Television John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV
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.
The 42nd annual Midwestern Regional Emmy Awards presented to Cincinnati, Dayton, Louisville, Columbus and other stations are being telecast on Time Warner Cable public access channels. The awards were presented July 15 at Belterra Casino. To see a list of all winners, go to the Ohio Valley Chapter of the NationalTelevisionAcademywebsite.
Here are TV dates for the suburban Time Warner systems with ICRC public access: Today at Channels 8/15 Friday Aug. 11 at Channels 15/22 Saturday Aug. 12 at Channels 8/15 Wednesday Aug. 16 at Channel 8/15 Sunday Aug. 20 at Channel 4 Saturday Aug. 26 at Channel 8/15
Hello from Gene Cox... Gene Cox emailed to say he’s now at the Indianapolis Fox station, WXIN-TV (Channel 59). Here’s what he says: "I know it’s not the same as Jack Atherton leaving… but I wanted to letyou know if anyone’s interested I’m the weekend anchor at the FOX affiliate in Indianapolis. It’s a nice upgrade in market size and I get to contribute on the desk both Saturday and Sunday nights, also an upgrade. So far so good up here. The whole thing came about because my wife was transferred and promoted to a sales position in Northern Indiana. It was just good fortune we could get both careers going in a positive direction at the same time…. Steve A. (news director Steve Ackermann) told me 19 isn’t going to really even replace my old weekend anchor position. The plan he told me a couple of months ago was to have Regina (Russo) come back from baby leave and solo the Friday and Saturday night news. If you ask me, it’s all about saving the cash! Keep up the tube news. See ya."
MAX on the move The MAX-FM rock stations on 97.7 and 99.5, simulcast from Georgetown, Oxford and Ripley, plans to move its studios to Sharonville. When Oxford’s old WOXY-FM (97.7) city of license changes to Mason, and the transmitter moves to a tower in Monroe, the studio will be relocated from Georgetown in BrownCounty to the station’s business office. It's in an office park off Chester Road, at the southwest corner of I-275 & I-75. After the tower move, WOXY-FM will double its power, providing a better signal for Greater Cincinnati. (Tied with that will be moving Georgetown’s WAXZ-FM, 97.7, south into Kentucky. WAOL-FM 99.5 stays in Ripley.) All this is part of the strategy for First Broadcasting of Dallas, which buys fringe signals – like the Oxford station from the Baloghs – and moves them into major cities. The MAX-FM stations will be the Ohio State Buckeyes football and men’s basketball affiliate this year, after recent years on WCIN-AM and WBOB-AM (now WDJO-AM). I’m not sure it’s much of an improvement in reach for OSU for now – until the Monroe move and power boost -- but radio folks who read this will fill us in.