Articles by: Jason Sandford

More on the man who wanted to steal Christmas

More on the man who wanted to steal Christmas

OK, time to break down the local TV “news” station’s story Thursday night on the Polk County man who wanted to steal Christmas. It’s a perfect example of why I despise the local infotainment machine. The 60- to 90-second report on WLOS on Thursday night’s 11 o’clock news said a local minister (I use that term loosely) had filed a[Read More…]

by July 2, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Blog bits: The preacher who tried to steal Christmas

Blog bits: The preacher who tried to steal Christmas

Bah-humbug I appreciate the local TV news for bringing me craziness like this next little ditty, but as usual, there’s no context or explanation. It was literally a 1-minute hit on the 11 o’clock the other night. According to WLOS, a “preacher” (it seems like any fat redneck with a few folding chairs can call himself a preacher around here)[Read More…]

by July 2, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Carrie, revealed again

Carrie, revealed again

Have I told you that Ashvegas Refugee rocks? Well, Ashvegas Refugee effin rocks. Ashvegas Refugee pumped my ‘nads with a little more sleuthing to sniff out Mike Bettes’ old fake Australian girlfriend, Carrie Hunter, who worked as a KISS FM radio host here in Ashvegas a few years back. The Buzz, 102.9 in Nashville, has Carrie Hunter listed as part[Read More…]

by June 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WLOS roundup: Agonizing happy talk, who rules the weather, and Le ducks a doozy

WLOS roundup: Agonizing happy talk, who rules the weather, and Le ducks a doozy

Streeeeeeeeeetching the news There were some agonizing moments at the end of the 11 Wednesday as we watched the happy talk go on and on and on. Not sure what happened. First, Stan swallowed his mic or something, then coughed it back up. Then Stan, Darcel and Cuevas sat at the desk, droning on about the weather for-seemingly-ever. Is it[Read More…]

by June 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
We got the ‘Blues

We got the ‘Blues

Actually, it’s News Blues. The website where “TV News insiders dish the dirt on America’s television newsrooms,” according to the site. So check it out. We’ve been added to their “insider” list. So keep it comin’. And thanks, Charu! Please follow and like us:

by June 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Sexy and Sedaris

Sexy and Sedaris

My spywitnesses tell me that you may spot local newspaper columnist/author Susan Reinhardt hanging with memoirist/humorist/author David Sedaris over at the Grove Park Inn on Friday. Sedaris is in town for a reading over at Malaprop’s. I’d love to be a fly on the way and listen in on their conversation. The stories those two can tell! Don’t look for[Read More…]

by June 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Charu cartoon

Charu cartoon

Thanks to Cohen for this ‘toon. Here’s the link. Please follow and like us:

by June 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Time to buy some Bobcat tix

Time to buy some Bobcat tix

I guess I’m going to have to buy some season passes to see the Bobcats play, now that two of my Tar Heels will be in Charlotte next year. Pretty cool that both Sean and Raymond will be there. And what a bonanza for Charlotte. They couldn’t have asked for better. Charlotte is already crawling with Heels fans. Bobcats tickets[Read More…]

by June 29, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
In defense of Charu (not so much)

In defense of Charu (not so much)

The reaction to GanjaGate keeps rolling in. There’s this from StonesFan: The fact that the station has ignored this story, which, to repeat, got its subject tossed into jail (!!), is an embarrassment — or, should be, to any self-respecting journalist. But most of them aren’t journalists — they’re news readers with bad pronunciation. And this from Ashvegas Refugee: Michelle,If[Read More…]

by June 28, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Feeback

Feeback

More of what you said has been posted on the “What you said” page. Check it out. Good stuff. You can post comments, you can send me an e-mail, or you can write me the old-fashioned way at: Ashvegas P.O. Box 16561 Asheville NC 28816 Please follow and like us:

by June 28, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Radio host revealed

Radio host revealed

Thanks to everyone who wrote me to tell me that Carrie Hunter was the former KISS FM radio personality. It was the “Chuck and Carrie Show” that they did in the morning, one poster said. Now I remember! Thanks. Carrie had a really bad fake Australian accent, but apparently the good ol’ boys loved it, so they played it up[Read More…]

by June 28, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Weather poll

Weather poll

Thank you to a loyal reader, who wanted to know the results of our recent weather talent poll. (You can view the results of a poll when you vote, by the way.) We asked who you thought was best. Here are the results: Cuevas – 14 Caldwell – 8 Bettes – 8 Barberie (the ringer) – 8 Norwood – 2[Read More…]

by June 28, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
In defense of Charu

In defense of Charu

This from poster who signed in as Michelle Gifford: Some people are so darn quick to judge things they do not know or understand. I know Charu and worked with her on a daily basis as her photographer. I think the world of her and would stand up for her integrity and her ethics! People want the truth…lets not forget,[Read More…]

by June 28, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Whatever happened to…

Blog bits: Whatever happened to…

Mike Bettes. Bettes was a decent weather guy for WLOS a couple of years ago. He wore excellently tailored suits. He didn’t over-hype the weather. He bored us with his bike-riding. But Bettes seemed like a decent guy. Until he got wrapped up with his fake Australian girlfriend. She was a KISS Country radio personality, and I can’t for the[Read More…]

by June 27, 2005 8 comments Asheville News
Draft ’em: Marvin, Raymond, Rashad and May

Draft ’em: Marvin, Raymond, Rashad and May

NBA draft time is almost here. Should be fun to watch and see how the next generation performs. Will they stand up to the other Carolina greats who have come before? Meanwhile, I hope ol’ Roy is working hard to be prepared when things crank up again this fall. Please follow and like us:

by June 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Got ink-stained fingers?

Got ink-stained fingers?

Do you cherish the written word? If so, Scott McLeod wants you writing for him. McLeod, the editor at the Smoky Mountain News in Waynesville, is looking for some new, ink-stained blood to liven up his pages. He wrote a nice column about his search. McLeod has had some very good writers grace his pages. They infuse his weekly tab[Read More…]

by June 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: A station reacts

GanjaGate: A station reacts

The local TV news station had little to say tonight at 6 on GanjaGate. Nothing to say, to be exact. Still, you could read the reaction on the news readers’ faces if you looked closely. 1. Holly Headache’s reaction to Charu’s story. (Ouch) 2. Candy Little’s reaction. (Asleep) 3. Julie Wunderful’s reaction. (Clueless) Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Charu’s reefer madness

Charu’s reefer madness

When will WLOS acknowledge what’s been happening with Charu and her story on the medical marijuana guy? When will WLOS install an ethics policy, and enforce it? When will DA Ron Moore make a decision on whether or not to prosecute the local TV station for its role in the marijuana story? The wait continues. Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Susan Reinhardt gets some pub

Susan Reinhardt gets some pub

I keep seeing Ashvegas Citizen-Times columnist Susan Reinhardt’s new book at Barnes & Noble. I hear her on the radio talking about her new book. Here’s another little story to keep the pub machine going. Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
The ‘Punnyman’ at work

The ‘Punnyman’ at work

1. John Le. 2. John Le on puns. 3. What I’d like to do to one of John Le’s scripts. Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate page

GanjaGate page

I’ve added a GanjaGate page to help you keep up with all the posts. Click on “GanjaGate” on the left, and you’ll see all the blog posts, ordered from first to last. Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: More of what you said

GanjaGate: More of what you said

Comments keep rolling in on GanjaGate. Romani has this: I grew up in an city where there was a local affiliate for each network, those stations wouldn’t have tried to pull something like this because they knew the other two would be all over it. I’ve said all along that if WLOS had ANY local competition, their news broadcasts wouldn’t[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: Transcript, pt. 6 – Manipulating the news

GanjaGate: Transcript, pt. 6 – Manipulating the news

Here is Charu dancing around questions about promising her source that she would conceal his identity when it came to smoking the pot she asked him to smoke for her story: Q And did you indicate to him that his neither his identity, that is his name or his face would be shown on the broadcast if he did that?[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

GanjaGate: Transcript pt. 5: Asking a source to break the law

Here’s the part of the transcript where Charu admits to asking the source to break the law for her. She’s being cross-examined by the alleged pot smoker’s defense attorney, Charles Brewer. I really don’t know how much more clearcut this case can be, people. Q Okay. And what we saw on the actual broadcast, what portion of that was from[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

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