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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, January 23, 2007

Bearcats Bounce "American Idol" Again

Channel 19 is doing it again to "American Idol" fans. Wednesday's two-hour show will be delayed because of the UC Bearcats-Pittsburgh basketball game. The same thing happens next Wednesday, Jan. 31, for the UC-Louisville game.
The good news: These are the only two "American Idol" pre-emptions by Ch. 19. The remaining UC games will be on weekends.
Ch. 19 "purposely stayed away from UC games that interfered with 'American Idol' voting nights," says Tony Phillips, station spokesman. Viewer voting begins Tuesday, Feb. 20, when the top 12 male singers perform.
The station also lucked out. Westwood's Robert Hatcher sang at the Birmingham auditions, which air next Tuesday.
To appease fans of the hugely popular reality show, Ch. 19 will shrink its 10 p.m. news to a half-hour Wednesday so the two-hour "American Idol" can start at 10:30 p.m.
On Jan. 31, the one-hour "Idol" will air at 11 p.m., following a one-hour local newscast. "Bones," pre-empted that night, will air at 11 p.m. Thursday. So no "Simpsons" on those nights.
For those who can get Dayton's Fox station, Ch. 45 will air "Idol" in its regular prime-time slot both weeks.


at 1/23/2007 12:02 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

They should just bounce the Bearcats, I don't think anyone would notice... I've barely watched any Bearcat basketball this year and I used to watch every game.

Yeah, I know call me a fair weather fan...

at 1/23/2007 3:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is why I just set my TIVO for 45 instead of 19. I get tired of the "Bearcat Bounce".

at 1/23/2007 4:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree with BMurdock!

at 1/23/2007 6:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't 19 carry American Idol on 19.2 their "Tube TV" Music channel? I"m sure most viewers would rather watch Idol than the music videos.

at 1/23/2007 10:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why don't you take pride in your city's team? American Idol is a national show. It can be on at any other time. I think it's great to see Cincinnati teams on TV and you should take a greater appreciation in it.

at 1/23/2007 11:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANON 3;59 - If you are recording on TIVO - does it even matter if Idol is on at 8pm, or 10:30pm? Regardless of your particular situation, it's interesting that other posts lament the state of local news and the lack of quality, original local programming, yet Bearcat Basketball on FOX19 is so maligned. It is forgotten that WXIX has broadcast UC basketball for more than 20 years. While displacing the most popular show on TV may be inconvenient (especially for the station - which looses BIG money on the deal) it shouldn't be suprising. They've been doing it for more than 20 years! Does any other local station make such an effort to produce original local programming? Isn't this the kind of thing this blog says is missing from local radio stations - original local programming?

at 1/23/2007 11:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because only 19.2% of people have Digital televisions...

at 1/24/2007 8:20 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Now that would be a good use for that second signal. I doubt there would be a huge outcry over the loss of "The Tube" for a night.

at 1/24/2007 11:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in 1993 you did an article on Producer/Director David Ashbrock and the UC basketball broadcasts on 19. You talked about the high quality of the production and how they were on par with the networks. They still are. They've only gotten better. Maybe you should revisit that topic.

at 1/24/2007 9:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

people say put the bearcats on 19.2 they cant due to contractual obligations with UC

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