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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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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Dayna Eubanks moves to noon

Dayna Eubanks, little seen on WKRC-TV these days, has moved permanently into the noon anchor chair at Channel 12. She’s doing noon and 4 p.m., because Cammy Dierking and Dave Burchell now work a late shift to prepare for anchoring the new 10 p.m. news the station is producing for Channel 64. Eubanks has been less visible this year, since Dierking moved from "Good Morning Cincinnati" to the early evening news. Dierking, Burchell and meteorologist Michelle Boutillette began rehearsals this week for the Monday Aug. 21 debut. Dierking will continue to do the 5 p.m. news with Rob Braun and the 5:30 with Burchell on Channel 12.

ABC pulls two Fall TV shows
A month away from the official start of the TV season, and ABC has benched two new sitcoms. "Big Day" and "Notes from the Underbelly" won’t air until after "Dancing with the Stars" completes its run in November sweeps. "Betty the Ugly," the one-hour comedy about a plump plain Jane (America Ferrera) working for a NY fashion magazine, has been moved to 8 p.m. Thursday from 8 p.m. Friday. "America’s Funniest Videos" will go into the Friday slot, with another "AFV" episode on Sundays.
"Big Day" stars Marla Sokoloff and Josh Cooke as a young couple planning their wedding. "Notes from the Underbelly," about a young married couple preparing for their first child, stars Peter Cambor and Jennifer Westfeldt.

10 Days to "Prison Break"
Fox again rolls out part of its new TV season about a month ahead of the other networks (because baseball playoffs interrupt October programming). So "Prison Break" opens its second season at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 (Ch 19) followed by the new "Vanished" serial drama (9 p.m.) about a Georgia senator’s wife who disappears. The next week, "Bones" returns at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, followed by "Justice" (9 p.m.), a Jerry Bruckheimer drama about a high-profile LA law firm that defends celebrities. Victor Garber plays the PR savvy partner who’s all over cable TV defending his clients. Both new shows are well done, and could catch on with viewers.

Smooth jazz change
WARM98 midday host Chris Lynn has taken over the "Smooth Jazz Saturday Night" show from Michael Grayson. PD TJ Holland says the station remains committed to the Saturday smooth jazz show, which was No. 1 in adults 25-54 and women 25-54 in spring.
Grayson, also a morning music host on WNKU-FM (89.7), had done the show for seven years. He says the station talked to him about cutting his fee, and didn’t hear any more until he was told his last show had aired July 29.
Says Grayson: "I"m proud of the work.... and I am extremely thankful for the talented local and national artists who have contributed their musical passion.... and to the gracious, loyal listeners of "Smooth Jazz Saturday Night."It felt like we were all doing the show together every week. I think there will be a lot of disappointed listeners."


at 8/10/2006 2:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

two good things have been said: dayna eubanks moving to noon and michelle on 64...they both are underused and underrated, and they are both very qualified for this change

at 8/10/2006 4:33 PM Anonymous SpongeBob SquarePants said...

Will Steve Horstmeyer take over the noon weather duties on WKRC since Michelle is moving to the new 10 PM show on WSTR? I doubt Michelle will continue to work the noon and 4 PM shows on WKRC and add the 10 PM show on WSTR.

I'm guessing Brad Johansen will handle sports on the new 10 PM show.

at 8/11/2006 10:38 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Nope, Brad won't be on 64. Newcomer Tara Pachmayer will anchor sports most nights. Don't know who will do the other two nights for sports. My guess is that Brad/Braun/Andrews/Hedrick won't be seen much on 64, except in Big Breaking News situations where they need the A Team. Plus Brad is busy with the 4 pm, Bengals games, Bengals Line, etc.

at 8/11/2006 10:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dayna needs to update her wigs and lose the silly laugh.

at 8/11/2006 1:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John - someone needs to do a better job removing personal comments from this blog. I'm tired of seeing posts about people's hair, marriages, and pants. Remember, these are all REAL people who all have access to reading this stuff. Don't post something you wouldn't say to their face.

at 8/11/2006 2:26 PM Blogger BrianDammit said...

Awwww... they make enough money to put up with the personal comments.

But honestly anyone else think this 12/64 gig is... well... pathetic?

at 8/11/2006 3:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

its called free speech and it looks like its way to profane its gone. besides the people being ragged on might get a laugh out of the trivial stuff. the only way to control this blog is to make it where anyone and everyone has to register and then log in so then there would be no more anonymous posts like for example you anon 8/11/2006 1:43 PM

at 8/11/2006 6:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I give the 12/64 marriage about the same amount of time as the 12/Sycamore Township public access takeover.

It ain't gonna be pretty.

As for it NewsCentral Light.

Any new word on hires? They advertised for production peons over the weekend, making minimum wage to run that prompter and camera.

at 8/12/2006 7:53 PM Blogger BrianDammit said...

I wouldn't do TV production work again if you paid me. And they don't get paid much.

Why doesn't 64 just give up this idea of having a 10pm news? Wasn't the GM tehre a GM at 19? Maybe he's got a beef against the place.

at 8/13/2006 3:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't believe Warm 98 would let Michael Grayson go; he had such a special way of presenting and playing the smooth jazz music music on Saturday nights. TJ Holland needs to get smart for a change; he really should make Grayson a generous offer to return.

at 8/13/2006 11:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Chris Lynn going to work 6 days a week???

at 8/13/2006 11:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as Local 12 Live @ Noon Weather--
I bet John Gumm/Jeff Creighton end up "tag-teaming" Noon weather.

I don't think Steve Horstmeyer likes doing the Noon weather. Plus, doesn't he teach a college course at UC or somewhere during that time?

at 8/14/2006 1:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest hurdle 12's talent faces is not smacking their lips together before every story.
It's as if a consultant told every one of them to make a big "SMACK" as a divider between reports.

at 8/14/2006 2:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

who dey folks thats all i got to say

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