TOP TEN Reasons to be at APTRA CONVENTION 2002
By Bret Burkhart, Incoming APTRA President
recently read a statistic that many of us probably shared
with our audiences. Referencing a study on the over-abundance
of awards ceremonies, it claimed an award could be given out
nearly every 20 minutes for an entire year. When you're sitting
on the sidelines watching others pick up their awards at broadcasting
conventions, you wouldn't mind a few additional competitions
to boost your chances.
But there's a magic about being there, watching your peers
and mentors get the applause and the plaques, that makes you
work harder the next year. It motivates you to find that obscure
short piece of tape that ran 11 months ago, pull an all-nighter
dubbing your best work and scour your city looking for the
a Fed Ex store open late enough to get your AP entry in before
the deadline. And while you're in the crowd, sharing dinner
and drinks with the best in the business, you're making friends
and contacts that will last a lifetime. You're also trying
to memorize styles and tricks to take back to your station,
in the hopes that you'll be able to work the magic the next
APTRA awards ceremonies honor the best talents in broadcasting,
but they also plant seeds in the minds of up-and-coming talent.
This year marks the golden anniversary of planting those seeds
-- 50 years of highlighting success and inspiring dreams.
This year's awards ceremony will mark the debut of special
new awards, honoring legends in our business, and recognizing
those that make an impact in their community.
Don't miss your chance to reach for the stars in Disneyland
this March. Need another reason to go? How about ten of them?
TOP TEN REASONS YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO MISS APTRA'S 50th ANNUAL
AWARDS CEREMONY AT DISNEY'S PARADISE PIER:
10: It's your chance to meet Mr. Eisner, up close andpersonal.
(OK, so it's Hal Eisner, but you'll be just
9: You will not want to miss the tribute to our first-ever
lifetime achievement award winner, Hal Fishman, whose 42-years
of broadcasting magic will be showcased at the ceremony.
8: We'll need some guys and gals in the audience who aren't
7: Disney's California Adventure Theme Park in March = no
6: Where else can you see the most respected broadcasters
in our industry sporting Mickey ears? Even before the bar
5: You'll impress friends and colleagues with pictures of
you and assorted Disney cast members. Or decide to ditch your
equipment and become a cast member.
4: Convention meals ... you can't beat `em.
3: Stealing excerpts from winning entries will make you sound
smart when you return to your station with abunch of great
2: You'll meet a bunch of new friends who will share your
thinking that the awards were judged by a bunchof people who
moonlight as Olympics ice skating judges.
And the number one reason you can't afford to miss the
awards ceremony at Disney's Paradise Pier... your chance to
write off an entire family vacation asa business trip!
If you need more reasons to attend, contact any of the members
of your APTRA Board of Directors. We're excited by this year's
event, and look forward to seeing all of you next month.