The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 28, 1998 · Page 29
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 29

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, March 28, 1998
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* V» 4 « • • A-product-of-the Salina Journal - 5 ~<t » « M ' c ' • ••'.«* M * » •; • • i T >; ». •'.». i; i f r rrr r r r. march 29-april 4, 1998 Listings for North-Central and Northwest Kansas nnel rmation SALINA CABLE CHANNELS CHANNEL VCR* ML _ _ 03 STATION KOOD, Bunker Hill, PBS IB KSNW, Wichita, NBC 13 KAAS. Sallna/Wlchila. Fox WIBW, Topeka, CBS ACCESS 6, Sallna WDAF. Kansas City, Fox 26 KPTS, Wichita, PBS KMBC, Kansas City, ABC 10 KAKE, Wichita (UHF 22), ABC 12 KWCH, Wlchlla/Hutchlnson, CBS 40 KSHB, Kansas City, NBC 43 45 Encorel WTBS. Atlanta, Independent Clnemax Store • HBO (Home Box Office) Discovery Channel CNN (Cable News Network! Hk) 89 W 35 AMC (American Movie Classics) 44 USA Network 38 Nickelodeon 48 MTV (Music Television) 77 TNN (The Nashville Network) Comedy Central Odyaaey ESPN 47 ESPN2 FAM (Family Channel) 52 TNT (Turner Network Television) 78 88 TOON (Cartoon Network) 31 46 74 SCIFI Animal Planet Lifetime " CNBC' Encore Ple» Home & Garden 56 TLC (The Learning ( 39 Fox Sports AtE (Arts & Entertainment) 57 BET (Black Entertainment TV) 30 63 Unlvlslon (en Espanol) 63 Disney El Entertainment Showtime SAUNA CHANNELS NOT LISTED Weather Channel Education Access - Sallna Government Access - Sallna Headline Newa (CNN II) - C-Span Home Shopping Network QVC Country Music TV VH1 Fit 1V(Cable Health Club) C-Span2 Court TV MSNBC Knowledge TV FYI - The Information Station Fox Newa Food Network 1 IBI America's Jewelry Store (Spreel) fliti Request (pay-per-view) Playboy/Action NON-SALINA CHANNELS 3HANNELVCR* STATION 3D 05 KHA8. Hastings, Neb.. NBC 71 71 1 'H >) 10) 13) 87) 'CM nwc WON 07 22 11 04 73 20 10 17 27 72 68 66 KB8H. Hays, CBS KPNE, North Plalte, Neb., PBS KTWU, Topaka, PBS KHQI, Hastings, Neb., ABC Trinity, Santa Ana, Call). (UHF 15) KCTV. Kansas City, CBS KOLN, Lincoln, Neb., CBS FOX. Superior, Neb. K8NT, Topeka, ABC Turner Classic Movlea The Movie Channel WON, Chicago SATELLITE STATIONS and their originating rtabone: For PBS Lexington, Neb., see IS For ABC Superior, Hayes Center, Neb., see 03 For NBC Great Bend and Oberlln, see (• For CBS Dodge City and Qoodland, seef) For ABC Colby, see j§ VCR PLUS* NSTANT PROGRAMMER: The numbers next to each channel, as well as the PlusCode numbers on the primetime grids, sports log arid some daytime listings, are lor those with VCR Rust devices for VCR loping. The numbers above must be programmed Into the VCR. To tape a program, enter the PlwCode number printed with the program toting and ttie program will be automatically recorded. For Information, call 1-800-4321-VCR or 1-800-2584-VCR CRAZY LIKE A Fox Is Jerry Springer the most cynical man on television? By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press N EW YORK — Isn't this just a little scary? "The Jerry Springer Show" has surged to the top of the charts of daytime talk TV. You know the story. "The Jerry Springer Show" has almost doubled its ratings in the past year, and recently even beat "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Why this seventh-season ratings hike for "Springer"? Simple. More brawls, boobs and bad words. Should a stripper go on maternity leave? "I'm not hurting nobody," argues Angel who, with child, proceeds to peel for the whooping studio audience. Another day, Tony gets to learn, along with millions of viewers, that his girlfriend Tatiana is really a man. "So whatchu sayin'?" he presses Tatiana in stricken disbelief, just before he tears the place apart. And don't forget the chap who has deserted his child's mother, a woman who happens to have no arms or legs. For some reason he calls her an assortment of bleeped vulgarities, then, after mixing it up with her current husband, repeatedly threatens to kill him right after the show. Fine and dandy. We can concede the God-given right of every American to watch "Jerry Springer," and even to appear on it. And as Springer rightly points out, those of us who aren't fans can just go watch something else. Springer professes pride for offering a platform to people he says the media otherwise neglect. Note the respect he voices for his guests, hailing them in one interview as "blatantly honest," And yet, with the snap of a finger, he is happy to belittle the whole "Springer" enterprise. "I just don't take it that seriously," he says of the show he likes to call "silly." When viewers tell him his guests are crazy, says Jerry, "I go, 'Duh.' " As host of "Mad TV" one recent week, Springer played himself with gusto in a sketch that nailed his show as the sick joke it is. Yet seldom, if ever, are his guests in on the joke. Or aware that they're the butt of it. "Duh" is right. But that doesn't excuse Jerry. "It's a crazy world. Have fun with it." That's Springer's cavalier welcome to viewers on his big-selling "Jerry Springer — Too Hot for TV." But buyer, beware: Apart from unbleeped words and unmasked nudity, this "front-row, uncensored" adult video doesn't differ substantially from what we can see, free of charge, on "Springer" every day. What we see are people who Haunt and • • . •- - -. • f i "•> ; t • < ( I •- . > i • Comment The Associated Press Jerry Springer, the mayor of Cincinnati in 1977, hosts his own daytime show — "The Jerry Springer Show" — which airs at 3 p.m, weekdays on Sallna cable channel 9. rancorously defend the mess they've made of their lives. None is on TV to listen or learn. They are there to be noticed on a grand scale, whatever the indignities they incur in the bargain. And granted, it's all voluntary. As Springer loves to point out, no one forces his guests to come on. Point taken, but Jerry is still on the hook. In television, as he well knows, whoever has the cameras has the upper hand. On this show, the cameras belong to Jerry, of course, which means his guests are subject to betrayal. But as he might persist, "Don't blame ME!" In the past, Springer toiled as the mayor of Cincinnati and a TV news anchor. In the future, he may star in. a the-. atrical feature. "I'm not really a sleazy talk-show host," he might contend. "I just play one on TV." At least, for the time being. That makes him the most cynical man on television. Springer is an opportunist who would shout "Fire!" in a crowded studio and defend it as free speech. He is a voyeur who fans the flames that engulf his guests, then, according to his mood, justifies it as righteous discourse or silly entertainment. And though we could find stronger words than "crazy" and "silly" to describe it, he's right. "The Jerry Springer Show" is indeed on his hands. And even . if he.wanted to, he>couidn't wipe it off.

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