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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Courtsey Steve Herman

We've all seen the press corps shouting questions to President Donald Trump on the White House south lawn, before boarding a helicopter taking him to Air Force One.

How does a reporter get his attention? That's one of the many stories shared by Steve Herman, White House bureau chief for the Voice of America, when he visited the National VOA Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township Wednesday.

Courtesy VOA Museum

From the West Wing to West Chester, Voice of America White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman comes home to talk about "Covering the White House and the World" at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting on Tylersville Road Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

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Former Q102 DJ Brian Douglas' career switch to shooting movie production promotional shots came at just the right time.

"I couldn't work there now," Douglas says in slightly more than a whisper when we met for lunch last week during a break from his movie and TV photography.

Courtesy WLWT-TV

Update at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1:  This just in from Branden Frantz, WLWT-TV general manager, about Let's Talk Cincinnati, premiering 7:30 p.m. Saturday March 2 on WLWT-TV (Channel 5) with Courtis Fuller and Alexis Rogers:

Courtesy WKRC-TV

UPDATE AT 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28:  Jeff Hirsh's coworkers praise him for being able to do it all. And he did.

In 40 years of Cincinnati television – 21 years at WKRC-TV after 19 years at WLWT-TV – he did breaking news; features; live shots; taped packages; stories about long, tedious court trials and complicated government issues; and wrote and produced several one-hour documentaries.

Courtesy WYEP-FM

Liz Felix, one of the last voices heard on WNKU-FM, will return to playing Triple A music as evening host on Pittsburgh's WYEP-FM.

Felix was WNKU-FM's assistant program director and program director from early 2015 through September 2017, when Northern Kentucky University sold FM stations in Highland Heights and Middletown.

Courtesy FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati will have a new radio affiliate for its new league. Under a two-year deal announced Tuesday, FC Cincinnati's inaugural Major League Soccer season will be broadcast on oldies WDJO's three frequencies: 1480 AM, 99.5 FM and 107.9 FM.

Courtesy Cincinnati Reds

Play ball! Half of the Reds' spring training games will be televised by either Fox Sports Ohio or the MLB Network, starting with two telecasts this weekend.

FSO will air 10 games live, while the MLB Network will carry nine games, with some duplications of the FSO schedule.

A perfect way to gear up for the upcoming Cincinnati Reds season is to check out Road Trip, an exhibition from the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, now on display at the Fitton Center for the Arts in Hamilton.  John Kiesewetter (who reviewed the exhibit on his Media Beat

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Three TV series "are actively considering" filming in Greater Cincinnati, says Kristen Schlotman, Film Cincinnati executive director.

A series could start shooting here in "a couple of months," Schlotman told WVXU-FM's Cincinnati Edition listeners Wednesday.

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Bill Violona / Courtesy Pensacola Blue Wahoos

A few things to know about Tommy Thrall, new Reds radio announcer: He loves baseball and he loves radio. He grew up listening to Hall of Famer Denny Matthews call Kansas City Royals games.

And Reds fans have heard him a couple times – during spring training a year ago, and last September when Marty Brennaman was off hosting his annual golf classic.

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Barking Fish Entertainment has launched a GoFundMe campaign to finance a film about Marty Brennaman, who's entering his 46th and final season as the Reds' radio voice.

Producer Terry Lukemire seeks to raise $75,000 for a 90-minute documentary, How We Lookin’? The Marty Brennaman Story.

Courtesy Media Grouip Ohio

The Dayton media empire created by James M. Cox has been sold to an international investment company.

Apollo Global Management is acquiring WHIO-TV, news/talk WHIO-AM, country WHKO-FM, rocker WZLR-FM, the Dayton Daily News, the Butler County News-Journal and Springfield Sun, plus 13 other TV stations from Boston to Seattle.

Courtesy NBCUniversal

Guess who's coming to Taste of Cincinnati?  NBC's American Ninja Warrior fans!

Producers for the reality TV competition will construct their obstacle courses on Second Street for 10 days in May, overlapping with the annual Taste of Cincinnati food festival Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27) on Fifth Street.

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Courtesy University Press of Mississippi

Author Nick Parisi will discuss the Cincinnati roots and influences of The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling here Feb. 17-19 to promote his book, Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination.

Parisi, a Long Island resident and Rod Serling Memorial Foundation board member, devoted a chapter in the book to Serling's first TV dramas on The Storm, WKRC-TV's live weekly series in 1951-52, eight years before CBS debuted his iconic Twilight Zone.

Phillipe Antonello / Courtesy Hulu

Twenty five years after ER made George Clooney a star, the Kentucky native returns to TV on May 17 in the war satire Catch-22 on Hulu.

Courtesy Brian Douglas

Zac Efron's Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, shot here a year ago, will play in theaters this fall to be eligible for movie awards, the Hollywood Reporter says.

Courtesy Fred Rogers Co.

For the 51st anniversary, give the gift of Fred Rogers. Spread the word that the excellent Fred Rogers documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, debuts on broadcast television 8 p.m. Saturday.

Morgan Neville's film, which opened in theaters last year on the silver anniversary of the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood public TV premiere, was the highest-grossing documentary of 2018 ($22.6 million). And rightfully so.

Chris Felix / Fitton Center

Joey Votto stares at me as I walk in the door. That's the first picture I noticed at the Reds Hall of Fame's "Road Trip" art exhibit at the Fitton Center in downtown Hamilton.

It's an amazing lineup: Bench, Rose, Morgan, Peter, Larkin, Nuxhall, Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman, Jim Borgman, C.F. Payne, "Peanut Jim" Shelton and Schottzie.

In prints, sculptures, cartoons, sketches and photographs.

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Dan Hurley is good at many things – except retiring. He's failed at it several times, due to his sense of civic responsibility and love for broadcasting.

Maybe this time he can finally kick back after hosting his last Cincinnati Edition talk show 1 p.m. Friday on WVXU-FM. He's been the "three-month interim host" for nearly a year. Michael Monks takes over Monday, Feb. 4, when the show resumes broadcasting five days a week.

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