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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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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Do You Know Cincinnati's Surya on Next "Apprentice?"

So, do you know Surya?
A Procter & Gamble brand manager, Sura Yalamanchili, will be one of 18 contestants on "The Apprentice" next month. The sixth season premieres 9:30-11 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, after the regular NFL season ends.
P&G folks only will confirm that Surya is employed here in the market development organization-media division. NBC says he "crafts corporate strategy to help the company evolve its media plans to keep up with changing consumer habits."
To revive ratings this season, producers Mark Burnett ("Survivor") and Donald Trump have added several new twists: The show moves from New York to Los Angeles. The winning team each week will live in a mansion, while the losers sleep in tents and use portable bathrooms in the back yard. And the winning project manager will remain in that position until he or she loses, and will sit in on boardroom discussions with Trump, Invanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

I don't know any more about him that what NBC put in his bio:

Surya (Cincinnati, Ohio) Brand Manager
"Surya, 24, was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania and raised in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Surya’s entrepreneurial spirit was evident early on when he started a successful e-commerce strategy company at age 15. Subsequently, he attended college and worked full-time as director of marketing at a publishing/web company, overseeing a significant marketing budget. While at Rutgers University, he was class president and commencement speaker, graduating with honors and earning a B.S. degree in finance and psychology. Today, a brand manager for a top-ranking Fortune 500 company, Surya crafts corporate strategy to help the company evolve its media plans to keep up with changing consumer habits.
"In his free time, he enjoys volunteering, playing basketball, reading and traveling. Surya says he should be the next Apprentice because he "can operate with the passion and energy of an entrepreneur and bring along the discipline and savvy of a corporate executive."

If you know him, please fill us in!


at 12/07/2006 2:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


I hear that both Jim O'Brien and Tom Sussi are leaving next month. You heard anything?
Also, rumor that 5 News Director Brendan Donnellan re-upped?

at 12/07/2006 2:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apuzzo update anyone? Where he's at? why he left? haven't heard much...

at 12/07/2006 2:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did Jude Redfield go? Any chance he will fill any of the local positions.

at 12/07/2006 2:36 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Rich Apuzzo still in town. His noncompete keeps him for working at another station here until spring. He did some fill-in work in Dayton in late October.
Jude Redfield in Indianapolis, a bigger market, so don't expect him to come back any time soon.

at 12/07/2006 2:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jude redfield is at wthr in indianapolis which is the same station former channel 5er anne marie tiernon and former fox19er Lindsay clutter went and i dont see redfield coming back to cinci

at 12/07/2006 3:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute - isn't this blog entry about Sura Yalamanchili? Aren't there already entries on this blog about local news personalities? Stay on topic, people!

at 12/07/2006 4:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't Redfield come back to Cincy? He is from here. Does he have ties to Indy? If you ask me, he's been one of the best weathermen here over the last 15 years.

at 12/07/2006 8:19 PM Blogger Aviator said...

Hey Anon 3:31pm - come on you know we don't care about a P&G engineer. Where is the gossip in that? Besides just like the chic on the Bachelor - Rome who was supposedly living in Cincy, he probably lives elsewhere. We come here to hear the bashing of those of channel 5. And when is O'Brien leaving?!

at 12/07/2006 9:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Sussi has been offered work at WLW. He will likely end up there.

at 12/07/2006 9:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jude Redfield has just accepted a job at WNBC in New York.

at 12/07/2006 9:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Purple Rain the best Prince album? Discuss!

at 12/07/2006 9:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Controversy was better because it was more cutting edge.

at 12/07/2006 9:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Rick Byrd (bird?) started a blog?

at 12/07/2006 9:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How tall is Gary Burbank?

1. 5'2"
2. 4"11"
3. 7"

at 12/08/2006 10:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

jude redfield was awful. indy or new york can have him

at 12/16/2006 8:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jude redfield couldn't get a job in New York. The best he could do is the same job he had here in Cincy in a slightly bigger market. Not much of a jump at all.

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