Media in Las Vegas
From newspapers and magazines to television and radio, consider this your one stop source for all your major media needs.
Las Vegas is ranked the 42nd largest Designated Market Area (DMA) in the U.S. with more than 700,000 TV households. The area supports 10 major TV stations, including all the major networks and 20 radio networks, such as CBS Radio and clear Channel Communications. As the “entertainment capital of the world,” there is plenty of news coverage and paparazzi to cover the action and report on celebrity sightings on and off the Strip. Las Vegas itself has been the location for several favorite prime-time shows, such as “CSI Las Vegas” and “Las Vegas.”
While there are a variety of print outlets in the Valley, the Las Vegas-Review Journal (www.lvjr.com) has the largest daily circulation in Nevada. It’s one of the two daily newspapers in Las Vegas (the Greenspun Media Group-owned Las Vegas Sun is distributed with it, lasvegassun.com), and it is the flagship publication of Stephens Media LLC. Not to miss is the annual Las Vegas-Review Journal’s “The Best of Las Vegas”, which is a reader’s choice poll on favorite restaurants, entertainment, hotels and people, among other categories. You can read about this year’s winners online at www.lvrj.com/bestoflv.
Magazine titles published in Las Vegas include the weekly entertainment magazine for Vegas visitors, Las Vegas Magazine (lasvegasmagazine.com); luxury magazines VEGAS and Home & Design; as well as Las Vegas Golfer and Las Vegas Hollywood Magazine (lvhmagazine.com).
You’ll find the familiar line up of networks in Las Vegas – from NBC, FOX, CBS, PBS and ABC, as well as Univision and CW. Depending on where you’re relocating from, you’re now in Pacific Standard Time Zone, so be sure and adjust to your new time so you won’t miss any of your favorite shows. Cox is the leading cable provider in the area and provides subscribers with a listing of all TV programming available. Who are the best local TV personalities worth watching? According to “The Best of Las Vegas” reader’s choice poll winners for 2009 they are: in the category of Best Local TV Anchor for the fifth time is Paula Francis with KLAS-TV, Channel 8. She’s on the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts and has been in Las Vegas for 20 years. Also on KLAS-TV, the Best Local Sportscaster, according to LVRJ readers is Chris Maathuis, sports director. According to LVRJ, “viewers cheer his breezy yet polished style and know they’re watching somebody who follows the home team (especially UNLV’s men’s basketball) at least as zealously as they do. Jon Castagnino, weekend sports anchor at KVVU-TV, Channel 5, takes the runner-up spot.
There are more than 40 AM and FM radio stations offering every possible genre – from urban contemporary, to talk radio, new country, 80s rock, smooth jazz, classical and Christian contemporary. For those who are hooked on National Public Radio, set your dial to KNPR at 88.9 FM. Do you need your morning drive fix? The favorite dynamic duo in Las Vegas, according to LVRJ readers, is Mark & Mercedes on KMXB-FM 94.1. They’ve been No. 1 for 10 years, so check them out. The description notes, “from bodily functions to bad behavior, their cheerful-earful palaver keeps things light and lively.