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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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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Michael Flannery Party Sunday

The big community thank you for Michael Flannery, former WCPO-TV "9 On Your Kids Side" reporter, will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday sat Crossroads Community Church, Oakley.

Flannery, 48, of Westwood, raised more than $1 million and helped at least 700 kids with special needs over five years at Channel 9. The segments were canceled when Channel 9 didn't renew his contract March 30.

"It's important to show how much Michael meant to the city. It's a huge loss not having someone to call when a child has a special need," says Beth Lockwood of Anderson Township. Her grandchildren were helped by Flannery.

Flannery told me today he still hasn't found a job. And he wants to thank everyone for their support, particularly to two people who sent him money. "I want people who sent me checks to know I got them. I do appreciate it," he says.

The 6:30 p.m. program is free and open to the public. Reservations for a 5 p.m. dinner with Flannery at the church ($10 aduilts, $4 children) can be made through Friday by contacting Debbie Baker from the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati at 513-761-5400, or by e-mail,


at 6/11/2007 9:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its great this event has happened..but also ironic that Channel 9 was there covering the event and featured a story on on this morning's Good Morning Tristate.

at 6/11/2007 10:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the story on 9's website and thought - didn't they just can this guy??? I don't know if it makes them look good to acknowledge him, or bad to remind everyone they fired him.

at 6/11/2007 8:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

another local station in town should pick michael up and his segment.

at 6/11/2007 11:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does my heart good that after all the suport michael raised for families when they needed it now folks are sending him money now that he needs help

at 7/12/2007 7:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad.....I left Channel nine and since they have let two good reporters go....I hope their ratings are down.

at 7/21/2007 11:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I'm glad to see Michael go. I called him once to see if he could assist with a family I knew who was in immediate danger of being evicted because they couldn't pay rent. I emailed him the problem and he told me to write back with further information. I did so. I repeated that this was urgent and time was of the essence. The result? No response. I waited a couple days and emailed him again... Again, no response! If it had not been for a few relatives and friends (including myself) chipping in, they would have been evicted.

Yeah, Thanks a lot Michael. Seems to me that it just wasn't "pitiful" enough (as no one was dying or had a serious disease) for him to bother.

Look at his career thus far...

Failed as a comedian. (I've seen his act, very unfunny.) Failed as a Kid Show host. (Pretty bad one at that. Kudo's to 19 for tossing him.) and now he's failed as a segment reporter for WCPO. (It just get's worse.)

Goodbye Mike, Go find another city to annoy.

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