"West 57th" Contents
A relatively short-lived magazine program on CBS attracted attention during its brief span of a few years; it was aimed at a demographic group which had a core of younger viewers, according to most media critics. This program, West 57th," developed some talent, correspondents who later appeared on more successful shows such as 60 Minutes." One correspondent, Meredith Vieira, had moved on to ABC's Day One at this writing.
This analysis will focus on selected programs in this series with a special emphasis on their political content.
The February 18, 1989, West 57th featured segments about Omar Sharif and about the AIDS epidemic. The portion which had the least political content was John Ferrugia's visit to the Columbus Zoo, a frothy piece which consisted of feature material. Ferrugia was joined by Karen Burns as narrator.
The program focused on the public health issue in a segment reported by Meredith Vieira and produced by Rob Hershman. The interviews concerned the death of AIDS victim Robert Steel. Two doctors presented different viewpoints about AIDS. Patients were interviewed, as well as Dr. Ken Fisher of Phoenix, Arizona. One interview module covered a patient being treated for lost vision, who had experienced some restoration of eyesight.
This was less significant than some other programs that covered the AIDS epidemic. It did not have much material dealing with the epidemic in general, but it did try to focus on human aspects of