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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UPDATE WEDNESDAY MAY 31: This just in from Jennifer Schack: "I can finally talk about my new job. I am working for the Diocese of Covington in a new role titled, New Media Correspondent. I work under 'The Messenger' staff, and will focus on online digital content for the diocese, as well as reporting for the weekly diocesan newspaper.

"I'm excited to share my faith in my work. I'm an active member of the St. Joseph Cold Spring parish, and as you've mentioned a Bishop Brossart High School and Thomas More College alum. I think the work will be a natural fit for me as I transition out of the TV business."

John Kiesewetter

It's the biggest story of my news career, one I've written about for 40 years – the 165 deaths in the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire on May 28, 1977.

For the past two months, I've been speaking to Beverly Hills employees and patrons, firefighters and journalists, for a one-hour documentary. "Inside the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire: 40 Years Later" airs 7 p.m. Sunday May 28, and 1 p.m. Monday, May 29.

Sunday, May 28 at 7:00 pm
Monday, May 29 at 1:00 pm

Sunday, May 28 marks the 40th anniversary of the devastating fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club. Produced by Lee Hay and host John Kiesewetter, the special takes a look at the tragic event and its aftermath through conversations with people who were there, including former waiter Wayne Dammert whose story was told in the book, Inside the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire written by Ron Elliott.

Here's a link to John Kiesewetter's blog about this special, too.

Provided by Chad Lambert

Before he wrote comic books and advertising, Chad Lambert was living his dream – and it nearly killed him.

Lambert was a radio host-producer for several Cincinnati and Dayton stations -- at the same time -- before joining Gary Burbank's afternoon radio show team on WLW-AM.

The Carringtons are back! The CW will remake the 1980s ABC prime-time soap "Dynasty" this fall with Grant Show ("Melrose Place") as Blake Carrington and Nathalie Kelley ("The Vampire Diaries") as Cristal Jennings.

Provided by Alex Bernstein

It's official: The D.W. Eye comedy club reunion mentioned on WVXU-FM's "Around Cincinnati" in March will be Friday, June 23, at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley.

CBS Broadcasting Inc.

At CBS, they're turning back the clock a different way. Instead of reviving a 1990s show like NBC ("Will & Grace") and ABC ("Roseanne"), CBS will launch a "Young Sheldon" fall sitcom about the childhood of "Big Bang Theory" main character Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

ABC Television

Move over "Will & Grace," here comes "Roseanne."

ABC announced Tuesday that it will premiere four dramas and one comedy this fall – but the sitcom many ABC viewers could want to see will be the "Roseanne" reunion in 2018.

WVXU-FM

Let me get this out of the way first: I've been listening to public broadcasting for 40-plus years, and I would write this column whether or not I work for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM now.

Nobody welcomes public broadcasting fundraising drives, which interrupt our favorite formats, but Maryanne Zeleznik and Jay Hanselman do it better than anyone else I've heard. They truly put the most fun into fundraising, of all the Cincinnati non-commercial stations.

NBCUniversal

Will the "Will & Grace" revival make NBC "Must See TV" again on Thursday nights?

Fox Broadcasting Co.

Don't be fooled by Fox Broadcasting's bare bones fall TV launch, with only three series premieres in September.

John Kiesewetter

It's official: Howard Wilkinson will be honored in Columbus as one of the best Ohio politics reporters today -- which I've known since we worked together on The Post student newspaper at Ohio University 40+ years ago.

But he's much more than that. He's one of the best storytellers I've ever read -- on practically any subject.  

E.W. Scripps Company

Country singer Kellie Pickler and "Extra" contributor Ben Aaron (husband of "Good Morning America" meteorologist Ginger Zee) will co-host a weekday lifestyle show for WCPO-TV and 19 other Scripps TV stations this fall.

Could Sinclair Broadcast Group's $3.9 billion purchase of the Tribune Media Co. help the Maryland-based media giant launch a competitor to Fox News?

WLWT-TV is "actively recruiting" for a full-time traffic reporter in addition to replacing weekend morning meteorologist Jennifer Schack,  says Branden Frantz, Channel 5 president and general manager.

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