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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.

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Channel 9 on Myspace

My Oh My Space
Did you see that Channel 9’s “Good Morning Tri-State” has a page at myspace.com?
http://www.myspace.com/gmts
I saw it on the station’s website Wednesday, with photos of anchors Kathrine Nero and David Rose.

The details:
Status: Single
Hometown: Cincinnati
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Who I’d Like To Meet: Anyone with GMTS story ideas or a guest suggestion.
Friends: Just one as of this morning, Tom from Santa Monica, Calif.


Just like old times on WMKV
Now we know that more than just old-time radio shows and some announcers moved this summer from Xavier's old WVXU-FM by WMKV-FM (89.3). They’ve also picked up WVXU-FM’s old fund drives! I turned on the station last night for "Mystery Playhouse" old radio shows and heard Doc King – for WVXU-FM general manager Dr. Jim King, a WMKV-FM consultant – back on the air, asking listeners for money, along with Mike Martini and Mark Magistrelli, former WVXU guys now working on WMKV. And his morning, station manager George Zahn was doing the fund-drive pitches. Just like old times. I bet the pledge breaks came as a shock to the long-time WMKV listeners...

Stephen J. Cannell in town
Caught Stephen J. Cannell at Joseph-Beth Booksellers last night, before he signed copies of his "White Sister" novel. He’s written 11 novels since selling his Cannell Studios in 1995, when government rules changed to allow the networks to own studios. (At the time he employed about 2,000 people, one of the largest independent studios in LA.)
Besides writing a book a year, Cannell has kept his hand in the business by doing some producing (including the upcoming "The A-Team" movie) and by acting. He just completed shooting "Cold Snap," a two-hour Sci Fi Channel movie. He’s one of the three leads, along with Patrick Muldoon and Denise Williams.
Cannell is one of my favorite people from the TV world, because of what he overcame to become such a prolific writer. He didn’t figure out he was dyslexic until after college. He flunked four grades (4th, 6th, 10th and 11th), and graduated next-to-last in his high school class, where he was a star running back. He attended the University of Oregon ona football scholarship, but never played a down because he was academically ineligible. He says his high school football success was the only source for self-esteem, because academics were a nightmare for him. He encouraged all parents to find something their children can do well, and praise them and encourage them.
He also retold one of my favorite stories -- how he was called by Brandon Tartikoff, the legendary NBC programmer, and pitched a show called "MTV Cops." Cannell didn't have cable, and didn't know what he was talking about, so he turned it down. Tartikoff then called producer Michael Mann, who got the concept -- and created "Miami Vice."




14 Comments:

at 9/07/2006 12:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I know just how silly morning TV news can get. Wow.

 
at 9/07/2006 1:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom is the guy who is everyone's first friend at myspace.com. He works for them.

 
at 9/07/2006 2:10 PM Anonymous Louis said...

WVXU improved immeasurably with the ownership change. WMKV must have a death wish, bringing in the doofus crew.

 
at 9/07/2006 5:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's brilliant for WMKV. I think UC blew apart VXU and XU should be shot for not keeping a broadcast entity on their campus.

How do you teach radio without a station? I guess I'll have to ask the Ohio Center for Broadcast students. Maybe they'll call some imaginary Xavier football games too.

Good for Dr. King and the VXU'ers. Maybe they'll form the GenX Star radio network.

 
at 9/07/2006 6:55 PM Blogger Rick said...

Seeing the old WVXU crew re-form at WMVK is like a dream come true. I wish all of them only the best. WVXU was my absolute favorite public radio station. Fr. Graham went way off the reservation when he sold off 'VXU. A black day in the history of XU.
This is an incredibly exciting development...
Watch for WMVK to become a public radio monster!! It's awesome!!!

 
at 9/08/2006 10:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

is the myspace thing some kind of a gimmick? i thought gimmicks were reserved for channel 5? maybe they're now kicking themselves in the "you know what" for not thinking of it first. now if katherine and dave start blogging on the myspace site, then there is a bit of a copycat theme since channel 5 has there own "breakfast blogs" on their website. bottom line--- i'm sick of the gimmicks. just give me the news please. thank you!

 
at 9/08/2006 11:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Louis - enjoy the improved WVXU while you can, because word on the street(not the PR junk that's been lapped up by the local rags) is that there ain't enough people like you ponying up dollars for the station. (If you even donate money to them at all, you sound like a cheapo anyway) and the banker types who hold the debt are starting to wonder why WGUC bent down and paid XU's jesuits so much money in the first place. All GUC knows is how to hit a button that reads "NPR" ,cross their fingers and hope to god the Indian Hill money rolls in. If it doesn't turn around soon they'll probably be peddling 91.7 to some bible-thumper. And you sure are right about that old doofus WVXUcrew 'the preppy WGUC people kicked out the door. They were only eliminatingthe very same people that won Peabodys and Emmys and every other award in the business. Sorry Louis, but it seems they don't fit the definition of "doofus" half as well as you do.

 
at 9/09/2006 12:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just ran into this thread and want to say that WMKV has been transformed by george zahn and the VXU people, the change is totally for the better!!! They've gotten rid of most of the sad nursing home/death camp sound MKV used to have, and the music now is better too. Saturday nites they have tom sandman of warm 98 (love the sinatra and tony bennet), follwed by my fave, the big broadcast with mark magestrelli and mike martini - that's good enough for me!!! Right now i'm even digging the non stop fund drive. doc king is the only guy who can make a ge radio sound like a treasure from king tuts tomb. all WMKV needs to do now is get ron espasito back to play some jazz. (And of course get a real transmitter to replace the dying hamsters in a wheel)

 
at 9/09/2006 12:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What gives with Channel 9's morning news gimmick (that poster got it right) on Myspace? Does Bob Morford expect tweens and teens to switch away from panting over Zach and Gabriella and Disney's High School Musical, and swoon instead at the sight of the Good Morning Tristate anchors?

Everyone knows news demos are gray and getting grayer...but this stunt isn't the way to reverse the trend.

Look out - if 9 keeps going down this road we'll soon be seeing Dave and Katherine on the cover of Tiger Beat.

 
at 9/09/2006 11:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think channel 9 is suffering from copycat syndrome.

 
at 9/09/2006 12:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i watched the 10pm news on 64 for the first time. is dave burchell speaking in english? he talks so fast i can't understand a single word. i know its only 30 minutes, but open your mouth and speak clearly. my wife was watching with me and she said, "what did he say? i didn't understand one word of that." it sounded like "uuhhhh, humina humina humina humina humina...uhhhh..." but it was much better than channel 19 though....much much better.

 
at 9/11/2006 5:30 PM Anonymous Louis said...

Hey Louis - enjoy the improved WVXU while you can, because word on the street(not the PR junk that's been lapped up by the local rags) is that there ain't enough people like you ponying up dollars for the station. (If you even donate money to them at all, you sound like a cheapo anyway). . .

Oh, I am enjoying it, believe me and, actually, I donate to the new 'VXU pretty generously, which is something I stopped doing for the old version of the station about 15 years ago, when I got fed up with poor production values, twenty hours a week of indiscriminately chosen old-radio shows and Jim King and company's monthtly beg-a-thons.

If 'VXU does, in fact, disappear, I'll go back to what I had to do for quality public radio before the switch: I'll listen on the internet to one of the many excellent, sophisticated and urbane stations from other, more sophisticated cities.

 
at 9/13/2006 3:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

like the new WMKV format or not, give them credit for putting a plan together. what about WNKU, music still solid, but they air shows also heard on WMKV, remnents of george zahn's brief tenure. WNKU is becomming a ghost of what it used to be. when will the university put it on the block?

 
at 10/10/2006 12:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who knows TV news should know the internet is an emerging market - just look at WCPO.COM. It's not as crazy as you think have gmts on MySpace.

Blogs on TV news sites are very common in other markets (and get a lot of hits)

It's a free - and if it pulls in even one more viewer with that magical rating box.

 
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