John Kiesewetter

David Letterman "had a wonderful time" in Augusta, Ky., during his trip to interview Nick and Nina Clooney about their famous son," Nick Clooney tells the Maysville Independent-Ledger.

"He even took a ride on the Augusta ferry," Nick Clooney said.

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The first episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was broadcast on PBS on February 19, 1968. Fifty years later, the program is still being shown on public television stations, to the delight of both children and adults. Though he passed away in 2003, Fred Rogers' philosophy continues to influence children's television today.

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It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood… when the nation recognizes one of TV's greatest stars: Fred Rogers.

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which premiered 50 years ago on national public television on Feb. 19, 1968, has prompted another PBS special, a new Tom Hanks movie, a stamp, a feature-length documentary, a  sold-out Cincinnati party and a conversation about him Wednesday on WVXU-FM's "Cincinnati Edition" talk show.

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Congratulations to Procter & Gamble, which swept the top Super Bowl commercials, according to ADWEEK.

"Tide, which aired four brilliant commercials across four quarters… easily won the night with the best campaign," ADWEEK wrote. 

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How did George Clooney meet his future wife, Amal Alamuddin? She came to his house in Italy. That's revealed in the new Netflix teaser for David Letterman's Clooney interview available Feb. 9.

Perkins in red top posing on beach
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March 7, 2018 update:  Here are links to my lengthy March 6 interview, "Angela Perkins Compares 'Survivor' Experience To Army Life,"  and to my March 7 story from her viewing party at Mason's Buffalo Wings & Rings, "Crowd Cheers Angela's 'Survivor' Narrow Escape." 

Both have lots of new photos. The March 7 story also has information about Perkins' viewing parties through the "Survivor: Ghost Island" finale on May 23.

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Confessions from the "Remembering Radio's Rock Rivalries" panel discussion at the downtown public library Sunday:

--WEBN-FM's Jay Gilbert was the person who plastered WEBN stickers all over the WKRQ-FM van parked in Hyde Park.

--Former WLW/WEBN executive Randy Michaels didn't really think a station would change formats from rock to country when he started spreading speculation that Q102 would change from rock to country.

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They're back! Low-power WKRP TV (Channel 25) has added two networks from sister station WOTH-TV (Channel 20), which stopped broadcasting Tuesday.

Actor Zac Efron spent Thursday in the Clermont County Jail…. as serial killer Ted Bundy.

The Clermont County Sheriff Facebook page today posted:  "Film crews, vintage police cars, and Actor Zac Efron spent the afternoon at the Clermont County Jail today shooting scenes for a upcoming chronicle of the crimes of the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. The film is titled "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile."

The sheriff's office also posted eight photos.

Original post 1:04 p.m. Thursday Jan. 25: John Malkovich and Angela Sarafyan could be seen soon here for Zac Efron's movie about serial killer Ted Bundy.

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Even more fun! Bob "The Producer" Berry says he's attending the "Remembering Radio’s Rock Rivalries" program Sunday along with Eddie Fingers, Jay Gilbert, Mike McConnell, Pat Barry and Kevin "Doc" Wolfe. Berry worked for WKRQ-FM/WKRC-AM before joining Fingers on the WEBN-FM "Dawn Patrol."

The program is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the main public library downtown.

Sure-handed receiver A.J. Green's juggling wasn't good enough to make the final cut for CBS' live talent show airing Thursday, Jan. 25.

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What took them so long? Six weeks after Kara Sewell went home to Texas, WXIX-TV executives decided to reunite Jessica Brown and Dan Wells Monday to co-anchor the "Fox 19 Now Morning News.

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"Laugh-In" is 50 years old? You bet your sweet bippy.

I can see by the old clock on the wall that "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premiered as a regular series on NBC on Jan. 22, 1968, and became an overnight sensation.  You can look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls.

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The end is near for WOTH-TV viewers. Channel 20 will stop broadcasting  the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 23.

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Hugh Wilson, who created "WKRP In Cincinnati" without visiting the Queen City, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at his Virginia home. He was 74.

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Good news for George Clooney fans: You'll see him a lot on TV this year in a new "Catch-22" TV miniseries, his interview with David Letterman and the streaming of "ER" reruns. 

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When TV stations would unveil a new anchor set after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, station managers would ask me how I liked it. Frankly, I didn't care.

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CBS celebrated the sixth anniversary of "CBS This Morning" Tuesday by announcing that  "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson will join Nora O'Donnell and Gayle King on the morning show Wednesday, Jan. 10.

He replaces Charlie Rose, who was fired in November for sexual misconduct. The news came a week after NBC promoted Hoda Kotb to co-anchor the "Today" show, replacing Matt Lauer, who also was fired in November for inappropriate sexual behavior.

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Former President Barak Obama will be David Letterman's guest on the premiere of Dave's comeback interview show premiering Friday Jan. 12 on Netflix.

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Organist Ronnie Dale, who entertained Reds fans for 14 years, died Dec. 31 at University of Cincinnati Hospital. He was 86.

You might have missed it: His obituary appeared in the Friday Jan. 5 Enquirer under his real name, Erwin Ronald "Ronnie" Grubb.

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"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek posted a YouTube video Thursday to tell fans of the show he'll be "back in the studio taping more 'Jeopardy!' programs very, very soon."

A pair of 2-year-old identical twin girls are needed for Cincinnati's newest movie production, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile."

The film about Ted Bundy -- a 1970s serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, thief and prison escapee -- will shoot scenes with the twins Jan. 18-20 here, according to local casting director D. Lynn Meyers. The producers also needs 1960s and '70s autos and "lots of extras," she says. 

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Monday, Feb. 26 update:  Brad Johansen's last day at WKRC-TV is Wednesday, Feb. 28. See my new post today, "Brad Johansen's Top 12 Moments At Channel 12." 

10:30 a.m. Thursday Dec. 28 update: Why is Brad Johansen leaving WKRC-TV after 26 years?

He's going to "journalism heaven" and "basketball heaven" at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., near the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke. But the decision wasn't easy.

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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.

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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.

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