John Kiesewetter: Media Beat

For more than 30 years, John Kiesewetter has been the source for information about all things in local media – comings and goings, local people appearing on the big or small screen, special programs, and much more.

Local media is still his beat and he’s bringing his interest, curiosity, contacts and unique style to Cincinnati Public Radio and 91.7 WVXU.

Contact John at johnkiese@yahoo.com.

Courtesy Kings Island

You've probably heard the buzz this fall about HGTV renovating The Brady Bunch house in suburban Los Angeles – but here's a DVR alert for a Brady episode filmed mostly outside the house… in Greater Cincinnati.

MeTV repeats "The Cincinnati Kids" episode shot at Kings Island in 1973 at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 (WLWT-TV Channel 5.2, WHIO-TV Channel 7.2; )

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A couple days after Rob Braun left WKRC-TV in June, a high school friend asked if he'd like to be the corporate spokesman for family-owned Heritage Bank based in Burlington, Ky.

The more he thought about it – and the more he enjoyed spending new-found time on his Northern Kentucky farm – he decided to accept the contract position, and not pursue possible jobs at WCPO-TV and WLWT-TV.

Courtesy WCET-TV

If you watch TV with an antenna in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, mark Friday, Oct. 18, on your calendar.

That's when Cincinnati TV stations move to new digital TV frequencies. If you watch TV over the air, you'll need to rescan your TV tuner after 10 a.m. that day.

Ronny Salerno / Cincinnati Public Radio

Ilyce Meckler, former producer for PBS' Newshour with Jim Lehrer, has started as producer for Cincinnati Edition, WVXU-FM's weekday noon talk show.

Courtesy Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Cincinnati's rich movie history will be celebrated by the main Public Library downtown with a "Cinema Cincinnati" exhibit of photographs and memorabilia from Saturday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 26.

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Turns out  Rod Serling was right: There is a dimension as timeless as infinity called The Twilight Zone.

Since Serling's iconic drama anthology premiered on CBS 60 years ago today – on Oct. 2, 1959 – the show has never gone off the air.

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The parents of former Carlisle cheerleader Brooke Skylar Richardson give their first TV interview to CBS' 48 Hours Saturday (10 p.m., Channel 12), which correspondent Erin Moriarty calls "very credible, very open."

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Courtesy of John Law

Here's a question you've probably never pondered: What could Doris Day and Marilyn Monroe have in common?

To me, they were both blonde and big movie stars – and that's about it. Cincinnati native Doris Day was that wholesome girl next door; Monroe was the sexy bombshell.

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This old Johnny Carson Tonight Show is "Must See TV" for me at 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, on the Antenna TV channel. Let me explain.

Justin Lubin / NBC

A dozen new primetime TV series – 66% of the 18 new shows – arrive this week as broadcasters cling to the arcane notion of a "premiere week" immediately following the Emmy Awards.

Courtesy Amanda Brennaman

A Titanic struggle. Definitely this is a Titanic struggle, to use one of Marty Brennaman's favorite phrases.

How do you sum up Brennaman's 46 years as the Reds' radio voice?

They say he's the "soundtrack of our summers," but he's more than that. Brennaman's voice is like oxygen, or water, or electricity. 

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Courtesy of Anne Serling

Anne Serling, daughter of Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, will be the studio announcer for WVXU's production of her father's 1955 baseball comedy, O'Toole From Moscow.

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Ken Burns' team has interviewed more than 100 people – including 40 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame – for the eight-night Country Music documentary airing Sept. 15-19 and Sept. 22-25.

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WVXU-FM will produce Rod Serling's O'Toole From Moscow, a 1955 TV comedy about confusion between the Soviet Union and the Cincinnati Reds, as a radio drama.

Jake Giles Netter/NBC / Courtesy NBCUniversal

Here's my annual Fall TV guide, as the season kicks off today with the new Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall and Judge Jerry daytime shows; HGTV's A Very Brady Renovation at 8 p.m.; and a Monday Night Football doubleheader.

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Some over-the-air viewers of WCET-TV could lose their signals on Channel 48 the next week because the station has reduced power for "mandatory tower maintenance," says Kellie May, station spokesperson.

WCET-TV's antenna was "powered down" at noon today, Friday Sept. 6, for CET (48.1), CET Create (48.2) and CET Arts (48.3).

Courtesy WLWT-TV

Kansas City's Steven Albritton will join the WLWT-TV anchor desk in October, as Channel 5 shuffles its lineup for fall.

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John Kiesewetter / WVXU

Reds fans have just four opportunities to see or hear Marty Brennaman's last games at Great American Ball Park.

Brennaman will work only four of the final six home games – Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. He will not go on the season-ending trip to Pittsburgh Sept. 27-29.

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Order in the court! The fall TV season's biggest daytime battle will be waged by former talk show host Jerry Springer against Judge Judy Sheindlin, starting her 24th season on television.

Daytime TV viewers also will see new shows starring Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall replacing Steve Harvey, Pickler & Ben and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. See my list below.

John Kiesewetter

Producers of a TV series, and two more feature films, are preparing to shoot here, says Kristen Schlotman, Film Cincinnati executive director.

"It's going to be a busy fall," Schlotman said in a far-ranging interview on WVXU's Cincinnati Edition Tuesday. Here's a link to the 14-minute conversation.

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