Industry Honors Its Own at Inaugural Emmys Awards and Silver
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Paul Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and
Sciences celebrated both the long history of television in this
region and the quality of current news and programming, with
its first ever of regional Emmy Awards and inaugural induction
of Silver Circle honorees.
Gala, held Saturday, October 21 at the McNamara Alumni Center
Gateway, University of Minnesota, was a glittering gathering
of media people from all over the state. Joining the festivities
were John Canon, President of the National Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences and Mark Yudof, President of the University
of Minnesota. The evening began with a welcome by Ed Piette,
President of the Chapter Board of Governors.
featured moments of great fun: Alan Beck introducing "WCCO
radio talk show host" Don Shelby to present the first round
of awards. There were touching moments as well, such as KMSP’s
Robyne Robinson honoring Pat Miles, calling her "my role
model." KSTP’s photojournalist Dave Wertheimer accepted
one of his two awards "on behalf of my family", thanking
them for being understanding when "the phone rings in the
middle of the night and I have to go get the story."
honorees, nominated by their peers and evaluated against comprehensive
criteria that includes service to the broadcast industry and
to the greater community, included KSTP’s Jason Davis, Hubbard
Broadcasting founder Stanley E. Hubbard, KARE-11 anchor Pat
Miles, the late Dave Moore of WCCO and Don Swartz, founder of
KMSP-TV, United Television and Christ Craft.
accepting his plaque, thanked the man who hired him in this
market, Stan Turner, and also his bosses for believing in him
and allowing him the freedom to pursue the "On the Road"
stories that have become his hallmark. He asked his boss, Stanley
S. Hubbard, sitting in the front row, if he was now "in
his will." After the laughter subsided, Davis turned serious
again, expressing his thanks to the Academy and his peers for
"this great honor."
S. Hubbard, accepting on behalf of his late father, described
the friendly -- "and I do mean friendly!" -- competition
that existed between Stanley E. Hubbard and Don Swartz. Acknowledging
Mr. Swartz’ role in creation of the broadcast industry in both
the state of Minnesota and the country, he described this inaugural
Silver Circle honor as all the more significant because of the
inclusion of both of these pioneers.
Pat Miles accepted her honor with her usual grace and humor,
acknowledging her mentors Dave Moore and KARE-11 News Director
Tom Lindner. In a touching reference to the problems she’s had
with her eyes, she said her biggest worry was finding the "right
pair of sunglasses to wear to a black tie gala."
of the family of Dave Moore, Don Shelby accepted the plaque,
reminding us of Dave Moore’s genius as an anchor. Shelby said
the award was perhaps most important because "there are
people in this audience who don’t remember Dave Moore – hopefully
this award will change that."
still an imposing figure even in retirement, took the stage
last and reminded the audience of the long history of broadcasting
in this community. He spoke proudly of his many accomplishments,
singling out his family, many of whom have followed in his footsteps
to pursue careers in the broadcast industry, as perhaps his
most important legacy. Being introduced at the Gala by son Stu
Swartz, General Manager of KMSP-TV, was, he said, "the
proudest moment of my life."
Emmy statues and 2 College Awards were handed out at the Gala
to stations from all over the state. KBJR in Duluth took top
honors in the Single Newscast (market #21 or smaller) for their
"6pm News". KARE-11 "News at 10" took the
honors for markets #20 or larger. KARE also nabbed the Single
Morning News category.
for News Anchor went to both Paul Magers at KARE and Julie Nelson
at KSTP. KARE’s Belinda Jensen took top honors for Weather Anchor
while Joe Schmit at KSTP won for Sports Anchor. KMSP’s Rob Olson
took the award for Reporter. Lino Rulli from MCN Ch 6 won the
Emmy for Program Hosts – Non-News.
Public Television won 4 Emmy Awards for its documentary "Death
of the Dream: Farmhouses in the Heartland": Writing - Non-News
(John Whitehead); Audio – Non-News (Joe Demko); Musical Composition
(Steve Heitzeg); and Videography – Non-News (Robert Hutchings).
Whitehead acknowledged the part the Afton Historical Society
Press played in production of this piece. "Long-form documentary
lives!" said Joe Demko, with great delight.
Aviles was another multiple winner with 2 Emmys for his piece
"The Velodrome": Editing News – Sports and Videography,
News – Sports.
in addition to his Silver Circle honors, took home the Emmy
in 2 categories: Public Affairs and Documentary. KSTP’s Mark
Anderson won Emmys in 3 categories: Audio – News, Editing News
– In-depth and Videography, News – In-depth. The only other
triple winner was Joe Schmit who, in addition to Sports Anchor,
won for Sports Program and Sports Segment/Feature.
for these regional Emmy Awards was handled by panels of peers
in Atlanta and Philadelphia. "Everything possible was done
to insure impartiality", said acting Executive Director
Teresa Vickery; "Entries were collected at the Pavek Museum
of Broadcasting – we owe them our thanks for allowing us to
take over their boardroom for weeks. Sorting the 296 entries
into categories was done by impartial outsiders – a team who
have no ties to television whatsoever." She continued:
"Judging results were sent directly to John Tauer at LarsonAllen
– our accountant, and a man accurately described as ‘mathematically
meticulous and ethically irreproachable’ by Alan Beck, Emmys
Committee co-chair in his introduction to the presentation of
from the 2000 Emmys
Awards and Silver Circle Gala. (click
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