Articles by: Jason Sandford

TV news readers: from Ashvegas to Vegas

TV news readers: from Ashvegas to Vegas

As you now, we enjoy watching local TV newsreaders. But we have to admit we were a little surprised to see a familiar face on local Las Vegas television news while we were there. As far as we can tell, Andy Gobeil was named morning anchor at KVVU Fox5 in February. Here’s his little bio, where there’s no mention of[Read More…]

by July 24, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
What I won in Vegas

What I won in Vegas

This says it all:

by July 24, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
What happens in Vegas, stays in… oh, hell no

What happens in Vegas, stays in… oh, hell no

The clever Las Vegas advertising campaign tempts you to come and play and let your hair down, do things you’d never do at home, then leave and go back to your pedestrian life. It’s a temptation to walk on the wild side, only these days in Vegas, that’s all just a show, like everything else in the desert city. We[Read More…]

by July 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
It’s still all about the weather

It’s still all about the weather

It’s still all about the weather with the local TV news station – some things just never change. Why is it all about the weather? Because WLOS is lazy, and the easiest story in the world to do is a weather story. Stick a camera out the window and – presto – you’ve got video. If you’ve got video, you’ve[Read More…]

by July 23, 2005 4 comments Asheville News
Back from the edge

Back from the edge

I know you all missed us – and some of you were probably secretly wishing Ashvegas wouldn’t come back – but here we are. The folks here at Ashvegas didn’t do as good a job holding down the fort with regular posts as I had hoped. So things have been a little slow this past week. But no more. We’ve[Read More…]

by July 23, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Ashvegas from Vegas

Hey y’all. This is Ashvegas2 coming to you from Las Vegas. While Ashvegas1 is holding it down in the cool, green mountains, I’m living la vida loca here in Vegas. Haven’t hit any millions. Have sweated like a pig. Temps have been setting incredible records. It was 116 when I arrived, and the AC had broken down in the Vegas[Read More…]

by July 19, 2005 1 comment Asheville News

What’s in the news…

… Here’s a roundup of a few tidbits I’ve collected while surfing: Police and porn The State Bureau of Investigation is checking out Mitchell County’s web site after someone found porn links on it. Sounds like interesting news, but the Mitchell County newspaper kissed it off as one paragraph at the end of a recent story. Here’s a piece: (County[Read More…]

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
The news is on the forehead

The news is on the forehead

It’s incredible how local TV news readers can emote with their foreheads. Check this out: Lined forehead: This is Holly delivering bad news – someone is dead. Slightly crinkled forehead: This is Candice telling us Iraq news – she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. No forehead: Darcel’s weave hides it, so she must lean into the camera to get[Read More…]

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Air guitar champ

Air guitar champ

Our Ashvegas air guitarist didn’t win the U.S. Air Guitar championships this past week. Charlie “American Breeder” Wilson gave it his best, but in the end it was Fatima “Rockness Monster” Hoang who took the big prize and will be competiting in Finland for the world title. Oh, well. There’s always next year.

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Babe-a-star Gallactica off to a good start

Babe-a-star Gallactica off to a good start

Babe-a-Star Gallactica’s third season is off to a good start. Did you all catch the season premiere on Friday? I got hooked last week when NBC ran the season 2 finale to hype the start of the new run. The finale was great, the aliens were scary and the Victoria’s Secret models looked good in their space suits. (Grace Park[Read More…]

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
West Asheville makes Harry Potter history

West Asheville makes Harry Potter history

Yes, all roads do in fact lead to Ashvegas. Check out this story about how the West Asheville library landed a signed copy of the latest Harry Potter book. Pretty cool. Here’s the story. By the way, this photo shows the reason why all these rabid Potter fans can creep people out. Librarians are kind of freaky-deaky, any way.

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Breaking news has you talking

Breaking news has you talking

There’s much more of what you had to say about breaking news, and plenty more. Catnap, for example, has an interesting story of how a Jay Seltzer story about barbecue grill’s and charcoal ruined his vacation. Check it out by clicking on the “What you said” button on the left. Remember – you can leave a post by clicking the[Read More…]

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Pimp my ride, in West Asheville

Pimp my ride, in West Asheville

I chilled with my West Asheville homies a couple of days ago and it was cool. There’s a relatively new auto shop on Haywood Road that I’ve noticed, and when I saw a grafitti artist painting a mural on the shop’s wall, I had to stop. Juan from Atlanta was the artist, doing some neat work. The shop owner, who[Read More…]

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Oompah-loompah Le

Oompah-loompah Le

John “Punnyman” Le was having tons of pun with his riff on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” the other night on the news. This was his story – first, he interviewed a downtown Ashvegas chocolatier; then he stuffed his face full of chocolate; then he threw in some video clips from the new movie. It made no sense at all.[Read More…]

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Eva and the Emmys

Eva and the Emmys

Desperate Housewives racked up during this past week’s Emmy nominations. Now Eva will make us watch.

by July 17, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Rudolph meets his fate

Rudolph meets his fate

Eric Rudolph will finally meet his fate on Monday, when he is sentenced after pleading guilty to four bombing attacks, including the Olympics bombing at Centennial Park in Atlanta. Where does this leave us? I can tell you that I was disappointed earlier this year that we didn’t get the full trial proceedings, that Rudolph punked out and pleaded guilty.[Read More…]

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
More on breaking news

More on breaking news

Here are a couple of comments from you, my loyal readers, about my post regarding the fake “breaking news” on WLOS. What really galled me was the “the story we first reported yesterday” phrase, or something similar, that the news readers add into their scripts to try and make it sound like they broke the news or have a report[Read More…]

by July 17, 2005 4 comments Asheville News
WLOS roundup: when bugs attack

WLOS roundup: when bugs attack

When bugs attack I hope you guys were watching the 5 on Friday, because it was frickin’ high-larious. Here’s what happenend. Jay Seltzer led off with a tease from the dramatic scene of the Transylvania County landslide from the night before. You know, the landslide that knocked one trailer off its cinderblocks. Yeah, that one. So Seltzer is standing there,[Read More…]

by July 17, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Cranking up the babe quotient

Cranking up the babe quotient

You can’t go wrong with Carmen.

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
First and long for Shuler

First and long for Shuler

Rumors are running hot and heavy that Heath Shuler will make it official next week and declare his candidacy as a Democrat running to unseat congressman-for-life U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor. Forget the rumors. He’s running. Here’s what it means. Democrats are drooling at the prospects of Shuler, a smooth, well-spoken guy with street cred, star power and enough mountain charm[Read More…]

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas

“Las Vegas,” a hot TV show with a hot star. We’re Vegas, too, so we figured we should post a couple of pics of Vanessa Marcil.

by July 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
On trial: Cameron’s janets

On trial: Cameron’s janets

Y’all are following this trial, right?

by July 17, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Bettes petition catches fire

Bettes petition catches fire

Our Bring Back Bettes petition has really riled some of you up. Here’s some of the fun: White Lightnin’ Best. Sign. Ever. Almost choked on my Chocolate Lucky Charms cereal when I saw that on the site this morning. Too freakin’ funny. KA-BOOM! rumble, rumble, rumble… Lightnin’ has spoken! PS- Did you know they made Chocolate Lucky Charms cereal? Man,[Read More…]

by July 15, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
On breaking news

On breaking news

We enjoyed this response to our post on the Wednesday dailies noting that the local TV news is telling us how “we first told you”… moron detector sent this in: You’re a moron. As per usual. “We first told you” means that is when WE first told you. It reminds viewers this is not the first time we’ve reported on[Read More…]

by July 15, 2005 3 comments Asheville News