March 25th, 2002
SEEMS LIKE HE WAS JUST IN SANTA MARIA: Congratulations to
weathercaster Steve Villanueva. He jumped from KCOY-TV/Santa
Maria, to KCPQ/Seattle...now, he's back to his native New
York as a weekend weathercaster at WNYW-TV.
SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WIN AN APTRA AWARD?
J.D. Pruess is now a sports reporter with Fox Sports Net Northwest.
He had been a freelance sports reporter/producer in San Francisco.
March 18th, 2002
WEEKENDS OFF FOR PHILLIP: Phillip Palmer is now the weekday
morning anchor at KABC-TV, stepping up from weekend anchor.
That means David Ono gets to stop working a crazy split schedule,
in which he anchored the 5-7 morning show, and then came back
and did the 5 p.m. newscast.
THE RADIO FACTOR: The big fish at the Fox News Network is
expanding his horizons into radio. Bill O'Reilly will host
"The Radio Factor With Bill O'Reilly," a two hour
weekday talk and interview show syndicated by the Westwood
One Radio Network. KABC-AM/Los Angeles says it will carry
the show from 9-11 a.m., up against Rush Limbaugh.
CAN SHE SAY Y'ALL? Stephanie Guadian is now anchoring weekends
at KTRK-TV/Houston, moving from reporting at KNTV-TV/San Jose.
MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW: The Northern California Radio Television
News Directors Association has an incredible convention planned
for April 19-20 in Lake Tahoe. You can still get in on early
registration.... and some of the biggest names in Northern
California television will be on hand for seminars, and tape
critiques. Here's just a sample of what's planned:
Friday, April 19, 2002
8:30 p.m. MEET THE TALENT AGENTS Who should have an agent?
How to decide who will best represent you? What does an agent
look for in a client? How might the media mergers affect your
career? How to enhance your chance of landing the job you
want? What effect is the current economy having on salaries?
DAVE AHRENDS, Napoli Management
RICK GEVERS, Rick Gevers & Associates
MARTIN MANDEL, The Mandel Group
JAMES MOLESKY, Hasse|Molesky
JEAN SAGE, Napoli Management
DON FITZPATRICK, Creator-Editor, ShopTalk, Moderator
Author TV Spy Guide to the Job Search
Producer: John Catchings
Or STUDENT TAPE CRITIQUES
Students have your audition tape (VHS or audio cassette) critiqued
by a panel of news directors and managers. Show fellow students
what you have, learn from others good and bad points. Bring
your VHS tape and resume to the session.
JANICE GIN, associate news director, KTVU FOX 2
PAUL HOSLEY, associate news director, KCBS-AM
KEVIN KEESHAN, news director, KG0-TV ABC 7
10:00 p.m. Networking, ann gambling...the casino is open
Saturday, April 20, 2002
9:00 a.m. A FOOT IN THE DOOR
A panel of people who are on the front line of hiring on-air
and management personnel in both radio and television. They
know what catches the attention of news managers from small
markets to large markets and the ever expanding Spanish language
JON KILLORAN, news director, KRNV, Reno
JOE McCONNELL, news director, Metro Networks
DON FITZPATRICK, Author of How To Put Together or Improving
Tape and 26-year veteran of placing on-air television
talent for ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, ESPN and over 100 local television
Moderator and producer
Or COVERING TRAGEDY, FROM GROUND ZERO, TO YOUR OWN BACKYARD
Has the way we cover tragedy and other news changed in the
wake of 9/11 terrorist attacks? Hear from Bay Area reporters
who were dispatched to ground zero, and from those who run
the assignment desk back home.
DORY CULVER, Managing Editor, KCBS-AM
MARY ELLEN GEIST, Reporter, KGO-AM
TRAVIS LINN, Professor, Broadcast Journalism, University of
DOUG SOVERN, Reporter, KCBS-AM
STACY OWEN, News Director, KRON 4, Moderator
Or One-on-One Tape Critiques
10:45 a.m. BEAT REPORTING: FROM THE STATEHOUSE TO THE COURTHOUSE
Do you cover a beat and come up with your own stories? Or
do you sit and
wait for the assignment desk to give you a story. The beat
reporter is on
the comeback for TV. Learn how to make contacts, get tips,
and smell out a
story with reporters from the statehouse to the courthouse.
KEVIN RIGGS, Political Reporter, KCRA-TV
MICHAEL FINNEY, Consumer Reporter, KGO-TV
KEVIN QUINN, Court Reporter, KFSN-TV
GREG EDMONDS, East Bay Bureau Chief, KGO-Radio
KEVIN KEESHAN, News Director, KGO-TV ABC 7, Moderator
Or WRITING...YOUR TICKET TO SUCCESS
Its no secret. The news audience is becoming increasingly
dissatisfied with traditional news offerings. And if you dont
know what to do about it as a news writer, start by eliminating
what not to do.
ED CASACCIA, Consultant, California News Channel
JESSE GARY, Reporter/Writer, KRON 4
GREG LYON, Reporter/Writer, KRON 4
RAUL RAMIREZ, News Director, KQED-FM
STACY OWEN, News Director, KRON 4
This is just a small taste of what's planned...there's a
luncheon, afternoon sessions, plus the Saturday night awards
banquet. Check out the full details by going to our "links"
page and go to "NorCal RTNDA" for full details.
WHAT A CONVENTION! The 55th Annual APTRA convention was a barrel
of fun! KCBS-AM/San Francisco's Mike Sugerman was named large
market radio reporter of the year...and Ethan Harp of KCRA/Sacramento
received the TV honors. Morning anchors Tom Haule and Linda
Nunez from KNX/Los Angeles won their eighth award as "Best
Large Market Radio Anchor Team"...while KTLA's Hal Fishman
was named not only "Best Television Anchor", but also
the first recipient of APTRA's "Lifetime Achievement Award".
What did the winners do afterwards? They went to Disneyland!
(The convention was held at the
March 11th, 2002
MORE SALES FOR GRANITE? Granite Broadcasting is in the process
of selling the gem of its broadcasting group, KNTV/San Jose
to NBC. As you probably, KNTV is the new NBC station for the
San Francisco television market. Now comes word Granite is
selling, or looking to trade its WB Network affiliate in San
Francisco, KBWB-TV. Granite had already put its Detroit WB
station, WDWB(TV), on the block.
In a teleconference, Granite CEO Don Cornwell said the company
would prefer to swap the WB stations for ABC, CBS, NBC or
Fox affiliates in midsized markets. The deal with NBC for
the sale of KNTV is expected to go through at the end of this
month, with $230 million of the $267 million Granite will
NBC expected to go to pay down debt.
SORT OF A CROSS TOWN MOVE...BUT NOT REALLY: Jane Velez-Mitchell
is now at
KCBS-TV, moving from KCAL-TV as a reporter and fill-in anchor.
Viacom buying KCAL, she could potentially be working with
some of the same
GETTING BUSIER: No breaks for KNSD/San Diego anchor Susan
Taylor. The 5, 6,
and 11 p.m. anchor has added the 4:30 show to her duties there.
THERE IS LIFE AFTER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Former KTLA/Los
Angeles "News at
10" anchor Terry Anzur is doing well at WPEC/West Palm
the 5:30 p.m. news anchor. The station's February early news
25% over last year, so she must be enjoying the climate there!
March 4th, 2002
BIG KPFK MOVES: L.A. radio's loss is California television
viewers gain. Jon Beaupré's last morning show on Pacifica's
KPFK/Los Angeles was Friday 3/1, because he's now a part of
the new "California Connected" television show airing
on PBS stations KCET/Los Angeles, KQED/San Francisco, KVIE/Sacramento,
and KPBS-TV/San Diego. He'll be a reporter and backup anchor.
Also joining the show is former KPFK News Director Katy Chen,
who is working as a researcher.
ANNA MOVES NORTH: Anna Velasquez is now reporting at KIRO-TV/Seattle,
making a big jump from KBAK/Bakersfield.
ROME RETURNS TO HIS ROOTS: Sports talk show king Jim Rome
decided doing a daily national radio show, and a daily national
TV show was just too much. He announced that at the end of
his contract with Fox Sports Net this week, he'll step down
from the TV gig, so he can spend more time with his wife and
baby. He'll continue his wildly successful radio talk show,
which is heard on close to 200 radio stations in North America.
It's not bad for a guy who got his first on-air work at a
radio station while still going to college at U.C. Santa Barbara!
And, it's possible he may work out a deal to do a weekly show
for Fox, or someone else.
IS BILL WEIR LEAVING KABC? That's what L.A. Times Sports
Columnist Larry Stewart reports. In the February 15th column,
reported the quirky sports anchor is looking at possible host
jobs other than
sports. By the way, sports fan or not...Stewart's Friday columns
must-read for the latest news in sports-related broadcasting.