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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, June 05, 2007

D-Day Special on XM Satellite

XM Satellite radio is borrowing an idea Wednesday from the old WVXU to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of D-Day.

Starting at 12:41 a.m., XM's 1940s channel (XM 4) will re-create NBC 's radio coverage of the D-Day invasion of the Normandy coast of France. XM will broadcast the original bulletins (currently housed in the National Archives), and adhere to the original NBC broadcast schedule (as found in the Library of Congress). The marathon will feature music of the era and news reports until 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

WVXU-FM won a Peabody Award for its 1994 broadcast, "D-Day Plus 50," in which D-Day radio news bulletins were condensed into a 12-hour broadcast. Some of those old network news reports will be heard along with 1940s big band tunes on Tom Sandman's "Sandman's Standards" radio show 8-10 p.m. Thursday (a repeat from Saturday night) on WMKV-FM (89.3), the nostalgia station run by former 'VXU staffer George Zahn. He helped produce "D-Day Plus 50."


at 6/05/2007 12:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim King was such an asset to local broadcasting. Remember how real Cincinnati-lovers felt after the Albee was torn down? XM's remembrance just underlines how lovers of innovative broadcasting feel in a city without Jim King.

at 6/05/2007 1:18 PM Anonymous Louis said...

Yeah, nothing says "innovative" more than "old radio dramas" broadcast 20 hours per week! What an innovator he was!

at 6/05/2007 2:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Louis, you still haven't taken that pill???? Thanks for the insightful - err - inane comments. Are you still holding your breath till you turn blue that John didn't post anything about the Soprano finale first? I can see you were sooo eager to talk about it that you went right into that entry and posted. Oh, wait, there are still NO COMMENTS in that entry.

Regarding this special on XM, it makes me think siriusly (sorry, couldn't resist the pun) about looking into satellite radio. Sounds like there is something for everyone there.
Our country has sadly gotten too far away from remembering the significance of events like D-Day. We're too worried about the Sopranos finale, eh Louie???

at 6/05/2007 4:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything about local radio is much more interesting than anything the f***ing, $%^$#$#%$ Sopranos are doing. (That was a pun on the language they use in the show for those who may have missed it).

As for Louis, I think he didn't get his prune juice or laxative this morning.

at 6/07/2007 6:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listened to most of the XM D-Day programming yesterday, and it just wasn't as gripping or involving as what WVXU did 13 years ago. Apparently WVXU condensed and cherrry picked programs from all the network coverage not just NBC's (according to my old cassettes) and carried you through two days worth of news and period programs. For me it still holds up as the most emotionally charged radio I've ever heard. The XM stuff seemed pretty draggy in comparison.

I think Jim King is still a fairly young guy, but he needs to pick himself up off the mat, hook up with an owner of a real radio station and get back in the game, because his legacy and gift to our community has been destroyed. Or perhaps he's made lots of money (somehow I doubt it) and is enjoying life on a desert island. Either way, the innovative WVXU is gone, and whatever George Zahn and his followers do at WMKV isn't going to make much difference because nobody can hear the station anyway, so they'll be off the air in short order.

As far as Louis goes - let's not get our shorts bunched up over his bleating. he's just a typical wannabe psuedo-intellectual dyspeptic (look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls, Louis). The moldiest and hoariest of WVXU's deceased old radio shows packed more relevance than Louis has ever displayed on Kiese's blog.

at 6/09/2007 11:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when XM did the DDay broacast a few years ago and it was great, especially in historical context in comparison today. If a President today were to lead the nation in prayer, you wouldn't be able to count the number of lawsuits. Also it was great to hear actual reporting and not commentary and soundbites as you get today.

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