station had just fired one of its editors, and asked him if he'd like a tryout. McCuaig was given two weeks to make it work, and he did.

     McCuaig, 25 years old at that time, got wind of a film editor opening at KTVU. He applied, and in January of 1970, he started working there.

     "I spliced and edited cartoon reels and commercials, eventually got promoted to edit syndicated shows," he says.

     His fate was about to change at KTVU. A news editor there had died in a car accident, and McCuaig went to work in the news department, eventually becoming head news editor.

     By the mid-1970s, McCuaig moved from the editing room to the field. He became a cameraman.

     "I got a news car, a camera, all of this stuff. How could I complain? At that time, Channel 2 was No. 4 out of four Bay Area stations doing news, so we could do anything and take chances, because no one was watching," he says.

     McCuaig, of course, saw first-hand all of the technological advances in television during his career at KTVU.

     "I hated 3/4-inch tape when it came out," he says. "It was a giant step backwards. The pictures looked like crap compared to film. By that time, though, almost everyone was shooting on tape. We were still shooting on film, especially our news specials."

     But, change was inevitable

     The rest of the 1970s was a volatile period in the Bay Area, and McCuaig had a front row seat for most of it, from the Patty Hearst kidnapping and the Jonestown massacre to the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

     "I was with Rita (Williams) when all of that happened," McCuaig recalls. "And when the verdict for (suspect, Supervisor) Dan White came down, the city went crazy. We drove up to City Hall, and police cars were on fire. We drove down to Castro Street, and people were throwing rocks at us. It was just an incredible mess."

     By the early- to mid-1980s, KTVU was growing tired of being in last place in the ratings. News Director Fred Zehnder had been at the helm for several years at that point, and under his guidance, the station's news product was gaining respect for its excellence in comprehensive, complete news reporting. But, McCuaig and his co-workers sensed a change was in the air when a new general manager by the name of Kevin O'Brien was hired, in 1986.

     "Kevin came in, and said, 'If you're with me, we're gonna be No. 1'", McCuaig recalls.

     The Oakland station, situated at Jack London Square, began to change to become a serious challenger to the "big three" San Francisco stations. Zehnder was allowed to thrive, too, and under his direction, the station's news department gained more respect than it had ever had.

     "Finally, the other guys (the San Francisco stations) weren't laughing at us anymore," McCuaig says.

     "Fred was great. I love Fred Zehnder," McCuaig says of the station's legendary news director, who led the news team for an unprecedented 21 years, from 1978 until his retirement in 1999.

     "Fred was a different type of news director, but he got the job done and he was always respected by the people in his newsroom," he says. "You could walk into Fred's office and sit down and tell him about a story idea, and chat with him about it for 45 minutes. It was wonderful."

      From the late 1980s on, KTVU's fortunes began to change. Its 10 p.m. news ratings soared to double digits, trouncing prime-time network programming on the three San Francisco stations. And station management, from O'Brien to Zehnder, spent a lot of money to make it happen. The station covered everything, even sending McCuaig and his colleagues to news stories that were happening outside of the Bay Area.

     "If there was a story going on in France that had a Bay Area connection, we'd drop everything and go to France," McCuaig says. "It was amazing."

     In 1992, McCuaig and reporter Faith Fancher were sent to Los Angeles to cover the riots there following the court verdict of the Los Angeles Police Department in the Rodney King beating case.  

     "I still remember seeing Army trucks filled with Gis, going up and down the street. It was like something you'd see in, say, South America," McCuaig says. "It was crazy."

     McCuaig also went to cover the riots in Miami with reporter Gary Kauf. It was another hotbed of turbulence and turmoil.

     McCuaig was the station's photographer when it came to news specials, traveling across the nation and around the world. He did it all. When a devastating earthquake spawned a catastrophic tsunami in Thailand in 2005, McCuaig was dispatched there, along with reporter Sara Sidner.

     Finally, in 2006, McCuaig decided he'd had enough, retiring from the station he loved. During the 36 years he was there, he was an integral part of the news department's success. And, during that time, he had collected countless honors for his work. Besides Emmys, McCuaig was also recognized as photographer of the year. His work was also honored at the New York Film Festival.

    "By then, we weren't doing so much traveling for stories anymore, and that's what I really enjoyed," he says. "I saw the writing on the wall."

    McCuaig loved the station he called home, but it was because of the people he worked with. In his words, they were "family". He was especially fond of longtime reporter, Bob MacKenzie, who died in 2011.

    "I miss (reporter) Bob," he says. "Every time something good happens to me, I want to call him. He's still with me in a lot of ways. We had such a good time. What was wonderful about that man was that he was the best writer I've ever worked with."

    When McCuaig retired, he and Vicky, his wife of 23 years and a Bay Area television veteran herself, decided they would make a change of their own, and move to Hawaii. For the last two years, they have lived on Maui. They are living the life.

    "Every now and then, I write an article for a magazine called Old Gauge Railroading," McCuaig says. "I'm really into trains."

    He also maintains his business, Journey Films, which he started in the Bay Area. It keeps him busy, when he wants to be busy.

    The day McCuaig was interviewed for this story, he and his wife were planting pineapple trees in their yard. Rubbing it in a little?

    "I love it here," McCuaig says. "Big-city people would go crazy here. Today, we also planted a papaya tree, and we went swimming. I go diving a lot, so this is just the perfect life. It's Heaven's spot."


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Mike Shumann is the popular, likable sportscaster at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco who parlayed his long Super Bowl career as a wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers into a successful career in broadcasting. This month, find out what makes "Shu" -- the Super Bowl champion -- tick.



Where did you grow up? 

Louisville-Boston-West Palm Beach-Tallahassee-New Orleans-and back to Tallahassee.


Do you have siblings? If so, are you the oldest? Youngest? 

I have three brothers and two sisters. I am the second oldest sibling, and the oldest son.


When did you first realize that you wanted to be a sportscaster? 

In college, I told my Dad I could do two things well -- catch a football and talk trash -- so I decided to major in broadcasting, and have made a living at both.


What was it like to be with the 49ers? 

I was on back to back 2-14 teams. That was no fun, but became Bill Walsh's first starter at wide receiver, IN MY SECOND YEAR. And I was also on their first Super Bowl team, and there is nothing like the first time you do anything. It was a special time in my career.


Who has inspired you in your career? Who has inspired you as a person? 

My parents were my biggest supporters and role models early on. We moved around so much as a child. My brothers and sisters were also big supporters. My high school coach, Gene Coxinspired me to greater achievements. And Bobby Bowdenmy college coach, taught me how to be a team player and was probably most responsible for my pro career.


Before ABC7, where did you work before? 

I worked morning radio at KFOG and KNBR for about eight years before jumping over to KGO radio on the 49er broadcast as the pre-game host and sideline reporter. We also had to work in the off-season when I played, so I sold advertising and was in real estate for a while.


As a sports anchor and reporter, every day at work is different from the one before it. Can you describe a "day in the life of Mike Shumann"? 

Every day is different. Saturday and Sunday I anchor. Monday through Wednesday, I report. One day I'm at the 49ers or Raiders, Giants or A's. Another day, maybe Cal, Stanford or San Jose State. I also do features, so that would take an entire day to shoot, write, edit and produce. It's never the same from day to day which makes my work interesting.


You're a sportscaster at one of the best stations in the country and certainly in one of the world's best cities. How cool is it that, after your many years with the Niners, you parlayed that into a successful broadcasting career in the Bay Area? 

I was lucky to start my career in the 5th TV market in the nation. Not many people get that chance. I was horrible at first, but with hard work and repetition, I like to think that I have improved my craft. I am also known as a former Super Bowl champion, which doesn't hurt. It's been so long (20 years), I have become a bit of a brand.


Do you like ice cream? Okay, that's a loaded question. Of course, you do! What's your favorite flavor? 

Rocky Road


Tell us about your home life

I have been married to Margie Robbins for 25 years, and have a 17 year old daughter, Annabelle. We try and spend as much time together as possible. With me working weekends, it makes it tough.


Perfect meal for dinner? 

Love pasta. Fun to mix and match food groups in any kind of pasta.


Have a guilty pleasure? 



What do you enjoy most about your work? 

The fact every day is different. Also like covering all sports, not just my favorite, which is football. Love being around pro athletes, as every sport has similarities for the athlete.


Do you have any mentors, and if so, who? Who do you look up to? 

Fred Biletnikoff was my hero growing up, and we became good friends. We both went to Florida State, and both played ball here in the Bay Area. He taught me how to be a pro, and coached me with the Oakland Invaders of the USFL.


What do you do to relax? What hobbies and/or activities are you involved with? 

I play golf once a week and love to hike the trails of Marin County. My body has broken down from football, so it's hard for me to run anymore. But, I do sneak in some tennis and sailing occasionally. I also help out coaching at Tamalpais High in Mill Valley, where my daughter goes to school.


What do you like most about working at ABC7? 

Telling interesting stories, and analyzing sports. It's like a team sport. Everyone has to do their job to have success.


Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years? 

TV and radio, and I'm writing my life story.


Who is your favorite television sportscaster? Is there anyone in the business who you emulate? Do you have a favorite sports announcer? 

I don't compare. We all have something to offer to a different audience. I like to think I appeal to a smarter sports fan. As far as announcers, Al Michaels is one of the best.


When you're not working, do you sit around the house all day watching ESPN or Comcast Sports Net Bay Area? 

No. I totally check out. I think everyone does, trying not to bring their work home. I do like to watch golf and football on TV, as I never get to at work.


Plan to go to any Niners games this season for fun, not for work? 

No. All work, but it's fun to watch the 49ers in their final season at Candlestick. Brings back a lot of memories.


Do you have a favorite author? 

I read a lot of different type of authors. From Elmore Leonard to autobiographies. Louis Lamour's westerns. I usually read three or four books in the same span.


Tell us about some of the great teammates you were with during your time with the Niners. 

Well some were legends like Joe Montana. Ronnie Lott. Others, good friends like Dwight Clark and Freddie SolomonI don't look at Joe or Ronnie as legends. They were just my teammates. Athletes don't do hero worship while they are playing. Only when they are growing up.


How would you like to be remembered as a San Francisco 49er? 

As a good teammate, a guy who moved the chains, and you could always count on me to make the catch.


What's your favorite TV show? Go to the movies lately? 

My newest is Ray Donovan. I also like Dexter, Newsroom and Modern FamilyI am a huge movie fan. I still like the big screen experience. I've been hosting an Oscar party every year for the last 30 years.


Where do you read your favorite sports page? What's your favorite sports magazine? I still like reading the Sporting Green every morning with my coffee. i'm not a huge sports magazine fan, though. Being around it every day, I pretty much know what's going on.


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



If you could do it all over again, is there anything you would change about your life? No. My theory is, one day your life is going to pass in front of your eyes, so make sure it's worth watching!!


Any words of wisdom for the next generation of sportscasters? 

Be yourself. Don't try and be like someone else. It never works.


Without a doubt, you have a special place in your heart for the San Francisco 49ers? But, in the 2014 season, the team will leave San Francisco and move to the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, right next to Niners headquarters. How do you feel about the team leaving the City by the Bay for Santa Clara? 

I am not a fan of the team leaving S.F. But, I understand why they feel the need to update their game day experience.


Favorite vacation destination? 

Locally, Lake Tahoe, Napa, Carmel. No need to go anywhere else.


During your career, has there been a sports story that you've "owned" that, up to now, has defined who you are as a journalist? There are several, but I am not one to pat myself on the back. I think it's more about the sports you cover. Football, golf and tennis have always been my favorites, and I tend to think no one does as good a job as I do with those three.


What's the most favorite thing about your job? Least favorite thing, if anything? Favorite thing is the variety in what I do. Least favorite? Daily deadlines.


Favorite music? What's in your iPod (if you have one) or collection of CDs? I am a Blues guy. White soul. Boz Scaggs. Boy George. John Lee Hooker. Buddy Guy. Paul Butterfield. Old school.


Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer? 

Love a cold beer after working out or a round of golf, but red wine with my meal.


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

Too many to name.


From a journalistic standpoint, how would you prefer viewers to see you? I am a guy you can trust to get the story, who gets to the point, and has a great sense of humor. I don't take myself too seriously, and I want the viewer to have fun when they watch 'THE SHU".


Favorite spot in the Bay Area? 

Love Stinson Beach, Muir Woods, and the trails of Marin county.


What do you like about social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus? Does it help bring in new viewers? 

I think it helps bring in viewers, but when I'm not at work, I don't touch any of them. I prefer a good conversation, debate, story telling. Don't need mobile devices for that.

Stay tuned: In the November issue of Off Camera, learn more about the personal side of KGO-TV's Cheryl Jennings. Having been at ABC7 for nearly 35 years, she is a true icon of the station. 

The Health Reporter

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 Fit Feasting This Fall


Fall and its emerging warm glow signal it's time to evolve. Just like the deciduous trees that let go of the old leaves to prepare for the new, television abandons last year's programming and rolls out their new fall schedule. Fall is jam-packed with many new shows, long-awaited new episodes, rising stars, and refreshed sets. It's a great time for you to change too. That is, shed your old ways of eating and try some new foods, techniques and recipes! If you haven't already given some of these fall all-stars a try, consider adding a few of the following to your plate this season.

    Butternut Squash: This versatile deep orange vegetable can be substituted for any recipe calling for pumpkin. Butternut squash can be roasted, grilled and pur�ed or mashed for soups, casseroles and breads. They are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, a good source of vitamin E, fiber, potassium, and magnesium and contain no cholesterol or fat. Compared to pumpkin, butternut squash has twice the amount of A and C.  

    Japanese Persimmons (or "kaki"): These golden jewels come in several varieties, shapes, colors, and sizes. The rounded, crunchier Fuyu persimmon is squat like a tomato and makes a great snack (eat it like an apple). Fuyus add bright orange color and sweetness to an all-green salad.

    Another popular variety, the heart-shaped Hachiya persimmon, is larger in size with a more pointed bottom and is meant to be eaten soft -- almost 'gushy'. You can use the thick, pulpy jelly to make persimmon bread and cookies as they're a great source of vitamin A, C and fiber.

    Traditional to Japan, Hachiyas are hand-peeled, individually hung and delicately hand-massaged for a dried fruit delicacy. For a frozen treat, freeze a whole well-ripened Hachiya in a cup (pointed bottom side up). Thaw slightly when ready to eat and dive in with a spoon for an all-natural 'sorbet'.

    A third type, the Chocolate persimmon, is highly sought after, smaller in size, and has a dark brown flesh. They can be found at specialty or farmers markets. Be patient when waiting for persimmons to ripen. If eaten before they're fully ripe, they can be very bitter and they're well worth the wait.

    Asian Pears (or "nashi pears"): Asian Pears are large in size and are also known as 'apple pears' due to their shape and crisp texture. They're a prized fruit in Japan where they're actually wrapped and sold individually in a decorative box. Ripe Asian pears are very juicy, fragrant and crunchy - unlike soft traditional pears. They're a great source of fiber and vitamin C and free of fat, cholesterol and sodium.

    Sweet Potatoes: Rich in beta carotene which impart their golden orange color, sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A and C and a good source of fiber and potassium. Steamed or microwaved, they make a satisfying side. Sweet potato pie is a Southern classic made with lots of butterfat. But with a bit of a makeover (recipe to be posted), sweet potato pie (topped with nonfat whipped cream!) makes a satisfying breakfast and a heavenly alternative to buttery candied sweet potatoes and traditional pumpkin pie.

       Beets: Beetroot, especially when roasted, is an excellent base for salads as well as a sweet, colorful and delicious addition. Beets are a good source of folate, vitamin C and potassium. Recent research has shown that drinking beetroot juice can reduce blood pressure due to its high nitrate content.  Also, scientists have found that the nitrates in beets can improve blood flow to the brain and thus, improve mental performance.

      Be a Healthy Adventurer! Fall is an excellent time to make changes in your life as fall is all about preparing for new growth. In life, you're either in a state of growth or decay. Think about taking one small adventurous step toward getting healthier each day. By doing so, in a year, you will have made a significant change in your life.

     Fit Tip:  Don't dwell on that morsel of a brownie you couldn't resist. Beating yourself up because you "went off your diet" will only bring on feelings of failure and defeat. At the end of each day, ask yourself what you did to get you closer to your goal. Those are the kinds of thoughts that will propel you forward and sustain your motivation.


TV A Go Go...

New Beginnings and Opportunities Around the Chapter


      Sarah Soghomonian, joins KVPT, the PBS station in Fresno, as project coordinator for ValleyPBS By You, an online news source. Previously, Soghomonian spent six years at KGPE in Fresno as producer of CBS47 This Morning. For the last three and a half years leading up to her departure from KGPE, she produced the station's noon and 6 p.m. newscasts.    

      Thom Jensen joins KXTV in Sacramento as an investigative reporter. Previously, Jensen worked in San Diego and, most recently, spent six years in Portland, Oregon. Jensen, a graduate of the University of Montana, started Sept. 9.


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

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


John Hambrick, Main News Anchor At KRON
In Late 1970s During NewsCenter 4 Era, Dies
Was Diagnosed With Lung Cancer Last Year; Also Worked In LA and NY

By Kevin Wing
Regional Vice President, San Francisco

     John Hambrick, who anchored KRON's evening newscasts for several years in the late 1970s, has died at the age of 73.

     Hambrick's son, Jack, confirms that his father died Sept. 10 in Texas. Hambrick had been battling cancer. He died under hospice care at a hospital in Bell County, Texas. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012. The cancer metastasized to his brain.

     In 1977, Hambrick arrived in the Bay Area with much fanfare after he was hired by KRON to be the main male anchor for KRON's then-titled NewsCenter 4 newscasts. Although Hambrick's Bay Area tenure lasted only three years, he became best-known for his high-energy delivery that commanded attention.


John Hambrick
Anchored At KRON From 1977-80

 In 1980, Hambrick announced he was leaving KRON to accept an anchor position at WNBC in New York.

     Hambrick's television news career spanned from the early 1960s to the 1990s. In addition to KRON in San Francisco and WNBC in New York, he anchored newscasts at KABC in Los Angeles, WTVJ and WCIX in Miami, KHOU in Houston, WEWS in Cleveland, WCPO in Cincinnati and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas.

     He grew up in eastern Texas and Louisiana. His father worked for Humble Oil in what were known as oil camps, small towns that popped during the oil boom years. But, Hambrick wanted to be an actor. He studied theater in high school and at the University of Texas. He eventually dropped out of college and headed west to Hollywood to become a star in the late 1950s. Among television roles he landed were small parts on General Electric Theater and Playhouse 90.

    Hambrick began anchoring in Wichita Falls, Texas. His 30-year career took him around the country. Not content to just sit behind the anchor desk, Hambrick covered global stories in an era when local TV stations were stronger than the networks they were affiliated with. He traveled overseas to cover the conflicts in the Middle East, struggles in Japan, along with national conventions and the death of professional baseball player, Roberto Clemente, in Puerto Rico, in 1973.

    Hambrick was the brother of Mike Hambrick and Judd Hambrick, both of whom were also news anchors. Judd Hambrick anchored at KTVU in Oakland in the mid-1970s. John Hambrick's son, Jack, also works in television.

    During his three-decade career, Hambrick considered his biggest TV success was his years of anchoring in Cleveland, where he was from 1967 to 1975. He left there to head west to California to anchor at KABC in Los Angeles, where he lasted two years before moving up the coast to KRON.

    Hambrick received many honors throughout his career, including an Emmy Award in 1984 for co-anchoring the best newscast in New York.

    The talented anchor was also a talent with music. Hambrick was also a song writer. His album, Windmill in a Jet Filled Sky, hit record stores in 1972 and was very successful.

    During the last three years, Hambrick was working on a Civil War movie project. He co-wrote a screenplay about John Hunt Morgan, the Confederate general who invaded Ohio 150 years ago. The project was titled Thunderbolt Raiders.

    Hambrick is survived by his wife, Barbara. In addition to his son, Jack, he is also survived by children, Meredith and Mignon.


American Legion Journalism Awards Honors
Hawaii's Young, Von Arnswaldt, Sprinkle


Renowned Hawaii television anchor and reporter, Pamela Young, center, accepts the 2013 American Legion Awards for her KITV documentary, Enduring Grace. Also honored were Rex Von Arnswaldt, and Young's husband, Gary Sprinkle, for their work on the documentary. Here, Young, who also serves on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, stands next to Alex McQuade, of the New York Times, and Alison Young, of USA Today.

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The science of happiness is a growing and intriguing field. Research about what truly makes people happy is not only surprising, but applicable 

no matter how much money we make or where we live.


Join moderator Katie Couric and a panel of experts in psychology, business, neuroscience and design for a Roundtable discussion about the happiness and sense of well being that elude so many, but are sought by all.


Held in collaboration with Reunion Homecoming Weekend, this event 

is free and open to the public.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Maples Pavilion

Doors open: 9:45 a.m. for general public

Roundtable begins at 10 a.m.

Media Partner: KQED

No tickets required


Parking is limited so plan to arrive early and consider public transportation.

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Do You Remember When?
KPIX Channel 5's Fifth Anniversary Special, in 1954.
(Left to right) Bob FosterSan Mateo Times; Walter Cronkite, CBS; Jim AbbyOakland TribuneRuby Hunter, KPIX; Dwight NewtonSan Francisco Examiner; Terrence O'FlahertySan Francisco Chronicle.

Letter to the Editor 
About Last Month's Do You Remember When?
Former KRON-TV Art Director, Les Krames (Silver Circle 1986) was surprised to see a 1968 KRON staff photo in the September issue of Off Camera. He took on the challenge of trying to identify the 55 faces in the picture. Les is #13. Can you fill in any of the blanks or make corrections? Send name(s) and number(s) to mail@emmysf.tv   We hope to complete the list in the next issue.


  1.                                                 2. 

  3.  Chuck Hastings(Eng)               4.

  5.                                                    6.  Graham Rumble(Eng)

  7.  Harold Brinkman(Eng)                 8.  George Dickinson(Eng)

  9.                                                    10.

11.  Ted Scott (Art)                             12.  Ed Escola(StageMgr)

13.  Les Krames (ArtDir)                     14.  Ron Lang(Art)

15.  Alex Zanini (Film/Tape)                  16.  Alex Jonsson    (Film/Tape)

17.  Jay Hansel(Film/TapeDir)              18.

19.                                                     20.  Lane Fye?(News)

21.                                                     22.  Steve Tuttle ?(News)

23.  Bill MaGee(News)                         24.  Bob Halladay ?(News)

25.                                                     26.  Terry Morrison(NewsPhotog)

27.                                                     28.  Dick Riley(News)

29.  Bob Jimenez(Reporter/Anchor          30.

31.  Norm Hartman(News)                  32.

33.  Walt Stewart(Art)                         34.

35.                                                     36.  Larry Mills(News).

37.                                                     38.

39.                                                     40.  Cristina Metcalf(ChildPgm)

41.                                                     42.  Dick Doughty(Reporter/Anchor)

43.  Frank Johnstone(Reporter)             44.  Mike Mills  (Reporter)

45.  Linda 'Richards' Pritchard(Wx)       46.  Ed Hart(Reporter/Anchor)

47.  Vic Burton(NewsDir)                      48.  Karna Small(Wx)

49.  John Bates(News)                         50.  Frank Dill(Sports)

51.  Philip Wilson  (Reporter/Anchor)       52.  Bob Marsden(Sports)

53.  Art Brown(Reporter/Anchor)             54.

55.  Mickey Freeman(NewsPhotog)


KRON 1968
Former Charlotte News Anchor Fills In 
At WBTV Anchor Desk -- At Age 91


By Kevin Eck

TV Spy


     Sixty-one years after launching the news at WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, 91-year-old Doug Mayes took another turn recently as anchor for the CBS affiliate.

     Mayes is 91 years old.

91-Year-Old Former Anchor Returns
Doug Mayes, With Molly Grantham, at WBTV

     Mayes filled in for the vacationing Paul Cameron on the station's 11 p.m. newscast one September evening.

According to The Charlotte Observer, Cameron posted a photograph of the two of them at lunch on his station Facebook page

     WBTV news director Dennis Milligan, formerly an executive producer with KGO-TV in San Francisco, says the post got tens of thousands of hits, so WBTV asked Mayes to sit-in for a show.

     "It took him about a minute of reading to get used to it," says Milligan. "You could tell when the old news guy kicked in, kaboom. He had full command."

     Mayes also sat in on the station's news meeting, where the police shooting of an unarmed man was the key topic.

     "He knew every detail," says Molly Grantham, who will be his co-anchor Friday night. "He had great questions to ask. He was still the newsman, even at 91. That was when I was sure this is such a great idea."

    Mayes started as Your Esso Reporter on WBTV in 1952. He stayed with the station until the 1980s when he moved over to rival ABC affiliate WSOC. He retired from the anchor desk in 1988, but continued to do special reports for WSOC.


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