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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, August 10, 2007

Cool Iggy Pop Clip From '70s Cincinnati TV

Someone posted a YouTube link on the radio ratings blog earlier today of a 1970 Cincinnati rock concert clip featuring Iggy Pop (then called Iggy and the Stooges). I'm starting a new string here, so you can help identify it. The clip is called "Midsummer Rock TV 6/13/70 Iggy Pop & the Stooges."

Actor/announcer Jack Lescoulie, who was at Ch. 5 in the late 1960s, is the host of this telecast, called "Midsummer Rock." He chats with a TV reporter named Bob Waller. I don't recognize the setting. The June 13 date would be two weeks before Riverfront Stadium opened. Is it Crosley Field? Carthage Fairgrounds?

Look at the 9-minute clip and see if you can provide any details. Do you remember the concert? The venue? Lescoulie? Waller? Was it a live telecast? I know somebody can fill us in!


at 8/10/2007 1:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The concert took place at Crosley Field..the last event that took place there. Other artist that performed where Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, Ten Years After and Traffic. There isan 60 min copy of this floating around....
If only the entire concert was filmed..
If anyone else has any other info pleae post.

at 8/10/2007 1:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grand Funk Railroad also perfomed at this show, which by the way was an all day event...The last event at Crosley Field before it was torn down.

at 8/10/2007 1:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it happened in 1970 and had "hippie" in the title, Bo Wood will know, and Rick Byrd quite well may, too. Oh, and a guy named Knippenberg probably covered it.

at 8/10/2007 1:48 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Knip tells me he doesn't remember it. He's the first guy I asked...

at 8/10/2007 1:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The $64,000 question (this is a TV blog) is WHAT Knip remembers....
Especially from those aging hippy days.

at 8/10/2007 2:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the concert was at crosley field and produced by Bob Heath then of
channel 5, the talent Bob Waller was a weekend sports caster at 5
at the time of the concert

at 8/10/2007 3:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another peformer was Brownsville Station who had a hit with the song
"Smokin in the Boys Room"

at 8/10/2007 10:23 PM Blogger sledge said...

What's really amazing here is that 37 years later Iggy Pop is still alive.

at 8/11/2007 4:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was 9 and remember watching it on TV and being scared when the peanut butter was being thrown.

at 8/12/2007 2:47 AM Anonymous Tipton said...

it was definately at Crosley, and it seems I recall that an FM station, probably 'EBN, did a simulcast in stereo. Why in the world they had Lesculie hosting it, I'll never a suit and tie, no less.

at 8/12/2007 11:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 13 - Saturday: "Mike Quatro and Ross Gibb present Cincinnati Summer (Pop) Festival I" featuring The Stooges, Mountain, Grand Funk Railroad, Alice Cooper, Traffic, Mighty Quick, Bob Seger, Mott The Hoople, Ten Years After, Bloodrock, Savage Grace, Brownsville Station, Zephyr, Damnation Of Adam Blessing. Three Dog Night was originally scheduled to be the headliner that day, but cancelled at the last minute. There is a link that has a copy of the ticket stub here -->

at 8/13/2007 4:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it was at Crosley Field, and as I recall an all day event. Probably the worst casting for announcers ever imagined. Jack was incredulous at some of the activities (Iggy smearing peanut butter on his armpits....)
It was so bad that I remember laughing at the dialog. Even a 12 year old knew more than they did!
But you have to give the station credit for airing it in the first place. I'm not sure they would do something that unconventional these days.

at 8/15/2007 11:14 AM Blogger J. Sterling Ellison said...

This event produced at least two notorious rock'n'roll incidents. First, Iggy lathering up with the peanut butter. (A still from this show of Iggy standing on the fan's hands and pointing has become a rather famous photo). Second, Alice Cooper getting hit, right in the kisser, with a cake during his "hypnotism" routine.

at 8/16/2007 4:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

from great names in cincinnati tv history in the credits.......

Directed by
Bob Heath

Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Don Dunkel

Cast (in credits order)
Iggy Pop ... Himself

Alice Cooper ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grand Funk Railroad ... Themselves
Jack Lescoulie ... Himself - Host
Mountain ... Themselves
Mike Quatro ... Himself - Promoter
Gary Schaefer ... Himself - Reporter
The Stooges ... Themselves
Traffic ... Themselves
Bob Waller ... Himself - Reporter

Stevie Winwood ... Himself

Produced by
Michael Goldstein .... producer
Bill Spiegel .... executive producer

Special Effects by
Joshua White .... special effects director

Editorial Department
Russ Wolf .... video-tape editor

Other crew
Lou Kunkleman .... technical assistant
Lou Rainone .... stage manager

at 8/16/2007 11:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the interest of giving a very talented technician the benefit of having his name spelled correctly, it is: Jack Cunkleman. (Not Lou Kunkleman)

at 8/17/2007 2:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob Waller did Reds games on Channel 5 in 1971 with Tom Hedrick

at 12/14/2007 8:39 PM Anonymous Becky said...

I was there. I remember a bunch of kids piling onto the top of the dugout and it caved in. Brownsville Station rocked the house, as did Joe Cocker. Wow, flashback.

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