Spot news, weathercasts, radio rabbi highlight roundup


Up, down and 'round the remote:

Spectacular story, that plane crash. Stations cut into regular programming for the right news last week, extended "team coverage" justified. But it's easy to eventually feel battered by breathless, relentless reporting, so it was a relief when KVBC-TV, Channel 3 veered away for NFL coverage as others plowed on.

Beyond averting angry calls a pre-emption would've triggered, it was a reminder that sensational spot news -- unlike an ongoing drama such as a hostage situation or severe weather that affects everyone -- has its voyeuristic limits.

So thank you, 3. ...

Back in June, Vegas PBS challenged our global awareness by putting PBS Worldview on Cox Cable Channel 114. Unhindered by ideological constraints, with news, sports and entertainment in English or English subtitles, it offers everything from everywhere: "Russia Today," "My India," "This is Beijing," "Dateline Punjab," "Asian Variety Show," "France 24 News" and "Muslim Girl Magazine," among numerous programs.

Worldview is appealing to local immigrants and catnip to foreign travelers in our fair Sin City. But as viewers of PBS' big-tent cultural choices are steadily siphoned off by niche cable (and this country continues its buzz-off attitude toward other nations, at least until we elect a new president), is Worldview a welcome view here? Well, try it. If Russian news doesn't rock you, those Bollywood flicks are rather entertaining. And while we're on an international vibe ...

A reader suggestion regarding weathercasts and foreign visitors to Vegas: "Wouldn't it be helpful to them if the temperature was posted in degrees Celsius in addition to degrees Fahrenheit?" Not a bad notion. It certainly would be more informative than ...

A Gina Cancelliere day-to-day temp check on KLAS-TV, Channel 8: "80 to 79 degrees on Mount Charleston, 100 to 99 in Pahrump, 107 to 108 in Laughlin, 106 to 107 at McCarran. But still it's hot." Oh? ...

Heat's kinda cool when Kevin Janison reads his "carmometer" on Channel 3, informing us it's 131 degrees in our car-turned-microwave on wheels under the midday Vegas sun. Rather than an anchor's polite finger-wagging, it's a lecture-free reminder of the toast-and-roast dangers of leaving kids and pets in locked cars. ...

What: Mature, straightforward, professional. Where: KTNV-TV, Channel 13. When: Mornings and middays. Who: Casey Smith and Tiffani Sargent. Reaction: Thank you. ...

Sipping Wyne at 7:30 in the morning? Must be spiritually medicinal on KDOX-AM, 1280, which just debuted "The Rabbi Show" Sundays, hosted by Rabbi Yitzchak Wyne of Young Israel Aish in Las Vegas.

Intro: "Tune into 3,300 years of Jewish wisdom." Sample banter: "Jewish people have been around a long time. We have something to say about basically everything in life."

Having been raised in a Jewish home, I can vouch for that.

Contact reporter Steve Bornfeld at sbornfeld@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0256.

 

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