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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, June 26, 2006

"Wheel" keeps turning

The “Wheel of Justice” keeps turning up more publicity for Channel 12. Since my May 30 story about the “Wheel” – a carnival wheel plastered with police mugshots spun at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday on Ch. 12 by Deborah Dixon – the “Wheel” has been featured in USA Today and on CBS News, Fox News and CNBC. Yeah, the “Wheel” is a goofy concept that might only work in Cincinnati… but it works here. About 20 fugitives have been captured since the weekly “Wheel” segments started in Feburary.

WLW changes
WLW-AM and the Clear Channel AMs played music chairs with their news networks today – but WLW-AM’s switch from Ch. 12 to Ch. 5 will wait until next month. ABC News returned to WLW-AM, after a 10-month absence. Fox News went to conservative WKRC-AM (550), and CBS returns to WCKY-AM (1530) where it had been for years. WLW-AM’s news partnership with Ch. 5 will start sometime next month…. And don’t be surprised if Ch. 12 soon cuts a deal to serve the CBS Radio stations (B105, Q102, WGRR) that had been using Ch. 5 meteorologists.

MOJO Baby News
MOJO 94.9 co-host Laura Powell and news anchor Angie Irick will return to the airwaves in August. Powell had a baby boy last week, and Irick had a baby girl. So morning co-host Keith Mitchell will have a busy summer without their help in the morning.

Kiese watching
Couldn’t find anything decent to watch last night when I stumbled into Dustin Hoffman on “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” What a joy. Hoffman spent two hours with James Lipton talking about his career. It was fascinating hearing his insights… and to be reminded of all the great films he’s made: “The Graduate,” “All the President’s Men,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Midnight Cowboy,” “Tootsie,” “Rain Man,” etc. I don’t see a repeat listed on, but keep an eye out for it. You won’t be disappointed.


at 6/26/2006 2:19 PM Blogger dmdavis said...


How long is WLW's agreement with XM Radio? I'm concerned that I'll wake up one morning and it will be gone. I live far far away.

at 6/27/2006 10:04 AM Anonymous Fred Compton said...

I've enjoyed the Actors Studio programs for a long time. In this day and age of sound byte television it's rare to see a two hour interview with anyone. James Lipton can be a little pretentious at times but always provokes an interesting response from his varied guests. If they ever rerun the interview with Robin Williams it's a must see!!!

Fred Compton
Maineville Ohio

at 6/27/2006 10:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, trust me, you'll see the interview! Bravo runs the Robin Williams interview as much as Comedy Central runs the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

Or as often as WCPO runs a Steve Raleigh promo.

Or as often as the Ford Commercial with the American Idol winner. (Can't get to my remote to hit mute fast enough!)

at 6/27/2006 12:39 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To DMD Davis:
I don't know how long WLW-AM will be on XM. WLW-AM won't say. "I don't comment on contracts," says Darry Park, WLW-AM operations manager.

at 7/03/2006 11:04 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am waiting for the day when the pipe fitter's union intros the segment like you here on the begining of Wheel of Fortune!

"Weeeeelllll offff Justiceeee"

at 7/03/2006 1:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see where WCKY & WSAI are going to swap frequencies AGAIN! Why doesn't Clear Channel just drop Air America, put something worth while on WCKY and leave these legendary calls with the frequency!!! With a 50,000 watt signal, they could put more programming on the air like WLW.

at 7/05/2006 12:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as we don't have to see Deb Dixon dressed up like Vanna White....

at 7/06/2006 1:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...'s way too early for that! Now if it were Sasha??? Grwwwwwwllll!

at 7/06/2006 1:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am waiting for the day when the pipe fitter's union intros the segment like you here on the begining of Wheel of Fortune!

"Weeeeelllll offff Justiceeee"
and then we'll hear Ranger Bob announce:

Look at this jail, filled with fabulous people, all waiting to play "Wheel of Justice!".

I'm surprised they don't use the Merv Griffin music (all of the original Wheel of Fortune music is on one of his last albums...listening to it, you can visualize the porcelean flamingos on the carousel to buy)

at 7/07/2006 2:31 PM Anonymous Jeremy Moses said...

Quick comment here. WKRQ does NOT use channel 5 mets, they use Fox19. WGRR and WUBE do, however.

Jeremy Moses
Florence, Kentucky

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