An article in Monday's Style section misidentified the late television producer Ted Yates, because of incorrect information. He was an NBC producer and was killed on assignment in Jerusalem in 1967.
The Washington chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences celebrated itself -- and the local TV industry -- 72 times, for several hours Saturday night at the National Building Museum.
For the second consecutive year, at the 27th annual local Emmy Awards, CBS affiliate WDVM won the most awards (26), followed by ABC affiliate WJLA (15), independent station WTTG (11) and NBC affiliate WRC (10). WETA and WDCA each won two awards and WHMM received one. Independent productions -- including the Oscar-winning "The Stone Carvers" -- and several special awards brought the total to 72.
Hosts James B. Sikking of "Hill Street Blues" and Ellen Foley of "Night Court" provided praise and patter between dispersion of the awards, most of which went to behind-the-scenes talent.
WDVM's new Sunday morning magazine show "Capital Edition" was a big winner, capturing the Emmy for best location public affairs show and four awards for individual excellence. "I hope other broadcasters in this town get the message that you can do a show well, get an audience, it can work and it's all worth it," writer and host John Goldsmith said.
WJLA's "Inside Washington" swept the public-affairs categories, winning the Emmy for best studio show and three awards for individual excellence, including one to host Jim Berry.
The sports crew at WTTG scored big, racking up eight of the station's 11 awards. The sports team won two Emmys for programming: "Road to the Super Bowl" and its broadcast of last year's Redskins-Raiders contest, which was the first game the station has aired in 30 years, according to producer Ernie Baur.
Accepting the award for "Road to the Super Bowl," sportcaster Bernie Smilovitz paid tribute to the academy, sort of. "The first guy I want to thank," he said, "is the air conditioning guy. I've lost 15 pounds within the last hour."
The academy eliminated the award for best newscast, opting to single out individual achievement instead. Each station chose what it considered its four best production moments, which could feature anything from editing to anchoring. Peers from Detroit, San Francisco and Boston decided on the best accomplishment.
The winner: Susan King, reporter for WRC.
Another on-screen personality, anchor Gordon Peterson of WDVM, took home the Ted Yates Memorial Award, which is named for a local reporter who was killed on assignment in Vietnam. Honored for his efforts in enlightening the public about the plight of the handicapped, Peterson chose the self-deprecating route in his acceptance speech:
"For the first time in my life I'm going to do something smart," he said. "I'm not going to make a fool of myself on the air. I'm just going to say thank you."
Later, as a presenter, Peterson made a comment that drew a chorus of "oohs" from the audience. When it was announced that scheduled copresenter and WRC anchor Jim Vance wouldn't appear on the dais with him, Peterson quipped, "Jim and I have been trying to get together for years, but we just couldn't work it out." Peterson tried to jump to WRC to coanchor the news with Vance, but WDVM would not free him from his contract.
But it was WTTG feature reporter Ross Crystal who got the biggest laugh when he announced that losers would be receiving a Claus von Bu low T-shirt as a consolation prize: "It says, 'I'll get it next year.' "
The academy also honored Clinton Davis, 26, a graduating senior at the University of the District of Columbia, who created a 30-second public service announcement to warn city youths about PCP.
Using rock music, a rap and slick shots of the city, the spot, which will be aired by all local stations, tells youths: "Wake up young man/ This ain't no thrill/ That PCP/ Is dressed to kill."
"It's gotten to a very dangerous point and if we don't find a way to give a message to the young people in this community, we're going to wind up with people walking around like 'Dawn of the Dead,' " Davis said, accepting the academy's Student Achievement Award.
Ronald Townsend, station manager at WDVM, won the Board of Governors Award for continued contribution to the community. Townsend is currently president of the area Big Brothers.
Host Sikking, who noted that he was last in Washington during the Watergate break-in, said he was amazed by the caliber of the broadcasts, portions of which were shown on the large video screen throughout the evening. "Good, high quality stuff," he said outside the hall as he signed autograph books.
A complete list of local Emmy winners:
Emmys are awarded for both programs and individual excellence. Each nominee was rated between 1 and 20 by peers in San Francisco, Detroit and Boston. Any nominee who scores a 20 wins, so in many cases there are several winners in each category.
Regular Public Affairs (Studio): "Inside Washington" -- Virginia Mielke, producer, WJLA.
Regular Public Affairs (Location): "Capital Edition: Chesapeake" -- Jan Thompson, producer, WDVM.
Children's Programs: "Kid's Break" -- Dick Dyszel, producer, WDCA.
Children's Programs (Specials): "Your Kids & Drugs" -- Janet Harrell, Wally Ashby, producers, WDVM.
Entertainment Programs: "Balletap" -- Janet Harrell, producer, WDVM.
News Oriented Programs: "Potomac: The Deadly Water" -- Jeanne Bowers, producer, WDVM.
Entertainment Specials: "Washington Tonite: Roy Ayers in concert" -- Bill Pratt, Flemmie Kitrell, producers, WHMM.
Documentaries: "The Newcomers" -- Phyllis Ward, producer, WJLA; "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" -- Jeanne Bowers, producer, WDVM; "T is for Teacher" -- Phyllis Ward, producer, WJLA.
Sports Programming: "Road to the Super Bowl: Showdown With Dallas" -- Ernie Baur, Bernie Smilovitz, Bob Kanner, producers, WTTG; "Washington Capitals Hockey" -- Bill Brown, Chris Bartch, producers, WDCA; "Redskins vs. Raiders" -- Ernie Baur, producer, WTTG.
Program Segments: "Pat Bedard" -- George Michaels, Joe Schreiber, producers, WRC; "America's Priceless Gem" -- Gertrude Houston, producer, WTTG; "Through Foreign Eyes" -- Ted Mesirow, producer, WDVM.
News Segments: "Aerobic Drill Sergeant" -- Richard Schwartz, producer, WJLA.
Spot News: "Torch Man" -- Mike Buchanan, Kline Mengle, producers, WDVM.
News Series: "PCP -- A Lovely Poison" -- Mark Seeger, Bruce Johnson, producers, WDVM; "Profiles of the Not So Famous" -- Ron Sarro, producer, WDVM.
Investigative Reporting: "Dr. Milan Vuitch" -- Mark Feldstein, producer, WDVM; "Animal Rights and Wrongs" -- Gene Fitzgerald, Scott Klug, producers, WJLA.
Community Service Award: "Kids and Drugs" -- Janet Harrell, Rich Adams, Myrna Statland, Bruce Johnson, producers, WDVM.
Public Service Announcements: "The Dance Contract" -- Michael B. Sassani, producer.
Promotion Spot Announcements: "Making Marriage Better" -- Marijane Roark, producer, WRC.
Independent Productions: "Jesse Jackson/Domestic Issues Part 1" -- Byron Lewis, producer.
Regular Public Affairs (studio): Host Jim Berry, director Waymer Johnson, editor Vic Blandenburg, "Inside Washington," WJLA.
Regular Public Affairs (location): Writer John Goldsmith, photographer Ron Ling, editor Ron Ling, photographer Tim Deluca, "Capital Edition -- Chesapeake," WDVM.
Children's Programs: Host Erik King, photographer Beverly Bryan, "Pick Up the Beat," WJLA; Writer Kathy Brissette-Minus, "In Our Lives -- The Fine Line," WDVM.
Children's Programs (Specials): Writer C.E. Nixon, "Your Kids and Drugs," WDVM.
Entertainment Programs: Director David Deutsch, "The Embassy Concerts: National Musical Arts," WETA; postproduction editor Bob Kanner, "Grammy Special," WTTG; set designer Shelley Van Epps, "Balletap," WDVM.
News Oriented Programs: Photographer Ron Ling, editor Ron Ling, "Potomac: The Deadly Water," WDVM.
Entertainment Specials: Lighting Director Harry Bottorf, "Music From Home," WETA.
Documentaries: Host Paul Berry, "The Newcomers," WJLA; reporter Bruce Johnson, associate producer LaGeris Bell, "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," WDVM; Clyde Roller (audio) "T Is for Teacher," WJLA.
Sports Programming: Director Ernie Baur, editor Bob Kanner, editor Jack Frame, "Road to the Super Bowl: Showdown With Dallas," WTTG; director Ernie Baur, Steve Branner (audio), Cliff Herbert (minicam), "Redskins vs. Raiders," WTTG.
Program Segments: Editor Christie Delisio, "Best on the Beach Men," WTTG.
News Segments: Photographer Mike Whately, editor Reed Petty, "Kemper Sights and Sounds," WRC; photographer Greg Guise, Joan Waffle (sound) "PCP Shootout," WDVM.
Spot News: Editor Jerry Gordon, "Johns Hopkins Vault," WDVM.
News Series: Editor Joe Hearn, researcher Paula Horowitz, correspondent Henry Tennenbaum, technical director Dave Weakly, "Choooocolate," WRC.
Investigative Reporting: Reporter Mark Feldstein, "Dr. Milan Vuitch," WDVM; reporter Scott Klug, photographer Pete Hakel, sound man John Lureau, "Animal Rights and Wrongs," WJLA; reporter Jack Cloherty, "Tom Zuniga Debts," WRC.
Individual Achievement in Newscast: Reporter Susan King, "Cover Story."
Independent Productions: Director Paul Wagner, "The Stone Carvers."