The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter is proud to recognize the 2016 Gold & Silver Circle Recipients. Honorees will receive their awards at the 2016 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Gala on October 29th at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Mall of America in Bloomington, 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 Board of Governor’s voted and approved the following honorees.
GOLD CIRCLE (50+ YEARS)
Ronald Viste – WEAU-TV: Ron is celebrating 50 years working at WEAU this year! He started in 1966 and is still going strong today.
Ron has several years of previous broadcast experience from the military, school and other jobs before starting at WEAU. Ron is almost 10 years past retirement and still doesn’t think of “work” as a job. He is simply the most dedicated and talented person I’ve ever known. Ron comes in to work everyday with a smile. He is the easiest person to talk to and collaborate with. Ron sets an example for the entire staff. READ MORE…..
SILVER CIRCLE (25+ YEARS)
Pete & Kimberly Bedell Rhodes – Black Music America/Urban Mass Media Group: Pete and Kimberly have been producers of media and arts programming, providing communications, entertainment, outreach and education to urban markets since 1980. Currently they’re principals of the Urban Mass Media Group a cultural communications company.
UMMG is the parent company for BMA Networks channel 937 a 24 hour cable network and BMA On-Demand channel broadcasting to over 500,000 cable subscribers throughout the Twin Cities metro area and western Wisconsin via Comcast/Xfinity cable systems. READ MORE….
Boyd Huppert – KARE-TV: Boyd has called KARE 11 home for 20 years. He began his broadcasting career at WSAW in 1984 after graduating from UW-River Falls. Boyd also worked in Omaha and Milwaukee before joining KARE. His storytelling style is memorable and his commitment to the craft is contagious.
Currently Boyd spends most of his time working on his franchise ‘Land of 10,000 Stories’. He also turns daily stories when scheduled as a general assignment reporter. He loves being where the story is and finding a unique way of telling it. READ MORE….