A Conversation about Las Vegas with 'SoCal Connected' Correspondent John Ridley
KCET's 'SoCal Connected' Correspondent John Ridley in Las Vegas' Neon Boneyard. | Photo by Christal Smith
Tonight on an all-new episode of KCET's award-winning news program, SoCal Connected, which airs at 8 p.m., correspondent John Ridley, takes viewers on a tour of the gambling Mecca that reinvented itself during good times only to now face new challenges during a tough economy.
During tonight's episode, Ridley visits the chapel where he was married for a report on Vegas’ other major industry and catches up with Vegas resident and creator/host of the once popular TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Robin Leach who currently blogs about celebrity life in Sin City. Ridley also takes a tour of the neon “boneyard,” where signage from Las Vegas’ past is being collected for a future museum, and checks out the massive hotel and mixed-use construction projects currently experiencing funding shortages.
LAist was fortunate enough to catch up with Ridley, an Emmy Award-winning commentator, accomplished author, screenwriter, commentator and self-described fan of Las Vegas whose work regularly appears on NPR, MSNBC and SoCal Connected, to discuss the city that remains a destination for millions of Southern Californians.
You are a self-described fan of Las Vegas, what is it that you love about the city?
I understand they allow gambling there.