Steve Bornfeld
Publication Date: March 27, 1992  Page: C4  Section: LIVING  Edition: THREE STAR 
Good news for news fans: WNYT-TV co-anchor Chris Kapostasy has signed a new contract that will keep her at "NewsChannel 13" for the next three years.

Kapostasy, whose old contract expired on March 1, has been negotiating with the station for the last few weeks while working under the terms of her old contract. The station declined to reveal the monetary terms of Kapostasy's new contract.

"I feel fantastic," Kapostasy said Thursday. "I really like and respect the people I work with and respect our viewers so much. Wherever I go, they're so positive and reaffirming. It's a great place to have a job and to live."

Steve Baboulis, WNYT's news director, was equally pleased. "She's a great member of a very fine team," Baboulis said. "I'm pleased to keep her at the forefront along with Ed Dague. They work extremely well together and she's very popular here and we appreciate what she's done for us."

Keeping Kapostasy scores a victory for stability and continuity in this market. WRGB had to revamp its line- up in the wake of the Tracy Egan dismissal and WTEN has seen several staffers leave, including longtime anchor Dick Wood.

Kapostasy said the delay in signing her new contract was caused by work obligations on a number of news projects, not by any contractual difficulties or a desire to leave the area.

Kapostasy joined WNYT in June of 1981 as a political reporter, and was named weekend anchor that November. She also worked as the station's money reporter and was paired with Dague as co-anchor in September, 1987.

Asked about her on-air plans for the next three years, Kapostasy said she wants to further develop the station's concept of "live, local, late- breaking" news.

"In recent years, I've confined my reporting to 'Monday's Child' and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters, but I intend to expand," she said. "I really want to get out more and continue the concept of making the newscast as live and current as possible."

Glad you're staying, Chris.

EMMY CHAMPS: WRGB-TV, Channel 6, and statewide tele-magazine "Broadcast: New York," produced by OurTown Television in Malta, came up winners Thursday at the New York Emmy Awards.

The awards were presented in New York City.

WRGB's winner was "Letters From the Heart," a "DiNicola's World" special about the importance of letters to American soldiers during wartime.

The show aired Jan. 14, 1991, two days before America launched the air way against Iraq. It was produced and hosted by WRGB reporter Dan DiNicola, executive produced by Peter Brancato, and shot and edited by photographer Bill Van Alstyne.

"The newsroom actually cheered and applauded when we found out," said Neil Goldstein, managing editor of WRGB News.

"It goes to prove that NewsCenter 6 is number one in the Capital District for a reason. Not only do we provide the news, but we have the depth for people like DiNicola to provide interesting special reports and feature stories."

"Broadcast: New York" copped two Emmys. One was for "outstanding issues: programming/segments," for the April 13, 1991, story "Life on Trial." The story, about AIDS treatment, was produced by Paul Gallagher.

The second Emmy came in the "outstanding magazine format programming elements" category, for the Aug. 10, 1991 story "Chain of Pain," about child molestation. It was produced by Caroline Sommers.

"This answers the question everyone has been asking, which is, 'Yeah, it's great to do it in Albany and Syracuse, but can you compete in New York? '" said Steve Rosenbaum, executive producer of "Broadcast: New York."

"It's a rite of passage. I was prepared to settle for the nomination. I'm a little in shock. My knees knocked when I stood on stage."

TAKE A BOW, FOLKS: Capital District viewers can be proud. Just compare local reaction to WMHT-TV's recent fund-drive (and WAMC-FM's spring drive preceding it) to the numbers compiled by New York's WNET- TV, the big gun among public television stations in the state.

WMHT, setting a goal of $300,000, topped it by $16,250, with new members accounting for more than half of it. WNET, setting a goal of $3.2 million, fell almost $500,000 short.

Granted, the difference in goals was a mile wide, but in proportion considering their respective coverage areas. The Capital District, at least, sent a strong message to those congressional rabble-rousers who are trying to dry up government support for PBS and what they consider politically and socially slanted programming: You're out of line, boys - WAY out.

LATHERING UP: Remember back to late December, when I wrote about how I had been invited to play a cameo role on the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live" ? My moment before the cameras came two weeks ago, for a segment scheduled to air next Friday.

The full story of my soapy sojourn will appear in the SHOW section of the Sunday Times Union.

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