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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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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Why Not A "Best of Joe Nuxhall" CD?

I've really enjoyed listening to WLW-AM today and yesterday, with all the talk from hosts and callers about Joe Nuxhall. But the best part was the wonderful archived audio that WLW-AM kept rolling out -- everything from Nux's call of Bench's HR on Johnny Bench night, and Joe Oliver's game-winning single in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series, to Nuxie complaining about an umpire's blown call, Jose Rijo calling the Banana Phone from the clubhouse to complain about those Marty & Joe Potato Chips in the 1990s, or that wacky 1977 iinterview with Jonathan Winters.
Hat's off to Dave "Yiddie" Armbruster and Bill "Seg" Dennison for collecting these terrific audio clips!
Now here's an idea: How about a "Best of Joe Nuxhall" CD with these great soundbites, augmented by remembrances by Marty and Thom Brennaman, and definitely Yid and Seg telling their favorite Nuxie stories.
It's too late to do for Christmas, but they could have it out for Opening Day, and sell it all year, through next Christmas... Maybe even make it a fund raiser for the Joe Hope projects in Fairfield, to finally build that Joe Nuxhall Gym at the One Way Farm for abandoned and abused kids, and the Joe Nuxhall Character Education fund, and the Reds Rookie Success League for needy kids, and his scholarship fund.
Yeah, we can download podcasts from these various WLW shows about Nux... but why not pull together Nux's best audio, and maybe some of his stories they have on tape, and do it as a CD? What a marvelous keepsake!
What would you want to hear? Which are your favorite Nuxhall moments from Reds Radio?


at 11/18/2007 9:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea, John. They should definitely include a Tony Perez interview. ANY Tony Perez interview.

One other thing: Baseball Hall of Fame ( Let's get it done, people... for Joe.

at 11/18/2007 12:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CD is a great idea.

WLW's Creative Director Scott Stanley deserves the credit for putting together most of the audio pieces, as well as the touching video tribute on the website.

at 11/18/2007 12:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a GREAT project for Mark Magistrelli, Mark Martini and their Media Heritage organization. Their aborted history of WLW, produced as a fundraiser for the old WVXU, is great. I'd dearly love to have the follow-up CD that was intended to fill that empty space in my "Nation's Station" box set.

Those guys absolutely would do justice to Joe Nuxhall's life and career!

at 11/18/2007 8:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous 12:24pm. The guys at Media Heritage have done a great job of preserving all kinds of Cincinnati broadcast history, Ruth Lyons, Red Barber, Rosemary Clooney, not to mention their award winning series on D Day.

at 11/19/2007 10:30 AM Anonymous Mike said...

>>Sounds like a GREAT project for Mark Magistrelli, Mark Martini and their Media Heritage organization.<<

We ARE working on a Nuxhall project...more to follow.

at 11/19/2007 3:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite Nux moment, when Cecil Espy played for the Pirates, Nuxie kept butchering his name during one lengthy at bat (probably a result of too many Budweisers) by calling him "Epsy", and finally a fan down below who was listening on the radio shouts out "It's ESPY, Joe! E! S! P! Y!"

gonna miss you, Joe!

at 11/19/2007 4:11 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

Great idea - I'll take two!

at 11/19/2007 5:47 PM Anonymous Margie said...

It's a great idea. Anything with Joe's voice would be cherished. I'd love to have one or two myself. The money should go to Joe's project to which donations are being made now. He (along with Marty) made me laugh so much.

at 11/19/2007 11:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 3:03...YES! That's the ultimate Joe moment. I was thinking about that one today while John was on with Burbank. this cut. It's around the station.

at 11/20/2007 12:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds great- but keep the price down to where anybody can buy 1 or 2, and keep it for the kids who never heard Joe before, and don't forget Marty....He needs to be on that CD too. Good project for the $$ to go.
Good luck.......

at 11/20/2007 4:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few words on why that is unlikely: "Any rebroadcast, reproduction, or other use of the pictures and accounts of this game without the express written consent of Major League Baseball is prohibited." That would likely include a CD of calls of baseball games. I don't know how difficult it would be to get clearance from baseball for the disc.

at 11/20/2007 7:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last few days thinking about Joe I’m reminded of a piece I saw once on TV. I think it was NBC and Jimmy Roberts, they were talking about Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer and their careers and all the time they spent together. At one point Roberts had this line that I think applies perfectly to Marty and Joe.

Talking about Palmer …..“It’s as if God said to Nicklaus: You shall have skill like no other, but they will love him more”.

Substitute Brennaman for Nicklaus, and see if it doesn’t work

at 11/20/2007 7:45 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To Anon 11/20 4:27 a.m.:
MLB has given permission for other compilations. The Reds gave out a Marty & Joe cassette tape about 10 years ago, and they've authorized the highlight albums in the past. And Cubs announcer Pat Hughes did a tribute to Marty a year ago.... If the Reds were to ask MLB to do one for Nux, for the Reds Community Fund or Joe's charities, I'd bet they'd say yes.

at 11/20/2007 10:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


What were the ratings for last week in week 2 of sweeps month.

at 11/20/2007 1:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Kroger would sponsor it

at 11/20/2007 4:20 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

Yeah, I'm sure there is a way to work out the rights. Back in 1990 they released a cassette with highlights of their World Series winning season called "Wire to Wire."

at 11/20/2007 5:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese I emailed 19's news director about broadcasting the bearcat games in HD. Heres what he sent "We regularly discuss the opportunities to do that. It's a combination
of some technical issues and some sponsorship issues, but we discuss it
on a regular basis."

at 11/21/2007 9:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care what is dine as long as you stop playing those tribute songs about Joe. That is a little over the top I think. CD would be a great homage to the Ol' Lefthander.

at 11/21/2007 6:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard a song that was written about Joe on WEBN and there were game calls mixed in. I thought it was really well done and I actually teared up at the end. I wonder if this is what some consider to be gratuitous and "over the top".

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