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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, February 24, 2006

The Big One on XM

First let me apologize up front for this being a long blog today, but I’ve been busy this week… and I’m gonna be out of the office until Tuesday. So here goes:

Truly the Nation’s Station
If you’re trying to decide between XM or Sirius satellite radio, here’s something to consider. WLW-AM will be added to the XM satellite radio lineup on Wednesday, March 1, on Channel 173.
The entire day – except for Reds and Bengals games – will be heard across North America on XM. (Major League Baseball has a separate deal with XM; the NFL has an exclusive deal with Sirius.) Alternative programming (taped or some live call-in shows) will air during Reds and Bengals games.
So this means Gary Burbank, Mike McConnell will be heard from coast to coast. And Cunningham and Furman? Is this a good idea? At least WLW-AM will truly be “the nation’s station” again – as it was in 1934-39 when it broadcast experimentally on 500,000 watts.

Nick’s turn tonight
Nick Lachey gets a little prime time on WB’s “Twins” today (9:30 p.m., Ch 64), after watching his brother dance on ABC the past two months. Nick plays a former underwear model named Chalie Solik, hired by Farrah (Molly Stanton) to be marketing director of the family undergarments company. Hijinks ensure, I'm sure...

Last 'cast
Channel 64’s 10 p.m. news signs off tonight after 26 months. Parent Sinclair Broadcast Group has pulled the plug on the WSTR-TV news operation. News Director Pete Janovas will close the newscast with a video of all the folks who worked behind-the-scenes in the newsroom.
“What was it Springer used to say on Channel 5? "For those you see... and those you don’t?" Anyway - it’s been an interesting few years. And this (cancellation) really is a shame because folks worked so hard.”
Here’s a question: How quickly will anchor Kim Moening -- or reporters Marjani Coffey, Jessica Donnellon or Karin Johnson -- get hired by another TV station in town?
Another question: Will Ch. 19's 10 p.m. audience immediately grow by a few thousand without any local news competition?


at 2/24/2006 10:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm..."for those you see and those you don't" was a Nick Clooney-ism.

at 2/24/2006 10:58 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

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at 2/24/2006 10:59 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Doh! Somebody beat me to it. That was Clooney's catch phrase during his hayday. That was when WKRC ruled local news - Clooney, Ira Joe and Denny Jansen.

I wouldn't be surprised to see WXIX welcome some of the 64 outcasts. They do have the lightest news staff so they have plently of room to grow. Not sure about Kimberly Moening like I said before I found her delivery to be down right robotic and boring.

I'm sure the few people that did watch WSTR's news will propbably jump to 19's.

I've been listening to 700 all morning and I haven't heard any mention of this. Seems kinda weird to me it's almost the opposite of what Satalite radio is all about.

at 2/24/2006 11:05 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Oh and for the record Springer's tagline was "Take care of yourself and each other."

at 2/24/2006 12:57 PM Blogger rude said...

Can you please provide us with some insight as to the source of the information that WLW is coming to XM?


at 2/24/2006 1:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a hunch about where WSTR's on-air talent will go. Recently, former WXIX news director was hired at the Sinclair duopoly in Dayton (WKEF/WRGT) and is supposed to start a new morning newscast. If you looked at Sinclair's comments before on shutting down WSTR, they said they were helping people find jobs in Cincinnati or in other Sinclair markets. I wonder if some of the on-air talent will be shipped a few miles up 75 to help start the new morning newscast in Dayton - WKEF/WGRT are short-handed talent wise and they aren't advertising for new talent - they may have been banking on the fact that they knew WSTR was shutting down.

at 2/24/2006 1:44 PM Anonymous Chris said...

Two questions:
1. Will the WLW on XM air commercials?
2. Will the WLW on XM air UC mens basketball games?


at 2/24/2006 2:26 PM Anonymous David said...

Two issues with WLW on XM...

Will they remain focused on Cincinnati or start a more national focus?

Will UC and XU games still be heard during the NCAA tourney?

at 2/24/2006 4:08 PM Blogger RadioCarla said...

Is WLW-AM the only station joining XM? I would love to be able to listen to WGN-AM/Chicago on my XM radio.

at 2/25/2006 5:30 PM Anonymous daveinatlanta said...

Is WLW being added for the day or forever?

I can get WLW at night on the way home from work, but would like to be able to listen during the day. If this deal is for good, I will buy XM.

dave in Atlanta.

at 2/25/2006 5:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i doubt that fox19 will take any of the wb64ers fox19 has always had a small staff. i have looked at the other channels web sites and no one seems to be hiring. i didnt mind watching 64 because kim may be robotic but she is nice on the eyes

at 2/27/2006 2:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes the channel will host commercials.

Little to NO (probably just no) sports that may have anyother contracts pending with another provider of.... you get the picture. No sports.

Currently my XM Radio reads Channel 173 as "Off Air". As opposed to just not being there.

at 2/27/2006 11:10 AM Anonymous Louis said...

Will WLW still be terrible when it hits XM? Or will it be even worse?

at 2/27/2006 11:17 AM Anonymous Rick said...

I am really sorry to see WSTR news go down... It was a brief, to-the-point broadcast in the spirit of Al Schottelkotte (spell??).
One could watch it for 30 minutes and get out and get to bed....
It is painful to sit through an hour of blather on Ch 19... Defeats the purpose of an earlier evening newscast.
Don't get me wrong--I like the personalities on Fox, but the hour is so filled with crap that it is just hard to watch. There just ISN'T an hour worth of local news, gang. Give it up...

at 2/28/2006 1:18 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Yes, you're all right. That was Clooney's sign off, not Springer's. Thanks to you all.

at 3/01/2006 9:46 AM Blogger ROBW81 said...

WLW began broadcasting at 0000 hrs on March 1, 2006. Very cool that a radio station in our area is the first in the nation to go onto XM. Powel Crosley would be proud!! This was his vision for the station, to be heard around the world. I find it hard to beleive that the programming is going to change. The stations ratings are very very strong. Sean Hannity mentioned on his show back in December that WLW was a contender in talk radio and everyone knows it.

at 3/01/2006 11:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

XM programming is boring. WLW or no, Sirius is the way to go. Much better content overall.

at 3/03/2006 6:41 PM Anonymous Rick said...

For all you suckers buying into satellite radio: just like cable TV, it will soon demand a large monthly fee and it will be loaded up with commercials... Financial reports have both companies losing money like a fire hose down a toilet. It's coming... I'll laugh when you are paying $65 per month to listen to comercial-laden pay radio... LOLOLOLOLOLOL!

at 3/11/2006 12:21 PM Blogger Bob Doll said...

Last week, Radio One, operators of WDBZ and WIZF (FM) announced it was buying WIFE (FM) Connersville, Indiana. 65 miles north of Cincinnati, to team up with its other Cincinnati stations.
This is not a first of a kind event. Actually, WDBZ got its start in Seymour, Indiana, 65 miles west of Cincinnati. It went on the air in the vanDeWalle Music Store in December, 1924. The station was not profitable.
Jeff vanDeWalle sold his station (WFBE) to the Garfield Hotel, near the Garfield statue, downtown.
In its early days in Cincinnati, Earl Fuller managed the hotel, the radio station and also conducted the band in the hotel lounge.
In 1935, WFBE became WCPO after being purchased by the Cincinnati Post. It would be WCPO for the next 32 years. In the 1940s, it was generally acknowledged as the most successful 250 watt station in America.
In the 1990s, the 1230 frequency became the city's only black targeted talk and information station as WDBZ.
Incidentially, "the move ins to Cincinnati are also creating some new stations in small towns. Salt Lick, Kentucky, population 342, will soon have a radio station thanks to the engineering done to create still another Cincinnati FM station.
Bob Doll, Seguin, Texas
(Doll is a native Cincinnatian with 55 years in the radio business. He is author of several books about radio including his newest (published in December), "The Radio Funny Book," information about the book: He cane be reached at

at 3/22/2006 5:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will 700 WLW broadcast on XM 173 during Reds games? They are not permitted to broadcast the games on XM 173 due to MLB restrictions.

This is a huge deal outside the Cincinnati market. How did they pull off being the only "regular" over the air local station to be broadcasted nationwide on XM? How much are they paying XM? How long is the contract? Will we ever know ratings figures on XM?

at 9/22/2007 7:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to hear cincinnati radio stations on xm or sirius.. but are the two stations xm and sirius.. merging now?

so they'd be on the 'merged' station..

i hope they pick up internet stations too like
now that would be cool!

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