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Silver Circle Celebration

This year’s Silver Circle was a success! Seven regional TV and media professionals were inducted into our Silver Circle, honoring individuals who began their careers in television at least 25 years ago either in a performing, creative, technical, or administrative role within the industry, or in an area related to television, such as TV journalism education, advertising, promotion, and public relations. “We’re honored to celebrate the television accomplishments, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera, of these

Emmy Award Entry Tip!

Enter your Program or Craft entry from December 1-15 and receive $10 off your entry! This offer is open to members only! Your craft entry would be $50 and your program entry would be $80. Does not apply to Newscasts, sorry.

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Kurt Rivera, 2015 Silver Circle Inductee

Kurt Rivera’s career began inauspiciously 30 years ago as a very young, very part time DJ at an Oldies themed radio station in Stockton. One late Saturday night, when the song “Mony, Mony” concluded, the 19-year old DJ pronounced to listeners in as deep as a broadcast voice as he could: “That’s Money, Money” by Tommy James and the Shondells. Moments later the phone rang. Kurt answered. It was a listener with a message: “Tell that dumb DJ its ‘Mony,

Charles Westerheide, 2015 Silver Circle Inductee

I have always been a sports guy.  I got hooked in high school and went to the University of Oklahoma to become a sportscaster.  My dad, a lifelong banker, didn’t see a future in that and had me enroll as a journalism and business double major because he was paying the bills. While writing for the Oklahoma Daily newspaper, I did a profile piece and interviewed Dean Blevins, an Oklahoma City sportscaster. Blevins said they needed sports interns, and I

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Deborah Shaw Lawrence, 2015 Silver Circle Inductee

Deborah Shaw Lawrence has nearly three decades of creative strategy, promotion, design, and media expertise. The recipient of 18 Emmy Awards from NATAS-PSW and a national Emmy Award for NBC Olympics coverage, she has also been received a Golden Mic, PROMAX Gold and four San Diego Press Club awards for journalistic excellence. Currently director of public relations at Healthy Dining, Deborah is also president and owner of Bella Dolce PR, handling PR for clients throughout Southern California. A former NATAS-PSW

August Online Judging Opportunity–English and Spanish

Earn judging rewards to use towards membership dues and entry fees Judging for Southcoast Chapter We have an online Emmy® judging opportunity this month to judge the Suncoast Chapter, in both English and Spanish categories.  When you submit your Emmy® Entry, you are agreeing to judge other chapters’ entries.  Without this reciprocity, there would be no Emmy® Awards.  Judges will receive one judging reward per panel judged.  Judging rewards are valued at $5- each, and can be used towards membership renewal, Emmy® Entry

2015 Silver Circle Inductees

The Board of Governors of the NATAS Pacific Southwest Chapter announces the 2015 Silver Circle Inductees: Geni Cavitt Cynthia Farham John Finn Kurt Rivera Deborah Shaw Lawrence Fred Swift Charles Westerheide The Silver Circle is open to individuals who began their careers in television at least 25 years ago either in a performing, creative, technical, or administrative role within our industry, or in an area related to television, such as TV journalism education, advertising, promotion, and public relations and are still

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Fred Swift, 2015 Silver Circle Inductee

Fred Swift is a native San Diegan and graduate of Mount Miguel High School. He attended Santana ROP Electronics/Broadcast program in his junior and senior year of High School and obtained his FCC Element 9 Operators Permit at 16-years-old. Fred’s first job was at Conic Data Systems. An associate in the Test Equipment Lab told him of a job in television at KCST-TV. In 1979, Fred applied for the “Video Operator/Maintenance Engineer” position at then KCST-TV. He learned video on

Cynthia Faram, 2015 Silver Circle Inductee

Cynthia Faram’s love of television started when she graduated High School and went to work for a local station in Oklahoma City. After being hired as the Administrative Assistant to the News Director, curiosity got the better of her and she started going out with an old film camera and found it a great challenge. She then met her husband Rick and they moved to San Diego in 1974. Cynthia applied for the position of Administrative Assistant to News Director

Geni Cavitt, 2015 Silver Circle Inductee

From the time she was a little girl, Geni Cavitt knew she wasn’t interested in becoming a doctor, or a lawyer, or a teacher. Her sights were set on the world of radio and television. Fast forward to 1979…Geni Cavitt began her broadcast career as a board operator at Magic 91 in El Cajon, back when AM radio was still radio. After getting caught sneaking her voice on air in the middle of the night, her program director suggested she

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