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7 Stations to Air Analyses on Anniversary of Riots : Television: Causes and solutions of social unrest are the focus of special reports during the coming weeks.

April 24, 1993|STEVEN HERBERT | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Beginning today and continuing for the next several weeks, seven local TV stations will air programming looking back and ahead as the first anniversary of the city's riots approaches on Thursday.

From 1:30-2 p.m. today, KABC-TV Channel 7 will broadcast "Together: L.A. Works," the latest element in the station's efforts to examine the physical and emotional aspects of the rebuilding process. The special will emanate from sites where L.A. Works, the volunteer center, has dispatched more than 1,000 people to paint, plant, landscape and perform related rebuilding chores.

"We think the audience in Southern California still wants healing and rebuilding in Los Angeles and wants to move on," KABC program director Vic Heman said. "By showing a lot of the positive efforts in the community, we can speed the healing process."

On Sunday from 5:30-6 p.m., Channel 7's "City View" will update the efforts at rebuilding and bringing about improved relations between races.

For the next two weekends, "Pacesetters," KTLA-TV Channel 5's public affairs program (10:30 a.m. today, 6 a.m. Sunday; same times next week), will examine issues related to events from both last year and this year.

KTLA's morning newscast Thursday will be delivered from the Museum of Tolerance, with guests including actor/activists Edward Asner, Valerie Harper and Blair Underwood, and Peter Ueberroth, co-chair of Rebuild L.A., the private group working to spur investments in the inner city.

On Monday from 8-10 p.m., KCAL-TV Channel 9 will present "Crisis and Recovery: A Town Hall Meeting" from the First-AME Church in South-Central Los Angeles.

The broadcast will be simulcast in Spanish on KCAL and also carried on KFWB-AM (980), KGFJ-AM (1230), KJLH-FM (102.3), Spanish-language KTNQ-AM (1020) and Korean-language KBLA-AM (1580).

PBS's "Frontline" documentary series presents an update on last spring's events in "L.A. Is Burning," produced in association with KCET-TV Channel 28 (Tuesday 9 p.m. Channel 28; 8 p.m. KVCR-TV Channel 24).

On "L.A. Is Burning," five individuals report from various communities on different ethnic groups.

KCET will follow "Frontline" with a special hourlong edition of its public affairs program "Life & Times," with a further discussion of the points raised in the documentary and an update of what's happened since it was filmed.

Three stations plan to deal with the aftermath of last year's events during their regularly scheduled newscasts.

Starting Monday, KCBS-TV Channel 2 will air a weeklong series of reports on what a station spokeswoman described as "positive surprises" in the areas hit by last year's unrest.

KTTV-TV Channel 11 will offer two series during its newscasts. On Monday and Tuesday, Joel Kotkin will report on economic changes in the area and the accomplishments of Rebuild L.A.

Wednesday through Friday, Chris Harris will examine the reasons behind the unrest, its damage to the city's social fabric, the city's current condition and what individuals can do to reunite.

Spanish-language KVEA-TV Channel 52 will present "Racism: A Common Threat" on its 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts May 12-14.

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