Veteran Reporter Jon Ralston Joins PBS Stations in Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval Scheduled as First Guest
(Las Vegas, Reno) – Veteran reporter, commentator and news analyst Jon Ralston is returning to statewide television five nights a week. He begins his weekday program, Ralston Live, Monday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. on Nevada’s two PBS member stations, Vegas PBS and KNPB in Reno. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is scheduled to be the first guest of the program.
The program will repeat overnight on both stations and will be available online on their websites. The repeat broadcasts are scheduled for midnight on both KNPB and Vegas PBS.
Ralston Live will feature the type of interviews, commentary and analysis that have made Jon Ralston a household name in Nevada for many years. Longtime executive producer Dana Gentry also joins Ralston Live.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Vegas PBS and KNPB,” Ralston said. “This is a perfect marriage of two brands. I look forward to doing what we have done for years on television at a place with a storied history of quality programming.”
Ralston’s move to public television marks a return to his broadcast roots. As a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Sun newspapers, Ralston became a regular guest on the weekly Vegas PBS program Nevada Week in Review in the early 1980s. His broadcast presence grew to a nightly program broadcast on cable and commercial television.
“Vegas PBS is pleased to bring back to television a journalist and political analyst who is nationally respected and widely followed by Nevada political leaders and activists,” said Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell. “Through this production partnership with KNPB and our sponsors, public service television will offer unique and diverse statewide perspectives on Nevada politics, business and social issues.”
“Public television is where Jon got his broadcast start, and we are happy to have him home,” said KNPB President & CEO Kurt Mische. “His knowledge of our state’s news and political world, his contacts and his ability to provide substantive coverage are what viewers depend on when they tune to public television.”
Production of Ralston’s nightly broadcasts will be shared by Vegas PBS and KNPB Reno. The two stations provide broadcast coverage to the entire state of Nevada.
About Vegas PBS
Dedicated to enriching the lives of those who call Southern Nevada home, Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most watched PBS stations on a per capita basis. Five additional channels are available over the air or on cable and satellite including Create, Vme, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot!
Vegas PBS expands its television broadcast impact through supplemental materials on VegasPBS.org, PBS.org, PBSKids.org, PBSParents.org, PBSTeachers.org and NextAvenue.org. Vegas PBS also offers extensive online distance education for workforce development and economic diversification through Global Online Advanced Learning (GOAL).
Vegas PBS provides K–12 educational resources to teachers and students in public, private, charter and home schools including TeacherLine professional development courses; One Place, a curriculum-correlated online media service; the Described and Captioned Media Center (DCMC) containing materials for deaf, hard of hearing, blind and vision impaired individuals and those who assist them; and Ready To Learn literacy and health community workshops based on curriculum materials in daytime children’s programs.
KNPB Public Broadcasting is seen by more than 158,000 people weekly in northern Nevada and northeastern California. KNPB provides 3 digital broadcast television channels on channel 5.1, KNPB Create on channel 5.2 and KNPB Vme on channel 5.3. KNPB channels are also available on cable and satellite services.
KNPB provides PBS national programming and award winning locally produced KNPB programming in standard and high definition. KNPB.org provides engaging interactive content, including the KNPB video portal at watch.knpb.org that streams all locally produced KNPB content and most PBS national content.
KNPB serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services from KNPB Campus that bring classroom lessons to life. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as individual members, KNPB has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.