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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Provided by Cameron Cochran

Cameron Cochran isn't old enough to have watched the WLWT-TV's legendary "Midwestern Hayride" Saturday night TV show, but he's heard plenty about it from "Hayride" steel guitar player Chuck Rich.

And that inspired his "Hayride," a live country music-and-comedy sketch show Sept. 17 at the Woodward Theater in Over-the Rhine.

Arcadia Publishing

This one was for Dad. And the Santangelo family.

Scott Santangelo's new book, "The Ohio Valley Jazz Festival," is a tribute to his father, promoter Dino Santangelo, who created the summer jazz festival in 1962 which morphed into the city's huge R&B weekend.

This weekend's Cincinnati Music Festival is the current name for what began decades ago as The Ohio Valley Jazz Festival

Cincinnati Magazine

Three months shy of the big 50th anniversary Cincinnati Magazine issue, the new owners laid off editor in chief Jay Stowe and four other top staffers.

Here's all you need to know about how beloved sportscaster Dale McMillen was throughout Northern Kentucky:  Facebook and sports blogs are filled with tributes to McMillen, who hadn't been on radio regularly for 25 years.

McMillen, of Villa Hills, died Sunday of complications from kidney disease. He was 74.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

If you want to see the 40th anniversary WEBN-FM fireworks, plan on seeing them in person.

Managers of all five Cincinnati TV stations – WLWT-TV, WXIX-TV, WCPO-TV, WKRC-TV and WSTR-TV -- tell me they're not planning to broadcast the Western & Southern/WEBN-FM Riverfest fireworks live at 9:05 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.  

WREW-FM

After 15 years on WKRQ-FM (101.9), Holly Morgan has moved down the hall to sister Hubbard station WREW-AM (Mix 94.9) to co-host mornings with Sandy McIlree.

Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 pm and Sunday, July 23 at 7:00 pm

Promoter Joe Santangelo tells his favorite stories about Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, ZZ Top, Ray Charles, New Kids On The Block, Charlie Wilson, Dave Brubeck, the Grateful Dead and many more music superstars, while explaining how the Cincinnati Music Festival (July 27-29) evolved from the old Ohio Valley Jazz Festival at Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium and Carthage Fairgrounds.

Produced by John Kiesewetter and Lee Hay.

Wikipedia

Bruce Willis returns to Cincinnati Aug. 7 to shoot his second action film here in three years, and his second Ohio movie in six months.

After filming the bank heist "Marauders" movie in fall of 2015, Willis and former 2012 Miss USA and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo will star in "Reprisal," another bank robbery film.

John Kiesewetter

The seats are gone -- removed and sold. The large porcelain CINCINNATI GARDENS letters erected for the 1949 opening have been promised to the American Sign Museum in Camp Washington.

And sometime in the not too distant future the Cincinnati Gardens arena – home of Oscar Robertson's NBA Cincinnati Royals, and the minor league Swords, Cyclones, Mohawks and Mighty Ducks – will be a pile of rubble.

This Sunday, a special from producers Lee Hay and John Kiesewetter:

Joe Santangelo: Six Decades of Rock, R&B And All That Jazz

WNKU-FM

UPDATE 7/19/17  9:00 p.m.

Jeff Ziesmann, buyer of WNKN-FM from Northern Kentucky University says there was no agreement to keep the Triple-A format on the station, as said after the Wednesday afternoon NKU Board of Regents meeting. "Very early on in negotiations, we discussed keeping the format provided NKU would finance the purchase of the station. It quickly rejected the proposal," Ziesmann said. 

Joe Santangelo dropped by the WVXU studio on March 2, 2017, to talk with John Kiesewetter about his work with his brother Dino which has led to his production of the wildly successful Cincinnati Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium. This year's festival runs from July 27-29 in downtown Cincinnati.

John Kiesewetter

For six decades, the Santangelos have brought us the greatest names in R&B, rock and jazz – the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, the Grateful Dead and ZZ Top.

Provided by Steve Norris

TV meteorologists come and go at Cincinnati TV stations, but fill-in Steve Norris doesn't get the gig.  What's up with that?

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