By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera
Gold & Silver Circle 2018: The nomination deadline is April 15 for this year’s Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon, to be held Oct. 20 at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco. If you are interested in nominating someone for consideration to the Silver Circle, please visit the CIRCLE page at the website for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at www.emmysf.tv.
Both Circle categories are not awards, but are societies of honor: the Silver Circle recognizes television professionals who have contributed to the television industry for 25 or more years, with at least half of those years in the Chapter region, which is the Bay Area and all of northern and central California from Visalia to the Oregon border. The Chapter region also includes Reno, Hawaii and Guam. The Silver Circle nominees are chosen by the living members of the Silver Circle. The Gold Circle recognizes television professionals who have contributed to the television industry for 50 or more years, with a majority of those years spent in the Chapter region. Gold Circle nominees are chosen by the Chapter’s Board of Governors. Hurry! Just a few days to go before the deadline closes for the year. CIRCLES
Emmy® Awards Gala 2018: Mark your calendars! We are less than a month away from learning who the nominees will be for the 47th Northern California Area Emmy® Awards! The nominations will be announced Wednesday, May 2 – 8:00 AM – online at our Chapter website, www.emmysf.tv. That’s exactly one month from the Emmy® Awards Gala, which will be held Saturday, June 2, at the glitzy, classy SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. We will have more details to come in the May and June issues of Off Camera, and, of course, the recipients will be announced in our July issue of Off Camera. AWARDS
Speaking of the Emmys®: KPIX 5’s Da Lin will once again be co-hosting the Emmy® Awards Gala’s red carpet coverage from the SFJAZZ Center on June 2! I’m honored and humbled to be joining him again this year with the co-hosting duties, which are always fun for everyone! This will be Da’s fifth year as red carpet co-host, and it will also be my fifth tour of duty on the red carpet, too! Joining us on the red carpet for the first time this year will be Melanie Woodrow, from KGO-TV ABC7 and my board colleague on the Chapter’s Board of Governors.
Melanie is stepping in for Kim Stephens from KMPH Fox 26 in Fresno. Kim, who has also been handling the red carpet co-hosting chores with Da and myself for the past several years, will be attending her son’s high school graduation during Emmy weekend, but we know that Kim will be with us in spirit. Melanie will be glammed up for the evening, while Da and I will do our very best to look nice in black tie. You can watch our red carpet coverage LIVE online, along with the Emmy® Awards Gala, in a dual webcast at our Chapter website, www.emmysf.tv.
Where’s Ross McGowan these days? We’ve got the scoop! We’re going to catch up with Mr. McGowan as I interview him for a Gold & Silver Circle Profiles piece, to be published in the June issue of Off Camera. You’ll, of course, remember Ross from his many years on Bay Area television, first, as co-host with Ann Fraser on KPIX’s popular daytime People Are Talking, from 1977 to 1991. Before The View and The Talk became daytime network staples, there was People Are Talking, which was immensely popular with Bay Area viewers for years. In 1993, Ross crossed the Bay from KPIX to go to work for KTVU in Oakland, where, from the station’s Jack London Square studios, he hosted Mornings On 2 until 2008. In 2006, he was inducted into the Chapter’s distinguished Silver Circle for his more than 25 years in contributions to Bay Area television. Did you know Ross was on Bay Area radio before he went into TV? We’ll talk about that, too, and catch up with him about what he’s been up to since retiring, in the June installment of Gold & Silver Circle Profiles, only in Off Camera!
He’s a heavyweight, and he lifts weights, too: At KNTV NBC Bay Area, I work with Kristofer Noceda, one of our digital editors. You can see and read his work on the station’s website, www.nbcbayarea.com, as well as on their Twitter and Facebook social media channels. I think of him as a heavyweight in our business here in the Bay Area, because he is just that good at what he does. He’s also a good guy who’s not only well-respected in our newsroom, he’s a ham and it’s easy to smile and laugh when he’s around you, because he is smiling and laughing all of the time! I’m not kidding. When Kris isn’t at work, he’s lifting some serious weights at 24 Hour Fitness. Want to know what kind of weights we’re talking about? We’ll tell you more next month, when we spend an afternoon with Kris at the gym and feature him in this column in words and pictures next month! He would make Jack LaLanne proud! Stay tuned!