Day: December 19, 2011

My bologna has a first name…

The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile rolled into Keizer last week, spending a few hours at Roth’s Fresh Markets. Its “hotdoggers,” Caileigh Robertson and Taylor Hutchinson, took time to tell us a little bit about the legendary promotional vehicle. • Six Wienermobiles are in operation crossing the country at any given time. • The two ladies signed on for a year of driving the vehicle cross-country. Their nicknames are “Bacon, Lettuce & Taylor” and “Caileigh Con Queso.” • The underlying vehicle is a 2004 Chevrolet truck chassis, with an eight-cylinder, 6.0 liter Chevrolet engine under the hood, er, weiner. • There’s six seats inside, and a large stereo for playing music while at their promotional appearances. • Robertson and Taylor aren’t allowed to disclose mileage, but claim to have dispensed “thousands of smiles to the gallon.” • You’d think people have lots of questions, but Robertson said people mostly want to tell stories. “Mostly they want to tell us when they saw the Wienermobile last,” Robertson said. “A lot of times it was 20 or 30 years ago, so it’s nice to reminisce and just remember the last time you saw the Wienermobile.” • Since Robertson and Taylor signed on, they’ve gotten to help in tornado relief in Joplin, Mo. and helped a Minnesota woman check one item off her bucket list with a ride in the Wienermobile. “That was extremely...

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Wanna be a local TV star? Now’s your chance

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s public television channel is throwing open the airwaves to residents for the first time. The channel has been around for more than a decade, and has slowly but surely made strides: Improved production equipment came with the new city hall building. KeizerTV.com launched to provide on-demand access to government meetings, programs like Keizer Oral History and Cop Talk, and McNary High School last year aired Celtic School News on K-23, and plans are in place to do so again this year. It’s on Channel 23 for Comcast subscribers. A livestreaming option is on the way. But public submissions never made it past the deliberative stage, and at one time fears of prurient interest programming like nude bowling derailed any serious talks. But Cathy Clark, a city councilor who’s on the K-23 Advisory Committee, said it turns out people largely don’t use public access to push those kinds of boundaries. “The alternative venues for people with, shall we say, crass tastes, you’re just not going to see that on local access channels in general,” Clark said. “Being able to put that onto YouTube or other Internet sites, especially if they want to make money at it, that leaves out our local access channel.” “You don’t have as many people seeing something like community access TV as the only way to get their program...

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