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.

Cincinnati Reds

And this one belongs to The Big One!, even though WLW-AM doesn't call itself "The Big One" any more.

Phil Castellini, Reds chief operating officer, announced on WLW-AM's Bill Cunningham show Wednesday a five-year renewal of the team's radio rights through 2022.

NBCUniversal

NBC's "America's Got Talent" summer variety show holds open auditions Tuesday Nov. 14 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

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Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson says she'll return to TV in the spring, nearly two years after her departure from Fox.

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Services for Everett Cork, the former WCIN-AM DJ who died Sunday, will be noon Saturday, Nov. 4, at Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 9991 Wayne Ave., in Lincoln Heights, his hometown.

Visitation starts at 10 a.m. at the church.

Freeform

"Haunt," a Halloween-themed horror film, is shooting in Covington, part of its five-week production schedule in Northern Kentucky, Film Cincinnati has announced.

Provided by Mark Dawidziak

Everything he needed to know he learned from "The Twilight Zone " created by Rod Serling…. And most everything that Serling needed to know, he learned as a young writer in Southwestern Ohio.

A24 Films

A week before the national release, extras and crew who worked on "The Killing Of A Sacred Deer" in 2016 will attend an invitation-only Cincinnati premiere Thursday at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton.

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Everett Cork, who revived the R&B sound of old WCIN-AM with his Classic Vibes 1480CIN.com online radio station, died Sunday.

The Kennedy Heights resident was the keeper of the flame for WCIN-AM, the city's first station for African-Americans in 1953.

NBCUniversal

Why do Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien do fewer President Trump jokes than Stephen Colbert or Seth Meyers? Why aren't some late-night TV hosts very political?

Fox Broadcasting

Fox pays tribute to one of my all-time favorite "Simpsons" episodes, "Homer At The Bat," with a one-hour baseball special – but it airs in the middle of NFL Sunday afternoons this weekend, opposite the Bengals-Steelers game.

Macmillan

"Captain America" star Frank Grillo returns to Cincinnati next week for his second feature film here in three months.

Grillo, who starred with Bruce Willis and Olivio Culpo in "Reprisal" in August, has the lead in "Donnybrook," which begins shooting here Oct. 23, Film Cincinnati announced Thursday.

CBK Media Management

Why did North Bend native Sydney Benter leave hometown WKRC-TVfor Austin, Texas?

Because success came too fast. Again.

Catching up to lots of movie news today…

GEORGE CLOONEY: George Clooney's next screen adventure, "Suburbicon," premieres Oct. 27. Clooney directed the dark comedy starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Karimah Westbrook as suburban residents in 1959.

CBK Media Management

Look for a change in the weather at WLWT-TV, and a new co-anchor for WKRC-TV's 10 p.m. news on WSTR-TV (Channel 64).

Erik Zarnitz, weekend meteologist for seven years, left Channel 5 on Friday. Sydney Benter, the North Bend native who came home from Terre Haute three years ago, anchored her last newscast here Friday before heading to Austin's KXAN-TV.

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"How Late Night TV Made Fun Of Washington D.C. This Year"... That's the topic for former NBC executive Rick Ludwin's annual talk to Miami University students on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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FC Cincinnati's USL Cup Playoff game at the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday Oct. 21 will be broadcast live on WSTR-TV (7:30 p.m., Channel 64).

WCET-TV

Woodward Career Technical High School building technologies instructor West Davis will be one of many mentors featured on PBS' sixth annual national "American Graduate Day" telecast 2-6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 14 on WCET-TV (Channel 48).

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Gourdon and Witch Willie make their radio debut Sunday, Oct. 15 on WVXU-FM, and I got the scoop.

Writer's Digest

Forget the glamour of Cate Blanchett's "Carol," the talented jazz musicians in "Miles Ahead" or the cute kids in "A Christmas Melody."

Producers of "Donnybrook," Cincinnati's next major movie, want "rough types: beards, wrinkles, fighters, tattoos, etc. Backwater types!"

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Maybe you have one of those refrigerators with a TV screen built into the door… Or you like reading news stories from TV/radio stations on your tablet or phone…

Well, WLW-AM founder and Cincinnati industrialist Powel Crosley Jr. was way ahead of you. W-A-Y ahead of you.

700 WLW

D.J. Hodge has been promoted to iHeartMedia's Cincinnati market president over WLW-AM, WEBN-FM and four other stations, filling the void from the lay-off of Chuck Fredrick in May.

NBCUniversal

Former Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones returns to television Tuesday, October 10, in the second season premiere of "Adventure Capitalists" (10 p.m., CNBC).

Jones and Jeremy Bloom, former Olympic freestyle skier who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, will be joined this year by Olympic gold medal gymnast and "Dancing with the Stars" champ Shawn Johnson East.

Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel co-host and Thurgood Marshall biographer Juan Williams will speak about the former U.S. Supreme Court judge 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Miami University Hamilton.

His presentation, part of the Michael J. Colligan History Project, is free and open to the public.

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I'm pleased to announce that classical music reporter Janelle Gelfand is bringing her "Janelle's Notes" arts blog to Cincinnati Public Radio before the grand reopening of Music Hall this weekend.

Gelfand, my long-time colleague and friend laid off by the Enquirer two weeks ago, is blogging for wguc.org here. She'll also comment about the arts and music scene on sister station WVXU-FM (91.7), starting with "Cincinnati Edition" at 1 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 6) about this weekend's opening of Music Hall after a $135-million renovation in the past year.

WNKN-FM

Middletown's FM 105.9 – the "Country Rebel" when bought by Northern Kentucky University in 2011 – returns to its country roots today as "Southwest Ohio's Classic Country Giant."

Jeff Ziesmann's Grant County Broadcasters, which operates Classic Country WNKR-FM (106.7) in Northern Kentucky, will duplicate the classic country music on the powerful Middletown station that reaches from north of Dayton International Airport to south of CVG. The station will start broadcasting sometime Monday, Oct. 2.

WLW-AM

Versatile radio veteran Gary Jeff Walker takes over WLW-AM's 9 p.m.-midnight slot Monday, Oct. 2, with "The Nightcap with Gary Jeff Walker."

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There's not much left at WNKU-FM for broadcast classes or students hoping to start a campus or internet station.

Northern Kentucky University sold most of the WNKU-FM studio equipment with the transmitters for FM 89.7 on campus; FM 105.9 and AM 910 in Middletown; and FM 104.1 in Portsmouth.

WNKU-FM

Before beloved WNKU-FM vanishes into thin air at 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 28, here's another installment of remembrances from loyal listeners and former staffers.

WNKU-FM will play requests and listener comments all day Thursday on FM 105.9, which has been sold by the university to Grant County Broadcasters. A new station debuts Monday, Oct. 2.

NBCUniversal

Live from New York, it's Luke Null!

The 2008 Lakota East High School graduate will be one of three new "featured players" starting Saturday, Sept. 30, when Ryan Gosling hosts the season premiere.

Wikimedia Commons

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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