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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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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cunningham's National Show Renewed

As Paul Harvey would say: And now for the rest of the story....

It turns out that Bill Cunningham's national Sunday night show was not a full-year deal. His "Live on Sunday Night, It's Bill Cunningham" show was a three-month audition to replace Matt Drudge and Premiere's "Drudge Report" national show.

"The idea was: Let's see," Cunningham says. "We lost no affiliates. The PDs (program directors) are happy."

Cunningham received an email last week saying the show had been picked up for all of 2008. He says he's awaiting official confirmation this week.

Cunningham replaced Drudge on Oct. 8. Drudge had 325 affiliates. With Cunningham, the show moved from to 10 p.m.-midnight on WLW-AM from weaker sister station WKRC-AM. WLW-AM only carries two hours of Cunningham's national show, unlike most of his affiliates.

And now you know the rest of the story. Good day!


at 12/11/2007 9:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad the e-mail that Bill received did not say "hit the road" instead of "we renewed your corny show".

at 12/11/2007 10:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should have left him on the roof.

at 12/19/2007 10:38 AM Blogger Robert Scott said...

I'm glad Bill got the gig for 2008. I use audio software to record the WABC stream of his show and then listen to bits and pieces of it during the week.

I like listening to Bill talk only about national topics, excluding local.

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