‘Vegas 24-7’ starts shooting this week

Discovery Channel crews arrive in Las Vegas this week to start shooting “Vegas 24-7,” a reality show pilot revolving around City Hall’s cast of characters. It takes a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s official TV channel, KCLV Channel 2.

The City Council voted 4-3 in August to let the Discovery project peek at the daily routines of Mayor Carolyn Goodman and the City Council and their Channel 2-related dealings.

The Discovery Channel has come up with some “hip surprises” for Channel 2 programming, I’m told.

It has not been determined whether former Mayor Oscar Goodman will have a role, but the words camera-shy have rarely appeared in the same sentence with Hizzoner.

The city would receive $5,000 per episode.

Other media notes

Al Bernstein, a longtime sports radio host and Las Vegas-based boxing commentator, has become one of the highest-profile critics of UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice.

Bernstein has taken to Twitter on numerous occasions to air his unhappiness with the underachieving Rebels.

“This is the 1st team that is virtually all Dave Rice’s. He recruited them, has coached them and has ownership of this bad situation,” Bernstein tweeted after the Rebels’ 74-71 loss to rival University of Nevada-Reno.

“As (a) UNLV fan (I’m) trying not to overreact to 2nd straight conference loss at home, but actually it’s a very big deal — 6th loss in season. … I have said from the beginning that he is in over his head. Feel bad saying it. I feel that’s the case.” …

Melanie and Zach, the morning team at KSNE-FM (Sunny 106.5), were let go last week. The pair had teamed up in September 2011. A morning radio personality for more than two decades, Melanie joined KSNE, Clear Channel’s adult contemporary station, more than a decade ago. …

Sports talk host J.T. the Brick has new hours on his national show, syndicated on the 250-station Fox Sports Radio Network. Starting last Monday, he and co-host Tom Looney switched to the coveted West Coast drive time hours of 3-7 p.m. after more than a decade in the 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. slot. The show airs locally on KMZQ Fox Sports Radio 670.

The ex-stockbroker, whose given name is John Tournour, has been doing the late night shift for 12 years for Fox. He started his radio career in 1996 on Sports Fan Radio in Las Vegas and moved back here in 2009 from Los Angeles.

“It’s a great city to originate a national show,” he said, “because there’s so much action and energy in this town.” …

Former R-J colleague Jeremy Pond has been named director of communications of James Grant Sports. Pond, who was a PR manager for Wynn Las Vegas and Encore nightclubs, will oversee all PR and media for clients. JGS handles management and professional services for clients in sports, music and entertainment.

Pond has been handling PR for soccer star Jozy Altidore for several years. …

Former Review-Journal sportswriter John Henderson, who covered UNLV basketball for much of the 1980s, has left the Denver Post after 24 years and moved to Rome last week.

An avid traveler, Henderson, 57, is retiring to write a travel and food blog (thedogearedpassport.com).

He took a lot of guff from boosters during UNLV basketball’s glory years.

“It was,” he said in an email, “like being in the eye of a hurricane: brief moments of calm interrupted vicious storms by fans.”

His apartment was trashed, signs ripped him at home games, and a booster luncheon turned ugly after he took the university to task for bringing in the troubled Lloyd Daniels.


“Morals are a killer. I just turned down $1,000,000 endorsement.” — Rick Harrison of “Pawn Stars.”


Supermodel Tyra Banks, doing a “Top Model”-like photo shoot backstage with Veronic DiCaire and her dancers after Friday’s show at Bally’s. … Mike Tyson, working with the Las Vegas Police Athletic League Kids Boxing Program on Saturday at the Richard Steele gym in North Las Vegas. … Justin Bieber spent Monday and Tuesday at the Hard Rock Hotel with his father, Jeremy, manager John Shahidi and rapper Xavier “Lil Za” Smith. Back in California, the Biebs was back in the headlines after a neighbor told authorities Bieber egged the man’s home.


“It’s getting warmer. The polar vortex that put the country into a deep freeze is now headed up north to Canada. Finally, payback for giving us Justin Bieber.” — Jay Leno

Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at norm@reviewjournal.com. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke. “Norm Clarke’s Vegas,” airs Thursdays on the “Morning Blend” on KTNV-TV, Channel 13.