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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, March 21, 2006

Aye Carumba!

Two more years for “The Simpsons!” Fox has renewed TV’s longest-running prime-time series currently on the air for 18th and 19th seasons (through 2007-08). It's also the longest-running animated series in TV history. Fox also says the show holds the Guinness Book of World Record for most guest stars featured in a TV series. Adding to the guest star list Sunday (8 p.m., Ch 19) will be Ricky Gervais, who plays a husband that Marge moves in with when the Simpsons participate in a “Trading Spouses”-like reality show. (Not "Trading Spaces." D'oh!)
Fox also has renewed “King of the Hill,” but only for one season (2006-07). The 200th “King of the Hill” episode airs in May. “The Simpsons” reaches 400 shows in May 2007.

From 64 to 12
--Saw Jessica Donnellon on Channel 12 this morning reporting from snowy West Chester. She was a reporter for Channel 64, until the station pulled the plug on news last month….
--Also noticed that Clyde Gray was back on Channel 9 last night. He had planned to take the entire month off to spend time with his wife, Kalena, and their newborn daughter, Claire Elizabeth. They adopted her on Feb. 19. GM Bill Fee says it was "his decision alone" to return two weeks earlier than expected.

Yes to WAIF
Chris Comer interviews Jon Anderson from the rock band Yes at 10 p.m. today on WAIF-FM (88.3), or listen on line at

Poor Jim Scott
Poor Jim Scott, stuck reading all of those school closings all morning. It reminded me of an attempt by a couple Cincinnati radio managers 15 years ago – or longer – to change the school closing list to a numeric one. Basically each school would have a number, and then a radio personality could simply say, “Numbers 1 through 7 are closed, No. 8 on a 1-hour delay, No. 9-13 closed….” Managers at the time rejected the idea, saying that parents wouldn't remember the numbers of their kids schools. But wouldn’t it be a lot easier? Or do most people get their school closing info from scrolls at bottom of the TV? Or online?


at 3/21/2006 1:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or on a day like today turned out to be, just announce the schools that are still open each half hour.(There were numerous changes this morning as time went on.(and Middletown was one of the last ones to close! Lee Ann

at 3/21/2006 3:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WCPO and WKRC did a nice job this morning. I will say WKRC went the extra mile, preempting network.

WLWT....yikes! The revolving door of Cincinnati TV...and those that remain look like they are broadcasting from a school.

Very sad.

at 3/21/2006 4:15 PM Anonymous Louis said...

The staff of the old WVXU loved reading school closing lists when the White Death came to town. I'm sure they're down in the dumps today, with no access the airwaves. It was obviously one of their two favorite broadasting events, the other being the endless fundraising campaign.

at 3/21/2006 6:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before this turns into another WLWT bashing session...let's give kudos to all of the stations for a decent job of informing people of the impending storm. Everyone (all stations) did their job when it came to providing the public with the information that they needed. It's all about providing the public a service and that they did.

at 3/21/2006 8:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there's anything that makes me turn off the radio or tv faster than you can blink. Its those darned school closings. I absolutely hate them. If you want to know if the school is closed, go online. Better yet. Don't close the schools ever. Some of us need the schools to be open so that we can go to work.

at 3/22/2006 6:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is 2006. Radio and TV station web sites, school district websites etc...are your first options for closing info, plus you don't have to wait thru the alphabetical list to hear if Wyoming schools are closed.

I think Jim Scott gets off on doing closings. That means less work and show prep.

Note: to Anon #2. To say WLWT looks like a broadcasting school, is an insult to broadcasting schools. Channel 5 wishes they were as good the Ohio Center for Broadcasting.

at 3/22/2006 8:14 AM Anonymous Pete said...

Hahahaha. Ohio Center for Broadcasting. That's a good one. I think you ought to check out just how many OCB grads are working on-air here in the tri-state. You'd be surprised...

I also think it's cute when folks from other stations hop on these blogs and post anonymously, just to try and trash the competition. Why not grow a pair and put yourself out there? We know who you are, anyway. Then again, checking the numbers lately - compared to the last few years, I can see why you're nervous.

As for the storm and weather coverage - I agree with one previous poster - all stations did a relatively good job of not only predicting the storm, but covering it as well.

Also - in reference to school closings and delays - it may be 2006, but how many people living in rural areas - or people without the financial means to buy a computer, but still have kids in school - really have access to the Internet? Of course, we blogger-types are online all the time - but there are still MANY people out there who rely on TV and radio stations to give them the information they need - and school closings certainly qualify as useful information.

One last note: Mr. Big and Anonymous - if we look like a broadcasting school in the morning, you might want to attend. Class is in session. Don't forget your lunch money.

at 3/22/2006 9:04 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The worst for school closings is 19. They start out fine when info is coming in slowly, but apparently their system doesn't automatically alphabetize so it becomes a jumbly mess.

at 3/24/2006 2:27 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Saw Jessica Donnellon on 12 this morning for the 1st time - not sure what she was reporting on...

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