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.

WKRC-TV

WKRC-TV medical reporter Liz Bonis is hosting a new half-hour weekly series called What's Happening In Health at 6 a.m. Sundays on Channel 12.

Media Heritage

On this date in history:  DJ Jim Scott arrived in Cincinnati to take a job at WSAI-AM on March 23, 1968.

Cincinnati Bengals

When the Cincinnati Reds start searching for a successor to Marty Brennaman, they should look down the street at Paul Brown Stadium, where Dan Hoard works.

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Army veteran Angela Perkins was missing in action for most of Survivor: Ghost Island Wednesday, but she survived.  That's what counts.

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John Travolta's Gotti movie, shot here in the late summer of 2016, finally will arrive in theaters June 15.

WLWT-TV news anchor Sheree Paolello will moderate a debate by Democratic governor candidates broadcast live by the station at 7 p.m. April 10.

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Update Tuesday March 20: Have a listen to my interview with Amy Burgess from Sunday's "Around Cincinnati" below.   

Original post Thursday, March 15: Rosie Red doesn't talk. So let's just say Amy Burgess, a local choreographer and actor, knows everything about Rosie from the inside out.

With Opening Day fast approaching, I asked Amy to come to WVXU-FM and talk about creating and performing as the Reds' popular female mascot for Around Cincinnati this Sunday, March 18, at 7 p.m.   (After the show airs, I'll put a link to the audio here.)

10 a.m. Thursday March 15 update: Jeff Brogan, WCPO-TV general manager, tells me: "I can confirm that Chris Riva’s last day with WCPO was last Friday. We decided to go in another direction with the position for Good Morning Tri-State and his contract was not renewed. We’re working to position the show to offer the best coverage for our audiences and will determine whether we will have two anchors or one. Kathrine Nero will solo anchor the show for now.

CBS Television

WKRP will be living on the air in Cincinnati again starting April 2.

Dr. Johnny Fever, Venus Flytrap, and Les Nessman from the beloved CBS sitcom (1978-82) will be seen in reruns on Me TV, the classic television network broadcast by WLWT on Channel 5.2.

WVXU

8:15 p.m. update Friday March 9:  Just heard from Mark Heyne. He says he's "changing careers." His comments added to story below.

"Cincinnati Edition" host Mark Heyne has resigned from WVXU-FM, prompting a national search for the weekday afternoon talk show.

Fred Anderson

Kentucky country singer Jason Owens – who was caught in collateral damage from Mike Huckabee's public spat with Nashville record executive Jason Owen – will appear on Huckabee's TV show Saturday, March 10.

Versatile radio host Hugh Lutton, best known for his work on WCKY-AM, died Wednesday at his Bridgetown home. He was 69.

Courtesy / FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati matches again will air mostly on WSTR-TV (Channel 64) this season again, starting with the opener 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Charleston Battery.

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The life of Rose Marie, the former child actress who starred on the "Dick Van Dyke Show," will be celebrated with a new documentary film followed by a Q&A with producer Kathy Brown March 11-12 here.

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And the crowd goes wild! A packed house at Mason's Buffalo Wings & Rings cheered for hometown favorite Angela Perkins when she narrowly avoided elimination on "Survivor: Ghost Island" Wednesday night.

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Iraq war veteran Angela Perkins compares her "Survivor: Ghost Island" competition to her Army experience this way:

"They are two different experiences. I would say it was more difficult for me to do 'Survivor' versus the war, but in a different sense.  

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Snarfie R. Dog, Hattie the Witch, Teaser the Mouse, the Treehouse and the Castle… If you loved Larry Smith's puppets, you need to see the collection on display at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township.

For 10 years, somebody asked Carmon DeLeone about resuming his popular "Sunday Morning Music Hall" classical music radio show.

Cincinnati Reds

Great news for Reds fans! All 162 Reds games will be televised by Fox Sports Ohio (FSO) this year, for the first time in Reds history. 

FSO also says UC/Bengals radio voice Dan Hoard and former Reds pitcher Sam LeCure will be part of FSO's pregame, in-game and postgame programming.

Courtesy Brian Douglas

Vintage clothing, furniture, record albums, lamps and other props will be sold to the public after filming ends today, Feb. 27, on Zach Efron's Ted Bundy movie, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile."

Provided by Brad Johansen

Before Brad Johansen leaves WKRC-TV Wednesday, Feb. 28, and heads to WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., I asked him to tell me his favorite moments, experiences and people from 26 years in Cincinnati at Channel 12.

"I arrived in Cincinnati in 1992. I planned on staying for two years," he tells me. "WKRC became home to me. I owe so much to this station, and more importantly to the people who watched this station…. This is a special place. Thank you Cincinnati. I owe you."

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Larry Smith, who entertained thousands of kids with his Hattie the Witch, Teaser the Mouse, Snarfie R. Dog and Nasty Ole Thing puppets, died Monday. He was 79.

Smith's puppet show was the first program broadcast by WXIX-TV in 1968, and helped make Channel 19 the nation's highest-rated independent station in a year.

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And this one belongs to Marty!  I recently heard Reds radio voice Marty Brennaman  give his overview of the 2018 Reds, and I thought Reds fans would want to read it.

Brennaman spoke to the Joe Nuxhall Chapter of the Reds Hall Of Fame and Museum in Hamilton. He starts his 45th season on Reds radio at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, on WLW-AM. It's quite long, but here's how he sizes up the team:

NBC Sports

Have you noticed the voice for women's hockey games on NBC's Winter Olympics games?

It's John Walton, former Cincinnati Reds public address announcer, radio voice of the old Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and a traffic/sports reporter for WLW-AM back in the late 1990s.

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Fans of former WKRC-TV meteorologist Michelle Boutillette are lighting up the web over her return to  Channel 12 on weekends.

How else can I explain that my July 2015 story, "Michelle Boutillette Returns To WKRC-TV Newscasts,"  was trending on our website 2-1/2 years later?

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If you've watched Northern Kentucky University basketball games on ESPN3 – or Cincinnati CW Channel 12.2 – you probably didn't know that NKU students are producing the telecasts.

National Weather Service

Producers of Ann Curry's "We'll Meet Again" series on PBS are looking for survivors of the tornadoes which ripped through southwestern Ohio, from Sayler Park to Xenia, on April 3, 1974.

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When Chuck Dougherty was hired by WLW-AM in the 1976, he felt he'd come full circle.

Dougherty, who died last month in Florida, grew up in Falmouth, KY, listening to WLW-AM. He enjoyed success as a radio DJ in New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta and Nashville before coming home to the 50,000-watt station.  

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Former TV meteorologist Jennifer Schack has joined the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as director of media relations.

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Broadcaster Jim Day heads to spring training today to get his baseball announcing skills into shape.

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