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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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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Goodbye to Imus

Don Imus and his "Imus in the Morning" syndicated show has lost its Cincinnati area affiliate. Middletown's WPFB-AM (910), which came in surprisingly strong down I-75 all the way to the Brent Spence Bridge, will dump its talk format tomorrow. The station becomes a classic country station Friday, playing Johnny Cash, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and the Oak Ridge Boys.
The Middletown AM station had been the outlet for Imus, Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham and other syndicated shows that couldn't get into the Cincinnati or Dayton markets. But WKRC-AM picked up Ingraham when Tony Snow left Fox radio for the White House, and then the new "SupertalkFM96.5" launched in November with O'Reilly, giving him a much better signal for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky market. So Middletown is pulling the plug on talk and going country oldies, to go along with WPFB-FM (105.9), the country Rebel that plays Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood and current country stars.
"Our focus will be on the biggest songs and artists from the '70s and '80s, with some handpicked country hits from the '60s and '90s," says Mark Evar, operations manager.
I'll miss Imus, his interviews with NBC reporters and newsmakers, and his comedy bits. I can't think of any area station where he'd be a logical fit. Maybe if Mancow bombs on FM96.5, they'll pick up Imus. Any suggestions?


54 Comments:

at 1/04/2007 6:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll miss Imus, but a real country station with a signal one can hear isn't the worst.

 
at 1/04/2007 7:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is WPFB going to have any live/local talent. There's plenty available if they want to make a go of this. Money talks, of course. But they haven't paid very well since John Randolph left in 1967.

CC should pick up Imus for 55KRC and get rid of Jerry's Kid and Phillips ASAP. Boring!!!!!!

 
at 1/04/2007 11:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi John! I love you.

 
at 1/04/2007 11:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am getting ready to switch to XM radio. I don't know why. I just wanted to say XM radio. It sounds cool.

 
at 1/04/2007 11:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it! Love it! Yeah baby! Yeah!

 
at 1/05/2007 6:03 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's only been a week. Let's not poo poo Brian and John yet. In this column John stated they were both fiscal conservatives, but listening to the show reveals they are both very Libertarian! So how about giving it a chance. Change is good... I know it's hard for the stick in the mud Cincinnatians to accept...

 
at 1/05/2007 6:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian who?

 
at 1/05/2007 7:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Wilson and John Lennon would make a great radio team.

 
at 1/05/2007 7:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

They'd be more "alive" that Jerry's kid and Puff the Magic Phillips.

BTW. This just in. The Jerry Thomas Retirement Party is still cancelled.

Today at 5 on 5...Five things every women needs to know about Jerry Thomas' Retirement Party.

 
at 1/05/2007 9:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the heck cares about Imus? That old fart needs to take his oxygen tank, cowboy hat, and disappear on that dumb ranch of his.

I didn't even know his show aired on a local station.

 
at 1/05/2007 9:32 AM Blogger Rick said...

I'm with you there... I know John likes Imus, but in my opinion, he is the MOST annoying and obnoxious and arrogant person on radio today. Just the very sound of his scraggly voice sends me diving for the radio buttons...

 
at 1/05/2007 10:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're here...

The November 2006 ratings demos have arrived and the Cincinnati Business Courier has a comprehensive article on how local stations stacked up. Bottom line, WCPO appears to be the big winner.

Read it here:

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2007/01/01/daily31.html?from_rss=1

 
at 1/05/2007 10:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Yea, Then Channel 5 is the BIG WEINER.....

 
at 1/05/2007 1:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course 5 made all those claims that they were number one in demos. OOPS! Remember those fun posts??? Nice to dream, isn't it.

They need 5 things every woman needs to know about lying.

 
at 1/05/2007 1:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually the only comments about demos on 5 were for the 5p news. and guess what, 5 is number one in every major 5pm demo. again. that's 2 in a row isn't it, channel 9?

 
at 1/05/2007 1:35 PM Anonymous alex c said...

yes it is we won 2 demo books in a row.

its time to party in mt. auburn.

news 5 intern

 
at 1/05/2007 1:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

if i want to hear or see imus i will watch his show on msnbc

 
at 1/05/2007 1:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm...channel 5 at 5 is #1 in adults 25-54, women 25-54, men 25-54, adults 18-49, women 18-49, men 18-49. in other words every demo that is sold to advertisers. and is only station to go up in demos from july to november while 9 continues to slide. what does that leave for 9's sales dept? 55+? glad i'm not hanging my hat or my salary on that!

 
at 1/05/2007 1:58 PM Anonymous dave said...

yeah kiese is so postive 9 its incredible. Kiese gets paid by scripps who owns the enquirer and wcpo.
I dont think we will ever see a postive post by kiese bout 5.

 
at 1/05/2007 1:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geraldo Rivera is no longer at large — at least in the broadcast world.
His syndicated newsmagazine, Geraldo at Large, was canceled on Thursday and Rivera will return to weekend work at Fox News Channel.

The news-oriented newsmagazine was foiled, in part, because it didn't have a distinctive home within the 93 markets that were airing it, said Bill Carroll, an expert in syndication for Katz Television. It was broadcast live in the late afternoon, but nearly half the stations are showing it after 11:30 p.m., he said.

The show's audience also proved too small and too old, he said.

"Geraldo is a great talent and did a tremendous job for us in syndication," said Roger Ailes, who heads both Fox News Channel and the Fox-owned stations. "His ratings were climbing in several markets, including New York. However, with the soft ad marketplace, the lack of an early news lead-in for his show in several cities and the timeline for financial success, I've asked him to come back to Fox News Channel."

Rivera's weekend show at Fox News Channel, At Large with Geraldo Rivera, will resume after having been canceled because he took on the syndicated show. It runs both Saturday and Sunday. He'll also be a regular contributor to The O'Reilly Factor.

In a prepared statement, Rivera said he was happy his new deal allows him to cover breaking news.

"I'm proud to work for Roger and I'm a team player," he said.

 
at 1/05/2007 2:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

my question is how many people has 9 lost over the past year. Andrea canning, brian patrick, paula farriss, pete delkus, sean ley, randy little,

 
at 1/05/2007 2:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah kiese is so postive 9 its incredible. Kiese gets paid by scripps who owns the enquirer and wcpo.

The Enquirer is owned by Gannett, not Scripps.

 
at 1/05/2007 2:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yee-haw! Channel 5 TIED Adults 25-54 at 5pm and you guys want to pop corks. What a bunch of geniuses you are. Did you NOT read the part of the story that said you LOST viewers after 5:30 and you're DEAD LAST in all other newscasts?

For people who work in a newsroom to not know who owns the major newspaper in town is pretty pathetic.

I don't even work in TV and I know you are a bunch of idiots.

 
at 1/05/2007 4:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

.

 
at 1/05/2007 10:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

god love you man!

 
at 1/05/2007 10:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imus kind of sounds like a dirty word - really. Kind of like Uranus.

 
at 1/06/2007 9:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going on here?

 
at 1/06/2007 3:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

abcdefg!

 
at 1/06/2007 7:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put Imus on 1360 The Source in place of the rerun of Clark Howard.

 
at 1/06/2007 11:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put Clark Kent on in place of Clark Howard.

 
at 1/07/2007 6:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put a Clark Bar on in place of Clark Howard.

 
at 1/07/2007 8:31 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dick Clark would work too.

 
at 1/07/2007 10:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imus is a dirty old man.

 
at 1/07/2007 2:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

?

 
at 1/07/2007 4:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

!

 
at 1/07/2007 5:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the anonymous poster above( and several of the topics on the television board), we're all glad mom and dad gave you a computer for your 10th birthday. I'm sure they wondered if you were mature enough to have one and apparently you're not. So why don't you knock it off so the adults here can have a discussion?

 
at 1/07/2007 6:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is this John????

 
at 1/07/2007 11:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I am 9. And, are you really an adult? I mean, you are ready to come in here and post things anonymously? right. You're a GREAT example of an adult. NOT!

 
at 1/07/2007 11:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the anonymous poster above( and several of the topics on the television board), we're all glad mom and dad gave you a computer for your 10th birthday. I'm sure they wondered if you were mature enough to have one and apparently you're not. So why don't you knock it off so the adults here can have a discussion?

 
at 1/07/2007 11:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the anonymous poster above( and several of the topics on the television board), we're all glad mom and dad gave you a computer for your 10th birthday. I'm sure they wondered if you were mature enough to have one and apparently you're not. So why don't you knock it off so the adults here can have a discussion?

 
at 1/07/2007 11:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the anonymous poster above( and several of the topics on the television board), we're all glad mom and dad gave you a computer for your 10th birthday. I'm sure they wondered if you were mature enough to have one and apparently you're not. So why don't you knock it off so the adults here can have a discussion?

 
at 1/07/2007 11:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You see - the thing is - so long as this board allows people to come on and say anything they please about anybody, it will be out of control and possibly dangerous.

 
at 1/07/2007 11:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the anonymous poster above( and several of the topics on the television board), you are a genious!

 
at 1/07/2007 11:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the anonymous poster above( and several of the topics on the television board), you are a scientist!

 
at 1/07/2007 11:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the anonymous poster above( and several of the topics on the television board), you are _____.

 
at 1/07/2007 11:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Memo from the ten year old: use proper spacing with your parenthesis.

"to the anonymous poster above( and several of the topics on the television board), we're all glad mom and dad gave you a computer for your 10th birthday. I'm sure they wondered if you were mature enough to have one and apparently you're not. So why don't you knock it off so the adults here can have a discussion?"

 
at 1/08/2007 1:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John,

Get this idiot's IP address and block him off of these blogs. I agree...it's ashame that mommy and daddy gave their 10 year old a computer and we get to endure this.

 
at 1/08/2007 9:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other Enquirer blogs are not posted until the owner first reviews the content. Maybe Kiese needs to start doing that...

 
at 1/08/2007 12:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the blog will have to be locked ie remove the anonymous posting then everyone who wants to post will have to get a screen name and even then these idiots can still post because these blogs dont record ip addresses to stop all the problems he needs to get a true message board where people have to register to see the posts as well as post John go with proboards.com it is easy to use and setup

 
at 1/08/2007 4:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a few . . . between your statements. You just gave me a headache trying to read your post.

 
at 4/11/2007 8:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodbye to 910. The only reason to tune to 910 is Imus. Why he bowed to Shakedown Sharpton is beyond me. His mistake will cost him a million bucks to Sharpton, a million to Jesse Jackson and a Million to Rutgers should solve the issue until another misspeak. Then he will have a slight chance to survive over a comment that black people make about their own kind every day. What a bunch of phoneys.

 
at 4/11/2007 8:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

G O O D B U Y 9 1 0

 
at 4/11/2007 2:29 PM Blogger Annabelle's true stories said...

It would seem that Don Imus has allowed a powerful lot of people to feel holier-than-thou.
He's a jerk. So why is he getting so much publicity? I would like to quote a world-famous philosopher, namely Baruch Spinoza: What Peter says of Paul tells me more about Peter than it does about Paul.
Now if you'd run that through the mentality of all concerned, it would seem that he was merely showing off his own personality and saying nothing of significance about anyone else.
I believe this is important to recognize. One of the girls on the team solemnly informs us that she's been scarred for life. Whoa! That's a powerful lot of years to predict harmful effects from a stupid, offhand remark.
Does anyone think society is doing this young woman a favor by inviting self-pity. Ten years from now: Oh, don't ask ME to be a joyful, productive citizen. I was scarred for life back in 2007. Twenty-three years from now in 2030: She's now about 40 years old. No, don't ask anything of me: I've been scarred for life by what's his name back in 2007. Please just gimme my social security check and shut up.
annaelle woodstock

 
at 4/11/2007 6:09 PM Blogger writerschoice said...

It maybe just me but it is my impression that there is suppose to be a freedom of speech in this country and the best I can tell, it still applies here with the comments on this page, however I suppose it doesn't apply when you have something like a job to lose... Just a thought... what happens when its your thoughts or what you say that is being scrutinized.. being it a joke or not in your perception that it is taken in. So if everyone had taken it as a big joke, as Imus is at times, then would there have been anything said... by the way in my opinion we are all jokes some times as I read in the newspaper and hear on the radio on a daily basis.

 
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