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 of Robert Bilott

Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott got a standing ovation on CBS' Late Show With Stephen Colbert Thursday night, hours after he was interviewed on WVXU-FM's Cincinnati Edition.

The two aren't directly related, of course, except for the fact that it's all part of promotion for Dark Waters, the movie starring Mark Ruffalo as Bilott opening Friday, Nov. 22.

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Update 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 12: Late night TV hosts Seth Meyers and Conan O'Brien aired tributes Monday night to Rick Ludwin, their former NBC mentor who died Sunday, Nov. 10, in Los Angeles.

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Cincinnati native Dotty Mack, an early 1950s TV star who hosted an ABC TV network show, died in Miami, Fla., early on Monday, Nov. 11, says her nephew, Steve Beckman. She was 90.

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Rod Serling's 1955 comedy involving the Cincinnati Reds – broadcast only once on NBC Television – will come to life in a Cincinnati Public Radio studio this weekend.

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After a year sitting in the back of the booth, Tommy Thrall is looking forward to taking over the Reds' main broadcasting role starting with the weekly Hot Stove League talk show Wednesday, Nov. 6.

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Elez Biberaj, director of Voice of America's Eurasia Division, will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a talk 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township.

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Are you tough as nails? You can prove it Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Washington Park when casting producers search for contestants for CBS' new Tough As Nails reality show.

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Cincinnati Public Radio, Cleveland's Ideastream and WOSU Public Media in Columbus are exploring a statewide digital and radio news service which could involve Ohio's 13 National Public Radio affiliates.

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Here's the story behind John Popovich's series of "Cleaning Out The Desk" photos on Twitter: He's retiring as WCPO-TV sports director on Dec. 27.

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5:40 p.m. Friday Oct. 25 update:  Low-power WKRP-TV (Channels 20 and 25) returned to the airwaves at 5:30 p.m. Friday for the first time in more than a week.

The 10 WKRP multiplex channels went dark Thursday, Oct. 17,  for the digital channel "repack" (TV frequency changes) on Oct. 18.

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In his first broadcast interview since leaving WKRC-TV in June, former news anchor Rob Braun told WVXU's Cincinnati Edition Wednesday about how owners Sinclair Broadcast Group changed Channel 12 news; why he decided to leave; and how all of us need to be discriminating news consumers.

The son of long-time Cincinnati TV/radio personality Bob Braun also gave a rare glimpse into his unique childhood with Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Dick Clark and his father's famous friends.

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Got a question for Rob Braun? The former WKRC-TV news anchor will talk to callers during his visit to WVXU's Cincinnati Edition noon Wednesday with host Michael Monks.

Braun, 62, left Channel 12 in June after 35 years when his contract expired. He turned down a new deal from owners Sinclair Broadcast Group because he didn't "fit well with the Sinclair News model."

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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.

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 after conversations with WCPO-TV and WLWT-TV executives.

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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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