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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, May 09, 2006

Jerry Springer's 3,000?

Who would have thunk it? Jerry Springer’s daytime talk show marks its 3000th episode -- With all the fights, can we call it 3,000 hits? -- with a two-part special Thursday-Friday (9 a.m., Ch 64). Some folks didn’t think his daytime show would last a year when he launched it at Channel 5 in Sept. 30, 1991, while still anchoring the news with Norma Rashid. (In my review of his premeire, I think I used the line, “Don’t give up your night desk job…”) Springer will show clips from the premiere, and some other shows from Cincinnati (Denny, the 800 lb. man), before it moved to Chicago for the second season and they began throwing chairs. So the worst show on TV – according to TV Guide – has lasted 15 years? What does that say about us?

Whoopi here?
When Clear Channel launches Whoopi Goldberg’s “Wake up with Whoopi” on July 31, will one of the eight Clear Channel stations here pick it up? The most likely candidate would be MIX94.1, right?
Not so, says BobbyD, WVXM-FM program director. Sounds like he'll stick with morning music. His email to me this afternoon: "The Whoopi show announcement yesterday was the first I heard of it. We arecoming off 2 very strong ratings months and feel the more music in the morning angle is working very well for us."

Nick TV
We’ll see Nick Lachey all over the place promoting his new CD, “What’s Left of Me.” He’s on TLR today (3:30 p.m., MTV), after being on “Live with Regis & Kelly” this morning; on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” Wednesday; on “Jimmy Kimmel” Thursday; “Ellen DeGeneres” on Monday; and the “CBS Early Show” and Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show” next Tuesday.

Kiese watching
Angie Montgomery, the single mother from Forest Park, learns tonight if she’s the $50,000 winner of “Search for the Funniest Mom in America” (9:30 p.m., Nick at Nite). Five finalists are competing in the second season finale.
Season finales tonight: The last “Gilmore Girls” from creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (8 p.m., Ch 64).


at 5/09/2006 3:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see the name Burt Dubrow not mentioned! Where is he these days? Producing the gay-based "I've Got A Secret" on the Game Show Network.

at 5/09/2006 4:57 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

An FM station choosing to play music?! Wow what a novel idea, what ever made them think of that?!

at 5/10/2006 1:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the PD without a real name at 94.1 thinks they are coming off a couple of strong ratings months. We've heard that before. That station has disappeared ever since the WINK crew was shown the door in 1997.

Can anyone name one person who has been of the air there since the that no-talent Liz Bonis?

Speaking of "pop-eyes" Liz, she must work cheap, which is the best way to keep your job at Channel 12. When I see her "health report" approaching, it's time to hit the remote. Her syndicted/canned health features can also be seen on channel 7 in Dayton, with a different talking head doing a stand-up in front of a hospital.


at 5/12/2006 2:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray for Springer! The show is a hoot - escape from the real world

at 5/12/2006 2:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

3000 Shows? that is pretty amazing since most shows never go that long. Springer looks like a nice guy

at 9/10/2006 3:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Springer is an embarrassment to himself, Cincinnati and the state.

Go away Jerry.

at 4/25/2007 7:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz Bonis is way too fakelooking to be a medical reporter~n bug eyes are the least of it. The med reports are never new and exciting.

at 7/18/2007 11:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the radio, Liz always talks about how hard she works and how little sleep she gets, like she's the only one who holds down a job or three! I thought she was single, no husband, no kids...and she thinks she's sleep deprived!!

at 8/09/2007 11:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

But she has time to get her nails and hair done! Must be nice! All that work to look natural!! :)

at 1/08/2008 2:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz NEEDS to do something with her hair! Time for a haircut!

at 4/22/2008 4:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to check out Liz's's a mullet! Short on top, comb over, long on the's the latest in Kentucky style! LOL!

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