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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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.

Courtesy WSCH-FM

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.

Courtesy Michael Flannery

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.

Courtesy John Sadak

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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Reds fans have four opportunities to see the 2021 team in the next seven days, if they have Fox Sports Ohio and the MLB Network.

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Play ball! The Cincinnati Reds return to the airwaves Sunday with the spring training opener from Goodyear, AZ, the start of seven months of Reds games on radio.

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George Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures, Sports Illustrated Studios and 101 Studios are teaming up to produce a documentary series based on Jon Wertheim's SI story last Oct. 5 about prolific alleged abuse at Ohio State University.

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Courtesy Bina Roy

Update 9 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 23:  Jerry Springer called from his Sarasota home to talk about his old pal Pat Barry, and told me how and why Pat left radio to become WLWT-TV's main weatherman in 1984. It was Springer's idea.

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Pat Barry, who parlayed his Q102 popularity into a Greater Cincinnati radio and TV career spanning five decades, died of COVID-19 Saturday afternoon, Feb. 20. He was 69.

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Play-by-play announcer John Sadak makes his Reds TV debut on Fox Sports Ohio's Access Reds Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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After the Reds suspended Thom Brennaman in August for a homophobic slur during a TV game, Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larking offered his services to Reds COO Phil Castelinni.

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Former TV reporter Jenell Walton is returning to her broadcasting roots as Cincinnati Public Radio's vice president of content beginning March 1.

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You won't see Mount St. Joseph University's Clara doAmaral on A Perfect Planet, but you will see her frozen frogs.

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CBS Sports and Westwood One announcer John Sadak will be the Reds' new television play-by-play voice on Fox Sports Ohio, replacing Thom Brennaman, who resigned last September.

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And then there were two. On the second day of the movie awards season, Amy Adams joined Glenn Close with a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Hillbilly Elegy.

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Lara Spencer gave Good Morning America viewers a sneak peek today of her new Everything But The House show premiering 9 p.m. Friday, March 19, on HGTV.

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Actress Glenn Close, who has won three Golden Globe Awards, could add a fourth to her collection for her performance as matriarch Mamaw Vance in Hillbilly Elegy.

Courtesy Walter Reuther Library/Wayne State University

Who knew that the movie 9 to 5 was inspired by Cleveland secretaries? Or that clerical workers at the University of Cincinnati and Cuyahoga Community College played a pivotal role in the "9to5" grassroots labor movement of the 1970s and '80s to get equal pay and benefits for women office workers?

Courtesy Sinclair Broadcast Group

In a move touted to "revolutionize the U.S. sports betting industry," Sinclair's Fox Sports regional networks will be rebranded as Bally Sports.

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Update 11 a.m. Friday Jan. 29:  HGTV's announcement for the Everything But The House premiere has been delayed 10 days, to around Wednesday, Feb. 10, says a HGTV publicist. The TV series debut with Lara Spencer and EBTH co-founder Jacquie Denny was "moved back three weeks," the publicist says.

Original post Tuesday, Jan. 26: HGTV will announce its Everything But The House TV series premiere date featuring the Blue Ash-based online auction company  "on or around Feb. 1," says a HGTV publicist.

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NBCUniversal is making big changes for hockey, NASCAR, pro wrestling and soccer fans by pulling the plug on the NBC Sports Network cable channel and acquiring WrestleMania rights for its Peacock streaming service.

The moves illustrate how media owners are grappling with the shrinking cable TV universe, as viewers switch to streaming.

Courtesy WLW-AM

America's Truckin' Network has returned to WLW-AM as a one-hour recorded show two months after the station dropped the live overnight show hosted by Steve Sommers.