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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, January 23, 2008

UC Bearcats on CinCW Tonight

Could this be a sign of things to come, after WXIX-TV's cancellation of the UC basketball contract after 26 years? The CinCW, WKRC-TV's digital channel, airs the UC-Connecticut Big East basketball game tonight (7:30 p.m., Time Warner Channel 20, Insight Channel 25).

The CinCW has scheduled four Big East basketball games produced by ESPN, which holds the rights to all Big East basketball and football games. Two will be Wednesday prime-time games that Channel 19 passed on, so not to pre-empt "American Idol" – tonight and Pitt on Feb. 27 -- says Rick Wagar, program director.

The CinCW also gets UC twice on its weekend Big East basketball package -- Marquette (Feb. 2) and Georgetown (Feb. 23). The CinCW also carried some UC football games as part of its weekend Big East football package last fall.

In early December, Channel 19 opted out of its 10-year TV deal with UC. The last Fox 19 original telecast was UC-Miami Dec. 29, the last assignment for director David Ashbrock before his job was eliminated. Fox 19 will has two more UC basketball games produced by ESPN -- Seton Hall Sunday and Connecticut (March 8).

Here's a warning to CW fans: CinCW will delay "Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants" to appoximately 9:30 p.m., and "Gossip Girl" to about 10:30 p.m.


at 1/23/2008 2:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

UC had games on CinCW before Fox19 cancelled the rest of games.

at 1/23/2008 4:24 PM Anonymous DJJack said...

I think it would make more sense to put these games on My64, since the CW has some shows that have some sort of audience, while MyNetwork TV..let's be honest...does not.

WKRC also owns My64, does it not?

at 1/23/2008 4:29 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Nope, WKRC doesn't own Channel 64, it just provides the 10 p.m. news. Channel 64 is owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, which also owns Dayton's Channels 22 and 45.

at 1/23/2008 4:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha....CinCW fans...what an oximoron

at 1/23/2008 4:41 PM Anonymous DJJack said...


That's what I get for reading blogs while on the air.

Thanks for the headsup, John!

at 1/23/2008 8:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey kiese just letting you know that america's got talent begins its casting very soon. It will cast in Orlando, Nashville,Charlotte, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, Branson, Atlanta, Dallas, LA, NYC and Chicago.

at 1/24/2008 1:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Don't forget when mentioning CinCW that it is available over-the-air for free on 12-2...

at 1/24/2008 8:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what about Xavier? Tonight they play Dayton and unless you have a special package on Satelite you don't get to see it. How ridiculous is that! These are two top 20 teams and the game is nowhere to be found.

at 1/25/2008 11:47 AM Blogger Kevin LeMaster said...

Hmm...missed the UC game. It was Dan and Chuck for me.

- DISH customer

at 1/25/2008 10:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what about Xavier? Tonight they play Dayton and unless you have a special package on Satelite you don't get to see it. How ridiculous is that! These are two top 20 teams and the game is nowhere to be found.

FYI, CSTV is owned by CBS. While it does require a Sports Package subscription to get it on most satellite and some cable providers; the game was aired nationally. Anyone who wanted to watch the game could have gone to any sports bar and watch the game across the country.

By the way, Xavier has or will have 87% of it's game telelvised NATIONALLY on the ESPN networks, Fox Sports & CSTV. 87% of their non-conference games were nationally televised.

Conversely UC has or will have only 70% of it's game nationally televised. Only 25% of the non-conference games were nationally televised.

So, UC fan living away from the Cincy region was mostly in the dark during the Bearcats non-conference season compared to XU fan in during the same time.

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