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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, August 15, 2006

Ch 12 preps for Ch 64

Channel 12 has hired two new reporters, in preparation for the launch of its 10 p.m. newscast Monday on WSTR-TV (Channel 64). Richard Jordan, a bilingual reporter from El Paso's KVIA-TV , and Lauren Bercarich from WSIL-TV in Carterville, Ill., will primarily report for the 10 p.m. during the week. Both will work weekends, and alternate between the 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. news. Reporter Larry Davis will move to Monday-Friday, says News Director Elbert Tucker. Those watching the 10 p.m. news on Channel 64 may see plenty of Channel 12 faces -- except for maybe main anchors Rob Braun, Kit Andrews and Tim Hedrick. Sometimes viewers may see the same reporter covering a breaking story at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., he says.

The Biggest Loser returns

Someone asked me on WLW-AM's "Gary Burbank Show" Monday when "The Biggest Loser" returns with new episodes. Here’s the scoop: The new season begins 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, on NBC (Ch 5), with 50 contestants, one from each of state. (Nobody from this area.) All 50 will go through a “fitness and nutrition boot camp,” but only 14 will stay at the ranch while 36 others head home. The man and woman who lose the most weight at home will rejoin the show at a later date.

Dusty on Elvis
Dusty Rhodes marks the 29th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death Wednesday with a five-hour special (6-11 p.m.) on oldies WDJO-AM (1160). The program includes audio from Presley's TV shows and interviews, and every one of his hits in the order he had them.

Miami University goes 3D
Miami’s WMUB-FM (88.5) now has 3 high-definition radio signals, for those of you with HD radio receivers. WMUB-FM fired up a 24-hour digital broadcast of the BBC World Service last week. Station managers believe they're the first Ohio station to "triplecast" in HD. Program Director John Hingsbergen says the third HD channel could be used to broadcast day-long congressional hearings and other long-form programs.

Outta here
I'm going to be out of town for a couple of days. I'll resume the blog on Friday, after I read all your comments.....


at 8/15/2006 10:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! You talkin' bout' digging from the bottom of the barrel!!!

2 new reporters from El Paso & Carterville, IL???

Ch. 12 might as well have hired interns. Couldn't they afford anyone from just a wee bit larger market with a wee bit more EXPERIENCE?

Since when did Cincinnati TV stations start hiring on-air talent from El Paso (market #99) or Carterville (market 80)?

Can you say C-H-E-A-P?

WKRC must've gotten them for a couple of Reds tickets and a "player to be named later".

at 8/15/2006 11:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Lauren Bercarich? Read on...

at 8/15/2006 11:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren Bercarich

News 3 Reporter / Anchor

Lauren joined WSIL-TV as a general assignment reporter in September of 2004. A native "Jersey Girl", Lauren made her way to the Midwest in 2002, when she joined the staff at WLFI-TV in Lafayette, Indiana as a reporter and weekend anchor.

Lauren is both a "Wildcat" and an "Orangeman". She received her BA in Communication Arts and Political Science from Villanova University. At Villanova, Lauren received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Communication. She later received her MS in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Lauren got her first taste of the news business through a reporting internship at WTXF-TV in Philadelphia. Inexplicably, the crazy and hectic atmosphere there got her hooked, and she hasn't looked back!

Any chance she can, Lauren visits her friends and family back on the East Coast.

Lauren is an avid reader, enjoys traveling and playing sports, especially softball. She is excited to be a part of the Southern Illinois community.

Email Lauren at:

at 8/15/2006 11:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Richard Jordan? Read on:

Originating from another "Sun City" -- Miami, Florida -- Richard Jordan joins the ABC-7 Team as a News Reporter. "I'm very happy to be a part of the ABC-7 News Team, and an adopted member of the El Paso community."

Richard grew up in a traditional Cuban-Amercian household; as both parents arrived in the U.S. at a young age and with the help of his grandparents, they instilled in him strong Hispanic values.

Graduating from the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism with a B.A., his first experience in TV news came years before when, as a teenager, he began working at WSVN-TV. He has also worked at KOMO-TV, KRCG-TV and an internship at the ABC News Magazine 20/20.

First on his list of highlights are the times when Richard met and worked with Diane Sawyer, Peter Jennings and Bob Woodruff.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys working out at the gym, tracking down a good book at Barnes & Nobles or simply exploring his new hometown.

"I look forward to meeting many of our viewers and having the opportunity to share in their stories."

at 8/15/2006 11:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't expect this 12/64 partnership to last very long. As soon as 12 sees the damaging effect it will have on their own product, by overworking their talent, and the lack of results they'll produce for 64 - expect 12 to pull the plug as soon as possible. They'll be suffering enough with the loss of 700WLW as their radio partner that they won't want to dilute what little standing they have left.

at 8/15/2006 1:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think a station is going to turn down someone with raw talent just because they have a few less years of experience or come from a smaller market. There are many people that have been on-air for 15 years or more and are not as good as some with 2 years. It's all about the individual and what they put into it (their work/craft).

Hiring cheap? Probably, but I don't think 12 is stupid enough to hire horrible talent just because they can get them here inexpensively.

When they get here and start on the air, we'll see exactly how good they are...then you be the judge.

at 8/15/2006 1:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess some experience is better than NO experience -- i.e. Raegan Butler on Channel 5 a few years back.

at 8/15/2006 3:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

channel 5 hired derek beasley who worked at a tv station that was in the 90s market if i recall

at 8/15/2006 4:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happened to her anyway?...raegan butler??

at 8/15/2006 4:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

12 has hit the bottom lately. How does Steve Horstmeyer keep his job? Cammy is the epitome of annoying and Kit is like a do they do as good as they do in the ratings?

And...Harvey's replacement makes me want Harvey back.

at 8/15/2006 5:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lisa Cornwell came to WCPO from WCBI in the Columbus/Tupelo, MS market, which I is market #132.

It's not out of the ordinary.

at 8/15/2006 6:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quote: "channel 5 hired derek beasley who worked at a tv station that was in the 90s market if i recall"

He came from market #104.

Still not sure why everyone makes a big deal about market size and talent/experience level.

I think this is similar to misconception that you are guaranteed a fatter paycheck if you go to a top 10 market.

What market size you come from really has nothing to do with anything. It's about what the "men and women in suits" see on that tape.

If you have a solid tape, who cares where you worked or for how long?

at 8/15/2006 6:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does Steve Horstmeyer keep his job? Cammy is the epitome of annoying and Kit is like a do they do as good as they do in the ratings?

Well steve is the longest serving meterologist in cincy and he does great on mornings. The reason 12 does so good in the ratings is because of anchor stability. 12 does not have anchors leaving every month like 5 does.

at 8/15/2006 6:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WKRC must've gotten them for a couple of Reds tickets and a "player to be named later".

yeah isn't that what 5 gave up for micheal moley and karin johnson. Oh im sorry they gave up florence freedom tickets.

at 8/15/2006 6:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see WMUB doing some good stuff with teh HD radio spectrub. I really like BBC world but 12am-5am is not exactly the time I like to listen to the radio. Now I just gotta find a HD radio for less than $250. I think HD radio has the chance to take market back that has defected to Satellite radio, especially since it's free.

at 8/15/2006 7:25 PM Anonymous Lisa Bernard Fan said...

If you want to listen to WMUB's HD, you better either live very near Oxford or have a home receiver with a rooftop antenna. I'm in Hamilton, and my car stereo rarely locks on WMUB's HD. HD coverage is much less than the analog coverage.

WEBN has an excellent new rock format on their HD-2. It reminds me of the old 107.1 Channel Z. The AAA format on The Fox's HD-2 isn't bad, but I prefer Class X @ 88.9. They play some great stuff, especially at night.

at 8/15/2006 10:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i lived away from the tri-state for 5 years and just moved back about a 1 1/2 years ago. when i came back, the only people at ch. 5 that i recognized were lisa cooney, courtis fuller, and john london. at ch. 12, rob braun, kit andrews, tim hendrick, brad johansen, john lomax, cammy dierking, and steve horstmeyer, dave burchell, dayna eubanks, and even paula toti were still there. over at ch. 9 clyde gray, carol williams, dennis jansen, john popovich, brian patrick, and julie o'neil were still there. since i've been home, ch. 5 had a whole new newsteam and has since been through 2 weather people and several anchors/field reporters. there must be something to be said about anchor stablility and the ratings since it shows 12, 9, 5 are 1, 2, and 3 respectively in the ratings

at 8/16/2006 1:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raegan Butler re-emerged as "Raegan Scott" in Anchorage, Alaska. Here's a cut and paste link to her bio:

As for that post about 12 suffering as result of 5 paying huge sums to have their news on 700 WLW, how long are we supposed to wait to see that bump in 5's ratings - because it's not there yet, and 12 seems to be doing fine without them.

at 8/16/2006 9:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 won 18-54 at 5 p.m. in July. First time in just past forever.

at 8/16/2006 11:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

that had to be the male demos not the overall viewers. also what day did 5 come in first.

at 8/16/2006 11:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope. Adults 25-54,
Adults 18-49, Women 25-54 and Women 18-49.

at 8/16/2006 3:22 PM Anonymous John Hingsbergen said...

John Hingsbergen here from WMUB. I appreciate the comment about being "very near Oxford" for HD Radio coverage. To a certain extent, that is true. A factor to consider is that WMUB's signal is directional, "protecting" 88.3 and 88.7 FM in Cincinnati.

In other words, our HD is much better heading north and west. Of course, if you're looking for a great deal on an antenna....
(just kidding)

But we are willing to help listeners with their questions about reception and the less expensive radios are coming. We're told they should be closer to the $200 level in time for the winter holidays.


at 8/16/2006 6:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Local 12/My 64 is ramping up promotion for 10 o'clock news. Saw my first billboard today with anchor heads and both Local 12 and My 64 logos. A bit confusing to the person riding with me. 64...from i i i to my, my, my.

at 8/16/2006 8:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no doubt 5 is bad/worst, it is just Steve Horstmeyer is the epitome of horrible....he means well, he just stumbles around...."computer problems..." why do others not have them!?

at 8/16/2006 9:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve is fine.

Steve Raleigh though....yuck. He sounds like he needs to play the latest from Fleetwood Mac.

5....clean house, start anew, bring back Jerry and Norma and watch the fun resume.

at 8/16/2006 9:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, a lot of snipers here from the local TV stations.

FYI from a viewer and occasional news tipper. Best news web site; . Worst;

Great to BAD or WORSE since about January 06,

Haven’t found an e-mail news tip line address yet for Local12 or whatever they are now…


at 8/16/2006 10:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think and other sites will put a real hurting on TV local news and devastate the Enquirer .

Frankly, you all don’t cover what people want to see. I’m amazed with the interest in school board meetings and Cancun adventures, while your covering some staged event sponsored by 3CDC or the Chamber of Commerce.

Watch out local media, you might get rolled.. Big TimE..

at 8/16/2006 10:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw on's website that they are hiring a programer to help with totall website revamp in 2007 i can wait an see

at 8/16/2006 11:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

a question i have is is 64 going to change their web address or stay with wb64 anyone have an answer

at 8/17/2006 12:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would guess WB64 would go away, or at least have a re-direct, since the WB will no longer exist.

Is 5 getting rid of top 5 at 11? Did look like it ran last night and no mention of 11 on the website, just the options for 5pm. Guess that went by the wayside fast.

at 8/17/2006 12:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

make that - did NOT look like top 5 at 11pm ran. Sorry

at 8/17/2006 4:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Great to BAD or WORSE since about January 06,"

I'll give you that's the best, but 5's site is better now than it was this time last year.

at 8/17/2006 10:58 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I have a question - a very simple one:

How many vacation days does Carol Williams get?!?!?!

It seems like every time I turn on the Ch. 9 news, Clyde says "Carol has the night off."

She takes more vacation than any other news personality I know!!!!

at 8/17/2006 1:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

5's site is HORRIBLE!! There are way too many ads popping up all over the place. I mean, they have an ad covering their local news section of all things!!! When I go looking for news online, I don't want to be blasted with videos and loud noises.

I guess 5 figured out the top 5 at 11 wasn't working, so they are quietly going to try and let it slip away without anyone noticing.

at 8/17/2006 1:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess 5 figured out the top 5 at 11 wasn't working, so they are quietly going to try and let it slip away without anyone noticing.

Another failed gimmick for 5. I guess they couldn't learn from the past. To much of a good thing is bad.

at 8/17/2006 1:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

can anyone name the news team for 5. 5 years ago including the morning, noon, 5-630 and 11pm. I cant remember them at all.

at 8/17/2006 1:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I guess 5 figured out the top 5 at 11 wasn't working, so they are quietly going to try and let it slip away without anyone noticing."

As opposed to what? Making a public announcement? What station would do that?

at 8/17/2006 4:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

can anyone name the news team for 5. 5 years ago including the morning, noon, 5-630 and 11pm. I cant remember them at all.

i guess lisa cooney would be one of them, maybe dave wagner?...otherwise, i think everyone is different.

at 8/17/2006 5:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell, even Elliott Block could put a newscast together that would be better than 5's.

at 8/17/2006 6:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is elliot block

at 8/17/2006 6:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey check this out its news 5 at 11 back in 1990.

at 8/17/2006 7:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

elliot block owns wbqc chan 38 and woth chan 25

at 8/17/2006 8:28 PM Blogger Teresa said...

Any word on if Time Warner will broadcast The CW on it's regular tier? I'm so not buying a new HD tv and upgrading my cable just to see a network and I resent being forced to do so. Especially since most of the shows will wind up on the internet within days of broadcast and DVD sets will eventually be released.

And the worst local news websites are Channel 5's and Channel 12's. I shouldn't have to hunt for the news!

at 8/17/2006 8:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone with old VHS tapes of newscasts or local commercials, I encourage you do post them on YouTube. Maybe you taped a movie and caught an 11 o'clock newscast from 10 or 15 years ago, post it on YouTube. I would love to see an old Jerry & Norma newscast with Pat Barry. Whatever happened to that hott chick who did that fluff show with Pat Berry on Channel 5?

I went to 12's website for NEWS but I had to buy dentures and new windows before I could read any news. Thanks ClearChannel.

And who are the idiots who call the 12 phone poll and listen to all the commercials before they can register their unscientific vote on their favorite condiment...

at 8/17/2006 9:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toria Tolley ?Hammil?

at 8/17/2006 11:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

she goes by toria tolley now...she dropped the hammil...a divorce maybe? she went to CNN and i think she's in the atlanta area and is a media consultant for an atlanta firm. she still freelances for CNN on occasion.

at 8/18/2006 1:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone with old VHS tapes of newscasts or local commercials, I encourage you do post them on YouTube.

yes i agree i had old tapes i was taping the show before eyewitness news 5 at 5 and had dave wagners first show, but i misplaced it. Anyone miss when the anchors from the morning show esp greg mckinney used to do promos airing during commericals

at 8/18/2006 12:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

From previous poster:

I went to 12's website for NEWS but I had to buy dentures and new windows before I could read any news. Thanks ClearChannel.

Don't know what site you went to, but is mostly easy-to-find news. Easy to read it, easy to watch it. You do not wade through denture ads to read news. Nice try.

9's site is also very good for this. I like how they categorize things by morning, afternoon, evening.

at 8/18/2006 9:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CW won't be in HD in Cincinnati. Thats because WKRC doesn't have enough bandwidth to do HD on CBS and CW at the same time. If you want to watch it in HD, you'll have to tune in to what is currently "WB26" from Dayton to see the CW in HD.

at 8/19/2006 2:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Jordan is amazing. Any news team is lucky to have him.

at 8/20/2006 12:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok here is a ? reading this and wondering if we get the cw on cable will we be able to have the cw in hd after all the analog channels are turned off or will we just have 12.2 in standard format and 1 more question i do have a hd capable with either cable box or hd receiver watching 12 after the news how come they arent showing non network hour shows in hd in watched csi at 11:35 and no hd or is it twcable any info would be appreciated

at 8/20/2006 1:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard IS amazing. Amazingly green.
The new girl is hot.
Hopefully they'll get a class with Anna this semester.

at 8/21/2006 5:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both were on last night (Sunday night). HORRIBLE can do much better.

Otherwise, you'll have to ask: are you paying your on-air talent the same as your prompter ops?

at 8/21/2006 11:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Candice Hunter....WOW!!...That's all I have to say! That will keep me watching 5 in the morning. Otherwise, the rest of 5's newscasts are bad.

at 8/23/2006 12:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is about where Juliette Vara would have posted a comment about how wonderful she is and how lucky Cincinnati is to have someone like her on TV. Ah, the good old days.

at 8/23/2006 10:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are the muppets going to start doing the news. Oh wait, we already have Kermit.

It ain't easy bein' green.

at 4/07/2008 8:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so GLAD that Steve Horstmeyer finally left Channel 12. I couldn't stand listening to him and watching him drool over Anna Townsend every morning. Sometimes I thought I was watching the Steve Horstmeyer Show with him repeating everything several times. Whewwwwwww finally he's outa here!!!

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