Trustee, Heartland Regional Chapter
Blaine Howerton is an award winning program creator and producer and news photojournalist. His mission is to produce compelling stories, and to provide a vehicle for award winning production. How he’s gone about achieving this mission has taken many forms over the years.
From his beginnings as a news stringer covering the Four Corners region, to his stints as award-winning news photographer, live truck engineer and Technical Operations Manager, to his recent National Telly Awards as a Production Manager creating quality local programming, Howerton continues to find ways to tell stories.
He now brings more than 15 years experience in the television industry, and more than 10 years as a photojournalist, to a newly formed documentary and event production company called YGHDtv (April 2009). As co-owner, Howerton partners with his wife (an award-winning former television reporter) and a Chief Editor to provide high-quality production services to clients in the Rocky Mountain Region. YGHDtv is expanding its offerings by building a multi-camera, High Definition mobile production suite. This mobile suite will be used to produce live television events, live large screen (jumbotron), event production and Internet broadcasting.
The television bug bit Howerton early on. And, no matter how he tried to shake it, it stuck with him. While still in college, he set a passion-driven goal of becoming a forest ranger aside to go to work for a small television news station out of Farmington, New Mexico. As a news stringer, he covered news in the Four Corners Region (ranging from breaking news to the small community event). Howerton had discovered his love for story telling.
As a student pursuing a degree in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, he led the Campus Television station to several student Emmy awards. From there he went to work for KOAA television in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Colorado Broadcaster’s Association recognized his work as a news reporter/photographer.
It was his experience in Salt Lake City, Utah that pushed his skills to the next level. Not only was Howerton a news photojournalist, but also he engineered a microwave live truck for the evening news. After countless ENG live shots and thousands of hours of news coverage, the Utah Broadcaster’s Association honored him for his work in Breaking News. The hard work paid off. Howerton got the opportunity to work in his hometown of Denver, Colorado.
He was part of the start up team for KDVR Fox 31 in Denver. The launch of the 9 o’clock newscast for this Fox Owned and Operated station was the most successful in company history. After a 10-year news career, it was at KDVR where Howerton chose a different path. He was entrusted with the responsibility of starting the station’s first Commercial Production Department. Later, he held positions in middle management as Technical Operations Manager overseeing a staff of 31 people (responsible for all news production and Master Control Operations).
Howerton left KDVR in 2006 to pursue an opportunity to create quality local programming. KWHD, a small independent television station hired Howerton as their Production Manager. Howerton was challenged to bring a non-existent production arm of a failing station back to life. In two short years, he successfully re-built production operations, re-designed a production truck, and re-vamped a 10,000 square foot studio.
He never let his love for story-telling fall by the wayside. As Production Manager, Howerton created and launched more than 10 original television shows. These shows earned national recognition, receiving two National Telly Awards in 2009. The station’s teen show, Keeping It Real (keepingitrealcolorado.com) and gardening show called Get The Dirt (getthedirtcolorado.com) were honored in the Information and Student categories.
During his time at KWHD, Howerton created a niche for large screen music festival Video Production. He formed a team, placing video on jumbo screens at more than 80 festivals and performances over 2 years. In only 2 years, his team provided video services for more than 100,000 people at regional festivals.