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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Reds fans can watch 145 games on Fox Sports Ohio this season, plus four games on Fox Sports 1, according to the FSO schedule released Wednesday.

WCET-TV

OK, people, listen up. We all need to help make WCET-TV's 50th "Action Action" fund-raiser a big success.

It's a great way of saying thanks to the nation's first licensed public TV station for Big Bird, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops concerts, "Downton Abbey," Ken Burns documentaries and yes, even those nostalgic rock music specials packed with pledge breaks.

CBS Broadcasting Inc.

Is this a good idea? CBS plans a "Big Bang Theory" spin-off for the fall TV season called "Young Sheldon," about Sheldon Cooper at age 9.

"Big Bang" creator Chuck Lorre and producer Steve Molaro are creating the sitcom starring Iain Armitage (HBO's "Big Little Lies") as little Sheldon living in east Texas with his family and "going to high school," CBS says.

ABC Television

Oscar-winning filmmaker Patrick Osborne didn't win an Academy Award again this year, but he made Oscar history.

"Pearl," his animated short screening at Memorial Hall March 11-12 by Cincinnati World Cinema, was the first Oscar-nominated film made in 360-degree video and virtual reality. He produced "Pearl" for Google Spotlight Stories after winning the 2015 Academy Award for best animated short film for "Feast."

Wikipedia

Want to be in the Hollywood movie with Oscar winners Casey Affleck, Robert Redford, Cissy Spacek and Danny Glover?

"The Old Man and The Gun," their new movie to be shot here this spring, will hold an open casting call for extras 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Xavier University's Gallagher Student Center, 3800 Victory Parkway.

1989 NFL Pro Set

Happy birthday to Bob Trumpy, Cincinnati's original "Trump." He created radio sports talk here in 1976 while still playing tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Trumpy, born 72 years ago today in Springfield, Ill., hosted a weekly one-hour show in 1976 on WCKY-AM (1530), before "Monday Night Football" broadcasts – after WLW-AM turned down the idea.

WLWT-TV

For the second time in two months, WLWT-TV and parent Heart Television have been removed from a national satellite TV service.

Channel 5 announced early Friday it was dropped at midnight by DISH Network after an impasse in renewing a transmission consent agreement.

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Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications has sold Cincinnati Magazine -- and city magazines in Atlanta and the Los Angeles area -- to Detroit-based Hour Media Group.

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Update April 11, 2017:  GET TV is returning to airwaves.

Read the full story here.

WCPO-TV

For more than 30 years, people here have eaten dinner while watching Carol Williams deliver the evening news on WCPO-TV.

Starting Monday, she'll be at home watching the evening news like the rest of us. Williams, who has been working part-time since the start of 2016, retires Friday.

Country Radio Hall Of Fame

Congratulations to Tim Closson, former WUBE-FM operations director, who will be inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in Nashville on June 21.

U.S. Defense Department

Steven Spielberg's mother Leah Adler, a Cincinnati native who gave birth to Steven here in 1946, died Tuesday in Los Angeles where she had operated The Milky Way restaurant. She was 97.

She was born Leah Frances Posner on Jan. 12, 1920, to Philip and Jennie Posner, and raised in Cincinnati during the Roaring Twenties and Great Depression.

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Play ball! Reds can will hear 34 of the club's 38 spring training games on radio or online, and can see five games on TV from Arizona this spring.

Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley call the Reds spring openers against the San Francisco Giants from Scottsdale 3 p.m. Friday on WLW-AM. The pregame show starts at 2:30 p.m.

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It's not just a TV sitcom. It's literature reflecting our culture.

That's what former Fox Broadcasting executive Nick Belperio teaches in his "Evolution of TV Comedy" course at the University of Cincinnati.  Over 15 weeks, he discusses the social, historical and cultural impact of "I Love Lucy," "Modern Family," "All In The Family," "M*A*S*H," "Maude," "Murphy Brown," "Roseanne," "30 Rock," "The Goldbergs," "The Office" and even "The Flintstones," "Gilligan's Island" and "Get Smart."

Spike TV

The Cloo crime show channel is gone, and big changes are coming soon to Spike TV, Oxygen and the Esquire Network. Here's the latest:

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