Television 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.
The former Cincinnati mayor and host of NBC's summer "America’s Got Talent" show ( Tuesdays, Channels 5, 2), told me back in 2003 that he would not re-enter politics until he had ceased production of his outrageous daytime show.... the show TV Guide has called "the worst show in the history of television."
Springer flirted with running for a statewide Ohio office in 2002-03. He will be 66 by fall of 2010, after his 19th season on daytime TV. The show started at WLWT-TV (Channel 5) in September 1991, while Springer was main news co-anchor. It moved to NBC's Chicago studios in fall 1992, and became the chair-throwing sensational show that we know today.
"Springer" ( and weekdays, Channel 64) has been purchased through the 2009-20110 by Sinclair Broadcast Group stations in Cincinnati, Columbus and Pittsburgh, the trade magazine reported. Sinclair also has renewed Maury Povich’s "Maury" ( and weekdays, Channel 64) through 2010.
Does anyone still watch the daytime "Springer" show? And would you rather have his circus on daytime TV than make a circus out of Ohio politics? I guess Ohio Democrats did OK without him in the statewide elections last November....