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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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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Chris O'Brien's Top 10 List

After reading our two-page list of holiday TV specials Sunday, oldies WGRR-FM morning DJ Chris O’Brien sent me his list:
Top 10 Least Popular TV Specials:
10 - Dr. Seuss’ How FEMA Delayed Christmas
9 - Caroling with Yoko
8 - Rudolph the Stuffy Nosed Bird Flu Victim
7 - Happy Hanukkah, Charlie Brownstein!
6 - Pimp My Stable
5 - The White House Grinch Who Leaked the Identity of a Secret Santa
4 - (tie) Slushy the Global Warming Snowman/Hannity and Santa
3 - Jean Schmidt’s Nightmare Before Christmas
2 - Desperate Claus-wives
1 - Elves Gone Wild!
--Happy Holidays!
Chris O’Brien WGRR

Talk Radio Idol finals
Voting closing at noon today for the 4 semi-finalists for WLW-AM’s Big One Talk Radio Idol contest ( The two finalists will co-host 2:30-3 p.m. Thursday during Bill Cunningham’s show.

Bush on WVXU-FM
WVXU-FM (91.7) will carry President Bush’s speech about the Iraq war on Wednesday morning from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. NPR coverage with Neal Conan begins at 9:30 a.m., with Bush expected to speak at 9:50 a.m.

“Amazing Race” update
The Linz from Anderson Township start out first on “The Amazing Race” today (9 pm, Ch 12). Four still remain in the race, though the Weavers from Florida lost all their money and spare clothes in last week’s non-elimination episode. That means the finals will be in two weeks, Dec. 13.

Kiese watching
Note to “House” fans: You’ve gotta watch on Dayton’s Ch 45 tonight, or wait until 11 p.m. due to UC-Dayton basketball (8 p.m, Ch 19)…
It’s fund-raising time on public TV, with “Motown: The Early Years” (8 p.m. today on Ch 48; 8 p.m. Wednesday on Chs 14, 16)...
Tonight is last new “Commander In Chief” (9 p.m., Ch 9) until Jan. 10. Steven Bochco’s influence will be seen in new characters – Mark-Paul Gosselaar as a media strategist and Polly Bergan the president’s mother.

TV notes
Simon Cowell isn’t leaving “American Idol.” He just signed for five more years… E! Entertainment has picked up “The Simple Life” for 10 episodes in 2006, plus E! gets the Fox reruns from previous seasons…


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