Nevada Newsmakers
with Sam Shad

Special Report

The Price of Fame — MSNBC'S Keith Olbermann gigs Shad and gooses Sen. Harry Reid


NEXT UP: Join the Barbwire Man and the usual suspects on KRNV TV-4 at 12:30 p.m. Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, et seq. I promise to be pious while pontificating..

FOR THE FINEST IN POST-ELECTION POSTMORTEMS: Join the Barbwire Man and the usual suspects on KRNV TV-4 at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, on Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers.

Shad's co-host will be Lisa Foster, former chief of staff to Nevada. Gov. Dudley D-Right.

Principal guest: State Sen. Mark Amodei, R-Storey/Carson.

Pundits: Alison Gaulden Chair, Democratic Women's Caucus; Andrew Barbano Editor,; Larry Matheis, Executive Director, Nevada State Medical Association.

Click here for the complete statewide rerun schedule as well as streaming video and podcast potentialities.



Recent BARBWIRE Media Hits
and Ego Trips

   The Dean of Reno Bloggers could very well be Andrew Barbano, self-described "fighter of public demons," who started putting his "Barbwire" columns online in 1996 and now runs 10 sites.
            RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

"Our long national nightmare is over."
Did I say that a dozen years ago?
CORY FARLEY, RGJ, 11-10-2006

BARBANO: Nevada's newly-hiked minimum wage is nowhere near enough
Reno Gazette-Journal, 11-11-2006

Oregon State U. minimum wage deflator



Oct. 18, 2006

Barbwire frolics, follytix and foolishness shuffling aboard and sallying forth on selected Sam Shad sorties and soirées

October 10: Maximum effort on minimum wage

Complete statewide schedule

The week of October 1, 2006, begins with Jimmy Carter
then devolves downhill to the Barbwire

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Host: Sam Shad
Co-Host: Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette-Journal
Danny Tarkanian ( R ) candidate for Secretary of State; Mark DeStefano, ( R ) candidate for State Treasurer
Pundits: Tina Grefrath, Nevada JobConnect
Fred Lokken, Professor of Political Science, Truckee Meadows Community College and longtime member of the enforcedly vestally virginal Sparks Citizens Advisory Board

Andrew Barbano, Editor,

Watch the Sunday Barbwire for the latest heavy heat

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

POLITICAL PENANCE. Sam Shad is making up for last week's blah[!] lineup (guests, not pundits — for which comment I took heat — but reality speaks for itself. The 9-13 week similarly sits shiva — sorry, Samuel, auld friend) with the best Nevada Newsmakers series in quite awhile – and not just because I'm scheduled to get in a few licks on Wednesday following U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. On Monday, Aug. 21, Mr. Shad has booked Harvey Whittemore hisself as the Sparks City Council gets set to consider approving the Lazy 8 hotel-casino. On Tuesday, Aug. 22, Sam the Shad & the Pharoahs will joust with Sen. John "Vegas Hair" Ensign, R-Nev. Nevada Newsmakers airs Monday through Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on KRNV TV-4 with same-day reruns at 9:30 p.m. on Washoe-Carson-Douglas Channel 12 for those afflicted with Charter cable. The complete rogue's gallery, statewide schedule and much more mischief will be linked to the web edition of this column at
From the 8-20-2006 Daily Sparks Tribune

Thursday, August 3, 2006

From the 7-30-2006 Barbwire

Join me and the usual suspects on Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers at 12:30 p.m. this Thursday on KRNV TV-4, repeating at 9:30 p.m. on Charter cable channel 12 in Washoe-Carson-Douglas and bicycling statewide thereafter. I'll be joined on the peerless pundit panel by longtime activist Mylan Hawkins, who spearheaded the cementing of Roe v. Wade into Nevada law in 1990, and uberconservative Republican Chuck Muth.

ELMER GANTRY, CALL YOUR OFFICE. Mr. Shad has scheduled a session of Republican rectitude with Mr. Krolicki and his primary opponents for light-guv on Wednesday, but Ms. Woollen is not on the guest list, at least not yet.
Stay tuned.
DEAR READER: If you are not hip to the splendidly scandalous little dustup between State Treasurer Brian "Hissy Fit" Krolicki and his upstart GOP primary opponent, Barbara "How Dare You?" Woollen, you will be chucklingly enlightened hereat: Porno and Politics: Same thing, only different.
Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.
Be well. Raise hell. — AB
Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Host: Sam Shad
Co-Host: Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette-Journal
Guests: Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt (R)
candidate for governor
Pundits: Dick Gammick, Washoe County District Attorney; Scott Bensing, Chief of Staff, Senator John Ensign, R-Nev.; Andrew Barbano, Editor,
OOPS ALERT 7-5-2006: I've just been informed that the lineup, below, actually aired on July 4. Far be it from me to question the wisdom of the Gods of Cathode Ray. The show is available online at Mr. Shad's website.

Monday, July 3, 2006
(Pre-empted by Wimbledon on Reno KRNV TV-4 only)
Host: Sam Shad
Guests: Lori Nelson, Director of Corporate Communications, Station Casinos, Inc; Dori J. Maynard, President, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
Pundits: Susan Fisher, owner, Fisher Consulting (City of Reno lobbyist); Andrew Barbano, Editor,; Nevada System of Higher Education Regent Howard Rosenberg; Greg Bortolin, Director of Government Relations, Desert Research Institute

June 20, 2006 — Strange Bedfellows

June 8, 2006

May 11, 2006

May 2, 2006

Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

Newsmakers statewide schedule
Miss at your own risk
      Streaming video will be available for at least seven days or more after first telecast
Northern Nevada
      Each show sees its first run Monday through Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on KRNV News-4, the northern Nevada NBC affiliate. Those afflicted with Charter cable may view a rerun the same day at 9:28 p.m. on cable Channel 12 in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Douglas County. (Please tune in early, as Charter often rolls the show a couple of minutes before the bottom of the hour. Efficient, they ain't.)
      Audio of all four half-hour programs is rebroadcast the following Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on KKKOH 780-am, right-wing White Sheets nutso radio for the western U.S. and far out into the Pacific, where it belongs — lost at sea.
Southern Nevada
Las Vegas Cox Cable Channel 123 — Mondays 4:30pm and 11:35pm
Tuesdays 4:00am, 4:30pm and 11:35pm
Wednesdays 4:00am, 4:30pm and 11:35pm
Thursdays 4:00am, 4:30pm and 11:35pm
Fridays 4:00am
Saturdays 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Sundays 11:30pm to 1:30am

KVBC TV- 3 (NBC) Las Vegas
Saturdays and Sundays 5:00am to 6:00am
(Everybody knows that the entire populace interested in news and public affairs is watching before dawn every Sunday morning. Since politics and religion are now one in the age
of St. George the Lesser, this timeslot seems a blessed marriage of day and content. Rejoice.)
April Foolish Shad sorties and soirées with the Barbwire Man:

Monday, April 17, 2006

Host: Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette-Journal

Co-Host: Larry Matheis, Executive Director
Nevada State Medical Association

Guest: Assemblymember Sheila Leslie, D-Reno
Washoe District 27

Pundits: Andrew Barbano, Editor,

Leif Reid (Sen. Harry's kid), Law Firm of Lewis and Roca

Daryl Capurro, Managing Director
Nevada Motor Transport Assn. (The big truck lobby)

From Barbwire by Barbano
Daily Sparks Tribune 4-9-2006

   SAM THE SHAD AND THE PHAROAHS. Tomorrow, (April 10) Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers offers viewers are rare treat: southern Nevada superpundits Steve Sebelius and Hugh Jackson. Separately, they are excellent, together they are flat out dangerous. The show premieres at 12:30 p.m. on KRNV TV-4. Sparks-Reno-Carson-Douglas victims of Charter cable may view the first rerun at 9:30 p.m. same day on channel 12.

Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

These guys are good!

Be well. Raise hell.

From Barbwire by Barbano
Daily Sparks Tribune 4-2-2006
BALLARDINI RETRENCHMENT. An unusual item was just added to Wednesday's Reno city council agenda. Somebody wants to repeal the panel's unanimous 2001 support of preserving the Ballardini Ranch. Councilmembers Dave Aiazzi, Pierre Hascheff and Jessica Sferrazza were part of that 7-0 vote five years ago. Should repeal pass, it probably means that acrimony between city and county officialdom has sunk to new lows with lust for added property tax at new highs. Register your opposition to this infantile paralysis of adult governance. Call 334-2001, fax 334-2097. Council e-mails online. Do it!

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, I'll be joining Sam Shad and the usual suspects on Nevada Newsmakers at 12:30 p.m. on KRNV TV-4. Shad's co-host will be Paul Enos of the Nevada Motor Transport Association, the keep on truckin' lobby. They will interview Chuck Alvey, President/CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) and Tim Rubald, Executive Director of the Nevada Commission on Economic Development.

Mr. Rubald's landmark 1999 economic study grows more relevant with time – smoking gun proof that the gambling industry is a drain on government resources, a Wal-Mart with table games.

Verita Black Prothro, northern Nevada director for U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., will join us on the peerless pundit panel. Between the gambling-industrial complex and the Ballardini bears, birds and bunnies, it should be a kickass show.
Those afflicted with Charter cable may view the rerun at 9:30 p.m. on channel 12 in Washoe, Carson and Douglas counties. As always, I'll post the extensive statewide rebroadcast schedule online. The Reno City Council goes into session at 10:00 a.m. It may be viewed live on Charter/SNCAT-13 in Washoe County.
Be well. Raise hell.
From Barbwire by Barbano
Daily Sparks Tribune 3-19-2006
Den of Iniquity

"...Reagan's hatchet man, arguably the most underqualified U.S. attorney general in history, will be Sam Shad's guest on Nevada Newsmakers on March 22. And I'm on the pundit panel. (Does Channel 4 have a post-taping shower facility available?)

"Edwin Meese III was the prototype for the likes of his current successor, Alberto "Tortureman" Gonzales...."

...Read the whole sorry story

From Barbwire by Barbano
Daily Sparks Tribune 2-26-2006
     TV JEEBIES. Join me and some of the usual suspects on Nevada Newsmakers at lunchtime on Wednesday. The show airs at 12:30 p.m. on KRNV TV-4, with a rerun at 9:30 p.m. on Channel 12 for victims of Charter cable.
     Nevada Motor Transport Association apprentice honcho Paul Enos will co-host with Mr. Shad. Their principal victim will be John Poncym, CEO of Special Operations Consulting. (Sounds like he could work for the OSS or CIA.) I'll be joined on Shad's power pundit panel by Connie McMullen, publisher of Senior Spectrum monthly, and Daryl Capurro, Mr. Enos' boss.
     Upcoming Barbano participation: March 6 and March 22.

Feb. 1: Sen. Reid and us
(Alas and alack, it was just us chickens as the good senator did not show.)

From Barbwire by Barbano
Daily Sparks Tribune 1-29-2006

Tune in Nevada Newsmakers this Wednesday for a little high profile follytix. The show airs at 12:30 p.m. on KRNV TV-4 with a rerun on Charter cable 12 at 9:30 p.m.

Sam Shad will interview U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. I'll participate in post-Harry punditry with Paul Enos of the big truck lobby, university regent Howard Rosenberg and state school board member John Gwaltney.

Back in the Saddle but look out for the forecasted snowstorm

(FROM BARBWIRE BY BARBANO, Daily Sparks Tribune, Sunday 1-15-2005) — I apologize for not showing up for my mid-December gig on Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers. First time in my 40 years in the media that I've been a no-show. I am still recovering from a nasty bacterial lung inflammation for which a flu shot does no good. If you start feeling like all you want to do is sleep but can't because coughing wakes you up, see your doctor. This bug is virulent.

I'll bring my cough drops to this Wednesday's airing of the Shad soirée at 12:30 p.m. on KRNV TV-4.

The victim of honor will be acting UNR President Joe Crowley. I'll be joined on the Shad pundit panel by Larry Matheis, executive director of the Nevada State Medical Association (the doctors' lobby) and Carole Vilardo, president of the Nevada Taxpayers Association (the big biz lobby).

Keep your snowboots ready.

Be well. Raise hell.

Barbano brings NoDoz to the soirée de Shad on Pearl Harbor Day
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005

Live, naked politics
National talk show host Stephanie Miller, one of Harvey's boys and Jim Gibbons' dog robber shamelessly consorting with the BarbWireMan

Barbwire, 12-4-2005 Sparks Tribune

Madcap Gomorrah South mayor's medievalism
makes international news after Shad interview

Barbwire, 11-6-2005 Sparks Tribune



MSNBC'S Keith Olbermann sticks Sam Shad and harangues Harry Reid for speculation on the death of Osama bin Laden

Does the senator know something that we and Dubya don't?
Who's the turkey on the eve of Turkey Day?
(Verbatim in blue.)

RENO, 11-23-2005 — As Hunter S. Thompson frequently said, it's always a slow day in the news business. MSNBC "Countdown" anchor Keith Olbermann and his guest, National Journal reporter Craig Crawford, thus celebrated an early Thanksgiving after a holiday gift from Nevada.

They riffed at length on the Nov. 23 Sam Shad-Ray Hagar interview with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Headlined "Beat the Press," Olbermann led with a top-of-the-show promo for Reid's statement about Osama bin Laden to a "Reno reporter."

A few minutes later, Olbermann opened by gimleting Sam Shad for pronouncing Osama's name as "bin Layden."

OLBERMANN: Imagine you're a reporter in Reno, Nevada, doing a public affairs show with Harry Reid, trying to make a joke in which you mispronounce Osama bin Laden's name, and then this happens.

SHAD: Osama bin Laden's (poll) numbers are higher than (Vice-President Cheney's) at this point.

REID: He (bin Laden, not Cheney) may have died in the earthquake they had in Pakistan, seriously. I don't wish anyone harm, but if that's that case that's good for the world.

Neither Shad nor Reno Gazette-Journal political reporter Hagar followed up Sen. Reid's assertion.

Olbermann added that the interviewer (Shad) was asked after the taping about Reid's source and responded that Reid said he heard it on the radio somewhere.

Olbermann said the statement lacked credibility to a point that the blogosphere was unanimous in not using it.

OLBERMANN: One hundred percent of bloggers say this is too poorly sourced for us to run.

The blogosphere, ferchrissake.

CRAWFORD: Standards for confirmation are now almost non-existent.

OLBERMANN: I think we need to ask the senator for Sunday's football finals while he's at it.

Olbermann's staff contacted Reid's office which responded that Sen. Reid was quoting something he read somewhere.

Olbermann reminded the audience that Reid recently had a stroke and possibly heard it from voices that only Reid can hear.

The full transcript of the show will be available soon at

Streaming video of the Nov. 23 Reid interview will be available for seven days or so after telecast at

If Harry's got some actual intelligence, he's now going to have to...what's the term...oh, yeah -- CLARIFY! Either that or declare previous statements inoperative.

Happy Thanksgibleting.

Stay tuned.

Be well. Raise hell.



Latest Hits

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Host: Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette-Journal
Co-Host: Daryl E. Capurro, Nevada Motor Transport

Guests: Richard Perkins, Speaker of the Assembly
Clark # 23 (D-Henderson)

BARBWIRE EXCLUSIVE: Perkins mulls run for congress

Bob Barengo
, D-Reno, attorney and
former Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly (1981)
Daryl E. Capurro, Managing Director,
Nevada Motor Transport Assn.
Bill Bilyeu, R-Elko, Attorney, and
former Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly (1985)

    UPDATE: On the abovenoted ShadminusSamSession, Speaker Perkins was questioned by Ray Hagar, who moderated two segments of commentary thereafter. Hagar asked Perkins about any future plans, but was not specific in his questioning, like "are you looking at the District 3 congressional race?" Perkins danced into the "more time with my family" standard retiring pol tango. None of the panelists brought up his chances against Rep. Porter, speculating that Perkins could run for Henderson mayor.

    None caught the real news: Perkins told Hagar that he has healed his rift with organized labor, which all the learned heavyweight pundits of Gomorrah South have correctly termed the biggest stumbling block to his political future. If Perkins and the Culinary Union have indeed buried the spatula, Perkins missed his best opportunity to kiss and make up by failing to address the Nevada State AFL-CIO convention in Reno on Sept. 26, where he was confirmed on the agenda.

    The Perkins show will be available online for about one week after the original broadcast. Watch the Barbwire and the Breaking News section for more as the dance continues.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Co-Hosts: Ray Hagar, political reporter, Reno Gazette-Journal
Paul Enos
, Nevada Motor Transport Association lobbyist

Guests: Jesse Gutierrez, trustee, Mariposa Academy
UPDATE: After being picketed by dissidents, Mr. Gutierrez canceled and was replaced
by Washoe County Superintendent of Schools Paul Dugan.


Dick Gammick, Washoe County District Attorney
Chris Wicker, Chair, Washoe County Democratic Party
Paul Enos, Nevada Motor Transport Assn.
Andrew Barbano, Editor,; Columnist, Daily Sparks Tribune

Recent Hangings in the Rogues' Gallery

August 18 and August 29, 2005
BARBWIRE: Shad interviews former Sparks Tribune reporter
now living in Gaza Strip refugee camp
Complete schedule for week of August 15
Looselipped lineup for the week of Hot August 1, 2005  
He's back!
The Lion in Summer
Monday, July 25, 2005, and reruns thereafter:
Former Nevada Sen. Joe Neal, D-N. Las Vegas

Nevada Newsmakers statewide TV/Radio/Webcast schedule for the week of July 18, 2005
Reno Gazette-Journal 7-18-2005

From "Tom Cruise's Earful"
Daily Sparks Tribune 6-26-2005

   OUT OF SIGHT. I'll be kicking tushy again this week on Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers, but many of you won't be able to see it. The KRNV TV-4 origination will be bumped by women in skimpy skirts flitting about on grass before British aristocrats.

    For those afflicted with Charter cable, I'll hold forth on Monday evening at 9:30 on channel 12 in Washoe-Carson-Douglas. White sheets and mayonnaise KKKOH Radio will broadcast the audio at 9:00 a.m. next Sunday.

   The complete statewide schedule and online feed of the program will be linked to the web edition of this column at

Nevada Newsmakers Makes News
New Chancellor Rogers orders university administrators to respond to media after UNR Pres. Lilley stonewalls Sam Shad in an interview
Reno Gazette-Journal 5-7-2005

From Barbwire by Barbano
Daily Sparks Tribune
The Devil Brews, Sam Shad Stews and the Bubbly Underbelly of the News

June 21, 2005
Host — Sam Shad
Co-Host — Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette Journal
Cliff Cichowlaz, Pres. & GM Day & Zimmermann, contractor
Hawthorne Weapons & Ammunition Plant
Andrew Barbano, Editor,
Jason Geddes, former Nevada Assemblymember, R-Reno
Harry York, Executive Director, Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce

May 25, 2005
Host — Sam Shad
Co-Host — Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette Journal
Sen. Mike McGinness, R-Central Nevada
Sen. Sandra Tiffany, R-Clark County
Greg Ferraro, the Ferraro Group
Andrew Barbano, Editor,
Scott Bensing, Chief of Staff
to U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.

May 10, 2005

April 20, 2005

Nevada Newsmakers lineup for the week
of April 4, 2005

Thursday, March 10, 2005
Guest Co-Host — Ray Hagar
Reno Gazette-Journal political writer
Ken Lange, Executive Director
Nevada State Education Association
Craig Walton
Nevada Center for Public Ethics
Andrew Barbano, Editor,
Randi Thompson, Public Relations Consultant
Ty Cobb, former Special Assistant to President Reagan

From Barbwire by Barbano in the 2-6-2005
Daily Sparks Tribune

   I'll be pontificating with the pundits this Wednesday, Feb. 9, on Sam Shad's statewide Nevada Newsmakers. Former Nevada Consumer Advocate Timothy Hay will be the opening guest.

    The City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee, which I chair, will go into session this Thursday evening at 6:30. How important is the cable TV issue to the City of Reno? City Manager Charles McNeely's staff has recommended that the committee be gutted. Certain council members are tired of reading columns like this. Thursday's meeting will be cablecast live on SNCAT/Charter Channel 13, re-running Friday, Feb. 11, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 12, at 12 noon. Click here to view the agenda. [UPDATE: At its meeting of 23 Feb. 2005, the Reno City Council voted down the staff recommendation to kill the cable panel.]

Nevada Newsmakers lineup for week of Feb. 7, 2005

State of the State
Gov. Dudley Do-Right's Last Huzzah

From Barbwire by Barbano in the 1-23-2005
Daily Sparks Tribune

DUDLEY'S LAST ACT. The only man in Nevada competitive with the president for tripping over his tongue takes center stage this week with Gov. Dudley Do-Right delivering his final state of the state address. In his first such speech in 1999, he wanted to propose major tax reform, including possible tax increases, but it didn't poll well. In order to have something significant to say, his advisers came up with the Millennium Scholarship program, a short-term squandering of Nevada's share of the national cigarette industry settlement.

It should have been invested so that it would produce income for the state in perpetuity. Instead, Dudley offered $10,000 to any B-average Nevada high school graduate. Almost no one has noticed that each university student costs the taxpayers $40,000 over four years.

Now, the program is in trouble with tobacco money dwindling. I'm all in favor of free public education for everyone, but the Millennium Scholarship's funding mechanism was bound to peter out quickly. Gov. Guinn now wants to give away $300 million in the form of an auto registration rebate, something the editors of the Las Vegas Sun termed "a political stunt." Just like the scholarship program.

Education is too important to be used for short term political gain. The scholarships should be given reliable funding. Redirecting the auto registration rebate is a good place to start.

MONDAY NIGHT POLITICAL FOOTBALL. The state of the state address will be televised Monday night at 6:00 p.m. I'll be commenting live on KNPB TV-5 with former Republican state treasurer Patty Cafferata and hostess Erin Breen. Tune in, turn on and tell a friend.

Be well. Raise hell.


Apologetics Dept.


Dear Readers and Viewers:

I apologize for representing to you that I'd be on TV after Gov. Dudley Do-Right's final flogging of flaccid and flexible philosophy. The techie-types at northern Nevada's PBS affiliate suffered a software shortage and thus could not access the commercial satellite feed of the Guv's wonderfulness. I spent a very enjoyable hour in the studio discussing the advance text of the schlep of the state address with Erin Breen, Patty Cafferata and Prof. Erik Herzik, Acting Dean of the UNR College of Arts and Sciences. I really wish that you could have sat in.

It was quite insightful and incisive conversation, some of which will appear in an upcoming edition of the Barbwire in the Sparks Tribune and Comstock Chronicle. One thing remains certain — Dudley, as always, supplied us with a lotta laughs Monday evening and can be relied upon to continue to do so for the next two years.

Whatta guy.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano


From Barbwire by Barbano in the 1-16-2005
Daily Sparks Tribune

Dubya gets sworn in to his first term as an apparently elected president this Thursday. Sam Shad will host a special live edition of Nevada Newsmakers right after the DC festivities at about 1:30 p.m. on Reno's KRNV TV-4 and KVBC TV-3 in Gomorrah South. He will interview Sen. Bill Raggio, R-Reno, a principal player in the Bush Nevada campaign and documented fan of Kathy Augustine. The program's pundit panel will include Harry York, Executive Director of the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, Wayne Frediani of the Nevada Franchised Auto Dealers Association and The Barbwire Man.
Go to the Jan. 16 Barbwire column for a complete list of local inaugural activities guaranteed to warm the cockles of every Bush supporter's heartburn.


Sam Shad (Over)Exposed

From Barbwire by Barbano in the 12-19-2004
Daily Sparks Tribune

Join me for some hardcore reality-reality, with a few comic zingers, on Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, on KRNV TV-4 The usual suspects will include University of Nevada Regent Howard Rosenberg, Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, City Manager Charles McNeely and Washoe D.A. Dick Gammick.

Click here for the complete week of 12-20 guest list.


From Barbwire by Barbano in the 12-5-2004
Daily Sparks Tribune

You'll enjoy tuning in Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers this week. On Monday, Dec. 6, I debate "GOP George" Harris, chairman of the Nevada Republican Liberty Caucus. The very bright Mr. Harris often ticks off as many conservatives as he does liberals. I resemble that remark. As Travus T. Hipp told me many years ago, when you've got both sides mad at you, you're doing something right. On Thursday, Dec. 9, I'll participate in the pundit panel peanut gallery with Reno Gazette-Journal political writer Ray Hagar and Dan Mason, program director of KKKOH Radio.
Speaking of redneck radio, I understand that I was roundly trashed in Lush Rambo Land during Mr. Slanders' Neighborhood on the local hate radio spigot a couple of weeks ago. Fine by me. Like an old politician once said, call me a son of a bitch, just spell my name right.

Complete Nevada Newsmakers guest list for the week of Dec. 6, 2004

Monday, Nov. 22, 2004
Guests: Lorne Malkiewich, Director
Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau
Norm Clarke, Las Vegas Review Journal
entertainment columnist

Commentary: Howard Rosenberg, Regent
University & Community College System of Nev.

Dick Gammick
Washoe County District Attorney
Jason Geddes, Ph.D., former Nevada
State Assemblymember, R-Reno
Andrew Barbano, Editor,

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004
Guests: Howard Rosenberg, Regent
University & Community College System of Nev.

Terry Savage, Director
Nevada Dept. of Information Technology
Linda De Santis, State Webmaster

Pundits: Martha Gould, Washoe Democrat
former county library director
Alfredo Alonso, Lionel, Sawyer & Collins
heavyweight big time law firm
Andrew Barbano, Editor,


CSI - Campaign Scene Investigation
Election autopsies continue on KNPB TV-5
Erin Meehan Breen, Moderator

Joe Dini, Nevada Assembly Speaker Emeritus, D-Yerington
Patty Cafferata, R, Former Nevada State Treasurer
Erik Herzik, Interim Dean, UN,R College of Arts & Sciences
Andrew Barbano

Sunday, Nov. 7, 6:00 p.m.


Nevada NewsMakers Guest List Archive
See what you've been missing

November 3
Guests: Greg Ferraro, President., The Ferraro Group
Chris Wicker, Chair, Washoe Cty. Democratic Central Committee
Jim Denton, HMO-Hospital-Insurance-Doctors Consultant
Pundits: Paul Enos, Govt. Affairs Aficionado, Retail Assn. of Nevada
Keith Lee, Heavyweight Social Darwinist Attorney
Andrew Barbano

Ready for prime time after lo, these many years
Nov. 2
Election Night on KRNV TV-4 Reno
Shad, Engleman, Barbano

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004

Guests: Dean Heller, Secretary of State
Dave Aiazzi, Reno City Councilman
Pundits: Andrew Barbano, editor,
Bill Bilyeu, attorney, former Nevada Assembly speaker
Ray Hagar, reporter, Reno Gazette-Journal

Week of October 4, 2004

Week of 9/20/04

Monday, Sept. 20, 2004
Guests: Assemblyman Ron Knecht (R-Carson City) & former Assemblywoman Bonnie Parnell (D-Carson City), Mr. Knecht's predecessor and 2004 ppponent
Vallea Rose, Resident of Spanish Springs
Pundits: Bob Crowell, Attorney; Dick Gammick, Washoe County District Attorney;
John Gwaltney, Nevada State Board of Education

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004
Guests: Peter Krueger, Smoke Free Coalition Petition
Cameron Crane (D) & Gary Feero (IA) Nevada State Senate Dist. 3 Candidates
Pundits: Martha Gould, Washoe Democrat; Peter Krueger, Nevada Petroleum
Marketers Assn.; Liz MacMenamin, Gov't Affairs, Retail Assn. of Nevada

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004
Guest: Sen. Bill Raggio (R-Reno), 32-year incumbent, State Senate District 3
Buffy Martin, Gov't Affairs, American Cancer Society
Pundits: Bill Bilyeu, Attorney and former Nevada Assembly Speaker (R-Elko)
Paul Enos, Gov't Affairs, Retail Assn. of Nevada
Ray Hagar, Reporter, Reno Gazette-Journal

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004
Guests: Assemblyman Bob Beers (R-Las Vegas), State Senate Candidate
Gail Tuzzolo, People for a Better Nevada
Pundits: Andrew Barbano,
Ray Bacon, Exec. Director, Nevada Manufacturers Assn.
Carole Vilardo, President, Nevada Taxpayers Assn.

Barbano on Reno KNPB TV-5's
primary postmortem political program
Saturday, Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m.



The editor of did a segment with Ande Engleman on the right-work-for-less law and offered an economic solution to all the world's problems. Read more about it in the annual Labor Day Barbwire in the Sunday Sparks Tribune, reprinted in the following Friday's Comstock Chronicle.

Monday, Sept. 6, 2004
Guests: Andrew Barbano,
Jon Killoran, News Director, KRNV TV-4, NBC Northern Nevada
Pundits: Bob Crowell, Attorney
John Gwaltney, Nevada State Board of Education
Dick Gammick, Washoe County District Attorney

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004
Guests: State Sen. Randolph Townsend (R-Washoe)
John L Smith, Columnist, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Pundits: Ray Bacon, Exec. Director, Nevada Manufacturers Assn.
Martha Gould, Washoe Democrat
Scott Craigie, President, Alrus Consulting

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004
Guest: Joe Brezny, Exec. Director, Republican Senate Caucus.
Pundits: Jim Denton, President, Denton & Assoc.
Chris Wicker, Chairman, Washoe Democratic Party

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004
Guests: Sen. Dina Titus (D-Clark), Nevada State Senate Minority Leader
Lynn Hettrick (R-Gardnerville), Nevada State Assembly Minority Leader
Pundits: Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette-Journal
Mary Lau, Exec. Director, Retail Assn. of Nevada


Mrs. John Edwards


     Nevada Newsmakers has turned the toughest trick in TV, holding almost the entire noon news audience in daytime television's lunchtime dead zone last spring. Nevada Newsmakers defeated ABC's "All My Spillin's" on KOLO TV-8.

HATE RADIO TAKES A HOLIDAY — The Sunday radio rebroadcasts are also doing well in the ratings. That's understandable, as Mr. Shad's enterprise represents KKKOH's only two hours of balanced debate out of 168 hours of otherwise undistinguished, indistinguishable (but certainly extinguishable) weekly programming.

Thank you.

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