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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.

A New Live Variety Show And Podcast Saluting The Locally-Produced "Midwestern Hayride"

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Midwestern Hayride was one of the many early radio and television programs produced in Cincinnati that made the city famous for live broadcasting. 

The show originally aired in the 1930s as a radio program on WLW, then moved to television. In the 1950s the show aired nationally on NBC and then ABC. It continued its run on WLW-T into the Seventies.

Now a group of local musicians and producers has created a new live country variety show and podcast, HAYRIDE, making its debut this Sunday, that pays tribute to the original Midwestern Hayride.

Joining us to discuss the new show and some early history of Cincinnati broadcasting and Midwestern Hayride are musician and HAYRIDE creator Cameron Cochran; former producer of Midwestern Hayride and former director of The 50-50 Club, Bob Braun's 50-50 Club and The Bob Braun Show, Dick Murgatroyd; Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Reference Librarian Brian Powers; and WVXU Media Beat reporter, John Kiesewetter.

HAYRIDE, a live country music variety show and podcast that pays tribute to WLWT's Midwestern Hayride, will debut Sunday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodward Theater. For information and ticketing, click here.

Cameron Cochran will be performing at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Library tonight, September 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

To read John Kiesewetter’s TV and entertainment blog Media Beat, click here.