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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, December 15, 2006

A Look Into The Future?

Are we seeing into the future? Jerry Thomas did his WKRC-AM show this week with his son, Brian, an attorney. I keep hearing that Brian will get the gig and replace pop in the new year… And was Jerry's last show today?
Pat Barry, the former Ch 5 and Ch 19 weatherman, returns to Ch 19 the next weeks for some holiday vacation fill-in work (and an audition?). He’s giving Paul Horton and Valerie Abati a break, since the two of them have been doing the work of three people since Rich Apuzzo was fired in early October…

Peter Boyle tribute
The Biography Channel salutes the late Peter Boyle with "Biography Remembers: Peter Boyle" at 8 p.m. Saturday. "Everybody Loves Raymond" co-stars Ray Romano, Doris Roberts and Brad Garrett, and friends Robert Klein and Howard Hesseman, were interviewed for the tribute. Boyle died Tuesday at age 71.


at 12/15/2006 9:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Brian Thomas gives up law for radio, either he needs his head examined or things must be REAL slow in the legal business.

Pat Barry to 19. At least he has some personality. Maybe he could incorporate his real name and bring us "Tingley Tracker Radar"

Speaking of 19, did you see the outfit Val was wearing last night, with her new "do".

Speaking of 19, Apuzzo going to 5 would be a very good move on their part. Maybe that's why O'Brien is on extended life support until the 6 months are up on Rich's no-compete.

at 12/15/2006 10:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh oh......
Marina Jurica is GONE from Channel 5 it a case of 'Another one bites the dust?????"

at 12/15/2006 10:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont forget about frank field whos been filling in at fox19 also

at 12/15/2006 11:23 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

I'd imagine it wouldn't be that hard for him to juggle both. At least if it doesn't work out he's got something solid to fall back on...Remember when "Willie" was still Bill Cuttingham? Attorney by day and talk show host by night...

The platoon situation on the 19 weather team must be crazy. I wish Valarie was on mornings full time.

at 12/15/2006 1:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they should bring Dave Lee back and Put him on in the morning on 55 WKRC.

Whatever happened to Bill Myers doing the weather. Man, I long for the good ole days!

Pat Berry!!! ENOUGH SAID!

at 12/16/2006 11:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy crap!

at 12/16/2006 11:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another one bites the dust. That's tooooo inside channel 5, circa 1982? What ever happened to Robin Phillips anyway?

at 12/17/2006 6:40 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

This week WCPO is pre-empting the following ABC programming:
Sunday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Shelia Bridges Holiday instead of A Charlie Brown Christmas
Monday, Dec. 18, 8 p.m., Holidays Unwrapped instead of Wife Swap
Monday, Dec. 18, 9 p.m., Crazy for Christmas instead of Supernanny

at 12/17/2006 11:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sick of them preempting this much programming on 9. How can they do this so much!? ...and why!?

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

hey skipper collector dont post erroneous info about premptions a charlie brown christmas was on sunday night .hey everyone just ignore skippercollector he is just plain ignorant

at 12/18/2006 9:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wife Swap is on at 1:35 am tonite

at 12/18/2006 9:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO what happens to Craig Kopp? I heard John Phillips on with Brian Thomas this morning and they all but said get used to this.

at 12/18/2006 2:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a feelingthat Graig would go Bye bye when Jerry retired

at 12/18/2006 2:42 PM Anonymous zuleika dobson said...

that sucks. i enjoyed the repartee that jerry and craig had developed and craig would have "worked" fine with john phillips. but brian thomas has an unpleasant "edge" that i do not enjoy in the morning. too bad and best of luck to craig if this is true.

at 12/18/2006 2:42 PM Anonymous zuleika dobson said...

that sucks. i enjoyed the repartee that jerry and craig had developed and craig would have "worked" fine with john phillips. but brian thomas has an unpleasant "edge" that i do not enjoy in the morning. too bad and best of luck to craig if this is true.

at 12/19/2006 7:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig has been around there for a long time.
Translation: He's making too much money to be on one of the throw-away stations(Homer and WSAI and WVMX are the others).

Craig was offered a job to do Internet Content at a CONSIDERABLE reduction in pay.

Professional Advice: Craig take the unemployment and get out of that mess at CC. There are plenty of non-broadcasting opportunities out there.

at 12/19/2006 11:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for noticing, Anonymous. I've been filling in sporadically for a few weeks. Seems Fox19 needed some help about the time I moved to Cincinnati late this summer. I'm happy to fill in until the station can make a permanent decision. FWIW, I have found the people in the Fox19 newsroom to be friendly and professional and I appreciate that they've put up with the questions from this interloper-in-limbo. It's hard to get into a groove when you don't do the job daily. They've been very patient and nice to work with.
Take care.
~Frank Field

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