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« Reply #1 on: Nov 18th, 2004, 11:30am »

It goes unnoticed, but “America's Most Wanted” is the most-watched program in its time slot on Saturday nights. It's also No. 8 on a much more impressive list. This Little TV Show That Could has lasted long enough to be ranked as one of the longest-running series in the entire history of prime time.

“America's Most Wanted” began on Fox's owned-and-operated stations in February 1988 and went national on Fox that April.

John Walsh, whose son Adam had been found dead in a nationally famous missing-child case, was and remains the host nearly 17 years later, with more than 800 fugitives captured.

Families of victims, especially, trust Walsh — because he's experienced in the ordeal they're undergoing.

“Unfortunately I've walked in their shoes, so I know where they're coming from,” Walsh said. “The media can be brutal.

“After Adam was murdered, a lot of the media that we begged to keep Adam's story going for the two weeks that he was missing lost interest after the first or second day. I had begged them to keep helping us look for this little boy, and, of course, when parts of him were found two weeks later — the most horrible murder — they were all camped out on our front lawn.”

It was an experience he won't force on anyone else, he said.

“It's actually part of my deal with Fox, that I'll never do a story a victim doesn't want me to do,” Walsh said. “We'll never show the face of a molested or abused child. That criteria has been my standard for 17 years. And if they don't want to say something, or are uncomfortable — this is not 60 Minutes,' this is my show..”

The program, modeled after the BBC's “Crimewatch U.K.,” went after FBI Top 10 wanted killer David James Roberts in its pilot and caught him. He was identified by several people at a Manhattan homeless shelter.

“When it started,” said “AMW” executive producer Lance Heflin, “everyone was just shrieking in horror ‘It's vigilante TV! Everyone will be turning in their brothers and their neighbors! Here comes George Orwell and company!'

“It was never that, and never turned out that.”

The show helped catch John List, then the Texas 7, and, most famously, helped return Elizabeth Smart to her parents after nine months.

Last week a suspect was charged in the 2002 murder of Ali Kemp, a 19-year-old Leawood woman, partly because “America's Most Wanted” twice broadcast stories about the case.

The show has lasted so long, Heflin said, because its audience (7.7 million viewers last week) is so loyal: “People trust us.”

And that has helped keep the show running. The top four longest-running shows still on the air are “60 Minutes,” the Disney umbrella showcase, “Monday Night Football” and “20/20.”

How many reality shows will run that long? Not many.

As for reality the genre, Walsh is dismissive.

“I think it's unreality TV, to tell you the truth,” he said. “A woman in a bikini eating two yards of horse colon is not reality TV.”
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 22nd, 2004, 08:45am »

It is so true about the media can be "brutal". When my daughter Jody became missing, I called the local television show and they could not do anything for me. this was in 1985. Through the years and because of the dedication that AMW and Mr. Walsh, people are now more aware of our missing/murdered children and adults. Jody's case became cold because of the juvenile authorities did not know communication with the police department, nor did they ever lift one finger to help find her. Now, we have more laws to help in these situations. I still look for Jody and people like Jill and Mr. Walsh is the only hope I have in support to find my daughter.

You would think the juvenile authorities would help to this day and stay in communication with the parents on what happen to that child. But, apparently the children are only a statistic to them and not a child. I even challenge the board to this remark. I am sorry to be critical but to defend for what is the rights of a missing child such as my daughter Jody, I will do so.

Education is so important in criminal law. I was very ignorant at the time Jody dissappeared. I took two years of criminal justice and psychology. I want to get into the minds of these people who are murderers, preditors, and even the ones who have information but will not reveal the truth such as Doan. I understand one time that individuals who acts such as the friends and family of Doan are decoys to distract families from getting to the media for help. This is to discredit the family, degrade them just like what the preditors does to thier victims. But, because of the support of websites such as Carrie's and AMW they will never, ever, control the strength that we have for our family members. It is the love we have that gives us our strength and that can not ever be broken.

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« Reply #3 on: Nov 22nd, 2004, 1:33pm »

on Nov 22nd, 2004, 08:45am, brightstars wrote:
It is so true about the media can be "brutal". When my daughter Jody became missing, I called the local television show and they could not do anything for me. this was in 1985. Through the years and because of the dedication that AMW and Mr. Walsh, people are now more aware of our missing/murdered children and adults. Jody's case became cold because of the juvenile authorities did not know communication with the police department, nor did they ever lift one finger to help find her. Now, we have more laws to help in these situations. I still look for Jody and people like Jill and Mr. Walsh is the only hope I have in support to find my daughter.

You would think the juvenile authorities would help to this day and stay in communication with the parents on what happen to that child. But, apparently the children are only a statistic to them and not a child. I even challenge the board to this remark. I am sorry to be critical but to defend for what is the rights of a missing child such as my daughter Jody, I will do so.

Education is so important in criminal law. I was very ignorant at the time Jody dissappeared. I took two years of criminal justice and psychology. I want to get into the minds of these people who are murderers, preditors, and even the ones who have information but will not reveal the truth such as Doan. I understand one time that individuals who acts such as the friends and family of Doan are decoys to distract families from getting to the media for help. This is to discredit the family, degrade them just like what the preditors does to thier victims. But, because of the support of websites such as Carrie's and AMW they will never, ever, control the strength that we have for our family members. It is the love we have that gives us our strength and that can not ever be broken.

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BrightStars,

You are not ignorant by no means. You did not know what do to in a crisis situation like that back then, because let's face it, most people dont understand until it's upon them. I want all my mom's to know that no matter how longs it's been that there are some who do care and that there is things that can be done to continue the search. This is just one more example of how the police have dropped the ball. You will find Jody. I believe that in my heart.
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xx AMERICA'S MOST WANTED" TAPS BILLBOARDS TO FIND FUG
« Reply #4 on: May 26th, 2005, 09:51am »

"AMERICA'S MOST WANTED" TAPS BILLBOARDS TO FIND FUGITIVES

Chicago (May 24, 2005) - AMERICA'S MOST WANTED, the long-running crime-fighting show on FOX, is using donated billboard space in Detroit to help catch hard-to-find fugitives, host John Walsh announced today at a national convention of the outdoor advertising industry in Chicago. "Billboards work. Billboards are one more way to empower the public to help police apprehend accused criminals - some of whom are killers and sexual predators," said Walsh.

The first AMERICA'S MOST WANTED billboard was installed in Detroit, MI, on May 9, featuring a photo of a murder suspect and a toll-free number for anonymous tips. The billboard space was donated by Viacom Outdoor. Walsh said he looks forward to having billboard space available to display future cases profiled on AMW.

Late last year, Walsh was impressed that "wanted" information posted on a freeway billboard in the Kansas City area helped police to apprehend a suspect in connection with the 2002 murder of Ali Kemp, 19. According to police, two productive tips from the public led to an arrest in the Kemp case on Nov. 9, 2004: the first tip was generated by AMERICA'S MOST WANTED, the second from a billboard donated by Lamar Advertising Company.

The victim's father, Roger Kemp of Leawood, KS, encouraged expanded use of billboards to catch criminals. "Like many good ideas, this one came from a citizen who figured out how to do things better," said Walsh. Prompted by success in Kansas City and encouragement from Roger Kemp, the outdoor advertising industry offered to help Walsh and AMERICA'S MOST WANTED.

"The goal of public service - to make a difference - comes into clear focus when we can help make communities safer and also help bring closure to families victimized by crime," said Nancy Fletcher, president and CEO of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). The 2005 OAAA National Convention and Trade Show was held in Chicago May 22-24.

AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK is in its 18th season and airs Saturdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK is produced by STF Productions, Inc. Lance Heflin is executive producer.
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