Blangiardi, Gaughran, Jones, Mendonsa, Ramirez, Sanders to Receive Silver Circle Honors
By Keith Sanders, Off Camera Associate Editor, Chapter Education Chair
James Gabbert, the 1990 Silver Circle inductee who made an indelible mark on the Bay Area television industry for more than a half century, most notably as the one-time owner of KOFY-TV, will be inducted into the Gold Circle at an induction luncheon to be held Saturday, Oct. 14 in San Francisco.
Joining Gabbert in the spotlight at the annual Gold & Silver Circle Luncheon Induction will be six television journalists and broadcasters who will be inducted into the Silver Circle: Rick Blangiardi, president and general manager of Hawaii News Now, KGMB and KHNL; James Gaughran, producer and documentarian at KNTV NBC Bay Area; Mark Jones, longtime former reporter at KRON 4; Cristina Mendonsa, former anchor at KXTV ABC10; Len Ramirez, veteran reporter at KPIX 5; and Keith Sanders, longtime media producer at San Jose State University and former president of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The Gold & Silver Circle are honor societies that recognize those who have been actively engaged in television for at least 25 or 50 years (at least half of that time in this NATAS chapter area), distinguished themselves in their careers and have made significant contribution to the TV industry and to the community. Including today’s inductees, there are 258 members of the Gold & Silver Circles combined.
Awards Chair Wayne Freedman (SC ’02) called the Gold & Silver Circle “our chapter’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame.” This year’s class will be officially recognized on Saturday, October 14th at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco. Click here to order tickets.
Gold & Silver Circle Committee: chair Uilani Gray is joined by John Catchings (SC ’02), Craig Franklin (SC ’08), Linda Giannecchini (SC ’97), Ron Louie (SC ’97), Terry Lowry (SC ’96), and Joyce Mitchell (SC ’10).
GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE INDUCTION LUNCHEON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017
11:00 AM – No Host Reception
12:00 Noon – Luncheon
1:00 pm – Induction Ceremony
NATAS Members & Guests $95. $90 if purchased by Friday, October 6, 2017
Individual Tickets $100. $95 if purchased by Friday, October 6, 2017
Entree: Salmon or Vegetarian
– Please submit full names and menu choices for each person attending. –
Tickets will be held at the door