It’s been a few years since I entered the Emmys. It’s a very weird competition. It’s totally arbitrary. Winning is totally without rhyme or reason. Judges get few guidelines.
Helaine thinks the whole process is ridiculous. She very well may be right.
One year I won. The next year I wasn’t nominated. Honest. Go figure.
I am lucky enough to have seven sitting in a case in my family room. From a practical standpoint, seven is the same as ten or three.
Actually, seven is better than ten. Having ten would make it look too easy.
All of this is the setup for what will transpire Sunday.
Gil Simmons, at my station, has volunteered to coordinate Emmy judging for the San Francisco/Northern California region. I volunteered the location, my house.
It looks like we’ll have six or seven of us watching the DVDs. The more the merrier. I sent a few more emails tonight, trying my best to guilt the last stragglers into coming.
For some of the younger guys¹, this will be a revealing process. Seeing how the Emmys are judged is helpful when you’re deciding what to submit the next year.
It will be interesting to see how they treat the weather in an area where weather usually isn’t as important. It will also be interesting to ‘take notes’ on how their weather equipment is being used. We mostly use the same, or similar, tools. Sometimes you catch a glimpse of a technique or twist you hadn’t thought of.
Last time I was a judge there were moments when I wondered, “What were they thinking when they sent in this tape?” Hopefully, that won’t be the case again.
¹ – It has been pointed out, all the weather people in this market are men… white men. That’s becoming more and more unusual.