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.”

John Fox, former City Beat editor and Soapbox Cincinnati managing editor, has been named editor of Cincinnati Magazine.

He replaces editor-in-chief Jay Stowe, who was let go with four other staffers in a downsizing three weeks ago.

WNKU-FM won't be making a big deal about losing its original frequency (FM 89.7) late Friday night, since the beloved station still will be heard until late October on Middletown's powerful WNKN-FM (105.9) and streaming.

But I will.... since "it's the beginning of the end," as I wrote earlier this week.

It's the beginning of the end.

WNKU-FM stops broadcasting on its original frequency (FM 89.7) at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 – although the station's beloved adult album alternative (Triple-A) format will continue to be heard throughout most of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati on Middletown's powerful WNKN-FM (105.9) and streamed on line.

Didn't get a ticket to FC Cincinnati's sold-out U.S. Open Cup semi-final match Tuesday? You can see it on TV.

WSTR-TV (Channel 64) will broadcast the match with the New York Red Bulls live from University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, and stream at fccincinnat.com/match-stream.

Let it snow in August? Tickets for the 98 Degrees Christmas concert Dec. 15 at the Aronoff Center -- to promote their new "Let It Snow" Christmas album --  go on sale Friday, Aug. 18.

Bruce Willis finally showed up for work Wednesday on "Reprisal"…  Actress Olivia Culpo wants to hang with the wife of Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron… Director Brian A. Miller thanks us for letting him blow up the city… And producer Randall Emmett wants to shoot eight more movies in Ohio.

Isn't this great news? David Letterman will return to TV next year in a Netflix series.

Letterman, who ended his 33-year late-night career two years ago, will do six one-hour shows featuring a long conversation with a single guest, and "in-the-field segments in which he will explore topics on his own," Deadline says. 

What the Heck? "The Middle," ABC's Heck family sitcom set in a small Indiana town, will end its nine-year run during the 2017-18 TV season.

DeAnn Heline, a 1983 Lakota High School graduate, told the Television Critics Association Sunday that she and fellow co-creator/executive producer Eileen Heisler made the decision to end the Patricia Heaton situation comedy while talking to ABC executives last season.

WKRC-TV to the rescue again! WKRC-TV executives reversed a July decision and announced Monday they will broadcast the 40th anniversary Western & Southern/WEBN-FM Riverfest fireworks live at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3.

Two weeks ago, WKRC-TV (Channel 12) general manager Jon Lawhead was emphatic in a July 26 email to me by writing: "We are NOT carrying the fireworks."

WLW-AM's iconic diamond-shaped radio tower and historic transmitter building on Tylersville Road soon will be casting their shadows on retail stores, restaurants and offices beneath it.

The "Tower Park" planned unit development along Mason's booming Tylersville Road corridor was approved by city council earlier this year, a city staffer tells me.

It's official: WKRC-TV announced the hiring of former ESPN anchor Gary Miller at 7 p.m. Friday. He will start in mid-August, says Jon Lawhead, Sinclair group manager.

"Cincinnati is a big sports town. With our multi-station, multi-platform commitment to everything from high school sports, Reds, Bengals and FC Cincinnati, we think our viewers and users will agree that Gary's experience is a great addition to the team," Lawhead said in the station announcement.

Original post 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3:

Film Cincinnati will celebrate its 30th anniversary by creating a movie "backlot" with directors setting up shots, extras moving from scene to scene, make-up artists and lots of props.

Versatile Cincinnati radio veteran Chris Lynn has a new gig as a "partner integration specialist" for audience engagement at Cleveland-based Futuri Media.

Lynn, whose real name is Chris Huneke, hosted jazz and soft rock on WRRM-FM (98.5, WARM98), and took over as program director after T.J. Holland left in 2009.

The cable company serving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky could get its third owner in two years if Japanese tech giant SoftBank Group Corp. succeeds in buying Charter Communications.

 

Cameron Cochran isn't old enough to have watched the WLWT-TV's legendary "Midwestern Hayride" Saturday night TV show, but he's heard plenty about it from "Hayride" steel guitar player Chuck Rich.

And that inspired his "Hayride," a live country music-and-comedy sketch show Sept. 17 at the Woodward Theater in Over-the Rhine.

This one was for Dad. And the Santangelo family.

Scott Santangelo's new book, "The Ohio Valley Jazz Festival," is a tribute to his father, promoter Dino Santangelo, who created the summer jazz festival in 1962 which morphed into the city's huge R&B weekend.

Three months shy of the big 50th anniversary Cincinnati Magazine issue, the new owners laid off editor in chief Jay Stowe and four other top staffers.

Here's all you need to know about how beloved sportscaster Dale McMillen was throughout Northern Kentucky:  Facebook and sports blogs are filled with tributes to McMillen, who hadn't been on radio regularly for 25 years.

McMillen, of Villa Hills, died Sunday of complications from kidney disease. He was 74.

If you want to see the 40th anniversary WEBN-FM fireworks, plan on seeing them in person.

Managers of all five Cincinnati TV stations – WLWT-TV, WXIX-TV, WCPO-TV, WKRC-TV and WSTR-TV -- tell me they're not planning to broadcast the Western & Southern/WEBN-FM Riverfest fireworks live at 9:05 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.  

After 15 years on WKRQ-FM (101.9), Holly Morgan has moved down the hall to sister Hubbard station WREW-AM (Mix 94.9) to co-host mornings with Sandy McIlree.

Bruce Willis returns to Cincinnati Aug. 7 to shoot his second action film here in three years, and his second Ohio movie in six months.

After filming the bank heist "Marauders" movie in fall of 2015, Willis and former 2012 Miss USA and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo will star in "Reprisal," another bank robbery film.

The seats are gone -- removed and sold. The large porcelain CINCINNATI GARDENS letters erected for the 1949 opening have been promised to the American Sign Museum in Camp Washington.

And sometime in the not too distant future the Cincinnati Gardens arena – home of Oscar Robertson's NBA Cincinnati Royals, and the minor league Swords, Cyclones, Mohawks and Mighty Ducks – will be a pile of rubble.

UPDATE 7/19/17  9:00 p.m.

Jeff Ziesmann, buyer of WNKN-FM from Northern Kentucky University says there was no agreement to keep the Triple-A format on the station, as said after the Wednesday afternoon NKU Board of Regents meeting. "Very early on in negotiations, we discussed keeping the format provided NKU would finance the purchase of the station. It quickly rejected the proposal," Ziesmann said. 

For six decades, the Santangelos have brought us the greatest names in R&B, rock and jazz – the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, the Grateful Dead and ZZ Top.

TV meteorologists come and go at Cincinnati TV stations, but fill-in Steve Norris doesn't get the gig.  What's up with that?

Carmon DeLeone and his New Studio Big Band will perform at a Sept. 23 gala celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Voice of America and the 73rd anniversary of the VOA-Bethany Station in West Chester Township.

Here's a confession about my old friend Howard Wilkinson: Many of his best stories never made the radio, newspaper or web.

Yes, he has reported the news for 43 years, and has been the leader in breaking news about politics – but his best stories were about how he got the story, the crazy, weird and always funny stuff that happened in pursuit of the news. Until now.

Cincinnati native Steven Spielberg "opens up about his bittersweet childhood" in a feature-length HBO documentary simply called "Spielberg" premiering Oct. 7 on HBO.

DVR Alert! Fox Sports Ohio will repeat Scooter Gennett's historic four home-run night and two other Reds games over the All-Star Break.

Gennett set a Reds record June 6 when he became only the 17th person in Major League Baseball history to hit four homers in one game in a 13-1 blow-out against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fifty years ago today, Tony Perez hit the game-winning home run in the 38th All-Star Game in Anaheim Stadium off Catfish Hunter for the National League's 2-1 victory on July 11, 1967.

Perez, 25, in his third full season with the Reds, was named the All-Star Game MVP.

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