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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 17, 2006

Top 10 List

From Christ O'Brien, morning co-host on Don't-Call-Us-Oldies-Any-More WGRR-FM (103.5) comes this "Top 10 List of Leprechaun Pet Peeves."

10. People are always after their Lucky Charms.
9. Dumb guys always asking what Snow White was like.
8. Try finding a Men's Room at an Irish pub with fixtures set at Leprechaun height.
7. Getting a brain-freeze from drinking a Shamrock Shake too fast.
6. Location of their pot of gold is now available on Mapquest.
5. People constantly asking, "Didn't I see you jumping on Oprah's couch?"
4. Being run over by near-sighted parade float drivers.
3. Throwing out their backs trying to lift a bar of Irish Spring.
2. When Dick Cheney mistakes them for a green quail.
1. Pointy Hat Head!

Did you watch?

So did you watch “American Inventor”’ last night with Newtown's Doug Hall as a judge? What did you think? Will it survive? I liked it, and my 13-yr-old son really liked it. Did you?

March Madness

Xavier is out of the tourney, but we’ve still got a team to root for. Lauren Kramer and Perry Seal, each 28, the Cincinnati couple in ESPN’s “Marriage Madness” contest for a free “ultimate sports wedding” at ESPN HQ, won the online voting Thursday. They advance to the “Engaged 8” next week. Lauren and Perry will appear on videotape in the next round on “Mike & Mike In The Morning” on ESPN2 (6-10 a.m.).

Around the dial

Fox 19 has picked up UC’s NIT game at 8 p.m., so basketball fans will be flipping back and forth between UC and the NCAA tourney on CBS (Ch 12). “Trading Spaces” will be pushed back to 11 p.m. today, and “Nanny 911” fans (if there are any) must wait until 6 p.m. Sunday to watch the show.

...A new “Dr. Who” lands on the Sci-Fi channel 9-11 p.m. today. Let’s hope the special effects are better than the cheesy ones on the old British series that ran on CET for nearly 20 years. For more info check out:

…Ficks Reed, the Blue Ash furniture company, donates about $50,000 in furnishings to a terminally ill Florida man on Sunday’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (8 p.m., Ch. 9).

...Sirius Satellite Radio announced deals today with Audi and Volkswagen….

...WWE wrestling returns to NBC Saturday (8-10 p.m., Ch 5) after a 13-year absence. NBC aired wrestling with Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Hulk Hogan at 11:30 p.m. Saturdays when “Saturday Night Live” was on a break.


at 3/17/2006 10:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

JoAround the dial

Fox 19 has picked up UC’s NIT game at 8 p.m., so basketball fans will be flipping back and forth between UC and the NCAA tourney on CBS (Ch 12). “Trading Spaces ” will be pushed back to 11 p.m. today, and “Nanny 911” fans (if there are any) must wait until 6 p.m. Sunday to watch the show.

hn dont you mean tradind spouses

at 3/17/2006 11:18 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Should be interesting to see how Saturday Night's Main Event does going head to head with NCAA basketball.

Saturday Night's Main Event used to be something special, it had the feel of a live show and featured big name matches. Nowadays you get that on Raw and Smackdown every week.

And Yes "Trading Spouses" is on Fox, "Trading Spaces" is on TLC.

at 3/17/2006 2:45 PM Anonymous Rick said...

Speaking of Sirius radio, did you all see that the Howard Stern Show is selling commercial time now?? The floodgates are now open; look for satellite radio to follow the business model of cable TV--hook customers with minimal fees and no commercials. Then, jack it up, baby, to exorbitant fees and load up with commercials. I was suckered by cable TV--I won't be suckered by satellite radio.
Buyer beware. Give me good old fashioned free radio...

at 3/17/2006 5:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard always had comemrcials. He had them the first day he went to Sirius. XM has added commercials already to the Clear Channel programmed music channels, but they're adding new ones to make up for them.

I think commercials will soon be on satellite music channels. It's too much money to give up.

at 3/17/2006 10:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

American Inventor is getting alot of mixed reviews.

I thought the show could have been better so I was a little disappointed. I am hoping the next show features some better inventions.

There's an interesting discussion going on "Does Amercian Inventor Suck?" at if you want to check it out and join it.

at 3/18/2006 12:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiesewetter is an idiot, a total buffoon and is quite possibly the world's poorest excuse for a "TV Critic".

Not only does he think Summit Country Day is in Hyde Park, but he also thinks Trading Spouses and Trading Spaces are one and the same show.

Ever heard him on Burbank's show? Ask him any question, even the simplest question about anything TV and he'll "have to check into that and get back with you."

Completely uninformed. Idiot.

No wonder he lost his job once... demoted by the Enquirer to a beat reporter, a "news flunkie". Wait and see...anyone this incompetent will lose it again.

at 3/18/2006 9:00 AM Anonymous Rick said...

Well, Summit Country Day IS in Hyde park, unless it moved since I drove by yesterday...
John K. is a great TV writer in my opinion! He provides good information; he's thorough; he is extremely responsive to readers!
Personally, I am extremely grateful that he is back on the beat....
FYI, I don't think John was "demoted"... At that time, there were HUGE shakedowns going on at the Enquirer; the paper didn't seem to want to pay for media reporting, so they just assembled what they could from other sources and printed it. But the quality was poor, and I think readers missed John... I myself implored the paper to bring him back--without John, coverage was really lame...
I am really glad to see him back!
He's the best TV/Radio reporter in this town.
Again, Summit Country Day IS in HP, so honestly, the credibility of the previous poster's comments is in the guuter. And he, in fact, to use his term, sucks...

at 3/18/2006 10:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, John Kiesewetter said Summit was in INDIAN HILL when Summit IS in HYDE PARK. So while the earlier poster mistyped, his/her point is still made; JK doesn't even know where one of the most well-known schools in the Tri-state is located.

And I agree with him/her; John is quite misinformed at times and leaves a lot to be desired in someone who's supposed to be knowledgeable about his subject matter.

at 3/18/2006 10:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He's the best TV/Radio reporter in this town."


As far as I know, there are only TWO (2)...Kiesewetter and Rick Bird at the Cincinnati Post.

While Bird's columns sometimes stray into music/entertainment, his writing is much better than Kiesewetter's. Kiesewetter is lazy and makes little effort to actually dig up facts.

Exhibit A: He uses a web blog (and the Enquirer) to solicit people he can get quotes from for his articles. How 'bout making some contacts, some phone calls? How 'bout doing a little leg-work?

at 3/19/2006 5:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kieswetter is ok. He just seems to be in time warners back pocket. He won't mention that you can get all of the local stations digital and HDTV for free with an antanna and there are a lot of us who do.

at 3/20/2006 1:07 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I must admit I was little surprised to hear commercials when I got my Sirius radio for Christmas. I'm okay with it as long as they stay off the music channels.

It might be hard for them to add commercials since both are providing music for the satellite TV providers. Sirius provides music for Dish Network and XM provides music for DirecTV.

As for John - what more do you want from the guy? He covers TV/Radio not the Tri-state school systems. I have no flippin idea where these schools are and could care less... I too lobbied for him to return to a more active role. I miss John's coverage, which I prefer over this canned syndicated stuff the Enquirer now runs. Lighten up folks it's entertainment, there's no babies dieing here…

at 3/21/2006 8:51 AM Anonymous Rick said...

Well, mark my words, commercials WILL seep into the music channels too... Sorry to burst your bubble. Both companies are losing money like there's no tomorrow...
It is just a matter of how soon...
So, when your monthly fee goes up, and bet the farm that it will, you'll be paying big money and listening to commercials... Sound familiar?? (Remember the early days of cable TV?)
The public has been suckered again...

at 3/21/2006 12:11 PM Blogger Bob812 said...

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at 3/21/2006 12:13 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Actually I don't remember the early days of cable... I know XM is loosing money big time. Not sure about Sirius, I know their subscription base went through the roof went Howard Stern came over. But on the other hand they paid him a boatload of money too, probably too much.

Signing up for satellite radio isn't like selling your soul or joining the mafia you can cancel your subscription...

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

Being a TV critic means writing about TV in a thoughtful, analytical way, presenting one's opinion in interesting terms, designed to convince the reader of the correctness of the opinion.

Kieswetter is not a critic. He's more of a "summarizer."

at 3/24/2006 2:37 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

We might be splitting hairs here but if one wants get all technical. You could say his role is more of a reporter and less of a critic. Of course if he was doing more critiquing than reporting somebody would have issues that...

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