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.

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After 30 years of getting up before the bars close, WKRC-TV morning anchor John Lomax finally will have some more daylight to enjoy his family and photography.

Starting Monday June 1, Lomax will go part-time to anchor the second half of Good Morning Cincinnati, from 7-9 a.m. on WSTR-TV (Channel 64) and 9-10 a.m. on Channel 12.

Courtesy ABC

A drama from Emmy-winner David E. Kelley (Picket Fences, Big Little Lies, The Practice) and a Kyra Sedgwick comedy will join 19 returning series on ABC's 2020-21 fall TV roster.

The ABC announcement did not include a fall lineup.

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Fox Sports Ohio digs deep in its vault for some memorable Reds games during the coronavirus pandemic baseball stoppage.

Tom Seaver's 1978 no-hitter against the Cardinals, Johnny Bench's dramatic home run on "Johnny Bench Night" in 1983, Pete Rose's record-breaking hit No. 4,192 from 1985 and the 1990 Reds clinching the National League Championship Series over the Pirates will air in primetime on Fox Sports Ohio.

Courtesy WKRC-TV

WKRC-TV's new Kyle Inskeep-Paula Toti anchor team won the May sweeps' household ratings, according to the overnight Nielsen meters.

Courtesy Fox Broadcasting

Tim Allen's Last Man Standing and The Resident medical drama were renewed by Fox for the 2020-2021 TV season. They join three new series and a dozen renewals announced last week.

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UPDATE 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY, MAY 20: Services for Jim Fox, the former WKRQ-FM and WUBE-FM DJ who died Monday at 71, will be streamed on Facebook from the First Baptist Church in Slidell, Texas, at 3 p.m. today Cincinnati time.  

He was born Allen Duaine Pruett in Texas on Dec. 1, 1948, and graduated from Slidell High School in 1967. Here is a link to his obituary.

"In lieu of flowers, at Duaine's request, please make memorial contributions to the Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department," the obit says.  

The address is Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 153, Slidell Texas 76267.

ORIGINAL POST MONDAY, MAY 18: Jim Fox, the popular "Q102 Morning Zoo" DJ who later hosted country music on WUBE-FM (B105), died this morning of pancreatic cancer in Texas.

In the 1980s, Fox and Chris O'Brien hosted the hugely successful WKRQ-FM (101.9) morning show in a heated radio war for listeners with the WEBN-FM Dawn Patrol.

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Cincinnati and former ESPN sports anchor Betsy Ross is one of the many female sportscasters indebted to Phyllis George, the first woman to co-host a high-profile sports show on a major broadcast network.

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Another postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic: CW will delay until January the return of its regularly scheduled lineup and premieres for Superman & Lois, a Walker Texas Ranger revival and other new 2020-21 season series.

The fall lineup will be filled with alternative shows and scripted series acquired from international sources, such as Coroner from Canada and Dead Pixels from BBC Studios in England, and the DC Universe canceled series Swamp Thing.

Courtesy WCPO-TV

Local TV news ratings have dramatically increased while we're stuck at home – but TV stations haven't been able to cash in much, since many of the businesses which advertised were closed the past two months. 

And the worst may be yet to come.

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The joint WCET-TV and WPTD-TV Action Auction, the biggest fundraiser for the Southwestern Ohio public television stations, has been posted a second time, until Sept. 9-12.

I asked Jeff Ziesmann, owner of Middletown's WNKN-FM (105.9) and Dry Ridge's WNKR-FM (106.7) Classic Country stations, about the coronavirus pandemic's impact on his broadcasting business. He's unique among local broadcasters because he's a small business competing with major chains (iHeartMedia, Cumulus, Hubbard, Radio One) that relies on many small businesses to buy advertising. Here's what he wrote:

How are we doing? Well, like everyone else in this business, our advertising revenue has taken quite a hit.

Courtesy WLWT-TV

Prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards for outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism were announced Tuesday for WLWT-TV, WCPO-TV and Dayton's WHIO-TV.

Courtesy Fox Broadcasting

A psychological thriller called Next; a southern family soap starring Kim Cattrall and Gerald McRaney; and Jerry Bruckheimer's L.A. Finest police drama, developed for Spectrum cable, will premiere this fall on Fox Broadcasting.

Courtesy Sports Illustrated

The Big Red Machine rolls back onto TV this week in Fox Sports Ohio's s repeat of the Reds' 1976 World Series sweep of the New York Yankees Wednesday through Saturday.

FSO devotes next week (May 17-23) to Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League All-Star Games played in Ohio since 1981.

Courtesy Legacy.com

Longtime WLW-AM morning news anchor Bill Ridenour died Sunday in a Northern Kentucky nursing home from COVID-19. He was 94.

Courtesy WAMU-FM

Chicago public radio host Jenn White – who also produced the Chicago station's Making Oprah and Making Obama podcasts – takes over National Public Radio's weekday 1A talk show starting July 6.

Courtesy CBS

UPDATE 11:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY, MAY 20:  Only two new series – the B Positive sitcom and The Equalizer revival with Queen Latifah – will premiere in CBS' 2020-21 fall lineup.

Clarice, a spinoff from The Silence Of The Lambs, will be held for midseason along with S.W.A.T. and Undercover Boss.

Courtesy MIX94.9

"Extended and extreme revenue challenges … as a result of government mandated shutdowns due to COVID-19" prompted staff terminations at Hubbard radio stations nationwide, including Cincinnati.

Courtesy NBCUniversal

Michael Williams' pop star dreams were sidetracked Tuesday night on The Voice, when a viewers' vote eliminated the 18-year-old Deerfield Township resident after the wild card competition.

Courtesy Inhailer Radio Cincinnati

Inhailer Radio, the indie alternative rock online station started when WNKU-FM shut down in 2017, was added to WGUC-FM HD3 channel Tuesday, May 5.

Here's the release:

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