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NATAS-Lower Great Lakes Chapter Announcements

Welcome to the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Serving Bloomington, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Muncie, Indiana; Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Lima, Mansfield, Toledo, Youngstown, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania

Job OpeningS: WJW Fox 8

Fox 8 Producer Opening

ARE YOU READY TO WORK AT A #1 STATION IN A MAJOR MARKET? WJW Fox 8 in Cleveland is looking for a Producer. This is a great opportunity for a creative, smart, inspired, hard working producer to work at one of the top stations in the country. The Tribune owned, market leader, powerhouse #1 station does more live news than any station in the country and dominates with a #1 website and hundreds of thousands of Facebook fans. Do you have what it takes to join our talented staff? Are you stuck in a boring producer job in a small market and you're ready to make your move? WJW Fox 8 offers outstanding opportunities for growth in an affordable, fun city.

You must have three years producing experience and excell at crafting a newscast. NO SHOW STACKERS ALLOWED. NO BORING TEASES ALLOWED. The Producer will be required to work felixble schedules, fill in on other newscasts or the station website as needed.

College Degree preferred. Full time position with great benefits and competitive salary.

Interested parties can submit resume and references via email to:
[email protected]

Fox 8 Associate Producer Opening

Are you a future star Producer? WJW Fox 8 Cleveland is looking for an Associate Producer who is ready to make the move to a major market and learn from the best. Outstanding opportunity for advancement in a top rated, dominant #1 station that producers eleven hours of news a day and has one of the most successful tv websites in broadcasting.

Candidate must have two years experience producing newscasts, be a creative, accurate writer. Non Linear editing and internet experience are preferred. Candidate should have experience working with social media including Facebook and Twitter. Candidate should be prepared to work any shift in our 24/7 Newsroom.

Education Requirements: College Degree preferred

Interested parties can submit resume and references via email to:
[email protected]

Fox 8 Reporter Opening


WJW Fox 8 is looking for a reporter who wants to grab the lead story and go live. can go live. Are you ready to work at one of the top stations in the country? Fox 8 is a Tribune owned, top Fox affiliate that producers eleven hours of live news a day. Are you ready to be a part of our talented staff and make the move to a major market in a fun, affordable, major league city?

This reporter position will need shooting and editing skills.You must be a strong videographer and expert at using Final Cut Pro. Must be able to carry and handle various types of equipment. Valid Ohio Drivers License (or able to get one) and maintain a clean driving record. Stamina to carry and operate equipment. Familiar with using FTP, Skype and other emerging technologies. Requirements include web posting of text, video, pictures etc. and incorporating social media into day-to-day coverage.

Education Requirements: College degree preferred and or experience equivalent.

Interest parties can submit resume and references via email or US Mail at:
WJW Fox 8
5800 South Marginal Road
Cleveland, OH 44103
[email protected]

Lilly Staff Visit Republic of Georgia

Lilly Staff of Erie, PA visits Republic of GeorgiaWhat do a community affairs show, a sports program and the newscasts in Erie Pennsylvania have to do with the Republic of Georgia?

Quite a bit, it turns out, following a recently completed exchange program.

Staff members from Lilly stations in Erie (WICU-TV12 and WSEE) travelled twice to the Republic of Georgia to see firsthand how television stations are run there.

Lilly also owns WTVG ABC 13 in Toledo Ohio within the NATAS Lower Great Lakes region.

They talked to staff members about covering news, promotions and most importantly for the Georgians, sales calls since the fledgling democracy does not have a lot of free market experience. One of the Georgians’ first questions was how to convince business people that advertising helps them make money!

Lilly Staff of Erie, PA visits Republic of GeorgiaThe Georgians have also made two visits here, to visit the Lilly’s two HD studios and control rooms.

They also had a chance to enjoy the social life in Erie, going to an Erie Bayhawks D League basketball game and an OHL hockey game with the Erie Otters.

General Manager Pam Forsyth says the mission is much more than just making new friends.

“They are in a critical region bordering both Russia and the Middle East. It’s important they succeed as an independent country. So it’s vital they have true and honest reporting.”

What impact has the exchange had in Georgia? After seeing the operations in Erie, the Georgians have started their first locally produced shows, including a community affairs program and sports show that uses the Erie shows they watched as templates.

And they say they learned a few tricks, too, in getting business people for the first time, to buy television advertising.

Job Opening: WJW Fox 8 Cleveland Design Director

Who’s out there looking to lead, direct and inspire their own television design staff?

Are you that smaller market experienced design director looking to step up in market size? Or that amazingly talented #2 who’s been stuck for years behind the guy who refuses to leave?

Here’s your chance and it’s a great one.

WJW Cleveland Fox 8…Tribune owned/top Fox affiliate…the market leader, news powerhouse and legacy station that also just happens to produce more local news and more local programming than any other station in the United States of America—is looking for that special, edgy, push the envelope, ready to take the chair, “wow, they’d never let me do that at my old station” type of design director for immediate employment.

Outstanding staff. Fun city. Low cost of living. Hot “foodie” scene. Market leader. Excellent benefits. Paid Position. Largest station group. Semi-limited/almost total autonomy. Powerhouse station.

Winning Sports Teams. (just kidding, Cleveland sports teams don’t win—ever) Free Parking. No traffic rush hours. Loads of culture. Pets welcome. All four seasons. Newly remodeled lunch room. No MSG. Within easy traveling distance of anybody you know or care about. No tolls. A Great Lake.

The money?

If you’re ready to come to Cleveland…we’re ready to pay you to do so.

Send links and resume to:

Kevin Salyer
Promotion & Programming
WJW Fox 8 Cleveland, OH

[email protected]

WJW Fox 8
5800 South Marginal Road
Cleveland, OH 44103

Bud Ford to Receive Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Charles E. "Bud" Ford, Jr. has been awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award upon nomination by the Greater Cleveland Council and the Boy Scouts of America. This award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis. Bud eamed his Eagle Scout Award at 15 years of age in 1942 with Troop 6 in Inland Empire Council, Spokane, Washington.

Mr. Ford distinguished himself tlu'oughout his career in Broadcasting—notably as Vice PresidentlDirector of Broadcast Production at Marcus Advertising, and through his continued service to God, his country, and other people by following the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. He volunteers his time and talent to a variety of professional organizations, religious, civic and Scout activities.

Over a career that spanned seven decades in eight metropolitan markets, Bud Ford worked as a radio actor & announcer, director of operations, general manager, and writer/producer/director for numerous radio and television shows, culminating in 9 Emmy Awards, the NATAS Silver and Gold Circle Awards, Best Multi-Media Program, 1968; Best Local Entertainment TV Program, 1973; Best TV Commercial, 1977, 1983, 1984, 1985; and Best Radio Commercial, 1982.

Mr. Ford was elected to the Cleveland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (now the Lower Great Lakes Chapter) Board of Govemors in 1986 and chaired chapter committees for Membership, Bylaws, Nominating, Silver Circle & Finance, and served as 2nd and 1st Vice-President, altemate National Trustee, and National Trustee for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Bud was recognized with the 2013 Cleveland Area Broadcasters inaugural "President' s Award" for exemplary professional service and significant contributions to the broadcast industry.


Now Accepting Submissions for
Regional Awards for Spot/Breaking News and Investigative Reporting

NATAS is now accepting submissions for the following categories 39. Outstanding Regional News Story: Spot News 40. Outstanding Regional News Story: Investigative Reporting

In order to be eligible an entry must have won a regional Emmy® award in a NATAS chapter’s most recent award cycle in either the Spot/Breaking or Investigative News categories.

To submit go to

Note: there is no entry fee for regional submissions. Entrants should use the “pay by check” function to complete their submission, but no payment is required.

Deadline for Regional submissions is: June 2, 2014. Any regional Spot/Breaking or Investigative Emmy® award winner awarded by a NATAS chapter after June 2, 2014 will be eligible to submit in the 2015 National News & Documentary Emmy® Awards cycle.
  • Winners in the Outstanding Regional News Story categories will receive a crystal pillar featuring the Golden Emmy® figure, rather than an Emmy® statuette.
  • Entrants must provide all information requested during the online submission process
  • Submission video must contain the same footage that was submitted for regional Emmy® award recognition.
  • A one page essay describing the entry must be included. Essay instructions are as follows:
  • An essay of no more than 750 words explaining why the entry is Emmy® -worthy is required. Your description should include:
    1. A clear explanation of the editorial and production goals of the piece
    2. Reportorial and creative techniques used to achieve these goals
    3. Importance of the subject matter
    4. Impact of the program, story or report

NATAS logoThanks to all the NATAS-Lower Great Lakes chapter members who took time out of their busy schedules to help judge entries for 2014 Emmy® Awards.

Ali Ghanbari
Alison Memoir
Alison Momeyer
Amanda St. Hilaire
Amy Howell
Angela Cain
Angelica Campos
Anne Glausser
Anthony Knopps
Audrey Wiggins
Aric Hartvig
Betsy Kling
Bill Boronkay
Bob Hammer
Bob Segall
Bob Williams
Brett Bensley
Bretton Gordeau
Brian Johnson
Brian Travalik
Brooke Crass
Bruce Drennan
Bud Ford
Bud Osborne
Caitlin Madill
Carl Monday
Casandra Nist
Chad Krispinsky
Chris Flook
Chris Van Vliet
Chris Wright
Christopher Gierowski
Chrys Peterson
Cyndee Hebert
Daniel Spehler
Darin Hohman
Darren LaShelle
Dave Dombrowski
Dave Furst
Dave Marren
David Armstrong
David Arnold
David Holmes
Dean Cummings
Doug Herrmann
Drew Blair
Eric Swinderman
Evan Hoffmeyer
Frank Macek
Greg Golya
Heather Hunt
Jaclyn Maassel-Roach
James Dickinson
James Jackson
Jamillah Riase
Jason Pheister
Jason Ronimous
Jason Scheuer
Jeff Platz
Jeff Tanchak
Jennifer Borez
Jennifer Brehm
Jill Glavin
Jim Krause
Jim Murphy
Joel Clausen
Joel Trent
Joseph Von Enck
John Duong
John Kautz
John Stealey
John Telich
Jonathan Mondelli
Joseph Bertoni
Joseph Ranyak
Joshua Boose
Katie Oakley
Kara Kenney
Kay Colby
Kerri Cavanaugh
Kevin Beining
Kevin Salyer

Kimberly Newman
Kristin Cutler
Kristen Fofrich
Kristen Kirchhaine
Kyle Omlor
Kyllea Kerg
Leslie Barrett
Loretta Goode
Lorrie Taylor
Luis Navarro
Lydia Esparra
lynn Olszowy
Mark Beekman
Mark Dawson
Marty Oravec
Matt Fuller
Matt McCutcheon
Mark Schulz
Matt Quinn
Matt Stone
Matthew Donahue
Mel Watson
Melissa Reid
Michael Atkinson
Michael Bachmann
Michael Cappetta
Michael Henrich
Michael Symonds
Michelle Nicks
Mike Bacon
Natalie Herbick
Nate Riggs
Pamela Gardner
Patricia Money
Patrick Kilkenney
Patrick J. Murray
Peggy Sinkovich
Peter Huston
Rafael Sanchez
Richard Buchanan
Richard T. Wilson
Rick Jackson
Ross Ellet
Robert Gardner
Sally Lewis
Sandra Chapman
Sara Shookman
Sarah Buduson
Sarah Moore
Sarah Roth
Scott Bremner
Scott Doll
Scott Hums
Scott Sander
Scott Swan
Shannon Cagle Dawson
Steve Bray
Steve Jefferson
Steve Kurrent
Steve Rhodes
Steve Slivka
Steve Warren
Steve Zaborniak
Susan Batt
Susanne Schwibs
Susanne Stratford
Susanne Ybarra
Tara Sutton
Ted Linn
Teresa Mackin
Terry Mullally
Terry Peterson
Thomas Zapiecki
Timothy Dale
Timothy Pollard
Tom Farmer
Tom Livingston
Tom Meyer
Troy Kehoe
William Cummings
William Kennedy
Will Kunkel


Emmy Judging Help Needed

NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter is seeking judges to help evaluate the entries of the New York Chapter of NATAS. The deadline for judging January 10th. To volunteer your services as a judge, contact Emmy® Awards Administrator, Bob Hammer at [email protected].


Legendary Anchorwoman Says Good-bye after Three Decades Serving Central Indiana Viewers

Debbie KnoxIndianapolis, IN – October 10, 2013 – WISH-TV announced today that 24-Hour News 8 veteran anchor Debby Knox will retire, after being a staple in Hoosier homes for more than 33 years.

Debby is the longest running female news anchor in Central Indiana. She is second in tenure, of all time, only to her former co-anchor Mike Ahern, who retired from WISH-TV in 2004. Debby will anchor her last regular newscast on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to be part of the community as well as an incredible journey to cover the important events and people over my career at WISH-TV,” said Debby Knox.

“Central Indiana viewers, as well as those of us who have had the pleasure of working with Debby have all benefited from her talents and her dedication to quality journalism,” said Jeff White, WISH-TV president and general manager. “It is with mixed emotions that we say so long. While we’re sad to see her retire, we’re happy for the next chapter in her life and the additional time she’ll have to spend with her family.”

Debby retires from 24-Hour News 8, as lead anchor of the 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. newscasts. She started as the noon news anchor in the fall of 1980, coming to WISH-TV after working at television stations in Elkhart and South Bend, Indiana.

“I am honored to have worked with Debby and to call her my friend,” said Steve Bray, 24-Hour News 8 news director. “Her same care and compassion as an individual, has been there all these years on the air through the good times and tough times, providing viewers with her own unique perspective. We are saying good bye for now, but not forever. We look forward to future opportunities to work with Debby for many years to come.”

Debbie KnoxDebby's reports, as well as her awards and accolades, have been many and varied during her years with WISH-TV. While her main reporting focus has been in the area of health and medical technology, she is also known for her one-on-one interviews with prominent newsmakers and world leaders, such as President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, First Lady Barbara Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Butler University Men’s Basketball Coach and current coach of the Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens.

Debbie KnoxAn Emmy award winning anchor, Debby has been widely recognized for her outstanding news coverage both by her peers and the public. In addition to a long list of awards from the Society of Professional Journalism and the Associated Press, including the 2013 AP award for Best Feature, Debby has been honored with several Indiana State Medical Journalism awards and a CASPAR. She received the National American Heart Association Award for a documentary called "Roger Nine" and was awarded the Theodore Barrett Award from the Indiana Psychological Association.

Debby has been named favorite female anchor by the readers of Indianapolis Woman six times. Over the years, Debby has committed herself to the community and has been involved in hundreds of local events and charities. She is now a soughtafter public speaker throughout Central Indiana.

Debby was raised in the small community of Edwardsberg, Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. An exercise enthusiast and skier, Debby is also an avid reader; however, most of her time away from work is spent with her family. As a mother of two and wife of retired psychologist Richard Tirman, Debby has a full and active life whether on camera or off.


Brooke Martin to Co-Anchor 24-Hour News 8 at 5:30PM & 10PM

Indianapolis, IN – November 26, 2013 – Steve Bray, News Director for WISH-TV, has announced Lori Wilson as co-anchor for 24-Hour News 8 at 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Wilson is currently anchoring WISH-TV’s 5:00 p.m. newscasts, which she will continue to co-anchor as part of her new role.

“We are fortunate to have a Hoosier native with such a strong news background and experience to replace Debby Knox,” said Bray. “Lori’s talent, integrity, and storytelling are fantastic. Since joining WISH-TV, Lori has done a tremendous job of connecting with our Central Indiana viewers.

Lori WilsonLori Wilson, originally from Columbus, IN, joined WISH-TV’s 24-Hour News 8 earlier this year after more than a decade of anchoring in Top 10 television markets and as a fill-in for MSNBC. She anchored at WCAU-NBC 10 in Philadelphia, PA, prior to joining WISH-TV. Previously, she was an anchor at WGCL in Atlanta, GA and KSLA in Shreveport, LA. Wilson landed her first job at WCIA in Champaign, IL, while still working as an intern at WGCL (WGNX). She’s says it’s her love for writing and storytelling that led her to choose a career in journalism.

“I’m thrilled and humbled to receive this incredible opportunity,” said Wilson. “WISH-TV has a long history of excellence in news reporting and weather coverage. I am honored and look forward to continuing that tradition Central Indiana viewers have come to expect from 24 Hour News 8.”

Wilson graduated from North Central High School before receiving her Bachelor of Arts, in Journalism, from Indiana University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the National Association of Black Journalists. Since returning home, Wilson has been a mentor with the Center for Leadership Development’s Precious Miss Program.

Wilson will join Eric Halvorson to co-anchor 24-Hour News 8 at 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., along with meteorologist Robb Ellis and sports director Anthony Calhoun. She will co-anchor 24-Hour News 8 at 5:00 p.m. with David Barras.

Brooke Martin will co-anchor 24-Hour News 8 at 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

“Brooke has done an outstanding job in reporting and anchoring for WISH-TV,” said Bray. “Her poise and professionalism has been there helping Hoosiers through major news events this past year, including the Southside explosion, and most recently the tornado outbreak in Central Indiana.”

Brooke MartinMartin joined WISH-TV in October of 2012 and has been reporting for 24-Hour News 8 at 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., and anchoring 24-Hour News 8’s weekend newscasts. She was the lead anchor and a reporter for KSN in Wichita, KS, prior to joining WISH-TV.

Martin received her degree in communications from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Her first job took her from a big city in the Northeast to the heart of the South where she spent her first four years in broadcasting at WMGT in Macon, GA.

It’s an honor and a privilege to report on Central Indiana every day, said Martin. “I feel proud to call this my home and WISH-TV my family. I look forward to my new role and covering the stories that impact Hoosiers’ lives.”

Martin will join David Barras to co-anchor 24-Hour News 8 at 5:30 p.m., and Eric Halvorson to co-anchor 24-Hour News 8 at 10:00 p.m., along with meteorologist Robb Ellis and sports director Anthony Calhoun.

Wilson and Martin begin their new anchoring assignments immediately on Wednesday, November 27th.


Indianapolis, IN – November 13, 2013 – Jeff White, President and General Manager for MyINDY-TV 23 and WISH-TV announced today that MyINDY-TV 23 would be the broadcast home for the inaugural 2014 season of Indy Eleven Professional Soccer.

My-Indy TV“We are very excited to bring this level of professional soccer into Central Indiana homes,” said Jeff White, president and general manager of MyINDY-TV and WISH-TV. “We look forward to providing viewers a front row seat to all Indy Eleven home games and select away games, during their inaugural 2014 season. MyINDY-TV and WISH-TV have a tradition and the experience in producing some of our communities’ elite events such as Butler Basketball, the 500 Festival Mini Marathon and Parade and the annual Circle City Classic Parade. This Indy Eleven partnership continues our commitment to producing the highest caliber local sports and event programming for our viewers. We look forward to a successful season together.”

“From the start of our discussions, MyINDY-TV 23 has shown tremendous interest not only in airing Indy Eleven matches, but also in helping the club continue our outreach into the community,” said Indy Eleven President/General Manager Peter Wilt. “MyINDY-TV’s airing of our entire home schedule will become the best Indy Eleven commercial possible and show fans across Central Indiana just how unique and passionate an environment our supporters will create game in and game out.”

Soccer fans across Central Indiana will be able to catch more than half the regular season matches in 2014 over the local airwaves thanks to this partnership with Indy Eleven. MyINDY-TV will produce and broadcast Indy Eleven home games from IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium live over-the-air in addition to select away contests. A detailed TV broadcast schedule will be unveiled following the release of the 2014 NASL schedule in the coming weeks.


WNIR radio in Akron, Ohio has an opening for a Morning Drive announcer with the skills to be fun, funny and engaging in a live adlib environment. WNIR is nationally recognized for our innovative approach to Talk radio. Email your resume and air check to [email protected].

Media-Com is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage women and minorities to apply.

NATAS-LGL & MCA-I Host Joint Networking Event

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On Tuesday, May 21st, NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter and MCA-I partnered to bring an evening forum for students and industry professionals on the importance of networking.

The panel included Jill Manuel, WEWS News Director, John Stealey, Owner Digital Alchemy and NATAS LGL Governor and Duane Hurd, Timken Global Digital.

Over 70 people attended including students and industry professionals.

A $500 cash prize drawing was held for any school communiciations program that brought a minimum of five students and their instructor. Brunswick High School was the lucky recipient. The prize was co-sponsored by both NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter and MCA-I.

Don Vavrus, NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter President, pulled the winning ticket along with one-year membership from both organizations to four lucky attendees.

WFYI Public Television’s Local Program Productions Earn 19 Emmy Award Nominations

Contact: Lori Plummer (317) 614-0462 | [email protected]

WFYI Public Television has received 19 Emmy award nominations in recognition of its outstanding local documentary and public affairs program productions this past year. The honors were announced by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Lower Great Lakes Chapter on April 25.

As part of its on-going efforts to “Amplify the Voices of the Central Indiana Community” through its diverse educational programs and services, WFYI Public Television has been recognized with a “Station of Excellence” Emmy nomination.

Young Stars of Ballet, a performance documentary co-produced by WFYI Public Television and the Indianapolis City Ballet, was nominated for an Emmy in the category of “Best Arts/Entertainment Program.” The film offers a glimpse into the world of ballet through the eyes of its future stars. It features some of the world's premiere pre-professionals — not in competition, but in a memorable performance with the Indianapolis City Ballet.

Forests at Work a special edition of WFYI Public Television’s acclaimed science series, Indiana Expeditions with Rick Crosslin earned an Emmy nomination for “Best Youth Program/Special. Produced in partnership with the Indiana Department Indiana of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry, the program examines how forests are managed in Indiana.

Wings Over Indiana: An Indiana Expeditions Special with Rick Crosslin, received nominations in four different categories: “Best Medical/Science Program,” “Best Program Editor,” “Best Photography/Non-News” and “Best Technical Achievement.” The program, which was produced in partnership with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Academy of Model Aeronautics, travels across the state, as well as to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California, to explore Indiana's connections to the history and science of aviation. Through stunning videography and the use of miniature cameras, WFYI places viewers in the cockpits of airplanes, on the wingtips of gliders and aboard model aircraft to experience the thrill of flight. The film was made possible by a NASA grant.

C.S.I. Shakespeare, a film that highlights the efforts of a world-renowned Shakespeare scholar to recreate a lost 400-year-old play for a landmark premiere at IUPUI’s Campus Theater, garnered recognition in three categories. The nominations include: “Best Historical/Cultural Program,” “Best Program Editor,” and “Best Program Writer.”

WFYI also received an Emmy nomination in the “Best Historical/Cultural Program” category for its documentary entitled, Invisible Women. The film, which spotlights Florence, Italy’s ground-breaking women artists and their thousands of little-known works, is based on the book, Invisible Women by Dr. Jane Fortune.

Digital Man/Digital World, a documentary produced by Covenant Productions in partnership with WFYI Public Media, was nominated for “Best Documentary.” The program chronicles the amazing career of Ken Olsen, who founded the Digital Equipment Corporation in 1957 — an era when computers were inaccessible to most businesses and to nearly all individuals. His pioneering efforts not only made computers smaller, less expensive, and more accessible, but also helped to revolutionize the computer and business industry.

WFYI also received two nominations in the “Best Documentary” category for its local program productions, Outside the Box and Naptown to Super City. Outside the Box examines how charter schools operate and how they are helping to raise the bar on what’s possible in education. Naptown to Super City, a collaboration between WFYI Public Television, Ted Green Productions and The Indianapolis Star, places viewers in the front row of history as it happened, showing how leaders gambled on an unprecedented strategy — civic development through sports — and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. The acclaimed film also earned Emmy nominations in the categories of “Best Research” and “Best Writer.”

Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick - Super Bowl Special received a nomination in the category of “Best Interview/Discussion Program.” The weekly business series, which airs on 15 television stations throughout Indiana, is produced by Grow Indiana Media Ventures in partnership with WFYI Productions.

Naptown Radio Wars, a documentary that chronicles the history of Indianapolis rock radio in the `60s and `70s, was nominated for “Best Nostalgia Program.” The acclaimed film was produced by Videopolis, and marked its broadcast premiere on WFYI Public Television in spring 2012.

WFYI Productions also captured an Emmy nomination in the category of “Best On-Location Lighting” with a composite entry from Andrew Warren

The 44th Emmy Awards ceremony for the NATAS Great Lakes Chapter will be Saturday, June 1 at the historic Windows on the River in Cleveland, Ohio.


Winners to be Honored During the May 7th Ceremony At Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

New York, NY – March 20, 2013 - The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 34th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.

More than 170 nominees were announced in 34 categories including Outstanding Live Sports Special, Live Series, Sports Documentary, Studio Show, Promotional Announcements, Play-by-Play Personality and Studio Analyst. The Awards will be given out at the prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center located in the Time Warner Center on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 in New York City.

“What a world we live in,” said Malachy Wienges, Chair, NATAS. "The Olympics, NASCAR, the Super Bowl, the Final Four, the World Series, The Stanley Cup, The NBA, the US Open, the Masters…it just goes on and on! This is another outstanding year for the sports community and for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The entries received in this year’s Sports Emmy Awards illustrate the high-water mark of quality each of us gets to enjoy every time we turn on our favorite program. With so much talent vying for the prestigious Emmy Award and with many of the today’s leading sports broadcasters, personalities, and television professionals in attendance, it promises to be an exciting evening.”

The networks of NBC Sports Group (NBC, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC,, & Telemundo) lead the nomination totals with 58, ESPN (ESPN, ESPN2,, ABC, ESPN3D, ESPNU & ESPNews), garnered 43, and Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, & truTV) garnered 27. A complete list of all Networks and individual show nominations follows below.

Click here to view the list.


Fox 8 Photojournalists Ron Mounts (left) and Ali Ghanbari (right) at the NATAS-LGL Lighting Seminar

On November 17th, the Lower Great Lakes chapter and Cuyahoga Community College’s Tommy LiPuma Center for the Creative Arts hosted their second Lighting & Storyteller’s workshop. Students from the Ohio Center of Broadcasting, Cuyahoga Community College and professionals from the Cleveland area received key and informative training from two of the area’s finest videographers and storytellers. Ron Mounts and Ali Ghanbari, both award winning videographer/journalists from WJW-TV in Cleveland presented techniques on two-point lighting, setup and gel mounting, and shot composition at Tri-C's 3,000 square foot Black-Box Film and Television Studio, located at the Metropolitan Campus in downtown Cleveland. Ghanbari presented an in-depth presentation on storytelling techniques, using many of his own nationally and locally- aired stories, followed by a question and answer session.

“The lessons learned from these professionals goes beyond the basics”, says Joe Koskovics, Chapter Activities Chair and National Trustee. “There’s no such thing as ‘too much information’ where these gentlemen are concerned. They gave our twenty attendees a great base of knowledge that will enhance their future endeavors."

With this success, the Lower Great Lakes Chapter will continue to provide informative and relevant workshops to our entire region. Member groups or individuals are welcome to contribute suggestions on the next presentation via email to the chapter president.

JOB OPENING! - Backpack Journalist - Sports

TITLE: Backpack Journalist-Sports EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate

JOB SUMMARY: Produce, shoot, write and edit sports stories for “The High School Sports Insider,” an Emmy Award winning magazine format program that runs 40 weeks a year. Now in its thirteenth season, “The HSSI” is telecast weekly on SportsTime Ohio, a regional sports network located in Northeast Ohio.


  1. This position requires both strong sports reporting and photojournalism skills. Candidate will research, shoot, write and edit compelling stories for television and use on the web.
  2. Must be self motivated individual with the ability to research and pitch their story ideas and work in a team environment.
  3. Applicant should have strong writing skills, camera and non-linear editing experience and be a superior storyteller.
  4. Must have command of all equipment relative to the position.
  5. Responsible for handling of equipment and reporting needed repairs in a timely fashion.
  6. Conduct self in a positive, professional and courteous manner at all times with clients and coworkers.
  7. Clean driving record and the ability to operate assigned company vehicles in a safe manner in accordance with the law.

This job description is designed to provide guidelines and direction for accomplishing company goals and objectives. It covers the primary duties and responsibilities involved in the effective execution of the position. It is not intended to be an all inclusive list of duties and responsibilities for the job.

We expect your resume tape to be indicative of your everyday work. Please send your resume, tape and references to:


Classic Teleproductions
[email protected]
2307 E. Aurora Rd, Suite B-11
Twinsburg, OH 44067

JOB OPENING! - Mobile Truck Engineer

Classic Teleproductions is a 79 time, Emmy Award winning production company based in Twinsburg, Ohio.


The purpose of this position is to supervise the normal maintenance activities required for one of our mobile trucks to meet client requirements and operate up to industry standards.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage and monitor the mobile unit broadcast engineering operations at remote events.
  • Perform preventative maintenance and trouble shooting on the mobile truck
  • Perform regular cleaning and inventory checks for the truck.
  • Track and report on equipment and system repair and maintenance status.
  • Direct the activities of crew members related to the operation of the truck.
  • Follow through on repairs, inventory needs, and updates.
  • Provide on-site client service and technical support.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of broadcast technology, equipment, facilities, and production for major commercial and cable television networks.
  • Familiarity with audio, visual, graphic and other systems used in mobile television facilities desirable.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in technical aspects of on site television production with progressive broadcast equipment.
  • Ability to interface with clients and provide a high level of service and support.
  • Some travel may be required

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Nominees Announced for the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards

Nominations for the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Click here to view pdf, or click here to visit the official website of the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards.

National Park Service Seeks Volunteer Videographers

Peninsula, Ohio – The National Park Service is seeking volunteers to capture and edit video footage taken in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

(CVNP). Volunteers are needed for a variety of videos, including general nature footage throughout CVNP and various events that take place in CVNP during the year. Editing footage is not required, but is helpful. Creative work will be public domain and credited to the National Park Service. However, the videographer will be given credit.

Volunteers are encouraged to use their own video equipment. Professional equipment may be available for use, if needed. There is no time commitment for volunteers, but typical shifts will last two to four hours.

People interested in volunteering as videographer should contact the park’s volunteer office for more information and to schedule an interview at 330-657-2299 or [email protected] Volunteer applications are available at under “Support Your Park” and will also be available at the interview location.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Volunteer Program is co-managed by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To learn about volunteer opportunities visit or call 330-657-2299.

About the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about the Conservancy and its programs, visit or call 330-657-2909.

About Cuyahoga Valley National Park Cuyahoga Valley National Park encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.



(Cleveland, Ohio)- Terry Peterson, who just completed two terms as National Trustee for the Lower Great Lakes Chapter, has been elected Treasurer of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences headquartered in New York City. The academy, through its 19 local chapters throughout the country, awards the prestigious Emmy Awards to local broadcasters and television producers.

Over the past four years, Terry has been very active in major redirection efforts for NATAS. He served as the Chairman’s Representative on the National Executive Committee, and he created a new branding program for NATAS using video clips of Emmy® Award winners expressing their euphoria over receiving their Emmy® statue while proclaiming they are “NATAS Proud!”

In addition to his role as Treasurer, he will make recommendations to restructure the National database along with increasing promotional emphasis through various social media programs.

Terry Peterson is a multi-national award winning producer/director and founder of Verite Productions. He’s been a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 1984. Terry served as 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President, and two terms as President of the Lower Great Lakes Chapter.

He is President of the board for TrueNorth Cultural Arts, and is a member of the National Association of Eagle Scouts. He and his wife Karen reside in Bay Village, Ohio.

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