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.

HBO/Mathieu Young

Chronic knee pain sends comedian Gary Owen from Liberty Township to "The Healer" Monday on TLC.

Owen, who was born in Cincinnati and grew up in a trailer near Oxford, appears in the season finale of "The Healer" (10 p.m. Monday Dec. 11, TLC) starring Australian energy healer Charlie Goldsmith.

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The last Middletown Middies game at historic Wade E. Miller Gym Friday night will be truly special for Lenny Robinson.

The long-time announcer for Middies games on TV Middletown – which went dark in 2016 — will do the game with former TV partner Marty Flesher streamed live at the Stratford Heights Church of God website,  SHCOG.com.

ABC Television

Give us this day our daily cake, pies and pastries?

Father Kyle Schnippel, pastor of St. John Neumann and Corpus Christi parishes in suburban Cincinnati, will be one of 10 contestants on ABC's "Great American Baking Show" (9-11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Channel 9, ABC).

Cincinnati also will be represented by Jessie Deye Salzbrun, product chief at the Family Tech software company which makes apps to enhance and organize family life.

Gray History of Wireless Museum

On this day 70 years ago: The first professional basketball game was televised in Cincinnati on W8XCT, Crosley Broadcasting's experimental TV station which became WLWT-TV in February 1948.

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Services are 6 p.m. today for former WMUB-FM and WVXU-FM program director John Hingsbergen at Newcomer Funeral Home West Side Chapel, 3300 Parkcrest Lane, Western Hills.

Hingsbergen, 67, died Nov. 28 in Richmond, KY, where he as assistant manager and program director at Eastern Kentucky University's WEKU-FM. Visitation begins at 4 p.m. today, Dec. 4.

John Kiesewetter

The Reds are preparing for life after Marty Brennaman, which won't include Jim Kelch.

CBS Television

For more than 50 years, "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, Channel 12, CBS) has delivered a Holly, Jolly Christmas to millions of viewers, making plenty of silver and gold for CBS since its premiere in 1964.

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A change in the weather is coming to WKRC-TV, and to Scott Dimmich's career trajectory.

Dimmich, weekend meteorologist for six years, leaves Channel 12 – and television – on Wednesday.

ABC

Charlie Brown, The Grinch, Ralphie, Scrooge, "Elf," "White Christmas," "Miracle on 34th Street"… Yep, they’re all here in my list.

Elmo and Eloise, Linus and Lucy, The Honeymooners and the Clampetts, Carol Brady and Carol Burnett are here too.

WXIX-TV

This doesn’t surprise me: Morning news co-anchor Kara Sewell is leaving WXIX-TV for a major market, WFAA-TV in Dallas, in her home state of Texas. She’s that good.

The Houston native was hired three years ago by Fox 19.

Fred Rogers Company

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when people donate new or gently used sweaters to WCET-TV's annual "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" Sweater Drive.

Fred Rogers, the late children's TV host known for wearing cardigan sweaters made by his mother, started the yearly sweater collection while broadcasting his show on PBS from 1968 to 2001.

Scott Suchman / PBS

Top 10 Reasons To Watch "David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize" 8 p.m. Monday Nov. 20 on PBS (Channels 48, 16):

NBCUniversal

I'm making my lists, and checking them twice. First comes the list of Thanksgiving and Christmas specials filling TV and radio airwaves this week, and then my huge annual Holiday Program Guide posts Nov. 26.

Michael Doucett

For me, it was watching the Marx Brothers' crazy football game in "Horsefeathers" as a young teenager that made me a fan of Groucho for life.

For "An Evening with Groucho" star Frank Ferrante, their anarchist irreverent humor in "A Day At The Races" inspired his career choice.

WCET-TV

"Music Hall: The Next Movement" is television at its best – taking viewers to places they could never see otherwise.

Thanks to WCET-TV, viewers can travel through time to watch the $135-million Music Hall renovation from the removal of the seats and treasured artwork 17 months ago through the grand re-opening last month in the one-hour program (9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, Channel 48).

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