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Photo credit:  Steve Skootsky & Robert Penfold - album at this link


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About the

News Geezers!


a salute to

KNX Radio

Sat Jul 8!

In case you just wandered onto this web page, we are the News Geezers - an informal, friendly group of veteran Southern California TV, radio, print, web and PR journalists. We hold lunches three or four times a year.

Our mailing list is about 450 strong.  

Credit for the name "News Geezers" goes to the late, great Bob Long.  Learn about the background of our group by clicking on the "About" tab above (or at the top of any page).  The names of all those on the mailing list can be found at the "RSVP/Roster" tab of this site.
If you have questions or would like to join the mailing list - and perhaps attend one of our lunches - please contact Bob Tarlau through the form you will find by clicking on the "Contact" tab. 

Thanks and cheers!   

News Geezers

Saluting KNX on 100+ Years of Serving Southern California -

            at the News Geezers lunch on Sat Jul 8 - RSVP Now!


   It's coming up fast... on Sat Jul 8:  Our next News Geezers luncheon program.  That's when we'll be saluting KNX radio (97.1 FM/1070 AM) on 100+ years of excellent service to Southern California.
   The lunch will start at noon... and the venue is, as usual, Victorios Italian Restaurant in North Hollywood.  RSVPs are officially open.  Please drop a note to me at to let me know you'll be attending.
   Thanks to Alex Silverman, KNX Director of News and Programming, for his strong support in putting this program together.
In addition to Alex, our featured speakers will be:
* Chris Sedens - the current KNX mid-day anchor...
* Diane Thompson - retired KNX anchor...
* Dick Helton - retired KNX anchor and political director...
* Carol Ramos - retired KABC radio anchor... and... Dick's wife.  (Their story is a standout).
  Steve Skootsky does the masterful editing of the video clips we show at these luncheons... and he's done an great job of pulling together the KNX history.  For even veteran members of the KNX family (including loyal listeners), I am sure there are tidbits you didn't know that will have you saying:  "Wow!"  This YouTube link has a preview of what you'll see:
  Again the News Geezers lunch honoring KNX will be on Sat Jul 8 at Victorios, 10901 Victory Blvd. in North Hollywood.
The delicious Italian buffet is $25... and that includes dessert and tip.  Parking is free.   RSVP to
The RSVP deadline is Sat Jul 1.
    Looking ahead:  We are planning a salute to L.A.'s TV weather journalists... past and present... during our final 2023 lunch, scheduled for Sat Oct 14.
    Fritz Coleman, Mark Thompson and Kelly Lange plan to take part.  And I am sure there will be others.
  The first News Geezers program of 2023... held in February... brought a strong turnout of 65 see and hear our excellent panel of past Los Angeles TV news directors.  You will find the video links at the top of the column to the right.  
   There were fascinating insights into the personal challenges news directors face... especially women... from:
* Steve Cohen (KCBS, KCOP, KUSI San Diego - current)
* Warren Cereghino (KTLA)
* Kris Knutsen (KTTV)
* Nancy Valenta (KNBC)
* Jeff Wald (KTLA, KCOP)      
   Thanks to all five for an informative and entertaining program.    Stills of the lunch are to the left.  Those and others are available at the link at the top of that column.    
   Video highlights from programs going back to 2019 can be found on the Video tab of this website.
   I look forward to seeing you at Victorios for our KNX salute in July... and the program with TV weathercasters in October.
Bob Tarlau

Saturday, February, 2023

In-Person Lunch


The News Directors Panel

​Click to View Part 1

​0:00 Bob Tarlau introduction
8:00 Intro Jeff Wald, Warren
Cereghino, Steve Cohen
10:10 Pursuits
18:35 Rodney King        beating tape
25:00 O.J. Simpson trial
29:30 Other topics
52:15 End Part One

Click to View Part 2
0:00 Intro Nancy Valenta,

& Kris Knutsen
1:40 1992 L.A. Riots
9:45 The Night Stalker
17:20 Other topics
36:35 Audience Q&A
49:45 Bob Tarlau on upcoming programs
51:05 End Part Two