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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, November 26, 2007

Joe Nuxhall, One Last Time

I'm back in the saddle after four thankful days off, after cranking out the holiday TV list last week (which ran Sunday) and helping cover the passing of Joe Nuxhall.

And that's where I'll begin today… I've got three Nuxhall things to pass along, one last time, before I move on to other things:

WEBN-FM: Have you heard the Nuxhall tribute that Joel Moss did on WEBN-FM? It's on his blog.
He took a song about Joe that a Hamilton band (friends of Mr. K) recorded in 2004, when Joe retired from Reds radio, and added some terrific, rare Nux clips to it. You'll hear him calling his first game back in 1967, Junior's game-winning inside-the-park home run and a snippet of Joe complaining about umpire Dave Pallone from the infamous 1988 Pallone-Rose shoving incident that ended up with Marty & Joe being summoned by the commissioner's office. (I don't recall hearing the Pallone clip repeated before.) Says Joe on the clip while fans booed and tossed trash on the field: "He's a rotten umpire, that's the best way I can put it… Pallone deserves it."

CET: CET repeats the last two installments of "Joe Nuxhall, My Life: Baseball and Beyond" at 7:30 p.m. today and Tuesday (Channel 48). You could call this Joe Nuxhall's greatest hits. Today he talks about Jim Maloney throwing a spitball to Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays (my favorite Nux story), Jackie Robinson's debut, and his transition to radio in 1967. On Tuesday, the last of the four-part series taped in 2005, he discusses the 1970s World Champion Big Red Machine, Pete Rose, Marty Brennaman and the 1990 wire-to-wire World Championship team in the final show. It ends appropriately with this regular Joe talking about his legacy, a quote we've used several times in the past two weeks: "It's always a nice feeling to be appreciated… But I just want people to think of me as one of the regular guys."
All four episodes are posted at Search Nuxhall.

WMUB-FM: Oxford’s WMUB has a podcast of its award-winning 2004 “Forum” show with Joe Nuxhall, Marty Brennaman and Neal Conan from NRP’s “Talk of the Nation.” The “Talk of the Station” call-in show originating from the Great American Ballpark won awards from the Public Radio News Directors, Ohio Public Broadcasting and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.'s a direct link to the WMUB podcasts:


at 11/26/2007 5:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post a direct link for the podcast about Marty and Joe from WMUB so people do not have to search the website for it.

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