The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter is proud to recognize the 2013 Silver Circle Recipients. Honorees will receive their awards at the 2013 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Gala on September 28th at the Historic State Theater in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Click here to see a list of Gold & Silver Circle Honorees from 2000-Present.
These individuals have made a significant contribution to the television industry well above and beyond that required by their job. We honor their dedication and service to the industry, to NATAS, to the community and to people training for a career in the field.
Nominees answer to the highest standards of integrity and honor in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. Nominations are accepted from the performing, creative, technical or administrative roles within the industry or in peripheral areas directly related to television such as commercial production, journalism or education. Neither nominators nor nominees need to be members of NATAS. The Gold & Silver Award Committee reviews all nominees past and present to make a recommendation to the NATAS-Upper Midwest Board of Governors. This year, our Boar of Governor’s voted and approved the following honorees.
SILVER CIRCLE (25+ YEARS)
Dick Bremer is marking his 30th year broadcasting Minnesota Twins Baseball. Long before his current days at FOX Sports North, Bremer graduated from St. Cloud State in 1978. Before his sports broadcasting career, Bremer was a Disc Jockey for KCLD (St. Cloud). His nickname was “Duke in the Dark”. Bremer began with the Twins in 1983 broadcasting games for Spectrum Sports. He remained there until 1985 and re-joined the team in 1987, working a two-year stint for TwinsVision. He worked with WCCO-TV and Midwest Sports Channel from 1989-2001.
The Staples (MN) High School grad has also been the voice of University of Minnesota basketball, football and hockey and has called games for University of Iowa basketball and the Minnesota North Stars in his 27-year career. Read more…
Tom Hanson is South Dakota’s most experienced television news anchor. He started his career at KDLT-TV as a studio cameraman, master control operator and field photographer for news and commercial production. Tom’s on air career began when he anchored sports for the station on Friday nights. He was 19 years old and attending Dakota Wesleyan University at the time. A few months later he was filling in on the anchor desk for news.
After college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish he landed in Rapid City as the morning anchor at KEVN-TV. But it wasn’t long before he was looking to move up. ”I got my first promotion by telling the General Manager I would save him money by anchoring the news and delivering the weather at the map. It worked!” At age 25 he was named main co-anchor and later Executive Producer at KEVN. Read More…
Robert “Bob” J. Rich was General Manager of WDSM/KBJR-TV in Duluth Minnesota for over 30 years as well as a life-long Duluth resident. Bob was considered an innovator in television developing live, local newscasts and covering local sporting before the days of portable news cameras (he hauled his studio cameras to local games in a large delivery truck outfitted as a studio).
Bob pioneered use of video tape (replacing film), launched the first local 5pm newscast in Duluth-Superior market, televised an annual marathon and broadcast University of Minnesota-Duluth college hockey games from arenas across the country at a time when satellites and remote broadcasting were new and expensive. He did it all in the name of localism to serve his community needs. He hosted a citizen advisory board meeting monthly to critique programming choices. The board had the power to authorize issue-oriented programming and frequently did so, including live political debates produced by the station’s news and public service departments. Read More…