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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 14, 2006

To the hoops

A couple of basketball-related things today:
--WXIX-TV (Channel 19) has bought rights to air UC’s NIT game at 8 p.m. Friday, opposite the NCAA tourney on CBS (Chs. 12, 7). Fox's “Trading Spaces” gets shoved back to 11 p.m. Friday, and “Nanny 911” moves to 6 p.m. Sunday.
--For goofy fun, check out WGUC-FM’s “Musical Madness” ( They’ve matched up 64 classical music composers in basketball tourney-like brackets for listeners to vote. No. 1 seeds are Bach, Beethoven, Hadyn and Mozart. The musicians will advance from the First Movement to the Second Movement, Suite Sixteen, Elite Octet and Final Quartet. The winner will be announced April 20.

Channel 12 news
Diana Lara, the former Channel 5 traffic reporter, is subbing this month for Channel 12’s Sasha Rionda on "Nuestro Rincon," the Spanish-language newscast (5:30 a.m. Saturday, 6:30 a.m. Sunday7). Lara lost her traffic gig when Channel 5 didn’t renew its contract with Metro Networks last September for a helicopter, pilot and reporter (Lara). She also has done some TV work in Dayton.

Summit success
I guess the kids at Summit Country Day School made a difference? Kevin Covais, the 16-year-old New York cousin of students Matthew and Patrick Schiess, advanced to the final 12 contestants on “American Idol.” Kids at the school have been asked to call in and vote for the youngest singer on the show. That’s nice, but I don’t see Kevin winning the competition. The final 12 sing tonight (8-10 p.m., Ch 19), and one goes home Wednesday (9-9:30 p.m., Ch 19).

TV note
Bravo has bought reruns of “6 Feet Under” from HBO to air this fall.


at 3/14/2006 9:12 PM Anonymous RichE said...

Hey John --
Do you get e-mails sent to your Cincinnati Enquirer address? I had sent one regarding Ch. 64 and Ch. 38, specifically who would be WB or My Network TV affiliates here. I actually sent it to you before someone else posted similar info on this blog, but I never heard from you at all.
Anyway -- your newspaper column Sunday talked about changes in Time Warner's cable lineup. I just called them to make sure my digital service was upgraded so I'd continue getting particular channels as they move to new tiers. Can you believe, they CAN'T make any such changes now? I was told they won't be able to modify our accounts for possibly TWO MORE WEEKS! That's JUST before the April 1 deadline. Seems strange to me -- poor planning, and almost certain to cause big problems for customers.

at 3/14/2006 10:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's actually "trading spouses"

at 3/15/2006 4:36 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I liked Diana - hopefully she'll catch on full time somewhere in town.

at 3/16/2006 10:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should still continue to get the channels automatically if you already get them

at 3/17/2006 12:00 PM Anonymous RichE said...

Considering that the new tier of service to which that one channel I want to keep is moving costs $2.95 more per month, I wouldn't THINK Time Warner would automatically maintain access to it without explicit customer OK. Then again, it WOULD be extra income for them, so maybe they won't ask permission to upgrade!

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