The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 23, 1996 · Page 26
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2 WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 23, 1996 APPLAUSE THE SAUNA JOURNAL NEW NETWORK STUDY SAYS TV IS AIRING LESS VIOLENCE By KEITH MARDER Los Angeles Daily News LOS ANGELES — Network television was less violent last season despite series such as CBS's "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Nash Bridges" and Fox's "New York Undercover," according to a new network-financed study. The second annual UCLA Television Violence Report released Tuesday found that violence was cut almost in half on series appearing on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC during the 1995-96 season, and it found noticeable improvement in made-for-television movies, theatrical films and in children's television series. "Overall the picture is certainly one of some improvement. Important issues remain. There are still serious problems on television," said Jeff Cole, the director of the UCLA Center for Communication Policy. The $500,000 report is the second of three network-sponsored television violence studies prompted by congressional and consumer criticisms. After releasing the study-in Los Angeles, Cole flew to New Mexico to brief President Clinton on the findings. "We know that television can be a positive force or a destructive force in the lives of our children," Clinton said at a news conference. "Parents need our help to protect their children from harmful or inappropriate forces from outside the home, and help them pass on their values to their children." Cole said he offered to meet with Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole as well. They have not yet met, but Dole's deputy press secretary Christina Martin issued a statement about the findings. "Concerned parents everywhere deserve accolades for pressuring the entertainment industry to cut. down on the gratuitous violence in its programming," the statement issued by the campaign said. "Bob Dole.is proud to have been one of the first to speak on this vital issue." Network executives took credit for the reduction in violence. "We are gratified that the UCLA study has recognized real progress at CBS during the last year," CBS president and CEO Peter Lund said in a statement. NBC said in a statement that "Law and Order" and "Homicide" got kudos and that none of its shows made the list of programs that raised violence concerns. Fox, which has already canceled two programs that received the harshest rating in the study, said the report reinforces the network's position favoring self-policing instead of V-chips and government regulations. ABC president David Westin said the study attempted to examine television violence in context — rather than simply tallying acts. The report found: — A decrease in the number of series that raised frequent violence concerns. — A decrease in the percentage of made-for TV movies — from 14 to 10 — that raised violence concerns. — Fewer broadcasts of violent theatrical releases. — Fewer children's series that contain "sinister combat violence." — Increased use of advisories about violence. — Programs such as "ER," "High "Incident," "Law & Order," "NYPD Blue," and "Homicide," that deal well with violent themes. .Fair Taxos GARY SWARTZENDRUBER For State Representative District 69 Pol Adv. Paid For By Joid Helm, Chair Loretta Baize, Treas. 825-9126 KflVflivc Common Scnso New Arrivals 25% - 75% OFF Downtown Salina LOFTHOUSE RIDING HER C & W (CANADIAN & WESTERN) ROOTS By SHIRLEY JINKINS Fort Worth Star-Telegram FORT WORTH, Texas — Lisa Lofthouse, a Dallas country singer and actress, wants everyone to know that her scenes for the TV movie she has shot and wants to sell, "Country Angel," are purely fictional. Lofthouse plays the lead role in the TV film, which is about the struggle of a black woman to make it amid prejudice in country music. "It's drama, totally. Fiction, yeah," Lofthouse said. In "Country Angel," the black country-and-western singer who she plays is thrown out of clubs by intolerant rednecks. "I have never run across situations like that, ever," Lofthouse said. Lofthouse appeared with her band, Route 66, this week on the Honkytonk Stage at Billy Bob's Texas. Her movie is in the pre-production phase with Caruth C. Byrd Entertainment in Dallas. She anticipates a network debut next year. She also has appeared in productions of "South Pacific" and "Anything Goes." ' Lofthouse said she is a product of her environment, and that included country music. She was adopted at 2 months by a white family, which includes a sister and three brothers. At 4, she began singing in church and taking piano lessons. "If I had to sing like Aretha Franklin, I couldn't do it," she said with a laugh. "I grew up in the country (outside Toronto); I grew up in rural Canada. I went to a small country church." She received her musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Canadian equivalent of Juilliard. • Lofthouse moved to Dallas about a year ago from Atlanta, where she had lived seven years. The move from Canada to Atlanta was the life-changing one, Lofthouse said. "It was very big. It was a bit of a culture shock. I moved there because I knew another Canadian who was down there and said it was a great place to get a career started," she said. She performed and played piano for several years, toured Sweden, then moved into the club and Opry circuit in Oklahoma and Texas. Now, Lofthouse continues to perform and tour, has appeared on TNN's "Prime Time Country," and is planning another trip to Nashville, in November, to talk with record companies. She also will appear on "Prime Time Country" again. Lofthouse currently is looking for material for her recording debut. She has perused the songs of such top Nashville writers as Gary Burr, Tom Shapiro, Skip Ewing, Doodle Owens (who used to write with Lefty Frizzell), and even Vince 1997 Saline County Historical Calender On Sale Now! SmnkuHill MUSEUM Gift Store 211 West Iron TXies.-Fri. 12-5 & Sat. 10-5 Son. 1-5 Jomue's Place FALL HOURS MOH.-SUH. 3:00 pin- 2:00 am irfa/nn tt*nu MomUti/ Monday Night Football Free Appetizers at 8pm $$.00pitchers 75 f draws \ $4" Pitchers \NewDrinkMenu! Serving \ Mexican Food ~* 913-825-98371 Gill. Lofthouse's influences are wide-ranging, she says, from main»woman Patsy Cline, to fellow Canadians Anne Murray and Rita McNeil, to Loretta Lynn, Eddy Arnold, Trisha Yearwood, Suzy Bogguss, Ty Herndon, Clint Black, "and the Oak Ridge Boys when they were a Christian group," she said. Lofthouse says she is confident her true-country roots will form a solid basis for her career. "A country connoisseur can just tell in a heartbeat if you're real or fake," she said. "I'm real," she concluded. 70 BECOME A SAUNA JOURNAL SUBSCRIBER, CALL 823-6363 V OR 1-800-827-6363 t .*= Salina Journal, rozen yogurt! Premium Sofl Serve • FAT FREE •16 calories peroz. • Natural Flavor! 214 W. Kirwin • SALINA • 823-8066 Community Building: Salina Area United Way does more than just fund agencies. United Way fosters partnerships among business, government, education, healthcare and human service agencies that strengthen our community. Even little known, much needed local programs can count on United Way funds to help meet the challenges unique to the Salina area. Your donation to the United Way achieves results! By giving generously, you can make a real difference in the lives of area citizens. Together, we're building a better community. Together, We're Building A Better Community SathiaAna United Way STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION My children have always attended public schools because I am confident in the Kansas school system. Spreading lies and rumors. Using scare tactics. Negative campaigning. Failure to address issues'. Government closest to the people is most responsive to their needs. The strength of Kansas schools is good teachers - let them teach! Current teacher certification has given us quality personnel. Strong public education is important to our children's future. Vote Tuesday, November 5 Paid for by Scott Hill for Education Dr. Warren Freeborn, Treasurer Coming this Sunday: Let's even the score Sportswriter Mike Lupica is one fan who's fed up with soaring ticket prices, bad behavior and roving teams. Read what's wrong with pro sports and how to right it, in this week's USA WEEKEND... then tell us what you think. , TAKE OUR SURVEY; . Do you toe enough frwdon? .'"*•. Salina Journal IUSA WEEKEND

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