The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter is proud to recognize individuals inducted into the 2019 Gold & Silver Circle Honor Society. Honorees will receive their plaques at the 20th Annual Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Awards Gala on October 5th, 2019 at the Mystic Center in Prior Lake, 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.
The Gold & Silver Circle is not an award; it’s a society of honor. It is recognition of eligible individuals who have made a significant contribution to television well above and beyond that required by their job. That contribution can be in service to the industry, to NATAS, to the community, or 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)
Mark joined WCCO-TV as a high school junior at St. Louis Park and was hired full time while attending the University of Minnesota.
As time went on, he was promoted to weekend sports anchor than anchor of the 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. weekday sportscasts. In 1981, he started hosting his Sunday night show with Vikings wide receiver, Ahmad Rashad. The Rashad-Rosen report soon became Rosen’s Sports Sunday, and aired on WCCO until 2016. Mark retired from WCCO-TV. In 2019, Mark started a new sports show with Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Kirk Cousins.
SILVER CIRCLE (25+ YEARS)
Bruce Aune’s broadcasting career has taken him around the world, but it’s always maintained a strong base in the Midwest. It began in September 1966 at KLIZ Radio in his hometown, Brainerd, Minnesota.
Bruce continued in radio during college and while serving in the US Army. Bruce started graduate school in 1974 but also needed a job. He found one at KEYC-TV in Mankato, Minnesota. In 1979 he moved south to KIMT TV in Mason City, Iowa, as news director and evening anchor. He went on to anchor and report at WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois, and WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan.
In 1986, Bruce planned to spend three quick years at KCRG TV and then move on to major market fame and riches. Instead, he’s been anchoring the 5, 6 & 10 newscasts at TV9 for nearly 34 years, with absolutely no regrets.
Angela Kennecke is a veteran broadcast journalist and award-winning investigative reporter. Angela has anchored nightly newscasts for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, SD for nearly 30 years. Her reporting has uncovered fraud and corruption, which has resulted in changes to state laws.
Over the last decade, many of Angela’s investigative stories focused on the growing opioid crisis. On May 16, 2018, the day her own 21-year-old daughter, Emily, died of an overdose, Angela was working on an investigation into Good Samaritan Laws and overdose deaths. Angela has told Emily’s story nationally and internationally. Angela and her husband Jeff started a non-profit organization called “Emily’s Hope,” because they never gave up hope on their daughter and want to offer hope to other families struggling with addiction.
Jodi Ritacca Carlini has worked in the Twin Cities media for more than 25 years and has been an eyewitness to local, state and national news for 45 years. As an award-winning journalist Jodi has worked as a TV news reporter, anchor, show & field producer, News Director, cable TV host & producer, Independent documentary & video producer, and online co-moderator and producer of live webcasts on the Internet. She’s received four Upper Midwest Emmy®Awards and seventeen Emmy® Nominations from 1998-2018.
Jodi has served on the Upper Midwest Emmy®Chapter Board of Governors since 2011, as Awards Chair 2013-2015, and as Board President 2016-2019. She’s also made significant contributions to our next generation of broadcast professionals often speaking to students at local colleges and high schools, mentoring students and since 2015 created an annual scholarship for deserving Upper Midwest broadcasting students in honor of Jodi’s father-in-law, Ulysses Carlini, a pioneer in television. In 2018, Jodi and the Upper Midwest Emmy®Foundation helped create an endowment to help educate and support area students with scholarships in the future.