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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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Monday, November 07, 2005

Happy Holidays, a bit early

It’s sunny and 60 and shirtsleeves… so why do I hear Christmas music? WVMX-FM (MIX94.1) has become the first radio station switching to full-time holiday music, just 47 days before Christmas. Other stations -- WARM98, MOJO94.9, country 96.5, oldies WGRR, Q102 and B105 – are playing their Christmas songs on their websites, but not spewing it into the airwaves… Yet.

The sweeps stunt I’ll be watching tonight is Martin Sheen’s guest appearance on his son’s show, “Two and a Half Men” (9 p.m., Channels 12, 7)… I’ll probably tape “Vegas,” it sound pretty cool doing a flashback show to the ‘60s... and maybe "Prison Break," which will end in the next month to clear a spot for "24."

Cable news
Connie Chung, last seen anchoring on CNN, has a new gig on MSNBC co-hosting a weekend show with husband Maury Povich (whose talk show is distributed by NBC). The new half-hour program launches 10 a.m. Saturday Jan. 7, and repeats at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.


at 11/07/2005 1:10 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Early Christmas:

It amazes me every year when they do this. Why would they turn their backs on their normal audience like this? If I was a regular listener of the station I'd be a little ticked. Some listeners can be very fickle and may not find their way back. They have to take a big hit on their ratings when they do this. I'm sure Q102 loves it when they do this...

I'd like to know who really listens to this? The only time I could see tuning to this would be on Christmas Eve or Chistmas day any other day forget about it.

at 11/07/2005 1:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I love the holidays, but we don't need 24-hours of Christmas music starting in the beginning of November! I'll be reprogramming my radio for the next 2 months... i don't need 94.1 on my radio anymore!

at 11/07/2005 4:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i didn't even know that connie chung and maury were married!

at 11/08/2005 11:23 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Sounds like the other stations were right to stream holiday music on the web for now?

at 4/05/2006 8:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to listen to the holiday music on 94.1. It is what I look foward to. Its a reminder of the time of season it is.

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