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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, February 07, 2006

Breaking News: Hospitalized Reporter....

....recovering at home from being in the hospital all last week. That's why I haven't blogged for 10 days. I'm at home, rebuilding stamina, and hope to be back at The Enquirer next week. Just wanted you folks to know....

Random thoughs while laying in hospital bed:
--Will some hospital somewhere offere w-fi? Or ethernet for patients? The limited cable lineup wouldn't be so limited if I could see the Daily Show on a laptap.... or check email instead of watching "NYPD Blue" reruns or Fox News repeating the same old snooze all day...

So what did I miss?
--Saw that John Phillips has been bumped from Ch 12 traffic in favor of Bob Herzog, former Ch 64 movie host. They wanna do in-studio traffic and map. So Phillips lost his helicopter 13 months ago, and now his TV gig.
--WNKU now podcasting. Go to for downloads. One of the guys behind this is George Zahn, the former WVXU-FM wiz who joined WNKU after Xavier sold station.
--Saw our story today that will start charging for service, ala satellite and cable.
--Saw that "Commander in Chief" being knocked off the air in March for new ABC sitcom, the one fictionally set in Hamilton, called "Sons & Daughters." It's mostly unscripted. Waiting to get my review DVDs. "Commander in Chief" back in April. My guess is that Steven Bochco still trying to figure out how to make this work. Only so many presidential crisis can involve the Speaker of the House......
--Yeah, I watched the Super Bowl game and commercials. My favorite was stadium placards to pour a bottle of Bud. Laughed out loud, AND remembered who made it. Can't say same for Diet Pepsi recording albums & making movie with Jackie Chan (just remembered the Diet Coke can getting smashed).... Who cares if horses play football, or fusion and 5 blades makes a better shave, or if Burger King ingredients can dance and sing? Some spots were spoiled by seeing "previews" on TV last week. And yeah, I liked the office monkeys again. Funny spot. The rest of the spots were as weak as the Steelers & Seahawks offenses....

Gotta go
I mean it. Just had a colon infection. Really gotta go. Hope to blog more from home this week when I can.


at 2/07/2006 12:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

godspeed with your recovery, thanks for the update

at 2/07/2006 2:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better soon. I can empathize.

at 2/07/2006 3:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you're feeling better! Missed your blogging...

at 2/07/2006 5:01 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Get well soon! I was starting to think you forgot about us... :(

at 2/07/2006 5:53 PM Blogger Tony said...

Get well soon!

at 2/08/2006 12:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

without your blog i felt all icky inside :)

at 2/08/2006 11:01 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Poor John Phillips... he sure has fallen in the ranks. No chopper and now no TV report. Wonder if the Big One will ever go airborne again? Still seems funny that the "B105 traffic twins" are the only airborne traffic reporters.

FYI - I believe ST. Elizabeth has WI-FI.

at 2/08/2006 11:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didnt know you'd been in the Hospital. Take care of yourself
Lee Ann from the neighborhood

at 2/09/2006 9:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Airborne traffic is overrated. Ther's an artimis camera at every interchange and they're better than what a pilot sees. Stations are dropping it all over the country. It's not worth the expense

at 2/09/2006 1:55 PM Anonymous Louis said...

WVXU became infinitely better after new management took over last year.

I'm afraid 'NKU -- so good for so long -- is starting to suffer from creeping Zahn-ism.

at 2/10/2006 2:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WNKU has lost more than a third of its audience since it changed formats last fall. podcasting won't stop the flow of listeners switching channels.

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