Gold & Silver Circles

What Is The GOLD Circle?

Like the Silver Circle, the Gold Circle exists to honor those who have reached the highest level of service to the industry, with 50 years or more of credit to their names.

Gold Circle nominees can often trace their careers back to the early days of television in our area and are true pioneers in the television arts and sciences. As with the Silver Circle, the Mid-America Board of Governors solicits nominations of those who deserve this highest honor.

Once again, the nominated individual’s contributions can be in service to the industry, to NATAS, to the community or to people training for a career in the field and nominees are accepted from performing, creative, technical or administrative roles within the industry or from areas directly related to television such as commercial productions, journalism or education. Neither nominators nor nominees need to be members of NATAS and retirees are eligible for this honor.

What Is The Silver Circle?

Television professionals who have served the industry with distinction for 25 years or more can be invited to join the Silver Circle, an honor bestowed by the Mid-America chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to recognize the outstanding contributions of these individuals.

Not everyone who has worked in television for 25 year is deserving of this honor. To find those exceptional professionals worth including, the Mid-America NATAS Board of Governors solicits nominations from individuals, businesses and stations in our region.

The nominated individual’s contributions can be in service to the industry, to NATAS, to the community or to people training for a career in the field. Nominees are accepted from performing, creative, technical or administrative roles within the industry or from areas directly related to television such as commercial productions, journalism or education. Neither nominators nor nominees need to be members of NATAS.

GOLD CIRCLE HONOREES

50 YEARS

The Gold Circle recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to television for fifty years or more. The broadcast pioneers who become part of this distinguished group have had significant careers in many different aspects of the industry – engineering, management, on-air, technical, production, administration, talent.

2020 Inductee

2019 Inductee

2018 InducteeS

Bob Griffin
Bob Griffin

Mike Narisi
Mike Narisi

Dick Preston
Dick Preston

Steve Stephens
Steve Stephens

2017 InducteeS

Jim Pitcock
Jim Pitcock

Lew Short
Lew Short

Dennis Riggs
Dennis Riggs

2016 Inductee

Len Dawson
Len Dawson

2013 Inductee

Edward J.
Edward J. "Ted" Koplar

2011 Inductee

Rod Gelatt
Rod Gelatt

2009 Inductee

Jim King
Jim King

2007 InducteeS

Bob Garger
Bob Garger

Ray Hoffstetter
Ray Hoffstetter

Walt Bodine
Walt Bodine

B. J. Sams
B. J. Sams

2006 Inductee

Dick Ford
Dick Ford

SILVER CIRCLE HONOREES

25 YEARS

The Silver Circle recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to television for twenty-five years or more. The broadcast pioneers who become part of this distinguished group have had significant careers in many different aspects of the industry – engineering, management, on-air, technical, production, administration, talent.

2019 Inductees

Thom Cornelis
Thom Cornelis

Wendy Ellis
Wendy Ellis

Theresa Bryant
Theresa Bryant

Gary Metivier
Gary Metivier

Chris Minor
Chris Minor

Don Sharp
Don Sharp

"Aunt" Norma Champion

Tom Trtan
Tom Trtan

2018 Inductees

Jenifer Andrews
Jenifer Andrews

Peggy Breit
Peggy Breit

Semmie Buffin
Semmie Buffin

Elliot Davis
Elliot Davis

John Holt
John Holt

Bob Steel
Bob Steel

Todd Warren
Todd Warren

2017 Inductees

Larry Foley
Larry Foley

Carolyn Long
Carolyn Long

Erin Hayes
Erin Hayes

Paul Schankman
Paul Schankman

2016 Inductees

Steve Grant
Steve Grant

Mike Irwin
Mike Irwin

2015 Inductees

Bryan Busby
Bryan Busby

Jayne Ruben
Jayne Ruben

Paul Sands
Paul Sands

Mike Shipley
Mike Shipley

Mike Spissinger
Mike Spissinger

2014 Inductees

Bob Clark
Bob Clark

Diana Davis
Diana Davis

Ned Reynolds
Ned Reynolds

Johnny Rowlands
Johnny Rowlands

2013 Inductees

Doug Quick
Doug Quick

Michael Stroot
Michael Stroot

Larry Washington
Larry Washington

2012 Inductees

Mike Bush
Mike Bush

Cynthia Newsome
Cynthia Newsome

Kris Ketz
Kris Ketz

Terry Shoptaw
Terry Shoptaw

2011 Inductees

Jack Harry
Jack Harry

Dave Shaul
Dave Shaul

2010 Inductees

Dan Henry
Dan Henry

Martin Duggan
Martin Duggan

Michal McDonald
Michal McDonald

Michael Mahoney
Michael Mahoney

Suzi Schrappen
Suzi Schrappen

Wendall Anschutz
Wendall Anschutz

2009 Inductees

Tom O'Neal
Tom O'Neal

Sharon Stevens
Sharon Stevens

Michael Murray
Michael Murray

Randall Dixon
Randall Dixon

2008 Inductees

Spencer Koch
Spencer Koch

Larry Conners
Larry Conners

Mike Thompson
Mike Thompson

2007 Inductees

Christine Buck
Christine Buck

Cynthia Smith
Cynthia Smith

Michael
Michael "Mike" Dorman

Larry Moore
Larry Moore

2006 Inductees

Phil Witt
Phil Witt

Jennifer Blome
Jennifer Blome

Art Holliday
Art Holliday

Allan Cohen
Allan Cohen

Stacey Woelfel
Stacey Woelfel

2005 Inductees

Karen Foss
Karen Foss

Cheryl K. McDonald
Cheryl K. McDonald

Dennis M. Riggs
Dennis M. Riggs

Tom Martin
Tom Martin

Bill Reed
Bill Reed

2004 Inductees

Irv Davis
Dick Preston

2002 Inductees

John Auble
Mary Cannon
Michael Hardgrove
Robin Smith
Al Wiman

2001 Inductees

Bob Bell
Betsy Bruce
Paul Campbell
Joey Ford
Charles Guggenheim
Susan Heinket Bayer
Kathi McDonald
Phill Rock

1999 Inductees

Edward Fergus
Dick Ford
Barbara Regnell
Cliff St. James
Nancy St. James
Sid Savan
Diane Allen
George Burbach
Russ Carter
Dick Keefe
Pat Williamson
Clint Crandall

1997 Inductees

Wilber Allmeyer
Howard Demere
Don Burnes
Harry Gibbs
Bob Hooss
Frank Eschen
Jack Buck
Jim Bolen
Charlotte Peters
Diane White
Jack Murdoch
Andy Werner
Julius Hunter
Ellen Wallach
Stan Kann
Leo Tevlin
Marty Bronson

1996 Inductees

Lee Cavanagh
Charles Bohn
Bruce Hayward
Dr. John Rider
Harold Koplar
Fran Hunt
Larry Ward
Bob Chase
Wilson Dalzall
Russ David
Bill Fields
Dean Keune
Dottye Bennett David
Don Marsh
Thom Lewis
Joe Garagiola
Jim Marlowe
Keith Gunther
Bonnie Dewes