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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Did that Sinclair news commentary in March about media companies pushing "their own personal bias and agenda" read by anchors Rob Braun and Cammy Dierking hurt WKRC-TV's May sweeps news ratings?

Maybe. 

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Angela Perkins of Oregonia made it to the final four on "Survivor: Ghost Island," losing the last challenge which could have put her in the final three for the $1-million prize.

Perkins lost a fire-building competition to Wendell Holland, 33, a Philadelphia furniture maker who won the reality show's cash prize. 

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On this date in history, Rosemary Clooney – arguably the most popular female vocalist from this area (although Doris Day fans may quibble) –  was born 90 years ago in Maysville, KY, on May 23, 1928.

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Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton was the star of "The Middle," but the heart and soul of the rural Indiana sitcom ending tonight came from the creators, former Indiana University roommates DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler.

Provided by Laura Powell

Former Q102 afternoon co-host Laura Powell says thanks for the belly laughs.

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Add "Charmed" to the growing list of rebooted TV series. The CW will revive the old WB series (1998-2006) about sisters with magical powers when the network expands to six nights a week in October by adding Sunday night programming.

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"Survivor" fans can party with contestant Angela Perkins at Kings Mills' Buffalo Wings & Rings Sunday, before she heads to the finale broadcast live from Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 23.

Provided by Seckatary Hawkins Club

Fans of "Seckatary Hawkins," the newspaper serial launched in the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1918, will gather at the Ohio River in June to celebrate its 100th anniversary.


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CBS keeps turning back the clock this fall, adding revivals of Candice Bergen's "Murphy Brown" and "Magnum P.I" to a fall lineup already featuring "Hawaii Five-0," ""MacGyver," and "S.W.A.T."

The first reviews are in for "Gotti" and they're ugly. Movie critics at the Cannes Film Festival, who saw John Travolta's biopic about crime boss John Gotti filmed in Cincinnati two years ago, clearly don't think it will be a mob movie hit.

ABC Television

ABC will add five new shows for fall -- two sitcoms, a drama and two unscripted shows, "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" and an Alec Baldwin primetime interview series.

Fox Broadcasting

Fox programmers are going with a conservative game plan this fall with the addition of Thursday night NFL games.

Fox will add just two new comedies, plus revive Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing," canceled a year ago by ABC.

NBCUniversal

ABC had "Lost," a TV show about the survivors of a plane crash. This fall, NBC will have a new airline drama that could be called "found."

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Here's what we know about TV series renewals and cancellations before the broadcast networks announce their fall TV lineups next week.

Most popular shows will be back: "Big Bang Theory," "NCIS," "Grey's Anatomy," "Bull," "Roseanne," "American Idol," to name a few. But not all.

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Tough Army veteran Angela Perkins cried when she saw her daughter Paige visit "Survivor: Ghost Island" on Fiji during Wednesday's episode.

WNKN-FM

What a country: Pat Barry, who quit oldies WDJO-AM last week, returns to the airwaves Monday May 14 at classic country WNKN-FM (105.9) and WNKR-FM (106.7).

700 WLW

Did you wake up to Ken Broo hosting WLW-AM's morning show? Don't worry, things will be back to normal on WLW-AM Wednesday – at least for a while.

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The Cincinnati Pops will perform John Williams' Oscar-winning soundtrack during a screening of "Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope," the first "Star Wars" film from 1977.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today, Friday May 4.

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Eight left on the island. Three "Survivor" shows left. How far can Oregonia's Angela Perkins go? Can she win the $1 million?

Provided by Clyde Gray

Clyde Gray returns to WCPO-TV to co-host "Cincy Lifestyle" next week, after a detour through WXIX-TV.

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