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.”

Before he wrote comic books and advertising, Chad Lambert was living his dream – and it nearly killed him.

Lambert was a radio host-producer for several Cincinnati and Dayton stations -- at the same time -- before joining Gary Burbank's afternoon radio show team on WLW-AM.

The Carringtons are back! The CW will remake the 1980s ABC prime-time soap "Dynasty" this fall with Grant Show ("Melrose Place") as Blake Carrington and Nathalie Kelley ("The Vampire Diaries") as Cristal Jennings.

It's official: The D.W. Eye comedy club reunion mentioned on WVXU-FM's "Around Cincinnati" in March will be Friday, June 23, at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley.

At CBS, they're turning back the clock a different way. Instead of reviving a 1990s show like NBC ("Will & Grace") and ABC ("Roseanne"), CBS will launch a "Young Sheldon" fall sitcom about the childhood of "Big Bang Theory" main character Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

Move over "Will & Grace," here comes "Roseanne."

ABC announced Tuesday that it will premiere four dramas and one comedy this fall – but the sitcom many ABC viewers could want to see will be the "Roseanne" reunion in 2018.

Let me get this out of the way first: I've been listening to public broadcasting for 40-plus years, and I would write this column whether or not I work for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM now.

Nobody welcomes public broadcasting fundraising drives, which interrupt our favorite formats, but Maryanne Zeleznik and Jay Hanselman do it better than anyone else I've heard. They truly put the most fun into fundraising, of all the Cincinnati non-commercial stations.

Will the "Will & Grace" revival make NBC "Must See TV" again on Thursday nights?

Don't be fooled by Fox Broadcasting's bare bones fall TV launch, with only three series premieres in September.

It's official: Howard Wilkinson will be honored in Columbus as one of the best Ohio politics reporters today -- which I've known since we worked together on The Post student newspaper at Ohio University 40+ years ago.

But he's much more than that. He's one of the best storytellers I've ever read -- on practically any subject.  

Country singer Kellie Pickler and "Extra" contributor Ben Aaron (husband of "Good Morning America" meteorologist Ginger Zee) will co-host a weekday lifestyle show for WCPO-TV and 19 other Scripps TV stations this fall.

Could Sinclair Broadcast Group's $3.9 billion purchase of the Tribune Media Co. help the Maryland-based media giant launch a competitor to Fox News?

WLWT-TV is "actively recruiting" for a full-time traffic reporter in addition to replacing weekend morning meteorologist Jennifer Schack,  says Branden Frantz, Channel 5 president and general manager.

Update 3:15 p.m. Thursday, May 4:  Northern Kentucky University has issued a revised comment today about the status of selling Middletown's WNKN-FM (105.9), which indicates the university is in serious talks with a prospective buyer.

WCPO-TV has found a new way for 9 to be on your side. If you have an Amazon voice-activated virtual assistant, getting local news headlines from Channel 9 will be as simple as asking, "Alexa, what's the news?"

Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Company has brought local TV news headlines in 23 Scripps local TV markets to users of Amazon Echo and all Alexa-enabled devices, the company announced Wednesday.

Chuck Fredrick and Bo Matthews, the top two executives at WLW-AM, WEBN-FM and three other stations, were laid off  Tuesday by iHeartMedia.

One of the Cincinnati Hubbard Radio stations usually comes home from the National Association of Broadcasters convention with a NAB Crystal Award for excellent public service. This year they came home with two.

Filming resumes today in Dayton on "The Old Man and The Gun," starring Robert Redford, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek.

Second Street in downtown Dayton, between Ludlow and Wilkinson streets, will be closed for a second consecutive day for the movie production, according to Dayton news reports. It is scheduled to reopen at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday May 2.

Do you have a stash of rare junk or antiques worthy of "American Pickers," the History Channel's hit TV show?

Stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are coming back to Ohio in June, and they're looking for you.

When WLWT-TV posted a meteorologist job opening last week, I was surprised to learn it was for Jennifer Schack, the Northern Kentucky native on maternity leave.

"As you know, Jennifer left a few weeks back to have her third child…. You will see her on air for a few days in May, but will not return in June," explains Branden Frantz, Channel 5 president and general manager, in an email.

Lights! Cameras! Auction! Yes, I've used that line before, but not for 50 straight years…. which is what WCET-TV is celebrating with its 50th annual "Action Auction" Tuesday April 25 through Saturday April 29.

Yes, it's old school fund-raising. It's also fun to watch because you can get some great deals on wine, art, pottery, hotels, restaurants, Reds tickets and all kinds of stuff while supporting public television.

Reds public address announcer Joe Zerhusen went on the disabled list Friday to seek treatment for a "health issue," he says.

Zerhusen, the PA announcer since Great American Ball Park opened in 2003, told me Friday he will miss the remaining games this weekend, and most of the 14 games in May.

You knew her as Anna Townsend when she anchored WKRC-TV's "Good Morning Cincinnati" 2005-2009 with John Lomax and Steve Horstmeyer.  She replaced Cammy Dierking in November 2005, when Channel 12 moved Dierking to afternoons after 13 years.

Main sports anchor Brad Steinke is leaving WKRC-TV after two years, so Channel  12 is looking for a "great sports anchor/reporter" with "solid experience" creating online and social media content.

"The Killing Of A Sacred Deer," the Nicole Kidman-Colin Farrell thriller filmed here last summer, will premiere in the Cannes Film Festival competition lineup next month.

Rocky Carroll continues to expand his role with CBS' "NCIS" franchise with the Cincinnati native narrating CBS News' "48 Hours: NCIS" real-life detective series.

"Dave's Mom, Dorothy Mengering." That's how she signed her note to me. It was Dorothy Mengering's way of saying she didn't consider herself as a celebrity.

Mengering, 95, died at her suburban Indianapolis home Tuesday, according to the Indianapolis Star.

After a six-week absence, the GET TV network returned to Cincinnati Monday on over-the-air Channel 25.3 and Cincinnati Bell Fioptics Channel  292.

Baseball is back, so where is "Pitch?" The Fox drama about a woman (Kylie Bunbury) pitching for the San Diego Padres has been benched since Thanksgiving – and might not be seen again.

It's one of the dozens of shows on the bubble, along with "24: Legacy," "Elementary," "The Great Indoors," "Quantico," "Code Black," "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" and ABC's new "Imaginary Mary" created by Green Township native Patrick Osborne.

After 35 years, Procter & Gamble has sold the "People's Choice Awards" to the E! Entertainment cable channel.

E!, which telecasts live from the red carpet before many Hollywood award shows, will air the show in 2018. NBCUniversal, which owns E!, will produce the show through its Wilshire Studios, which produces E!’s live red carpet shows.

I've interviewed hundreds, if not thousands, of people in my journalism career, and my most memorable one was during StoryCorps' visit here in 2008.

I interviewed my dad.

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