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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, August 25, 2006

Big Night for 64 & 12

Looks like the billboards and promotions has paid off for Channels 12 and 64, for the new "Local 12 at 10 on My 64" 10 p.m. newscast launched Monday. Last night, with Fox 19 running a NFL game, Channel 64's 10 p.m. news drew a 4.4 rating and 8% audience share --which was four times what the old Channel 64 newscast had a year ago (and close to a news ratings record for 64?). Sure, there was no local news competition at 10 p.m. But the numbers indicate that people have found the newscast -- always a challenge.
Says Ch 12 GM Chris Sehring in an e-mail to me: "Yes, our competition at 10 p.m. was airing an NFL game -- but they will face the same challenges with baseball later in the year. Far more important is the fact that it gives viewers a chance to sample another newscast; now it's up to us to try to keep them!"

Reds radio update
Did you see our Reds radio story today by John Fay, in response to Lance McAlister's HOMER 1530 posting yesteday saying the club was hiring Thom Brennaman (Marty's son) to replace Steve Stewart? Brennaman told Fay: "That is unequivocally not true. He has not talked to the Reds." We continue to hear that the team wants a former player as an analyst with Marty... though hiring Thom to replace his dad eventually would be a very smart move, if Thom wants to leave a great situation in Arizona.
Here's the link to Fay's story, in his Reds notes today:


at 8/25/2006 4:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

any word on the cw on twcable yet and channel64 has a new web address its

at 8/26/2006 12:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

who says illiteracy is dead?

at 8/26/2006 2:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish those Klingons would stop posting to this blog.

at 8/26/2006 2:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are you worried about getting CW over a pay tv service when it's available for free? In fact, I'll get 2 CW channels for free.

at 8/26/2006 3:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am concerned cause were i live in a big old apartment buildind way out on the eastern side the reception is terrrible at best i have to use an indoor antenna (any sort of outdoor antenna is not allowed and to many trees for satellite) so i am stuck with cable SO GET OVER IT there are alot of people who are depndent on cable unledd you want to give up your tv or receiver

at 8/27/2006 1:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok i know this is not the proper thread for this but what does anyone think about the news coverage about the jet crashing in lexington today the27th. i am just saddened by this but watching channel 5 and continuous speculation and then the noon press conference that was a fiasco when in my opinion a couple of the reporters got out of hand what does anyone else think about the PRESS. does there need to be controls put on the press (sorry John) or what

at 8/27/2006 1:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least 5 and 9 covered it. Where the hell was 12?

at 8/27/2006 5:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just glad that channel 5 didn't mess up thier HD coverage of golf to put that ticker on the bottom.

at 8/27/2006 5:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the station that uses the BREAKING NEWS banner everytime an accident happens was nowhere!! Are you telling me that Local 12 had nobody in the newsroom? Nobody to wake up? I am highly ticked. I guess if a big story occours between 11:30 pm Saturday night and 3pm Sunday that we won't see it on 12. Come on guys....even 9 was on this. You all could have aired coverage from Lexington TV! The other stations did it.

at 8/27/2006 10:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Down with the channel that sits between 4 and 6 on the dial. That constant scroll about the air disaster all during the show was annoying as He double toothpick all we got to see or lookat was OLD news about it they could have waited till after it was (the show that is) over then covered it during the news again DOWN with channel 5

at 8/27/2006 11:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was the deal with 5's crawl. Annoying old news after 3pm. I tried calling the newsroom during the Emmy pre-game and all I got was a ringing phone. Doesn't anyone answer the phone???

12's coverage did lack and as for 9: PLEASE move Jenell Walton offd of the anchor desk! Doesn't she pre-read any copy? Does she know that you don't end a sentence upflecting your voice, like a question?

at 8/28/2006 9:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was anyone at WLWT awake last night when the Emmy awards started? How ironic was the scene about a plane crash with the actual news crawl about a plane crash. Not only stupid but in very poor taste. It just demonstrates that Ch. 5 is asleep at the wheel - as usual. Are TV stations so automated these days that live people don't monitor what comes over the network feed? I don't advocate at all that Conan's bit should have been cancelled (as some were saying on Jim Scott's show this morning), but when it became evident what the scene was, the crawl should have been killed. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

at 8/28/2006 10:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a miserable showing by the local news outlets. 5 didn't know when to stop, 12 didn't know when to start, and 9 didn't think the story warranted calling in a single primary reporter/anchor.

Whoever 5 had on the crawl swith was not paying attention...either during the opening of the Emmy broadcast (as noted earlier) or during commercials...seems like the crawl stayed until he/she realized it was commercial time or until a local commercial was airing...then the crawl faded away momentarily. It was a miserable, pathetic use of technology. And poor Jonathan & Lisa, trying to talk aviation with another Comair pilot on the phone was just painful.

12's ignoring the story was odd, but they are busy doing that magic half hour of news on 64 so resources are thin.

9 did ok.

at 8/28/2006 11:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, 12's weekend assignment desk person simply didn't call any managers and tell them about the crash. At least that's what one 12 photog said yesterday.

at 8/28/2006 3:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait...Carol Williams was anchoring at noon or there abouts.


Perhaps we should borrow from last night's Emmy telecast. Let's put up a countdown in front of channel 5 management (station and news). Uncle Walter C. Bartlett wouldn't have let this crap fly.

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