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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, March 03, 2006

Cincinnati soldier on "60 Minutes" & lotsa stuff

Cincinnati soldier on “60 Minutes”
Willie Brand, the Cincinnati military police reservist convicted of abusing a detainee in Afghanistan, tells his story on “60 Minutes” Sunday (7 p.m., Chs 12, 7). The 1998 Western Hills High School graduate was a member of the 377th Military Police Company, based in Roselawn, which served in Afghanistan in 2002-03.
Two Afghan detainees during the war were found beaten to death and chained from the ceiling. Brand tells “60 Minutes,” in his first TV interview, that when prisoners were combative, he controlled them by striking his knee into their legs.
“This is what we were trained to do, and this is what we did. I was not the only one, there were many others hitting them,” he tells correspondent Scott Pelley.

Gawking at Bill Hemmer
Great story about Cincinnati native and Fox News reporter Bill Hemmer seeing NBC’s Al Roker in New Orleans during Mardi Gras on, the Manhattan media gossip site. When Roker didn’t recognize Hemmer at a restaurant, Hemmer said, “I’m Bill Hemmer. You know, I was on CNN.”
Here’s the link:

Come to the zoo, zoo zoo
Did you see Sarah Jessica Parker singing an old Cincinnati Zoo jingle on David Letterman’s “Late Show” Wednesday? You didn’t? Well, you’re not the only one. Zoo officials had no clue until I called them about it.
Parker, who grew up in Clifton in the early 1970s, talked about how much she loved the zoo, then sang the jingle from back then:
“Come out to the zoo, zoo, zoo
“The Cincinnati Zoo, Zoo, Zoo.”
Don't blame me if that dumb song gets stuck in your head.

Clooney vs. Clooney
Here’s an odd quirk in TV scheduling: While George Clooney attends the 78th annual Academy Awards Sunday (8-11 p.m., Chs 9, 22), where he’s up for three Oscars, CET will air a “Tim Janis: Coastal America” narrated by Clooney (9-10:30 p.m. Sunday, Ch 48). Clooney narrated Janis’ first public TV pledge special two years ago, which raised more than $1 million for PBS. Janis is a hot young classical composer who mixes his concert footage with beautiful video of US landmarks.

Blast from the past
Norm Clarke, the former Cincinnati sportswriter for Associated Press, makes his prime-time acting debut tonight on “Las Vegas” (9 p.m., Chs 5, 2). He’s the curly-haired guy with an eye patch. Clarke, who covered the Reds and Bengals in the 1970s and early ’80s, is a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Plan ahead
Wanted to mention this today, in case someone wanted to make the trip up to Oxford Monday afternoon:
“Dayton Codebreakers,” the World War II-era documentary which premiered on Dayton’s WPTD-TV (Channel 16) last April, will be screened at 4 p.m. Monday in Oxford in 115 Shideler Hall on the Miami University campus.
It’s the story of Joe Desch, a National Cash Register electrical engineer who was recruited by the U.S. Navy during World War II to lead a code-breaking effort aimed at stopping catastrophic losses of American ships to German U-boats. The top-secret work in a Dayton NCR lab remained classified for more than 50 years.
After the screening, filmmakers Deborah Anderson (Desch’s daughter) of Kettering and Aileen LeBlanc of Yellow Springs will talk about the film (
If you can’t make it to Oxford, watch your public TV listings this spring. More than 100 public TV stations – including CET and KET – plan to air the film, LeBlanc says.

Have a good weekend. We can buzz about the Oscars telecast on Monday.


at 3/03/2006 11:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks as if WBQC 38 could end up with The CW after all. Sinclair and WSTR (64) have signed on to the new network MyNetworkTV that started from the Fox Television Station Group affilation loss after UPN and WB merged. Sinclair Broadcast Groups website confirms (

at 3/03/2006 11:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

No word on WSTR/64 hooking up with "My Network TV"? And what does that do to WBQC?

at 3/03/2006 1:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

well put it together and you might get it if wb 64 gets the my network it then means that wbqc can get a network affiliation with greater and bigger shows and here is sinclairs news report about its affiliation

17 Affiliates Signed for Network's September Launch

MyNetworkTV Markets Include Tampa, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Nashville,

Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Greenville, San Antonio, Birmingham, Norfolk,

Buffalo, Greensboro, Las Vegas, Mobile, Charleston, Paducah and Syracuse

NEW YORK/BALTIMORE, March 2, 2006 - FOX's new primetime television network
MyNetworkTV has quickly secured affiliate agreements with major station
group owner Sinclair Broadcast Group to launch the network on September 5,
2006. The announcement was jointly made today by Jack Abernethy, CEO of
Fox Television Stations, and David Smith, President and CEO of Sinclair
Broadcast Group (NASDAQ: SBGI).

A total of 17 stations covering 11.9% of the U.S. owned or operated by
Sinclair will officially become MyNetworkTV affiliates. These include
WTTA/Tampa, WCWB/Pittsburgh, WRDC/Raleigh, WUXP/Nashville, WCGV/Milwaukee,
WSTR/Cincinnati, WBSC/Greenville, KRRT/San Antonio, WABM/Birmingham, WTVZ/
Norfolk, WNYO/Buffalo, WUPN/Greensboro, KVWB/Las Vegas, WFGX/Mobile,
WMMP/Charleston, SC, WDKA/Paducah and WNYS/Syracuse.

These Sinclair stations join Fox Television Stations' WWOR/New York,
KCOP/Los Angeles, WPWR/ Chicago, KDFI/Dallas, WDCA/Washington, D.C.,
KTXH/Houston, WFTC/Minneapolis, KUTP/Phoenix, WRBW/ Orlando and

"Sinclair is operated by some of the smartest people in the business.
Their decision to become MyNetworkTV affiliates further endorses our
approach to provide local broadcasters with network programming and a
business model required to succeed in today's converging digital
marketplace," said Abernethy.

Smith stated, "We are excited once again to be part of the birth of a
new network. Given the great success of FOX over the years and their
demonstrated history of thinking outside the box, we believe that over time
this new network model will become a standard in the industry. The
advantages MyNetworkTV provides to our stations are compelling, with both a
creative programming model for our viewers and a favorable inventory split.
We are especially excited about the Internet opportunities that will exist
at the local level within this new paradigm."

MyNetworkTV, scheduled to launch on Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, will
program 12 hours of original programming from 8:00 to 10:00pm (EST/PST)
Monday through Saturday. Station-friendly by design, MyNetworkTV will
enable broadcasters with significant operational flexibility and a seamless
flow of original primetime programming. The network's pro-station strategy
also intends to strengthen consumer recognition and increase viewership with
powerful marketing initiatives conceived to unify the network's brand on
both the national and local levels.

The new scripted primetime drama strips "Desire" and "Secrets" will
inaugurate MyNetworkTV. The hour-long programs produced by Twentieth
Television will feature a 65-episode story arc stripped Monday through
Friday over the span of 13 weeks. Each Saturday, a re-cap episode
highlighting the two programs' previous week's storylines will air.
"Desire," scheduled to air at 8:00pm (EST/PST), follows two close brothers
on the run from the mafia who both fall in love with, and then passionately
battle for, the same woman. Immediately following "Desire" will be
"Secrets," airing at 9:00pm (EST/PST). The drama takes an in-depth look at
the dreams, successes and tragedies found everyday in the fashion industry.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most
diversified television broadcasting companies, currently owns and operates,
programs or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 36
markets. Sinclair's television group reaches approximately 22% of U.S.
television households and is affiliated with all the major networks.
Sinclair owns a majority equity interest in G1440, Inc., an Internet
consulting and development company, and Acrodyne Communications, Inc., a
manufacturer of transmitters and other television broadcast equipment.

The Fox Television Stations group, one of the nation's largest owned-
and-operated network broadcast groups, comprises 35 stations in 26 markets,
covering nearly 45% of U.S. television homes. This includes five duopolies
in the top 10 markets, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and
Washington D.C., as well as duopolies in Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix and

A leader in the U.S. program production and distribution arena,
Twentieth Television is a unit of Fox Television and headed by Fox
Television Stations' chairman Roger Ailes while CEO Jack Abernethy oversees
day-to-day operations. Twentieth Television provides a wide array of first-
run and off-network programming, as well as feature film packages, to the
syndication and cable marketplaces. First-run programs distributed by
Twentieth Television include "Geraldo at Large," the news strip hosted by
Geraldo Rivera, and the popular court shows "Divorce Court" and "Judge
Alex," the number one new first-run program of the 2005-06 season. In
addition to "Desire" and "Secrets," the company is set to launch the new
court show "Cristina's Court," hosted by Cristina Perez, in Fall 2006.
Twentieth Television also oversees the domestic sales of one of the most
extensive libraries of off-net programming in the entertainment industry.
Last fall, the company launched the groundbreaking drama "24," starring
Kiefer Sutherland, and The Peabody Award-winning sitcom "The Bernie Mac
Show" in off-net syndication.

Fox Entertainment Group, a division of News Corporation, is
principally engaged in the development, production and worldwide
distribution of feature films and television programs, television
broadcasting and cable network programming. The unit's studios, production
facilities and film and television library provide high-quality creative
content, and broadcasting and cable networks provide extensive distribution
platforms for the Company's programs.

at 3/03/2006 2:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you cut and paste that from?

at 3/03/2006 6:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

then look at lower left of page that says company news

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