John Kiesewetter

Media Blog

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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ABC

Charlie Brown, The Grinch, Ralphie, Scrooge, "Elf," "White Christmas," "Miracle on 34th Street"… Yep, they’re all here in my list.

Elmo and Eloise, Linus and Lucy, The Honeymooners and the Clampetts, Carol Brady and Carol Burnett are here too.

WXIX-TV

This doesn’t surprise me: Morning news co-anchor Kara Sewell is leaving WXIX-TV for a major market, WFAA-TV in Dallas, in her home state of Texas. She’s that good.

The Houston native was hired three years ago by Fox 19.

Fred Rogers Company

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when people donate new or gently used sweaters to WCET-TV's annual "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" Sweater Drive.

Fred Rogers, the late children's TV host known for wearing cardigan sweaters made by his mother, started the yearly sweater collection while broadcasting his show on PBS from 1968 to 2001.

Scott Suchman / PBS

Top 10 Reasons To Watch "David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize" 8 p.m. Monday Nov. 20 on PBS (Channels 48, 16):

NBCUniversal

I'm making my lists, and checking them twice. First comes the list of Thanksgiving and Christmas specials filling TV and radio airwaves this week, and then my huge annual Holiday Program Guide posts Nov. 26.

Mikki Schaffner Photography

Actor Frank Ferrante has created an indelible, and career-defining, performance as the comedy icon Groucho Marx. 

Michael Doucett

For me, it was watching the Marx Brothers' crazy football game in "Horsefeathers" as a young teenager that made me a fan of Groucho for life.

For "An Evening with Groucho" star Frank Ferrante, their anarchist irreverent humor in "A Day At The Races" inspired his career choice.

WCET-TV

"Music Hall: The Next Movement" is television at its best – taking viewers to places they could never see otherwise.

Thanks to WCET-TV, viewers can travel through time to watch the $135-million Music Hall renovation from the removal of the seats and treasured artwork 17 months ago through the grand re-opening last month in the one-hour program (9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, Channel 48).

WCPO-TV

From the "Uncle Al Show" to WKRQ-FM and "WKRP in Cincinnati," memorabilia from Cincinnati's rich broadcasting legacy will be on display at the main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County downtown through January.

98 Degrees

Nick Lachey and the 98 Degrees guys will end their Christmas album tour by appearing on ABC's "Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” 10 a.m. Christmas Day (Channel 9).

Provided by Bill Tonnis

Unlike every TV newscast which begins with Breaking News alerts, this story starts with breaking away from the news.

Bill Tonnis, who found his calling after years as a WLW-AM and WVXU-FM newsman, performs songs from his new "Mercy Reigns" CD at a hurricane relief fund-raiser Sunday, Nov. 12.

Michael Dopucett

The late, great Groucho Marx comes to life in the Playhouse in the Park Shelterhouse Theatre as if he was at the height of his movie career in the 1930s, between roles in "Animal Crackers," "Duck Soup," "A Night At The Opera" or "A Day At The Races."

Jesse Tack

Congratulations to WUBE-FM's afternoon drive hosts Jesse Tack and Amanda Valentine, winners of the Country Music Association Broadcast Award's "large market personality of the year."

Provided by WCET-TV

"Cincinnati LEEDs The Nation," a documentary about the innovative design of Cincinnati Police District 3 headquarters in Western Hills, premieres 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 on WCET-TV (Channel 48).

Provided by Rusty McClure

Crosley historian and author Rusty McClure gives a uniquely personal look at Cincinnati's Crosley manufacturing and broadcasting empire Friday, Nov. 10, at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting on Tylersville Road in West Chester Township.

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