Media Beat

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Joseph-Beth Booksellers has closed its Crestview Hills store permanently due to the coronavirus.

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Michael Williams' pop star dreams stayed alive Monday night when he learned The Voice viewers voted to keep the 18-year-old Deerfield Township resident in NBC's competition.

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An unprecedented one-time "temporary exception" has been made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to allow movies initially made available via streaming or video on-demand to compete for best picture at next year's Oscars.

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MONDAY MAY 4 UPDATE: Here's a link to my 13-minute interview with Michael Williams from Sunday's Around Cincinnati. He learns his fate on the show tonight.

ORIGNAL POST TUESDAY, APRIL 28: A year ago, Michael Williams of Deerfield Township was rehearsing for Kings Island's "Country Flashback" show in the Festhaus.

Now he's waiting to see on Monday May 4 if he'll be singing on live television for the first time, as the final contestant for NBC's The Voice live shows.

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Sweep! Sweep! Good news for Reds fans in a coronavirus lockdown missing baseball. Fox Sports Ohio will repeat the Reds' World Series sweeps of the New York Yankees in 1976 and the Oakland A's in 1990.

The 1990 World Series airs this week at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, through Saturday, May 2.

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Kitty Lensman, chief operating officer for the Public Media Connect partnership that runs Cincinnati and Dayton public TV stations, will become president and general manager for WCET-TV, WPTD-TV and WPTO-TV on July 1.

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Mason's Michael Williams encountered a different kind of four-way Monday – a four-way knockout on The Voice to determine which singer advances to NBC's live show on May 4.

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Phil Borack, who brought Hollywood to Lebanon for Harper Valley P.T.A. in 1977, died Tuesday, April 14, at home of heart disease. He was 84.

Borack, the regional movie distributor through his Tri-State Theatre Service, was one of the most influential film industry people in Cincinnati for 40 years. until his retirement in 1996.

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Sparky Anderson got fired in Cincinnati – again – as a sportscaster for WKRP In Cincinnati.

Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench switched uniforms in winter of 1971 – after winning the 1970 National League Most Valuable Player award – to play a military guard on TV's Mission: Impossible.

With the 2020 baseball season on hold – and everyone stuck at home watching TV – it's a good time for a lineup of big league players in prime-time roles on Mister Ed, Cheers, Bewitched, Everybody Loves Raymond and other TV hits.

The Queen City's rich jazz and classical music heritage will be celebrated on "Public Radio Music Day" Thursday, April 16, on Cincinnati Public Radio's classical WGUG-FM (90.9) and news talk WVXU-FM (91.7) and Oxford's WMUB-FM (88.5).

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has become a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel during the pandemic, got a big boost from WLWT-TV starting today.

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Friday April 17 update: The Rolling Stones were added Friday to the all-star One World: Together At Home eight-hour television and streaming special starting 8 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday April 15 update: Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and a dozen other stars have been added to the eight-hour One World: Together At Home coronavirus relief event starting 8 p.m. Saturday April 18 on multiple networks and streaming services.

And more big names will appear on a six-hour pre-show livestream, Billboard says.

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Remember when Fox Sports Ohio last week repeated only four games of the 1975 World Series, which the Reds won in seven games?

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If you don't have streaming services or cable – or don't mind lots of commercial interruptions – you'll be happy to hear that five beloved movie hits will air on the CBS Sunday Night Movie during May ratings' sweeps.

Courtesy Dan Hoard

What does a sports announcer do when there are no sports? Offer his services to voice videos and deliver smiles to all of us cooped up at home.

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David Fogarty, president of WCET-TV and Dayton's WPTD-TV, will retire June 30, at the end of the current fiscal year.

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Again Cincinnati's WCET-TV and Dayton's WPTD-TV and other Ohio public TV stations are dropping regular daytime programming to offer a learn-at-home lineup for children while schools are closed during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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If you're a Cincinnati child of the '80s and '90s – and looking for some goofy fun these days (and who isn't?) – check out Michael Flannery's Club Nineteen videos from 1990-95.

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Update 11 a.m. Tuesday April 7:  The estate auction for Doris Day, Cincinnati's biggest Hollywood star, raised nearly $3 million for her animal foundation, more than four times the presale estimate.

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And this one belongs to the Reds! Fox Sports Ohio replays four games from the 1975 World Series this week, the four Reds victories to win the World Championship over the Boston Red Sox.

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