Pinky Kravitz

Pinky Kravitz, local personality on the deck at the Pier at Caesars. Kravitz will begin writing a new column for At The Shore. Wednesday July, 07 2010.

Do you miss WMGM-TV 40? Almost every day, someone asks, “When is TV 40 coming back on the air?” Unfortunately, it has been permanently put off the air. It seems the most missed program was the TV 40 6 p.m. news show. No matter what TV station you now watch, you will never get the local news stories you received from the local channel.

You should realize the Philadelphia stations cover eastern Pennsylvania and they try to cover South Jersey. That is a big area, and each section cries out for coverage. As we have noticed in the past, many of their stories come from negative activities or actions. Unfortunately, bad news sells more papers and gathers more viewers for television.

I have had the good fortune of being involved on the radio for close to 58 years, on television for more than 40 years and in four different newspapers for more than 40 years. So I am somewhat knowledgeable about all of them. With the development of television, radio lost many of its listeners. It is great for a car, but when you get out, do you hurry into the house to continue listening to the interesting show you had on in the car?

Newspapers have to be read to keep up with the news and for sports activities. It is unfortunate, but with the coming of the Internet, cell phones and other new gadgets, newspaper circulation has declined.

It seems television is the big winner. You have so many choices available at any time. It can be educational, and exciting. But there are too many channels from which to make your selection.

People want more than a couple-of-minutes story on their television news. So, they read newspapers to get the whole story. The papers also provide you with interesting advertisements for just about everything in the market place.

Radio has gone to a variety of music stations and you take your pick. There are many talk shows for you to select. People basically listen to their favorite host, be it a local host or someone commenting on national issues.

The following is a good example of how local shows keep people abreast of what is going on in their own backyard. It was written by an astute and engrossed radio listener:

“Those who miss the TV 40 news should have listened to Pinky’s Corner’s guest, Atlantic City’s Mayor Don Guardian, on WOND-AM. The mayor took calls and answered a slew of questions and gave his opinion on lots of issues affecting Atlantic City. This was followed at 6 p.m. with the South Jersey Edition Prime News show, with its host David Spatz. He had the first public interview with Glenn Straub, the new owner of the Polo North Casino Hotel, formerly the Revel. Straub stated publicly, for the first time, his desire to evict the energy company that he has been battling with since purchasing the property. It was an amazing show. Thanks for the two and a half hours of interesting radio.”

As stated above, there will no longer be a TV 40 news television show. There is a TV 40 television station, but it does not have any local programming. However, Bart Blatstein, at his press conference on The Playground last week, stated he was going to buy a local television station. Hopefully he will bring back local programing.

CRDA actions

* The John Brooks Recovery Center, on Pacific Avenue between Tennessee and South Carolina avenues, will soon be moving to its new facility. Its building was the former Atlantic City YMCA. The CRDA will fund the relocation of outpatient services to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. The CRDA will also fund the relocation of the Atlantic City outpatient services to an off-island location. It is anticipated the two outpatient service operations will relocate in the fall of 2015.

* The CRDA approved a grant of no more than $75,000 over a three -year period, or $25,000 per year for the Save Lucy Committee Inc. for marketing and promotional expenses.

* The authority granted a preliminary determination of project eligibility to the International Swimming Hall of Fame and approved a fund reservation in an amount not to exceed $100,000 toward a feasibility study

A.C. welcome signs

As part of the DO AC Entertainment Capital of the Jersey Shore micro-campaign, the Atlantic City Alliance has created new welcome signage to greets visitors. They will be located at the following locations:

* AC Expressway Welcome Billboard (currently a DO AC sign that says In one mile you’ll be one million miles away)

* Impactive Screens on the Boardwalk (video)

* Boardwalk Hall — Pacific Avenue Screen (static image)

* Boardwalk Hall — Lobby banner

* Pacific Avenue pole banners

* Wave Garage Screen (static image)

Summer shows

Atlantic City will be hopping throughout the summer with a variety of entertainment the likes of which we have not seen here to date.

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority will produce a number of excellent shows throughout the summer.

Boardwalk Hall will have 13 outstanding shows in its facility this summer.

The Playground will also have some big acts they expect will draw tens of thousands to the beach.

Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa will bring up to 4,500 to each of the concerts in its new Festival Outdoor Arena.

There will be a good selection of talent in the outdoor arena at Gardner’s Basin.

The Kennedy Stage in front of Boardwalk Hall will have shows every evening throughout the summer.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not will have some exciting performances at New York Avenue and the Boardwalk in front of their show house.

Bartram Avenue and the Boardwalk will have movies and some shows.

Pinky’s Corner appears every Thursday in The Press. The Pinky’s Corner radio show airs 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on WOND 1400-AM. Email Pinky at:

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