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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.

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Charles Westerheide

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 got my shot at KOCO-TV.  I learned to write for TV, edit video and create a rundown.  On Saturdays and Sundays, I did the sportscasts that played overnight or on our weekend morning show.  My boss was Mick Cornett, who is now Oklahoma City’s mayor.  Mick told me I was not going to make much in sports, but that I should jump over to news.  Mick was right, I jumped to news and moved from editor to AP to producer.  I was there for 5 years.

 

My next job was in Kansas City at WDAF. They were soon switching affiliations from NBC to FOX.  I helped start a 9 p.m. newscast.  I knew a little bit about a lot of stuff. They needed help with computer systems, live shots and graphics.  I produced sports shows, the Oklahoma City bombing and the O.J. Simpson trial coverage.  When Senator Bob Dole ran for President, I followed him everywhere.  I loaded up a minivan with equipment and drove to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and San Diego. I set up for our political reporter and anchors to fly into town and do live reports.

About the same time, a buddy from KOCO called and said he was starting up a FOX station back in Oklahoma City. I left Kansas City to build a newsroom at KOKH. After about a year, we were on the air and my role switched from builder/fixer to show producer.  It was time to move on.

I liked San Diego when I was here for the Republican Convention. I didn’t have a lot of experience on the assignment desk, but things worked out at NBC 7/39.  I quickly moved from the desk into management.  I’ve been lucky enough to work with great people through tragedies like wildfires, terrorist attacks and kidnappings. I’ve also had the pleasure of being involved with coverage of fun events like the Olympics, Super Bowls and airshows.

San Diego is where I met my wife.  We have two smart and beautiful daughters.   NBC 7 has introduced me to great friends and co-workers. I’ve worked with, and competed against people who really care about serving the community.  San Diego is now home after almost 18 years at NBC 7.

 

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.

Deborah Shaw Lawrence

Deborah Shaw Lawrence

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 board member, she is a leader in the community as well, serving as Vice President of the Miracle League of Diego; as Board Member and Patroness of the San Dieguito Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. and as Co-Founder of San Diego’s newest non-profit dance company, K-12 Hip Hop.

“Being inducted into the Silver Circle is incredibly important to me because I chaired the Silver Circle celebration for three years,” she says. “It’s really important to honor people who’ve given their heart and soul to the TV industry in Southern California and Nevada.

“I was fortunate to be able to devote most of my career to NBC San Diego. Anyone who knows me knows it’s my passion to make and see great TV. There are so many talented people in this market – behind the scenes and in front of the camera – and I’m honored to be in the group celebrated in the Silver Circle.”

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 active in a television-related field.

All candidates have also made a significant contribution to the Pacific Southwest Television for a substantial portion of their 25-year career.  Since it was established in 1983, the Silver Circle has 274 members. The Gold Circle, which honors members who have contributed most of their 50-year plus television career to our Pacific Southwest Chapter, has 25 members.

See the list of recipients for the Silver and Gold Circle, respectively.

This year’s Silver Circle induction:

Sunday September 20, 2015
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
2000 Spindrift Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

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We had a blast celebrating the Emmy’s in Palm Springs at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage.

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Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our event including our silent auction and gift bag donors.

Silent Auction Donor’s:

Alvarado Institute of Skincare

Broadway San Diego

Chef Richard Blais

Comic-Con International

Crust Pizzeria

Cygnet Theatre

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Envision Personalized Health

Fox Sports San Diego

Gigi Ebert Photography

Hyatt Palm Springs

Instant Memories Photobooths

Juniper and Ivy

JW Marriott Las Vegas

Legoland California Resort

Marcus Dupree

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

NBC 7 San Diego

The Old Globe

Pulse Media International

RJS Law

San Diego Zoo Global

Savor San Diego

Sycuan Golf Resort & Casino

UltraStar

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Emmy gift bags, courtesy: Migranande

 

Gift Bag Donors:

Alvarado Institute of Skincare

Cold-Eeze

Migranade

RJS Law

Starbucks

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Mini flashlight keychains, courtesy: RJS Law

 

Migranande

Migranande

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Cold-EEZE cold remedy, courtesy: Cold-EEZE

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Starbucks Instant Strawberry Lemonade packets, courtesy: Starbucks

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Wellness Soaks, courtesy: Alvarado Skin Care

 

41st Annual Emmy® Awards Broadcast Schedule

The 2015 Emmy® Awards will be televised in the following markets:

Las Vegas
On KCLV-TV 2; City of Las Vegas

  • Tuesday, July 7 @ 3pm
  • Wednesday, July 8 @ 5am
  • Thursday, July 9 @ 9am & 1pm
  • Friday, July 10 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, July 11 @ 6am
  • Sunday, July 12 @ 10pm

On Cox Channels 96 and 1096

  • Sunday, July 19 @ 5pm

San Diego
On Cox Channels 4 and 1004

  • Saturday, July 18 @ 7:00 PM

Santa Barbara
On Cox Channel 8

  • Saturday, July 18 @ 5 pm
  • Sunday July 19 @ 5pm

Actor Brett Stimely to host the NATAS Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards

Brett Stimely, known for his accurate portrayals of President John F. Kennedy, will host the 41st NATAS Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards in Palm Springs.

Brett Stimely

Stimely’s performance in the film “Watchmen” stuck in the mind of “Transformer’s: Dark of the Moon”director Michael Bay, who said, “Get me the same guy who played Kennedy in Zach Snyder’s movie.” Brett procured praise from Ethel Kennedy herself, when she expressed appreciation for how he portrayed the president. The film “Kill the Dictator” added to his national recognition, but it was with Tom Hank’s “Parkland”, where Brett was able to work alongside Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden, and Oscar nominees Paul Giamatti, Jackie Earle Haley and Jacki Weaver.

The actor wrote, produced and starred in his multiple-award winning production of the film “Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope” (the film that inspired Oscar nominee “Gravity”). He is now in pre-production on his next feature film where he’ll star as “The Champion.”

This year’s NATAS-PSW Emmy Awards will be held Saturday June 20 at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage .

Mobile Bidding for This Year’s Silent Auction

Our Silent Auction, which benefits the NATAS-PSW Foundation, will have mobile bidding this year. Auction items include golf packages, hotel stays, fine wines, tickets to “Ellen,” movie tickets, and more!  Register now, and check out all the great items we have for auction at:  http://natas.myab.co.  Bidding will end at 6:45 pm June 20th.  Items may be picked up at the Emmy Awards Gala.  Bidders who are not attending the gala will need to pay for shipping. We will have one special auction item that is only for attendees of the Emmy© Awards Gala–bidding, payment and pick up of item must be done on-site.

Thank you to our Silent Auction Donors:

Alvarado Institute of Skincare

Broadway San Diego

Chef Richard Blais

Comic-Con International

Crust Pizzeria

Cygnet Theatre

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Envision Personalized Health

Fox Sports San Diego

Gigi Ebert Photography

Hyatt Palm Springs

Instant Memories Photobooths

Juniper and Ivy

JW Marriott Las Vegas

Legoland California Resort

Location Edit

Marcus Dupree

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

NBC 7 San Diego

The Old Globe

Pulse Media International

RJS Law

San Diego Zoo Global

Savor San Diego

Sycuan Golf Resort & Casino

UltraStar

Book Your Hotel Stay

If you’re planning to stay at the awards’ venue, the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, you must book your room(s) by 5 p.m. May 24th.

Rooms are being held for us at the rate of $139 for a standard room and $169 for a pool or golf view. The resort fee has also been reduced to $10/day. These rates are good from Wednesday, June 17th to Monday, June 22nd. Make sure to mention that you are attending the NATAS-PSW Emmy Awards.

2015 Emmy Award and Student Production Award Nominees

Congratulations to all the nominees!  Click here for a PDF: 2015 Nominee List

Thank you to all our Nomination Party partners, Charcoal House, Jackalope Ranch, and Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar!

Be sure to purchase your tickets for the Emmy Awards Gala on Saturday, June 20th.

Below are our rules for promoting your nomination.

PROMOTION:  All publicity, advertising or any written reference undertaken by nominees and award recipients to the Emmy® Awards, must clearly state that the awarded achievement is for a Regional Emmy® Award. The word “Regional” must appear in these instances. The recipient of a nomination or an Emmy® Award may refer in advertising and publicity to the fact that they have been honored only for one year after the recognition was bestowed. They may use a replica of the Emmy® statuette in such advertising. Individuals who significantly contributed to the production or craft but were not honored with a statuette cannot specifically advertise they are an Emmy® award recipient. They can only state they worked on the recognized program.

STUDENT PRODUCTIONS:  Students are not considered peer professionals and as such, their regional student productions are not eligible for Emmy® award recognition. Student award recipients from any NATAS Chapters’ high school or college competitions may not use the Emmy® name or replica of the Emmy® figure in any form of commercial advertising or promotion for their recognition.

41st NATAS-Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards to be held in Palm Springs

This yeaWestin Exteriorr the NATAS-PSW Emmy® Awards will be held Saturday, June 20th in the desert at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage.   A cocktail reception will begin at 5pm in the foyer of the Ambassador Ballroom followed by dinner and the Awards ceremony. Tickets are on sale now through June 8th.  Members may purchase 2 tickets at the member price of $100. Each additional ticket may be purchased at the non-member rate of $165. Table sponsorships are also available.

Beginning June 1st, all tickets will be at the non-member price.

Station table sponsorships include either one table of 10 with preferred seating, sponsor recognition, plus a full-page ad in the Emmy® Program (if received by our May 15th print deadline) or two tables of 10 with preferred seating, sponsor recognition, plus one full-page ad in the Emmy® Program. Please contact Executive Director Amy Bosler at admin@nataspsw.org for pricing.

For those of you wishing to stay at the hotel, rooms are being held for us at the rate of $129 for a standard room and $169 for a pool or golf view.  The resort fee has also been reduced to $10/day.  These rates are good from Wednesday, June 17th to Monday, June 22nd.  Make sure to mention that you are attending the NATAS-PSW Emmy Awards.  For these rates, reservations must be made by May 24th at 5pm.  Our room block is limited, so don’t wait until the last minute!

Call 877-253-0041 or book online at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/emmyawards2015

Please reference NATAS-PSW Emmy Awards 2015 to receive our special group rate.

Stay tuned for some special offers on golf and spa services.