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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Courtesy WKRC-TV

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.

Courtsey Travel Channel

Arnold's Bar & Grill, Blue Ash Chili, Sharonville's Roc-A-Fellas pizza and Fiona get national attention Monday, July 30, when a half-hour episode of Man V. Food  airs on the Travel Channel.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

For a third consecutive year, WKRC-TV will broadcast the Western & Southern/WEBN-FM Riverfest fireworks at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Courtesy CET

Longtime WCET-TV supporter Dianne Dunkelman will be honored at the annual LIVE! on CET fundraiser Sept. 27 at JACK Cincinnati Casino.

Courtesy Investigation Discovery

Ryan Widmer, who did not testify during his three trials on charges he murdered his wife in 2008, talks to the Reasonable Doubt TV show airing July 25 – and his comments led the hosts to conclude firmly if he's innocent or not.

Courtesy NBC

Captain America stars Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo will team up for Netflix's remake of Point Blank, the 2010 French crime thriller, in Cincinnati in August.

John Kiesewetter / WVXU

When ABC broadcast the All-Star Game from Riverfront Stadium 30 years ago today, Bengals receiver Cris Collinsworth gave ABC a scoop which Al Michaels declined to mention during the live telecast July 12, 1988.

Karen Neal / CBS Broadcasting Inc.

Teases for the new Magnum P.I., The Cool Kids and other new fall TV shows are filling the air, so it's not too early to be thinking about the fall TV season.

Here's the latest information about premieres for new and returning series on all the major broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS, NBC and CW. 

Eric Zachanowich / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

Three weeks after Gillian Anderson's "UFO" debuts Sept. 4 on digital and DVD, Robert Redford's "The Old Man And The Gun" premieres in theaters.

Here's an update on release information for films shot in Greater Cincinnati:

Republic Pictures

Roy Rogers, the Queen City kid who grew up to be "The King of the Cowboys," starring in more than 100 movies, died 20 years ago today, on July 6, 1998. He was 86.

Fox Broadcasting

Sony Pictures Entertainment has posted a trailer for Gillian Anderson's "UFO" movie, which flew under the radar when filmed here last December.

Courtesy 20th Century Fox

The biggest fans of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – the comedians who starred in silent movies 90 years ago – will come here from around the world July 12-15 for the 21st international convention of the Sons of the Desert.

Provided by Bobbi Maxwell

When Bobbi Maxwell quit Cincinnati radio after 30 years in 2016, she wanted to explore doing voice work. The move has paid off, with her voice on two national cable TV shows.

John Kiesewetter

Cincinnati Public Radio’s plans for new studios near City Hall took a step forward Monday when a Cincinnati City Council committee rejected selling the land to an Indianapolis developer.

TNT

George Clooney the crazy prankster, the Oscar-winning actor, the social activist, the generous coworker and the loving father and husband are celebrated when the American Film Institute presents its 46th Life Achievement Award broadcast Thursday June 21 (10-11:30 p.m., TNT).

John Kiesewetter

Let me tell you about my friend Jackie.  She taught us how to live a totally joyful life, and she taught us how to die.

Jackie Demaline, former Cincinnati Enquirer theater critic/arts reporter, died early Sunday morning June 17 after a four-year battle with cancer.  

NBCUniversal

Multiple entertainment news websites are reporting that the "Jerry Springer Show" has stopped production after 27 seasons.

A bluegrass musician with a familial tie to Middletown will bring his band to the stage of the Sorg Opera House on Saturday, June 23. 

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

Like his father Paul "Moon" Mullins, Joe Mullins enjoys playing bluegrass music – on the radio or on stage.

Brian Douglas / "Gotti"

To promote Friday's opening of "Gotti," filmed here in 2016, you can catch stars John Travolta and Kelly Preston talking about the John Gotti bio picture on TV talk shows this week.

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