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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"CBS This Morning" co-anchor Charlie Rose will have heart surgery Thursday to replace an aorta valve.

Rose, 75, who also has hosted a weeknight "Charlie Rose" interview show on PBS for more than 25 years, explained his absence this week in a letter read to viewers Wednesday morning. 

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WVXU's Black History Month programming includes Cincinnati native Rocky Carroll starring in a "L.A. Theater Works" production Saturday, and a three-part "Historically Black" series of stories from the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

The 1981 School for Creative & Performing Arts graduate best known as "NCIS" Director Leon Vance plays barber Russell Parker in "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men"  8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 on WVXU-FM (91.7) and WMUB-FM (88.5).

"Dangerously Funny" by David Bianculli / Simon & Schuster

Fifty years ago, the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" changed television when it premiered on CBS Feb. 5, 1967.

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The four-week February sweeps starting Thursday, Feb. 2, bring more spin-offs and revivals from TV shows and movies.

Here's a look at sweeps highlights:

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"He was not an old man, and he never was," said George Clooney about his cousin Miguel Ferrer at a memorial ceremony at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles Saturday.

George Clooney praised his cousin Miggy's perpetually youthful outlook on life, saying that "he came in like a comet, he rocketed through life and he got out," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Folks at WXIX-TV (Channel 19) are all smiles as they start February sweeps on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The "Fox 19 Now" 10 p.m. newscast has been the No. 1 late news with viewers age 25-54 – the "money demographic" most advertisers want to reach—through fall (August-November).

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It looked like a no-brainer for CBS News to make Oprah Winfrey a "60 Minutes" special contributor, given her close friendship with "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King and her frequent appearances on CBS.

Oprah seemed to know everyone who's anyone on her top-rated daytime talk show for 25 years (1986-2011).

But hiring Winfey for "60 Minutes," still TV's most popular news magazine in its 48th season, could keep her CBS News bosses busy to avoid any appearances of conflict of interests for the media mogul, talk host, actress, philanthropist and Weight Watchers spokesperson.

ESPN

A generation of sports broadcasting trailblazers is vanishing before our very eyes.

Vin Scully, Dick Enberg and Verne Lundquist retired late last year. Now Brent Musburger and Chris Berman are leaving the airwaves.

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ABC devotes a full hour to Mary Tyler Moore Friday night on "20/20," while MeTV Sunday repeats the best "Mary Tyler Moore Show" episodes about Chuckles the Clown, dating Lou Grant and the 1977 series finale.

Here's how to spend the weekend with Moore, who died Wednesday at age 80, the woman who could turn our world on with a smile:

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He dressed "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" puppets. He delivered an armadillo and all kinds of things to Fred Rogers on the PBS show. And he accompanied the iconic children's TV star to meet David Letterman and to "Saturday Night Live."

David Newell – the show's public relations director who played Mr. McFeely on the show – tells great stories about his 50-year association with the "Neighborhood" on "The Moth Radio Hour" 8 p.m. Sunday on 91.7 WVXU-FM.

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A few months after Kings Island opened in 1972, "The Partridge Family" cast came to film their ABC show there a full year ahead of "The Brady Bunch."

The episode called "I Left My Heart in Cincinnati,"  with Johnny Bench as a waiter, premiered on this date, Jan. 26, 1973.

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I'll be singin' in the rain along with Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor when Turner Classic Movies plays my favorite film musical during a Reynolds marathon Friday, Jan. 27.

TCM salutes the late actress, who died  Dec. 28 at age 84, with a dozen of her films -- including her break-through role on "Singin' in the Rain," her Academy Award nominated "The Unsinkable Molly Brown,"  plus "The Singing Nun" and "The Tender Trap." Here's the lineup:

CBS Television

Even Chuckles the Clown is mourning this sad day.

Actress Mary Tyler Moore – who starred in two iconic TV series, and produced many shows including “WKRP in Cincinnati” – died Wednesday at age 80.

Topps

After a horrible 1-8 season in 1960, the Reds traded hometown favorite "Hamilton" Joe Nuxhall to the Kansas City Athletics on this date, Jan. 25, in 1961.

After his historic debut as a 15-year-old in 1944, Nuxhall returned to the Reds in 1952 at age 23. He won 83 games for in the club in the 1950s – going 12-5 in 1954 and 17-12 in 1955. He led the National League with 5 shutouts in 1955, and made the All-Star teams in 1955 and 1956.

Then he fell apart in 1960 with a 1-8 record and 4.42 ERA at age 32.

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Stephen L. Hightower isn't sure how CNBC will portray his "mud, sweat and tears" success story on "Blue Collar Millionaires" at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25.

"I haven't seen it. I'll see it when everyone else does," says Hightower, president and CEO of Hightowers  Petroleum and HP Energy. "I don't know what they're going to show."

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