The Orange County Register's longtime radio writer and an active member of Southern California media, Gary Lycan, died in his sleep on Tuesday, April 9th the paper reported. Lycan had prostate cancer in recent years. His final column for the Register ran just the previous Saturday. Gary's passing has been mourned by all who knew him. Besides writing and reporting Gary was a radio producer and active in all media circles, especially the Media Alliance where he helped write the first televised Newprt Beach Film Festival Awards Show. OC Film Commissioner, Janice Arrington said, "Gary was extraordinary and always a positive force, helping everyone and sharing information and news. He was a lovely man—and will stay in our hearts."
There's a nice tribute posted at the Forgotten Hollywood website by friend and collaborator Manny Pacheco. He wrote:
This is the most difficult blog story I have ever written…My dear, dear friend Gary Lycan has passed on. Part of the fabric of Southern California, he was the award-winning radio columnist of the Orange County Register since his initial assignment in 1968. Gary was also my cherished co-host on Forgotten Hollywood, a weekly radio program that airs on the Financial News and Radio Network. And, he wrote the Foreword and Introduction, to my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series.
Though, we’ve been like brothers working on the Forgotten Hollywood franchise for these past 4 1/2 years, I’m smart enough to know that he had a really keen friendship with every Southern California broadcaster who has cracked a microphone during the Golden Age of Format-Radio. He was inspired by the disc jockeys, radio personalities, and news-related folks who worked at KFWB, KRLA, and KHJ back in the 1960s. He wanted desperately to join this fraternity. But, his unparalleled talent lay in the written, not spoken, word. Through his weekly radio column, he became an elder statesmen of this so-called fraternity. Orange County folks learned about the business of broadcasting in a digestible, easy-to-read, and friendly way, which made his readers feel that we were all part of the inner circle. Never to rest on his laurels, Gary Lycan also had longtime allies who fought for animal rights (a particular passion of his), and ultimately, the Golden Age of Hollywood community. During one of our programs, he secured an interview for us with the legendary Debbie Reynolds.
Last May, Lycan wrote in the Register that he had advanced prostate cancer and had discovered that one of his caregivers was an athlete he profiled for the student newspaper at Santa Ana High School 50 years earlier.Gary Lycan was 68. He will be missed by not only his many friends but all media professionals in Southern California. Perhaps the impact of his death was best captured by VoiceOver artist, Travis: "We, and everyone else in Southern California media, have lost someone who has served our industry in ways few others have."
We all know you can spend days at the annual NAB conference and still not see it all. It's the digital media Industry's core event with the newest on technology, equipment, software, content creation and distribution—and a lot more. MCA-I has four of our members who will report back on all the industry trends, events and developments so you don't have to miss a thing! This way, if you go to NAB in Las Vegas you can hit all the parties and still get the new information crucial to your business! Of course, if you're one of the many who can't spare a few days to go to Sin City, you really can't afford to miss our April MCA-I meeting on the 17th!
Among the many industry events at this year's NAB convention in Las Vegas is the MCA-I Leadership Conference and the MCA-I Media Festival, known to many as the Golden reel Awards. In and around the convention, MCA-i chapter leaders and members from all over the country will be gathering for a MediaProCamp as well as meeting to determine the direction of the 40-plus year old organization. Of Course, the judging for the Golden reel Awards has been completed but winners will be announced at a special red-carpet presentation screening on Tuesday evening at Harrah's. If you're going to be at NAB don't miss the fun!
Videographer and editor, John Primm, a long-time member of MCA-I and proprietor of DV Post in Santa Ana, www.dvpostvideo.com proudly announced his involvement in a new feature film, We've Got Balls . "While the title sounds gross, it is a G-rated film," said Primm before adding, "It's really funny."
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) http://www.fbla.org for high schoolers and its college division, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is holding its annual conference in late June at the Anaheim Convention Center. They're looking for professionals from every industry to volunteer as judges. If you can donate six hours in either a morning or afternoon session contact them at
MCAI's popular signature event for professionals from every area of media comes to OC for the 5th consecutive year. (see the video here) and learn about past MediaProCamps. Again sponsored by Panasonic Solutions Company and booked for Santa Ana College's Digital Media Center on Bristol, the event is a series of collaborative roundtables in which media pros brainstorm solutions to common problems by sharing their experiences, knowledge, perspectives and wisdom. Thanks to sponsors like Panasonic, the event is FREE and includes lunch.
We hold the election for new officers and board members every June. It's very rewarding to serve your fellow members as well as the extended media community… and with the wonderful people involved, the little work we do seems like fun! Want to give back? Step up and volunteer! Email our chapter President, Brian Page
Emails have been flying about with fond memories and condolences about the recent death of Gordan Cantowine.
Always an entrepreneur, Gordan ran Monitor Video Production Services in Huntington Beach for many years. Over the decades, Gordan made many friends in the industry and was an active member in ITVA, the original name MCA-i. His son, Tom, said that Gordon proudly displayed his ITVA plaque of recognition in his home office.
Last year our scholarship fund raised and donated over $7,000 in products, services and cash to help struggling VO artists. Now, to raise money for the 2013 fund, which is co-sponsored by the MCA-I, VO Peeps founder, Anne Ganguzza is raffling off a spot in Beverly Bremers Voicercise class!
Encore Directory, the premier “find-everything-and-everybody” tool for working media pros in OC and San Diego since 1998 is back in publication as an all-online service. Now, paid-up members of MCA-I can get a special discount: Buy any ad and get a “Featured Listing,” FREE!
Check the MCA-i LA/OC Chapter's website regularly for details on these future meetings:
NB: MCAI holds a regular monthly meeting on the THIRD Wednesday of each month... with onlly rare exceptions.
No matter how small your media business, you need the protection of a good insurance package. MCAI has partnered with Buell Insurance to provide members with insurance packages customized for the entertainment and media production industry.
Buell works with CNA, one of the most trusted names in the business. Policies are competitively priced, and Buell offers prompt response to your insurance questions. A quote can be provided usually within 48 hours of submitting an easy on-line application. If you are a member of MCAI check out the production insurance link here. If not, Join MCAI now!
MCA-i has partnered with Association Health Programs to bring members an exclusive health program. Due to this relationship, MCA-I is pooled with over 300 national associations (2.5 million members), which allows us the opportunity to provide A-rated insurance companies, knowledge of products, rate stability, buying power, and hands on service otherwise not available.
4th Wednesday Breakfast Each MonthGreat people, good conversation and a delicious breakfast. All good reasons for coming to our monthly breakfast meeting on the fourth Wednesday of this month. Join us at 7:30 AM at Denny's in Tustin. This restaurant, home of the legendary "Grand Slam," is immediately adjacent to the 5 Fwy at the Red Hill Exit. It's about a half block east of Red Hill on El Camino Real.
Your volunteer Board of Directors for the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Currently, board meetings are held at Santa Ana College's Digital Media Center on Bristol Street We start at 6:00 PM and solve the problems of the world -- along with setting the direction for our organizations' activities. Everyone is welcome! So come and help us serve our fellow members, the broader media community and our community at large! Your two cents are worth a million to us!
Then be sure to come to our chapter meeting open to all media professionals and students--generally held on the third Wednesday of the month at various locations.
For the second year, the Panasonic Solutions Company is making these iconic events possible. Starting on March 24th with the first event in San Diego, Panasonic is supporting media professionals with its involvement in MCA-I’s MediaProCamp. The popularity of the event has grown the series to a total of six this year.
Previously, Panasonic has given attendees sneak previews of new products such as the groundbreaking AG-3DP1, a 3D integrated twin-lens P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder, and the Panasonic AG-AF100 featuring a large 4/3-inch, 16:9 MOS imager with an imaging area just slightly smaller than 35mm cinema film
.This year, MediaProCamp Events will be held in San Diego, Orange County, St Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, and Central Carolina, reaching ever more media pros. For more on MCA-i's MediaProCamp go to the pulldodwn menue on the front page of our Chapters website, www.mcai-oc.org