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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

Time For Some Time Traveling

The premiere of NBC's time-traveling "Journeyman" today inspires this question today: If you could go back in time to Cincinnnati TV or radio stations, what advice would you give them?

I was thinking about this watching NBC's new "Journeyman" (10 p.m., Chs 5, 2), starring Kevin McKidd (HBO's "Rome") as a time-traveling San Francisco newspaper reporter. The show is not one of my new fall favorites. It's never explained how or why he randomly goes back in time. He can't even explain his lengthy absences to his wife, boss or family. And against "CSI Miami" and "The Bachelor," I don't expect this one to last the year.

(For the record, the shows I'll be watching tonight at "Heroes," "Two And A Half Men" and "Rules of Engagement," the best new spring comedy returning in CBS' powerhouse Monday lineup. I might record "K-Ville" to keep track of it. I highly recommend "Chuck," the Nerd Herd guy at Buy More (suspiciously like the Geek Squad at Best Buy) who becomes a secret agent, but I've seen the pilot. And I love "The War," but I've got on DVD, and will finish it later.

But let's play with the notion of traveling back into time here in Cinicnnati..... You could go back to 1996 and tell Channel 9 not to drop CBS and switch to ABC?.... Go back just 18 months and suggest that Channel 64 check out the new CW, instead of going MyNetworkTV?.... Advise Clear Channel what to with the station formerly known as MIX94.1?.... Go back in time -- pick any year -- and convince Channel 5 to stick with the meteorologist it has (Angelique Frame? Dave Frazer? Jim O'Brien? Joe Lizura? Or back to March and get Clear Channel to put the 2 Angry Guys back on 1530 Homer mornings?

What would you do? (Be nice!)


at 9/24/2007 10:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely put the 2 Angry Guys back on!

at 9/24/2007 11:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would go back to 1970 and talk Nick Clooney into bringing his son, George, on to the Nick Clooney Show on WCPO. I was an intern on that show when I was going to UC and I could tell all of my friends that I met George when he was just this teenage son of Nick Clooney.

at 9/24/2007 12:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mo and Doyel are 100x better than the Angry's. If 1530 would bring back Fish in Rome's spot, then they're set.

at 9/24/2007 12:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 2 angry guys sucked. Best move Clear Channel has made in 5 years getting rid of those two donkeys.

at 9/24/2007 12:59 PM Blogger Farmer Alfalfa said...

Go back to the '70s and convince Randy Michaels to look for a job somewhere far away from Cincinnati. Just imagine local radio, had it not been imprinted with the Michaels scent. Place this right up there with convincing 617 Corp. not to sell property that eventually would put a certain local newspaper in the hands of an aloof and insensitive conglomerate.
(Also would convince Bob Braun not to record "Shadows" and Jim Knippenberg to devote his considerable skills to teaching full-time).

at 9/24/2007 1:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about bringing back Nick and Ira Joe Fisher??

at 9/24/2007 1:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 12:33.

Which one are you, Mo or Doyle. These two kids sound like high school radio. They are the poster children for the sorry state of broadcasting in 2007.

In turning back the clock, the Bengals should dump Dave Lapham. I think Brad is OK calling the game, but we never get a chance to hear him finish a call, because Lap is either screaming (a good play) or groaning (bad play) right over the top of Brad's voice. Lapham should also pay closer attention of what's going on on the field and give us some insight into the reasons why certain plays work or don't work, and forget the constant barrage of useless statistics. If I want all those numbers, I'll print off my own stat sheet from the web site. Be an analyst Dave, not a cheerleader.
And, shut up and let Brad be the play-by-play man. You get :25 sec before the next snap.

at 9/24/2007 2:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would try to convince Nick Clooney not to move away to California so he could remain the "dean" of local TV news. Then maybe the check writing former Mayor would have stayed out of TV, thus snuffing the stench that became The Jerry Springer Show.

at 9/24/2007 2:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go back and pray there is no such Company named Clear Channel who would buy 50 gazillion stations and screw them all up and in Cincinnati put a station in every cubicle in their building that broadcast nothing but crap! Bring back Norma and Charlie to do the news

at 9/24/2007 3:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell Cumulus to not put a talk station on 96.5. Instead end WEBN's 20 year rock monopoly by bringing back 96 Rock.

at 9/24/2007 3:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to Anon 1:35pm. I 200% agree with you regarding Dave Lapham in the broadcast booth. Brad is good, but he and Dave drown out each other when an exciting play takes place. Dave forgot more football than I will ever know, so just give the insights and quit the silly yelling and grunting. Please Dave, give us a good MAJOR league broadcast, not some high school harry yelling and grunting. Bring back Paul Keels, he was great. But in Cincinnati anybody who is half way good, gets lapped up by a larger market!

at 9/24/2007 3:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would you want The Angry Guys returned to AM when they're going to be on FM very soon?

at 9/24/2007 3:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did NBC find some unused scripts from Quantum Leap?

at 9/24/2007 4:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about stopping the deals that moved MOJO to Radio One and WGRR to Cumulus? Clear Channel is the least of this markets problems.

at 9/24/2007 5:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 1:19 Why would Ira Joe Fisher return to Cincinnati from a great network job making four times what he would make here???

at 9/24/2007 9:02 PM Blogger Aviator said...

I agree with Anon 1:35 as well...Lapham is annoying as all get out. What exactly did he do as a Bengal that gets him so much attention? There was a time we had Bob Trumpy, Collinsworth even Solomon Wilcots broadcasting locally...Enough of Lap! At least Brad J isn't putting his ego up on a pedestal!

at 9/24/2007 10:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe it was John Leonard who said the premise of "Journeyman" was a fellow going back in time in search of Scott Bakula's career.

at 9/25/2007 2:40 AM Anonymous Michael A. Banks said...

That's an imaginative question, John. Let's see ... I think I'd go back and advise WSAI to go album rock about the time Frank Wood the Younger started Jelly Pudding ... and I would have advised WUBE to stick with Top 40 (though I don't know where that would've left the country fans). And a few other things.

Hm. Imagine what it would have been like if WLW had decided to go for the burgeoning teen market in the mid-1960s.

"... countin' down the hits with WLW, rockin' with the Beatles and the Beach Boys, the Stones and the Doors--the nation's fifty-thousand watt, clear channel voice of rock 'n roll!"
--Mike Banks

at 9/25/2007 4:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd tell 96.5 to stick to music.

I'd tell Furman to keep his mouth shut.

I'd tell Jerry Springer to just go away.

I'd tell Channel 12 to not hire Kit Andrews

I'd tell Channel 19 to not get rid of Valerie.

I'd tell Channel 12 that's it's not a good idea to mess with 7 radio stations worth of free promotion.

I'd tell Q102 to keep Race Taylor no matter how much it costs!

at 9/25/2007 7:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd tell Q-102 not to let JohnJay isn't the same without the Brian and JohnJay mornning show!

at 9/25/2007 11:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

1530 is great! I just love hearing about blogs. Check out my blog, I linked it up on my blog, I put a new poll up on my blog, check out the video on my blog, take a look a Mo's blog, Greg's blog, Lance's blog, Tim's blog. BLOG BLOG BLOG.

at 9/25/2007 12:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember when the radio controversies in town were:

Randy dumpster diving at Yes!95,

John Zeh and his WAIF mess,

WEBN/Q102 feuds


God I miss the old times!

at 9/25/2007 12:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would tell 9 never to let shawn ley go in the first place.
I'd tell 5 to sign byron webre to a long term contract.
I'd tell Dick Dyer to keep the revolving door shut by firing brennan.
I'd tell 5 to utilize all the veterans of the market they have.
I'd tell 5 to keep with taking action. Michelle did a great job

at 9/25/2007 2:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point in the previous post about 5.. Don't promote or hire locals - keep bringing in people from the middle of nowhere, who will get the hell out of there as soon as they can. THAT idea seems to be working GREAT for you.

I used to LOVE the Q102/WEBN banter. We still have at LEAST two forms of popluar music today (rock vs. pop/rap) .. Are people too afraid it'd spark some other kind of tension if they started a funny, healthy rivalry? Might bring some fun back to local radio!!!

Speaking of bringing fun back - that might be the only thing to save 5's behind right now. Live, original, LOCAL (NON-NEWS) programming!!! In the style of Bob Braun - better yet, Paul Dixon-style TV!!! WLWT has the heritage - why not have the cojones to give it a shot? Just keep it as entertainment - keep everyone in that news dept. FAR away from it!!

at 9/25/2007 3:58 PM Anonymous greg said...

I'll tell Paul Dixon to go the doctor & get his heart checked out. Maybe he would still be with us.

at 9/25/2007 5:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angry Guys are terribly missed when you consider the unprepared fool who took their place. Yeah Tim, the solution is fire everyone. I'd definitely put them back on. I'd also like John to post his email address so I can ask him for an update on the Angry Guys getting back on the air.

at 9/25/2007 6:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee I wish we had a big 50,000 watt station that did sports talk and talked about only bengals reds bengals reds bengals reds bengals reds bengals reds bengals reds bengals reds bengals reds bengals reds bengals reds bengals reds bengals and then blogged about it. Come on folks there is a world beyond 275!

at 9/26/2007 11:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would tell 5 to hire talent from be on air. 19 hires all there talent from be on air and look at there ratings.

at 9/26/2007 6:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Lap talking over Brad...

It was funny to watch ESPN's top calls last week (I think it was)... they had a graphics that identfied who was calling the play and the radio station...

Every other game had the play-by-play guys name and their station.

Since Lapham was talking over Brad, you saw Chad score a touchdown and the grahpic said Brad Johansen/Dave Lapham WLW, Cincinnati.

at 9/27/2007 1:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lapham is wonderful on the Big 12 conference games that he does on cable etc. But when it comes to local Bengals, he and pretty boy are awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

at 9/27/2007 1:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon 9/25 . I agree. Get the Angry guys back on the local airwaves, they are great. That babble you hear now by Timmy Lewis on 1530 in the 5:30 - 9 am slot is awful. Talks about two things - 1) his blog, and 2") Bengals Bengals bengals bengals bengals bengals bengals bengals bengals bengals bengals bengals and as they say on the west side of town - The BANGALS

at 9/29/2007 12:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like we got our wish. Amen! I don't mind Bengals talk if it's logical. With all the injuries right now, fire Marvin is not logical.

at 10/01/2007 10:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

a novel concept - get some news on the radio dial somewhere besides 550. Oh well, this is Mayberry.

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