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Monday, Nov. 26 update: Cris Collinsworth: A Football Life repeats at 8:15 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 26, if you missed it last weekend. It follows NFL Total Access.

Original post Friday, Nov. 23: “Probably to this day the smartest football player that I’ve ever played with on the field.”

That’s how former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason describes his pal – and favorite target -- Cris Collinsworth in Cris Collinsworth: A Football Life premiering 8 p.m. tonight (Friday Nov. 23) on the NFL Network.

Former Bengals Esiason, Ken Anderson, Anthony Munoz and Sam Wyche – plus NBC Sunday Night Football partner Al Michaels -- are among the 12 people interviewed for the one-hour documentary.

Courtesy Sam Straley

Sam Straley was walking around the Los Angeles studio for his ABC sitcom, The Kids Are Alright, when he saw a poster for Milk Money, the 1994 Melanie Griffith film shot in Cincinnati.

He smiled and looked heavenward.

"That's my grandpa saying 'Hey!' " Straley says.

Courtesy CBS Television

Lots of old favorite shows and faces – many not necessarily holiday or Christmas related – fill the TV and radio airwaves Thanksgiving week.

Here's my first Holiday Programming list of the season, for Thanksgiving week. My huge annual Holiday Program Guide for shows Nov. 25 through Christmas posts Sunday, Nov. 25.

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Want to know more about WKRP in Cincinnati's famous "turkey drop" episode?

I did a podcast at Cincy Shirts Tuesday talking about the 1978 "Turkeys Away" episode, which repeats twice next week on MeTV – at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, and at 9:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving – in Cincinnati on Channel 5.2 and Dayton's 7.2.

Courtesey Brad Maushart

Look for another change in the weather in December, as Cincinnati and Indianapolis swap meteorologists.

John Kiesewetter

For a generation of younger Cincinnatians, the old Union Terminal seems like the perfect place for a couple of museums, exhibition space and the Cincinnati Historical Society.

But it wasn't always that way.

Courtesy Block Broadcasting

Elliott Block's low-power Channel 25 – branded as "WKRP TV" – switched frequencies on Nov. 1, leading some over-the-air viewers to think the station had gone off the air.

Not true.

And even better news: Block has secured a permanent digital channel to remain on the air after most Cincinnati TV stations change digital channels sometime in 2019.

Courtesy Cincinnati Reds

Back to baseball! After all the political advertisements vanish from the airwaves Wednesday, baseball returns with the weekly Reds Hot Stove League season premiere 6 p.m. on WSAI-AM (1360) from the Holy Grail Banks.

Courtesy Steve Martin

More than a month later, Northern Kentucky trial attorney Steve Martin is still stunned he was named "Broadcaster of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association in late September.

Courtesy MTM Productions

As God as my witness: WKRP bombed a Cincinnati shopping mall with live turkeys 40 years ago today, on the hilarious WKRP in Cincinnati "Turkey's Away" episode Oct. 30, 1978. 

The fowl promotion was just the seventh episode of WKRP, which premiered on Sept. 18, 1978.  "Turkey's Away" ranked No. 40 on TV Guide's "100 Greatest (TV) Episodes of All Time" in 1997.

Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Co. grew to 51 TV stations in 36 markets with the purchase of 15 stations from Cordillera Communications today for $521 million.

John Kiesewetter

And this one still belongs to the Reds!

Marty Brennaman's wife, Amanda, announced on her The Brennaman Report Facebook page  that Marty will return to the Reds Radio Network booth for a 46th season.

Courtesy Hallmark Channel

It's not even Halloween, but the Hallmark Channel is overflowing with Christmas greenery.

The Hallmark Channel, and its sister Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, will deliver 36 new holiday movies starting Saturday, Oct. 27.  

University Press of Mississippi

Author Nick Parisi talks to me about Rod Serling's early 1950s TV scripts, and how they shaped his  writing for The Twilight Zone and other network TV shows, on Around Cincinnati 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 28 on WVXU-FM and WMUB-FM.

Courtesy NBCUniversal

Will there be order in the court?

Jerry Springer, whose daytime talk show ceased production last spring when the CW network acquired his reruns for afternoon broadcast, is talking to NBCUniversal about hosting a daytime courtroom show called Judge Jerry.

Courtesy 20th Century Fox

Baby, if you've ever wondered, wondered what company would use the iconic WKRP In Cincinnati theme song in its advertising campaign….

Well, the answer is Teasdale Fenton Carpet Cleaning & Restoration.

Courtesy Middletown Historical Society

Reds broadcaster Waite Hoyt, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player in 1969, is among eight finalists for the 2019 Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence.

Courtesy Deb Dixon

Retired TV reporter Deb Dixon will be honored for her decades of police reporting, and helping "Cincinnati become a safe place for all of us to live and work," by the Matt Haverkamp Foundation Nov. 13 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel.

Courtesy Bravo

As if "Cooking with Caitlin" Steininger didn't have enough to do. The Cincinnati chef, restaurant owner,  newspaper columnist and mother of four spent part of her summer competing on Bravo's Top Chef, which premieres Thursday Dec. 6.

Courtesy WXIX-TV

Tricia Macke's model TV career – she has the longest continuous tenure of Cincinnati's four late news anchorwomen – came only after Macke giving up her modeling career.

Macke is the only remaining original member of WXIX-TV's news team which celebrates its 25th anniversary today. The city's fourth late newscast premiered on Oct. 18, 1993.

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