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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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Friday, June 09, 2006

Here Comes the Big Red Machine

My Father’s Day gift came early, and it’s terrific. This week I’ve been watching a review copy of the 7-disc boxed set of the Big Red Machine's 1975 World Series. It’s awesome.
The “Cincinnati Reds 1975 World Series Collector’s Edition” ($69.95) -- due out Tuesday – has all 7 games, as broadcast by Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek on NBC. On the three games from Riverfront (Games 3, 4, 5), a very young Marty Brennaman is in the booth to add insights and call a couple of innings.
It’s such great fun seeing Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey (no need to call him Senior back then), Gary Nolan, George Foster as powerful young men in their prime. And to see Sparky Anderson and Klu in the dugout.
It’s cool to see Riverfront Stadium again – the faded hard plastic grass, the dirt cut-outs around the bases, the white line designating the end of the infield, even the goofy metric measurements on the outfield wall.
This boxed set is a magical trip back in time for Baby Boomer Reds fans.
The extras are cool too. My favorite is the clip from the team’s Fountain Square celebration, with Johnny Bench in a wide-lapel leisure suit, Tony Perez and family (was that Eduardo?), Pete Rose and Petey, and Commissioner Bowie Kuhn presenting the World Series trophy to Bob Howsam (wearing the bright red sports coat, of course). Disc 7 also has NBC’s coverage of the Reds victory celebration in the Fenway locker room; some NBC pre-game and post-game interviews; and recent comments by Rose, Bench, Morgan, Don Gullett, Sparky, Brennaman and others.
The box set will be in stores Tuesday (Barnes & Noble, Borders, Best Buy for sure). It’s also available at and

Channel 19 news
Former Channel 5 news anchor Barbara Cain Brady hosts “Change the Outcome” (7:30 p.m. today, Ch. 19), a special about kids who have had surgery at Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “Change the Outcome” is a pilot for a possible series, says Marla Hurston Fuller, hospital community relations manager.


at 6/09/2006 9:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So John, what happened to Denae D'Arcy on Channel 12? Did I miss something?

at 6/09/2006 10:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, what did happen to her? Wow...I had no idea she had even left! I just checked, and she's officially off the Bio section of the website, and they took her pic off the main picture of header of the 'Local 12 Saturday' web page. Now it just has Paul A. and Jeff C. for Sat AM.

at 6/09/2006 11:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, talk about a reporter leaving such as Juliette Vara, we need to be talking about Denae D'Arcy leaving, who is a reporter/Sat morning anchor!!!

at 6/09/2006 11:58 AM Blogger NKYGal said...

Here is what Denae sent out about her leaving WKRC:

After 3 wonderful years at Local 12, I am leaving to pursue a Master’s Degree in London, England! I will earn my Master’s in International Journalism at the University of Westminster and travel Europe. The program lasts one year. Following graduation, I plan to move back to the U.S. and continue my work as an anchor and reporter. My last day at WKRC is Thursday, June 1st.

at 6/09/2006 12:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm.. bummer! i liked Denae D'Arcy. Very cute and a breath of fresh air on saturday morning!

at 6/09/2006 12:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara Cain is back? I always loved her.

at 6/09/2006 1:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep denae was very very cute. She will be missed. Local 12 needs to bring in more people like her.

at 6/09/2006 2:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

gosh, i hope emily longnecker of ch. 5 doesn't leave. we're running out of cuties on tv :)

at 6/09/2006 2:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got two words for ya - Jessica Donnellon!!

at 6/09/2006 3:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I was thinking Steve Norris

at 6/09/2006 3:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

local 12 only has 2 female general assignment reporters now. jessica donnellon and joelle girone.

at 6/09/2006 3:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey--don't be dissin' Steve

cuties on TV? Shall we say: John London and Larry Handley

at 6/09/2006 6:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what bout dave wagner and david rose. then dennison keller?

at 6/10/2006 5:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe she wouldn't have left if she had replaced Cammy Dierking on GMC. Anna Townsend is a nice "girl" but really doesn't have much personality....

at 6/10/2006 10:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

is dayna eubanks still at local 12 with her wigs.

at 6/10/2006 2:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would agree about Anna Townsend. I was stunned that 12 went out of house and found a prompter reader. You need to have someone that can react and frankly be more personable. Maybe an occasional goose to the ribs would lighten her up.

On the flip side, Anna does tend to show the looser personality on The Water Cooler, but that's infrequent.

Then again...she's no Debra Silverstein or Mitzi Oxford, and I think the viewing public can be thankful for that.

at 6/10/2006 2:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep dana is still there, but she is only anchoring first at four alonside brad. 12 needs dana to do reporting more and become the lead reporter.

at 6/10/2006 2:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is bina roy still at 5? anybody know where she is going?

at 6/10/2006 2:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the reason 12's and 9's ratings are so high is because of live reports. 5 only does ONE live report usually per half hour. The viewers want more reports from the scence.

at 6/10/2006 2:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez Vara is going to be soorly missed by us at the 5 newsroom. She was a terriffic reporter and hope she becomes an anchor!


at 6/10/2006 2:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bina roy is being contacted by stations outside the cincy market for smaller markets as a anchor. I cant reveal the stations yet.

at 6/10/2006 3:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for Dayna Eubanks and Kit Andrews:

Kit was removed from the 5:00 newscast because of Cammy, and Dayna was removed from the 5:30 newscast because of Cammy

Cammy is good, but I don't think that Dayna should go down to 1 newscast a day, and I don't think Kit should go down to 2 newscasts a day; all because of Cammy requesting a change in hours.

They should have Cammy anchoring the Noon and serving as a feature reporter during the early evening news.

Especially Dayna, she is a good anchor and I miss seeing her at 5:30 p.m. weeknights.

at 6/10/2006 3:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cammy should become a feature reporter for the 5-630 news. Dayna should be back in as anchor at 530. I like what local 12 has done with it's anchors. 5 should learn from local 12 how to build a strong newscast and more anchors.

at 6/10/2006 4:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

did anyone else c the today show cut-in of sheree. Lester Holt called her sherry a few times. It was funny. Then sheree pointed to the wrong side when she said cincinnati.

However I liked the jim obrien clip.

at 6/10/2006 5:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

enough already. Please, juliette vara, you can stop leaving comments about yourselve on this thing. we all know you are doing it. good luck. i'm sorry you were fired by your station.. just log off and go.

at 6/10/2006 5:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding about the live reports?

at 6/10/2006 10:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what station would want bina roy as a main anchor?

at 6/11/2006 1:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the regional emmy nominations are out
take a look

at 6/12/2006 12:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Harvey Smilovitz mention tonight that he is leaving Ch. 12 after 8 years. Man, what a great loss. Anyone know where he's going?

We're losing a lot of veterans right about now... Harvey, Denae, Juliette, Jude a few months ago, Paula Faris a few months ago, Kristen Cornett, Suzanne Horgan a few months ago..... I guess that's the nature of the business.

Harvey will definitely be missed after 8 great years at Ch. 12.

at 6/12/2006 9:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the reason 12's and 9's ratings are so high is because of live reports. 5 only does ONE live report usually per half hour. The viewers want more reports from the scence.

Boy, I hope that's sarcasm, because otherwise you're terribly uninformed

at 6/12/2006 9:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bina Roy first needs to correctly pronounce words in the English language before she becomes a main anchor anywhere. May she should attend the Jenell Walton School of Diction - on second thought - not a good idea.

at 6/12/2006 10:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i definitely wouldn't consider kristen cornett a "veteran"

at 6/12/2006 11:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristen was at Ch. 5 for 2 ½ years -- in WLWT terms, that would be considered a veteran! (considering their long-standing meteorologist has only been there for 3 years)

at 6/12/2006 11:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bina does a great job considering she was born and raised in another country her speech is better than the majority of people born in the US on another tangent did you watch 9 sports saturday night lisa cornwell stumbled through half of the sports report

at 6/12/2006 11:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

amy wagner is back!

at 6/13/2006 1:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy Wagner is back...and no one noticed.

at 6/13/2006 2:56 PM Blogger television addict said...

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at 6/13/2006 3:00 PM Blogger television addict said...

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at 6/13/2006 3:05 PM Blogger television addict said...

mine posted twice so i removed them anyway,wagner has been back for a while just not on camera that much

at 6/17/2006 12:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 6/29/2006 6:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with all the talk about Denea leaving at the beginning of the blog. She wasn't that outstanding. I didn't even realize she was gone because 12 already replaced her with another cute blond. It wouldn't shock me to see Jessica on Saturday mornings soon. Out with one lame blond, and in with an interesting one.

at 8/03/2006 11:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what crack pipe are you smoking? denea was one of the best at ch12. i miss her in the mornings and especially on saturdays. they made a mistake not putting her in for cammy

at 8/07/2006 3:55 PM Anonymous Darrell & Judy Delseno said...

Denae was a wonderful person. She went to my church. Found her quite delightful. Will miss her very much. Hope she comes back to Cincinnati after she gets her Masters degree

at 9/22/2006 8:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved Denae...and miss her a lot! I thought she did a great job - very professional and cute too!!!

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