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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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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

See Yourself On A Really Big Screen

If you’re headed to Oktoberfest this weekend, stop by the Westin for your 10 seconds of fame. A crew from 3CDC will be taping the "1,000 Faces of Cincinnati" that will play on the new giant TV screen atop Macy's, overlooking Fountain Square. Taping hours are noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The idea certainly isn't original -- but it will be fun. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver, then to sit on a stool and smile for the camera. There will be no sound recording.
Each face will appear for 10 seconds on a continuous video loop that debuts when the renovated Fountain Square reopens Oct. 14.

CET taping too
WCET-TV will tape oral histories of people sharing stories about their fight for equality 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Speakers can comment “on any issue dealing with the struggle for human rights,” says Katie Weitkamp, CET promotions producer.
Some of the 10-minute interviews will be streamed at to promote a repeat of the award-winning "Eyes on the Prize" documentary about the Civil Rights movement (9 p.m. Oct. 2, 9 and 16, Channel 48).

TV tonight
I’ve got to admit that Jerry Springer surprised me last night on "Dancing with the Stars." No, he wasn’t the worst… We’ll find out tonight if he’s the first to go (as he predicts), or if he hangs on for a few weeks. There’s no way he’ll win. Mario Lopez, Vivica A. Fox, Joey Lawrence and even Emmitt Smith looked pretty strong last night.


at 9/13/2006 12:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

JEWEE JEWEE JEWEE JEWEEE all the way---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------or at least till the next week

at 9/13/2006 1:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that some sort of anti-semitic Jerry chant??

at 9/13/2006 1:46 PM Anonymous sandye said...

if master P could hang on for waaaay more weeks than he deserved, i would find it very odd if jerry was booted off this week. he does have a big fan base, after all. judge len goodman was right when he said that jerry must have attended the george hamilton school of charm--just look at how long george hung in there last season--and that was without moving most of the time!

let us not forget, that the audience vote counts for half of the final total.

at 9/13/2006 1:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Official: Ch. 12's 10pm Newscast is a FAILURE!

After a few weeks now, the picture is becoming clearer and it's not a pretty one if you're WKRC-TV (CBS).

Local 12's 10pm news broadcast on Ch. 64 continues to lose viewers at an alarming rate nightly and is FAR behind the established newscast of record at WXIX-TV (Fox).

Ratings for the last two nights' 10pm newscasts are as follows:

Monday 9/11

WKRC: 2.41/4 (rating/share)
WXIX: 6.55/11...late start and abbreviated because of Bush's primetime speech

Tuesday 9/12

WKRC: 1.59/2
WXIX: 11.82/17.5

To put this in perspective, a little more than 12,000 people watched Ch. 12's 10pm newscast Tuesday.

That's 12,000 out of a possible 2 million+!

"How we lookin'? NOT GOOD!"

at 9/13/2006 2:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah i knew as soon as 64 lost the wb it was going to doom mylocal 12 on 64 ratings.

at 9/13/2006 2:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

did anyone see sheree on monday night at 11. It was involving the breaking news of the shooting of at a motel 6 in sharonville. Sheree said "more on this breaking news on our morning show in the morning."
Its pretty bad when your lead anchor doesnt announce the morning shows name she could have atleast said news5 today. They had an extra 15 seconds to kill. Instead 5 just showed the least watched newsteam at 11 just sitting at the desk laughing.

at 9/13/2006 6:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone see news5 at 530 talking about the chad head wigs on sale friday ? sandra said she expects dave to wear one friday and dave said he just might wear it to her wedding friday night. that would be funny if everyone there wore one

at 9/13/2006 7:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading the comments at and some of the TV columnists' reviews on the Internet, I guess I am the only one who liked "Men Without Trees." I laughed out loud several times and found the story and characters very entertaining. I am glad that there were will be something "chick-flickish" to watch on Friday nights, which is when this series will regularly air.

Everyone else compared the series to either "Northern Exposure" or "Sex and the City," but I never thought of them. Because of the ratio of men to women in this series, I kept thinking of either "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Here Come the Brides." (I know I am showing my age here.)

at 9/13/2006 7:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must be more tired than I thought. I meant to say "Men in Trees."

at 9/13/2006 9:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what exactly were the ratings of Andy Griffith reruns on 64 vs Dave, Cammy and the gang?

My guess: Aunt Bee whomps Aunt Cammy.

at 9/14/2006 12:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like News 5's news director learned how to make things bold. Nice going, dude!

Sadly the 10pm news on the WB attracts more viewers than 5's news at 6pm. Talk about failures.

at 9/14/2006 12:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly the 10pm news on the WB attracts more viewers than 5's news at 6pm

Yeah but, the 5pm news is number 1 in the tristate breaking a winning streak of 9news at 5. 9 had won 10 ratings books, but folks the times have changed. How much longer till 9 will have viewers choose the news.
9 has copied every other gimmick off 5. Just look at call 9 for action, traffic now, and many more gimmicks.

Soon 5 will sweep the ratings book and thats a guarntee

at 9/14/2006 1:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone see nine news at 1230 today. They spelled atleast 5 words wrong. instead of keeping they typed keepting and a few other major errors. I mean spell check the bulletins b4 you put them on the airwaves.

at 9/14/2006 1:38 PM Blogger BrianDammit said...

The chyron operators in this city need a dictionary. Anyone ever read the ticker on FOX19's morning news? It's disgraceful.

at 9/14/2006 1:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The chyron operators in this city need a dictionary."

Yes they do atleast every news station has atleast one misspelling during each newscast.

at 9/14/2006 2:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scrubs: Funniest show on television. Is it coming back on NBC, or did it get cancelled?

I'm happy to see reruns of Scrubs on Comedy Central AND WGN though...

at 9/14/2006 2:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

they all have the spelling errors on all channels ,BUT i am beginning to think the same person does the tickers for all the stations and scrubs is also coming to my64 also in october

at 9/14/2006 2:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah scrubs is coming back to nbc, but only for mid season. This is going to be zach braff's final year on scrubs

at 9/14/2006 2:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least where I worked all the tickers and chyrons were typed in by the Producers and Reporters. So blame for misspelling can go all kinds of directions.

at 9/14/2006 5:50 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

"Scrubs" coming back to NBC at midseason. Still in production.

at 9/14/2006 9:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing that would be refreshing is if one station did AWAY with the lower third crawls.

Remember, 12 did them first with TEXTA.

These newscasts are becoming more like the old Saturday Night Live skit where the newscasters were eventually covered by every graphic and logo under the sun.

For the comment about one station copying another....
12 was Eyewitness News before 5 and 5 was Action 5 News, but, WABC WAS Eyewitness News and WPVI was ActionNews. Big whoop. If you want substance versus the latest GoogleSatellite flyby or traffic cartoon, let one station imitate the old WBTI News with Sam Bray, Kathy Lanter and Kathy Lehr...straight news, no gimmicks.

As the late Gene Walz and Ron Wilson used to say, there isn't anything on television that's original.

They knew because they invented it in Cincinnati.

at 9/15/2006 12:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just felt a need to correct an above post -- Channel 5 does NOT have the number one newscast at 5pm in Cincinnati. You have to read the fine print on their promo to realize that its only in very specific breakdowns of the audience.

And based on the fact that their audience sinks like a stone after the Judge Judy audience wakes up and changes the channel at 5:06 -- and the fact that the Simpsons routinely beats them at 11pm -- I'd hardly expect them to sweep anything except the floors anytime soon.

Never did see that promo that was promised a couple months back touting how Jim O'Brien was the be-all end-all of weathermen in Cincinnati. When can we expect that???

at 9/15/2006 8:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would expect that promo once O'Brien is able to pull more than a 1 or 2 rating at 11:15 p.m.

Wow, you talking about EMBARRASSING! Whew!

at 9/15/2006 8:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and talk about job INsecurity!

Hope that guy is sprucing up his tape (along with his boss).

But a kind suggestion: on his resume, he may want to leave off descriptions like "undisputed" and "most trusted" 'cause when a potential future employer does a background check on his REAL story, he'll be laughed out of the interview.

at 9/15/2006 8:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a funny one...

Did anybody hear O'Brien tell Bill Cunningham the other day (believe it was Monday) how there was "no way" the Reds game would start on time...and likely wouldn't even be played because of rain???

Not only did the game start ON TIME, it was played in its entirety without interruption!


at 9/15/2006 11:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

did anyone notice that the best of channel 5s reporters are on from 5-6:30pm? i wonder if anyone at channel 5 knows that their reporters at 11pm are a "B-team" at best. i've made the switch to 9 news at 11 since the 11pm show on ch. 5 is sooooooooo bad! i did enjoy jerry springer though. tucker carlson...awful!

at 9/15/2006 1:13 PM Blogger BrianDammit said...


Ya'll are lame with your whiney crap. If you don't like channel 5, then don't watch it.

Or are the majority of the Anonymous folks here the news directors for 9, 12 and 19?

Pathetic, that's what you guys are.

at 9/15/2006 1:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny that five can dish it out against other stations - but boy, they sure can't take it.

at 9/15/2006 1:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it's fair to bash Jim O'Brien for missing a forecast. Everyone's entitled to a mistake. And he seems like a likeable enough guy.

My bold prediction is he will fall victim to 5's mis-Management one day and get the blame for bad ratings just like all the others. Another in a parade of lost meteorologists stretching back to Dave Frasier. I don't think any 5 chief weather guy has lasted more than a couple years.

at 9/15/2006 2:38 PM Blogger BrianDammit said...

Anon 1:40p

I don't know if your comment was directed at me or not. If so, sorry, but I've never worked for channel 5. I've worked for some of the other news stations in this city and I know how petty and smallminded some news directors and their producers can be. It's a major reason I dropped out of the TV news scene.

I just get tired of logging on here and reading a constant bashfest against channel 5. I know it's all a ratings competition but you guys are worse than Bengals fans.

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