John Kiesewetter

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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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Northern Kentucky University freshman Alyssa Wray moved three steps closer to the American Idol crown Sunday night.

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Jacquie Denny doesn't need to see TV ratings to know people are watching HGTV's Everything But The House featuring her Blue Ash online auction company.

"I'm starting to get recognized," says Denny, the Everything But The House co-founder who has appeared in every episode with host Lara Spencer since the March 19 premiere.

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Two weeks before the May 4 mayoral primary, WVXU begins examining Cincinnati political corruption in a series called "Trust In Local Government – WVXU's Public Integrity Project."

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After her "stellar performance" Sunday night, Northern Kentucky University freshman Alyssa Wray learned Monday night she's a Top 12 finalist in ABC's American Idol competition.

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Everything you wanted to know about cicadas – but were afraid to touch – is coming to WVXU's new Brood X: The Cicada Podcast.

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Raising money for a college fund and a trip to Singapore are the goals of two families featured on HGTV's new Everything But The House 9-10 p.m. tonight.

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The demographic ratings are in – which TV stations use to sell advertising – showing WXIX-TV winning most weekday newscasts, and WLWT-TV winning at 11 pm., during February sweeps.

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It was a daunting task: How do you take 20 minutes of silent game film, and turn it into a two-hour rebroadcast of the University of Cincinnati's 1961 NCAA basketball championship victory over defending national champs Ohio State?

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For the first time in five decades, there won't be a Brennaman in the broadcast booth for the Reds Opening Day.

Hall of Fame Reds shortstop Barry Larkin debuts as an analyst on the Reds TV team with new play-by-play announcer John Sadak, a CBS Sports Network and Westwood One radio announcer.

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WVXU helps Reds fans get ready for Opening Day by repeating its production of Rod Serling's Reds baseball comedy, O'Toole From Moscow, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31.

Written during the Cold War, Serling's O'Toole From Moscow is about confusion between Russians and the Reds which results in a Soviet Union embassy staffer playing outfield for the Cincinnati baseball club.

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This 1928 Wurlitzer pipe organ can be yours for the right price.

Media Heritage, the local nonprofit broadcasting history archives, is looking for someone interested in a big, old vintage theater organ.

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The experts at Blue Ash-based Everything But The House evaluate rare political buttons and an art collection in two new Everything But The House episodes on HGTV 9-10 p.m. Friday, March 26.

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The first joint WCET-TV/WPTD-TV Action Auction went so well during the pandemic last year that station officials are keeping the same format for a second year.

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Cincinnati native Steven Spielberg is writing a screenplay which he'll direct loosely based on his childhood.

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Ninety-nine years ago today – March 23, 1922 – was the official "grand opening" for WLW-AM, when the station advertised its first regular broadcasting program schedule.

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I've written a lot of stories about TV station departures in 35 years. This one is most unusual.

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No surprise here: Fox Sports Ohio will rebrand as Bally Sports Ohio on March 31 – the day before the Reds' Opening Day telecast.

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The Greater Cincinnati Association of Black Journalists has requested a meeting with WKRC-TV management about the lack of diversity in the Local 12 newsroom.

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Glenn Close received her eighth Academy Award nomination Monday, for best supporting actress as Mamaw Vance, the foul-mouthed, chain-smoking Middletown grandmother of Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance. She has never won an Oscar.

Director Ron Howard's Netflix film about "hillbilly" Appalachians in Middletown also was nominated for best makeup and hair styling, which contributed to Close's performance. 

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Postponed proms. A year of Zoom classes. High school students have been disappointed and disconnected by the coronavirus pandemic, which ruined their routines and kept them isolated from friends and teachers.

So Cincinnati Edition's Michael Monks will host a free live virtual program talking with teens and mental health experts about the impact of COVID-19 on their mental health 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16.

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Why not? Because of money, of course.

Beware the Ides of March!  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company actors return to Cincinnati Public Radio with an adaptation of Julius Caesar 7 p.m. Sunday.

This is their fourth radio production in the past year, since the coronavirus pandemic prevented theater performances.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group's 5% workforce cutbacks eliminated the two staffers at WKRC-TV's Cincinnati Refined website, and up to six other positions at Channel 12.

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Eric "Bubba Bo" Boulanger, a Tri-State radio personality for nearly four decades, retires Friday from the WSCH-FM "Eagle Country 93.3" morning show.

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Comedian/Goodwill spokesman Michael Flannery called from his Good Samaritan Hospital bed to say "thanks" to his fans for all the cards and prayers. Mostly the prayers.

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Saying that Pat Barry's death Feb. 20 won't stop him from helping "the city he loved and its people," his closest friends have established the Pat Barry Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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A few things to know about John Sadak: He grew up in New Jersey wanting to play sports, not broadcast them. From 2007 to 2017, he was one of the hardest working sports announcers you've never heard of, doing up to 250 broadcasts a year, often driving to them from his Delaware home.

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And this one belongs to WCPO!  How We Lookin'?: The Immortal Words of Marty Brennaman film about the retired Reds broadcaster will make its TV premiere March 29-31 on Channel 9.

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Oscar-winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, and some of the Cincinnati women featured in their 9to5: The Story Of A Movement documentary, will participate in a free virtual event March 9.

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It wasn't Cincinnati's first radio station, but WLW-AM is still the biggest.

Cincinnati industrialist Powel Crosley, Jr. began broadcasting WLW-AM over a 20-watt station from his College Hill home on March 2, 1922 – which means that the station is entering its 100th year today.

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