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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.

For 49th Time: Lights, Cameras, Auction!


Cincinnati's first home shopping show returns for the 49th year when WCET-TV's five-day "Action Auction" opens 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Channel 48).

The station's largest fund-raiser continues 5:30-10:30 p.m. through Friday, and concludes 3-11 p.m. Saturday.

You probably know the drill by now, but here's a reminder from Kellie May, CET public relations and digital media specialist:

The CET "Action Auction" gives viewers the chance to call-in bids for the many items, services and amazing deals available during the event, which will be broadcast live from the CET studios. Local businesses and individuals have donated hundreds of items in support of the CET "Action Auction" including getaways, gift certificates, tickets to local events, collectibles, home goods, and much more.  You can see the items here.

Credit WCET-TV
Scenes from the 48th "Action Auction" last year

Dr. O’dell Owens, who is back for a record sixth year as "Action Auction" chair, has also pulled together a wide variety of unique items and experiences that will be auctioned on his Chairman’s Board. These include:

--Two tours of Queen City Sausage, including a Grill Master Pack for each winning bidder.

--A “Sheriff for the Day” package from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, which includes lunch with Sheriff Jim Neil.

--Ten tickets to the private shaded VIP section at “Taste of Cincinnati.”

"CET continues to make a real difference in the early education of children in our community by providing wholesome programming. The programs featured on CET not only prepare children for school, but begin the foundation of education that will impact their futures. I am honored to be part of such a significant Cincinnati initiative for the past six years,” Dr. Owens said.

CET's "Action Auction" helps support the station’s many educational services, such as early childhood and K-12 educator workshops and professional development, and ensures that CET can continue providing the Cincinnati community access to award-winning PBS shows as well as local programs. Supporting CET helps safeguard its mission of strengthening the community by providing content and services that engage, inspire, inform, educate and entertain.

CET is Greater Cincinnati’s leading provider of education and enrichment in both living rooms and classrooms, reaching more than 2 million residents; 470,000 students and 37,000 teachers. Through PBS and local programming, CETconnect.org, innovative multimedia curriculum projects, parent workshops and professional development for teachers, CET positively impacts our community with rich and diverse resources.

CET, the first licensed educational television station in the nation, provides multi-channel broadcast and cable services, including CET Arts, the first local 24-hour arts and cultural programming channel in the country. For more information about CET, CET Arts or CET Create, visit CETconnect.org.

CET is a service of Public Media Connect (PMC), a regional public media partnership with Dayton's ThinkTV (WPTD-TV, Channel 16), serving the more than 3 million people in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton communities.

PMC serves viewers and learners in the following counties: Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Warren, Adams, Brown , Clark, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Highland, Miami, Montgomery and Preble in Ohio; Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Rush, Switzerland, Union and Wayne in Indiana; Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Bracken, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Mason, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Scott and Trimble in Kentucky.

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.