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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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Monday, September 24, 2007

Jim LaBarbara Back On The Air

Good news for Jim "The Music Professor" LaBarbara fans -- if you live in Kentucky.

LaBarbara, fired in March by classic hits WGRR-FM (103.5) after 14 years, returned to the airwaves at 2 p.m. today on country music WNKR-FM (106.5) in Dry Ridge -- which doesn't reach Cincinnati. He's doing 2-6 p.m. weekdays for the station, which can be heard in most of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.

LaBarbara, a Cincinnati radio fixture since 1969, was hired by General Manager Jeff Ziesmann, who sold time for WGRR-FM and LaBarbara's show in 1998-2000.

"I was convinced of Jim's value back then, when we used to take him on sales calls," Ziesmann says. "When nobody picked him up, I decided to hire him. We're looking forward to him speaking for our clients."

LaBarbara, 65, joins another long-time area personality at the station, Larry B, formerly of WUBE-FM (B105). He does 5-10 a.m. weekdays. Former afternoon host Jay Anthony has moved to 10 a.m.-2 p.m., replacing automated music, Ziesmann says.

LaBarbara, a member of the Rock Jock Hall of Fame and the Ohio Radio/Television broadcasters Hall of Fame for his rock 'n' roll days, also has done talk and sports talk radio in town. He did country two days in May on B105, subbing for Duke Hamilton, to compile an audition tape. LaBarbara said in May he had a "pretty good collection" of country music at home.


at 9/24/2007 4:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another reason to move to NKY. Do they stream their radio station on the internet?

at 9/24/2007 4:47 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

No, the station doesn't stream. No plans until the copyright royalty controversy is settled.

at 9/24/2007 6:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in eastern Hamilton County and have no problem picking up the station on my portable or in my truck. Good for Jim, that he has surfaced somewhere again. Although I dont think of him doing country, but at least he has a job.

at 9/24/2007 9:46 PM Blogger robmadden2 said...

I can pick up 106.5fm on my stereo here in Delhi with my outdoor fm antena when ever Smooth Jazz 106.5 from dayton is not over powering it lol.

at 9/24/2007 10:31 PM Anonymous Jim Z. said...

John. You forgot to mention the name of the former afternoon moving to midday announcer. He's
Jay Anthony.

at 9/25/2007 7:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it speaks volumes that the only job he could find is at this small Kentucky station. Jim wore out his welcome with several notables in Cincinnati. It would be interesting to watch him as he fumbles his way through the production facilities at that station. Jeff can you install a web cam in your production studio?

at 9/25/2007 11:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it, the all people seem to like to do, is beat other people down. Give the guy a break. Very few, if any, get rich in the radio business. He needed a job and went out and got one. If people want to listen, fine. If you don't fine. But why is it that people want to see others continually suffer? I am tired of this mentality. I don't know if it is as pervasive in other cities, but it is extremely old here. I guess misery, loves company! The negative posters feel like losers, so they want others to be like them. Freud would have a field day with this!

at 9/25/2007 4:04 PM Anonymous Bill Bixby said...

Right on!! For whatever reason, people in Cincinnati are the most vindictive, kick people when they are down bunch that exists in the US. The sports fans are the second worst on earth (only Philly fans are worse), and people will spare no expense to take a shot at you, even when the news is good.

Jim has work, great. That should be all.

Anon 7:15 is a Loser. But, he is very typical of Cincinnat-ah.

at 9/25/2007 5:53 PM Anonymous Morgan said...

I'm happy to hear that Jay Anthony is staying on the air at the station, doing mid-days. He's one of my favorites.

at 9/26/2007 10:09 AM Anonymous rick said...

Anon 11:33...
THANKS for bringing this up. I've addressed it myself in the past; since then, I've mostly stopped reading these blogs--they are so full of negative losers just looking for an opportunity to pounce on someone, anyone.

Good for you for standing up!

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