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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

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
GanjaGate: Transcript, pt. 4 – The lowly intern

GanjaGate: Transcript, pt. 4 – The lowly intern

Here’s more from the transcript of the federal court hearing involving Charu and the local TV news station. This is Steven William Ward’s defense attorney, Charles Brewer, cross-examining her on the stand. The hearing was to consider weather Ward’s bond should be revoked for smoking pot for a WLOS stroy. Interns get no respect. Q Do you remember the date[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Stickers, stamps and more

Stickers, stamps and more

Got a funny newsclipping or a neat photo to share? Want to drop a dime with a juicy tidbit? You can now write Ashvegas the old fashioned way at the following address: Ashvegas P.O. Box 16561 Asheville NC 28816 Remember, you can click on the “e-mail” button on the left to send me a note. Or you can click at[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Honda Hoot, please come back

Honda Hoot, please come back

The Honda Hoot just wrapped up over in Knoxville, and it makes us here at Ashvegas long for the days when the Hoot would hit town. My spywitnesses tell me that Charlie Keller, the director of the Hoot, recently met with Mayor Charles Worley to talk. Worley obviously wants the Hooters back. No report on whether any progress was made.[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

GanjaGate: Rehashing what we know for those of you who are ethically challenged

Let’s review, because everyone calling themselves “wlos insider” or something similar sees no wrong in the Charu medical marijuana story, while everyone else does. Charu does a story on medical marijuana. Charu interviews Steven William Ward as her one main source. Charu reports that Ward suffers from multiple sclerosis. Charu does not report that Ward has been convicted in federal[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 4 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: The transcript, pt. 3 – Charu gets questioned

GanjaGate: The transcript, pt. 3 – Charu gets questioned

Here’s the direct questioning of Charu by the federal prosecutor (typos are part of the transcript): Q Ma’am, would you state your name and spell your first and last names for the record. A Charu Kumarhia. C-H-A-R-U, last name, K-U-M-A-R-H-I-A. Q And how are you employed, ma’am? A I work with WLOS Sinclair Broadcasting. Q How long have you been[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Diction for Darcel

Diction for Darcel

At the behest of a loyal reader, who suggested I try some screen capture technology to better bring you images to go with my posts, I bring you this. Ashvegas Refugee, what do you think? Say it with me, Darcel: encourage. Encourage. Not “en-carriage.” Encourage. Hurricane. Repeat after me. Hurricane. Not “harri-cane.” Hurricane.

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
No more Jar-Jar, please

No more Jar-Jar, please

Scottie-too-Hottie, please don’t give me any more Jar-Jar Binks impressions. I’m begging you. Scott and Darcel made quite the team Friday night. Scott, keep buttering her up with comments like the one the other night, about how there aren’t many celebrities that look as good as Diva Darcel and all. She ate that shit up.

by June 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: Will it be prosecuted?

GanjaGate: Will it be prosecuted?

Big questions remain: will WLOS acknowledge this story by reporting on themselves, as so many other responsible media outlets do? As far as I could see at 6 tonight, they let another opportunity slip by. The other question: Will Charu be prosecuted? Here’s the newspaper story again: Federal prosecutors Friday reviewed a court transcript in which a WLOS-TV reporter (Cherub[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
More GanjaGate reaction rolls in

More GanjaGate reaction rolls in

insider says: – I think its very unfair to group everyone at the station into this because of charu…Everyone knows she’s been doing things like this since she got here..factual errors, overexagerating stories, promising not to show something and doing it anyway..things other reporters have been cleaning up after her for years and she never gets in trouble by management…Too[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News