Today I was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Silver Circle. NATAS is the organization that handles the local and national emmys.
Those inducted into the Silver Circle have been in the business, mentoring and contributing to the community for 25 years. 25 years. That’s a long time in one profession.
It was neat that my assistant news director nominated me – he’s already a silver circle member, organized a table for several members of our team and helped put a tape together.
I tried to keep my acceptance speech short. Unlike most of the other inductees, I live behind the camera. Trust me, it’s better that way for our viewers. Below is my “acceptance speech.” and thanks Gerry for your advice.
I want to thanks NATAS for this honor. There’s nothing better than getting an award for getting old.
I thank my team that’s here this afternoon. I promise to be shorter than a Wendy Saltzman investigative piece involving a local PIO.
I do want to thank the most important person here – my wife, Karen. Karen is my rock. My conscience and my life guide.. In June we will be married 33 years.
And also my sons – one is on his honeymoon right now and the other is at grad student at Harvard.
A true story
My family has been intimately involved in my career. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten calls from the newsrooms in the past with a problem and my kids ask for the blow by blow of the issue and tell me how we should deal with it. Often times they have the correct solution.
But as a silver circle it’s great to know that newsheimers is setting in, And more importantly as Eric Ludgood, my assistant news director and fellow silver circle member, just about everyone we interview for jobs these days and seemingly hire is younger than us.
So let me be brief and sum it all up with David Letterman’s help.
Top Ten List
Why I love being in TV news and a News Manager
10. I get to watch TV all day and say it’s for work.
9. I get the opportunity to move my family up and down the east coast and tell my wife it’s gonna get better at the next job with the next general manager.
8. I’m not selling insurance.
7. Even though my two sons are grown up – and one got married this past weekend – I still get to wipe bottoms and change diapers at work each day and get paid for it.
6. As a news manager I pray for snow storms because I own stock in kroger’s and my 401k grows when people stock up on milk, eggs and bread.
5. I love asking the tough questions while doing news that actually helps you and providing live, local coverage you can count on.
4. I get to watch the Masters and PGA events in my office and say I’m just making sure Tiger doesn’t let anyone play with his balls…golf balls.
3. I get to listen to my friends and people at parties tell e what they hate about TV News.
2. Dagmar works for me.
1. I get to interrupt People’s Court to carry live coverage of critical news events that people need to know about immediately – like Thursday’s coverage of a circus Zebra loose on the highway.
(Later I will add the video that they showed.)