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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.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

A Pete Delkus Update

There's a terrific story about Pete Delkus by Ed Bark, former Dallas Morning News TV critic, on his site, Someone posted the link on a different post today, but I wanted to make it a separate blog so folks could easily see it.

In the story, Delkus tells Bark that Channel 9 counter-offered his 2005 Dallas deal by offering him a lifetime contract here. All he told me in April '05 was that Channel 9 had made him a generous counter-offer that made his decision to leave Cincinnati more difficult. (He was completing the first year of a 7-year contract signed in 2004. The fine print allowed him to leave for only three cities: Chicago, Dallas or his hometown of St. Louis.)

Bark wrote a great story. Delkus fans will enjoy it.

Anyone still miss Pete? How does he rank among your all-time favorite Cincinnati forecasters? Top 5? Who's your No. 1 favorite forecaster? (Ira Joe Fisher? Tony Sands? Joe "Doogie Howser" Lizura? Todd Hunter? Tim Hedrick?)
Bonus points to the person who can name the most Channel 5 weathermen.


at 8/16/2007 5:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do miss Pete. I miss the chemistry that him and Clyde had together.

at 8/16/2007 5:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top prizes at Channel 9:

1. Getting fired

2. Quitting

100. A lifetime contract

at 8/16/2007 6:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete was better than Steve Raleigh, he had more confidence and good chemistry with Clyde Gray. The only good forecaster in the evenings is Tim Hedrick.

at 8/16/2007 8:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets see at 5 we had. Mike nichols, mark massaro, susanne horgan, marina jurica, tom burse, jim o brien, dave frasier, kiesha kirkland, kristen cornett. Also the weather team now. Kiese these meterologists have been here recently. Something is in 5's water in the weather dept.

at 8/16/2007 8:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was just like Steve Raleigh, full of himself.


at 8/16/2007 10:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 Rich Apuzzo 2 Maria Larosa 3 Pete Delkus 4 Doogie 5 Steve horstmeyer and whats going on at fox19 abati in the morning and dutton on at night anyone have an answer

at 8/16/2007 10:26 PM Blogger Kevin LeMaster said...

I liked Pete better than the new guy. I could watch Pete track thunderstorms for hours.

I don't really care for Steve Raleigh and I usually find myself watching Derek Beasley when the weather's bad.

at 8/16/2007 11:39 PM Blogger Toddy-O said...

Okay...a challenge so here goes:

Tony Sands
Frank Pierce
Bill Myers
Debbie Merritt
Maureen McCollough
Ken Torre
Steve Horstmeyer
Paul Silvestri
Gary Rizzo
Pat Barry
Joe Liz....well, Doogie Howser
Steve Norris
Chris Wright
Dave Frazier
Jon James
Marina Jurica
Angeline Frame
Derrick Beasley
John Bateman
Todd Warren
Randi Rico
Eric Green
Suzanne Horgan
Jim O'Brien
Mark Massaro
Mike Nichols
Byron Webre
Bob Hocks

That's all that I can think of John.

at 8/17/2007 6:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't forget the disaster known as Dennis Jon Bailey!!

at 8/17/2007 6:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with all of these former Cincinnati news personality updates, John? They sound like those dispatches from ex-girlfriends. "She's gone and she's so much happier without you."

Ira Joe forever! Mitzy Oxford never!

at 8/17/2007 7:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

More from Channel 5....

John Gerard
Shelly Bamburger
Richard McCullough
George Zabrechy

That's all I can add to the list.

at 8/17/2007 7:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think that Cincinnati could have a little problem with it's hiring practices? Any sane weather person would have to think about it real hard to come to this city!

at 8/17/2007 9:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i could swear john has a man-crush on delkus...

at 8/17/2007 9:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria Larosa and Valeria Abati

Basically, the hot weather girls

at 8/17/2007 12:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese what happened to 9 hiring two new anchors. I havnt heard anything about that.

at 8/17/2007 12:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kevin LeMaster, Derek said you would!

at 8/17/2007 1:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one miss Pete a lot. Raleigh just doesnt cut it.
Favorites- Ira Joe Fisher, Steve Horstmeyer,Mike Buresch, Tim Hedrick and the mysterious Gil whatever....
from the neighborhood

at 8/17/2007 1:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss Eric Warren. His forecasts were always on fire.

Whatever happened to the living legend Mitzi Oxford?

at 8/17/2007 5:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

leave it up to your typical sad self to go and throw Ch.5 under the bus again with a wise crack like that one. You're such a pathetic excuse for a journalist you make me want to vomit. I'm not a huge 5 fan, but jeez, everytime i check your blog it seems like you've always got an ax to grind. You're an overweight, ego-centric loser.

at 8/17/2007 6:37 PM Blogger SophiaZ123 said...

Tony Sand's pithy weather report was better and just as accurate as the SUPER DUPER DOPPLER I NEED 5 MINUTES to hear my voice and blather on about nothing weathermen.

He also did not break in to PROGRAMS and screw up games and tv shows to endlessly cry wolf or tell us it's raining/thunderstorms/or snowing.




Just my two cents, and my mom's and my sister's and ....

at 8/18/2007 4:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Toddy-o,
How about:
Jerry Brown
Tony Mann
Richard McCollough

at 8/18/2007 3:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you forgot Kathy Ellis and Jessica Jameson

at 8/18/2007 6:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey kiese just read that high school muscial 2 got watched by the best numbers of the season a record 17.2 million. I was wondering if you could let us know the demo's for the cincy area.

at 8/18/2007 8:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice list, but who can forget Dennis Jon Bailey? Not me, unfortuneately.

at 8/19/2007 7:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's my favorite local TV weather forecaster? Geeze, that's a tough one! I mean, they're all so talezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.


at 8/19/2007 6:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

9 just went HD!

at 8/19/2007 7:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank Pierce, who put Paul Dixon on the floor with the famous line, "There's a large front headed to our area. It is followed by a big behind". Mr. Pierce was always so straight on the show that it blew Paul Baby away.

at 8/20/2007 11:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew in DC with a Louis Allen who was the weather man on ABC on Channel 7. He used to draw the weather with a magic marker on a big map of the US in the studio. As a child I used to draw my own weather maps emulating his. He also used to commercials with stick people as part of his nightly reports. Those were the days....

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

I forgot to mention Glenn "Skipper" Ryle who used to fill in for everbody on channel 12 back in the day.
Tony Sands was good until he started hawking snow blowers or some such thing back in the blizzard years. At least he wasnt a firebug.
from the neighborhood

at 8/20/2007 12:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best weather forecaster in town is Steve Horstmeyer. Hands down number 1.

at 8/20/2007 1:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

from the neighborhood, NICE Eric Warren reference!!! What is old "Milk Money" Warren up to these days? Is he still locked up?

at 8/20/2007 3:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry Handley is the best in the City!

at 8/20/2007 5:15 PM Anonymous Elliott Block said...

I'll really date myself check out the this auction on e-bay (220138183724), a picture of "Jim Fidler" in 1956 in from of WLW television's new high tech weather station.

at 8/20/2007 5:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry Handley and Steve Norris are the BEST in the city.

at 8/20/2007 5:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just thought of another name from he past, don't know if he was ever a weather person. Good looking guy, Colin Mail. He actually passed us on the way to Cincinnati one after noon in a bright yellow Bonniville(I think) convertible... anybody remember him?
from the neighborhood

at 8/20/2007 9:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all forgot about the one and only Pat Barry. I hear that he's doing well after his surgery!
By the way, Delkus was ok at best. And by the way, I'm not buying the lifetime contract either.

at 8/20/2007 9:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see that Handley and/or still Norris read your blog :)

at 8/20/2007 11:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't stand to watch Steve Norris. He never is right when it comes to what the weather is going to be like in the future.

at 8/21/2007 9:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite is the weather guy on 5 in the morning. His jokes are the funniest by about the 5th time you hear them. This morning my favorite was lets see whos getting wet out there. Not me thats for sure!

at 8/21/2007 6:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did Derek say? Oh....yea, that he's taking Cincinnati weather by storm. (no pun intended). hes the best one out there by far

at 8/21/2007 8:19 PM Blogger newsdude312 said...

1. Tom Burse
2. Kristin Cornett
3. Frank Pierce
4. Ken Torrey
5. Steve Horstmeyer

at 8/23/2007 2:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what Mitzi Oxford would have looked like in HD?

at 8/27/2007 6:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone has watched John Gumm at Channel 12, he's one of the best this area has ever had. Plus, he's a hometown kid. Here's hoping he has a long a memorable career here in the Queen City.

at 9/03/2007 7:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss Bob Alan, I had a total crush on him as a kid!!

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