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By B.W. COOK | August 10, 2006
The third annual Military Mother's luncheon for Orange County military wives and mothers attracted more than 250 guests at the Anaheim Plaza Hotel. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian joined forces with Share Our Selves of Costa Mesa to host the event, billed as "Madres Militares." Rita Armendariz organized the emotional day, which included a touching surprise: One military mother enjoyed the gift of a lifetime as her son was secretly flown in for a reunion. The hotel ballroom was filled with tears and cheers.
August 31, 2006
Nightclub's 'booty shorts' are much too short "Booty shorts" are definitely too risque for a young girl at OC Platinum in a night club setting.   MARGARET DUFFEY Newport Beach KOCE is needed in Orange County Regarding Tom Johnson's Fair Game column on KOCE ("I hate to say I told you so," Friday): My preference is that KOCE should remain as is. No other competing, non-Orange County-based entity will truly care as much about, and devote the resources to, this community.
By: STEVE SMITH | August 20, 2005
If you have not already done so, I highly recommend that you read Joe Bell's column from Thursday. If necessary, find it online. It is important reading because it is a perfect example of the situational ethics supported by those to the left of the political spectrum. Bell broke the column into two, not-unrelated discussions. His opinion on the first subject, the recall of Coast Community College District trustee Armando Ruiz is one with which I agree.
January 3, 2007
The Federal Communications Commission has granted KOCE-TV a seven-year renewal of its broadcast license, the president of the Huntington Beach-based public television station said Tuesday. Mel Rogers, the president and general manager of KOCE, said the commission had awarded his station a new license even though it was aware of the channel's ongoing legal battle. The commission was closed Tuesday in honor of former President Gerald Ford, who died Dec. 26. Rogers said he didn't know how the renewed license would impact the fight over KOCE's ownership.
By Michael Miller | June 30, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — Mel Rogers sometimes thinks of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” when he looks back on the history of KOCE-TV. Not because the Frank Capra classic is a regular feature on KOCE, but because the film’s story — about a man who gets a glimpse of what his community would be like if he never existed — reminds Rogers of the impact KOCE has had on Orange County. Sometimes, he told the crowd Saturday at the PBS station’s 35th anniversary gala, he tries to imagine what the county would be like without its public television station, and he can never quite picture it. “It’s a tough thing to explain,” said Rogers, the president and chief executive of KOCE since 1997.
By B.W. Cook | June 25, 2010
An extravagant evening in Newport Beach unfolded last Saturday at The Island Hotel on behalf of KOCE-TV Public Television. The grand gala, co-chaired by Peggy Goldwater Clay and Ardelle St. George , was themed "That's Entertainment." The party certainly lived up to its title. Super-generous underwriter John Tu , chairman of Kingston Technology Corp., and his 28 - member band, known as "California Dreamin'" (with Tu on the drums ), absolutely blew away the 250 black tie-clad guests who had gathered to support KOCE-TV.
October 16, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Trustees for the Coast Community College District agreed Wednesday night to accept and pursue the KOCE-TV Foundation's bid to purchase the station's license, effectively keeping it a public broadcasting channel. The vote was 4 to 1. Supporters for Orange County's only public broadcasting station and some for Almavision Hispanic Network filled Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre for the long-awaited vote, which allows KOCE's foundation to begin negotiations to purchase the broadcast license from the Coast Community College District.
By By Michael Miller | November 12, 2005
Case marks third time a court may rule on controversial sale of county's public TV station. The battle over KOCE-TV, Orange County's only public broadcasting station, will continue in 10 days as the case returns to the courtroom. On Nov. 22, the California Fourth District Court of Appeals, Division Three, in Santa Ana will hear the cases of the Coast Community College District, the KOCE-TV Foundation and the Daystar Television Network, the three parties involved in a fight about the station.
June 28, 2005
Marisa O'Neil KOCE-TV won't see significant changes for the foreseeable future, its operators said, despite an appeals court decision last week that leaves the future of Orange County's only public broadcasting television channel in jeopardy. A state appeals court last week voided the station's sale by the Coast Community College District to the KOCE-TV Foundation, the station's fundraising arm. The decision would mean the district would have to return an $8-million deposit paid by the foundation and have the broadcasting license transferred back to its name.
September 24, 2007
KOCE-TV, Orange County?s public television channel, has announced the appointment of two new officers, with Suzanne O?Keeffe stepping in as marketing manager and Lee Ann Canaday joining the KOCE-TV Foundation?s board of directors. O?Keeffe, who most recently served as director of marketing and public relations for the Pacific Chorale in Santa Ana, has also directed a music festival promotions company and founded her own film production firm, Eluminate Films. At KOCE, she will oversee strategic planning, brand marketing and public relations campaigns.
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