Join Us for our Holiday Mixer!

tom-ham-s-lighthouse-550x404Share the spirit of the holiday season with the Pacific Southwest chapter of NATAS and SDMediaPros for our annual Holiday Mixer, Wednesday December 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse.  Mingle with friends as you eat yummy food and enjoy great drinks (it’s a No Host bar and food). There is plenty of free parking at the west end of Harbor Island.  We look forward to seeing you!

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse (Bar Area)
2150 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, California 92101

In Memoriam: Larry Himmel

NATAS PSW remembers longtime San Diego broadcaster, Larry Himmel.  Below is KFMB-TV/CBS News 8’s statement about Himmel’s passing:

Legendary reporter, humorist and consummate broadcaster, Larry Himmel, died last night at home surrounded by family, following his brave battle with cancer. He was 68 years old.

“Larry has been a beloved member of CBS 8 and the KFMB family for more than 35 years. Whether on radio or television, covering news or sports, Larry always brought a unique perspective that revealed his love of San Diego. On behalf of everyone at KFMB, it was a privilege and joy to know him both on and off the air,” said Elisabeth Meyer Kimmel, President/Owner, KFMB Stations.

For decades, Himmel entertained San Diegans with his warmth, wit and humor as CBS News 8’s Feature Reporter. His gifted writing and storytelling ability garnered loyal viewers and his colleagues’ respect as one of the best television feature reporters in the industry. A recipient of nearly a dozen EMMY® awards, Himmel’s CBS News 8 “Neighborhood Reports” are etched in San Diego television history.

Himmel’s talent and versatility were unparalleled. He was the station’s favorite utility player, forecasting the weather, reporting sports and covering the San Diego Chargers on the road for several seasons, all with his incomparable, unique style.

A Chicago native, Himmel’s broadcasting career began at Bradley University’s radio station in Peoria, Illinois, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech. In 1969, after a brief stint teaching seventh grade English, he followed his passion straight to the DJ booth at WSIV in Pekin, Illinois, then WJOB in Hammond, Indiana and CJOM-FM in Windsor, Ontario. Seeking fame, fortune and sunny weather, Himmel hit the San Diego airwaves in 1973 as “The Cruiser” on KGB-AM & FM.

In 1979, while working as a standup comic at The Comedy Store in La Jolla, Himmel captured the attention of former KFMB-TV News Director Jim Holtzman, who immediately hired him and launched his legendary television career. In addition to his witty, “Himmel At Large” News 8 commentaries, the pair created San Diego at Large in 1985, the station’s weeknight comedy show starring Himmel and cast of thousands. During its more than three year run, the show featured innovative sketches, news parodies, and San Diego’s beloved “Biff and Skippy.” Later he also worked down the hall on sister radio station, KFMB-FM.

Himmel received national media attention when he reported outside his Rancho Bernardo home as it went up in flames during the devastating 2007 Witch Creek Fire. He made appearances on “Dr. Phil” and “Ellen” where he shared stories about his personal ordeal. He was very involved in helping neighbors rebuild the Rancho Bernardo community after the fire.

One of Himmel’s final projects was producing, writing and hosting a special devoted to KFMB’s 65th Anniversary.

Although he was born and raised in Chicago, Himmel loved San Diego and will be remembered for his dedication and service to numerous community organizations, including: Rady Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Alzheimer’s Association, and Lions, Tigers & Bears. Himmel said that his daily purpose was to make people feel better about this place they call home.

“Larry is truly a legend in every sense of the word. The brilliant storyteller who poured his heart and kind soul into his work for 35 years made us laugh, reflect and occasionally even cry. He had an uncanny ability to connect with everyone. Everyone loved Larry. All of us at CBS News 8 are honored to call him our colleague and friend. We will dearly miss his larger-than-life personality, but remain inspired by his brilliance, kindness and ever present smile,” said Dean Elwood, News Director, KFMB-TV.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his son, Miles; half brothers, Gerry and Tod; half sister, Dana; and his stepfather, Eddie.

Here’s KFMB’s tribute video.

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Silver Circle Nominations

Calling all Silver Circle Nominations! Do you know someone who’s been in the television industry for at least 25 years? Let us know and nominate them to become a Silver Circle member. Fill out application form online before March 15, 2015 to nominate a colleague. Date, time and location of the Silver Circle Inductee Event will be announced soon.

2015 Call for Entries Coming Soon

The Emmy® Awards committee is currently working on the 2015 Call for Entries. It should be out by the end of November, so start thinking now about some of the great work you have done in 2014. Remember, in order to be able to submit your entry at the member rate, you need to be a member for 2015. Current memberships expire on December 31st, but you don’t have to wait – renew your membership now. If you have forgotten your password, simply click here. Membership renewals are $60 and new memberships are $85.

Apply for NATAS PSW Scholarships

The Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has opened the application period for the Scholarship Program for the coming 2015-2016 school year. Scholarships are awarded in amounts up to $5,000! For more information and to fill out an application, go here.