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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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Monday, May 08, 2006

Out of the WARM98

Changes at WARM98: Several long-time WARM98 folks have left the building. Gone are Tom Sandman, the creative services director for 14 years who voiced (or wrote/produced) most of the promos for WARM98, MOJO and STAR96.5; Ted Morro, the assistant program director and 18-year vet who did overnights and filled in for everyone else; and promotion manager Holly Greaves were all terminated Thursday, the day before Cumulus Media Inc. took over the stations from Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff. GM Dan Swensson left earlier last week. Nobody on the on-air staff was fired by the old owners
Cumulus, the nation’s second-largest radio owner, paid $1.2 billion for the 33 stations owned by the dinnerware maker last year.

“Funniest Mom” again and again
Not been watching “Search for the Funniest Mom in America,” and curious to see Forest Park’s Angie Montgomery? Nick at Nite repeats the first four episodes tonight (9-11 p.m.), before the winner is announced in the final episode Tuesday (9:30-10:30 p.m.) on Nick at Nite

Kiese watching
I was disappointed watching a preview of “American Experience: Annie Oakley” (9 p.m. today, Ch 48, 16) that not more was made of Oakley’s 1875 shooting contest in Cincinnati with Frank Butler, her future husband, or that some believe she took her stage name from the Cincinnati suburb. Those are just minor points. Overall, it’s a fine hour about America’s first female superstar.
My family will be taping the finale of “7th Heaven,” WB’s longest-running series and – for years – one of its most popular (8 p.m., Ch 64). It’s been a delightful family drama, in the long tradition of “Little House,” “The Waltons” and “Life Goes On.” WB execs decided in November to cancel the show – two months before the announcement that WB and UPN would be merged into the new CW network. There’s a slim chance the show could be uncanceled, according to a recent Hollywood Reporter story, when CW executives announce their fall lineup on May 18. I’m not optimistic. Stay tuned.
Season finales tonight: UPN’s “All of Us” (8:30 p.m., Ch 38) and “Girlfriends” (9 p.m., Ch 38) and ABC’s “What About Brian” (10 p.m., Ch 9).


at 5/08/2006 6:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea it will be sad to see 7th heaven end tonight.

at 5/09/2006 5:27 AM Blogger NKYGal said...

It is a shame they let Tom Sandman go. I worked with him quite a bit over the years and he was always great to work with.

at 5/09/2006 6:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like Clear Channel has some competition when it comes to "salary dumps". Unfortunately, those recently whacked at WARM will never find another gig in radio paying anything near what they had been making.

The management thinking these days is why pay for good talent, when there is someone else available to do the same job for $8.00 an hour or less.


I too was once a victim. Good luck to Tom and Ted and the others. We'll probably see them selling cars, cell phones or real estate some day.

at 5/09/2006 2:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to work with all those great folks at Warm 98 myself, back in the days before Jim Smith found the Lord a few notches back down the dial... And the other poster is right - radio really is in a sorry, sad state.

What does that tell you when a few of the most talented people in the business are let go - and, as mentioned before, numerous talentless hacks are ushered in around the country to do twice as much work, for about a third as much pay? Sad sad sad indeed.

Not only are those people that got the axe talented people, they're GOOD people, too. Best of luck to them all. I wish you the best, and God bless. Oh, and God HELP the sorry state of American radio. Live, local and entertaining are where it's at... And it's slowly but surely getting swallowed up by the machine. That sucks.

at 5/09/2006 3:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

pretty disappointed with the series finale of 7th heaven. there was too much wasted time, not enough sentimental moments, and mary was only on for 3 minutes. i expected it to be like every other episode, but the ending didn't really satisfy those who have watched it from the beginning, at least me anyway.

at 5/16/2006 6:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

please tell me Veronica Mars will be back.

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