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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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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Michael Flannery Update

Don't expect to see reporter Michael Flannery, whose contract was not renewed March 30 by Ch. 9, on another TV station any time soon. Although Flannery did not have a non-compete, meaning he could work for another station immediately, "none of the other (stations) have called. I'm still looking," he says.

Flannery 48, and father of three (8, 6, 4) has been doing some freelancing, but hasn't found a full-time job yet.

We were talking because Debbie Baker at the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati is organizing a thank-you party for Flannery June 10 at Crossroods Community Church, Oakley. She wants to hear from "anyone and everyone" who was touched by Flannery's "9 On Your Kids Side" reports on Ch. 9. He raised more than $1 million in five years to help area kids in need.

If you were helped by Flannery, email Baker at, or call her at 513-761-5400. The 6:30 p.m. program is free and open to the public. Tickets for a 5 p.m. appreciation dinner before the program are $10 for adults, $4 for children. She's also collecting funds for a "Gift of Grace," named for Flannery's daughter with Down Syndrome, to provide activity and therapy funds for children.


at 5/02/2007 3:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is truly sad that nobody has snapped up Michael Flannery!
from the neighborhood

at 5/02/2007 3:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the negative news in the world today, I think the local stations are really missing on an opportunity to reports a better, non-violent side of things. I wish him well.

at 5/02/2007 4:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what happens to middle-aged men and women in TV. They're tossed aside like used doggie crew toys!
Good luck, Michale.

at 5/02/2007 5:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John,

On a (somewhat) related topic, what's going on with Rich Apuzzo? Didn't his no compete run out in April?

at 5/03/2007 1:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 3:49, that's a wonderful thought, but "all is at peace, and everyone is resting comfortably" doesn't sell papers, and experiment after experiment has shown that people tune out "positive" news. Sad but true.

at 5/03/2007 11:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone know what happened to kristen cornett on msnbc weatherplus? i haven't seen her in weeks!

at 5/03/2007 12:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Wikipedia (how the heck did she get an entry on Wikipedia???) Kristen Cornett worked at weatherplus until March 22, 2007, with no further detail of what happened to her.

Also, there is a notice on the Wikipedia page that Ms. Cornett does not satisfy its "notability guideline."

at 5/06/2007 10:27 AM Anonymous Debbie Baker said...

Kids on Michael's Side, a community wide thank you to Michael Flannery - was actually the idea of a parent who has two children with SMA - Spinal Muscular Atrophy - and benefitted from the work Michael does on behalf of all children and families with special needs. To read the idea and motivation behind this party for Michael, visit and click on Kids on Michael's Side.

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