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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, April 20, 2007

Help Wanted: Radio DJ

So you think you can do better than some of the DJs on local radio? (I'm guessing some of you think so after reading comments about the new Big D and Bubba morning team which replaced Ken & Kitty on WOLF 97.3.) Well, here's your chance. Country station WUBE-FM (B105.1) is conducting a "Cincinnati Radio Idol" contest to find a new 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday "All Request Party" host.
Marty Thompson, B105 PD, says he's "not necessarily looking for someone with radio experience. I want someone who's creative and fun, with an engaging personality."
Aspiring on-air personalities should send audition audio to, or by snail mail to Cincinnati Radio Idol, c/o WUBE-FM, 2060 Reading Road, Cincinnati, 45202. The deadline isn't until May 18. But the first of five weekly finalists will be announced this Monday on the Bill Whyte-Amanda Orlando morning team.
Five weekly winners selected through Monday, May 21, each will host one hour 7 p.m.-midnight on Saturday, June 2. Then listeners will vote for their favorite on the station’s Web site. The top vote-getter gets the job on June 9. Big Dave will cut back from from six to five nights a week on that date. (Big Dave has hosted the Saturday show since March, when Whitney Allen's syndicated show moved to sister station, the WOLF (WYGY-FM, 97.3).
The "Idol" audition concept isn’t new. WDBZ-AM (1230) and WLW-AM (700) have done similar searches to find talk hosts in recent years. It will be interesting to see if B105 picks a novice or an experienced pro….
Any old-time favorite DJs you'd like to hear back on the air here? Or do you want a fresh new voice?


at 4/20/2007 1:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic, Sounds like Willie is going on vacation next week, as we had our obligatory reprimand phone call from her earlier today, complete with the Alec Baldwin like promise that she is immediately hopping a plane to fly in here today to straighten him out. Stay tuned, I am guessing she will "walk into the studios" at around 2:35 and "suspend" Willie for an indeterminate period (wich will turn out to be a week)
Now back to your regularly scheduled blog topic!

at 4/20/2007 11:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey what about Hawkman or Mark Sebastian?

at 4/21/2007 8:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Radio in Cincinnati. What a vast wasteland!!!

at 4/21/2007 9:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Barry(Estevez), one of the
"Good Guys" from WPFB(Unfortunatly his on air partner CD Craft passed away some years ago.) Or really going back in the day, John Randolph(Aespenliter) who had the old request line there too.
Maybe "Fred" S has some ideas
Lee Ann from the neighborhood

at 4/21/2007 9:30 AM Anonymous Rick said...

Radio in Cincinnati is no more a wasteland than in any other city. It is such a damn shame what consolidation has done. It has ruined a once-great industry. Thank you, Randy Michaels, you piece of crap...

at 4/22/2007 2:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The overnight BARNYARD from the Q102 glory days!!!

at 4/28/2007 7:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barnyard. Ha, the whole market is a Barnyard. Radio in this town sucks!!!

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