Articles by: Jason Sandford

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.

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

We interrupt this program…

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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
A peek at underground Ashvegas

A peek at underground Ashvegas

Underground Ashvegas is always a bubbling cauldron of creativity. Here’s a sample: Pirate Radio As other local bloggers have noted, Free Radio Asheville freestylists of the airwaves continue to defy the federal government and rock onward. Listen to them here. Despite a couple of high-profile run-ins with the Federal Communications Commission, the crew has been able to remain distinctly low-profile,[Read More…]

by June 5, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
The Ashvegas brewing scene – an update

The Ashvegas brewing scene – an update

The Beer Guy had a good look here at the local brew pub scene. There’s all kinds of new action, and new tasting rooms, opening up around town. Look for more about these spots coming up. Speaking of beer, does anyone know if the bill in the General Assembly to remove the state’s cap on the alcohol content of beer[Read More…]

by June 5, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
The return of Leni Sitnick?

The return of Leni Sitnick?

Rumors are flying that Leni Sitnick, former Ashvegas mayor, is thinking about running again this year. It wasn’t that long ago that Sitnick, big hair and all, put her own stamp on the city. It won’t soon be forgotten. (Another likely council candidate: Dwight Butner, owner of Vicenzo’s, the downtown bistro, and an active member of a downtown restaurant owners[Read More…]

by June 5, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Water wars: The clock is ticking

Water wars: The clock is ticking

Ashvegas council members were seen pow-wowing with mountain lawmakers this morning at the Cornerstone restaurant in a last ditch attempt to avoid the unavoidable. Council members were no doubt responding to reports (here and here) that lawmakers are continuing down a path of no return, as far as council is concerned. Those reports explain how state lawmakers are thinking about[Read More…]

by June 5, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Water wars: You make the call

Water wars: You make the call

A few weeks ago, mountain lawmakers sponsored legislation (two bills) in the N.C. House that would determine the fate of how Ashvegas water is handled. They stepped in because for more than a year, Ashvegas council and the Buncombe commish have been unable to reach a new agreement to replace the one that ends at the end of this month.[Read More…]

by June 4, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Riddle me this

Blog bits: Riddle me this

Bulldog says… If Myrtle Beach is the Redneck Riviera, then surely Gatlinburg must be the Robbinsville Riviera. Everybody goes there to get married if the bride is old enough to cross state lines. Also, ‘Dog’s got this on car dealers: Why do car dealers seem to believe that if they do their own commercials and show their kids and their[Read More…]

by June 4, 2005 6 comments Asheville News
Paris, pass the ketchup

Paris, pass the ketchup

Paris Hilton is a non-entity to me, so when I saw these photos from her new ad campaign, I yawned and moved on. She doesn’t affect me life at all. She has reached the pinnacle of celebrityhood – always on the A-list for doing absolutely nothing. The TV ad, which you can see here and is coming to a television[Read More…]

by June 4, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Charu and the Chippendales; Le the EmCee

Charu and the Chippendales; Le the EmCee

Cherub Charu led off the 11 o’clock with a report titled “Chippendals Controversy.” According to Charu, the Chippendales are bringing their beefcake to Ashvegas for the first time ever, and it’s creating a ruckus. (I wonder about that claim – you’re sure they’ve never been here before?) I’m also stuck on the controversy part. According to Charu’s own report, everyone[Read More…]

by June 3, 2005 13 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: An assortment

Blog bits: An assortment

Bulldog on barbecue Here’s more on Bulldog’s take on the Great Barbecue Debate: Interesting debate on the merits of Eastern vs. Western barbecue. But what it comes down to is that either style beats hell out of tofu. Now, don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t deny anyone the right to eat vegetables as a sole source of food. If you want to[Read More…]

by June 2, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
*Darcel’s son* corrects the record

*Darcel’s son* corrects the record

A poster who signed themselves Darcel’s son writes Ashvegas to inform us that we won’t have to wait until November for more sweeps sensationalism from our local infotainment folks – there’s a sweeps period coming up in July. Darcel’s son also gives us other important information – Darcel has a weave, not a wig. A while back, Ashvegas made a[Read More…]

by June 2, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Volcano!

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Volcano!

Who knew there were active volcanoes in Mexico? Ted, freshly back from his excellent adventure, says “this little number is a couple of hours south of Lake Chapala,” where he visited for the month of May. It’s in the same Mexican state, Jolisco. He said he talked about going down to check it out, but didn’t make it. Probably a[Read More…]

by June 2, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Sweeps: A May review

Sweeps: A May review

Well folks, sweeps is just about in the books. It’s been quite a month for our local news readers. Let’s look back at the May that was, and hand out a few roses and rocks for the entertainment they brought to us through the ol’ boob tube: Roses for Russ Russ scored the hottest story of the month when he[Read More…]

by June 1, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
‘I can’t stand the rain…’

‘I can’t stand the rain…’

Local TV weather news goddess Julie Wunder continued to bang away at the notion that this “unstable weather pattern” we’ve been having lately is going to lead to rain sooner or later. I guess she’s right. If you say it’s going to rain long enough, I guess it will. The problem is, the local TV news weather readers have been[Read More…]

by June 1, 2005 0 comments Asheville News