Instead of welcome to the 1982 local Emmy Award Presentations, it should have been welcome to the Paul and Holly Fine Hour.
The talented husband and wife filmmaking team, dubbed "The Dynamic Duo," scooped up the hearts of the audience Saturday night, along with an overwhelming 11 of the 70 glittering gold female-figured Emmy statues, for their work at WJLA-TV.
They were clearly the favorites at this local version of the national network honors, put on by the Washington chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Holly Fine, president) and held this year in the cavernous Wax Museum nightclub.
The evening began with cocktails outside the amphitheater and dining room where dinner would be served after the presentations. Black tie was not required. No long limousines dropped off well-known faces. But the 400 people who stood drinking with a nervous eagerness seemed to recognize each other. They were almost all Emmy nominees and they knew their colleagues from a network of their own--that of behind-the-scenes television work, which includes producers, editors, directors, cameramen and others. To some, the night was just another free meal, to others it was a chance to capture a dream.
"This is probably the one thing I've wanted most out of this career," said Don Smith, a photographer with WRC. "You work for some sort of recognition, like an artist, except artists get to hang their pictures on the wall. You paint your picture and then it's gone in a minute and so the recognition comes from tonight, from your peers."
The lights flickered. The cameras rolled a brief film clip consisting of a montage of station logos and the show went on to the tune of Kenny Loggins' "This Is It."
Steve Bell of ABC was the emcee and in his smooth, deep, made-for-television voice he opened the show. "You know, it's not everywhere in Ronald Reagan's Washington that everyone in the press corps is welcome like this," Bell said.
And as the awards were dished out, the audience marked their programs, tallying the winners.
The Fines began their Emmy spree in the Series section for "The Saving of the President," a reenactment of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. And after several thank-you sessions for the pair, it finally came to the end with Emmy No. 70, which the Fines said they will take home to put by their pool table in the basement, before they leave Washington in August and head for CBS News, where they have recently been hired.
"We know it's time to move on," Paul Fine said one of the times he stepped up to the plastic podium to give thanks, each time holding that Emmy loosely, as if it were a bottle of beer.
And just like all the others who say they will miss the Fines, WJLA certainly will, as the duo was responsible for over half of their station take of 20 awards, which placed them at number two in the totals.
The station with the most was WDVM-TV, with a 22-award count, while the most coveted award of the night went to WRC-TV in the newscasts division for its "NewsCenter 4."
WJLA's "Mr. Seven-on-Your-Side" Paul Berry took the prestigious Ted Yates Award, given only when at least two-thirds of the Academy votes in agreement.
Near the show's end, however, the most entertaining moment was a blooper reel, put together by WJLA's Chris Gordon. Among the cuts were several newscasters cursing, a man interviewing cars whizzing by on the highway and David Brinkley wearing 3-D glasses. "It'll show up sometime on a gag reel," that famous Brinkley voice says looking into the camera.
And sure enough, it did.
Here's where the rest of the awards fell:
Other Regular Programming: WDVM-TV, "PM Magazine: Maryland's Medieval Militia," Jim Cummins/Len Depanicis, producers; Tony Cunningham, videographer; Pat Van Horn, editor; Joe Hearn, editor.
News-Oriented Specials: WDVM-TV, "Now That We've Got Your Interest," Mark Seeger, producer; Al Calogero, editor; John Goldsmith, reporter; Kline Mengle, photographer; WJLA-TV, "A Matter of Life," Clyde Roller, sound.
Other Specials: "A Personal Note: The NSO," Kathy Bickimer/Jeanne Bowers, producers; Vic Pimentel, camerman and editor; WRC-TV, "Keeping Christmas Special," Lea Thompson, producer; WETA-TV, "The President's Own: The U.S. Marine Band in Concert," David Gillette, audio; WJLA-TV, "Second Genesis . . . Another Chance," George Patterson, photographer.
Series: WJLA-TV, "The Saving of the President," Paul Fine/Holly Fine/Dr. Frank Kavanaugh, producers; Paul Fine, cinematographer; Holly Fine, editor; Clyde Roller, sound; WRC-TV, "Ask Arch," Arch Campbell, producer and writer.
Promotion: WTTG-TV, "Coming This Fall," Victoria Kraft, producer; WJLA-TV, "Challenge Tim," Marcia Mitchell, producer.
Independent Productions: "First Do No Harm," Pierce Atkins, producer/writer/director.
Sports Programming: WRC-TV, "Sports Funnies," George Michael/Mitch Fields, producers; Craig Anderson, tape editor; WRC-TV, "Sports Final," George Michael, producer; Craig Anderson, tape editor.
News Segment: WRC-TV, "1981--A Look Back," Susan Clark, producer; Susan Clark, writer; WJLA-TV, "America," Paul Fine/Holly Fine, producers; Paul Fine, cinematographer; Holly Fine, editor.
Washington Community Service Award: WJLA-TV, "Seven on Your Side," Murray Schweitzer, producer.
Regular Public Affairs: WDVM-TV, "The Saturday Magazine," Kathy Bickimer/Pablo Sanchez/Jeanne Bowers, producers; Steve Douglas, host.
Children's Programs: WDVM-TV, "In Our Lives," Wally Ashby, producer; Dave Lesser, writer; WTTG-TV "Matthew's Magical Christmas," Wendy Wilson, producer; Joe DeVito, set design; Hank Zangara, set design.
Documentary: WJLA-TV, "Harvesters of the Chesapeake," Paul Fine/Holly Fine/Marianna Spicer, producers; Paul Fine, cinematographer; Holly Fine, editor; WDVM-TV, "A Mind Is . . .," Ken Woo, editor.
Spot News: WJLA-TV "Plane Crash/Metro Accident," Cherie Simon, producer; Chester Panzer, cameraman; "Shoot-Out in Prince George's County," Frank McDermott, photographer.
News Series: WDVM-TV, "The Human Factor: Machines Which Think," Steve Gendel, correspondent; William Thompson, camera; "Atlanta: Beyond the Ribbons," Renee Poussaint, reporter; WRC-TV, "The Forgotten Children," David Ewing, editor; WJLA-TV, "Fired--Furloughed and Frustrated," John Spiropoulos, producer.
Investigative Report: WDVM-TV, "Triana, Alabama: A Bad Case of the DDT's," Frank McDermott, camera; WJLA-TV, "The New Outlaws," Gena Fitzgerald, producer; Scott Klug, reporter.