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.

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Ronny Salerno / WVXU

Two Greater Cincinnati public radio veterans – reporter Jay Hanselman and producer/announcer Lee Hay – will be leaving WVXU-FM at the end of October.

Courtesy Rookwood Pottery

After just 20 years in business, Cincinnati's Rookwood Pottery was "the greatest pottery in the world."

And it "wasn't because we said so – the French said so," says Rookwood historian and author Anita Ellis on WVXU's Rookwood Pottery: A Cincinnati Treasure. The two-hour special airs 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, on WVXU and WMUB.

Courtesy Angela Ingram

The exodus continues at WKRC-TV: Reporter Angela Ingram, a 14-year veteran, worked her final newscast Wednesday, three weeks after 10-year veteran Angenette Levy left.

Courtesy Netflix

Netflix has released the first look at Hillbilly Elegy, the $45-million adaptation of J.D. Vance's best-selling memoir about growing up in Middletown, which opens in "select theaters" Nov. 24.

Courtesy WCPO-TV

Armed with five guns and 600 rounds of ammunition, Over-the-Rhine resident James Hoskins held nine WCPO-TV employees hostage inside the station at Fifth Street and Central Avenue downtown on Oct. 15, 1980.

Hoskins, 41, gained entry after approaching reporter Elaine Green and photographer John Ehrhart with a semi-automatic rifle about 2 a.m. in the parking lot behind the station (which was torn down in 2004 for the convention center expansion).

The 40th anniversary of WCPO-TV hostages held at gunpoint in the newsroom will be marked Thursday with a virtual discussion about "Journalists & Stress: Coping Mechanisms in Unusual Times" by the Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.

Retired reporter Tom McKee, one of the nine employees held at gunpoint by James Hoskins at 2 a.m. on Oct. 15, 1980, will moderate the Zoom session about mental health for journalists and first responders 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Courtesy Mark Perzel

Former WGUC classical music host Mark Perzel has found a new career back home in North Carolina.

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John Bazemore / AP

TV ratings for the Cincinnati Reds' COVID-shortened season dropped 9% – or much more – from 2019.

Courtesy WLWT-TV

WLWT-TV anchor Mike Dardis, who came home from covering the presidential debate in Cleveland last week with a weak voice, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

So husband-wife anchors Mike Dardis and Sheree Paolello will be off the air for two weeks.


Congratulations to my WVXU news coworkers for winning 13 awards from the Ohio chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' 2020 Ohio's Best Journalism competition.


To me, it seems like WVXU has always been around. And for good reason.

Courtesy Audra Melton

Angenette Levy didn't see it coming, how people would be so moved by her going.

Courtesy Fox Sports

Thom Brennaman, who was suspended mid-game five weeks ago for making a homophobic slur,  has resigned his Cincinnati Reds TV job after 13 years.

"My family and I have decided that I am going to step away from my role as the television voice of the Cincinnati Reds," Brennaman, 56, wrote Friday in a letter obtained by WVXU.


WLWT-TV will be hiring two new reporters to replace Andrew Setters and Alexis Rogers "in the very near future," says Branden Frantz, Channel 5 president and general manager.

Courtesy E.W. Scripps Co.

Cincinnati's E.W. Scripps is buying ION Media, the national network originally called PAX TV, which distributes programming on its 71 stations in 62 markets, and on 124 affiliated TV stations, reaching 96% of all U.S. homes.

Courtesy Fox Broadcasting

For most of my 35 years covering television, I'd write a story for the day after the Emmy Awards about TV's biggest week filled with dozens of new fall TV series and your returning favorites.

Not this year. 

WGUC file

Roll over Beethoven, and tell Pagliacci the news!

WGUC-FM (90.9), Cincinnati's classical music and opera station, turns 60 at 4 p.m. today. 

The station will repeat its inaugural broadcast at that hour, a 20-second clip of the University of Cincinnati chimes followed by then-chief announcer George Brengel proclaiming, "This is WGUC in Cincinnati!'

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Jordan Strauss / Invision, AP

American Factory has won a trifecta.

Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, who shot the film at a Dayton-area former GM plant, won an Emmy Monday. This follows their Academy Award for best documentary and 2019 Sundance Film Festival trophy for best documentary and Grand Jury Prize.

Courtesy E.C. Nurre Funeral Home

Larry Thomas was born to love movies. Thomas, the former owner of The Movies Repertory Cinema in downtown Cincinnati and Cincinnati Public Radio film critic, was the son of West Virginia parents who owned several drive-ins and theaters.

Courtesy 4th Floor Creative

What was supposed to be some short website videos turned into a two-hour special about the creation of FC Cincinnati and how it captured the hearts of Greater Cincinnati.