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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Another year down the tubes! Here's a look at 2017 TV/Media/Radio/Movies stories of 2017 from A to Z:

A is for abolishing the area's admired Adult Album Alternative (Triple A) station, WNKU-FM.

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Mississippi native Allison Rogers has been hired by WLWT-TV as weekend meteorologist to replace Erik Zarnitz, who left in October.

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Three area TV stations – with more than a dozen channels of programming – will cease to exist in 2018.

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As expected, the Reds will replace radio announcer Jim Kelch with an in-house move, adding Jim Day from Fox Sports Ohio's Reds TV team to the radio booth.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

WCPO-TV will celebrate Fiona the baby hippo. an "adorable underdog," with a one-hour special Thursday, Dec. 21.

WKRC-TV

First things first: No, Cammy Dierking has not been let go, or demoted, or left WKRC-TV.

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Uncle Al, Gary Burbank, Skipper Ryle, Jim Scott, the Q102 Morning Zoo, Bob Shreve, Bob Braun, Ruth Lyons, WEBN's Jelly Pudding, the Cool Ghoul and "WKRP in Cincinnati" are "Living on the Air" in a wonderfully nostalgic display at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County downtown through January.

If you're heading downtown over the holidays, plan on spending an hour gazing at the Cincinnati TV and radio displays on the first and third floors at the main public library, 800 Vine Street.

CBS Television

Nothing like seeing old friends at the holidays – Bob Hartley, Mary Richards, Laura Ingalls, Hawkeye Pierce, Ben Cartwright, Roseanne Conner, Ralph Kramden, Ray and Debra Barone, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.

Fred and Ethel too.

ABC Television

Will we ever know if Cincinnati's Jessie Salzbrun won ABC's "Great American Baking Show?"

ABC pulled the holiday baking competition Wednesday, after just one episode, and fired judge Johnny Iuzzini.

Rohde & Son Funeral Home

Steve Overbeck loved to talk about cars – in his Madisonville auto repair shop and on the radio.

Overbeck, who died Sunday Dec. 10 at age 67, parlayed a regular appearance on WVXU-FM's old "Liveline" talk show into a second career as a radio host on WVXU-FM, WCKY-AM, WKRC-AM and WDJO-AM for about 30 years.

NBCUniversal

Congrats to Hamilton native Vince Jolivette, a producer on the Golden Globe-nominated "The Disaster Artist."

WCET-TV

A memorial service for Grace Hill, former WCET-TV program director, will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at St Ignatius Loyola Church in Monfort Heights.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m. at the church, 5222 N. Bend Road, next to the Interstate 74 interchange. She will be buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.

"The Killing Of A Sacred Deer," filmed here in 2016 by Oscar-winning director Yorgos Lanthimos, didn't get any love from Hollywood Foreign Press Association Monday.

"Sacred Deer" was ignored by the 75th anniversary Golden Globe Award nominations released Monday – but star Nicole Kidman was nominated as a best actress in a limited series for HBO's "Big Little Lies."

ABC Television

Not long after host Ayesha Curry joked that Father Kyle Schnippel "needs a Hail Mary," the suburban Cincinnati pastor was eliminated in the second hour of ABC's "Great American Baking Show" Thursday.

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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.

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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).

WCPO-TV

From the "Uncle Al Show" to WKRQ-FM and "WKRP in Cincinnati," memorabilia from Cincinnati's rich broadcasting legacy will be on display at the main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County downtown through January.

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