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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Kentucky country singer Jason Owens – who was caught in collateral damage from Mike Huckabee's public spat with Nashville record executive Jason Owen – will appear on Huckabee's TV show Saturday, March 10.

Versatile radio host Hugh Lutton, best known for his work on WCKY-AM, died Wednesday at his Bridgetown home. He was 69.

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FC Cincinnati matches again will air mostly on WSTR-TV (Channel 64) this season again, starting with the opener 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Charleston Battery.

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The life of Rose Marie, the former child actress who starred on the "Dick Van Dyke Show," will be celebrated with a new documentary film followed by a Q&A with producer Kathy Brown March 11-12 here.

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And the crowd goes wild! A packed house at Mason's Buffalo Wings & Rings cheered for hometown favorite Angela Perkins when she narrowly avoided elimination on "Survivor: Ghost Island" Wednesday night.

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Iraq war veteran Angela Perkins compares her "Survivor: Ghost Island" competition to her Army experience this way:

"They are two different experiences. I would say it was more difficult for me to do 'Survivor' versus the war, but in a different sense.  

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Snarfie R. Dog, Hattie the Witch, Teaser the Mouse, the Treehouse and the Castle… If you loved Larry Smith's puppets, you need to see the collection on display at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township.

For 10 years, somebody asked Carmon DeLeone about resuming his popular "Sunday Morning Music Hall" classical music radio show.

Cincinnati Reds

Great news for Reds fans! All 162 Reds games will be televised by Fox Sports Ohio (FSO) this year, for the first time in Reds history. 

FSO also says UC/Bengals radio voice Dan Hoard and former Reds pitcher Sam LeCure will be part of FSO's pregame, in-game and postgame programming.

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Vintage clothing, furniture, record albums, lamps and other props will be sold to the public after filming ends today, Feb. 27, on Zach Efron's Ted Bundy movie, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile."

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Before Brad Johansen leaves WKRC-TV Wednesday, Feb. 28, and heads to WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., I asked him to tell me his favorite moments, experiences and people from 26 years in Cincinnati at Channel 12.

"I arrived in Cincinnati in 1992. I planned on staying for two years," he tells me. "WKRC became home to me. I owe so much to this station, and more importantly to the people who watched this station…. This is a special place. Thank you Cincinnati. I owe you."

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Larry Smith, who entertained thousands of kids with his Hattie the Witch, Teaser the Mouse, Snarfie R. Dog and Nasty Ole Thing puppets, died Monday. He was 79.

Smith's puppet show was the first program broadcast by WXIX-TV in 1968, and helped make Channel 19 the nation's highest-rated independent station in a year.

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And this one belongs to Marty!  I recently heard Reds radio voice Marty Brennaman  give his overview of the 2018 Reds, and I thought Reds fans would want to read it.

Brennaman spoke to the Joe Nuxhall Chapter of the Reds Hall Of Fame and Museum in Hamilton. He starts his 45th season on Reds radio at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, on WLW-AM. It's quite long, but here's how he sizes up the team:

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Have you noticed the voice for women's hockey games on NBC's Winter Olympics games?

It's John Walton, former Cincinnati Reds public address announcer, radio voice of the old Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and a traffic/sports reporter for WLW-AM back in the late 1990s.

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Fans of former WKRC-TV meteorologist Michelle Boutillette are lighting up the web over her return to  Channel 12 on weekends.

How else can I explain that my July 2015 story, "Michelle Boutillette Returns To WKRC-TV Newscasts,"  was trending on our website 2-1/2 years later?

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If you've watched Northern Kentucky University basketball games on ESPN3 – or Cincinnati CW Channel 12.2 – you probably didn't know that NKU students are producing the telecasts.

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Producers of Ann Curry's "We'll Meet Again" series on PBS are looking for survivors of the tornadoes which ripped through southwestern Ohio, from Sayler Park to Xenia, on April 3, 1974.

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When Chuck Dougherty was hired by WLW-AM in the 1976, he felt he'd come full circle.

Dougherty, who died last month in Florida, grew up in Falmouth, KY, listening to WLW-AM. He enjoyed success as a radio DJ in New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta and Nashville before coming home to the 50,000-watt station.  

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Former TV meteorologist Jennifer Schack has joined the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as director of media relations.

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Broadcaster Jim Day heads to spring training today to get his baseball announcing skills into shape.

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Commercial television in Cincinnati turns 70 on Friday, Feb. 9, when WLWT-TV started commercial operation in 1948 – Cincinnati's first television.

Crosley Broadcasting had been experimenting with television for nearly a year with W8XCT. WLWT-TV was the city's only TV station for 14 months, until Taft Broadcasting's WKRC-TV signed on in April 1949. WCPO-TV followed in July 1949.

David Letterman "had a wonderful time" in Augusta, Ky., during his trip to interview Nick and Nina Clooney about their famous son," Nick Clooney tells the Maysville Independent-Ledger.

"He even took a ride on the Augusta ferry," Nick Clooney said.

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It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood… when the nation recognizes one of TV's greatest stars: Fred Rogers.

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which premiered 50 years ago on national public television on Feb. 19, 1968, has prompted another PBS special, a new Tom Hanks movie, a stamp, a feature-length documentary, a  sold-out Cincinnati party and a conversation about him Wednesday on WVXU-FM's "Cincinnati Edition" talk show.

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Congratulations to Procter & Gamble, which swept the top Super Bowl commercials, according to ADWEEK.

"Tide, which aired four brilliant commercials across four quarters… easily won the night with the best campaign," ADWEEK wrote. 

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How did George Clooney meet his future wife, Amal Alamuddin? She came to his house in Italy. That's revealed in the new Netflix teaser for David Letterman's Clooney interview available Feb. 9.

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March 7, 2018 update:  Here are links to my lengthy March 6 interview, "Angela Perkins Compares 'Survivor' Experience To Army Life,"  and to my March 7 story from her viewing party at Mason's Buffalo Wings & Rings, "Crowd Cheers Angela's 'Survivor' Narrow Escape." 

Both have lots of new photos. The March 7 story also has information about Perkins' viewing parties through the "Survivor: Ghost Island" finale on May 23.

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Confessions from the "Remembering Radio's Rock Rivalries" panel discussion at the downtown public library Sunday:

--WEBN-FM's Jay Gilbert was the person who plastered WEBN stickers all over the WKRQ-FM van parked in Hyde Park.

--Former WLW/WEBN executive Randy Michaels didn't really think a station would change formats from rock to country when he started spreading speculation that Q102 would change from rock to country.

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They're back! Low-power WKRP TV (Channel 25) has added two networks from sister station WOTH-TV (Channel 20), which stopped broadcasting Tuesday.

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.

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