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John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV

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, January 27, 2006

New Cincinnati radio stations

The move into high definition (HD) radio, which allows stations to broadcast a second channel (multicast), could literally double the number of radio stations in Cincinnati, and every other city.
Today WGUC-FM launches a 24-hour jazz channel on WGUC-HD2 at 1 p.m.
On Tuesday, Clear Channel will debut four HD “side channels.” And you won’t need a $500 HD radio to hear them, because they will be audiostreamed on the station’s Web sites. Clear Channel also will like to the 71 other new multicast channels being aggressively launched this year by other Clear Channel stations, says Scott Reinhart, FM operations manager here.
Here's what Reinhart says you'll find:
--WEBN-HD2: New alternative, what WAQZ-FM used to be.
--WOFX-HD2: Fox goes adult album alternative (AAA), similar to WNKU-FM.
--WKFS-HD2: Kiss107 doing "classic hip-hop" from the 1980s and '90s. Think Run-D.M.C.
--WVMX-HD2: Mix offers urban variety. A softer version of MOJO, with groups like Earth, Wind & Fire.

AM Also
WLW-AM and WCKY-AM also are going HD this year, and will have a second “multicast” channel streamed on the web. WLW-AM plans to have talk and news on the multicast channel, when the Reds play, since the station can’t stream the Reds game audio, says Darryl Parks, AM operations director.
Clear Channel and Infinity are part of the national HD Alliance to promote HD stations and radio sales. They see it as a way to combat satellite radio, pointing out that once you buy HD set, the programming is free, while satellite radio owners must pay a montly $13 fee. Expect to see a big push to get HD radios into new cars.
One more thing: WGUC’s new jazz service comes from Pittsburgh’s JazzWorks, which provides identical programming to WMUB-HD2 jazz multicast. Neither are streamed on the Web.

Hannity vs. Springer???
Wouldn't you like a front-row seat for that one? You can. Conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity comes to town Saturday Feb. 25 to take on liberal Jerry Springer. They’re headliners in Clear Channel’s “Battle of the Talk Show Hosts” at Grand Victory Casino. Tickets go on sale today by calling 1-800-GRAND11. General admission is $30. For $100 you get to meet and greet with both guys and a buffet before the 8 p.m. program.

“Talk Idol” gets his shot
Minister J. Todd Smith from Germantown, winner of WLW-AM’s “The Big One Talk Radio Idol” contest in November, gets his shot on the station hosting talk 6-9 p.m. Saturday. He won the November station contest.


at 1/27/2006 2:36 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I don't quite know what to think of this HD radio stuff. I guess we have to give to them for trying something to combat satalite radio.

XM and Sirius offer hundrends of channels (most commercial free). I just don't see the few additional channels being enough of a draw to go toe to toe with satalite.

I guess only time will tell but it ain't enough to make me even consider giving up my Sirius. I got Sirius for christmas and I'm still discovering new stuff.

at 1/27/2006 4:57 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

"New alternative, what WAQZ-FM used to be."

Not sure what this means?

at 1/27/2006 6:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding is that the commercial HD radio stations have agreed to be commercial free for at least 18 months. I would buy a radio tomorrow but there still a bit expensive. Also, there is going to be a station in Dayton called WLW2.

at 1/28/2006 8:03 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Read the article below

All of the advanced features that are not yet available on these very expensive receivers are already available on satalite radio. The biggest advantage that HD radio has over standard AM/FM is sound quality. The average person isn't going to pay astronomical prices for the increased sound quality. I see this as an extremely extremely slow conversion.

at 1/29/2006 9:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

But terrestial raido is free. With Satellite radio you pay for the rest of your life.

at 1/29/2006 6:45 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Different strokes for different folks I guess...

at 1/30/2006 2:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

on a different note, john i think you were wrong about channel 5 anchor dave wagner. i've heard he is being forced out and its just a matter of time before he's gone. usually...wants to spend time with family, means he's being forced out

at 1/31/2006 3:32 PM Blogger Rev. C. S. Roberts said...

John, as an aside, I didn't ever see an explanation as to why NBC gave up on Martha's Apprentice. Any insight?

at 1/31/2006 7:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

they said the same thing about carol williams when she wanted to cut back to be with family

at 2/06/2006 8:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember you wrote an article about Diana Lara, the reporter who was a casualty when Channel 5 ended the Metro contract? Saw her on Channel 64 news over the weekend!
Also heard that she's made the switch to web based programming by hosting some national home shows hosted from Cincinnati and Dayton - don't know much more than that.....maybe you can investigate!

at 2/24/2006 12:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm old enough to remember when a lot of cable programming was "commercial free" - not much of that anymore - not even PBS.

It's just a matter of time before satellite radio follows suit. Enjoy it while you can.

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