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.

WVXU-FM

I've interviewed hundreds, if not thousands, of people in my journalism career, and my most memorable one was during StoryCorps' visit here in 2008.

I interviewed my dad.

Attorney and former WLW-AM weekend talk show host Lisa Wells has pleaded guilty to four felony counts of drug possession to enter an "in lieu of conviction" treatment program in Miami County Common Pleas Court in Troy, Ohio.

The West Chester Township resident was stopped for "driving recklessly" on Interstate 75 near Piqua, north of Dayton, on Jan. 25, 2016.

Wikipedia

Oscar winners Casey Affleck, Robert Redford and Cissy Spacek will be in Bethel Tuesday to start filming "The Old Man and The Gun."

John Kiesewetter

Happy birthday to WKRC-TV, which began broadcasting on April 4, 1949 from the Taft family's old Cincinnati Times-Star building built at 800 Broadway (now a Hamilton County courts building).

Local 12 – or Tall 12 as it was called in the 1960s – actually started on Channel 11.  It moved to Channel 12 on Oct. 20, 1952, after the federal government re-allocated the nation's TV stations.

City of Cincinnati

Juuusssst a bit outside!  Ten years ago, Mayor Mark Mallory uncorked the wildest Opening Day ceremonial first pitch in Reds history.

With Eric Davis standing behind home plate, and the sold-out crowd watching in Great American Ball Park, Mallory took the mound before the Reds-Cubs game on April 2, 2007.

Play It Forward

Exactly a year after his death, local musicians will celebrate the life of legendary guitarist Lonnie Mack on April 21 at Madison Theater.

Called "Mackfest," the concert features Sonny Moorman, Gary Burbank, Scott Bratcher, Jay Jesse Johnson, Chuck Sullivan, Johnny Fink, Wayne Bullock, Junior Spivey, Greg Schaber, Bob Herrmann, Brian Tarter, Raul Watson and Tom Kaper.

ABC Television

Academy Award-winning director Patrick Osborne thought of his little brother's imaginary friend when creating potential TV series for Hollywood producers.

That's why Jenna Elfman ("Dharma & Greg") returns to ABC in "Imaginary Mary" with an animated imaginary friend who gives her relationship advice (8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Channel 9).

WNKU-FM

From Aaron Sharpe, WNKU-FM general manager:

This Weekend, We Say Goodbye to Some of WNKU's Most Beloved Programs

Well, there's just no good way to say this. Several of WNKU's longest-running and most popular weekend programs will air for the last time this Saturday and Sunday.

FC Cincinnati

Starting with the season opener Saturday at Charleston Battery, FC Cincinnati fans can watch 31 games on television-- home and away -- this season on one of three Sinclair Broadcasting Group stations.

WSTR-TV (Channel 64) will air Saturday's game at 7 p.m., the first of 23 games on the channel.

Wikipedia

Born 130 years ago today was Leonard "Chico" Marx, the piano-playing "Italian" Marx Brother who uttered one of the most famous lines in film history:

"You can't fool me! There ain't no Sanity Claus."

Brater-Winter Funeral Home

Jack C. Doll Jr. never wore a Reds uniform, but he played for the team 25 years. And for the fans.

Doll, who died Monday at 69, was hired as the Reds organist in 1981 to perform between innings at old Riverfront Stadium.

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How do you tell the difference between real news, fake news and alternative facts?

That's the agenda  for a Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists panel discussion called "Truth Matters, Facts Matters" Thursday, March 23, at the National Voice of America Museum, 8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester Township.

Provided by Alex Bernstein

Alex Bernstein was a Wyoming High School senior when he made stand-up comedy debut at Cincinnati's D.W. Eye bar on Calhoun Street in 1981.

"I was at the right place at the right time," says Bernstein, who performed 78 times in a year as a teen at D.W. Eye, the Sand Bar, Lakewood Tavern and the old Wishing Well restaurant at Reading and Galbraith roads.

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Reds fans can watch 145 games on Fox Sports Ohio this season, plus four games on Fox Sports 1, according to the FSO schedule released Wednesday.

WCET-TV

OK, people, listen up. We all need to help make WCET-TV's 50th "Action Action" fund-raiser a big success.

It's a great way of saying thanks to the nation's first licensed public TV station for Big Bird, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops concerts, "Downton Abbey," Ken Burns documentaries and yes, even those nostalgic rock music specials packed with pledge breaks.

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