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 Dan Hoard

What does a sports announcer do when there are no sports? Offer his services to voice videos and deliver smiles to all of us cooped up at home.

Courtesy WCET-TV

David Fogarty, president of WCET-TV and Dayton's WPTD-TV, will retire June 30, at the end of the current fiscal year.

Courtesy WCET-TV

Again Cincinnati's WCET-TV and Dayton's WPTD-TV and other Ohio public TV stations are dropping regular daytime programming to offer a learn-at-home lineup for children while schools are closed during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Courtesy Michael Flannery

If you're a Cincinnati child of the '80s and '90s – and looking for some goofy fun these days (and who isn't?) – check out Michael Flannery's Club Nineteen videos from 1990-95.

Courtesy CBS

You can take a sentimental journey through Doris Day's California home and see her estate items to be auctioned in an online sale this Saturday-Sunday April 4-5 by a Beverly Hills company.

Two videos (below) by Julien's Auctions give you a rare look inside the reclusive Cincinnati native's Carmel-by-the-Sea home and most of her furnishings, artwork, jewelry, clothes and other items being sold to benefit the Doris Day Animal Foundation, which she started in 1978.

Courtesy Cincinnati Reds

And this one belongs to the Reds! Fox Sports Ohio replays four games from the 1975 World Series this week, the four Reds victories to win the World Championship over the Boston Red Sox.

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Ronny Salerno / WVXU

Congratulations to Tana Weingartner, Ambriehl Crutchfield, News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and the rest of the WVXU news staff for their awards from the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Broadcast Competition.

Courtesy WCET-TV

With schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, WCET-TV and WPTD-TV -- and public TV stations across Ohio -- will drop regular daytime programming to offer a learn-at-home lineup for children, parents and teachers.

John Kiesewetter / WVXU

"Out of respect for the health of the volunteers, employees and other community members," Public Media Connect of Southwestern Ohio will delay April's Action Auction joint fundraiser for WCET-TV and WPTD-TV until June 17-20.

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Courtesy of Anne Serling

Anne Serling is confident that her famous father would be pleased that Cincinnati Public Radio is reviving O' Toole From Moscow, his 1955 Cincinnati Reds comedy premiering 8 p.m. tonight on WVXU-FM and at wvxu.org.

John Kiesewetter / WVXU

I've been getting too much attention for reviving O'Toole From Moscow, Rod Serling's "lost" 1955 baseball comedy about the Cincinnati Reds for WVXU-FM.

The stars of the show are, well, the stars of the show: Eight very talented University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music students. The manager of our Team O'Toole is director Richard Hess, who teaches acting and directing at CCM. Our recording guru is WVXU engineer Josh Elstro.

John Kiesewetter / WVXU

Play ball! Fox Sports Ohio will repeat four 2019 Reds games to fill the void from Major League Baseball's shut-down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday March 26 – which was supposed to be Opening Day – FSO will air a tripleheader, including the 2019 Opening Day game against the Pirates.

Courtesy John Schutte

The Reds haven't been to the playoffs lately, but the team consistently leads Major League Baseball with the hippest ballpark organist.

You might not know John Schutte's name, but millions of people have enjoyed his music at Great American Ball Park since 2010 – or playing keyboard for the Rusty Griswolds 1980's cover band.

Mitchell Haddad / NBCUniversal

Kelly Clarkson loved Michael Williams' performance on NBC's The Voice, but fellow judge Nick Jonas was the one who hit the buzzer Monday night to add Williams to his team.

John Kiesewetter / WVXU

All 162 Reds games will be televised again this year – with 159 games on Fox Sports Ohio, and three national games on Fox Sports 1.

Courtesy WKRC-TV

Former WKRC-TV anchor Brad Johansen starts today  as an anchor/reporter at WCMH-TV, the NBC affiliate (Channel 4) in Columbus.

Courtesy ESPN

Like father, like son: After thee years at ESPN, Jac Collinsworth is returning to NBC Sports, where his father does Sunday Night Football, television's No. 1 primetime show.

Courtesy of WKRC-TV

Kyle Inskeep and Paula Toti, who have co-anchored WKRC-TV newscasts for nearly two years, were named Channel 12's permanent primary anchors replacing Cammy Dierking and Rob Braun.

The announcement came five days after the Inskeep-Toti team won the household ratings at 6 and 11 p.m. in February ratings' "sweeps," which ended Wednesday, Feb. 26.

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Courtesy of CBS Broadcasting Inc.

Judith Scheindlin tells Ellen DeGeneres today that she will end her top-rated Judge Judy daytime court show in 2021, after its 25th season.

Scheindlin, who turns 78 in October, says she wants to return to TV with a new series called Judy Justice, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

John Kiesewetter / WVXU

For the first time, the annual spring TV auctions for Cincinnati and Dayton will be completely simulcast on WCET-TV and WPTD-TV April 20-25.

Unlike last year, Channel 48's Action Auction and Channel 16's Great TV Auction will be combined into "one fully integrated regional event," says Kellie May, manager of communications and digital initiatives for CET and Dayton's ThinkTV.

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