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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Herb Reisenfeld of Provident Travel loves to say that his mother-in-law, singer Ruby Wright,  was responsible for Doris Day's career.

Before Wright became a regular on Ruth Lyons' "50-50 Club" TV show, she sang for her husband, bandleader Barney Rapp. When Ruby was pregnant with her daughter Susie, Rapp hired a local teenager singer named Doris Kappelhoff.

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Here they come! Ten new shows premiere during the Fall TV season's biggest week. Get ready to see Mergyn Kelly, Young Sheldon, The Brave, The Inhumans, Will & Grace and Me, Myself and I.

And chances are you have at least one favorite in the 34 returning series starting this week: "The Big Bang Theory," "Grey's Anatomy," "NCIS," "Saturday Night Live," "Empire," "This is Us," "Designated Survivor," "How To Get Away With Murder," "MacGyver," "Blue Bloods" and "The Simpsons," to name a few.

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Middletown's historic Sorg Opera House reopens with a concert Sunday, two weeks before Cincinnati's Music Hall's grand re-opening.

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Great news at the end of another lousy Reds season: Marty Brennaman will return to the Reds Radio booth for a 45th season in 2018.

Brennaman, 75, last year signed just a one-year deal after having multiple-year contracts since 1974.

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The end is near: WNKU announced Thursday that it will cease broadcasting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, on Middletown's WNKN-FM (105.9), the university's last signal.

A new format will be heard Monday, Oct. 2, on FM 105.9, says Jeff Ziesmann, who agreed to buy Northern Kentucky University's last radio asset July 19.

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WKRC-TV adds another hour to "Good Morning Cincinnati" on Oct. 2 by bumping Harry Connick Jr.'s "Harry" to WSTR-TV.

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What do TV's top-rated drama "NCIS," the new Billy Jean King-Bobby Riggs "Battle of the Sexes" movie, ABC's "Speechless" and Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" have in common?

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The St. Xavier High School (1982) and Miami University (1986) graduate is enjoying his biggest fall of his Hollywood career.

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And then there were none.

Classical music reporter Janelle Gelfand was one of at least four Enquirer newsroom employees to lose their jobs Tuesday, the last of the Enquirer's arts writers.

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Did someone in your family know young Doris Day?

Did they know her as Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff, the promising young dancer-turned-singer from Evanston who grew up to be America's most popular movie star?

Maybe they took lessons with her at Hessler's Dance Studio in Mount Adams? Or went to Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard with her? Or heard her sing on WLW-AM or with Barney Rapp's band?

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Ken Burns' highly anticipated look back at "The Vietnam War" premieres Sunday, Sept. 17, opposite the annual  Emmy Awards.

PBS devotes 18 hours to the film at 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for two weeks.

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It's the end of the road for NPR's beloved "Car Talk" after 30 years, which will bring changes to WVXU-FM's weekend and weekday lineups in October.

The final repeats of "Car Talk," hosted by brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, air 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

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Midwestern Hayride was one of the many early radio and television programs produced in Cincinnati that made the city famous for live broadcasting. 

Anchor Mark Hayes, who left WLWT-TV in August, has returned to Atlanta, where he and his family lived for 10 years.

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Former "Midwestern Hayride" producer Dick Murgatroyd will be in the WVXU-FM studio Thursday to talk about WLWT-TV's iconic country music show and the Golden Age of Live Cincinnati Television on our 1-2 p.m. "Cincinnati Edition" show.

Film Cincinnati

Film Cincinnati celebrates its 30th anniversary with a cool video montage of 30 years of movie scenes shot here, from "Rain Main" and "Airborne"  to "Carol," "Miles Ahead" and "Goat."

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