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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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Friday, November 10, 2006

Magnus out at NBC, "Studio 60" renewed

Just saw this on Former Channel 12 anchor Edie Magnus has been laid off from "Dateline NBC," one of the first in the 700 job cubs announced earlier this fall by NBC Universal. The Web site says Magnus and correspondent Robb Stafford were among the 15 layoffs made Thursday. More cuts coming next week at the "Today" show and "NBC Nightly News."
Magnus, a Cincinnati native and Walnut Hills High School graduate, started her career as a writer/reporter for WEBN-FM, then moved to WUBE. She was weekend anchor here in 1985 when hired to be a reporter for ABC News and "Good Morning America." She also worked for CBS News and MSNBC before joining "Dateline" 10 years ago. She's a classy person. Not sure what she might do. She and husband Bob Mayer, a TV producer, have two sons, 11 and 8.

And some good news from NBC
NBC has ordered a full season of Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60," which has lost audience after a phenomenal start. Seven weeks into the TV season, "Studio 60" is ranked #42 of 112 shows, averaging 10.1 million viewers. It is second in the time period to CBS' "CSI: Miami" (#6, 17.8 million). NBC says "Studio 60" draws "some of the highest audience concentrations" in viewers ages 18-49 earning $75,00 or more, with the head of household having four or more years of college. So that must make advertisers happy. I'm just glad the show will survive the season.


at 11/10/2006 7:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

nder if magnus will try to comeback to cinci i mean we seem to have an influx of former tv people returning. what do you all think?

at 11/11/2006 12:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, kudos to channel 12 who's high school athlete of the week goes to Newport High School with the same name of the Newport school board member and teacher having the "party house".

The missus and me were downfounded....doesn't anyone proof these sponsored stars of the week. I'm sure the kid is an excellent athlete....We just thought the timing was not good. Ironic, that's all.

at 11/11/2006 12:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why Channel 9 continues to stick with Janell Walton on the weekends? Her prompter reading ability is horrible.

at 11/11/2006 1:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Whatevever happened to Cindy Mathews?

at 11/11/2006 2:40 PM Blogger Antonio said...

Studio 60, not Studio 1

at 11/11/2006 3:34 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

This is a follow-up to my question from more than a week ago about which corporations owned which stations. I took the lists that two of you provided here, plus the news articles I read about the station changes, plus the list from the back of the Enquirer Sunday TV schedule, and came up with this.
The reason I had asked about this in the first place was because our office was updating its radio mailing list for press releases, and everything suddenly changed.
I know my list isn't complete, and if it's still inaccurate, I'd appreciate it if any of you could correct me.
P.S. I hope the Enquirer updates its radio list in the TV schedule soon. Right now it's only about half right!

WNLT/104.3, contemporary Christian
WMOH/1450, Hamilton, sports
WCNW/1560, Christian

Elliot Block:
WOTH/Channel 25
WBQC/Channel 38

WPFB/105.9, Middletown, country
WPFB/910, Middletown, talk

Clear Channel:
WOFX/92.5, classic rock
WVMX/94.1, adult contemporary
WEBN/102.7, rock
WKFS/107.1, top 40
WKRC/550, talk
WLW/700, news, talk
WSAI/1360, talk
WCKY/1530, sports
WKRC/Channel 12

call letters unknown/96.5, talk
WRRM/98.5, adult contemporary
WGRR/103.5, oldies

call letters unknown/94.9, hybrid rock format
WYGY/97.3, country
WKRQ/101.9, top 40
WUBE/105.1, country

WLWT/Channel 5

Radio One:
WMOJ/100.3, R&B
WIZF/101.1, hip hop
WDBZ/1230, talk

WXIX/Channel 19

Scripps Howard:
WCPO/Channel 9

WSTR/Channel 64

Star Media
WJLR/91.5, Seymour, contemporary Christian
WIKI/96.9, Madison, country
WSCH/99.3, Lawrenceburg, country
WXCH/103.1, Versailles, country
WJCP/1460, North Vernon, oldies

WAIF/88.3, variety, public radio; also WJVS, Great Oaks School District
WMUB/88.5, Miami University, NPR
WOBO/88.7, Batavia, country
WMWX/88.9, Miamitown, 70s, 80s, 90s
WLMH/89.1, Little Miami School District, alternative
WMKV/89.3, Maple Knoll Village, nostalgia
WHSS/89.5, Hamilton City School District, alternative
WNKU/89.7, NKU, NPR, alternative
WLHS/89.9, Lakota High School, adult contemporary
WGUC/90.9, UC, classical, NPR
WVXU/91.7, XU, jazz, NPR
WAKW/93.3, Christian
WKID/95.9, Vevay, country
WRBI/103.9, Batesville, country
WNKR/106.5, Dry Ridge, country
WIOK/107.5, Falmouth, Christian
WNOP/740, Catholic
WCVX/1050, Christian
WBOB/1160, Florence, sports, talk
WUBE/1230, sports
WCIN/1480, urban contemporary
WCNW/1560, religious

at 11/11/2006 3:36 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

Now that I’ve got my list of radio stations, I am hoping someone can supply me with a list of related cable and over-the-air networks. By this I mean, which networks are, for want of a better word, sisters?
For instance, I know that NBC owns MSNBC and I think Bravo. What else does it own?
This doesn't have anything to do with my need to update my radio mailing list. This is just curiosity on my part.

at 11/11/2006 3:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the pirate stations?

at 11/11/2006 3:46 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

For you radio conspiracy theory fans, you'll like this one. I know it'll be snicker-inducing, but it is a bit of a touchy situation.
WSCH, the country music station in Dearborn County, has had its deejays read obituaries after the morning news for about as long as anyone can remember. The station has begun charging $100 each to read the obits over the air. The station bills the funeral homes for the announcement, which in turn bill the family.
WSCH apparently is hoping to eventually phase out the death notices altogether.
This is a problem, for two reasons. Lower-income families obviously don’t want another expense. The main problem is that many people in southeast Indiana don’t get the daily papers and the local newspapers are weeklies. In other words, without WSCH, many Hoosiers may not know that a person has died or when his or her funeral is until several days after the funeral is over.
Okay, go ahead with the snide comments....

at 11/11/2006 4:04 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

I have been watching the first season of The Waltons on DVD. Although I remember the basic plots of most of the episodes, the finer details are something I have long forgotten, since I've not seen most of the episodes in at least 25 years.
One of the episodes is entitled The Courtship, and is about Olivia's Uncle Cody Nelson.
Until I watched it again this week, I had forgotten where Cody was supposed to be from. He was a banker in Cincinnati who had been laid off. The episode talks about Cincinnati quite a bit and even mentions the paddle-wheelers on the Ohio River. The discussions provided a surprisingly accurate picture of what Cincinnati must have been like in 1933.
I think I remember reading that Earl Hamner used to work at WLW, so that may have had something to do with it.
Okay, I'll shut up now.

at 11/11/2006 4:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WBOB is now WDJO 50/60's Oldies

at 11/11/2006 4:34 PM Anonymous zuleika dobson said...


FYI, WGUC has nothing to do with UC and WVXU, likewise, has nothing to do with Xavier. both are collectively part of Cincinnati Classical Public Radio, Inc. WGUC is mainly classical with some NPR. WVXU is mainly news from NPR and BBC, with a little bit of jazz.

at 11/11/2006 7:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

at 11/11/2006 3:36 PM skippercollector said...
Now that I’ve got my list of radio stations, I am hoping someone can supply me with a list of related cable and over-the-air networks. By this I mean, which networks are, for want of a better word, sisters?
For instance, I know that NBC owns MSNBC and I think Bravo. What else does it own?
This doesn't have anything to do with my need to update my radio mailing list. This is just curiosity on my part.

Be Careful What you ask for Skipper collector.
Off the top of my nead Here goes
Nbc owns universal studios and theme parks, scifi channel, cnbc. msnbc, cnbc world, sleuth channel,sundance,usa, universal hd channel, shopnbc channel, bravo, telemundo, nbc universal on demand,nbc weather plus, mun2, telemundo puerto rico

at 11/11/2006 8:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad about Edie Magnus, she reminds me of Juliette Vara, another first class reporter and attractive too.

Seems like all the good ones are being let go...

at 11/11/2006 8:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Cindy Mathews?? I saw her do some lifestyle segment on Channel 9 a while back and she was in a one piece bathing suit and WOW.

Is Sandra Ali gaining weight?? Or am I imagining it. Is she prego?

I know when girls go to college and eat all that dorm food they gain about 30 lbs. They call it the Freshman 30.

What about when you get married??

at 11/11/2006 11:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know matthews isnt at 9 anymore anyone know where she is or went?

at 11/12/2006 2:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What about the pirate stations?"

There's urban 96.1 between Clifton & Norwood and religion on 106.3 along I-71 from Kenwood to 275.

at 11/12/2006 9:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon 8:58...Unless we're both imagining, it does look like Sandra Ali has gained some weight. Either that or Sheree has lost some weight. Maybe it's all the samples of wedding cake, or maybe the camera really adds 10 pounds. Maybe the hubby is a good cook... and another known fact that the side effects of "the pill" include nausea, headaches, and weight gain.

at 11/12/2006 4:44 PM Anonymous dawgsfan47 said...

What about 95.5 and 97.7, which are the same? They play 70s, 80s, 90s.

at 11/12/2006 4:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily Longnecker is gorgeous! Doesn't look like she's gained any weight, better and more versatile than Juliette Vara, and oh oh oh what a great smile and such heavenly eyes!! I'm so smitten every time I see her on News 5!

at 11/12/2006 5:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Brandon for the go back and figure out what other CBS shows you want to promote on the nation's first NBC affiliate.

at 11/13/2006 8:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Jim Scott? Who is the new guy?

at 11/13/2006 9:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI - 94.9 "the sound" has said that THEIR call letters are now WYGY. Heard them say it this morning.

at 11/13/2006 11:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried 94.9......and it is horrible. We need a true Hard Rock/Metal station here.

at 11/13/2006 1:43 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Yes, 94.9 still technically WYGY-FM. But the call letters are being transfered to 97.3, to stick with the country format (as they were when it was on 96.5 and 94.9).
Yes, 95.5 and 97.7 are simulcast. 97.7 is the old 97X from Oxford, and 95.5 is in Ripley. To make things more confusing, the office is in Sharonville. They're called "MAX" FM.

at 11/13/2006 6:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's Randy Michaels?

at 11/13/2006 7:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just ran across some old but freshly posted Cincy TV clips on YouTube.

Looks like an entire edition of Bob Braun show from 1981 and several clips from the coupon lady. Search "wlwt"

Also found some WCPO 50th anniv segments narrated by Randy Little. Never quite figured out why they got rid of him. Search wcpo.

at 11/13/2006 8:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Max is 97.7 & 99.5, not 95.5.

at 11/13/2006 9:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not the the WCPO search and check out a rarity:

The Lemon Pipers singing "Green Tamborine" on the Uncle Al merry-go-round, with some of the other Uncle Al props, including the robot. At the end, I think it's Nick Clooney starting to interview them "from the studios of WCPO"


at 11/13/2006 9:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...'s the direct Lemon Pipers link: link:

at 11/13/2006 10:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever wonder about the stories you never hear the follow-up on....

When does Eric Warren get out of prison??

What is Stephen Hill doing, he's about 18 months into a 5 year deal isn't he. Maybe the I-Team can report on that... Call the Law Dog

What is the status of Paul Horton of his OVI/Hit and Run charge???

What's Della Sutorius up to... Ask Jerry.

Enquiring minds want to know...

at 11/13/2006 10:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Dan Brady? Didn't he have an issue with the late Steve Esposito in the old WCPO parking lot and at Barleycorn Yacht Club?

at 11/13/2006 10:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

probably not taking any checks from him :)

at 11/15/2006 7:06 AM Blogger skippercollector said...

Thank you to the people who helped me with the list of radio stations.

at 11/17/2006 12:40 AM Blogger JackHill said...

Goiing back a the person who posted about radio stations reading obituaries....

I had to do that when I worked in a radio station in Colorado. Every newscast...every day. We had to read the thing, and then repeat it so folks were sure to hear it. Every newscast. Every day.

My belief was...and still is to this day....if you were a friend or family member of the deceased, you already know they're dead and don't need me telling you. If not...odds are you don't care.

at 12/06/2006 10:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody have a YouTube link to some classic Al Schottelkotte newscasts from the 60's or 70's? And then there's the famous "Channel 9" jingle that I'd like to add to my collection of mp3's.

at 6/24/2007 2:22 AM Blogger dan said...

94.9 the sound and all the channels that were bought along with it is now owned by a company i beleave is called boniville they are a subsidiary of the church of ladder day saints (mormands)i dont mind that its the fact that they deny it when yo act them unless you call and right to the top people there then you get the facts

at 6/24/2007 2:23 AM Blogger dan said...

is david rose ever coming back to cincinnat .. or is he already

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