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Silver Circle Inductee Joe Riddle

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Joe grew up in San Diego and in 1978, went to work in radio as a News Director and DJ in Yuma, Arizona. From there it was stints in Palm Springs and then Bakersfield. In 1986, he made the switch to television… on a dare.

A co-worker at the radio station, where Joe was Program Director, challenged him to try out for a weekend weather/reporter position at KERO-TV. He got the job, but it was when he filled in for a vacationing producer that Joe came into his own. A short time and multiple Golden Mics later, Joe was offered an opportunity to return to his hometown of San Diego as a producer at KGTV, Channel 10. After four years there, Joe moved into newsroom management, working at stations in Des Moines and Las Vegas.

He returned to San Diego and KUSI-TV, in 1998. He has been the Executive Producer there ever since. Joe is a multiple Emmy Award recipient and Golden Mike winner.

Silver Circle Inductee Paul Rudy

Congratulations to 2016 Silver Circle inductee Paul Rudy.Paul Rudy

Born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota, young Paul Rudy was a professional tennis instructor who one afternoon gave a tennis lesson to the News Director at WKOW-TV of Madison Wisconsin.  That 30-minute lesson turned into a 32 year television career.

After bluffing his way through an interview, Rudy was hired as a news photographer, but when the video on his first assignment turned out a frightening shade of blue, Rudy was demoted to Sports.

Seven stations and three time zones later, he landed in California, where in the spring of 1998 he turned up at the doorstep of KUSI News in San Diego.  In 1999, Rudy suggested expanding the station’s sportscast into what became The Prep Pigskin Report.  The one-of-a-kind high school football show has since won seven Emmys and launched dozens of broadcast careers.  The “PPR” has become a Friday night staple in San Diego television.

“A lot of stations do sports shows,” Rudy says, “but in my opinion, what we do with PPR is unmatched anywhere in the nation.  Every Friday night we turn highlights from 40 local games, throw in countless features, and you have the fastest 65 minutes in television!”

Announcing the 2016 NATAS-PSW Silver Circle Inductees

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest Chapter (NATAS-PSW) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s 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.

The five TV professionals to be inducted to the 2016 Silver Circle include:

German Andres Gonzalez, KBLR 

Darcey Gulen, NBC 7

Margaret Radford, Freelance Talent

Joe Riddle, KUSI

Paul Rudy, KUSI

“Each of these individuals has made significant contributions in television behind the scenes or in front of the camera,” says Donn Johnson, President of NATAS-PSW. “We’re proud to recognize their personal and professional accomplishments benefiting our chapter and our communities.”

This year’s Silver Circle will be held Sunday, October 30 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Established in 1983, the Silver Circle has close to 300 members. All candidates must have also made a significant contribution to Pacific Southwest Television for a majority of their 25-year career.  Only current residents of the chapter are eligible.

There are no inductees to the Gold Circle, which currently has 25 members and honors those who have contributed most of their 50 year plus television career to our Pacific Southwest Chapter.

NATAS-PSW Emmy Call for Entries is Open

The Emmy Call for Entries is open! Here’s the list of categories. Get your entry/entries in by 9 p.m. Pacific January 22. Late entries will be accepted through 9 p.m. on January 29 with a $25/per entry/entrant late fee.

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Here’s what you do: 1) Renew your membership for 2016, or join for the first time through Emmy Express, 2) Enter your program or craft through Emmy Express, make sure you have all the names on the entry at that time, 3) Pay for your entry either through Emmy Express via credit card or send in a check. You do not need to upload your video today. All videos must be uploaded by Wednesday, February 3rd.

If you have Emmy Rewards, you may add them to these entries. This year you will be able to use a maximum of $25 worth (five) of Emmy Rewards per entry.

New and Improved Job Bank

Looking for a job in television? The FREE, new and improved NATAS Job Bank is now LIVE!? It’s been updated to be more modern, user-friendly and easy-to-administer.  Employers are able to post and manage job listings directly. Check it out today!

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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.

NATAS To Honor Broadcast TV Visionary Randy Falco

Randy Falco, renowned media executive and President and Chief Executive Officer of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), will receive the The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS)prestigious Board of Trustees’ Award at a gala to be held on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 in New York City.

“Randy Falco has been a trailblazer in every facet of the television business he has touched,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman, NATAS. Starting with his branding of NBC as the ‘network of the Olympics,’ leading the initiative for the NBC-Universal merger, acting as Chairman and CEO of AOL as it rebranded itself and helping transform Univision from a niche broadcast network serving the Hispanic community into a global media empire, he’s done it all. Falco is a talented and highly regarded television visionary. The NATAS Board of Trustees has wisely chosen to bestow their highest honor to a leader of unquestionable accomplishments.”

Randy Falco, media executive and President and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), will receive NATAS' prestigious Board of Trustees’ Award.

Randy Falco, media executive and President and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), will receive NATAS’
prestigious Board of Trustees’ Award.

Falco is president and chief executive officer of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI). Under his leadership, UCI has accelerated its transformation to  the multimedia powerhouse of today. UCI has quickly expanded into a top tier multimedia company with 16 broadcast, cable and digital networks; 61 television stations; 67 radio stations; an array of online and mobile apps and products and content creation facilities in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

Falco’s visionary rise began with the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, running NBC’s Olympic operations, a multi-billion dollar business that operated as a separate business group, as well as negotiated the contracts from 1992 through 2006 covering six Olympic game telecasts. He also branded NBC television network as the network of the Olympics. He conceived and negotiated two blockbuster deals that surprised the competition and secured exclusive coverage for five consecutive Summer and Winter Olympic Games: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008 that became a major profit contributor to the Company.

Falco led the initiative for the NBC-Universal merger and subsequently was named

President of the NBC Universal Television Network Group in 2004. Following the merger, Falco combined the advertising sales operations of NBCU’s broadcast and cable units – the first major media company to take that approach. He also was responsible for the group’s commercial and operational functions, including affiliate relations, cable distribution, sales and marketing and other assets, including Telemundo.

Prior to joining UCI in January 2011, Falco served as chairman and chief executive officer of AOL, Inc. from 2006 to 2009. In this role, he was responsible for setting strategy and overseeing operations as the company transitioned to an advertising-based business model.

Falco, a 2013 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame inductee, has received several recognitions including the Frank Stanton Award in 2007, the Ballet Hispanico Gala Honor 2013, MALDEF Legacy Leader Award 2012, CableFax 100 “Above it All” 2012 and 2013, Museum of Moving Image Honor 2012 as well as several Emmys for NBC’s Olympic coverage. He has also been recognized for his work in support of children’s causes, including the Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the creation of the first Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of Teleton USA in San Antonio, Texas.

He holds an M.B.A. in finance and a bachelor’s of science degree, also in finance, from Iona College. He received an honorary doctorate from Iona College in 2001. Falco sits on the board of the Smithsonian and Ronald McDonald House.