by Norm Clarke
Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Antebellum are among the headliners for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day telethon.
The new-look telethon, the first without Jerry Lewis since 1966, will be shortened from a 22-hour show to six hours, starting in primetime on Sept. 4.
Other entertainers include: Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Steven Tyler, Jon Secada, Randy Jackson, Richie Sambora, Jimmy Webb, Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Jordin Sparks and Ellen DeGeneres protege Greyson Chance.
Various locations will be used including the South Point, the main headquarters. Co-hosting will be Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” judge and executive producer; Nancy O’Dell, “Entertainment Tonight” anchor; and Alison Sweeney, host of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and author of “The Mommy Diet.”
Rio headliners Penn & Teller will provide their special magic.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Country powerhouse KWNR-AM has a new morning team, Brad Booker and Tracy Taylor, and a new program director, Rik McNeil. Booker and Taylor replace Mark Stevens, who left a few months ago. Booker was last at KHMX in Houston while Taylor was at Denver’s country giant KYGO and later its rival, KWOF, before she moved into the morning slot at KOOL.
Former KTNV-TV, Channel 13, personality Ron Futrell wrapped up his weeklong audition Friday for the 3-6 p.m. drive time slot at KXNT-radio AM 840/FM 100.5.
Kirk Kerkorian’s absence from Terry Lanni’s service on Tuesday and news a day later that Kerkorian had sold 20 million shares of MGM Resorts International sent some ripples of concerns through the gaming industry. MGM Resorts stock fell $1.54 Thursday to $10, a 13 percent drop. Kerkorian’s health is not an issue, an associate said.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who attended the Lanni service, came away from the annual Lake Tahoe summit earlier this week pleased that he had established a working relationship with Californa Gov. Jerry Brown. They had not met before. Reid told me the friendship with Brown should be advantageous to the cooperative relationship involving the planned $4 billion DesertXpress high-speed rail, which will link to California’s high-speed rail system.
Rick Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell of “Pawn Stars,” having lunch at Agave on Friday. Former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, showing the young lions a thing or two on Thursday at Casa di Amore. Norton, who famously broke Muhammad Ali’s jaw while winning the heavyweight title in 1973, had ‘em lining up to arm wrestle him. Norton, 68, was pinning challengers half his age. Drag queen Frank Marino, doing photo ops at the unveiling of his “Divas Las Vegas” wrap on the front of Imperial Palace. Destin Pfaff of Bravo’s reality show “Millionaire Matchmaker,” celebrating his bachelor party at Gallery nightclub (Planet Hollywood Resort) on Thursday.
THE PUNCH LINE
“The price of gold is at a record high. It’s so high that an angry mob looted Mr. T.” — Conan O’Brien
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