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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.

New Sci-Fi Comet Channel Lands Here Oct. 31


The new Comet sci-fi channel premieres here Oct. 31 on a new WSTR-TV digital signal, Channel 64.3.

Reruns of “Stargate SG-1” and “Outer Limits” will air on Comet, jointly owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Sinclair Television Group, which operates WSTR-TV and WKRC-TV.

The 24-hour network will feature “a mix of science fiction, fantasy and adventure fan-favorite titles from MGM” including the “Poltergeist” and “Dead Like Me” TV series, according to the Comet announcement.

“Stargate” will air weekdays at noon, 1 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. “Outer Limits” will air at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Most of the November and December Comet schedule provided to me by Sinclair will be filled with movies. You might be more impressed with these titles than I am: ”Sometimes They Come Back,” “Eliminators,” “Wicked Stepmother,” “Solarbabies,” “Vampires on Bikini Beach,” “Daughters of Satan,” “It!,” “Unspeakable,” “Curse of the Swamp Creature,” “Angry Red Planet,” “Creature of Destruction,” “The Terror From Beyond Space,” “The Twonky” and “Scream, Blacula, Scream.”

So far no response from Time Warner or Cincinnati Bell Fioptics on if they’ll add the channel. I’ll update this post when I hear from them.

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.