John Kiesewetter

Media Blog

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.

The Middletown, Ohio, native joined The Enquirer for a 13-week summer internship after graduating from Ohio University in 1975, and parlayed it into a nearly 40-year career as a reporter (including covering the Beverly Hills fire aftermath), editor and TV columnist. “TV Kiese” regularly traveled to Los Angeles and other cities to preview shows, interview stars and watch tapings of “ER,” “Seinfeld,” Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and David Letterman’s “Late Show.” He’s also covered filming of George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” Cate Blanchett’s “Carol” and Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead.”

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Work on WCPO-TV's tower – from which Cincinnati Public Radio broadcasts – will require WVXU-FM and WGUC-FM to reduce power starting at about noon today, and may requiring switching to a back-up antenna that has a smaller reach.

Channel 9 viewers will not be impacted by the work.

Courtesy WLWT-TV

Why did WLWT-TV hire Seton High School graduate Alanna Martella to replace traffic reporter Vanessa Richardson after only two years?

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WCPO-TV has such a rich history that it's taking several months to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

 Jared Lorenzen
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A tribute to late Highlands High School University of Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen will be streamed live at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, from the high school.

Courtesy WCET-TV

WCET-TV, WPTD-TV and WPTO-TV resumed broadcasting at 11:40 a.m. today after nearly four days off the air.

Courtesy WKRC-TV

Longtime WKRC-TV anchor Cammy Dierking has told her bosses she's leaving the station at the end of her contract in December, multiple sources tell me.

Courtesy WCET-TV

Update 7:15 p.m. Sunday July 7: The part needed to fix the master control and restore broadcasting for  WCET-TV, WPTD-TV and WPTO-TV is scheduled to arrive Tuesday, says Kitty Lensman, WCET-TV chief operating officer.

"Then we will make the repair as quickly as possible," says Kellie May, WCET-TV public relations and digital media specialist. 

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Two contestants from the American Ninja Warrior Cincinnati episode airing Monday, July 8, will talk about the show on WVXU-FM's Cincinnati Edition Monday at noon.

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For a fourth consecutive year, WKRC-TV will telecast the annual Western & Southern/WEBN-FM Riverfest fireworks at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1.

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Award-winning travel writer and music journalist Chris Epting is well known for some of his earlier road trip books like James Dean Died Here: The Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks, and Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America

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For "a show about nothing," Seinfeld definitely gave us plenty: Close talkers, low talkers, regifters, Festivus, snacking double-dippers, the Soup Nazi, puffy shirts and the Manssiere support undergarment for men – not that there's anything wrong with that.

Courtesy CBS

What do Glen Campbell, Andy Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Flip Wilson, Dolly Parton, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Cash, Freddie Fender, Bette Midler, Carl Perkins, Dustin Hoffman, Bob Hope and Sonny and Cher have in common?

All appeared in 1970s and early 1980s TV shows which air 10 p.m.-midnight Sundays on Get TV.

Courtesy Cincinnati World Cinema

Seven short films  from January's Sundance Film Festival will be showcased June 21 through June 30 at the Cincinnati World Cinema, 719 Race St. downtown.

Courtesy WKRC-TV

News anchor Rob Braun says it was "time to move on" after 35 years at WKRC-TV because "I don't fit well with the Sinclair News model."

Cincinnati's longest-tenured main anchor, in his first public comment about his departure, says he wasn't fired and he's not retiring.

Courtesy WXIX-TV

May sweeps ratings, Part Two: The demographics are in for the May ratings' sweeps, and WXIX-TV is the big winner.

Courtesy WKRC-TV

Wednesday 10:45 a.m. June 19 update:  WKRC-TV General Manager Jon Lawhead says the station wanted anchor Rob Braun "to stay, but he decided it was time to move on."  The station is starting "an immediate search – both internal and external – to find our next main evening anchor," Lawhead said.

As I reported yesterday, Braun told the newsroom Monday he was leaving WKRC-TV after 35 years when his contract expires June 28. WKRC-TV posted a story Wednesday morning with these comments from Lawhead:

Courtesy Hagit Limor

Former WCPO-TV reporter Hagit Limor returns to Channel 9 Monday night with a half-hour special retracing her father's journey to survive the Holocaust called Hope After Hate  (7:30 p.m. Monday, June 17).

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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.

For 55 years, the Rosie Reds organization has been supporting the hometown baseball team, first existing as a way of getting women interested in the game, and today includes men and community fundraising efforts. A program celebrating the Rosie (Rooters Organized to Stimulate Interest & Enthusiasm) Reds happens on June 22 at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and joining John Kiesewetter with more are Dale Silver from the Rosie Reds and Brian Powers from the library.

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This is a year of anniversaries for the Cincinnati Reds.

It's the 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first all-professional team…  The 100th anniversary of the Reds winning the 1919 World Series… The 75th anniversary of Joe Nuxhall's historic debut as the youngest Major League Baseball player, at age 15.

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