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.

CBS Televisoin

To most of the world, Miguel Ferrer was a character actor best known for "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Crossing Jordan" or uptight FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on ABC's "Twin Peaks."

But around here Miguel Ferrer – who died of cancer Thursday at age 61 -- was known as Rosemary Clooney's son and George Clooney's cousin.

To me, he was the guy who urged his fun-loving cousin George to pursue acting.  And the drum-playing son who toured the U.S. and Europe with his mother Rosemary and singer Bing Crosby before Bing's death in 1977.

Wikipedia

Hamilton locations have been scouted by producers of a new Robert Redford movie, according to the Journal-News newspaper in Butler County.

NBCUniversal

Jerry Seinfeld's “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is on the move -- from Sony's Crackle streaming service to Netflix late this year, Variety says.

WCPO-TV

Kristyn Hartman, main evening co-anchor at Columbus' WBNS-TV, will replace WCPO-TV news anchor Carol Williams in mid-April.

Williams, whose 30-year tenure began in the Al Schottelkotte era, will retire after February sweeps, says the WCPO-TV announcement.

WDJO-AM

Without warning, oldies WDJO-AM  (1480)  dropped Don Imus' nationally syndicated "Imus In The Morning" show this week for a local music show.

Fred Rogers Company

Starting Jan. 16, the around-the-clock public TV children's programming on Channel 14.3 will be changed to PBS Kids. Why?

Adopting the PBS Kids national lineup and branding allows Cincinnati's WCET-TV and Dayton's WPTD-TV/WPTO-TV to provide a live stream of the channels online.

WCPO-TV

Weekend news anchor Ryan Houston from Jackson, Miss., will debut the week of Jan. 16 as co-anchor of WCPO-TV's "The NOW Cincinnati" with Tanya O'Rourke.

WLWT-TV (Channel 5) has been restored to DirecTV after a one week absence, along with 29 other Hearst TV stations in 29 markets.

Greet news for CSO fans! The 2016-17 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra season debuts 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, on classical 90.9 WGUC-FM.

Listeners also can hear the CSO recordings for one week after Sunday broadcasts by going to the inconcert.cincinnatisymphony website.

Provided by Jim Nunn

Jim Nunn knew a little about drumming and a lot about book publishing. But he had never written a book until inspired by his friend, jazz drummer John Von Ohlen.

"For the last two years, John Von Ohlen has been putting up with me as we chatted countless times over coffee," says Nunn, who used to live across the street in Covington from Von Ohlen.

Radio One

Lincoln Ware, long-time radio talk voice of the African-American community, often said in 2016 that "when Obama leaves, I leave."

He's changed his mind.

Fox News Channel

Megyn Kelly leaves Fox News for NBC, and WKRC-AM does the same? What's up with that?

MGM

With the late December deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, HBO has pushed up the air date for it special about the famous mother-daughter, while Turner Classic Movies has announced a 24-hour marathon of Reynolds' movies.

Negotiations continued Tuesday to restore WLWT-TV (Channel 5) to DirecTV, along with network affiliates in 25 other Hearst markets.

DirecTV and AT&T U-verse pulled the plug Jan. 1 on the Hearst stations when retransmission talks broke down. Hearst's contract expired at midnight Dec. 31.

Braden Frantz, new Channel 5 president and general manager, in a media release said DirecTV was making "unreasonable demands" by "seeking to carry our stations at below-market rates."

MGM

For those of you who don't want to watch Ryan Seacrest's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" or the Bengals last game of the season, here are 91.7 viewing suggestions for the New Year's weekend.

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