Wednesday, 31 August 2005
The NBC Universal Television Group, which has been active in raising money during previous national disasters, has scheduled a live benefit special, A Concert For Hurricane Relief, in high-definition on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC at 8 p.m. Friday.
How You Can Help The Victims Of Hurricane Katrina
- Give To An Established Charity: Don't let an unscrupulous charity take advantage of your goodwill. Find a charity with a proven track record of success with dealing with this region and this type of disaster. Avoid fly-by-night charities created specifically to deal with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Even well-meaning new organizations will not have the infrastructure and knowledge of the region to efficiently maximize your gift. If you do feel compelled to give to a new charity, be sure to get proof that the group is in fact a registered public charity with 501 (c) (3) status.
- Designate Your Gift: Worried that your donation will go towards the charity's general operating fund or saved for an upcoming crisis? This is a very understandable concern. Many charities do encourage donors not to designate their gifts so that the charity can decide how best to utilize the money, but depending on your confidence in the charity's ability to make that determination, you may want to tell the charity exactly how to use your gift. By designating your gift specifically for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, you'll ensure that your donation will be used for the victims of this particular disaster.
- Avoid Telemarketers: Be wary of fundraisers who pressure you to make a contribution over the phone. Never divulge your credit card information to someone soliciting you via the phone. Instead, ask the fundraiser to send you written information about the charity they represent and do some research on your own. Once you feel comfortable with the charity, send the organization a check directly in the mail, or give through their website, thus ensuring 100% of your gift goes to the charity and not the for-profit fundraiser.
Read Charity Navigator's Guide to Handling Telephone Appeals
- Research And Follow Up: As always, take the time to find a charity you can trust. Charity Navigator offers this list of highly-rated charities working in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to help you in your efforts. Use our free financial evaluations to search for other well-run charities worthy of your support. And be sure to follow up with the charity in a few months to find out (a) how your donation was put to use and (b) if they need additional support to complete the recovery effort.
This list will be updated as we become aware of additional charities responding to this natural disaster.
- American Red Cross
- America's Second Harvest
- Convoy of Hope
- The Humane Society of the United States
- United Way of Miami-Dade
What Are You Looking At?
On this date in 1887, Thomas A. Edison received a patent for the kinetoscope, a device that produced moving pictures. In 1963, Walter Cronkite started showing up in living rooms during the dinner hour as anchor of the "CBS Evening News", a job he took over from Douglas Edwards on April 16, 1962. Previous to this night, "CBS Evening News" had been shown from 7:30-7:45 p.m. and 7:15-7:30 p.m. In 1981, the 30-year contract between ‘Mr. Television’, Milton Berle, and NBC-TV expired. Uncle Miltie had received $6 million for NOT being on the air since his show, "The Texaco Star Theatre", went off the air in the mid-1950s. NBC held Berle to the contract to keep him from appearing on competing networks. (PS - Birthday boy Warren Berlinger is Uncle Miltie's real nephew).
There are 146 days until NATPE 2006.
Tuesday, 30 August 2005
FCC: Bad Mouth
In case you thought the FCC's been awfully quiet since Kevin Martin took over, Salon has an interesting story about the things he has up his sleeve.
Read it, and then let the Chairman know what you think.
As an aside, is it even possible to watch a half-hour of cable without seeing a PSA on the V-Chip or parental locks?
On this date in 1974, the last episode of The Brady Bunch aired on ABC. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush told a news conference that a ''new world order'' could emerge from the Gulf crisis. In 1992, Northern Exposure and Murphy Brown were winners at the Emmy Awards. In 1993, Late Show with David Letterman made its debut on CBS, after moving his show from NBC. The first musical guest to appear on the new show was Billy Joel.
New releases on DVD this week include As Time Goes By (Complete Original Series, Complete Series 8 & 9); Chef! (Complete Collection, Seasons 1, 2 & 3); Clifford the Big Red Dog (Doggie Detectives); Combat! (Season 5 - Invasions 1 & 2); Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 4); The Fairly Oddparents (Scary GodParents); Garfield and Friends (Volume 4); H.R. Pufnstuf (4 of Sid & Marty's Favorites); Highway to Heaven (Season 2); House (Season 1); Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (Complete Series); Land of the Lost ('Stak Attack!); Married... with Children (Season 4); The Mind of the Married Man (Season 1); My Favorite Martian (Time Travelers Favorites); Nip/Tuck (Season 2); Petticoat Junction (Ultimate Collection); Ripping Yarns (The Complete Ripping Yarns); Roseanne (Season 1); The Saint (Early Episodes - Set 2); and Strawberry Shortcake (Moonlight Mysteries).
There are 147 days until NATPE 2006.
(Note to Mom - couldn't have done it without you. Happy Birthday!)
Monday, 29 August 2005
Thanks to Pam Silverman
I want to extend a super big thank you to NATPE staffer Pam Silverman for all her help with Boot Camp. Somehow her name was omitted on the staff list in the Boot Camp program, but she was a key person in putting together this year's program!!
Pam was on the "front lines" answering attendee questions, coordinating workshop and clinic sign ups, pulling together research on pitching and the industry and posting it to our site, and filling in WHEREVER we needed help. We couldn't have done it without her, and I personally am very grateful for her front line support.
Director of Event Programming, NATPE
Pitch with Pith
I’m not so Christ-like about my ability to pitch. I’m proud of that. I’m good at it. And today, I’m going to do my best to teach you what I know.
- so says The Artful Writer, with advice on How to Pitch
Don't Get a Big Head
The important question for NBC Universal Chairman Bob Wright is not whom to blame but who can fix NBC. Perhaps that is Bonnie Hammer, president of USA Network and Sci Fi Channel.
On this date in 1966, Mia Farrow withdrew from the cast of the ABC-TV prime time drama "Peyton Place", after starring for two years. In 1967, the last episode of "The Fugitive" aired. In 1969 - to compete with Johnny Carson (NBC) and Joey Bishop (ABC) - CBS-TV presented Merv Griffin on late-night TV. In 1986, the former "American Bandstand" studio, at the original home of WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, PA, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The studio is located at 4548 Market Street.
There are 148 (?!) days until NATPE 2006.