Silver for anchor Gary Sprinkle, lost green for KHON
KITV news anchor Gary Sprinkle has been named to the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Northern California chapter.
The honor is for broadcasters with 25 or more years of experience who have made a significant contribution to television.
The only other Hawaii broadcaster on the list is Pamela Young, Sprinkle's real-life wife and on-camera anchor desk partner at KITV. Both were nominated for 2004 by a longtime colleague, and she was chosen that year.
Sprinkle has, "had a really good year," winning an Emmy and a Society of Professional Journalists award, Young said.
Sprinkle is a four-time Emmy winner, "and maybe that helped to put me over the top, who knows?" he said.
"It's really an honor to be part of that organization too, because they're pretty prestigious," but said he didn't get there alone.
Awards in television result from "a team effort," he said. "I've had great photographers who've done really nice work. If you don't have that, you don't have good television, so I share this honor with those photographers," he said.
The awards primarily have been for Sprinkle's "Pacific Adventures" stories and specials focused on conservation and wildlife.
Sadly, it is unlikely he will travel to San Francisco for the October award presentation. "It's right before (Nielsen) ratings," a very busy time at the station, "so I don't see how I can."
Boy, that legally required announcement on KHON-TV sure is long -- and expensive.
It says the application to transfer the broadcast licenses of KHON and its neighbor island satellite stations has been filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The announcement also names the parties to the application -- and they are legion.
The complex structures of seller Montecito Hawaii License LLC
and buyer NVT Hawaii Licensee LLC
take up most of the 3-minute, 29-second announcement -- seven 30-second commercials' worth.
An industry insider estimates the value of the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday airing at $5,000 to $6,000. Station officials could not be reached to confirm the figure.
Ouch. That's a lot of lost inventory, when the FCC requires the station to run the announcement once a day for four days between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., time enough for 28 paid spots.
Hawaii media old-timers may recognize Peter Desnoes among the names. An NVT director, he was once managing general partner of Burnham Broadcasting, KHON's owner from 1985 to 1995.
You can see the application at the station but it is also online, as is the asset purchase agreement revealing the $330 million purchase price of KHON and its mainland sister stations.
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