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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, November 14, 2006

Nick at Nite in town tonite

Nick at Nite comes to town today again looking for the Funniest Mom in America. Open auditions will be 8 p.m at Go Bananas comedy club, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery. Last year Nick at Nite discovered Angie Montgomery of Forest Park at the Go Bananas audition. She made it all the way to the top five – and the final show in April.
Cincinnati is one of more than 30 stops scheduled around the country looking for woman to participate in the six-part reality TV series. The winner receives $50,000 and the chance to host a night of programming on the channel.

TV tonight
A quick thought about "Dancing with the Stars" (8 p.m., Ch 9) final competition tonight: If Emmitt Smith wins over Mario Lopez -- and I think both are evenly matched -- it would be the second straight championship for Cherly Burke. She was Drew Lachey's partner last winter.
After "DWTS," William Shatner debuts his new game show, "Show Me The Money" (9:30-11 p.m., Ch 9). For the second straight week, "Boston Legal" is bumped off the air during sweeps.
CBS premieres "3 Lbs," a doctor drama with Stanley Tucci and Mark Feurstein, at 10 p.m. (Ch. 12). The title refers to the weight of the human brain.

Congrats to Brian Douglas
Q102's Brian Douglas celebrates his 20th anniversary at WKRQ-FM on Wednesday. Oh, the stories he can tell about shooting pool with Keith Richards during the "Steel Wheels" tour stop in town, talking baseball with Elton John at Riverbend, or helping Cincinnati's Blessid Union of Souls members launch their career. And he's a nice guy too. Expect to hear some celebs call in during his show 3-7 p.m. tomorrow, and expect the humble Douglas to be embarrassed by the hoopla.

Christmas music on radio?
Several folks have asked me when any radio station might go all-Christmas music. Last year WVMX-FM (MIX94.1) started in early November... in past years, 3-4 stations have gone all-Christmas around Thanksgiving. Also last year, several stations did holiday music audio streams.... If anyone knows anything about holiday music plans at local stations, let us know.


at 11/14/2006 11:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for Christmas music, I heard on either 98.5 or 94.1 that on November 17th at 5:00 pm they would begin playing Christmas music. It was an ad on the station, but I can't remember which of those 2 it was.

at 11/14/2006 12:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

MIX is plugging Christmas music online this year. I would be reluctant to go all Christmas with so much changes already in the marketplace.

at 11/14/2006 2:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's Warm 98. Saw a flier at Arby's about it this morning.

at 11/14/2006 3:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

MIX 94-1 starts THIS Friday at 5:00 p.m. and Warm 98 starts NEXT Friday, Nov. 24 (day after Thanksgiving) at 5:00 A.M.

at 11/14/2006 5:03 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Thankfully I don't listen to either of those two stations... I agree with the 2nd post - the timing for such a gimmick might not be the best right now.

at 11/14/2006 6:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of us here at work are pulling for Emmitt and Cheryl. I won't get home til nine.... so have to decide whether to watch Dwts or House.....No I dont tVo.
Lee Ann

at 11/14/2006 6:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I am really going to show my age..... I remember when no radio station played Christmas music until AFTER Thanksgiving, and all the good specials aired in December even though some were taped in the summer.... seems to me the reason Perry Como(A favorite in our house) retire was because he felt that he was cheating folks by doing that.... give me the days of live tv. Anybody out there remember "Tikes"(Rikes children's christmas shop)... grown up gifts at piggybank prices. And they never opened until the day after Thanksgiving....
Lee Ann from Middletown(so there DB)

at 11/15/2006 7:04 AM Blogger skippercollector said...

A few years ago, Mix started playing Christmas music the first weekend of November. That Saturday was at least 60 degrees without a cloud in the sky. I was annoyed and went so far as to reprogram the buttons on my radio because I was in no mood to hear Christmas music that early. I didn't listen to Mix again until after the first of the year.
I really have no desire to hear Christmas (can I say this word at all?) music until after Thanksgiving.
What I do wish is that some of the stations would play holiday music between Christmas and New Year's, especially since so many people (not me) are home. It always bugged me that WARM 98 stopped playing Christmas music at 6 p.m. Dec. 25.

at 11/15/2006 7:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you ever needed another reason to embrace the advent of XM, it's wall to wall Christmas music 7 weeks ahead of the event.

When radio was real "60's to early 90's" we went all Christmas music on December 24th and by noon on Christmas everyone had heard enough.

at 11/15/2006 7:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one has listened to MIX since it was WINK.

They could go all Burl Ives "Holly Jolly Christmas" from now until New Year's and no one would notice.

at 11/15/2006 11:00 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Thanks for the info!

at 11/16/2006 7:04 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all you Satellite Radio afficianados:

October was “Ouchtober” for satellite.
Bank of America’s Jonathan Jacoby says “Satellite radio sales fell 25% year over year in ‘Ouchtober.’” He’s forecasting that retail unit sales for both XM and Sirius will fall 20% for the entire fourth quarter – a big one for electronics. And there’s a possible weakening of the Stern Effect — October is the first month since April 2005 that XM had better year-over-year results than Sirius. Of course the satcasters are also pushing subscriptions through new-car sales.

at 11/16/2006 2:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? Not an all Kwanza radio station?

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