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.

Sinclair Broadcast Group

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

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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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The late Miguel Ferrer's final appearance as Assistant Director Owen Granger airs on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" 9 p.m. Sunday Feb. 19 (Channel 12).

Ferrer, son of singer Rosemary Clooney and cousin of actor George Clooney, died of throat cancer on Jan. 19. He was 61.

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The National Voice Of America Museum Of Broadcasting  is preparing for the 75th anniversary of the VOA, which started broadcasting Feb. 1, 1942 as part of the Office of War Information.

“We’re planning a series of events and exhibits this year to celebrate the VOA’s commitment across America and the world to embrace best practices in telling the truth in order to let the world decide,” said Jack Dominic, executive director of the museum at the former VOA Bethany Station, 8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester Township.

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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition, we review and discuss the people, stories and events that are affecting the Tri-state. 

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To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, nonprofit Film Cincinnati (formerly the film commission) is seeking 30 donors willing to give $30,000 each.

"Most people think that we get paid to produce films here. (Not true!) Film Cincinnati is completely reliant on generous donations from our sponsors and people like you to sustain economic development and job creation in Greater Cincinnati," says a post on the FilmCincinnati website.

WVXU

With WNKU-FM soon to be sold and silenced, Cincinnati Public Radio will add a national adult album alternative (Triple-A) format broadcast on 91.7 WVXU-HD2 and streamed on wvxu.org starting 10 a.m. Friday.

"WNKU has provided an invaluable service to its listeners and to the local music community it serves and it will be missed," said Richard Eiswerth, Cincinnati Public Radio general manager and CEO.

"With the loss of the Triple-A format at WNKU-FM, we see that as a vacuum that – in order to fulfill our mission —we should step in and do our best to serve."

WNKU.org

Valentine's Day will be remembered as the day the music died at WNKU-FM.

Sadly, it's over, as I had expected since Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns announced 10 months ago that he would "explore the possibility of a sale of WNKU-FM and its assets."

After nearly 32 years of rockin' the airwaves to an adult album alternative (Triple-A) beat -- a unique blend of alternative, folk-rock, classic rock and bluegrass with a hourly dose of homegrown artists -- the university sold WNKU-FM (89.7) to a religious broadcaster, as I figured.

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WNKU-FM's unique adult album alternative format will be replaced by religious programming later this year after the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents Tuesday voted unanimously to sell two of the school's three FM stations: 

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A mob of reporters shouted questions at Christian Slater outside the downtown Main Public Library's Ninth Street entrance about 11 p.m. Wednesday night, while surrounded by Cincinnati Police cars and an ambulance.

TV vans from WLWT-TV and WKRC-TV, plus two WCPO-TV news vehicles (a van and the huge satellite transmission truck), were parked by the library. But you didn't see this on late newscasts.  

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