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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, July 27, 2007

Brian Patrick Going Out On Top

I wonder if there's much second-guessing at Ch. 9 about the “Good Morning Cincinnati” anchor team? Ch. 9 will likely win the July ratings "sweeps" – not the most important sweeps month by far, but, hey, it is a ratings' victory in the very competitive morning news race – with Brian Patrick co-hosting with Kathrine Nero.

Yet despite having a No. 1 morning team for the first time in years, they're not going to keep it. They're sticking with Plan A, hiring two anchor/reporters to replace David Rose on the morning and 5:30 p.m. news. Patrick, who was fired in December after 16 years, agreed to come back to Ch. 9 April-June while the station auditioned a permanent replacement for Rose.

"We agreed from the start that he would help us during an interim period and he has done that in fine fashion," says Bob Morford, news director. "We hope to have a new permanent replacement for the morning chosen by mid-August."

Patrick, 51, says he hasn’t looked at the ratings, though he’s been told they're pretty good.

"It would have been nice to be asked to stay (morning co-anchor). It's disappointing to end it, but it was meant to be," says Patrick, who anchored mornings on WCKY-AM (1530) before joining Ch. 9 in 1990.

By "meant to be," Patrick means he already has another morning job lined up. On Sept. 4, he debuts as the first local program host on the Catholic Sacred Heart Radio, WNOP-AM (740). His new "Son Rise" show 6-8 a.m. weekdays will mix religious talk with news, traffic and weather. Billboard will be going up in a few weeks.

"I think this is what I’ve been training for my entire 32-year career," says Patrick, who operates the Good News Network publicizing Christians' good deeds under his real name, Paul Smith. "This (radio) ministry is probably the most important thing in my career. I believe the media has the power to reach people with a good message. It's a unique opportunity."

And while we’re talking about Ch. 9: I keep hearing rumblings that staffing changes are coming after the July book, possibly with sports reporter Lisa Cornwell or other areas. (Isn't Channel 9 is the only station with three full-time on-air sports anchors/reporters?) Morford side-stepped the question by saying, "There's no benefit to our station in telegraphing to our competition what our plans are for any segment or segments of our newsroom."

If you ran Ch. 9, would keep Brian Patrick on the morning show? Or do you want a more outgoing personality, ala David Rose?
Are you enough of a Patrick fan to listen to his new radio show on WNOP-AM?


at 7/27/2007 12:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see a young D Rose-ish type back on in the mornings... He was great. Morning news right now in Cincy is pretty blah, especially for us 20 & 30 somethings.

at 7/27/2007 12:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The D Rose-ish type hasn't worked in the past. They never won with him in the lineup. It seems that he was more of a drag on the show than all those who miss him would care to admit....

at 7/28/2007 12:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares? Denise Johnson is soooooo hot is does not matter who reads the news!!

at 7/28/2007 1:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's Morford talking about, "telegraphing to our competition" their plans. Keep looking into that question Keisseee. One of their sports photographers just left due to their "Top Secret" plans. Don't you just love when TV stations become the news and how they side step questions pertaining to them. Maybe everybody ought to side step questions when the TV stations come knocking on their door about a news story.

at 7/28/2007 1:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would definitely keep Brian Patrick! He's a calming influence early in the morning. As for Lisa Cornwell, very few of the female sports people have worked, exceptions being Debbie Banker and Cami Dierking
From the neighborhood

at 7/28/2007 1:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could never figure out why they
took Brian off mornings a couple of years ago. He should stay.

at 7/28/2007 2:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think 9 should keep Lisa Cornwell on weekends. Of the women who do sports, she comes across more human than the two others. Packmeyer needs to quit imitating Brad Johansen's delivery (a breath or two is okay...really it is!) and Betsy Ross...well, does she drink RedBull just before she goes on the air? She's way too hyped up. She makes Valerie Abati seem lethargic!

As for 9's morning show, it's a good mix. You need someone who will have good repore with Katharine Nero....and hopefully someone near Katharine's height!

at 7/28/2007 10:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anybody noticed that Brian Patrick's also been filling in for Doug Bolton on Cincinnati Business Matters over at CET's website?

at 7/28/2007 11:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

channel 9 is run by a huge corporation. i'm guessing they don't give a damn what the viewers want.

at 7/29/2007 5:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Patrick was perfect. Cincinnati loves milquetoast-y "personalities." Edgy rarely works in this town.

at 7/29/2007 6:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic...
I have a question about CBS News' Russ Mitchell...
does he work 6 days a week? He anchors the CBS Evening News on Sundays, and doesn't he work on the Early Show Monday thru Friday??

at 7/29/2007 6:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to answer your question about full-time sports people..
12 has Brad, Tara, and Dennison, but Dennison just does Monday and Tuesday 10pm sportscasts on My64. (Tara does Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)

at 7/30/2007 10:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who cares? Denise Johnson is soooooo hot is does not matter who reads the news!!"

Maybe they should Let Denise Johnson anchor along side Kathern Nero..and get Meghgan Mongillo from FOX19 to do the traffic!

at 7/30/2007 11:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll listen only if he plays jazz again.

at 7/31/2007 10:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dag gone it I had typed a long letter but didn't have a "bog" name, however my note was something like this. I think CPO is making a err in letting Brian Patrick go again!...we were fans of D. Rose & Katherine Nero and I hated to see Rose be let go! Now wonder his words slurred......having the AM and PM split shift, he may have not known if he was coming or going, NOW they're going to have an AM & a PM. I think it was very gracious of Brian Patrick to return, but I truly CPO is again missing the boat by letting him go. He's very classy, and if I were him and they come back to me a 3rd time I say forget you! CPO has some really great personalities but the upper crust has made some bad mistakes. Augieboo

at 7/31/2007 10:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey kiese...with sheree from ch. 5 out on maternity leave, what would happen if the ratigs at 5 went up during her hiatus? i think that would be good news for 5, but would it be of impact? just wondering...

at 8/01/2007 12:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck Brian, We wish you the best! We miss you on the weekends......

at 8/02/2007 8:58 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always find it interesting to see what former anchors end up doing. heard Randy Little doing Dayton traffic today...he seemed like a nice guy, hope he finds a better job than that!

at 8/03/2007 9:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will only listen if he plays jazz.

at 8/03/2007 10:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John have you heard anything else about this? And with Shiela Gray's return monday, what is the fate of Cindy Matthews?

at 8/03/2007 10:18 PM Anonymous michael grayson said...

good for brian... there's no greater joy than doing what you are meant to do.... it's a success greater than any ratings...

at 8/05/2007 5:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese can you let us know who won summer sweeps. IN a grid with the hour.

at 8/06/2007 12:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give Denise Johnson a bigger role on camera as she is sooooooooo hot!!!

at 8/09/2007 8:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw a promo on Channel 9 saying that they are #1 in the mornings with Brian Patrick. Why aren't they doing everything thy can to keep Brian?

at 8/10/2007 12:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found myself watching Channel 9 with Patrick in the chair even though Nero does nothing for me. Early in the morning most people want the news and weather without a lot of hype. Keep it simple in the morning. I hope Cindy Matthews stays around, the only time I watched fox 19 is when she was on.

at 8/21/2007 8:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the team of Nero and Patrick is great, however, I do miss David Rose. The news "business" is an interesting thing. I see many tv personalities and can't quite come up with a reason why they are even on. Keep Brian. Calming team and nice start to the morning!

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