Cultures of Las Vegas: The Germans' Plays Throughout October

Local Germans receive the spotlight with the “Cultures of Las Vegas: The Germans” show when it debuts on Clark County Television (CCTV) Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Guest moderated by KSNV Channel 3’s Tom Hawley, the show features Ernst Martens, a 25-year Las Vegas resident and formerly with the now-defunct Deutsche American Society Nevada; Sebastian Bechtold, owner of Café Berlin at 4850 Sunset Road; Uli Geissendorfer, pianist, composer and instructor at both UNLV and the Nevada School of the Arts; Sylvia Brunn, host of the "Las Vegas German Show" on KSHP AM radio; and Denise Grillo Reed, longtime Las Vegas Resident formerly with Lufthansa VIP Services.

Hawley, a traffic and local history reporter who has appeared on Channel 3 since March 1995, has developed an affinity for Germany, having traveled there about 10 times over the past two decades, several times as part of intensive, behind-the-scenes journalism tours. These include a RIAS Berlin German-American Journalist Exchange Fellowships in 2003 and 2009; American Council on Germany Climate and Energy Tour in 2013 and a RIAS Senior Editor Tour on Refugees, Immigration and Border Security in 2018. Hawley also has hosted German journalists visiting the United States on the RIAS program some eight times.

CCTV is focusing on local German culture this month since October is German-American Heritage Month. Those with German heritage exceed a quarter million people in Clark County, the 2010 Census suggests. That Census showed 11.7 percent of the population are German or German-American. 11.7 percent of the current 2.3 million countywide population equates to nearly 270,000 people.

"German immigrants and people of German descent were among the pioneer leading citizens of Las Vegas going back to its beginnings as a city," said Hawley. "From the first Mayor of Las Vegas to leaders and entertainers in more recent years, the influence of Germans can be found throughout Southern Nevada."

“I want to thank KSNV Channel 3’s Tom Hawley for moderating this discussion as well as the panelists for their insights,” said Erik Pappa, the County’s director of Public Communications. “It’s an excellent show.”

Besides appearing on CCTV, the 30-minute show also may be viewed on Clark County’s YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. A direct link to the show: https://youtu.be/a7EerPFA954. The discussion is also available on Clark County’s “Cultures of Las Vegas” podcast available for iPhones and Androids.

Other CCTV air times this week: Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 5:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 8 at 2:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 11 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m.

Previous iterations of the series have focused on Mexico,https://youtu.be/jyl96aqwjUk; the Indians, https://youtu.be/oh2J9AFzQXk; the French, https://youtu.be/l53oPCatW7k; the Irish,https://youtu.be/Fu5OcnTlGy4; the Chinese, https://youtu.be/wSXlaLr20eA; the Poles,  https://youtu.be/UOz5qjA6jNA, and the Italians, https://youtu.be/FA-X8QB_c3A. CCTV has also produced similar shows, including, “Celebrating Latino Contributions,” https://youtu.be/6OcrX1ywDHw; “Influences of Asia and the Pacific,” https://youtu.be/8X3EIlvufME; and Black History Month discussions, https://youtu.be/z716l5FQG0s and https://youtu.be/GlU-Tm4rIRo. Staff plan to continue the series, focusing each month on the contributions of a local ethnic group.

CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available at https://www.youtube.com/user/ClarkCountyNV/live. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3.
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