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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, December 03, 2007

WNKU-FM Hires A New GM

The man who kept New Orleans' public radio station on the air during the recovery from Hurricane Katrina has been hired to manage WNKU-FM.

Chuck Miller, a 30-year broadcasting veteran, will start at the station next Monday.

He resigned in July as general manager of WWNO-FM, the University of New Orleans classical-jazz-news-information station.

He worked there for two years, arriving seven weeks before the devastating 2005 storm from Atlanta-based Georgia Public Radio. Miller "led the station’s recovery with a laptop and a phone" from Atlanta immediately after the storm, says Aaron, Sharpe, assistant WNKU-FM general manager for marketing and development.

Miller started in public radio while attending Southern Illinois University. He also has worked for stations in Hutchinson, Kansas; Tulsa, Okla.; Vienna, Austria; St. Louis, Mo.; and Philadelphia, Pa.

He succeeds Ben Singleton, who left the Highland Heights station in late February.


at 12/04/2007 9:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Mr. Miller can put his "disaster" experiences to work immediately here in the Tri-state.

To hear the weather forecasts this morning (Tuesday) you would think we're getting a blizzard of North Pole proportions. But, what else is new. They do it with every 1 -3 inch snowfall we get.

Here's you line-up for the 5PM news on all stations:

10 minutes of weather.
a live report from the salt pile.
a reporter in a salt truck.
a reporter on the side of the highway in Kentucky telling us it's not snowing yet.
a reporter on the side of the road in Ohio, telling us its not snowing yet.
10 more minutes of weather.
a reporter at the airport telling us there could be flight delays if they have to de-ice your plane so that it doesn't crash into the reporter on the side of the highway in Kentucky.
a reporter at Kroger's showing empty bread shelves.
10 more minutes of weather.
a reporter at the Home Depot snow shovel department.
and, the latest weather update.

And, don't forget school closings scrolling at the bottom of the screen, and highway emergency numbers scrolling the top of the screen and the station's "snow alert" logo pasted somewhere on the screen.

Hopefully there's enough room left to see the program.

at 12/04/2007 10:18 AM Anonymous Jake said...

Hey John,
I can't remember quite how long ago (though I'm pretty sure it was this year...) You ran a little blog about the Who Concert. Several people responded with there take on what happened that tragic night. Could you tell me where I could access that story the responses that followed? On the anniversary, I'd like to spend a moment and reflect with those thoughts fresh in my mind.
Thank you,

at 12/04/2007 2:09 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

You're looking for "Revisiting The Who Tragedy of 1979" posted on 11/2/07. Search our site for it.

at 12/04/2007 2:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 9:13, you forgot the following:

1) Squeeze back all programming to include the various logos, paid commercial logos (allegedly paying for the Chyron reads)

2) Steve, uh, I mean Wink Raleigh breaking into the programming, every half hour (interrupting the first 3-5 minutes of network programming) telling us "it's not here yet, but it's coming".

3) A moment of silence for Rich Apuzzo who isn't on the air (except for the promo for Derek)

4) All radars, all the time, which don't pick up snow all that accurately. Thank God for the Power of 5 radar composite that will show us everything that isn't hitting us.

5.) Views from Skycam/Citicam/Les Nesman Weather Window to the World.

at 12/04/2007 3:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 5, where the news comes in 4th place, wins today's "White Death" jackpot.

Their web site is streaming video of a snow storm from LAST YEAR.

What an incredible public service for those of us who forgot what snow looks like on the street.

at 12/04/2007 3:33 PM Blogger KRCincy said...

Completely off topic, but Joe Nuxhall has made the final ballot for the Frick award with a record number of fan votes.

at 12/05/2007 3:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 12/05/2007 4:28 PM Anonymous Jake said...

Thanks John,

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