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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Less than a week before the season finale, an A&E publicist says there’s “no word” yet on a renewal for the Nick and Drew Lachey reality series filmed here.

“Lachey’s Bar” ends its first season with back-to-back episodes 10-11 p.m. Wednesday. The brothers shot 10 half-hour programs about opening their Over-the-Rhine bar last winter. Will it be back?

“No word on a renewal at this point but you can check back with us,” an A&E publicity assistant tells me in an email.

The series ends Sept. 9 with a show called “In Cincy To Stay?,” when Nick considers "relocating his family to Cincinnati full time.” But – Spoiler Alert! – that can’t happen because Vanessa will star in a new fall NBC sitcom produced in Los Angeles.

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Will Stephen Colbert on CBS’ new “Late Show” Sept. 8 be as funny as the self-important character Colbert played hosting Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report?”

He’s no dummy. He won six prime-time Emmys, two Peabody Awards and a Grammy for his satirical “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central from 2005 to 2014.  And if he’s not an immediate sensation – as Jimmy Fallon was replacing Jay Leno – I think he’s smart enough to figure it out in the first few months hosting the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS, Channel 12).

It comes down to this: Will the real Colbert be as entertaining on CBS as the fake Colbert was on Comedy Central?

That’s the question I asked WKRC-TV’s Brad Johansen, who interviewed Colbert for Channel 12 promos on the air now and a story to air Tuesday night before Colbert’s premiere. (Have you seen the one where Colbert calls him “Brad So Handsome?”)

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  After “Carol” opens in November, Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett could be seen as Lucille Ball in a feature film about her 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz.

TheWrap says Blanchett, who filmed “Carol” in Cincinnati last year, “is attached to star in an authorized biopic” to be written by Emmy-winner Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing,” “Moneyball,” “The Social Network”).

The film would focus on Lucy’s 20-year marriage to Arnaz, and how they created and produced the classic “I Love Lucy” sitcom in the 1950s. Their two children, Lucie and Desi Arnaz Jr., will produce the film, the story says.

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Operators of Christian WAKW-FM are selling 12 acres by its College Hill tower, studios, school and church for 2016 Citirama – but the money won’t go to the station’s $195,000 campaign to upgrade aging broadcasting equipment.

Thirty-six homes will be built on an extension of Collegevue Place, which now dead-ends at three Pillar of Fire Church entities: WAKW-FM (Star 93.3), Eden Grove Academy and City Church. The Cincinnati Planning Commission approved plans for the Gershom Grove subdivision last month.

Proceeds from the property sale will go “in the bank,” and not to fund the church, school or radio station, says John Archer, Pillar of Fire building and grounds superintendent.

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The Bearcats’ home opener in renovated Nippert Stadium will air live 7 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports Ohio.

After a year playing at Paul Brown Stadium, UC will host Alabama A&M Saturday on the Clifton campus at Nippert, where the Bearcats have played since 1924.

Immediately after the game FSO will repeat “Revealed: Nippert Stadium,” a 30-minute special about the history and expansion of the stadium hosted by UC radio voice Dan Hoard.  

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NBC has benched a revival of Craig T. Nelson’s “Coach” weeks before the fall TV season starts.

In May the network announced a mid-season comedy to follow-up the popular 1989-97 ABC sitcom starring Nelson as football coach Hayden Fox. 

“Coach” was one of several TV revivals planned for the 2015-16 season. Still in production are reboots of “Heroes,” “The X-Files,” “Full House,” “The Muppets” and “Twin Peaks.” 

“Big Brother” fans can watch Thursday’s episode live on WSTR-TV (Channel 64) when the final Bengals preseason game airs Thursday on WKRC-TV (Channel 12).

The CBS feed will air live in its regular time period (9:01-10 p.m.) Thursday on Sinclair sister station Channel 64, says Rick White Sinclair Broadcast Group regional program coordinator.

The reality show also will be broadcast on delay on Channel 12 at 11:37 p.m., after the 11 p.m. news.

The Channel 12 lineup Thursday:

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Full disclosure here: If I still worked at the Enquirer, I’d be writing about Lee Hay and her latest effort to celebrate Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting and recording history.

Up next for Hay: Another five-week series about Cincinnati’s iconic King Records, to celebrate King Records month.

On “The Blues with Lee Hay” at 11 p.m. Saturday on WVXU-FM and WMUB-FM, she interviews music historian Brian Powers and Steve Halper, nephew of King Records founder Syd Nathan, about the history of the record label and the many musicians who recorded there.

Powers also talks about the many activities scheduled to honor King Records during the September celebration around the city. (See list here.)

The station which started the first weekday 7 p.m. local newscast here in 1979 returns to the time period with “9 On Your Side at 7PM” Sept. 14.

WCPO-TV anchor Julie Dolan and chief meteorologist Steve Raleigh will provide “fast-paced news of the day and Cincinnati’s 9 First Warning Forecast,” the station announced. The half-hour program also “will feature in-depth news stories integrating digital journalism from WCPO.com.”

It will be the only local newscast at 7 p.m. But not the first.

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Update 11:55 a.m. Friday Aug. 28:

The Oktoberfest Zinzinnati winner appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is no sure thing, contrary to my original post below, says Rich Walburg, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber communications director.

Walburg just called me back to say he was wrong about the local winner going to "Kimmel." The winner of the Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition Sept. 19 on Fountain Square COULD appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” – if he or she has one of the top three times for holding the beer stein in similar contests across the country, he says.

The three strongest men and women – those who held a full beer stein the longest – will go to the “Kimmel” show, he says.

So start working out!

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  High school football fans will see many more Friday game highlights with the premiere of WLWT-TV’s “Blitz 5 Extra” on sister station MeTV (Channel 5.2) immediately following the 11 p.m. news.

Channel 5 is taking advantage of its deep sports team, with the addition of former WCPO-TV sports videographer-producer Mark Slaughter earlier this year and freelancer Zach Wells, the former sports anchor-reporter for Channels 12 and 19.

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  A year after leaving TV news, Clyde Gray says life is “wonderful.” He’s getting more hugs and kisses from his daughter and wife, as he had hoped when he voluntarily left WCPO-TV a year ago.

And he laughs when it snows – because he doesn’t have to leave home to go to work.

Gray, 60, a TV newsman here for 33 years, is building his Blackboard Marketing public relations and marketing firm from his Symmes Township home office, and enjoying evenings with his wife and 8-year-old daughter.

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 On this date in TV Kiese History…

Aug. 26, 1939:  The Cincinnati Reds played the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first televised Major League Baseball game seen by the few people with TV sets in the New York City area 76 years ago today.

Red Barber, who started his professional sports announcing career doing Reds radio for Crosley Broadcasting’s WLW-AM and WSAI-M, broadcast the game on NBC’s experimental TV station W2XBS.

During the game from Ebbets Field, Barber also did the first TV commercial -- for Procter & Gamble’s Ivory Soap.

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Well, that was quick. A year after joining the “Good Morning America Weekend” anchor desk, former WCPO-TV sports anchor-reporter Paula Faris was named a co-host on ABC’s “The View.” 

Faris, actress Candace Cameron Bure (the former “Full House” cast member and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant) and original co-host Joy Behar will be co-hosts on ABC’s daytime talk show for the 19th season starting Sept. 8.

Anchor Scott Schneider is leaving WXIX-TV soon… And news director Kevin Roach and investigative reporter Hagit Limor are gone from the staff, although Limor may freelance some for Channel 19.

Main co-anchor Schneider; award-winning former WCPO-TV investigative reporter Limor; and former WLWT-TV anchor-reporter Amy Wagner were hired by Roach shortly after he arrived in March 2013. He was revamping Channel 19's newsroom staff after the announced departure of anchor Ben Swann.

Now more changes are coming under WXIX-TV Vice President-General Manager Debbie Bush, hired in February to replace Bill Lanesey.

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  One of the “Antiques Roadshow” programs filmed in Cincinnati three years ago repeats at 8 p.m. Monday on Channels 48, 16 and KET 2 Channel 54.2 (Time Warner 980).

Appraisers evaluate a wood bust of Abraham Lincoln, apparently the first version of the bust now atop a World War II memorial at Ezzard Charles Drive and Cutter Street in the West End a few blocks west of WCET-TV; a 1920s Weller dog lawn ornament; a 1930 Martin ukulele; a 1920s toy horse and buggy; an 1870 mantel clock; and a 1905 French advertising poster.

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Newlywed Rajiv Satyal – the “funny Indian” comic from Fairfield – won’t be performing his routines about dating anymore, so he’s giving away the video free on YouTube.

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Comedian Will Ferrell’s stint as a Cincinnati Reds third baseman – part of his marathon day playing every position for 10 teams during spring training – debuts on HBO 10 p.m. Sept. 12.

“Ferrell Takes The Field” was filmed at five Arizona ball parks on March 12 as a one-hour special from Funny or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball.

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While on a break at the Evendale General Electric plant in 1957, Walter E. Scott wrote the country song “Burning Bridges” which would be sung  by Glen Campbell, George Jones, Roger Miller and Ray Price.

More than 60 artists recorded the song by Scott, a Colerain Township resident who died Aug. 15 at age 89. Campbell released an album titled "Burning Bridges" in 1967.

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On this date in TV Kiese History….

Aug. 19, 2003: Pop singer Jessica Simpson was very confused eating canned Chicken of the Sea tuna.

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The first official trailer for “Carol,” the 1950’s love story filmed here last year, has been posted on YouTube to promote the movie release on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving.

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If you want to see the Western & Southern/WEBN-FM Fireworks this year, you’ll have to be near the Ohio River downtown on Sept. 6.

For the first time since 1984, WEBN-FM doesn’t have a TV deal for the hugely popular "last blast of summer."

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On this day in TV Kiese History….

Aug. 16, 1989:  Owners of WCVG-AM (1320) killed Elvis – the nation’s first all Elvis Presley radio format – on the 12th anniversary of Presley’s death.

The tiny Covington country music station had brought Elvis songs to the radio on Aug. 1, 1988, shortly after published reports of Elvis sightings at a Burger King in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Tim Geraghty, whose experience as a TV news director reaches from Florida to California, starts Monday as news director at WKRC-TV (Channel 12).

Geraghty had been senior director for news at Central Florida News 13, a 24-hour news operation covering seven counties. He left that position in January after three years, according to Rick Gevers’ weekly TV news talent newsletter.

He replaces Kirk Varner, who left the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate here on July 3.

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Hello, I must be going. I cannot stay, I came to say I must be going to watch the Marx Brothers marathon today on Turner Classic Movies.

I’ll be gorging on Groucho’s great lines: Gee, I thought my razor was dull until I heard that speech… You can have any kind of home you want. You can even get stucco. Oh, how you can get stucco… One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas, I don’t know…. 

Don’t look now, but there’s one man too many in this room and I think it’s you…

Marx mania starts with “Room Service” at 9:30 a.m., but the brothers best comes later on today.

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Update 4 p.m. 08/13/15: As I suspected, Tribune executive Sean Compton grew up as a huge Johnny Carson fan in Connersville, Ind., watching “The Tonight Show” while listening to his father (Dale “The Truckin’ Bozo” Sommers) on WLW-AM.

Compton, Tribune president for strategic programming and acquisitions, for years had wanted to get rights for Carson’s “Tonight Show,” which will debut Jan. 1 on Tribune’s Antenna TV network.

Tired of being told it was impossible, Compton reached out to Carson’s nephew, Carson Entertainment President Jeff Sotzing, through a mutual friend. Compton, a former WLW-AM and Jacor Communications employee, explained all in this email to me:

“This was NOT easy to do… Jeff’s job is to help protect the legacy of his amazing uncle… This deal was all about one thing, protecting and showcasing that legacy in a way that Johnny would approve.  I was sincere and honest with Jeff the whole way through, made sure he knew of our plans to run it in a way that viewers would want to see it (in late-night seven days a week, with few to no edits).

“As a kid I lived in Connersville Indiana.  We didn’t change our time six months of the year, so in the summer I’d watch Johnny twice.  Once on WLWT, and then again on WTHR in Indianapolis, as they delayed prime/late night half the year to stay on consistent Indiana time. 

“I had two TV’s in my room growing up and five radios. I listened to distant stations, and often had my ear on The Bozo while watching Johnny. 

“I actually found two (Carson) episodes -- one where Johnny was talking about a WKRC radio promotion in 1988, and an episode where Loretta Lynn talked about listening to country and western music on WCKY-AM -- … while screening EVERY episode of Johnny from 1972-1992.

“For six months every night including weekends I was screening episodes. We picked our first year, 365 episodes, and they are amazing!

“We need our low-power Cincinnati affiliate to get us on cable so Cincy can see this show. Start a movement, will you!!!”

Original post at :11:18 a.m. 08/13/15: Heeere’s Johnny! Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” returns to television after a 24-year absence on the Antenna TV network aired by low-power WOTH-TV (Channel 20.3).

Entire Carson “Tonight Shows” have not been broadcast since he retired in May 1992.  Clips of Carson’s late-night interviews aired on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in recent years.

The shows were acquired for Antenna TV, owned by Tribune Media Co., by Sean Compton, a former WLW-AM and Jacor Communications employee.

PBS stations sing a new tune this week – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

On WCET-TV and CET Arts you’ll see some great old shows (with pledge breaks), such as  HBO’s 1981 Simon & Garfunkel concert in New York’s Central Park, and a repeat of the 1983 Jackson 5 reunion at the “Motown 25” celebration (following performances by Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Martha Reeves).

Fund-raising time also means a fun time with old clips of John Denver, Julie Andrews, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Dick Van Dyke, Joel Gray, Richard Burton, Neil Sedaka, Harry Chapin, Andy Williams, Charlie Rich, Dusty Springfield and Dolly Parton.

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  Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” movie about jazz icon Miles Davis has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for distribution.

The film, shot last summer in Cincinnati starring Cheadle and Ewan McGregor, “is likely to arrive (in theaters) this fall, with an awards campaign to accompany it,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Without a distributor, “its immediate fate was uncertain,” the site says.

“Miles Ahead” and Cate Blanchett’s “Carol,” filmed here in April last year, could arrive in theaters about the same time. The release of “Carol” has been moved up from December to Nov. 20, the big movie weekend before Thanksgiving, according to the International Movie Database.

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If you don’t have tickets to see “Lumenocity” in person, here’s how you can watch or hear the Washington Park concert.

And you definitely should watch.

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If you’re recording Jon Stewart’s last “The Daily Show” at 11 p.m. Thursday, set the DVR for an hour. Comedy Central’s schedule plans for at least a 50-minute farewell for Stewart, who’s leaving the show after 16 years.

Before Stewart says goodbye, Comedy Central will air a 12-hour marathon Thursday, starting with a repeat of Monday’s show with Amy Schumer (10:28 a.m. Thursday) and Tuesday’s show with Denis Leary (11:01 a.m.).

The reruns shows with Steve Carell (1:17 p.m.), Newt Gingrich (4:38 p.m.), Bill O’Reilly (5:38 p.m.), President Barack Obama (7:20 p.m.) and a special called “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: News Your Own Adventure” (8:56 p.m.). 

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