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Television
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, December 20, 2006

CET Looking for 1937 Flood Stories

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the great 1937 flood, CET will repeat Dan Hurley's "The 1937 Flood: A Look Back" and ask viewers for their stories and photos about the flood to post on www.CETconnect.org.
The deadline for submitting photos, or interviews on video or paper, and other materials is Jan. 8. They will not be part of the "1937 Flood" documentary on Jan. 19 (9 p.m., Channel 48), which is a repeat from years ago. Thousands were left homeless when the Ohio River crested at 79.9 feet on Jan. 26 that year.
For details go to http://www.cetconnect.org/content/37flood.asp
Questions about the project should be directed to Amanda Carnes at the station at amanda_carnes@wcet.pbs.org, or 513-345-6566.

TV tonight
The "Christmas Tech" special on “Modern Marvels today (10 p.m., History Channel) features the California home of Mike Ziemkowski, the guy who designed the Cincinnati Zoo’s new synchronized Wild Lights Show. Zoo employees had seen his elaborate display last year, and asked him to design a show for the Wings of Wonder amphitheater. The Zoo's display is not shown on the TV special.


133 Comments:

at 12/21/2006 12:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Radio Christmas Music
I've found the local Christmas music offerings have too short a playlist. Do they get a better rate if they play 15 songs over and over rather than a real assortment?
Luckily, In the northern suburbs WMKV (89.3) is playing a very diverse set of holiday music. Some songs may repeat, but I've not heard many repeats of the same performance. Very refreshing. Are any other stations playing a good variety of holiday music?

 
at 12/21/2006 7:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Jim Scott on the air, the day the '37 flood hit?

 
at 12/21/2006 9:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to Anon 12/21/06 7:12AM:

"Hhhhelllll-O!
There's a big flood here in Our Town! Thanks for Listnin'"

Jim Scott, 1937

 
at 12/21/2006 10:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John, Richard Plessinger died.

 
at 12/21/2006 12:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiese-

You've been in this town a long time...I know Jim Scott keeps talking about his home in upstate NY, BUT there is is a story in Cincinnati lore that keeps coming to the surface. The story is Jim is the product of an affair between a young (OK, younger) Ruth Lyons and a new weatherman (at the time) by name of Tony Sands.

Tell me that I'm the only person who has heard that one......

 
at 12/21/2006 12:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally false. Please!

 
at 12/21/2006 2:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, Sandra Ali looks a lot like Norma Rashid, not sure if Normer is old enough to have a daughter that age or not--perhaps a high school love child with ??

 
at 12/21/2006 2:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELCOME BACK FURBALL

 
at 12/21/2006 2:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 12:31 Anon....

I think you hold the answer to the never-ending parade of Channel 5 weathermen/women.

Maybe old Tony and Ruth did do the Big Nasty in one of the closets at the Comex building.

And perhaps Tony's refusal to runaway with Miss Lyons, led her to leave a curse on the Channel 5 weather department. Afterall, she was a powerful woman in broadcasting in her day.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!!!!!

Now, what's it going to take to end the curse.

 
at 12/21/2006 3:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Berry? What the??

 
at 12/21/2006 5:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep Pat Berry on the Air PLEASE ;-) :-)

 
at 12/21/2006 7:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

furball is on super talk 96.5 this is a great addition.

 
at 12/21/2006 7:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contrary to popular belief, former 700-WLW sports talk radio host Andy Furman will not be retiring or starting a new career selling cars. The rumors circulating in local media circles about Furman finding a home at Cincinnati's new FM talk station have now come to fruition.





Beginning Jan. 8, "Prime Time Sports with Andy Furman" will be heard live and local from 4-7 p.m. on WFTK-FM "Supertalk FM 96.5."

Furman's early shows will likely include interviews with major local and national celebrities including Pete Rose, Sparky Anderson, Jim Tressel, Mark Dantonio, Bob Huggins, Bob Knight, Oscar Robertson and Nick Lachey. Furman would like to interview Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, with whom he had a very public feud, in order to put past differences behind them.

Furman, 56, had been suspended without pay on Oct.13 for calling Houshmandzadeh a "racist" during his 700-WLW-AM "Sports Talk" show on Oct. 6. Leading up to his suspension, Furman had criticized Houshmandzadeh for the previous two nights for failing to show up at a live call-in show, for which he was under a paid contract by WLW to appear each week during the Bengals' season.

Whether listeners loved or hated him, Furman's success at 700-WLW was proven by his high ratings. Over the past 15 years, Furman's 6-9 p.m. program had a No. 1 ranking 45 times in the last 59 ratings books, with the men 25-54 demographic.

During the other 14 rating periods, his show was ranked No. 2 with this key demographic. It must be noted that the Arbitron ratings books do not differentiate "Sports Talk" programming and ratings for Cincinnati Reds baseball.

Cumulus Media Partners, owner of Supertalk FM 96.5, strategically positioned Furman in the 4-7 p.m. afternoon drive to go head-to-head with two hours of Gary Burbank and one hour of Sports Talk on WLW. Furman will also directly compete against two other popular sports talk hosts: Lance McCalister on 1530-Homer and the duo of Wayne "Box" Miller and Eric "E.T." Thomas on 1230 AM "The Buzz."

Burbank's show is the ratings leader in the time period, but his show has been declining in popularity for the past 10 years.

 
at 12/21/2006 7:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wanna know why people aren't bashing gary burbank for his ratings keep on sliding. Oh i remember kiese is a guest on burbank every monday.
Folks you will not see a negative article about gary burbank at all as long as kiese is the moderator. My sources at the big one tell me kiese gets a hefty bonus for appering on burbank

 
at 12/21/2006 10:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

burbank and cc lost me when they changed his and mcconnels shifts around for his syndication and his show just hasnt been the same since especially since doc wolfe left

 
at 12/22/2006 6:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burbank is burned out. He hasn't been funny since the early 80's.

Lance McAlister spends too much time talking about himself and his kid. We don't care. Talk sports please, not what you watched on TV last night.

The BUZZ isn't a factor, period.

Cumulus has done well positioning Furman where they did. Let's hope this is only the beginning of more local programming and the return of REAL Radio, not the Clear Channel version

 
at 12/22/2006 8:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just in well as of 7:38 am Sheila Gray pregnant with child number two. Congrats to Sheila,her husband Rick and daughter Katie

 
at 12/22/2006 8:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone see Fox 19 this morning? Valerie was wearing a little Santa suit. Ho! Ho! Ho!

 
at 12/22/2006 9:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wonder how they will handle sheilas maternity leave, will they have mongello fill in or have a rotation of moening and thau and mongello hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

 
at 12/22/2006 9:41 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

I could do without the robotic Kim Moening and Carolin whatshername. I vote for Megan. She's done her time and deserves the shot. She should have been behind the desk while Sheila was out last month. They need to take care of their own and not bring in outsiders for such prime gigs. I'll be firing off an email to the powers that be at Fox19 lets hope they listen.

 
at 12/22/2006 9:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i doubt that they will put mongello behind the desk, they always seem to bring in outsiders to sub for long term absences

 
at 12/22/2006 10:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed seeing Pat Berry on Wednesday. I guess he just got a 1 night guest appearance because Traci Hale Brown was on Thursday night.

Also, I have a radio question. I'm sure these are celebrity names and not their given names, but are Brian Douglas from Q102 and Randi Douglas from WARM98 related?

 
at 12/22/2006 11:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A big NO. Randi's real first name is Barb and noooooooo.

 
at 12/22/2006 12:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting note about the "independent" research saying channel 9 has the most accurate forecast. I wondered who paid for it (because i'm sure WeatheRate isn't doing this research out of the goodness of their hearts). From WeatheRate's website:

Can you tell me more about your certification and licensing process?

Since March 2003, WeatheRate has been verifying TV weather forecast accuracy for 300 stations in 75 U.S. cities every day. The most accurate station in each TV market is offered the opportunity to license the WeatheRate seal of approval for advertising and promotional purposes.

Stations that promote their WeatheRate seal of approval pay us a fee.


So how independent can that really be?

 
at 12/22/2006 1:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another interesting tidbit about WeatheRate from its website (weatherate.com):

Before starting WeatheRate, our company president was often wrong at work … yet he wasn't fired.
How could this be? Simple. Bruce was a meteorologist; he forecasted weather for television, radio, newspapers, trucking companies and government agencies. "It was the only job in my life where I could be wrong over and over without getting fired," says Bruce.


So, the founder of this company appears to be admitting he wasn't very good at his job as a meteorologist, so he starts a company to judge the accuracy of weather forecasting????

Sounds like he found yet another way to make money, possibly still be wrong, and yet, not get fired.

 
at 12/22/2006 2:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

12 was offered the "WeatherRate" deal before 9 was and was unwilling to pay the huge amount of money they wanted for the rating, so a few months later WeatherRate offered it to 9. This has happened in many other markets too.

 
at 12/22/2006 3:59 PM Blogger Rick said...

Gary Burbank was funny in the 1980's???

 
at 12/22/2006 4:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember Roger Ramjet?

 
at 12/22/2006 4:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Scott survived the Flood of '37 by inflating his Grippos bag and floating downriver. He was 41 at the time.

 
at 12/22/2006 6:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Scott also survived the big flood in 1888. He was in college at the time.

 
at 12/22/2006 11:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is also a Civil War veteran.

 
at 12/22/2006 11:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Margaret Buchanon - have you looked in here lately? See what you're newspaper people are doing Margaret? It's all under your watch!

 
at 12/23/2006 10:22 PM Anonymous SpongeBob SquarePants said...

Tracey Johnson is anchoring WXIX's Ten O'Clock News tonight.

I think she was a weather anchor at WCPO in the early 1990s. She replaced Todd Hunter back when Brian Patrick did the weather and Bob Alan were at Channel 9.

Someone also mentioned in another thread that WKRC-TV changed their website address from "www.wkrc.com" to "www.local12.com". Could this be in preparation for a call letter change when Clear Channel sells their TV stations?

 
at 12/25/2006 11:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays Everyone

 
at 12/25/2006 11:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the webaddress change is just because, i mean look at wcpo and wlwt changing from the other addresses they had WCPO( cincinow.com and cincinnati.com) and WLWT(channelcincinnati.com)

 
at 12/26/2006 6:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracey Johnson Hardwick '87
Major: Communications
Occupation: News Anchor for TXCN, Dallas Texas

When Tracey reflects on the Lord's leading and direction in her life, she is filled with gratitude to Him for guiding her just at the right moment. That began with her family's decision to attend an Assemblies of God church in Cincinnati, OH while she was a teenager. She is so grateful to her mom and dad for providing the spiritual foundation that was vital to her life and for their obedience to His calling upon her family. Soon thereafter, Tracey explored college options, which led her to the Evangel campus. Tracey shares that, "As soon as I stepped on campus, I knew that Evangel was the place for me."

It was during her first Spiritual Emphasis Week at Evangel that Tracey had a grounding experience. She and the student body were challenged to st and for Jesus in whatever career path He led. Tracey embraced that challenge.

It wasn't long until Tracey's broadcasting talents came to light. Just when she was searching for vocational direction, she was asked by one of her professors to be in a pilot tape promoting Evangel. From there, her broadcasting career has blossomed.

Running concurrently with her career is her husband's, Kirk, whom Tracey describes as her best friend. Kirk and Tracey met at Evangel. His career as an executive with Sam's Club had necessitated several career moves, including a 2-year stint in Puerto Rico where Kirk was Country Director. With each move, the Lord has opened a door for Tracey as a broadcaster.

After graduation, Tracey's first reporting opportunity came with WQAD in Moline, IL as a consumer reporter. Other positions were offered to her upon moves to Cincinnati, OH with WCPO as a weather anchor; Fayetteville, AR as a news anchor with KHOG; Shreveport, LA at KTBS as a news/weather anchor; and currently in Dallas, TX at TXCN as a news anchor.

Tracey feels that the individual attention and hands-on opportunities she received at Evangel were instrumental in helping her to succeed in the competitive field of broadcasting. She holds fast to Joshua 1: 8-9, knowing that the Lord prospers those who do that which He commands.

Tracey and Kirk now reside in Dallas, TX where Kirk has opened up his own sales/marketing company. They have twin boys, Luke and Landon, who are 4 years old and a daughter, Lacey Lynn, who is 3. Tracey says she is happiest while doing anything with her best friends...her family.

 
at 12/26/2006 6:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was from 2001 by the way.

 
at 12/26/2006 6:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

RATINGS NEWS ........

The Beechmont Ford commercial showing Lorinn Williams and Santa at a news anchor desk selling used cars just beat out channel 5 by two ratings points at 11pm.

 
at 12/26/2006 3:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice article about Sheila in todays paper explaining about her complicated pregnancy and 2 miscarriages

 
at 12/26/2006 5:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Scott did a live remote broadcast from Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. That's how the three wise men ended up with Grippo's bags in their pouches.

 
at 12/26/2006 7:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's interesting that all of the main people on 19's Ten O'Clock News last night, are not actual employees of FOX-19!!!

Tracey J -- just filling in/free-lancing

Pat Berry -- just filling in until 19 gets a Chief Meteorlogist

Betsy Ross -- has been free-lancing forever!!

What does this say about their 'valued' employees and loyalty to the station!?!?!?

At least Cammy Dierking was working all last night on Christmas Day! She might be annoying, but she doesn't mind coming in on Christmas...

 
at 12/26/2006 7:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

EWWWWW----Jonathan Hawgood on at 5, 5:30 &6 tonight........get him off of there!!!!! Heck, even Michael Moeley was better at anchoring last night at 11!!!

 
at 12/26/2006 7:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where in the world is Jim O'Brien?!?! Is he fired yet?

They're still airing promos for him.............

 
at 12/26/2006 8:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

O'Brien is out end of week. And Tom Sussi is gone in two weeks. Off to Orlando to head up consumer unit.

 
at 12/26/2006 8:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

everybody set up your dvr's to record obriens final day. Friday

 
at 12/26/2006 9:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't know Tricia Mackee was pregnant too until John's story today. I remember when Regina Russo's baby was born she was saying how cute he was and that she wanted another baby. Well, I guess she got her wish :).

 
at 12/26/2006 9:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoops, I meant Mackie. The pain meds are starting to work.

 
at 12/26/2006 10:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow Dan Carroll and Kim Moening doing the 10pm news tonight

 
at 12/26/2006 10:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like moening will be around for a while

 
at 12/27/2006 7:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in here Jim OB. That goodbye hung from Sharee is on the way....

 
at 12/27/2006 8:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Scott was spotted eating Doritos at lunch yesterday. This is a problem.

 
at 12/27/2006 8:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Scott issue:

It's no secret that programming doesn't matter to Clear Channel. Just listen to the content Scott puts forth every morning:
canned interviews repeated every 90 minutes.
Rich Walburg entertainment minute, a total waste of air time.
cross plugging other WLW shows with taped drop-ins from those programs.

THAT ISN'T WHAT SCOTT WANTS TO BE DOING.

He sounds burned out and grumpy because all his creativity has been taken away.

There's no flow..he could call in his drops from home.

Clear Channel only keeps him on because he's the only "MONEY MACHINE" they have bringing in ad revenue. Take away his cash flow and there would be 19 more heads chopped before you could pull a Grippos bag from your pocket.

PS...has anyone besides scott read the Crosley Brothers book (twice) as Scott suggests in one ad.

 
at 12/27/2006 10:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above poster. Jonathan Hawgood is too smug. I liked Moeley's performance. Seems very trustworthy. I also watch their traffic guy on the website - he anchors their "fast cast" thing every day, but does he ever anchor on the air?

Pat Barry? Wow.

 
at 12/27/2006 10:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. Pete Scalia does a nice job on the web site but I've never seen him anchor on air. He'd be a good fill-in for Todd on the morning show.

 
at 12/27/2006 11:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

True or false: Gary Burbank is 5'4"

 
at 12/27/2006 11:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should we start a contest to see who delivers first and when? I say sheila and may6th

 
at 12/27/2006 11:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sandra Ali, triplets, tomorrow.

(man..she's a big 'un)

 
at 12/27/2006 12:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"wow Dan Carroll and Kim Moening doing the 10pm news tonight

Yeah, Kim is great for insomnia - I didn't even make it all way through the newcast. At least she wasn't filling in for Sheila this morning.

 
at 12/27/2006 1:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many times has Jim O'Brien's last day been posted? I'll believe it when I see it. That dude should just walk out now.

 
at 12/27/2006 1:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How'd y'all like Anna Townsend doing the Noon news instead of Dayna Eubanks?

Today's 12 in Touch Poll:
Who does a better job anchoring/who would you rather watch:

a) Anna Townsend
b) Dayna Eubanks
c) Cammy Dierking

 
at 12/27/2006 2:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's 12 in Touch Poll:
Who does a better job anchoring/who would you rather watch:

a) Anna Townsend
b) Dayna Eubanks
c) Cammy Dierking


Wow, it is the worst three at 12. They all should be gone in my opinion. Anna Townsend talks too quickly, Dayna is just annoying with her wigs, and Cammy, well, too much too mention, but she thinks her stuff doesn't stink and she should be forbidden from singing.

 
at 12/27/2006 3:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

has anybody else noticied that when you watch goodmorning cincy you have to turn the volume up really loud because they all speak very soft.
Annna Speak up

 
at 12/27/2006 7:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

even today at Noon, when Anna was filling in for Dayna Eubanks, she wasn't loud enough...I think she was too tired from working 4 a.m. - 12 p.m.....

 
at 12/27/2006 9:01 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

What's with the Anna bashing? Anna rocks! She's a breath of fresh air. Anna isn't talking softly she just isn't yelling like Cammy does.

 
at 12/27/2006 10:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

well then gmc director needs to turn up the mike volume. On every other morning station the sound is just right.
And yes lisa and todd are fake.

 
at 12/28/2006 1:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I agree, Anna is very bad, but not as bad as Cammy. Also, I seem to notice audio problems on all of "Local 12's" locally produced programs. I sometimes notice a muffled sound.

All four local stations are heading downhill.

 
at 12/28/2006 12:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lisa and Todd are not fake. Todd is stiff, yes, but not fake. And as for Lisa, "fake" doesn't give a kidney to someone who needs it.

 
at 12/28/2006 12:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's move on to another station...and morning show..
Is it true that kathrine and david don't get along on their morning show? rumors have been flying that the two of them hate each other and the show is barely hanging on because of all the pompous, primadonna attitudes?

 
at 12/28/2006 1:05 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

So who is the primadonna? Kathrine or Dave? Didn't notice the tension guess because I never watch them. I flip around a lot (during commercials) but for me it's 19, 12, and 5 in that order.

 
at 12/28/2006 1:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tell ya another who REALLY needs to speak up when on-the-air, is CYNDEE O'QUINN, meteorlogist at Ch.9

She's great, but sometimes it seems as if though she's in comatose...

 
at 12/28/2006 1:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: David & Kathrine.

He seems a bit full of himself & maybe a tad less professional.

She seems very professional, but a bit of a wet noodle. Also, her hair has looked like crap most mornings since she grew it out.

 
at 12/28/2006 2:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worst weatherman ever.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/2006/07/awfulweatherman2.html

 
at 12/29/2006 12:31 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim scott was an assistant bartender at the last supper

 
at 12/29/2006 9:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Scott was indeed there at the Last Supper, and he still regrets not getting that lucky Grippos bag in the back pocket of the Savior's robe before Judas turned him over.

 
at 12/29/2006 11:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't Channel 9 have to disclose in some way that they paid for the independent research that found them to be the most accurate forecasters? Much in the same way they failed to disclose they put fake news on TV by airing packaged stories from public relations firms?

 
at 12/29/2006 11:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

at 12/29/2006 11:21 AM Anonymous said...
Shouldn't Channel 9 have to disclose in some way that they paid for the independent research that found them to be the most accurate forecasters? Much in the same way they failed to disclose they put fake news on TV by airing packaged stories from public relations firms?

Very Good Point

 
at 12/29/2006 3:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a good look at Brian Patrick this weekend... it'll be his last at Ch. 9. He is out the door after the first of the year.

 
at 12/29/2006 4:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

id imagine brian is mad. He was the morning show anchor for how many years then a few years ago 9 just moved him to weekend anchor.
Whats brian going 2 do.

 
at 12/29/2006 4:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that Jonathan Hawgood..but why do all the female weather people seem to want to get away from him? I heard a rumour that Suzanne Horgan just couldn't stand him. That Kristin Cornett wanted out too, and now Marina. What gives? Is Jonathan too friendly? I've seen him with John Bateman and they are a great team.

I don't care for that cold fish Sandra Ali. When she came to town she talked of how aggressive she was, and what has she done? She went to New York to interview NBC primetime stars and that's about it. No hard hitting reporting from her. She seems to content to sit on her throne. She is an excellent news reader and her pitch and delivery is top notch but I just don't sense she is long for Cincinnati. She has 'star' written all over her. I think it's terrible too what they did to Dave Wagner. He's every bit as good an anchor as Sandra. If the GM thought hiring someone who would be a 'diva' would bring in viewers, this is Cincinnati. People want people they know. Channel 5 would do well to promote their homegrown talent -that's what draws in viewers.

 
at 12/29/2006 4:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, it's been "confirmed" that Beas is the new chief at 5? Has 5 released anything?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLWT

 
at 12/29/2006 4:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep but in the case with sandra her hubby is here working at local 12 sean ley. so if sandra went to nyc sean would follow.
Im all for michelle hopkins/ dave wagner newscast. When michelle was on news5today she was a great anchor and is funny.
Michelle is to highly liked in this city to just be doing general assingments.

 
at 12/29/2006 5:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCPO-TV
check out wiki about 9 and see about the weather they dont even list norris so is he not a meteorologist and according to wiki 5s weather is in transition

 
at 12/29/2006 9:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

according to wiki 5s weather is in transition
well it is. 5 only has 3 full time meterologist.
Note to kiesha kirkland= cvg is known as the international airport not the national airport. Other than that I can see her getting hired along with that eric green from wheeling, wva.

 
at 12/29/2006 9:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

breaking news- today was obriens final day he is now off the wlwt.com page.
5 has pulled all promos featuring jim.

 
at 12/29/2006 11:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

sean ley has been quoted as saying local 12 is the only station he would want to work for...so he's not going anywhere

 
at 12/30/2006 10:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"sean ley has been quoted as saying local 12 is the only station he would want to work for...so he's not going anywhere "

You actually believe that? It came off of 12's website. Of course he's going to say that about the station that currently signs his paycheck. All it would take is a better offer somewhere else, or 12 not renewing him, and he would be changing his tune.

And don't fool yourself... if the little woman gets a job somewhere else, he would be following her like a puppy dog!

 
at 12/30/2006 12:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey someone from channel nine where nine stands for news please answer, is Cyndee O'Quinn expecting again?the way shw has been dressing as of late makes me wonder

 
at 12/30/2006 4:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another VCR ALERT:

Brian Patrick's last newscast is tomorrow night (12/31/06) 11 p.m. New Year's Eve

Channel 9 is getting rid of him...they probably figure there's no since in having 2 anchors do the weekend evening news, since Courtis Fuller does it by himself (Channel 5) and Paula Toti does it by herself (Channel 12)

Brian Patrick has been at Channel 9 for 16 years. What a remarkable career, Brian

 
at 12/30/2006 4:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone catch Jim O'Brien at 11:00 last night during his last newscast?

Poor guy...all he got to say was "Sheree, it's been a pleasure" then it looked like Sheree was going to cry...

And right after the 11:00 news ended, they showed that promo that Jim used to do except Derek was doing it, and he said EXACTLY what Jim said on it...duh, they could have changed it a little for Derek !!!

 
at 12/30/2006 5:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

O'Brien out. Wagner sidelined. Sussi off to Orlando. What the hell is going on at 5? Any inside information. I'm a long-time viewer and can't figure out why all the changes. I liked Sussi's consumer stuff. Even that damn bone. What happened?

 
at 12/30/2006 6:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note: When Eric Green arrives at 5 from Huntington, WV... not Wheeling. His presentation is ahead of many in the market...

My top picks, in order as far as presentation style and over all presense.

Raleigh
Norris
Horton
Eric Green (when he arrives)
Bateman
Boutilletter
Horstmyere

 
at 12/30/2006 7:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Eric Green and y do you know so much about him, unless you're the nitwit that fired Jim O'Brien.

 
at 12/30/2006 8:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think dicky dyer and brennan spend all the time on this site leaving good comments bout 5 and bad comments bout every other station.

dicky stop the revolving door and your ratings will go up its a proven winner here in cincy

 
at 12/30/2006 8:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally dont mind courtis, its just when he begins a story it always begins let me tell you. Courtis is always featuring stories bout him helping the black community. Courtis we get the idea your the next kabbaccka

 
at 12/30/2006 8:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard pic is free lancing at 5 when ken is on vacation and george is anchoring. Pic is going to be featured on blitz 5 next week.

 
at 12/30/2006 8:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

didnt the demos come out last week, i know dicky was raving bout how 5 was the most watched with women 18-34 and 34-55.
5 also got 95 percent of the black demo.

 
at 12/31/2006 12:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Scott - the only reporter live at the scene when the earth cooled.

 
at 12/31/2006 12:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giddyup little doggies!

 
at 12/31/2006 12:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it that John allows all of us to say anything we want to here - and we can just go crazy! Thank you John. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

 
at 12/31/2006 12:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't want advice from Barbie and Skipper. Even though I don't really like Carol Williams, "Healthy Living" is so much better.

 
at 12/31/2006 11:54 AM Blogger Rick said...

Anon 12:18, I agree with you... I swear, if John just posted: "The topic is________________; talk among yourselves", this still would be a fascinating blog...

 
at 12/31/2006 1:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

2006 Local News Year-In Review:

Kristen Cornett -- gone (February) and now laughing in Channel 5's face!!
Harvey Smilovitz -- fired (August)
Rich Appuzo -- fired (September)
Marina Jurica -- fired (November)
Jim O'Brien -- fired (December)
Brian Patrick -- fired (December)

And yes, I agree with above Anon poster...

why in the *beep* does Courtis Fuller have to start every freaking story with , "let me tell you........"

 
at 12/31/2006 2:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you noticed that 5 hardly reports news anymore. everything they do is them giving stupid advice about how to live our life. at least 9 actually tells us what we should know

 
at 12/31/2006 3:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

or Courtis starts a story with "I must tell you...." or "we should tell you....." he drives me CRAZY!!!!!!!

Yes, channel 5 seldom reports actual "news" anymore...only 5 tips on "how to look healthy" or "how to clean your room" WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
at 12/31/2006 8:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Scott will be covering his 87th New Year's Day celebration tomorrow. Congratulations Jim!

 
at 12/31/2006 8:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allow me to briefly just state that the current state of the media is in question here, when, among other things, well, how should I put it, hmmmmm, I'm at a loss for words. Sorry.

 
at 12/31/2006 9:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least 5 isn't 12 with this gem: 12 Questions With Psychic Jill!

 
at 12/31/2006 11:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorrin Williams is hot!!!

 
at 12/31/2006 11:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the thing man. Wait, I forgot what the thing is.

 
at 12/31/2006 11:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorrin Williams? Is she related to Carol Williams?

 
at 12/31/2006 11:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you.

 
at 12/31/2006 11:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 2007 Jim Scott! Congrats on 137 years at 700 WLW.

 
at 12/31/2006 11:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cmon everyone. we've only got a few more minutes in 2006 to post messages here on this board. Hurry!

 
at 12/31/2006 11:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

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at 12/31/2006 11:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

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at 12/31/2006 11:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't want advice from Barbie and Skipper. Even though I don't really like Carol Williams, "Healthy Living" is so much better.
I can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't want advice from Barbie and Skipper. Even though I don't really like Carol Williams, "Healthy Living" is so much better. I can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't want advice from Barbie and Skipper. Even though I don't really like Carol Williams, "Healthy Living" is so much better.
I can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't want advice from Barbie and Skipper. Even though I don't really like Carol Williams, "Healthy Living" is so much better.
I can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't want advice from Barbie and Skipper. Even though I don't really like Carol Williams, "HealtI can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't wa

 
at 12/31/2006 11:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't want advice from Barbie and Skipper. Even though I don't really like Carol Williams, "Healthy Living" is so much better.
I can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't want advice from Barbie and Skipper. Even though I don't really like Carol Williams, "Healthy Living" is so much better. I can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't want advice from Barbie and Skipper. Even though I don't really like Carol Williams, "Healthy Living" is so much better.
I can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't want advice from Barbie and Skipper. Even though I don't really like Carol Williams, "Healthy Living" is so much better.
I can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't want advice from Barbie and Skipper. Even though I don't really like Carol Williams, "HealtI can't stand the "5 Things Every Woman Should Know" on Channel 5. I watched it a few times and it's stupid. I really don't wa

 
at 12/31/2006 11:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Radio Christmas Music
I've found the local Christmas music offerings have too short a playlist. Do they get a better rate if they play 15 songs over and over rather than a real assortment?
Luckily, In the northern suburbs WMKV (89.3) is playing a very diverse set of holiday music. Some songs may repeat, but I've not heard many repeats of the same performance. Very refreshing. Are any other stations playing a good variety of holiday music?

 
at 12/31/2006 11:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiese-

You've been in this town a long time...I know Jim Scott keeps talking about his home in upstate NY, BUT there is is a story in Cincinnati lore that keeps coming to the surface. The story is Jim is the product of an affair between a young (OK, younger) Ruth Lyons and YOU!

Tell me that I'm the only person who has heard that one......

 
at 1/01/2007 12:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! I'm the first entry of 2007!

 
at 1/01/2007 12:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. I am the second entry of 2007.

 
at 1/01/2007 12:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I am the second entry.

 
at 1/01/2007 12:36 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiese-

You've been in this town a long time...I know Jim Scott keeps talking about his home in upstate NY, BUT there is is a story in Cincinnati lore that keeps coming to the surface. The story is Jim is the product of an affair between a young (OK, younger) Ruth Lyons and Andy Furman.

Tell me that I'm the only person who has heard that one......

 
at 1/02/2007 12:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It stinks that Brian Patrick didn't get so much as a good luck last night. They just said something about here is a video looking back at 2006. He deserved more than that.

 
at 1/02/2007 5:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah atleast with obrien got to say its been a pleasure.

 
at 1/02/2007 11:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think she is, but it looks like Regina Russo is also preggers. She's big as a house! And hasn't lost a pound since she dropped the first kid.

 
at 1/02/2007 11:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

O'Brien is a class act. Despite his poor treatment by the Peacock management.

 
at 1/02/2007 4:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if Cyndee O'Quinn did announce she was pregnant... nobody would know because you wouldn't be able to understand what she said, just like in her weathercasts!! I agree she is looking chunky though.

 
at 1/02/2007 11:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chunky? You mean, overweight? Does that really matter? I'll bet you have bad breath. Right John?!?!?!?!?!

 
at 1/03/2007 8:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of people you can't understand, How does Regina Russo stay on the air.

She can't sit still in the anchor chair, swaying back and forth. I get sea sick watching her. I feel like the room is moving.

How does she still have a job...Oh, I know. 19 CAN'T fire her, and no one else would hire her.

 
at 1/03/2007 1:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have no idea how ms. russo is still on the air. between her and cammy dierking, i'm not sure who is most annoying. has sandra ali on channel 5 gained some weight? kinda looked like she has. i'm a channel 9 viewer myself and switched to 5 during a commercial and ms. ali certainly looked a tad plump. ever seen sheree? i saw her walkin in the mall the other day...she's tiny!

 
at 1/03/2007 7:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know who used to ALWAYS sway back and forth, speaking of that, is former ch.5 anchor Anne Marie Tiernon!!!!!

 
at 1/09/2007 9:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

SANDRA ALI has definitely been movin up the scale. She looks totally different in the face. Too much wedding cake perhaps??

 
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