Thursday, August 03, 2000

Gervase fails survival test

        Enquirering minds want to know: With six Survivors and only three shows remaining, how will the $1-million winner be picked?

        Here's the plan: One person will be voted off the island each of the next two Wednesdays. That will leave four people heading into the final two-hour telecast August 23 (8-10 p.m., Channels 12, 7).

        Two will be eliminated in challenge competitions. The winner will be selected by seven previous contestants, dating back to Greg Buis (voted out July 19).

        And remember the big buzz three weeks ago about a computer hacker penetrating to reveal the last Survivor? They claimed the winner was Gervase — who was voted off the island Wednesday.

WLWT news
        One down, one to go: WLWT (Channel 5) has leased a helicopter just weeks after WCPO-TV (Channel 9) announced it was giving up Chopper 9. “Sky 5” is a Bell 206 D JetRanger with three on-board cameras and a cruising speep of 120 mph.

        Rabun Matthews, Channel 5 general manager, told The Enquirer in early July he wanted a helicopter, “an important tool in the news-gathering business.”

        Channel 9 ended its lease after four years for economic reasons.

        Katie Laur's popular Music from the Hills of Home bluegrass show moves from noon to 7-10 p.m. Sunday in a major schedule revision on WNKU-FM (89.7).

        Weekend All Things Considered has been dropped in favor of Weekend (Morning) Edition 8-10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. That sets off a chain reaction of changes:

        • Saturday: Saturday Morning with Brian O'D moves to 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday Afternoon Music comes on noon-2 p.m. World Cafe, dropped a year ago, returns at 2-4 p.m. Whad'Ya Know airs 5-7 p.m., followed by On The Air with Mr. Rhythm Man 7-9 p.m. The Golden Road moves to 9-11 p.m., with the Grateful Dead Hour at 11 p.m.

        • Sunday: This American Life moves from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. Next comes American Routes (from Saturday) at 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

        Niki Dakota will host music 1-4 p.m., a combination of what was Folk City and Torch and Twang. She will be followed by A Celtic Afternoon (from Saturday) at 4-6 p.m., Thistle & Shamrock at 6 p.m., and Ms. Laur.

        “We're trying to make it easier for people who listen during the week to listen on the weekend,” says Grady Kirkpatrick, program director. The station's schedule is posted on its Web site:

Lunden lands
        After being bounced around ABC's schedule, Joan Lunden has taken her Behind Closed Doors specials to A&E. Nine new episodes will air at 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting Oct. 4.

        “There are many frustrations ... in getting placement (on ABC) so that your show is seen,” says the former Good Morning America co-host.

        “At a network like A&E, you really do feel appreciated. And they really do showcase programming that you work very, very hard (on),” says Ms. Lunden, who hosts When Animals Talk at 8 p.m. Sunday on A&E.


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