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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FC Cincinnati's USL Cup Playoff game at the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday Oct. 21 will be broadcast live on WSTR-TV (7:30 p.m., Channel 64).

WCET-TV

Woodward Career Technical High School building technologies instructor West Davis will be one of many mentors featured on PBS' sixth annual national "American Graduate Day" telecast 2-6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 14 on WCET-TV (Channel 48).

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Gourdon and Witch Willie make their radio debut Sunday, Oct. 15 on WVXU-FM, and I got the scoop.

Two of the biggest holidays for puppeteers, Halloween and Christmas, are fast approaching. 

Writer's Digest

Forget the glamour of Cate Blanchett's "Carol," the talented jazz musicians in "Miles Ahead" or the cute kids in "A Christmas Melody."

Producers of "Donnybrook," Cincinnati's next major movie, want "rough types: beards, wrinkles, fighters, tattoos, etc. Backwater types!"

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Maybe you have one of those refrigerators with a TV screen built into the door… Or you like reading news stories from TV/radio stations on your tablet or phone…

Well, WLW-AM founder and Cincinnati industrialist Powel Crosley Jr. was way ahead of you. W-A-Y ahead of you.

700 WLW

D.J. Hodge has been promoted to iHeartMedia's Cincinnati market president over WLW-AM, WEBN-FM and four other stations, filling the void from the lay-off of Chuck Fredrick in May.

NBCUniversal

Former Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones returns to television Tuesday, October 10, in the second season premiere of "Adventure Capitalists" (10 p.m., CNBC).

Jones and Jeremy Bloom, former Olympic freestyle skier who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, will be joined this year by Olympic gold medal gymnast and "Dancing with the Stars" champ Shawn Johnson East.

Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel co-host and Thurgood Marshall biographer Juan Williams will speak about the former U.S. Supreme Court judge 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Miami University Hamilton.

His presentation, part of the Michael J. Colligan History Project, is free and open to the public.

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I'm pleased to announce that classical music reporter Janelle Gelfand is bringing her "Janelle's Notes" arts blog to Cincinnati Public Radio before the grand reopening of Music Hall this weekend.

Gelfand, my long-time colleague and friend laid off by the Enquirer two weeks ago, is blogging for wguc.org here. She'll also comment about the arts and music scene on sister station WVXU-FM (91.7), starting with "Cincinnati Edition" at 1 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 6) about this weekend's opening of Music Hall after a $135-million renovation in the past year.

WNKN-FM

Middletown's FM 105.9 – the "Country Rebel" when bought by Northern Kentucky University in 2011 – returns to its country roots today as "Southwest Ohio's Classic Country Giant."

Jeff Ziesmann's Grant County Broadcasters, which operates Classic Country WNKR-FM (106.7) in Northern Kentucky, will duplicate the classic country music on the powerful Middletown station that reaches from north of Dayton International Airport to south of CVG. The station will start broadcasting sometime Monday, Oct. 2.

WLW-AM

Versatile radio veteran Gary Jeff Walker takes over WLW-AM's 9 p.m.-midnight slot Monday, Oct. 2, with "The Nightcap with Gary Jeff Walker."

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There's not much left at WNKU-FM for broadcast classes or students hoping to start a campus or internet station.

Northern Kentucky University sold most of the WNKU-FM studio equipment with the transmitters for FM 89.7 on campus; FM 105.9 and AM 910 in Middletown; and FM 104.1 in Portsmouth.

WNKU-FM

Before beloved WNKU-FM vanishes into thin air at 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 28, here's another installment of remembrances from loyal listeners and former staffers.

WNKU-FM will play requests and listener comments all day Thursday on FM 105.9, which has been sold by the university to Grant County Broadcasters. A new station debuts Monday, Oct. 2.

NBCUniversal

Live from New York, it's Luke Null!

The 2008 Lakota East High School graduate will be one of three new "featured players" starting Saturday, Sept. 30, when Ryan Gosling hosts the season premiere.

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