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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Call him a comedian, call him a political satirist, call him an unabashed liberal. But to me, Jon Stewart is arguably the most influential comedian of our time.

Stewart leaves “The Daily Show” (11 p.m., Comedy Central) Thursday after 16 years with 19 Emmys for his blistering satires and holding politicians accountable. He turned a late-night comedy show originally hosted by former ESPN anchor Craig Kilborn (1996-98) into Must See TV, skewering politicians on the right and left. He wasn’t afraid to argue with President Barack Obama, members of congress or political commentators.

Here’s his final guest list:

Apuzzo family

Meteorologist Rich Apuzzo died three weeks ago, but his grieving family has yet to plan a memorial service or publish an obituary.

“We’re still very broken,” says Ruthie Apuzzo, his wife of 28 years, who has been dealing with her own health issues the past month.

Apuzzo, 52, died on July 7, six months after announcing he had terminal brain cancer and no health insurance.

WKRC-TV remained No. 1 in all weekday newscasts in July – but Channel 12 wasn’t the station most viewers watched for Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters’ live press conference Wednesday.

More watched WCPO-TV (Channel 9) at 1 p.m., when local news viewing nearly doubled for the breaking news about the murder indictment of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing.

Channel 12 maintained its streak of winning the weekday morning, noon, early evening and late night local news ratings in July sweeps (July 2-29), even with news director Kirk Varner stepping down July 3. At 11 p.m., Channel 12 had more viewers (8.3 rating) than the combined audience for competitors WCPO-TV (4.3) and WLWT-TV (3.9). One ratings point equals 8,762 TV homes here.

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House Speaker John Boehner is known for getting emotional. But even on the Golf Channel?

In an interview with David Feherty at 10 p.m. Monday on “Feherty,” the West Chester Township Republican gets misty – he calls them “Boehner moments” -- talking about his golf idol Jack Nicklaus, military veterans and opportunities for young Americans.

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As he celebrates his 73rd birthday today, Marty Brennaman sounds as excited as that rookie big league radio announcer who joined Joe Nuxhall in 1974. That’s what made Marty a Hall of Famer.

Reds fans will say he’s best known for his calls of the 1990 World Series, Jay Bruce’s Central Division clinching homer in 2010, or Pete Rose’s hit number 4,192, but to me Marty’s at his best when the Reds are at their worst.  Just listen. Marty and Jeff Brantley or Jim Kelch keep fans laughing and engaged through this awful season. 

Holy Nostalgia, Batman! TV’s original Dynamic Duo – Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) – will attend the Cincinnati Comic Expo Sept. 19-20 at Duke Energy Convention Center.

“Batman” celebrates its 50th anniversary on Jan. 12, 1966. ABC aired two half-hour episodes a year the first season, both of which finished in the top 10 for the 1965-66  TV year. They filmed 120 episodes, plus a “Batman” movie in two years.

JayTV

  A second season of DIY Network’s “Sledgehammer” home makeover series gets off to a smashing start with Michael and LaToya Coffey in Mount Lookout tonight.

On the show, produced by Covington’s JayTV, contractor-host Jason Cameron promises to remodel every room homeowners destroy with a sledgehammer in 30 minutes. The catch? If they don’t finish demolition in a half-hour, they’re stuck with the mess.

On this date in TV Kiese history…

July 26, 1954: WCET-TV debuts as the city’s first non-commercial TV station – and first UHF station -- 61 years ago.

The star of NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” brings his stand-up act to Miami University’s Parents Weekend in Oxford on Oct. 17.

He debuted on “Late Night” Feb. 24, when Jimmy Fallon took over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno.

Sister stations WKRQ-FM and WUBE-FM, and the Q102 Jeff & Jenn morning team, find out Oct. 1 if they win a prestigious Marconi Award from the National Association of Broadcasters.

Jeff Thomas, Jenn Jordan and Jennifer Fritch are nominated for Large Market Personality of the Year, while their station, WKRQ-FM is up for Large Market Station of the Year. WUBE-FM, down the hall at Hubbard’s Reading Road studios, is one of five nominees for Country Station of the year.

The only other area finalists are:

“NYPD Blue,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Newhart,” “Bewitched,” “Three’s Company,” The Commish,” “Barney Miller,” “Sanford and Son” and dozens of other old favorites air on Cincinnati’s newest TV station, low-power WOTH-TV (Channel 20).

Elliott Block has doubled his over-the-air TV offerings, with six new networks on WOTH-TV (Channel 20) to go with the six networks on low-power WKRP TV (Channel 25). WOTH-TV (his “Other” station) carries the Movies!, Antenna TV, Heroes & Icons, Decades, AMGTV and Tuff TV networks.

Here’s what you’ll see on each:

It’s just temporary, but viewers will see meteorologist Michelle Boutillette on WKRC-TV at 8 a.m. Sunday doing forecasts for the Liz Bonis-Adam Clements anchor team.

She says she’s doing some freelance fill-in work to replace Josh Knight, who left “Good Morning Cincinnati” Sunday for WJLA-TV in Washington D.C., a sister Sinclair station.

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You can see Uncle Al and Captain Windy’s “Uncle Al Show” costumes, Jerry Thomas’ “Granny” dress, Larry Smith’s puppets, the old Voice of America control room and antique radios at the monthly open house 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township.

To me the TV choice tonight is clear: I’ll be watching  the “ESPYS" awards on ABC (8-11 p.m., Channel 9) to see Devon and Leah Still be honored….and tape the Lachey Brothers’ new “Lachey’s Bar” reality show premiere (10:30 p.m., A&E).

The Bengals lineman and his daughter will be presented the ESPYS' Jimmy V Perseverance Award during the live broadcast from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC says Devon will be honored for “his unwavering strength, determination and devotion to his daughter, Leah, in her fight against cancer and in the face of a continuing serious personal struggle.”

Here’s how to see the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, all the live national TV specials from Great American Ball Park, Reds features on Fox Sports Ohio, and TV appearances by Barry Larkin, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose and more baseball stars today and Tuesday.

Rose will be on “MLB Whiparound – All-Star Game at the Park” live 5-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on Fox Sports 1 cable from Great American Ball Park. He’ll join Joe Buck and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas on the “Fox All-Star Pregame Show” 7 p.m. Tuesday on Fox (Channel 19), before going on the field when Fox airs the “Franchise Four” and four “Greatest Living Players” during the pregame ceremony.

Here’s how to see all the baseball fun on TV:

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