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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, December 09, 2005

Snow it goes

Snow it goes
A flurry of notes from watching and listening to snow coverage….
So I guess the TV weather folks were right for once? Is it true that Andy Furman was ragging about inaccurate forecasts last night? It probably wasn’t the night to make that complaint….
As I flipped around the dial, I kept coming back to Channel 5 last night. Not because it’s the “official snow closing station,” but because of the superior graphics on the school closing list: The state was in yellow type right next to the school, and changes were noted with “this just in” in yellow. Very helpful….
Channel 9 and 19 listed states for each school, though Channel 9’s was to the far right of screen and harder to read. Channel 12 didn’t list states, and it should.
Did you see Channel 9’s snow blog?
That was helpful to read before leaving downtown. So was checking the Artimis cameras. On the way home, callers giving WLW traffic reports told me that traffic was a nightmare all over….
Tell me: Who has the best snow info? What did you like or dislike?

Local TV notes
--Hunter Goodson from Delhi Township gets a shot at winning big prizes on “The Price Is Right” Monday (11 a.m., Chs 12, 7). and Cindy-Ann Thomas from Highland Heights appears next Friday….
--Discovery Health channel’s new “Skeleton Stories” premieres with a Hamilton forensics investigation today (10-11 p.m.), but that won’t be clear to most viewers. Producers changed the names and location out of respect to the victims (and in fear of law suits?). When Hamilton police detectives and College of Mount St. Joseph professor Beth Murray talk about a woman’s skull found near a lake, it’s the 1996 Hamilton murder of Tina Mott. The experts explain how the woman’s body was identified from a nearly toothless skull found by two boys while fishing at Hamilton’s Linden Lake. Next Friday “Skeleton Stories” does another Butler County story, about the burned body found on New Year’s Day 2003 near the Butler-Preble county line – but producers changed the victim’s name, location and date (to Halloween!).

Christmas in TV Land
My TV could be on all day Sunday to catch the Christmas marathon on TV Land (6 a.m.-6 a.m.). They’ve got everything from “Happy Days,” “Cheers,” “Brady Bunch,” “MacGyver” and “Night Court” to 1960s classics from “Bewitched,” “The Addams Family,” “Green Acres” and Gunsmoke.” Here’s a link to TV Land’s Sunday schedule:
Merry Christmas!

Musical note
Put this on your Monday calendar: The Contemporary Arts Center goes old school 5-9 p.m. Monday with Mr. Rhythm Man (Elder HS art teacher Bob Beemon) playing hits from Cincinnati’s King Records label at the “1000 Tears Too Late” exhibit about Cincinnati’s R&B scene in the ’60s and ’70s. Don’t forget you can catch his show, “You’re On The Air With Mr. Rhythm Man” 6-9 p.m. Saturday on WNKU-FM (89.7) or
As Mr. Rhythm Man would say: Have a cool yule.


at 12/09/2005 3:38 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

The internet and radio are the preferred methods of getting info before and for the drive home. Even at that you can only get so much useful information. Unless you are new to the city you should pretty much know what to expect and where to expect it. The hills will be bad and the pace will be slow. If you live on a hill or drive up one there's a chance it may be closed - deal with it. I actually just tuned to FM and tried not to think about the weather and roads.

Once I got home I must say I preferred Channel 5's and Pete "The Pulse" Saclia traffic coverage. By that point it was less informational and more entertainment for me though.

I agree with the comment about Channel 5's ticker and graphics - it sure does take up a lot of the screen... I sure would hate to be the reporter that gets sent out to stand in the cold and report on weather. How do they decided that? Draw staws? Seniority?

at 12/09/2005 4:20 PM Anonymous Pablo said...

NOTE TO SELF: When it is cold and snowy, writing your name in the snow might seem like a great idea, but it will cause your junk to shrink-up.

at 12/09/2005 4:21 PM Anonymous kreynolds said...

I haven't warmed up to Pete the Pulse yet...still a bit too much verbal stumbling.

I liked the Channel 5 graphics...they had a little pizazz. One of the stations didn't seem to alphabetize their list (don't remember which one now...I was zapping all over) so I pretty much ignored it.

And a quick reference to a prior post...ABC Family does the 25 days of Christmas and show a lot of the old classics (Santa Claus is Coming to Town springs to mind) but they do show a couple that, for obvious reasons, never made it to "classic" status. One is the Rudolph special John mentioned earlier..another is something about Santa quitting. Not good at all.

at 12/11/2005 5:17 AM Anonymous sandye said...

i must be in the minority here, but i *hate* the way channel 5's graphics consume almost 1/4 of the total screen. it is particularly obnoxious when the graphic obstructs an actor's face, as it commonly seems to do (that bar that runs vertically along the left side of the screen). in fact, what with logo "bugs" omnipresent, and warnings and closings everywhere i am sometimes tempted to just listen to talk radio!

at 12/12/2005 9:48 AM Anonymous jkreimer said...

I did hear Andy Furman Thursday night on the way home. We wasn't complaining about the accuracy of the forecasts, he was complaining about the way stations and meteorologists created a "doomsday" mentality with the prediction of the storm. His complaint was to Rich Apuzzo who seems happy about the storm. To Rich's credit, he did call Andy Furman and agreed with him that he loves this stuff (storms). I would hope so...he's a meteorologist.

at 12/12/2005 1:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy Furman bitches and moans about everything, so no surprise.
I gotta to admit, at first I was a little pissed about how they created a doomsday metality about the storm. But driving home on Thursday for 4 hours made me re-think about how I should of listened to them and taken off work about and hour earlier.

at 12/12/2005 1:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy Furman bitches and moans about everything, so no surprise.
I gotta to admit, at first I was a little pissed about how they created a doomsday metality about the storm. But driving home on Thursday for 4 hours made me re-think about how I should of listened to them and taken off work about and hour earlier.

at 12/14/2005 8:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel's 5's graphics for closings SUCKS!! I could barely see the apprentice, I ended up using my antenna to watch channel 2 (Dayton NBC Affiliate) Channel 2 didn't have any closing announcement during the show. They realize that viewers are intelligent and don't have to see closings scroll for 3 consecutive hours during prime time!

at 12/14/2005 4:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like Channel 5 has abandoned the big school closing look that took up so much of the screen on Thursday...I noticed today they were only running the one across the bottom of the screen similar to the other stations. Guess I'll be sticking with them afterall.

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