Silver Circle Acceptance Speech

Peter Morrill
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Seattle, WA
June 7, 2008

Silver Circle AwardThanks everyone. I feel a little like the mule whose owner entered him into the Kentucky Derby . . . not because he thought he'd win, but because he thought the association would do him some good!

I am grateful to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter, for this honor.

For a person who started off creating television programs, and who still considers it to be THE REASON he still goes to work, I'm deeply honored.

I'd like to acknowledge the other two Idahoans who have received this award: Marty Holtman, KBCI-TV, Boise; and Bob Krueger, General Manager, who built KTVB-TV, Boise into a powerhouse, and who in his spare time also helped to establish my organization — Idaho Public Television — in the early 1970's!

But probably the biggest honor for me is to be here in this room with all of you!

For you are the writers, videographers, editors, newscasters, producers and technicians, who are chronicling of the deeds of our generation.

Every day, each of you are attempting to tell a story worth telling, trying to do the right thing.

Doing the right thing has never been easy, and in today's environment, it's certainly not getting any easier.

You know, the last decade has not been kind to those in the business of telling the stories that need to be told.

Consolidation, corporate buyouts, reduction of creative people . . . have all touched everyone in this room.

But there are incredible new opportunities before us.

Cheaper, high quality equipment, web and new media distribution avenues all were un-imagined, even a decade ago. They give us new ways to tell the important stories that need to be told to our viewers, and users . . . across the street . . . and around the world.

I have been fortunate to work with some amazing individuals in my career, colleagues who want to make a difference in this world, who connect important ideas with the people they serve.

They have pushed me to be better, and they've pushed me to do the right thing.

And for that, I say thank you . . . and to all of you . . . for this honor.

I don't really look back at my life much. I'm too busy looking toward the next horizon.

Perhaps, Charlie Brown said it best when asked what his favorite day of the week was, and he replied . . . tomorrow.

Thank you.