John Kiesewetter: Media Beat

For more than 30 years, John Kiesewetter has been the source for information about all things in local media – comings and goings, local people appearing on the big or small screen, special programs, and much more.

Local media is still his beat and he’s bringing his interest, curiosity, contacts and unique style to Cincinnati Public Radio and 91.7 WVXU.

Contact John at johnkiese@yahoo.com.

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

Shout! Factory

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

Pete Souza / White House Photo

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. 

700 WLW

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.

Hixson Brothers Funeral Home

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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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.

John Kiesewetter

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.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

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

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