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Say Cheese: 1999 party will be broadcast

Rick Chandler

If you plan on taking part in New Year’s Eve festivities near the Stateline casinos, smile – you’ll probably be on television.

Television stations from Reno and Sacramento plan to be on hand Thursday night to co-produce their evening newscasts with South Lake Tahoe’s KMTN-TV, beaming images of the Stateline celebration to what may be a national audience. KXTV Sacramento and KOLO Reno, both ABC affiliates, will broadcast their 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts from Harveys Resort on New Year’s Eve, with remote cameras, satellite hookups and technical support provided by Mike Conway’s KMTN. With KMTN’s new three-hop microwave system, the Tahoe celebration will be broadcast throughout California, and ABC affiliates nationwide will have the option of picking up all or portions of the feed.

“All of this is at no cost to us in Tahoe,” Conway said. “This is a great opportunity for us from a marketing standpoint.”

What viewers will see is a raucous celebration on a half-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 50 between the casinos, which will be closed to automobile traffic. As many as 50,000 people are expected in the countdown to 1999, a celebration which in past years has run the gamut from the tame sidewalk party to the near-riot.

KMTN co-produced a similar show from Stateline with KXTV last year.

“KOLO wanted to get in on it this year, and now we have a chance for national exposure,” Conway said. “You can’t buy publicity like this. Well, actually you can, but it would cost a lot.”

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