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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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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Nick Clooney Back on the Air

All kinds of notes today, as I finally catch my breath after the Rich Apuzzo firing Monday and the revivial of on Tuesday….

Clooney’s Moments
The AmericanLife TV network repeats Nick Clooney’s two "Moments That Changed Us" tonight to promote his third "Moments" special about John Glenn coming Sunday.
Clooney’s interview with Walter Cronkite, about him questioning the Vietnam War in 1968, airs at 10 p.m. on AmericanLife (Time Warner digital Ch. 141). His half-hour on Diahann Carroll, the first African-American to star in a sitcom (NBC’s "Julia" in 1968), airs at 10:30 p.m. today.
At 10 p.m. Sunday, Clooney chats with John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth in 1962. Glenn shifted the balance in the space race with the then Soviet Union, an important step in our way to the Moon in 1969. Clooney helped write and produce the show, which has terrific archived film of Glenn and the 1960s Mercury seven astronauts.
AmericanLife, the former Nostalgia network, airs "I Spy," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E." and "Combat."

Channel 12 news
Local 12 Managing Editor Kim Dillon is headed to New York’s WABC-TV. Dillon, a former reporter for WKRC-AM and WKRC-TV, will be the newsroom assignment manager, supervising five assignment editors, at the station owned and operated by ABC. In 15 years at Channel 12, Dillon has done it all – working as a newswriter, field producer, reporter, assignment editor and managing editor. She’s married to Enquirer photographer Craig Ruttle.

Stan the Man No More
Stan Freberg has retired as host of "When Radio Was," the old-time radio shows at 9 p.m. weekdays and 8 p.m. Saturday on WVXU-FM (91.7). Taking over on Monday was Chuck Schaden, a veteran Chicago broadcaster, author ("Speaking of Radio") and vintage radio show collector.

TV Tonight
--Jerry Springer’s humorous samba wound up tied for last in judges’ voting last night (with singer Sara Evans) on "Dancing with the Stars," with 24 of 30 points. Will he finally be sent home tonight? I think he could...

--Tina Fey's "30 Rock" premiere today (8 p.m., Ch 5). The former "SNL" star plays the producer of a live TV comedy show, working for a new network boss (Alec Baldwin). In the pilot, Baldwin orders her to hire a talented comic (Tracy Morgan) who had a Martin Lawrence-like meltdown. I thought the show was awful -- not funny and not believeable. I'm curious what you think, if you watch tonight.


at 10/11/2006 1:22 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Pulling the Plug on Low-Power WBQC-TV:

For what it's worth since SW Indiana is sort of the red headed step child around here. It is the Tri-State area not the Bi-State area you know... Okay off my soap box...

Comcast Cable (formerly Suscom) has dropped WBQC as well.

at 10/11/2006 1:35 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Yes, WBQC gone from Comcast in Lawrenceburg & SE Indiana. Comcast also picking up CW from Indianapolis, instead of Channel 12's new digital CinCW.

at 10/11/2006 2:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So could Ch. 12 be the great innovator pushing forward with a new digital spectrum station - or be the great fool for the efforts needed to convince systems to carry it? What does everyone think?

at 10/11/2006 4:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Jerry is in for the duration, and Sara may last another week. Since Mario has an attitude, I think he will go tonight....

at 10/11/2006 4:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ch.12 is neither fool nor innovator - simply following the industry. All the broadcast stations have the capablity for multiple stations. Ch.5 has 24hr weather with WeatherPlus. Ch.19 has 24hr music videos with THE TUBE. Ch.12 now has THE CW.

at 10/11/2006 5:10 PM Anonymous sandye said...

sarah needs to GO! she barely moved last night and looked like she was going to be executed despite the "smile" frozen on her face. the judges were just playing nice with her for a change. (and that dress was *hideous*--again!)

jerry is good for another week at least. he IS entertaining and his charm is working. he comes across as a real person and doesn't look like the smarm-meister that most of the US has come to know him as from his show. and he IS working hard at the dances and trying to make it look easy. fun fun fun.

i worry for monique, sensing that as great as she is, her fan base is probably not out there hitting the phones the way other contestants' fans are. she is classy though and a pleasure to watch each week.

at 10/11/2006 7:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

CinCW is a no lose proposition for WKRC. It probably costs almost nothing relatively speaking to add the station to thier broadcast. Plus in another 5-10 years, everyone will have digital tv's.

at 10/11/2006 8:30 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

Well, according to tonight's Jericho, we got nuked--but it was at least two years ago.
The Jericho bar had a briefly functioning TV, and the TV footage showed people running. In the background was a statue with its arms outstretched, next to a building with a lot of windows. It was clearly Fountain Square and the Fifth-Third Building, but the footage was of the Genius of Waters where she had been before she was moved to the Art Museum.

at 10/11/2006 9:10 PM Blogger RadioCarla said...

John, you are so right. 30 Rock blows. What an unfunny so-called comedy. It was especially awful since we watched it right after the much superior Studio 60 that we had TiVo'ed Monday night. To be honest, I quit watching SNL years ago and so never saw Tina Fey on it. But if this is the best she can do, she's going to be begging Lorne Michaels for her job back.

at 10/12/2006 12:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I generally adore Tina Fey, but 30 Rock was terribly disappointing. It was bad enough when Alec Baldwin sucked all the funny out of the room whenever he showed up, but when Jane Krakowski threw the cat against the wall I just changed the channel.

at 10/12/2006 11:12 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Whew! Glad to see someone agrees with me on "30 Rock." Have seen so many promos and stories callin it the best new fall comedy. I know it's a weak year for sitcoms, but I was puzzled why some TV critics thought "30 Rock" was so great. Did anyone like "30 Rock?"

at 10/12/2006 11:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

30 Rock was definitely "must avoid TV." What a disappointment after all the hype....

at 10/12/2006 2:13 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Thank you, 0/11/2006 8:30 PM skippercollector. Didn't watch "Jericho" last night, but trying to get a dub from CBS. Anyone with any more details about scenes of Cincinnati being nuked last night, fill me in.

at 10/16/2006 1:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Sara Evans is quitting Dancing with the Stars due to her maritial crisis, will they ask Willa and Max to come back?

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