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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Carson Palmer vs. Teri Hatcherson

Carson Palmer or Teri Hatcher? You make the call!
Say you're the boss at Ch 9, and you have rights to the undefeated Bengals playing Sunday night in Jacksonville.... or you could air ABC's hit "Desperate Housewives." What do you do?
Ch 9 decided to punt on the Bengals and air "Desperate Housewives." ESPN shopped the rights to Ch 12, which instantly grabbed the ball.
Ch 9 had dibs because it signed a 2-yr deal in summer of '04, when the Bengals were an unknown quantity after years of sucking, and ABC's Sunday night lineup was about the same. This year, with "DH" an established hit, Ch 9 opted not to infuriate its loyal "DH" audience. So viewers will see "DH" on Ch 9, and Bengals at 8:30 on ESPN and Ch 12. (NFL demands ESPN find local station to simulcast cable games in home market.)
This Enquirering Mind wants to know: Will the "Desperate Housewives" sack the Bengals in the local overnight ratings? Which will you watch?

Found in Translation
The Bengals-Jags game will be broadcast in Spanish on ESPN Desportes. Alvaro Martin and former NFL player Raul Allegre will do the game from Jacksonville. Wonder if they get as excited in the booth as Dave Lapham?

Franco in the booth
Former Reds reliever Johnny Franco has found new work -- as a radio analyst on the Astros-Braves playoff games broadcast nationally by Westwood One. He's heard here on HOMER 1360 (WCKY). Franco's baseball career ended in July when he was released by the Astros with a 7.20 ERA.


at 10/10/2005 2:04 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Obviously WKRC wasn't worried about a cold shoulder from Cold Case fans... That's okay I noticed my TIVO was smart enough to pick up on the late night airtime (hopefully it got the entire episode)...

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