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Television
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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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

On hiatus

Wanted you to know that you won't be seeing any new postings for a couple of weeks. I'm headed into the hospital to have some plumbing fixed. Basically, I'll go in with a ":" and come home with a ";"
Yes, that means more time to watch TV... which to me, kinda sounds like work...

Maybe if I watch Channel 5's 7 a.m. news Saturday they'll do a better job with George Vogel's taped sports segment. During his report last Saturday, the ticker below him reported that the late Friday NCAA tournament game was at half-time. At the half at 7:25 Saturday morning??
And another observation about the NCAA games: Since Duke has been knocked out of the tourney, can those Chevy commercials with Coach K be knocked off the air too?

Of course, the fun part of my job are the pleasant surprises -- like the references on "The West Wing" last Sunday to Cincinnati, WKRC, The Enquirer and Graeter's Ice Cream. So what if the ice cream (and too much Halloween candy) made the little boy barf...

Thanks for checking out my blog.
I'll blog when I get back.
--Kiese


144 Comments:

at 3/28/2006 10:02 AM Blogger mls said...

Good luck and will look forward to your return.

 
at 3/28/2006 10:06 AM Anonymous Dave in Atlanta said...

Good luck Kiese.
Love reading your blog to keep in touch with my favorite Cinci TV/radio personalities and TV in general. Already looking forward to your return.

Thanks...
Dave in Atlanta

 
at 3/28/2006 2:43 PM Anonymous edal said...

Enjoy your column...hope your plumber does a successful job.

It has been reported that WCVG a former all Elvis radio station with a current gospel format is changing its format again.
Word is that it will become an all Bob Huggins station.... 24/7.

 
at 3/28/2006 3:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

are its call letters going to be WHUG
btw get well soon john

 
at 3/28/2006 6:16 PM Anonymous Rick said...

Good luck and get well quickly, John....
Look forward to you coming back...
There will be a media void until you do.

 
at 3/29/2006 9:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will be thinking of you.... i am sooo slow that I just now figured out the : and ;. Mom sends her best too.
Lee Ann from the neighborhood

 
at 3/29/2006 7:32 PM Anonymous Rick said...

Lee Ann, if you are slow, then I am completely deceased.... I STILL don't know what : and ; signify....

 
at 3/29/2006 8:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get well soon!

 
at 3/30/2006 9:46 AM Anonymous kreynolds said...

Rick...the ":" is a colon...the ";" is a semi-colon. So he'll have less colon when he leaves than when he went in.

Take it easy John...we'll talk when you return!

 
at 3/30/2006 11:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

will that make you a relative of
:powell

 
at 3/30/2006 11:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES I was up all night thinking that one up

 
at 4/02/2006 10:34 AM Anonymous Rick said...

Thanks for the help kreynolds....
Now it makes perfect sense....
Lots of dead brain cells over here... LOL!!!

 
at 4/02/2006 9:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

any word on the kristin cornetts replacement? i saw that they took the job listing off of the web site

 
at 4/03/2006 10:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To defeat the 5 second delay on TimeWarner, see if this works:

Don't use your digital tuner.

Split the cable and feed one side into a VCR.

Feed the other side into your digital tuner.

In Picture-n-Picture, you'll discover the time delay.

During the severe weather Sunday night, I watched channel 5 on both. The analog (VCR) version was 5 seconds ahead of the digital box version.

Warner should just drop the digitizing the channels under 99. All it does is freeze up and stutter.

It makes watching sporting events useless when you WANT AND NEED to mute the television announcers and listen to the radio side of things.

Case in point: ESPN Thursday night games with Sterling Sharpe, who would refer to certain teams as "my team" or "my boys". Go to listen on the radio and watch it...unusable.

Bundle this! lol

 
at 4/03/2006 10:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristen Cornett looked great on MSNBC. Way to go WLWT! The replacement or was it on-the-air audition was horrible. S-L-O-W announcer.

Why not get Tom Sussi? He does everything else.

 
at 4/03/2006 11:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

that bob character has been on news 5 before ,maybe he is a behind the scenes person? he is like a robot jerky and mecanical

 
at 4/03/2006 12:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone hears how Kies is doing, let us know... Actually his dad and one of his aunts are family friends in Middletown, so I may check with them too.
Lee Ann

 
at 4/03/2006 4:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

did any one see the news 5 opening day parade coverage. it was top notch.
dave wagner and derek beasley were perfect together.

I wouldn't mind seeing dave take over morning anchor chair from todd and move todd to reporter.

 
at 4/03/2006 4:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

well at least news5 doesn't have that fat meteroligst dennis joe bob bailey doing weather. he was horrible at knowing when to look and he couldn't move.
he was in a standstill the whole time he did the weather!!!

 
at 4/03/2006 10:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob Hocks, the guy on WLWT this weekend, is a freelancer. He's on WHIO-TV in Dayton quite frequently and has been for several years.

 
at 4/04/2006 8:30 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

I saw last night that News5 is getting their copper back! Whohoo! Did they use it for their parade coverage?

 
at 4/04/2006 11:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the copter is back, but if you watched channel 5 last night they said its first story was covering the storm damage and no there was no parade copter coverage

 
at 4/04/2006 2:35 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I briefly heard them mention it during the evening news which I only saw a few minutes of.

 
at 4/04/2006 3:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Due to the President's visit, SKY 5 was unable to fly with the flight restrictions. It was able to get up and shoot the storm damage in Boone County before having to land due to high winds in the area.

 
at 4/06/2006 12:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope all goes will.

 
at 4/06/2006 12:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The TV gods advised me that the new CW network will be pay tv.
That's right. The only way to get the new CW this fall is to have digital cable, buy a digital converter box for a couple hundred bucks, or if you are lucky enough to have a new 42" plasma tv with ATSC tuner you'll get the CW network over the air on WXIX's digital channel, but not in HD. This stink!

 
at 4/07/2006 1:24 AM Anonymous chantelzzz said...

Best to you, john! Sending positive and healing thoughts to you. Love your work and hearing you on with Burbank some Mondays.

Be kind to yourself after the surgery.

Look forward to your return but take care of YOU.

Chantel in fairfield

 
at 4/07/2006 9:26 AM Anonymous daveinatlanta said...

Hey all,
Anyone know how John is doing?

Thanks,
dave

 
at 4/07/2006 5:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

man did news 5 do a terrific job or what today, covering the weather.
They ARE the best weather team, with updates, and traffic pulse.

 
at 4/08/2006 8:17 AM Anonymous Rick said...

Oh, please...
Weather reporting continues to get more obnoxious by the day...
It is SO out of control. Each rainstorm brings warning of impending Apocylypse....
I am just so weary of it all.
The advent of the 24/7, 1000 channel news cycle has merely wrought the most egregious forms of hyperbole. Like the little boy who cried "wolf!", the utterings on the newscasts mean very little anymore.
It is a sad state of affairs...

 
at 4/08/2006 10:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, Jim O'Brien, thanks for your comments.

Now get back to work!
----------------------------
At 4/07/2006 5:15 PM, Anonymous said...

man did news 5 do a terrific job or what today, covering the weather.
They ARE the best weather team, with updates, and traffic pulse.

 
at 4/08/2006 12:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok Jim,Derek and John
O' B B
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at 4/08/2006 5:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone did a good job with the storms...people got the information they need. Whether it was 5, 12, 19, or 9...who gives a flip?

 
at 4/10/2006 10:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to flip away from both 5 and 9 during the storm...Raleigh & O'Brien are just computer happy and they were clicking their little mouse so fast, I was getting motion sickness. Especially Raleigh..he's not good with all his toys and should let someone else run the computer for him. It was awful! 12 did a much better job.

 
at 4/10/2006 12:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well friday Jim O Brien proved why he is the tristates severe weather leader. Derek and John also did a great job. Derek must have been tired because he worked from 5am till 645pm.

 
at 4/10/2006 12:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which eleven pm newcast do you watch and why?

 
at 4/10/2006 12:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I watch NEWS 5 because they have more live reports and the anchors are young. Kit and Rob must be like 60 ! kit looks 60 but rob looks 50. Local 12 is just so bland. I can feel the engery from Sandra, Sheree, Jim, and Ken.

 
at 4/10/2006 2:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WCPO was horrible. Vacillation overload. And since when did the word "hail" become 2 syllables? or pronounced "hell"?

WLWT: Of what I saw, was WCPO-lite. Too much clicking on the ole computers.

Remember when all a station had was a radar image? If it's not earth shattering, stay off the air.

My favorite blunder: WCPO saying how "there's a tornado at Finneytown High School". Wrong! Guess there were too many of those "beer-can" images on the screen, Steverino.

And applause to Cammy for chastizing Steve Horstmeyer for trying to pry up a piece of imbedded plexiglass. Dude, don't lose another finger!

 
at 4/10/2006 11:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw that Juliette Vara is gone from Channel 5 in june looks llike her contract is up and either she or news5 have decided not to renew.......Checkout medialine.com and search and you will see she is job hunting

 
at 4/11/2006 7:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe that they wouldn't renew her.. she is one of the best reporters News 5 has. I think it is more so that she wants to search for something else. Being a reporter in Cincinnati can get depressing...lately it seems like there is hardly anything positive to report on lately.

 
at 4/12/2006 11:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me get this correct: WLWT wants to dump Juliette Vara but keep Bina Roy? And whatever happened to Raegan Butler?

Is WLWT a dumping ground or ladder wrung? So sad...they used to have an incredible newsteam, pre-Tolan days.

Sad.

 
at 4/12/2006 12:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah i dont know why news5 would keep bina roy and get rid of juliette. Juliettte did a great job as a noon anchor a few times. Does anyone know what happened to amy wagner. I contacted news 5 to tell them to update the website. They did, but Amy is on there still.

 
at 4/12/2006 12:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think news 5 should bring in yomary cruz and team her with sandra. What a great looking team.

 
at 4/12/2006 12:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WCVG-AM 1320 is going Classic Country today. Rumor is it's only a temporary format until new owners take over. The format will then be Spanish!

 
at 4/12/2006 2:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

last i saw amy wagner was on maternity leave

 
at 4/12/2006 2:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is... that is why you have been seeing Angela Brown. She is freelancing until Amy Wagner returns. I wouldn't be suprised if they try to keep her around for a more permanent position.

 
at 4/12/2006 5:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody know what Ch 5 is going to do about a permanent weekend morning meteorologist?

Also-Last I saw, Ch. 5 was still airing commercials with Kristen Cornett in them, standing next to John, Jim, and Derek. Kristen has been gone since late February! Think they would remove those commericals by now......

 
at 4/12/2006 6:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new weekend morning meteorologist has been hired and is currently in training and will debut on-air within a couple of weeks.

 
at 4/12/2006 7:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe they will keep Angela around to try to replace ( yes try to replace ) Juliette

 
at 4/12/2006 7:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

speaking of kristin what is her time slot i havent really been able to watch

 
at 4/12/2006 11:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why in the hell is the news spending the first segments on kabka oba shooting. Today the news has really turned me off. Esp news 5 its ridicilous the amount of time they spent on this story.

 
at 4/12/2006 11:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone is shot in front of city hall during a city council meeting and you think the coverage is too much? are you nuts? i had cpo on and despite all their breathless reporting, i had plenty of unanswered questions... i think it's being underreported -- or perhaps you want more 'myspace will kill your children and molest their dead bodies while selling your grandmother worthless real estate' stories

 
at 4/13/2006 12:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just think that if the news covered every shooting in the city they would be on for atleast an hour straight. Downtown cincy is becoming detroit and that is not good at all.

 
at 4/13/2006 12:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody is leaving the city to move out to the suburbs because of all the shootings. I would never go on vine street in my life. Or in fact over the rhine. I do not want my life threatened. That why I live in Hyde Park.

 
at 4/13/2006 12:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did any one see local 12s coverage of the shooting. How many minutes was it. For news 5 at 11 it was around 8 minutes. Yes I agree that a shooting around city hall is a top story, but I am sure there are other shootings in the 2nd most violent city.

 
at 4/13/2006 12:28 PM Anonymous RICKY said...

I think the ":" and then ";" means he is getting circumsized.

 
at 4/13/2006 9:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hyde park aint that safe dude

 
at 4/14/2006 6:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah... thats right. Wasn't there a shooting at Mulligan's (I think that's the name of it) back in January?

 
at 4/14/2006 12:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

compare that one shooting to the one hundred in over the rhine last week.

 
at 4/14/2006 2:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

True enough... but Hyde Park is supposedly once of the "nicer" areas of Cincinnati right? You expect to see utter mayhem and murder in Over-The-Rhine.

No one incident doesn't make a place UNSAFE persay, I think what the above poster was saying is that No part of the city is truly safe. Except Indian Hill possibly.

 
at 4/14/2006 9:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey what ever happend to ken stinson at news 5 and raegan butler

 
at 4/14/2006 11:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

speaking of whatever happened to ?
Ann Alexander of fox19 and 700wlw
wendy burch of fox 19
kristy mazurak of fox 19

 
at 4/15/2006 1:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will someone high up at channel 9 watch their unbearable weekend noon newscasts. Please, hire someone who can at least read prompter (or sounds like they've preread the copy)!

My fillings hurt when I watch.

Ann Alexander: Isn't she in Washington DC working for a company that produces programs for Court TV?

 
at 4/15/2006 1:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

who reads the weekend noon newscasts is it janell walton? I like watching news 5 today weekend because of jonathan hawgood. he is just so engeretic and loves his job.

 
at 4/15/2006 1:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

has anyone watched the news5 fast cast. its anchored by candice hunter. It wont work on my computer.

 
at 4/16/2006 2:49 PM Anonymous Rick said...

With all due respect, I couldn't care less who's reading the weekend noon news... I have a life, and I recommend you get one too....

 
at 4/17/2006 12:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

well rick this is the tv blog where people talk about the anchors and everything.

 
at 4/17/2006 11:03 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey little rickie i do have a life so if you dont like the questions and comments about TELEVISION then eat sh!t and die

 
at 4/17/2006 11:07 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

"Pecking Order?"

I've always wondered what's the offical pecking order of TV news?

Evening news is pretty much the "A" team, we all know that. But which team is really the "B" and "C" team. Evening weekend or morning weekdays? Weekday morning shift puts in more on air hours but they're not in prime time. Weekend evening shift has less on air hours but they're on in the evening.

Maybe one of the anonymous insiders could shed some light on this topic...

 
at 4/17/2006 5:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome question any one got the answer?

 
at 4/17/2006 6:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having been in the business here in town, I know most weekend crews are considered the "C" team at each station. The best part though, the weekend shows typically pull in higher ratings and are often times the most successful show for some of the stations. The so-called "C" teams work harder, do more shows and have more airtime than those during the week... and they always get paid less... but it's like that everywhere i assume... c'est la vie!

The "B" Teams = Weekday Mornings
The "A" Teams = 11pm Shows

 
at 4/18/2006 10:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That whole "B" and "A" thing is open for interpretation, to be sure...

 
at 4/18/2006 11:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 5 has postedthe biography of the newest weather person so here it is

Marina Jurica joined WLWT in April 2006. Prior to that she was at WKYT in Lexington, Ky., and has worked at KMIR in Palm Springs and Channel One News in Los Angeles.

Growing up in Vancouver and California, Marina graduated from UCLA where she studied opera performance, journalism, and astronomy and is near completion of a BS in geosciences from Mississippi State University. A first generation American, Marina is very proud of her Croatian heritage and is fluent in both Croatian and French.

When she's not following her passion for weather, she enjoys snow skiing, surfing, and singing whenever she can. Her husband, Joseph, is completing his cardiology fellowship at the University of Kentucky. Her brother is studying at Fresno State University, and her sister at UC Berkley. Marina is very excited to join the WLWT family and looks forward to making Cincinnati her home.

 
at 4/18/2006 10:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read: NON-Meteorologist. First one at WLWT since Mr. Tingley.

 
at 4/19/2006 2:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really wondering these days if people really give a crap whether weather talent have the degree or not?

Yeah... if you have a situation like the Blue Ash tornado, would you want a NON-meteorologist telling you where they think the storm is going?

They'll end up getting you killed by not knowing what they heck they are talking about.

 
at 4/19/2006 8:40 AM Anonymous Rick said...

To the complete imbecile who advised me to eat s___ and die: your IQ is showing; but then, we needed no further indication than the fact that you are all upset over the WEEKEND NOON NEWS...
LOL!!

 
at 4/19/2006 9:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

susanne horgan was also a NON-Meteorologist. she was a forecaster. They should put this new girl at night with sheree and sandra. What a goregous news team that would be

 
at 4/19/2006 11:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey little rickie it took you 3 days to think of that reply ooo im so scared

 
at 4/19/2006 1:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happened to Dan Hoard on 19?
what is going on with Betsy Ross. I hope she is on permanetly. I really like her.

 
at 4/19/2006 3:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoard is now a broadcaster for the redsox minor league team if I remember correctly

 
at 4/20/2006 12:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't see this on Cincinnati.com, so I'll add this here:

The new CW Network will come to Cincinnati via a digital subchannel of WKRC/12.

Looks like Mr. Block and WBQC are out in the cold...

 
at 4/20/2006 9:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you're feeling better, Kiese.
Have been thinking about you. My mom(A friend of your aunt Margaret says hello.) Have been watch West Wing faithfully(for the first time since it moved to Sundays)Didnt realize how much I would miss John Spencer(and yes I do remember his for his stint on the Patty Duke show) And quite honestly I for one don't see any real point in bringing Rob Lowe back into the mix.(Didnt we have this discussion back when he bailed out before for so called greener pastures??)
And I still havent caught sight of either John Amos or our pal Dan Von Bargen( Two of the Joint chiefs over the years. Looking forward to your blogs again as soon as you're back up to speed.
Lee Ann(and mom) from the neighborhood

 
at 4/20/2006 10:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deal affects local TV lineups
BY CLIFF PEALE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The digital-spectrum television channel operated by WKRC-TV (Channel 12) will be the Cincinnati home for the new CW Network.

Operators of the network, a combination of the WB and UPN, on Wednesday named affiliates in Cincinnati, Salt Lake City and Little Rock, Ark. The change will take effect in September. While that limits coverage here to digital customers, WKRC officials said they would work with cable companies to maximize the coverage. The change means:

WSTR-TV (Channel 64), the current home of WB in this market, will become the affiliate for the new My Network TV started by the Fox Network, general manager Jon Lawhead said. He was unsure about marketing or prime-time content.


"There are a lot more questions than answers at this point," he said.

WBQC-TV (Channel 38), the current UPN affiliate, will go independent, owner Elliott Block said.

WKRC-DT will fill about one-third of its programming from the new CW and create the remainder itself on digital channel 12.2, general manager Chris Sehring said. The local content will include those shows already produced by the station, he said.

"We're going to set out to build a separate television station," Sehring said. "Our mission will be to try and find a way so as many people can see it as possible."

CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced the CW network in January.

E-mail cpeale@enquirer.com

 
at 4/20/2006 5:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rick not all anonymous are the same. as for the one who said the new weather person is not a meteorologist WRONG looked her up on the net and she IS a meterologist and she actually has a fan club on yahoo so check before you put in your half a penny

 
at 4/20/2006 6:18 PM Anonymous Rick said...

Thanks, good-Anonymous! I try not to get you Anonymae confused... (Hey, I made up a word!)

 
at 4/21/2006 3:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong.. the new weatherperson on 5 is NOT a meteorologist. She does NOT have a degree in meteorology and she does NOT have an AMS or NWA seal. Until she does... she is just a weatherperson. She is nearing completion of a BS degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State...which is NOT a meteorology degree.

So having a fansite makes her a meteorologist?? LOL.

 
at 4/21/2006 7:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then again....who cares about credentials these days. Television (especially TV weather in non-weather intensive markets like Cincinnati) is all about how good you look. That's about 3/4 of what gets people to watch.

 
at 4/21/2006 9:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys sure do spend an lot of time worrying about the weather?

 
at 4/21/2006 11:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

its up to us weather or not to worry about the weather

 
at 4/21/2006 11:36 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kies get back soon!!!!!!!!!Please stop the insanity

 
at 4/21/2006 12:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey I was wondering what is the base salary of the an anchor starting here, also of a weatherman, and reporter.

 
at 4/21/2006 4:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the whole trafficpulse thing is extremely annoying" someone could just show the artimis cams and be done with it. a non-renewal of juliette is tragic, but channel 5 does not keep most around for more than 5 years. they know what they're doing with sandra and sheree however. the whole kabaka oba interupption was absolutely crazy on channel 5. the questions asked were already answered, the speculation was wrong, and they dragged it out to get a bigger 5 pm audience....

 
at 4/21/2006 4:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i haven't seen raegan butler since the whole channelcincinnati.com "scandal" so that could be it....

 
at 4/21/2006 4:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of you that are posting with issues about Channel 5 or any of the other stations should perhaps call up the GM or News Directors and voice your concerns rather than post anonymously on a message board that only a few see anyway. Maybe they'll take your thoughts into consideration.

 
at 4/21/2006 5:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then why don't you lead b example and let us see your name

 
at 4/21/2006 5:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

that should read BY example

 
at 4/21/2006 8:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

channel 5 needs all the viewers it can get esp for noon, and 5-630. The 5-630 hrs dont look live at all.

 
at 4/21/2006 8:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question is there anyway that a station can show us the viewers what goes on during commerical breaks. Like have a special section on the website with a live video feed.

 
at 4/21/2006 8:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

After a few years of watching news 5 I have switched to local 12. Local 12 does have 2 times more local news than channel 5.

 
at 4/21/2006 8:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the starting salary for an anchor here in the cincinnati market is 85,000. weather man 70,000. and reporter 50-70,000. veterans like clyde gray make around 130,000.

 
at 4/21/2006 8:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know what happened to terry daniels, terri barr, elena eccharri.

 
at 4/21/2006 8:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone want a virtual news 5 tour go to this link. Its the website from 2002. The last few pics have dave anchoring with anne marie tieron. http://html.channelcincinnati.com/station/index.html

 
at 4/21/2006 9:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry Daniels (aka Terry Thill) is primary anchor at WTOL in Toledo. Teri Barr is an anchor at WISC in Madison. Elena Echarri was at WPLG in Miami as a reporter, but she has sense gone under the radar again.

 
at 4/21/2006 10:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what ever happened to don ward

 
at 4/21/2006 10:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

don ward is now the main anchor at kktv in colorado springs. his image has really changed

 
at 4/21/2006 10:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the channelcincinnati.com 'scandal' with Regan Butler?

 
at 4/21/2006 11:37 PM Blogger tv is addicting said...

since we are on the subject of where are they now where and how is Evelyn Robertson formerly of channel 5 I know she was in a couple of car wrecks and suffered a severe back injury(?) i was wondering if any one knows how and where she is cause i liked her on weekend mornings dont get me wrong jonathan hawgood is really good but i think they would make a great team

 
at 4/22/2006 10:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this sniping about weatherpersons, forcasters or whatever brings to mind a couple of 'scandals' from way back. Seems to be during one of the really bad winters, veteran weatherman Tony Sands was let go for over predicting the amount of snow coming,and as it turned out he was working for a company that sold snow blowers. And Pat Barry was reprimanded for sounding a storm alarm once too often. Dont know if either were meteorologists. And of course there is the sad case of our resident fire-bug, Eric Warren

 
at 4/22/2006 12:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

look at dave fraser who was fired from channel 5 for not declaring a few inches of snow a blizzard . oh and by the way hawgood introduced their newest METEOROLOGIST this morning

 
at 4/22/2006 2:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, How about a different spin on things? After reading about all the likes and dislikes lets say that channel 38 were to become an all news station and the other channels in town were to not do any news at all and all the current news people all went to channel 38 how would you schedule the people to work the shifts that go 8 hours at a shot starting at 6 am who would work when and who would keep and get rid of and who would you try to bring in to work

 
at 4/23/2006 12:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone remeber the pat berry radio show it aired for about a year and was really good. did anyone see the new weather girl on 5 ? howd she do.

 
at 4/23/2006 1:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's the raegan butler story @ http://mhking.mu.nu/archives/037874.php

 
at 4/23/2006 6:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess that Bob Hocks is just about everywhere , just saw him on 9 wcpo in for steve norris and is this a new female sportscaster here on wcpo or just a temporary one can anyone confirm?

 
at 4/23/2006 7:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

They said at the end of the show she's their new weekend sports person.

 
at 4/24/2006 9:12 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Pat Berry

Pat Berry has actually had multiple stints in Cincinnati radio. He was a DJ on Q102 then he hosted 700 WLW's Midday (before Mike McConnell). Pat went from radio to TV weather. WLWT opted not to renew his contract. Someone at Clear Channel had the wonderful idead to drop G. Gordon Liddy and replace him with Pat Berry. If you couldn't tell I'm still a litter bitter over that. Feeling a little better about it now since I can pick up the G-Man on my Sirius or 910am.

 
at 4/24/2006 1:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the new weather girl this weekend - she's no Kristen Cornett.

 
at 4/24/2006 1:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see all of the former channel 64 air talent on CHANNEL 64's new Tall 12 News at 10.

One question: Tape or Live. The Weather Authority taped will suffer, especially with severe weather.

 
at 4/24/2006 2:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new WSTR newscast will be live according to the WKRC press release on their website. It also says the name of the newscast and talent line-up haven't been released yet, so I'm not sure where you're getting the name or why you're assuming all the old WSTR talent will be on it.

 
at 4/24/2006 3:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey the breakfast blog on news 5 doesnt work. Can someone check it out.

 
at 4/24/2006 4:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think the salaries for a local news anchor/meteorologist/reporter is that low, you are sadly mistaken. Having worked here locally, I know that an anchor like Clyde Gray is easily bringing home $250,000+... and I would assume much more. Kit & Rob I would assume are pulling in nearly $500,000+... I know for a fact that Jerry Springer & Norma were both making well over a half million when they were #1... and a chief meteorologist is making at least $150,000... as a reporter they probally make about $50-$75,000.. depending on their experience and contract negotiations... But the so-called "Main Anchors" at most of the stations here are making a large sum of dough.... but it really just depends on what station you work at. The other people who aren't the main guys are making much less... depending. Most of these guys make a large amount of money to just sit and read out loud... but that's the nature of the business.

 
at 4/24/2006 5:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

if i remember correctly but dont quote me on it norma rashid made 250,000 a year when 5 was on top but she had a huge clothing allowance

 
at 4/25/2006 12:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

do the stations give the on air personality a clothing allowance. If so how much. is it given to them each month?

 
at 4/25/2006 7:53 AM Anonymous Pete said...

Hi, gang! Wow. Kiese reaaally needs to come back soon - all these random posts jammed under one heading is getting kinda nuts!

Guess I ought to address the person who threw out the ol' "TrafficPulse is annoying" comment. You obviously pay a lot of attention to what's going on in local TV, don't you? Maybe you haven't noticed, but since we introduced Real-Time TrafficPulse, I guess it's just pure coincidence that nearly EVERY other station in the market has come up with their own incarnation of what we debuted last fall. Ever since we started using 3-D maps, fly-throughs and SkyView maps, everyone else has been struggling to keep up.

Channel 12 has Bobby Herzog - who bounces out to the "big maps." Channel 9 has spiced things up significantly. Currently, 19 is the only station still choosing to "...show the artimis cams and be done with it."

Traffic is a big deal in Cincinnati. Even though we're not one of the largest markets - we are consistently rated as having some of THE worst congestion in the U.S. The market demands pertinent, useful information regarding the daily commute. And I'd say that's just what we do every day.

So - annoying or not - we started the trend here in Cincinnati. And imitation *is* the sincerest form of flattery. That said, by all means - you can continue to trash TrafficPulse if you want. I, for one, certainly do enjoy all the free publicity. Almost as much as I enjoy reading anonymous posts from uninformed, ignorant TV "insiders" such as yourself.

Get well, Kiese! Hope to see you back on here soon!

 
at 4/25/2006 9:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

was that a (diamond) ring on sandra ali's left ring finger i saw on the evening news last night? there could be a very lucky man with a big smile on his face walking around the tri-state now.... :(

 
at 4/25/2006 12:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

that poster pete was pete scailia.

 
at 4/25/2006 12:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think kiese is waiting till we get 200 posts till he comes back

 
at 4/25/2006 12:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So when is WLWT going to raid the talents of WCPO? I could see a Hawthorne/Walton newscast.


And then I'd wake up in a cold, cold sweat.

 
at 4/25/2006 12:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least that Pete guy is man enough to put his name out there and not have to hide behind an anonymous name like the rest of us.

 
at 4/25/2006 1:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you sure that that is pete scalia? all it does is take you to channel 5s web site which does not mean a thing.

 
at 4/25/2006 1:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you possibly mean HAWGOOD and Walton ?Anonymous said...
So when is WLWT going to raid the talents of WCPO? I could see a Hawthorne/Walton newscast.


And then I'd wake up in a cold, cold sweat.

4/25/2006 12:15 PM

 
at 4/25/2006 2:39 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

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at 4/25/2006 2:40 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I'm pretty sure that is Pete "The Pulse" Scalia. To be honest I wasn't a fan of his at first (I wanted one of the girls to win the job - hey I'm a guy) but he's growning on me. I really like his witty personality and he doesn't take himself too seriously - mullet day was a trip.

Keep up the good work! But take a day off from time to time so we can see Perry...

 
at 4/25/2006 2:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the traffic pulse a lot better than any other news stations traffic coverage. I watch news5 today then local 12 at noon then channel 9 from 5-630. Then I tivo local 12 at 11.

 
at 4/25/2006 2:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Dave Wagners Contract got cut in half when he stepped down to target 5 reporter.

 
at 4/25/2006 2:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY EVERYBODY SHOULD LEAVE A REASON WHY YOU WATCH THE NEWSCAST YOU WATCH.

SWEEPS ARE STARTING ON THURSDAY. I HAVE A QUESTION. WHAT IF I HAVE 3 TVS AND EACH ONE OF THEM IS TUNED INTO DIFFERENT LOCAL NEWSCAST WHAT RATING DOES THAT DELIVER

 
at 4/25/2006 3:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just think that trafficpulse is just a little bit confusing, and it might be easier if there was more time to see the maps...i didn't mean that pete or the maps themselves were annoying. i should have explained more. sorry!

 
at 4/25/2006 3:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the traffic pulse also I think that there needs to be more 3-d views of the roads. Other than that KEEP UP THE OUTSTANDING JOB PETE

 
at 4/25/2006 4:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about waiting for 200 posts. On the subject of long gone people on the news, does anybody remember Zip Rzeppa or Mitzi Oxford
(she did the weather on channel 12 when Ira Joe Fisher left. How about Glenn(Skipper) Ryle? And by the by, I knew you when,John London,but I promise I won't mention your name unless you want me too.... just remember the good old days as Sunset Park!
LEE ANN

 
at 4/25/2006 6:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who could forget Glenn the skipper Ryle and especially his bowling for dollars

 
at 4/25/2006 9:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since someone entioned Zip and anchors salary this will kill 2 birds with one stone zip is now the executive director of St.Vincent DePaul in St.Louis and if you read the article it averages about $250,000 a year


St. Louis, MO, TV station KMOV-TV removed Zip Rzeppa as its sports director after the latter decided not to renew his contract with the station. The popular Rzeppa had transferred from KTVI to KMOV in 1988, signing a five-year contract with the latter for $1.5 million. However, his presence did not boost KMOV's ratings, as the station had hoped when it signed him on. Rzeppa will remain at the station hosting the Zippo Awards.

Industry sources say Zip Rzeppa's television career is a microcosm of a very fickle business - a window on the world of money, marketing and pressure.

 
at 4/26/2006 9:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

just saw kieses name on an article are you finally back to stop the insanity and if you are back its good to have you back

 
at 4/26/2006 3:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like John is still in one piece...

 
at 4/26/2006 11:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

sweeps start today oh the month when general managers get no sleep

 
at 4/27/2006 8:30 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Yeah, I noticed Desparate Housewives was a recap show this week. I figured they were getting everyone caught up for the big sweeps month to come.

 
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