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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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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Ch 5 Grounded?

Seen those Channel 5 ads for “News 5 @ 5” boasting about having the “Sky 5” helicopter for aerial shots? As I suspected, that’s an old promo – since WLWT-TV hasn’t had full-time use of a helicopter since its Metro Networks contract expired Labor Day weekend. The station won’t get a new chopper until sometime next year – though the station can fly “in case of extreme emergencies or severe breaking news,” says Channel 5 GM Richard Dyer. So why not pull the misleading promo? Or edit out the inaccurate “Sky 5” reference?

Back on the air
Local journalist Joe Wessels, half of the summer “Brian & Joe Radio Show” on WAIF-FM, returns to the air at 11 a.m. Friday on WAIF-FM with former Cincinnati mayors Roxanne Qualls and David Mann. He’s on the air because WAIF-FM shares the frequency during the school year with WJVS-FM at Great Oaks Schools, which doesn’t have classes Friday. His new show is called “Cincinnati Advance Radio with Joe Wessels” because he plans to audio stream and podcast future shows on

Bad news for Freddie Prinze Jr. fans. His new ABC “Freddie” sitcom, in which he plays a bachelor chef sharing his apartment with female family members (including Jacqueline Obradors from “NYPD Blue”), is one of the worst new fall shows. The pilot was so bad, ABC will premiere tonight with the second episode ( 8:30 pm, Ch 9). This “Freddie” the TV horror could be gone by Halloween. Watch it and tell me if you disagree.


at 10/12/2005 4:48 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I actually hadn't noticed until now. So what does that really say? I think it says Cincinnati is pretty boring (not that there's anything wrong with that) when it comes to news. This isn't LA, Chicago or NY. There just isn't a lot of hard hitting news to warrant a full time news helicopter. The only real use would be for traffic which is handled pretty well by the roadside stationary cameras they already have at their disposal.

That said it isn't really right to claim you have "airborne" news coverage when you don't.

I do find it funny the only arial traffic reporting comes from the Infinity FM stations. I thought the FM stations were supposed to focus on music not news. John Phillips has been grounded for how long? What's wrong with this picture? It's so unClear Channel like for them to take a backseat on anything. Did the ground hogs lobby for this?

at 3/01/2006 10:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

very well written - I could agree more. Bmurdock - you know quite alot about the traffic business in Cincinnati. I wish more people could understand.

at 3/11/2006 9:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So it's March already and it seems ch 5 still does not have a news copter. Are they going to be getting a new helicopter? I really miss aerial shots of breaking news, it provides such a better prospective then ground cameras.

at 10/09/2006 4:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there is not that much use for the helicopter in Cincinnati then they should find other ways to use that helicopter. A good example would be tours of the downtown Cincinnati area. It would be great to pay a specified rate to have somebody professionally fly you over the Cincinnati skyline. Just a thought. This could take care of the maintenance and pilot cost. If used correctly that helicopter could save the station money.

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