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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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Friday, January 25, 2008

A Minute With Andy Furman

My story in Sunday's paper has resulted in Andy Furman's return to radio, at least for a minute.

Starting Monday morning, Furman will do a one-minute weekday commentary on Dusty Rhodes' morning show on oldies WDJO-AM (1160) at 7:55 a.m.

WDJO-AM operations manager Rodger Kay says he called Furman after seeing my story about Furman saying his radio career was over, with the demise of SupertalkFM96.5. Furman's contract was not renewed when WFTK-FM switched to 96 Rock in December. He had worked there one year, after being fired by Clear Channel after 18 years on WLW-AM. The former Latonia Race Course promoter says he’s looking for promotion, public relations, marketing or sales work.

Kay says Furman's essays will be like Tony Michaels' old "One Man's Opinion" commentaries, "one of the most popular features" on WGRR-FM in the 1990s.


at 1/25/2008 9:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic.
Been wondering when someone is going to come around to the topic of Channel 9's new morning anchor.
We lost David Rose and the other compentent fill-in guys only to be greeted by THAT guy?
He seems nice enough, but come on!
What do the honchos at 9 have to say about this choice after their "nation-wide search"? Seriously... ask them!
Is he here to stay?

John and Readers: What do you think?

at 1/25/2008 12:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Andy Furman
At least someone is awake. Cincinnati radio has become, (with apologies to Newton Minnow)has become a "vast wasteland".

Re: Channel 9

I am sure the gentleman is a nice person but not for local news.

How about a "local search" instead of a "nation-wide" search?44

at 1/25/2008 1:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off: WHY does Andy Furman's opinion matter? No one listened to him on SuperTalk, so why would anyone start now?

Second, another off-topic WCPO observation: none of the stations HD promos are in HD. What's up with that? They can run news, Wheel, Jeopardy! and all that stuff in HD, but not commercials?

at 1/25/2008 1:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. He isn't anchor material (he's too Kermit Green) HOWEVER...I saw him do a stand-up on the weekend news last week and he was very good.

I say bring back Brian Patrick and put Bernard out on the street (reporting that is).

at 1/25/2008 1:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why spend good money for top talent, when mediocre people work much cheaper.

Scripps is stealing a page from the Clear Channel Mission Statement.

at 1/25/2008 2:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:03...Don't let the FACTS get in the way of your argument.

Nobody listened to Andy on Supertalk? HMMMM...In the Fall Arbitron, he was:

#9 in Men 25-54 AHEAD of WYGY, WRRM, WKRQ, WMOJ, WIZF, WKFS, WNNF(94.1), WSAI...

TIED with WCKY for #14 in Total listeners 12+, and ahead of WNNF

Somebody was listening.

at 1/25/2008 2:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because most of the commercials that come to the station from outside sources are not shot and edited on the HD format..mostly Standard digital (DigiBeta, DVCPRO, DVCAM) or analog(Beta SP).
iT ALSO MAY BE THE FACT THat they aern;t that geared up for a full HD in their editing and production dept..just live news with the studio cameras..

at 1/25/2008 4:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy wouldn't have lasted for 18 years at Flamethrower 700 without a huge audience.
You may not like his style personally, but he is an on-air talent with monster chops.

at 1/25/2008 4:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

andy never beat lance though.

at 1/25/2008 9:17 PM Blogger Aviator said...

The Furball is back!...well sort of, if only for a minute a day. Glad someone is giving him a chance. I enjoyed listening to him over the past year. The "new" 96.5 format stinks. We all know and see that local radio has been tanking, especially if Clear Channel was written at the top of the mediocre paychecks. It would be nice to bring back the days of WINK or the Q morning zoo, or even the Big One, when it was actually a decent station to listen to.

at 1/25/2008 9:25 PM Blogger Aviator said...

RE: Bernard

Give the guy a break. He is still warming up. He seems to be losing his rigidness and looking a bit more confortable with Nero.

They are still a better fit than the new channel 5 duo. Lisa and Todd presented a better morning show than what Hawgood is doing. Nothing personal against Hawgood, but they all seem a little quirky on the News 5 set.

Any initial word on the reviews/response/ratings for channel 12 now that CBS dumped the hybrid morning show?

at 1/26/2008 1:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, #9 in men and #14 in listeners. That's really impressive. And he was so successful, they scrapped the SuperTalk format and got rid of his show.

at 1/27/2008 4:35 PM Anonymous BVB said...

Supertalk was probably on its way toward being a factor in the ratings.

Off topic...why does someone who posts on here fequently have such a crush on David Rose? Jeez..get a room.

at 1/28/2008 10:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:46...Nobody ever said Cumulus knew what they were doing. Those are good numbers for a one-year old talk station in a world that includes WLW, WKRC, and WCKY. Supertalk never got a chance. It would have continued to grow and be competitive. Dave Ramsey was beating Limbaugh and Hannity in some demos and coming vbery close in others.

at 1/28/2008 12:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will ch 5 realize they have the best morning team with Lisa & Pete? They work so well together.

at 1/29/2008 10:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete looks like a 10 year old. He is not anchor material.

at 1/29/2008 1:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't Pete win a contest to get his job? This isn't the movies, folks. There is more to doing news than reading a teleprompter.

at 1/29/2008 3:33 PM Blogger Aviator said...

Pete!? He isn't teleprompter reading material. Of course, it doesn't take much to read a traffic report around here. Simply stated, "Avoid I-75 from Union Center to the airport!" Bring back Dykes and Beasley to the morning shift and then wait a few months for the ratings report.

at 1/29/2008 7:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Pete came in 3rd or 4th in that contest. Somebody at 5 must have thought he had talent. I enjoy watching him. He seems very natural. Lisa, Johnathan, Pete and Eric are the best combo in the morning. The ratings will improve with this group.

at 1/29/2008 7:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pete, congratulations. Somebody thinks you don't look your age.

at 1/31/2008 2:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just curious - since when does I-75 go to the airport? Must be magic.

And as for Pete looking 10 years old... Pretty funny. Guess your wife is a fan.

at 1/31/2008 7:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 2:42
You don't make any sense. But, when I go to the airport, I do take I 75. What's the point?

at 2/04/2008 11:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I know this one. The airport is on 275.

at 2/04/2008 4:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to listen to Andy coming home from work in Sports talk. I liked his show, his interviews and his point of view of things like the Reds and Bengals awful seasons etc. I have been looking for Andy since they cancelled Super Talk 96.5. I guess I better tune in to the AM station at 7:55AM then. Welcome back ANDY!!!

at 2/07/2008 7:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was happy that Andy was quickly hired.

So afraid he would have had to move and his house would have been sold to some jerk.

Andy is a good neighbor!!


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