John Kiesewetter

Media Blog

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.

The Middletown, Ohio, native joined The Enquirer for a 13-week summer internship after graduating from Ohio University in 1975, and parlayed it into a nearly 40-year career as a reporter (including covering the Beverly Hills fire aftermath), editor and TV columnist. “TV Kiese” regularly traveled to Los Angeles and other cities to preview shows, interview stars and watch tapings of “ER,” “Seinfeld,” Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and David Letterman’s “Late Show.” He’s also covered filming of George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” Cate Blanchett’s “Carol” and Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead.”

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Here they come! Nine new shows– half of the 18 series to debut on the five broadcasting networks – premiere during the Fall TV season's biggest week.

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Can't wait to see Robert Redford's Old Man & The Gun? Want to tour the Dayton bank where Redford, Danny Glover and Casey Affleck filmed scenes a year ago?

Here's the deal:

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On this day 40 years ago, America was introduced to Dr. Johnny Fever, The Big Guy, Venus Flytrap, newsman Les Nessman, sexy receptionist Jennifer Marlow and the crazy WKRP in Cincinnati gang when the sitcom premiered on CBS at 8 p.m. on Sept. 18, 1978. It aired for four seasons (1978-82).

Baby, have you ever wondered, wondered what happened if we never met them living on the air in Cincinnati, Cincinnati WKRP?

Here are 40 reasons to celebrate the beloved sitcom's 40th anniversary:

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Oscar-winner Robert Redford talks about his last film – The Old Man & The Gun, filmed in Greater Cincinnati last year – on CBS Friday night and Sunday morning.

If Carson Palmer really doesn't like being in the spotlight, how does the former Bengals quarterback feel about the NFL Network's one-hour A Football Life about his career 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14?

"He doesn't want the limelight, he doesn't want the spotlight – he doesn't ever want it to be about him," says Jon Kitna, former Bengals teammate, on the show.

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The early reviews are quite positive for a trio of movies filmed in Cincinnati – Robert Redford's The Old Man & The Gun, the backwoods Donnybrook fight and Emilio Estevez's The Public.

All three were screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, which ends Sunday Sept. 16.

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It's one and done for Luke Null, the Cincinnati area's first Saturday Night Live cast member.

The 2008 Lakota East High School graduate will not return for the 44th season this fall, according to Deadline.com.

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Donnybrook, the epic bare-knuckle fight film shot in Cincinnati last October, premieres Friday Sept. 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Frank Grillo, who starred in Reprisal with Bruce Willis here last summer, returned to start shooting Donnybrook on Oct. 23, 2017 with director Tim Sutton (Dark Night, Memphis, Pavilion).

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Susan Howarth, who was WCET-TV president and CEO until the station merged with Dayton's WPTD-TV in 2008, died Wednesday of cancer in Tampa. She was 66.

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On this date in TV history 15 years ago, the burning question of the day was: Is Chicken of the Sea tuna fish or chicken?

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Former WUBE-FM morning co-host Amanda Orlando returns to mornings Monday, replacing Bob Goen and Marianne Curan, according to Radio Online.

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Finally Eden Sher can act her age. The 26-year-old actress last seen playing college student Sue Heck on The Middle will star in a spin-off from the popular sitcom.

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Road trip! Four WKRP In Cincinnati stars will make a rare public appearance together in September at a Baltimore area nostalgia convention.

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After an 18-month absence, Katie Laur and Oakley Scot will resume Music From The Hills Of Home on radio starting Sunday, Aug. 26.

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With Brad Johansen's departure for Raleigh, N.C., Bengals fans will see and hear a new preseason TV play-by-play announcer for the team's game against the Chicago Bears at 7 p.m. Thursday on WKRC-TV.

Meet Mike Watts, just 25 years old, but who already has a very impressive list of ESPN credentials calling professional and college soccer matches (including FC Cincinnati). Plus, he's done Big East, American Athletic Conference, Atlantic 10 and  Patriot League games, as well as play-by-play for Saint John University and Fordham University basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball.

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American Pickers casting directors have been relentless in publicizing that hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz will be filming episodes of the History Channel series in Ohio in September.

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Update noon Tuesday, Aug. 7: Yes! A Football Life producers have found video of Cris Collinsworth racing a bay horse at Latonia Race Course in 1983, and video of Collinsworth's Wilmbledon features for HBO, his first sports broadcasting.  The NFL Network also has set the date for the Collinsworth episode.

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Oscar-winning actor Robert Redford says he retiring from acting after completing The Old Man And The Gun shot in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky last year. The film opens in theaters Sept. 28.

“Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [I’ll] move towards retirement after this ’cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21," Redford tells Entertainment Weekly.

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Even for a third-generation Reds fan, it was an overwhelming task: Picking the 50 greatest seasons, players, games and personalities from 149 years of Cincinnati Reds' history.

"Fifty was an impossible task. We could have made this the Big 100 very easily," admits Chad Dotson, founder of the Redlegs Nation website and co-author of the new book, The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made The Cincinnati Reds.

The Cincinnati Museum Center celebrates the Swing Era on August 11 with their 1940's Day event at Lunken Airport. 

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Can WXIX-TV outfox the TV news competition at 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.?  

Channel 19 refuels Cincinnati's TV news wars by premiering two newscasts in August, two months before the 25th anniversary of the WXIX-TV news department.

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WXIX-TV added to its rich history – which started 50 years ago today with Larry Smith's puppets and the Cool Ghoul movie host on the city's first independent station – by adding the ION network on digital subchannel 19.4 on its anniversary.

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"This was a blindside," says Kathrine Nero, WCPO-TV's Good Morning Tri-State anchor who was let go by WCPO-TV Monday.

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Johanna Byer won’t need a downtown hotel room the next six weeks while she produces Point Blank, the Netflix movie with Captain America stars Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo and Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden.

She’ll sleep at home.

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Julie Niesen, who has written the local Wine Me, Dine Me blog for 11 years, will write a new blog called Bits & Bites for WVXU.org starting Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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Cincinnati native Johanna Byer comes home next week to produce Netflix's remake of the 2010 French thriller Point Blank with Captain America stars Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo, as well as Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden from CBS' Code Black.

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The Conners, minus star/creator Roseanne Barr, and former Castle star Nathan Fillion, return to ABC Tuesday, Oct. 16, after most of the network's new and returning series make their fall TV debuts.

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Public television opens its fall TV season in six weeks, with Masterpiece Theatre's premiere of The Miniaturist on Sunday, Sept. 9.

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Chad Dotson of the popular website and podcast Redleg Nation is one of the co-authors of a new book about some highlights of Cincinnati Reds history. 

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Are we witnessing a changing of the guard at WKRC-TV? Veteran news reporter Larry Davis retired from Channel 12 today, the third long-time newsroom employee to go in five months.

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