Media Beat

PBS

Ken Burns' highly anticipated look back at "The Vietnam War" premieres Sunday, Sept. 17, opposite the annual  Emmy Awards.

PBS devotes 18 hours to the film at 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for two weeks.

WVXU-FM

It's the end of the road for NPR's beloved "Car Talk" after 30 years, which will bring changes to WVXU-FM's weekend and weekday lineups in October.

The final repeats of "Car Talk," hosted by brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, air 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

Provided

Midwestern Hayride was one of the many early radio and television programs produced in Cincinnati that made the city famous for live broadcasting. 

Anchor Mark Hayes, who left WLWT-TV in August, has returned to Atlanta, where he and his family lived for 10 years.

Media Heritage

Former "Midwestern Hayride" producer Dick Murgatroyd will be in the WVXU-FM studio Thursday to talk about WLWT-TV's iconic country music show and the Golden Age of Live Cincinnati Television on our 1-2 p.m. "Cincinnati Edition" show.

Film Cincinnati

Film Cincinnati celebrates its 30th anniversary with a cool video montage of 30 years of movie scenes shot here, from "Rain Main" and "Airborne"  to "Carol," "Miles Ahead" and "Goat."

iHeartMedia

2:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 11 update: Tracy Jones was let go from WLW-AM Friday afternoon in "a corporate decision over which no one (at the station) had any control," said Bill Cunningham on his show Monday afternoon.

Cunningham told listeners several hours after my blog post Monday that the decision to lay off Jones, the afternoon co-host for nearly 10 years, "had nothing to do with Tracy Jones."

WGUC-FM

Classical music WGUC-FM (90.9) will celebrate the $135-million renovation of Music Hall with a two-hour special, "Music Hall: Welcome Home," at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

Former WUBE-FM and WGRR-FM part-time DJ Gina Matthews takes over the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. shift on Dry Ridge classic country WNKR-FM (106.7) on Monday, Sept. 11.

NBCUniversal

Here's my Fall TV guide, as the season kicks off tonight with the first Thursday night NFL game.

My list includes:

Thumbnails descriptions for the 19 new prime-time shows, starting with Seth MacFarlane's "The Orville" Sunday, Sept. 10.

Returning shows season premieres.

ABC

Nick Lachey has taken his reality TV life to yet another level.

After being "Newlyweds" with Jessica Simpson on MTV, and marrying Vanessa Minnillo on TLC in 2011, Nick and Vanessa will compete against each other – and the rest of the celebrities – on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

WUBE-FM

Congratulations to WUBE-FM's afternoon drive hosts Jesse Tack and Amanda Valentine on their first nomination for a Country Music Association Broadcast Award.

NBCUniversal

Daytime TV host and former Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer says he'll decide soon whether to leave television and return to Ohio politics.

Pete Souza / White House Photo

Stars are coming out for the multi-network live "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief" telethon set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, shortly after Hurricane Irma could slam into Florida.

John Kiesewetter

Music Hall visitors attending the grand re-opening Oct. 6-7 will get a sneak peek of "Music Hall: The Next Movement," WCET-TV's documentary about the massive $135-million renovation.

The rest of us must wait until Thursday, Nov. 16, to see the film by producer Richard Wonderling and co-producer Don Hancock.

Verve Records

Some know comedian Shelley Berman from his Emmy-nominated role as Larry David's father on "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Others will remember him as old Judge Sanders on "Boston Legal," or his guest roles on "L.A. Law."

But loyal WNOP-AM listeners will remember the iconic 1960s comedian - who died Friday at 92 at his California home of complications from Alzheimer's - from the station identification spots he recorded for the Newport jazz station that aired bits from comedy albums.

Provided / Denise Johnson

Traffic reporter Denise Johnson says she left WXIX-TV Wednesday because she refused to accept the station's 90-day contract extension.

NBC

Update 1:30 p.m.: Over-the-air WOTH-TV's Movies TV Network (Channel 20.1) also will air a Jerry Lewis marathon Labor Day starting with "Don’t Give Up The Ship" (1959) at 8 a.m., in addition to the Turner Classics Movie marathon.

The Channel 20.1 "Icon-a-thon" continues with "The Ladies Man" (10 a.m.) from 1961; "The Nutty Professor" (12:30 p.m.) from 1963; "Boeing Boeing" (3 p.m.) from 1965; "The Family Jewels" (5:30 p.m.) from 1965; "You're Never Too Young" with Lewis and Jerry Martin (8 p.m.) from 1955; .and repeats of "The Nutty Professor"(10:30 p.m..) and "Boeing Boeing" (1 a.m.).

Shout! Factory

So I had this crazy dream -- and it's about to become reality – about a concert saluting the great rock 'n' roll and pop music heard on "WKRP in Cincinnati."

Provided / Jim LaBarbara

After nearly four decades on Cincinnati radio, DJ Jim LaBarbara has left the airwaves to enter politics.

WLWT-TV

Anchor Mark Hayes has left WLWT-TV after three years as anchor-reporter. Mollie Lair joined the News 5 team from Cape Girardeau, MO.

Hayes was hired in 2014 to co-anchor mornings with Lisa Cooney. 

Cameron Cochran

On WVXU-FM's "Around Cincinnati" at 7 p.m. Sunday, I'll be interviewing steel guitarist Cameron Cochran about playing country music all around town during King Records Month in September.

E.W. Scripps Co.

"Pickler & Ben," starring country singer Kellie Pickler and "Extra" contributor Ben Aaron (husband of "Good Morning America" meteorologist Ginger Zee), will air on 38 stations, including WCPO-TV (Channel 9).

As I reported in May,  the daytime entertainment and lifestyle show premieres Sept. 18 (3 p.m., Channel 9).

John Kiesewetter

Growing up in Middletown, I've known about the Robert E. Lee memorial in nearby Franklin for most of my life.

I've always found it curious that there would be a memorial to Lee, who led the Confederate Army into battle to destroy the United States of America, in the North.

And that the Robert E. Lee memorial also was there "to mark the route of the Dixie Highway."

Update 3 p.m.: More about Eric Bose's radio career from John Perin:

Eric Bose did UC football & basketball for the 1958-59 and 1959-60 seasons on WSAI Radio. He also did UC football & basketball for the 1970-71 season on WKRC Radio.

During the 1960s, Eric did some on-the-air sports on WCKY including selected Xavier basketball games during the 1967-68 season and an NFL pre-season game (Jets -vs- Eagles) from Nippert Stadium in 1967.

WXIX-TV

News anchor and "Morning Xtra" co-host Charisse Gibson premieres her "Cincinnati Connection" community affairs program on WXIX-TV and its Bounce digital subchannel next month.

Paramount Pictures

Forty years ago this weekend, the funniest man God ever created died at the age of 86. The secret word was Groucho.

I sure hope someone looked at Groucho Marx and said -- as he did in "A Day At The Races" -- "Either this man is dead, or my watch has stopped."

John Fox, former City Beat editor and Soapbox Cincinnati managing editor, has been named editor of Cincinnati Magazine.

He replaces editor-in-chief Jay Stowe, who was let go with four other staffers in a downsizing three weeks ago.

John Kiesewetter

WNKU-FM won't be making a big deal about losing its original frequency (FM 89.7) at 8:59 a.m. Friday late Friday night, since the beloved station still will be heard until late October on Middletown's powerful WNKN-FM (105.9) and streaming.

But I will.... since "it's the beginning of the end," as I wrote earlier this week.

John Kiesewetter

Update 8/17/17 at 8:40 p.m.:  Northern Kentucky University issued a press release Thursday evening stating WNKU's programming on 89.7 FM will end Friday morning at 8:59 a.m.

Original post: It's the beginning of the end.

WNKU-FM stops broadcasting on its original frequency (FM 89.7) at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 – although the station's beloved adult album alternative (Triple-A) format will continue to be heard throughout most of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati on Middletown's powerful WNKN-FM (105.9) and streamed on line.

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