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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Actor Zac Efron spent Thursday in the Clermont County Jail…. as serial killer Ted Bundy.

The Clermont County Sheriff Facebook page today posted:  "Film crews, vintage police cars, and Actor Zac Efron spent the afternoon at the Clermont County Jail today shooting scenes for a upcoming chronicle of the crimes of the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. The film is titled "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile."

The sheriff's office also posted eight photos.

Original post 1:04 p.m. Thursday Jan. 25: John Malkovich and Angela Sarafyan could be seen soon here for Zac Efron's movie about serial killer Ted Bundy.

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Even more fun! Bob "The Producer" Berry says he's attending the "Remembering Radio’s Rock Rivalries" program Sunday along with Eddie Fingers, Jay Gilbert, Mike McConnell, Pat Barry and Kevin "Doc" Wolfe. Berry worked for WKRQ-FM/WKRC-AM before joining Fingers on the WEBN-FM "Dawn Patrol."

The program is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the main public library downtown.

Sure-handed receiver A.J. Green's juggling wasn't good enough to make the final cut for CBS' live talent show airing Thursday, Jan. 25.

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What took them so long? Six weeks after Kara Sewell went home to Texas, WXIX-TV executives decided to reunite Jessica Brown and Dan Wells Monday to co-anchor the "Fox 19 Now Morning News.

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"Laugh-In" is 50 years old? You bet your sweet bippy.

I can see by the old clock on the wall that "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premiered as a regular series on NBC on Jan. 22, 1968, and became an overnight sensation.  You can look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls.

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The end is near for WOTH-TV viewers. Channel 20 will stop broadcasting  the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 23.

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Hugh Wilson, who created "WKRP In Cincinnati" without visiting the Queen City, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at his Virginia home. He was 74.

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Good news for George Clooney fans: You'll see him a lot on TV this year in a new "Catch-22" TV miniseries, his interview with David Letterman and the streaming of "ER" reruns. 

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When TV stations would unveil a new anchor set after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, station managers would ask me how I liked it. Frankly, I didn't care.

CBS News

CBS celebrated the sixth anniversary of "CBS This Morning" Tuesday by announcing that  "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson will join Nora O'Donnell and Gayle King on the morning show Wednesday, Jan. 10.

He replaces Charlie Rose, who was fired in November for sexual misconduct. The news came a week after NBC promoted Hoda Kotb to co-anchor the "Today" show, replacing Matt Lauer, who also was fired in November for inappropriate sexual behavior.

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Former President Barak Obama will be David Letterman's guest on the premiere of Dave's comeback interview show premiering Friday Jan. 12 on Netflix.

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Organist Ronnie Dale, who entertained Reds fans for 14 years, died Dec. 31 at University of Cincinnati Hospital. He was 86.

You might have missed it: His obituary appeared in the Friday Jan. 5 Enquirer under his real name, Erwin Ronald "Ronnie" Grubb.

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"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek posted a YouTube video Thursday to tell fans of the show he'll be "back in the studio taping more 'Jeopardy!' programs very, very soon."

A pair of 2-year-old identical twin girls are needed for Cincinnati's newest movie production, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile."

The film about Ted Bundy -- a 1970s serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, thief and prison escapee -- will shoot scenes with the twins Jan. 18-20 here, according to local casting director D. Lynn Meyers. The producers also needs 1960s and '70s autos and "lots of extras," she says. 

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Monday, Feb. 26 update:  Brad Johansen's last day at WKRC-TV is Wednesday, Feb. 28. See my new post today, "Brad Johansen's Top 12 Moments At Channel 12." 

10:30 a.m. Thursday Dec. 28 update: Why is Brad Johansen leaving WKRC-TV after 26 years?

He's going to "journalism heaven" and "basketball heaven" at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., near the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke. But the decision wasn't easy.

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Another year down the tubes! Here's a look at 2017 TV/Media/Radio/Movies stories of 2017 from A to Z:

A is for abolishing the area's admired Adult Album Alternative (Triple A) station, WNKU-FM.

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Mississippi native Allison Rogers has been hired by WLWT-TV as weekend meteorologist to replace Erik Zarnitz, who left in October.

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Three area TV stations – with more than a dozen channels of programming – will cease to exist in 2018.

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As expected, the Reds will replace radio announcer Jim Kelch with an in-house move, adding Jim Day from Fox Sports Ohio's Reds TV team to the radio booth.

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WCPO-TV will celebrate Fiona the baby hippo. an "adorable underdog," with a one-hour special Thursday, Dec. 21.

WKRC-TV

First things first: No, Cammy Dierking has not been let go, or demoted, or left WKRC-TV.

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Uncle Al, Gary Burbank, Skipper Ryle, Jim Scott, the Q102 Morning Zoo, Bob Shreve, Bob Braun, Ruth Lyons, WEBN's Jelly Pudding, the Cool Ghoul and "WKRP in Cincinnati" are "Living on the Air" in a wonderfully nostalgic display at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County downtown through January.

If you're heading downtown over the holidays, plan on spending an hour gazing at the Cincinnati TV and radio displays on the first and third floors at the main public library, 800 Vine Street.

CBS Television

Nothing like seeing old friends at the holidays – Bob Hartley, Mary Richards, Laura Ingalls, Hawkeye Pierce, Ben Cartwright, Roseanne Conner, Ralph Kramden, Ray and Debra Barone, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.

Fred and Ethel too.

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Will we ever know if Cincinnati's Jessie Salzbrun won ABC's "Great American Baking Show?"

ABC pulled the holiday baking competition Wednesday, after just one episode, and fired judge Johnny Iuzzini.

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Steve Overbeck loved to talk about cars – in his Madisonville auto repair shop and on the radio.

Overbeck, who died Sunday Dec. 10 at age 67, parlayed a regular appearance on WVXU-FM's old "Liveline" talk show into a second career as a radio host on WVXU-FM, WCKY-AM, WKRC-AM and WDJO-AM for about 30 years.

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Congrats to Hamilton native Vince Jolivette, a producer on the Golden Globe-nominated "The Disaster Artist."

WCET-TV

A memorial service for Grace Hill, former WCET-TV program director, will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at St Ignatius Loyola Church in Monfort Heights.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m. at the church, 5222 N. Bend Road, next to the Interstate 74 interchange. She will be buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.

"The Killing Of A Sacred Deer," filmed here in 2016 by Oscar-winning director Yorgos Lanthimos, didn't get any love from Hollywood Foreign Press Association Monday.

"Sacred Deer" was ignored by the 75th anniversary Golden Globe Award nominations released Monday – but star Nicole Kidman was nominated as a best actress in a limited series for HBO's "Big Little Lies."

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Not long after host Ayesha Curry joked that Father Kyle Schnippel "needs a Hail Mary," the suburban Cincinnati pastor was eliminated in the second hour of ABC's "Great American Baking Show" Thursday.

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Chronic knee pain sends comedian Gary Owen from Liberty Township to "The Healer" Monday on TLC.

Owen, who was born in Cincinnati and grew up in a trailer near Oxford, appears in the season finale of "The Healer" (10 p.m. Monday Dec. 11, TLC) starring Australian energy healer Charlie Goldsmith.

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