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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.

NBC Delays Cincinnati 'American Ninja Warrior' Telecast

John Kiesewetter
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton joined contestant James Wilson on the 'American Ninja Warrior' stage Friday, May 24.

NBC has delayed the American Ninja Warrior Cincinnati episode by one week, to July 8.

American Ninja Warrior was thrown off schedule this week when the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs went to a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday, pre-empting the summer reality series.

The Cincinnati auditions episode originally was scheduled for July 1. It will air 8-10 p.m. Monday, July 8, on NBC (Channel 5), says Leslie Schwartz, NBCUniversal publicist for the series.

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The downtown skyline provides the backdrop for NBC's telecast.

More than 90 contestants tried their luck Friday, May 24, and into the early hours of Saturday, on the obstacle course erected on Second Street in front of GE Global Operations Center.  That location was chosen so the Cincinnati skyline provides the backdrop.

The next night the finalists competed. That episode was originally scheduled for Monday, Aug. 19. It is not known if that air date will change. I'll update this post when I confirm the air date for the second Cincinnati show.

Here's a link to my "My Night With Ninja Warriors" story and photos about watching the auditions posted May 25.

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.