Articles by: Jason Sandford

Combat food reporter

Combat food reporter

“You a combat food reporter?” That’s what one busy barbecue cook asked me Saturday afternoon at the Blue Ridge Babecue Festival in Tryon after I moved in to get some closeups of him and his buddies stirring the beans and flipping the rack of ribs they had on the grill. What caught my eye was a flare-up as the fat[Read More…]

by June 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Bluff Mountain Fest

Romani says we should go check out the Bluff Mountain Festival, full of old time music, crafts and fun. It’s out in Hot Springs – you can even take a dip if you like. I’ve never been to the festival, but I love Hot Springs. And I sure remember the clear-cutting controversy that gave birth to the festival. More on[Read More…]

by June 11, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
EARTHQUAKE!!! Did it really happen?

EARTHQUAKE!!! Did it really happen?

Thank you to a reader who added more confirmation to a report Ashvegas had received that Franklin, over in Macon County, was the epicenter of a 2.6 magnitued earthquake earlier this week. The poster offered this confirmation from the USGS Web site. I haven’t heard a peep from anyone over there who might have felt even the slightest tremor. If[Read More…]

by June 11, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Sedaris at Malaprop’s

Sedaris at Malaprop’s

Over at 1000 Black Lines blog, we hear that David Sedaris is coming to Ashvegas. He’ll be visiting during a ticketed event on July 1, which is a Friday. I’d link you to Malaprop’s, but their Web site wasn’t working. The tickets, I’m sure, will go fast, even though it will probably cost you. Sedaris visited UNCA a year or[Read More…]

by June 11, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Marvin Williams, all growed up

Marvin Williams, all growed up

Marvelous Marvin was my man early on. The kid had star potential written all over him from the first day he donned a Tar Heel jersey. The freshman phenom was a key to the Tar Heels’ NCAA championship run this year. But now Marvin Williams is all growed up. He’s a top bet to be picked #1 in the upcoming[Read More…]

by June 11, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Brad and Angelina

Brad and Angelina

From their upcoming photospread in W magazine. The hottest couple on the planet right now, bar none. Please follow and like us:

by June 11, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
EARTHQUAKE!!!

EARTHQUAKE!!!

OK, maybe not. But the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis says it’s so. A magnitude 2.6 shaker hit Western North Carolina at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to this outfit. The epicenter – Franklin. This is the report generated from their

by June 11, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Kill the radio

Kill the radio

Bulldog, on radio: As ridiculous as it often is, at least you can say local TV news is entertaining. That is, if you like technical glitches, wierd characters, out-sized egos and an ever-changing cast that never sticks around long enough to have their mail forwarded. And weather readers – oh my god, I meant to say Meteorologists even though they[Read More…]

by June 11, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
WLOS: Force feeding the news

WLOS: Force feeding the news

It’s amazing how much less TV news we got today because SO much news was happening at the barbecue festival in Tryon. I didn’t pull out the stopwatch, but major portions of the 5, 5:30 and 6 broadcasts tonight were devoted to lots of bad puns and forced laughter over the Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival. Didn’t anything else happen in[Read More…]

by June 11, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Out and about with WLOSers

Out and about with WLOSers

Candice breaks out the sash My spywitness confirms that former Miss Georgia Candice Little broke out the eight-year-old sash (isn’t the crown getting a little rusty, babe?) and went back home to Hart County, Ga., to help celebrate the opening of a new automotive plant that opened up there. It was big doins down there in north Georgia. Candice gnoshed[Read More…]

by June 10, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
James and My Morning Jacket

James and My Morning Jacket

Ashvegas music correspondent McFly did Ashvegas after dark Wednesday night and filed this report: The head banging was the same, but the hair was a bit shorter. And though we could see Jim James’ face this time, we still couldnt understand most of what he was singing. But like fellow cryptographer Michael Stipe, it really doesn’t matter what James is[Read More…]

by June 10, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Jessica’s janets

Jessica’s janets

The publicity machine has already cranked up for this summer’s comic book movie The Fantastic Four. Here’s star Jessica Alba stepping out and showing off some of her talents. Her janets, and the rest of her, star in this big blockbuster as the Invisible Girl. Turns out the only thing invisible here is her blouse. Check out movie trailers here[Read More…]

by June 10, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Stephanie Miller’s politics as entertainment

Stephanie Miller’s politics as entertainment

So Stephanie Miller showed up in Ashvegas today to rile up the right wingers and give the lefties something to cheer about. The liberal talk radio show host from L.A. apparently sold out the Orange Peel this morning for her live broadcast, then hung around for a meet-and-greet at the Laughing Seed this evening. I listened to most of Miller’s[Read More…]

by June 10, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Stephanie Miller in Ashvegas

Stephanie Miller in Ashvegas

Stephanie Miller is in Ashvegas today, broadcasting live from the Orange Peel. She’s on the air right now. Tune in to 880 AM. Please follow and like us:

by June 9, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
We interrupt this program…

We interrupt this program…

Allo Big Mac eeting bourgeois swine. I have hijaked thees stupid leetle blog from zee knuckle dragging mouth breathing usual writer and will now scold you accordingly. Bow to my smelly fromage and quiver beefore my supeerior wines. I openly mock your daily batheeng habits and wish you ill. Go and eat your leetle mayonaise monkey meat sandaweech. I hate[Read More…]

by June 9, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Caldwell calling it quits

Caldwell calling it quits

It’s no secret around Ashvegas that WLOS weather legend Bob Caldwell is tossing in the weather maps and heading for retirement next year. So let’s riff a little on the Moses of the Mornings at our beloved local TV station. Caldwell’s retirement makes sense. After all, it will be four full decades next year that he’s been connected with the[Read More…]

by June 9, 2005 8 comments Asheville News
Volcano of fire

Volcano of fire

Remember Ted was telling us about that volcano in Mexico blowing when he was down there on his excellent adventure (click link below for the posts)? Well, it’s still rumbling. The media’s starting to pump up the story, calling it the “fire volcano” and using photos such as the one above, which was a time-lapse photo taken over a 4-minute[Read More…]

by June 9, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Karen Coulon: a reader request for more

Karen Coulon: a reader request for more

I had a reader requesting more information about former WLOSer Karen Coulon. I briefly mentioned her in an earlier post, but I can expound a little bit. As far as where she is now, I don’t know. Last I heard, rumor had it she was in nursing school somewhere. If anyone has more info, you can post a comment or[Read More…]

by June 8, 2005 15 comments Asheville News
Pimp my blog

Pimp my blog

I need some blog sponsor scratch, especially after reading this. In short, the Country Music Television channel is paying some dude $100,000 to blog about reruns of the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show. The job entails a bit more than that. But shoot – I wish I could get paid that kind of money to spout off about shit. As[Read More…]

by June 8, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WLOS odds and ends

WLOS odds and ends

Riddle me this Why has John “Punnyman” Le suddenly donned a suit, started doing “regular” news stories and moved from the 11 to the 6? Candy, get your gun Apparently Candice knows how to handle a gun. Candice was cute peeking out of the bushes to hit speeders with a radar gun in this evenings “Road Rebels” report. OMG, she[Read More…]

by June 8, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Again with the podcast?

Trial podcast

by June 8, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Teleprompter troubles, or just tongue-tied?

Teleprompter troubles, or just tongue-tied?

Victoria Dunkle sure had a hard time reading the news today at noon. What was going on? Dunkle is normally pretty smooth, but she sure stumbled today. Slow down, girl! Speaking of trouble reading, Scott Wickersham sometimes reads so slow that you can pick up the breaks in the words as they scroll down the Teleprompter. Scott, don’t you review[Read More…]

by June 7, 2005 4 comments Asheville News
Gold Hill to reopen

Gold Hill to reopen

Gold Hill Espresso and Fine Teas, in mourning after the death of owner/manager Alvy Alvarez, is preparing to reopen. A sign on the door says it will reopen June 20. I’m not sure who will take over the business, but as you’ve read here in earlier posts, Alvy’s suicide shocked downtown Ashvegas. It will be good to see the business[Read More…]

by June 7, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Press release apologies

Press release apologies

I’m all for apologies. When they mean something. Usually, they’re most effective when issued to the offended party as soon as possible after the offense. The more time goes by, the more an apology morphs into something else. Like a move to make the issuer of the apology feel better, rather than the person or party hurt. Or like a[Read More…]

by June 7, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

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