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Myra Sanchick is one of the six new members of the "Silver Circle" sponsored by the Emmys.

OnMedia: Honoring Milwaukee's TV industry veterans

A new set of six Milwaukee TV veterans is ready to enter the growing "Silver Circle" of broadcasters who've put 25 memorable years into their business, with the expected headline names leading the list.

And five of the six remain active in TV.

I'm happiest to see long-time Channel 6 news reporter Myra Sanchick joining the exclusive group in a Sept. 10 induction ceremony at the Italian Conference Center.

First off, here's the list of 2011 inductees:

  • Retired Channel 6 anchor/reporter John Drilling.
  • Channel 12 chief-photographer Cary Edwards.
  • Channel 12 political analyst and long-time Channel 4 anchor Mike Gousha.
  • Milwaukee Public TV community relations manager Darlyne Haertlein.
  • Channel 4 lead weathercaster John Malan.
  • And, of course, Sanchick.

All of the inductees are deserving, of course.

But Sanchick's inclusion in the list is a recognition of a dogged traditional reporter. She's really a reporter's reporter, who has weathered the dramatic changes in journalism in general and TV news in particular to keep pumping out news.

Sanchick's not about the flash that obscures much of modern TV news. She's all about news, and she deserves to have her work highlighted.

You can find more information on the Milwaukee Silver Circle and the induction ceremony at the Website of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The Chris and Reince show: MSNBC's Chris Matthews sparred with Wisconsin's own Reince Preibus, during the first appearance by the Republican National Chairman on Matthews' "Hardball."

Here's the video:

On TV: Bravo is re-editing the Sept. 5 premiere of "Real Housewives of Los Angeles" in the wake of the suicide of Russell Armstrong, husband of one of the housewives. But the show isn't being delayed, despite reports to the contrary.

  • reports that Burger King is getting rid of its creepy "king" commercial character. Finally.
  • The Oprah Winfrey Network says it will start "The Rosie (O'Donnell) Show" and "Oprah's Lifeclass" – which re-uses old "Oprah" shows – on Oct. 10.
  • TLC says the current season of "LA Ink" is its last one.

A fine promo for Channel 4: Milwaukee's NBC affiliate has launched a slick new promo featuring morning anchors Susan Kim and Vince Vitrano chatting with the folks on the program that follows them, "The Today Show."

Here's the promo:


tvlady | Aug. 24, 2011 at 11:30 p.m. (report)

All the honorees for this year's Silver Circle Award deserve the recognition and praise, but I'm glad you singled-out Myra Sanchick. She is one of those reporters who goes wherever she is assigned, and can be counted upon to do the job well. Myra and I shared a cubicle for 25+ years and I always wished I could be as good at reporting as she is. As for John Drilling, we shared the anchor desk for many years, so many I don't remember! But he was the solid, no non-sense man who gave you the news straight and with authority. I hope Milwaukee appreciates the talent they have seen in them. Congratulations!

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