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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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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

On Hiatus, So Talk Among Yourselves

It's been a fun year. Thanks for checking out my blog. I'm on vacation this week, and will periodically check this space through the end of the year. You can write comments and observations throughout the week, but there's no guarantee they'll be posted with any regularity.
Hope you can gather with your family and friends over the holidays, and share or make memories.


at 12/26/2007 7:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays to ALL
per newsblues
Raycom's WXIX-19-Fox in Cincinnati (Market #33) continues to shuffle its weather staff. Christie Dutton, hired in May from Lexington for the morning news, will become the 10 p.m. forecaster on Dec. 31. She's the station's third primetime weather guesser since Rich Apuzzo was fired in October 2006.

Frank Marzullo, hired in September from Youngstown, will replace Dutton on mornings

at 12/27/2007 8:30 AM Anonymous Louis said...

Vacation from what?

at 12/27/2007 1:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the story on WCPO shifting prime time shows to 1 am so they can run an old movie?
There was nothing on their web site explaining it.

at 12/27/2007 3:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you are having a good vacation. I am going to stir the pot and predict that the next person to leave 700 WLW will be Jim Scott... He's on vacation yet again. He is becoming increasingly obnoxious on the air and the show hasnt been 'live for ages.
Anybody else?
from the neighborhood

at 12/27/2007 4:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Questions for 2008:

(1) Where is Dayna Eubanks?

(2) Will Dave Waggoner renew his contract given his demotion?

(3) What, if any, changes will 19 make now that their morning ratings are falling?

(4) Since almost every Hearst-Argyle station has investested big dollars in a new set and graphics in light of HD, will 5 do the same this year?

(5) Do you think it is effective to have the anchors faces painted large across their news vans, i.e., 5?

(6) Will anything happen on-air with Pat Barry, Rich Appuzo, Randy Little, Laurie Q, or others, this year?

Musing: How about a new anchor duo for 5: Sheree and Nick Lachey.


at 12/28/2007 8:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got to thinking about something...
When Channel 12 goes all live/local on CinCW from 7-8 a.m., how will they do the live weather segments (from WKRC) during the Early Show on CBS and don't they also do a live news segment from WKRC at like 7:25 & 7:55??? How they can do this if they are already live on CinCW at the same time? I'm a little confused....


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

kiese that was a great article about chic. The one thing you didn't announce in the article is who is going to be 9's new lead photographer.

at 12/31/2007 10:28 AM Anonymous lotsaluck said...

I wish you were there, I need to find out what has happened to my favorite morning show "Regis & Kelly"? I have been watching Regis for a gazillion years and have enjoyed mainly the first 15 minutes between him and Kelly and before that Kathy Lee. They used to banter back and forth about their lives and current events and I believe this was what the show was all about to us older generation viewers. some one must have decided they had to squeeze more no talent singing guests or people plugging their latest movie or program that have now cut the opening interaction of the show to 2 minutes and then they spin the wheel to give away a trip. I have had to switch channels and watch Martha Stewart cook. I am 76 years old and don't have a lot to look forward to and they have just taken away one small part of my enjoyment. There is no way to write to anyone at BV entertainment. When you do you get a response that your email has been received but no one will respond as they get millions of them. What can I do? any suggestions? George

at 12/31/2007 3:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John - best wishes to you in 2008. Interesting to see Richard Dyer on your list of 8 people to watch. If things continue the way they have during Dyer's tenure there, we might just be watching him...leave.

As for his anchor moves, let's be realistic. They still have the wrong people in place. Regarding their morning show: they (finally) had a winning team, when they brought in Pete Scalia and Derek Beasley, along with Tood Dykes and Lisa Cooney. Make no mistake, it was MANAGEMENT's decision to break up that team, which often times finished a strong first of second place. Ever since Beasley left the show, their ratings have not recovered. And in my opinion, the self-important Jonathan Hawgood will do nothing to bolster their ratings. He will only drive what was once a flourishing (and entertaining) morning news program further into the ground. It's all about chemistry. And frankly, with Hawgood, I just don't see it.

They try to make excuses for their poor ratings, about NBC's prime-time lineup, and this-that-and-the-other. But the simple fact is, they broke up a winning team, and have not recovered. To blame Todd Dykes for their obvious mistake spotlights WLWT's managerial incompetency.

You know they won't put Beasley back on the morning show. But why not put Scalia at the desk with Cooney, and let the fill-in traffic girl even things out? If 12 can give Bob Herzog his own show and let him anchor, (when he's such a clown) then why not? Hawgood is too smug. Unlike the others, he seems fake. Scalia, Green and Cooney all seem like down-to-earth people. But something just doesn't feel "right" now, if that makes sense.

Anyway, thanks for giving people like me a chance to spout off about local programming. I've lived in Cincinnati all of my life, and seen many, many changes over the years. I'm looking forward to more of your (and others) critiques in 2008!

at 1/01/2008 10:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Hi..Let us all hope as we oft do that our new year shall bring us some, much, or any of what we may wish for the best for all of us.

at 1/01/2008 11:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiese--Has FOX 19 named a chief meteorologist yet? Frank M. has been on mornings and Christie has been on the 10 O'clock news...???

at 1/01/2008 9:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese has 19 named a chief met. yet?

at 1/02/2008 2:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy to hear that Pat Berry has been hired by Fox 19 for weekends. I enjoy hearing him read the weather and I think Pat and Regina have a great chemistry. They can joke and it's not awkward to the viewer. Frank will the mornings, Christine 10 pm and no official chief. Interresting, but it seems like the metorologist title doesn't make you predict the weather any better. 3 weeks ago or so, we were supposed to get 2 inches of snow and it was supposed to be icy. All 4 channels said so. I didn't go to a party and guess what, we got nothing. So all the metoroligists were wrong. Go Pat Barry and who cares that you don't have that official title.

at 1/02/2008 7:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad you aren't up and at 'em this morning. There are a lot of questions to answer...namely about the rock radio morning shows.
Your articles said the Angry Guys were supposed to be on 96 Rock this morning, so I tuned in to see if they changed up their show at all. But there's nothing but music.
And, I read rumors that Eddie Fingers will move to WLW's afternoon slot, and he's not on the air this morning either. Shroom is leading the show, and I have tuned in and out, but haven't heard mention of Eddie. Is he off the show already?

at 1/02/2008 10:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Marvin Lewis wants to "clean the garage" as he says, it's time to put Dave Lapham out with the used motor oil. Nothing personal, he and I have always gotten along well.

The only thing he offers to the broadcast is an endless litany of statistics off the Bengals press release and lots of unlistenable yelling and screaming, drowning out Brad's PBP. When the Bengals scored two TD's before the half in the Cleveland game, Lap prematurely blurts out "Nail in the coffin".

Also, don't you love his commercials for Cincinnati Bell Technologies. You can tell he doesn't understand a word he's reading.

at 1/02/2008 11:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"(4) Since almost every Hearst-Argyle station has investested big dollars in a new set and graphics in light of HD, will 5 do the same this year? "

Nope. Think 2009.

at 1/02/2008 11:57 AM Anonymous rms said...

I turned on my radio to 96.5 FM this morning at 6am, and no Two Angry Guys... Hmmmm.

Anybody know what's happening with them?


at 1/02/2008 12:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who will be on 700 WLW at 3 today?

at 1/02/2008 12:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the main story everyone should be talking about is who will be replacing burbank. 5 broke the story saturday night that the co-hosts for the 3-6 pm slot will be tracy jones and eddie fingers.

at 1/02/2008 12:59 PM Anonymous quietthom said...

Has anyone heard anything about the Two Angry Guys on 96.5? The last I heard was they were to return Jan 2nd to the airwaves even though the channel had changed format to music (they were supposed to do the morning drive as talk and then the music would kick in). I only heard music this morning.....

at 1/02/2008 2:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox 19 needs to make some major changes, thier set is OLD, style is horrible and ratings are falling fast. Very sad, it used to be a great station.

at 1/02/2008 3:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I agree about fox 19. Its time for raycom to invest some money in fox 19.

at 1/02/2008 4:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darryl Parks is the worst thing to ever happen to Cincinnati radio.

at 1/02/2008 4:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you heard anything about Andy Furman. I saw he has a weekly section in the Downtowner. Is there anyway to get ahold of him?

at 1/02/2008 7:51 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

To the person who asked about WCPO showing the network programming overnight:
I've been complaining about this for several years, both here and elsewhere. The problem started appearing occasionally in the 1990s, when WCPO was still a CBS affiliate. But in the past three years, it has steadily worsened until the pre-emptions are pretty much a weekly occurrence now.
I have two possible theories:
1. One is that every city is required to have one station that must show syndicated programming during prime time, and WCPO just happens to be the one chosen.
2. WCPO really does NOT want to be a network affiliate at all, and would rather just show its own selections of programs, and is moving further and further away from being an affliate.

at 1/02/2008 8:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Christine is the 10 o'clock forecaster. Does that mean she is the chief or is 19 not picking a chief? I like Marzullo better personally. Could a morning forecaster also be the chief?

at 1/03/2008 8:48 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To The Last 3 Anons:
--I'd contact Andy Furman through the Downtowner.
--WCPO probably more than others pre-empts network (usually reruns) for shows of their own choosing not during sweeps periods to make money on local commercials. Some of the shows are from HGTV/Food channels, which Scripps owns.
--Yes, Ch. 19 swapped morning and evening meteorologists, and hired Pat Barry for weekends. The station decided not to name either Christie or Frank chief meteorologist, so nobody will have the title.

at 1/03/2008 10:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raycom is not going to invest money in 19 WXIX. Word is they are looking to sell 19. That is why they got out of the UC Basketball contract and got rid of their highly talented manager David Ashbrock. BIG MISTAKE!!!!!

at 1/03/2008 4:41 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

Sometimes people get too hung up on titles and pecking orders. Maybe it's a smart move on 19 management's part to not play favorites with their forcasters. I will miss Christie in the mornings though... Just when I finally got used to her they move her to nights. The Frank guy is alright...

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