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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.

FSO To Air 8 Reds Spring Games

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Fox Sports Ohio will televise eight Cincinnati Reds spring training games from Arizona, two less than last year.

Pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear on Feb. 13, one week from today. The Reds' spring schedule opens Saturday, Feb. 22, against the Cleveland Indians on radio.

Television coverage starts with the Reds at Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 3:05 EST.  The FSO TV schedule:

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Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz., the spring home for the Reds and Cleveland Indians.

Tuesday, Feb. 25: Reds @ Los Angeles Angels, 3:10 p.m. (provided by Fox Sports West).

Wednesday, Feb. 26: Seattle @ Reds, 3:05 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 29: San Diego Padres @ Reds, 3:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 1: Reds @ Milwaukee Brewers, 3 p.m. (provided by Fox Sports North).

Monday, March 2: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Reds, 3:05 p.m.

Thursday, March 5: Milwaukee Brewers @ Reds, 3:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17: Reds @ Cleveland Indians, 9:05 p.m. (provided by SportsTime Ohio).

Sunday, March 22:  Cleveland Indians @ Reds, 3:05 p.m.

Thom Brennaman, Chris Welsh, Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro will call the games produced by FSO.

Also this spring, FSO is producing a new show called Access Reds on Wednesdays through March 18. The 30-minute program "will take Reds fans behind the scenes, telling stories off the field." After Opening Day, Reds Access will air monthly. Charlie Walter will host the show with "a rotation of co-hosts to include other FOX Sports Ohio Reds broadcasters and Reds personnel," says the FSO announcement.

FSO will broadcast the Reds Opening Day game against the St. Louis Cardinals at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, March 26, from Great American Ball Park. FSO has not announced a Cincinnati over-the-air TV partner, or its regular season TV schedule. Last year FSO broadcast all 162 Reds games.

From the release: "All Reds programming televised on Fox Sports Ohio streams live on Fox Sports GO. Fox Sports GO is currently available on mobile and tablet devices, including iOS and Android as well as foxsportsgo.com. Fox Sports GO is also available on connected devices including, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku Players and Roku TV, and Xbox One. Fans can download the app for free from the iTunes App Store,  Google Play,  Amazon App Store, Roku App Store, XBox One App Store and Windows App Store."

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.