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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 08, 2006

Regional Emmys on cable

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 National Television Academy website.

Here are TV dates for the suburban Time Warner systems with ICRC public access:
Today at 1:30pm Channels 8/15
Friday Aug. 11 at 2:30pm Channels 15/22
Saturday Aug. 12 at 5:30pm Channels 8/15
Wednesday Aug. 16 at 1:30pm Channel 8/15
Sunday Aug. 20 at 2:30pm Channel 4
Saturday Aug. 26 at 3pm 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 let you 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 Brown County 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.


at 8/08/2006 1:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

channel 5 has won 4 and all those are because of dave wagners story on conduct unbecoming.

at 8/08/2006 1:57 PM Anonymous news5intern said...

I sent an email to kgtv and asked why juliette vara's name and bio were not on the website. The Web editor is working on putting it up.

at 8/08/2006 4:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now that channel 5 won an emmy with a legitimate reporter, Dave Wagner... notice no emmy for any of the "What would you do?" segments that Sheree Paolello did or "Day in the life of an ER resident" when she was highlighting and interviewing Family Practice residents (that's like comparing apples and oranges), I guess it's only fair to wait for all of the gimmick and over done hype about that accomplishment. Mr. Wagner is indeed a good reporter, and surely truly deserving, but I wouldn't be surprised if Channel 5 plays this up (and over the top) in their bid for better ratings.

at 8/09/2006 7:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed all of the recent recollections of the mighty WINK 94.1. Perhaps MAX FM can leverage this blast from the past with a WINK reunion weekend to launch their signal upgrade. Same GM and PD. Just sprinkle in a little Dickie Shannon or Russ Bradley.

at 8/10/2006 12:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any idea of when the Max FM move will be made? It's a great station and it will be nice not to have to switch to 99.5 on occasion. Also, why can't OSU be on only 97.7 and leave music on 99.5?

at 8/10/2006 10:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats Dave.
I hear Cox leaving 19 was ugly.
Evedently everybody is glad he's gone. Any insight?

at 8/11/2006 8:01 AM Anonymous JeffDavis said...

Here's the current 97.7 signal:

Here's the new signal after the move:

at 8/11/2006 11:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for Cox's departure... if you look at the people who've left 19 in the past.. most have gone on to good things.. look at the Frazier guy on Entertainment Tonight.. or the guy on Best Damn Sports Show.. another guy on CNN, etc.

at 8/12/2006 7:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin Frazier came from Fox 19? I didn't know that...and that other guy on CNN and the guy from Best Damn Sports Show also came from fox 19?

at 8/12/2006 11:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, tried to watch the Emmy ceremony on public access. It audio or extremely low low audio.

ICRC = not ready for prime time

at 8/13/2006 9:22 AM Anonymous SpongeBob SquarePants said...

Kevin Frazier was WXIX's weekend sports anchor when "The 10 O'Clock News" debuted in October 1993. Dan Hoard later replaced Frazier.

Jonathan Freed (of CNN) was WXIX's weekend news anchor for a short time.

Seems like WXIX can't keep a weekend male anchor. As one of the above posters said, they move on to bigger and better things.

Wendy Burch was WXIX's first weekend anchor. I think Rob Williams and Tricia Macke were WXIX's first male/female anchor team. Both later moved to the morning show.

On the weekends Regina Carswell-Russo has been paired with at least a few guys, including Andy Treinen, followed by Jonathan Freed, and then Gene Cox. (Unless I'm missing somebody...)

I can't think of any WXIX alumni on FSN's "Best Damn Sports Show". Any ideas?

at 8/13/2006 1:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Rose?

I know he went to Miami University but as for on-air at 19, don't think so. Maybe production.

As for WXIX alumni, the most successful one I think would be Don Teague, who was a reporter then co-anchor on weekends with Alex Kendall. He's been in every hot spot, including Baghdad and Beirut for NBC News.

( Baghdad, you have had 3 Cincinnati alumni reporting: Don Teague, Lee Cowan (former WLWT weekend pretty boy anchor with Evelyn Robertson) and Bill Hemmer)

at 8/13/2006 3:36 PM Blogger BrianDammit said...

Chris Rose worked on the Sports staff and had a few on camera moments during the Sports Wrap opens.

at 8/13/2006 5:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

wendy burch,i had forgotten about her. where is she anyway? and also what ever became of gina germani

at 8/13/2006 6:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone remember when the bearcats announcers on 19 were frazier and thom brennaman. What a announce team.

at 8/13/2006 6:48 PM Anonymous SpongeBob SquarePants said...

Good question - I haven't been able to find any information on Wendy Burch or Gina Germani. I assume they got out of the news business altogether.

at 8/14/2006 12:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

a couple of years ago there was something on a&e tv that wendy burch was a part of but i dont remember much more than that. OK next Question who remembers Phyllis Watson and What channel and time slot/s did she anchor

at 8/14/2006 2:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Teague does a great job at the network level - but FYI - he and Alix Kendall co-anchored "19 in the Morning" - WXIX's very first foray into morning news. (IT eventually became the show you see today) Don was bumped out by everyone's favorite local media personality, Pat Barry.

In the long run, is there any doubt he's done much better than Pat?

at 8/14/2006 3:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Alix Kendall...Wow! She was a beauty. I enjoyed watching her on 19. I think she is with a Fox affiliate in Minnesota now.

at 8/14/2006 6:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah alix kendall works at the fox station in minneapolis heres the link.

at 8/15/2006 7:33 AM Blogger BrianDammit said...

Phyllis Watson was Jack Atherton's first co-anchor on the Ten O'clock New on channel 19. She also anchored the Midnight News.

at 8/15/2006 10:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gina Germoni...lives down in Florida with 19's financial expert Stacy Johnson.

Let's not forget about Ann Alexander too :) Last I heard, she was working on some CourtTV programs out of Washington DC.

at 8/16/2006 12:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok more fun, which person has worked at 3 different tvstations in town hint: is currently on air

at 8/16/2006 9:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm. Well, if by "worked at three different stations" you mean worked ON AIR at three different stations, then you'd have to be talking about Steve Norris. Otherwise, if you count behind the scenes, could be any one of a number of people.

at 8/16/2006 9:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i forgot about steve , the one im talking about started doing morning news at wcpo and has also worked at espn news

at 8/16/2006 4:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Betsy Ross????

at 8/16/2006 6:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think betsy ross is the correct's one for you...when clyde gray anchored the noon news for channel 5, he had a female co-anchor. who was she?

at 8/16/2006 8:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Betsy Ross Is right
hey this is fun and lets keep going and be nice

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

clyde greys anchor i have to think about

at 8/16/2006 9:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

? Lauren Chesley ? she is the only remale i can think of

at 8/16/2006 9:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats female

at 8/16/2006 10:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yup...i agree...lauren chesley anchored the noon news with clyde gray. so i guess the next question is, "whatever happened to her and where is she now?"

at 8/16/2006 10:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think she left to raise her kids who knows now

at 8/17/2006 5:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

raising grandkids for Stan the Man.

at 8/22/2006 1:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendy Burch hit the west coast and has been reporting in L.A. for years.

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