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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Action Auction items will be available for preview online starting Monday, Aug. 31, before the Cincinnati-Dayton public television stations' first joint auction.

Courtesy Cineflix Media

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are heading back to Ohio in October to film new episodes of American Pickers – unless the coronavirus "conditions change for the worse," says their production company.

Courtesy A Titanic Struggle Pictures

And this one belongs to Reds fans!

After 18 months, we can finally see Terry Lukemire's Marty Brennaman documentary, How We Lookin?: The Immortal Words of Marty Brennaman at Amelia's Starlite Drive-In Monday, Aug. 17.

So, how we lookin'?

Courtesy ABC

COVID-19 is keeping the American Idol audition bus parked this summer, so the ABC talent search show will conduct state-by-state Zoom auditions starting with Ohio on Monday, Aug. 10.

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One year ago, Hollywood rolled into Middletown so director Ron Howard could film the final week of Hillbilly Elegy.

Oscar-winners Glenn Close and Amy Adams were joined by Gabriel Basso, Jesse C. Boyd, Haley Bennett, Bo Hopkins and Owen Asztalos shooting scenes on Harrison Street in the 100-year-old Park Place neighborhood.

Courtesy of Paramount Televion

As part of its Strong Black Lead initiative, Netflix has added the archives of seven 1990's Black sitcoms: Sister, Sister; Moesha; Girlfriends; The Game; The Parkers; One on One and Half & Half.

Courtesy WKRC-TV

What took them so long? More than four years after the death of Tim Hedrick, WKRC-TV named John Gumm chief meteorologist Friday.

The Glen Este High School graduate, who has worked at WKRC-TV for 15 years, had been the late-night forecaster since Hedrick left the airwaves in February 2016. He died of cancer in April 2016.

Courtesy WLW-AM

In response to unspecified complaints, WLW-AM'S right-leaning overnight America's Truckin' Network show has eliminated all talk about politics, the Confederate flag and the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on Memorial Day.

"Suffice it to say we’re going to avoid such topics," host Steve Sommers told listeners early Monday morning.

"There are some things we’re not going to talk about anymore."

Courtesy Vertical Entertainment

The Big Ugly, a revenge film set in West Virginia and shot in Morehead, Ky., opens Friday July 24, at the Mariemont Theater and other movie houses and drive-ins.

Since he was 10, Tommy Thrall dreamed of being the play-by-play voice of a Major League Baseball team.

His 25-year dream, delayed four months by the coronavirus pandemic, finally comes true at 6:10 p.m. Friday on WLW-AM and the Reds Radio Network.

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Why was President Donald Trump's unfounded conspiracy theory about absentee voting at the top of WKRC-TV's Facebook page for hours on Tuesday?

Is Local 12 endorsing or agreeing with the claim he's made for years – without providing any proof – that "Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation's History! #RIGGED ELECTION."

Courtesy Kings Island

Update 2 p.m. Thursday, July 23: Just heard from Michael Williams, The Voice contestant who's singing at Kings Island today through Sunday, and July 30-31. He says he's passing on college this fall for some "exciting" out-of-town projects with "some amazing artists/writers."

Here's an update on the 18-year-old Deerfield Township resident who was singing in the Festhaus country music revue a year ago:

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Before the Reds open the delayed 2020 baseball season, WVXU will repeat its production of Rod Serling's Reds baseball comedy, O'Toole From Moscow, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 21.

Written during the Cold War, Serling's O'Toole From Moscow is about confusion between Russians and the Reds which results in a Soviet Union embassy staffer playing outfield for the Cincinnati baseball club.

Courtesy Cincinnati Reds

Limited access to Reds players – and no interaction with the opponents' broadcasters and beat reporters – will make TV and radio games a different ball game during the pandemic.

No longer can the media interview players in the clubhouse before or after games, or hang out on the field during batting practice to chat with home and visiting players, coaches and broadcasters about the team's streaks and health.  

Courtesy NBCUniversal

Count WLWT-TV among the many NBC affiliates not broadcasting the 30 Rock reunion tonight with Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer and Jane Krakowski.

About half of the NBC stations nationwide are refusing to air the one-hour special because the affiliates consider the 30 Rock: A One-Time Special  "too much of a promotion for the company's new Peacock streaming platform," Vulture reports.

Black News Channel Chairman J.C. Watts
Brendan Farrington / AP

The Black News Channel, the only American TV news network targeting African Americans, will be added to area Spectrum Cable lineups by early September.

Courtesy ABC

Update at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 15: Wow, that was quick! ABC named Tyra Banks host of Dancing With The Stars today, one day after dropping original host Tom Bergeron after 28 seasons and co-host Erin Andrews.

Banks – a supermodel, actress, businesswoman and TV personality – also will be an executive producer for the 29th season. She has hosted her own daytime talk show, NBC's America's Got Talent, and America's Next Top Model on UPN and CW.  

Courtesy Elise Jesse

Elise Jesse, the Oak Hills High School and Mount St. Joseph University alum, is leaving her hometown sports reporting job at WLWT-TV.

She's married to Mike Rehfeldt, the former University of Cincinnati basketball director of sports performance who has accepted a similar position at the University of Connecticut.

"I have decided to leave Cincinnati. It's a bittersweet moment, but I know that the next adventure will be amazing," Jesse announced Thursday on Twitter.

Courtesy Mark Tipton

Geoffrey Nimmo, a second generation Cincinnati broadcaster who captained the WEBN-FM's airwaves in the 1970s, died Wednesday.

"In a group of really strange, talented, lunatic-fringe characters that were WEBN at that time, Geoff was the outer fringe of lunacy," says Frank "Bo" Wood, former owner and manager of the rock station founded by his father in 1967. "He was warm, creative, and absolutely nuts, in a positive way."

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Update 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 14: Bill Rinehart's OKI Wanna Know feature premeires on WVXU Wednesday, July 15, during Morning Edition at 7:44 and 9:44 a.m., and repeats during All Things Considered  at 5:44 p.m.

It runs four and a half minutes.

Original post Thursday, July 10: Why is Mariemont pronounced MARY-mont? Who named Loveland and Pisgah? Where was the college in College Hill? What did Knowlton and Peebles do to get their namesake Cincinnati corners?

And who the heck was Brent Spence, anyway?

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