John Kiesewetter

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John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.

The Middletown, Ohio, native joined The Enquirer for a 13-week summer internship after graduating from Ohio University in 1975, and parlayed it into a nearly 40-year career as a reporter (including covering the Beverly Hills fire aftermath), editor and TV columnist. “TV Kiese” regularly traveled to Los Angeles and other cities to preview shows, interview stars and watch tapings of “ER,” “Seinfeld,” Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and David Letterman’s “Late Show.” He’s also covered filming of George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” Cate Blanchett’s “Carol” and Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead.”

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John Travolta's Gotti movie, shot here in the late summer of 2016, finally will arrive in theaters June 15.

WLWT-TV news anchor Sheree Paolello will moderate a debate by Democratic governor candidates broadcast live by the station at 7 p.m. April 10.

Meet the woman behind one of the most popular, and only female, mascots of the Cincinnati Reds

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Update Tuesday March 20: Have a listen to my interview with Amy Burgess from Sunday's "Around Cincinnati" below.   

Original post Thursday, March 15: Rosie Red doesn't talk. So let's just say Amy Burgess, a local choreographer and actor, knows everything about Rosie from the inside out.

With Opening Day fast approaching, I asked Amy to come to WVXU-FM and talk about creating and performing as the Reds' popular female mascot for Around Cincinnati this Sunday, March 18, at 7 p.m.   (After the show airs, I'll put a link to the audio here.)

10 a.m. Thursday March 15 update: Jeff Brogan, WCPO-TV general manager, tells me: "I can confirm that Chris Riva’s last day with WCPO was last Friday. We decided to go in another direction with the position for Good Morning Tri-State and his contract was not renewed. We’re working to position the show to offer the best coverage for our audiences and will determine whether we will have two anchors or one. Kathrine Nero will solo anchor the show for now.

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WKRP will be living on the air in Cincinnati again starting April 2.

Dr. Johnny Fever, Venus Flytrap, and Les Nessman from the beloved CBS sitcom (1978-82) will be seen in reruns on Me TV, the classic television network broadcast by WLWT on Channel 5.2.


8:15 p.m. update Friday March 9:  Just heard from Mark Heyne. He says he's "changing careers." His comments added to story below.

"Cincinnati Edition" host Mark Heyne has resigned from WVXU-FM, prompting a national search for the weekday afternoon talk show.

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Kentucky country singer Jason Owens – who was caught in collateral damage from Mike Huckabee's public spat with Nashville record executive Jason Owen – will appear on Huckabee's TV show Saturday, March 10.

Versatile radio host Hugh Lutton, best known for his work on WCKY-AM, died Wednesday at his Bridgetown home. He was 69.

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FC Cincinnati matches again will air mostly on WSTR-TV (Channel 64) this season again, starting with the opener 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Charleston Battery.

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The life of Rose Marie, the former child actress who starred on the "Dick Van Dyke Show," will be celebrated with a new documentary film followed by a Q&A with producer Kathy Brown March 11-12 here.

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And the crowd goes wild! A packed house at Mason's Buffalo Wings & Rings cheered for hometown favorite Angela Perkins when she narrowly avoided elimination on "Survivor: Ghost Island" Wednesday night.

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Iraq war veteran Angela Perkins compares her "Survivor: Ghost Island" competition to her Army experience this way:

"They are two different experiences. I would say it was more difficult for me to do 'Survivor' versus the war, but in a different sense.  

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Snarfie R. Dog, Hattie the Witch, Teaser the Mouse, the Treehouse and the Castle… If you loved Larry Smith's puppets, you need to see the collection on display at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township.

For 10 years, somebody asked Carmon DeLeone about resuming his popular "Sunday Morning Music Hall" classical music radio show.