John Kiesewetter

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.

The Middletown, Ohio, native joined The Enquirer for a 13-week summer internship after graduating from Ohio University in 1975, and parlayed it into a nearly 40-year career as a reporter (including covering the Beverly Hills fire aftermath), editor and TV columnist. “TV Kiese” regularly traveled to Los Angeles and other cities to preview shows, interview stars and watch tapings of “ER,” “Seinfeld,” Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and David Letterman’s “Late Show.” He’s also covered filming of George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” Cate Blanchett’s “Carol” and Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead.”

George Clooney the crazy prankster, the Oscar-winning actor, the social activist, the generous coworker and the loving father and husband are celebrated when the American Film Institute presents its 46th Life Achievement Award broadcast Thursday June 21 (10-11:30 p.m., TNT).

Let me tell you about my friend Jackie.  She taught us how to live a totally joyful life, and she taught us how to die.

Jackie Demaline, former Cincinnati Enquirer theater critic/arts reporter, died early Sunday morning June 17 after a four-year battle with cancer.  

Multiple entertainment news websites are reporting that the "Jerry Springer Show" has stopped production after 27 seasons.

A bluegrass musician with a familial tie to Middletown will bring his band to the stage of the Sorg Opera House on Saturday, June 23. 

Kyle Inskeep from Indianpolis' WXIN-TV will take over Brad Johansen's old anchor shifts starting the week of June 18.

Deb Dixon's first TV dream never came true. Thank goodness for that. She switched majors at Baldwin Wallace College in the early 1970s from sociology to communications because she wanted to host a children's TV show.

Instead she became one of Cincinnati television's best crime reporters, and one of our top TV storytellers, in her 44 years at WKRC-TV. After anchorman Nick Clooney left Channel 12, Dixon became the heart and soul of the newsroom, breaking the biggest crime news, giving hugs and support to her coworkers, and carrying on the spirit of her mentor Clooney.

You've seen his work in everything from Time magazine to MAD magazine, and from the New York Times Book Review to Boys Life.

Maybe you've bought his illustrated version of Mark Twain's "Adventures of Tom Sawyer," or seen his larger-than-life Joe Nuxhall waving to kids at Fairfield's Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields.

Artist C.F. Payne will talk about his 40-year career, and display some sketch books, at a free screening of "C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator" 6 p.m. Thursday at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Urban Artifact brewery's radio format featuring local and national independent musicians will be added to the WVXU-HD2 digital subchannel on noon Tuesday, June 5.

Radio Artifact replaces XPoNentional Radio, a national adult album alternative (Triple-A) format broadcast by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN-FM.

Celebrating the comedy duo Laurel & Hardy, the 21st International Sons of the Desert Convention convenes in Cincinnati July 9-15. 

"Man v. Food" star Casey Webb and his Travel Channel crew spent Thursday filming at Arnold's Bar & Grill downtown, one of three Greater Cincinnati restaurants to be featured in an episode later this year.

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