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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 19, 2005

Traffic Watch

Pete Scalia, the keyboard player from Freekbass, debuts as Ch 5’s traffic reporter Thursday morning on “News 5 Today” (5-7 a.m., and during local “Today” show breaks at :25 and :55), then comes back for traffic reports on the 5-6 p.m. news. It also will be our first look at Ch 5’s new “Traffic Pulse” 3-D traffic graphics.

On the air
Christian radio WAKW-FM (93.3) conducts its annual “Sharathon” fund-raising drive today through Friday. The station hopes to raise $680,000 for operating expenses for 2006, says Alexia Workman, general manager. Donations can be made at, or by calling 513-542-9393, or by snail mail to P.O Box 24 G, Cincinnati, OH 45224.

New “Amazing Race” Talk Show
“The Finish Line,” a new half-hour online “Amazing Race” streaming video talk show, premieres at 1 p.m. today on It also will be available as a podcast at the CBS Netcast section of the website. “New York” magazine contributing editor Sarah Bernard and former “TAR” participant Jon Weiss will host.

Apocalypse Not Now
NBC has pulled “10.5: Apocalypse,” a two-part miniseries, originally scheduled for Nov. 27-28. The network says it will air sometime next year. “Apocalypse” never?


at 10/19/2005 3:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you excited for Lost tonight? Best show on TV today!

at 10/19/2005 8:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see where "Local 12" now has new weather graphics, and new weather tools (including "PrecisionCast")? They also now have a touch screen for the weather board. Tim Hedrick now touches the map and suddenly, cool fronts, warm fronts, and areas of high and low pressure magically appear!

at 10/21/2005 11:11 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Shouldn't a traffic reporter know the difference between Lawrence Rd (in Price Hill) and Lawrenceburg Rd (Dearborn Co.)??

To be honest I wasn't real impressed with the Traffic Pulse system. The little cars looked like some kind of cheap Atari video game from the 80's.

at 11/02/2005 9:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 11/02/2005 9:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea the graphics on local 12 make a big difference, but the traffic pulse thing was really confusing, and it didn't help. i don't understand why the red cars (which are supposed to mean that traffic is slow) are moving just as fast as all the others....

at 3/01/2006 10:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That guy on channel 5 still doesn't know northbound from southbound, and even less about traffic patterns and conditons. He deosn even know what he is looking at on camera. Graffics or not, I can't stand to watch him, except maybe for comedy factor.

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