EXCLUSIVE: KTLA Los Angeles entertainment guru Sam Rubin has been tapped to host the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which will air live tomorrow from 8-10 PM PT on the CW. The confirmed guest list includes just about every actor or actress who has been in season-long discussions for the Oscar nominations, which will have been revealed earlier in the morning. That 5:38 AM wake-up call always makes for a long day for the entertainment journos in town, but it will be especially daunting for Rubin, who will cover the noms announcement at 5:38 AM, do his regular shift on the KTLA Morning News and then host the station’s two-hour Critics’ Choice red carpet show before jumping onstage to host the ceremony. Scheduled presenters include Nina Dobrev, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Melissa Leo, Eva Longoria, Cory Monteith, Rob Riggle, Emmy Rossum, Ian Somerhalder, Octavia Spencer and Paul Wesley.
John Silva, who for nearly 25 years was KTLA-Los Angeles‘ chief engineer, died Wednesday night at age 92. Sam Rubin today on KTLA Morning News offered up a touching remembrance of Silva, a former Navy radar operator who was responsible for such innovations as the news helicopter (first introduced in 1958, Silva called it the “telecopter”), live news trucks and mountaintop antennas. He also engineered the first live Rose Parade broadcast. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that every television station in the world uses some form of one of John Silva’s ideas”, Rubin says. Here’s the segment, complete with great old footage (beware the autoplay):