RTNA present Golden Mike Winners ‘Oscars of radio & TV’ news at 65th Annual Awards event

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Golden Mike Winner and RTNA Awards producer Lance Orosco with Actress/Speaker June Lockhart (L) and Retired AP Broadcast News Writer Rachel Ambrose.

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If they were not  exchanging business cards they were tweeting and posting their favorite photos on social networks at the 65th Annual Golden Mike Awards, Radio TV News Association (RTNA) Saturday (Jan 24, 2015).  Social Media used to be an option, but today every industry, including TV and radio news, where news people get some of their breaking news on everything from Twitter, Facebook to Google+ rely on it.

“Oh my God, Social Media is amazing, you can get to the world in an instant,” said Yvonne Guevara, producer, NBCLA 4 News, who received a Golden Mike for a quarterly special segment on black history. “Each quarter we do a special on each ethnic group,” she said. NBC’s Guevara station also took home several awards including, “Best Newscast 30 minutes or less-NBC 4 News at 11 PM”.

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Oscar Flores, E.NG. Video Journalist takes home a arm full of Golden Mike awards at the 65th Annual event.

“Before Social Media, we had to develop film, but now it’s instantaneous,” explained Guevara. When ask about fake pictures or video sent to the newsrooms and how NBCLA 4 handles them from social networks she said, “You have to verify it.  Journalism and ethics have not changed, just the technology.”

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NBC Anchor Robert Kovacik with colleagus including Jeff Baugh, KNX at the Hilton, Uiniversal City, CA. 

Some 500 radio and TV news professionals packed into the Hilton, Universal City, CA for RTNA Awards dinner. Golden Mikes are considered the Oscars of broadcast journalism. Usually there is a “Designated News week” in October sent over AP and City News Service wires and a “Designated News Day” is announced the day after it occurs, where radio and TV news stations submit their work from that day for “Best Newscasts.”

Other entries are submitted for work from Oct 4, 2013 to October 3, 2014. The Golden Mike judges are often selected  from out-of-state markets like New York or Chicago. The radio and TV Stations entering in the competition come from Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Inyo, Imperial, Kings, Kern and Tulare Counties.

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NBCLA Winners at the 65th Annual Golden Mike Awards, RTNA in Universal City.

The Broadcast Legend Award Honoree went to Maria Elena Sallinas, a highly-rated  “Noticiero Univision” co-anchor for the nightly network newscast and co-host of the news magazine program, “Agui y Ahora” (Here and Now).  She has been informing millions of viewers for three decades in America, as well as 18 Latin American Countries. She got her start at KMEX-34 in LA in 1981. She now resides in Florida with her two daughters.

Long time Television Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Miller


LA Kings Voice Bob Miller received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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received the Life Achievement Award. Miller, who has five decades of broadcasting experience was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcast Hall of fame, an organization for which he served as president for five years. Later Miller received a star on the famous Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

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Golden Mike winners announced at the 65th Annual Awards Dinner at Hilton, Universal City, CA. A CCN News Intern throws out the welcome mat to award recipients.

Associated Press Court Reporter Linda Deutsch received the Freedom of Information Award and Actress June Lockhart was honored for participation on the RTNA Board. For all of the winners of the Golden Mikes visit: http://www.rtna.org/GoldenMikeAwards/14winners.asp.

The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA) is a non-profit organization of professional broadcast journalists dedicated to:
Protecting the public’s right-to-know and First Amendment rights of a free press through our advocacy efforts with government;

  • Facilitating effective and unobtrusive media coverage of important news events through our efforts co-ordinating pool cameras;
  • Promoting excellence in local broadcast journalism through our “Golden Mike Awards®“;
    Providing a collegial forum for discussion of relevant issues facing the broadcast news industry through our special events;
    Encouraging the development of excellent student journalists through our scholarship program;Providing a valuable work tool via our Website (www.rtna.org) that contains handy research links, job postings, and events listings.



Berlin Film Festival plans to feature ‘Olivia Martha Ilse’ short film, directed by Sophia Kiapos

Private Screening of Olivia Marth Ilise

The private screening of Olivia Martha Ilse and directorial debut of Sophia Kiapos
Saturday night (Jan. 17, 2015) on the family studio in Los Angeles, Ca.

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The private screening of Olivia Martha Ilse  and directorial debut of  Saturday night (Jan. 17, 2015) on the family studio lot felt more like a movie itself. No red carpet, delicious food and complimentary drinks inside the house and patio of legendary producer John Kiapos, her father. The 14 minute short film is destined for a full length drama film it was announced by Kiapos’ family at the event.

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(left to right) Makkida Asfaw, photographer, Sophia Kiapos, actress/director and Jaclyn Bethan, Writer, NY. at the private screening.

Director Kiapos told the crowd, “I want to say first and foremost, how honored I am to be a woman, who is in the film industry.” Kiapos noted that there is a such a strong lack of strong women in the film industry. “My hope for Hollywood and the film industry is for more women to become actors, directors, writers and producers,” she said. “And I am hoping that 2015 will open that door for more women to play amazing roles.”

In an exclusive interview with the Examiner, Writer, Actress and Producer Jaclyn

Bethany, NY told us, “I was lucky, because I found a team pretty quickly,” she said of the film shot in three days. “It was really hard, because I had to give up the reins to actress/Director Sophia Kiapos, while I did some acting in the film and getting up at 2:00 a.m. to take phone calls from an agency, it’s just something I never thought I would do.”

The overall the tone of the event was empowerment of women in film. Bethany was asked about women in film, is there need for more? She said, “There is is stigma that women can’t do lead roles in films, that women in film can’t get financing. It’s not true, I remember Cate Blanchett was talking at the Oscars last year how women at the center of a film do make money and I believe that when you do put strong women in that position as writers, producers and actresses, it’s just going to help our world.”

About 150 guests, mostly film industry executives and actors packed the Kiapos’ house for the screening, which was shown in an intimate film screening room inside the home throughout the night. Filmed on location and set in the Depression era of Mississippi, the short movie follows three sisters– Olivia, Martha and Ilse from childhood to adulthood and has a woman who comes into their life and takes over the house.

family of Sophia Kiapos attends private screening.

The private screening of Olivia Martha Ilse and directorial debut of Sophia Kiapos
Saturday night (Jan. 17, 2015) on the family studio lot felt more like a movie.

The short film stars Tammy Blanchard, James Frain, Tonea Stewart, Lindsey Newell, Jaclyn Bethany, C.C. Kellogg, James Harkness, Christian James Durso, and DeLance Minefee.

The film has romance, scandal, an extramarital affair and all the right stuff in a short drama. The makeup and film costumes were so amazing, it felt like your were there in the Mississippi mansion. The tension between the silblings was so strong you could cut it with a knife.

The only thing missing was something like someone getting shot or murdered, but John Kiapos told us, “stayed tuned, the longer version being considered will have all of that and more under the partnership of Maiden Voyage Productions, a female driven enterprise. Also announced at the premiere of Olivia Martha Ilse, the film will be featured in the Berlin Film Festival next month. Congratulations on a first class premiere event, which felt more like a mini film festival than a Hollywood event.  For more photos visit: (Examiner.com)