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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, January 07, 2008

Willie & Seg at 3 p.m.

The stunts continue at WLW-AM. Now Bill Cunningham is on 3-6 p.m. with Bill "Seg" Dennison, filling the Burbank slot. Cunningham opened by claiming he spent his vacation at CC HQ in San Antonio, not Florida, and signed a "five-year, guaranteed bonus-ladened contract to be on from noon to 6 p.m." My guess is Willie's "guarantee" lasts one day, if that much... and that Tracy Jones and Eddie Fingers will take over soon. The Arbitrton ratings period starts Thursday, so this silliness will end soon... Is anyone amused by this?


at 1/07/2008 3:31 PM Anonymous Chris said...

Tiring? Yes...very. Wouldn't you think 700 would want to promote and advertise their new hosts/show? This is getting old. I'll just flip over to Lance.

at 1/07/2008 3:31 PM Blogger Brad said...

They should keep it up with these stunts, because Tracy Jones and Eddie Fingers won't last 6 months.

at 1/07/2008 3:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see them for 5 1/2 hours. I think they are great!

at 1/07/2008 3:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am. Mainly because they are making fun of you.

at 1/07/2008 4:12 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

Pretty lame if you ask me. I guess I can understand the idea of giving a bit of a buffer between the old show and the new. They sould have run their little stunts in the time between Burbank's last live show and the 1st of the year. Who listens to reruns of a radio show anyway? The more this drags out the less I care what they come up with.

at 1/07/2008 4:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wake up Kies!!! They're mocking you. They know that as soon as they do something you'll run and post an entry into your blog like a gossipy little school girl. They were only took you 17 minutes to comment. They're far and beyond the #1 station in the market...get a clue!

at 1/07/2008 5:51 PM Anonymous rms said...

Leave Kiese alone... This is what he does. He blogs as it happens.
And he's good at it.

I think he does great work.

Keep it up, John!

at 1/07/2008 6:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you mean it only took 17 minutes? John, why do you posts the hateful posts folks write?

I think JK SHOULD be updating a lot today with all that is going on.

Frankly, and no offense John, I wish you would update MORE OFTEN to keep this blog fresh with things as they happen on TV or radio..for folks to give FEEDBACK on the subject..not to make snarky comments to each other.

Keep on blogging! :-)

at 1/07/2008 9:55 PM Blogger Matt Tauber said...

Marty Brennaman was dead-on when he called into the show. Fingers and Jones didn't need Willie & Seg to launch their show. If you're going to launch it, just launch it and forget the stunts. It just shows a nervousness on the part of Parks to put these guys on the air. I did like some of Willie's ideas, though, and am sad that we won't see any 'Kiesewetter Wednesdays'.

at 1/07/2008 10:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, the constant snarky comments get tiresome, but I have some feedback for Kiese. And it's somewhat in agreeance with some of those mean-spirited posts before mine.

First off, WLW's actions take precedence over the entire market. They are #1 in ratings and revenue, so it's understandable that they get attention. But have you ever considered going a bit deeper into the market for this story?
WEBN just lost their primary morning guy of the last two decades. So the other two rock-based stations in town have an opportunity to react. So I'd like to hear what WEBN will do to cover, and what the competition will do to react to WEBN's newfound weakness. Do the Angry Guys start doing bits and adding more than just sports? Does the Sound cut back on music and start adding more content?
See, instead of WLW being the one and only station you cover, you could be blogging, or investigating, the plans and actions of four. Instead, you're typing down what we all heard, and knew was immenent. Is that the point of modern journalism?

at 1/08/2008 6:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to see The Angry Guys add bits. Muck like they did in their 1160 days after they dumped Trumpy.

Of course I'll listen to just about anything as long as it doesn't have Russ Jackson.

at 1/08/2008 11:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the point of this blog/post was, no matter what some of you young ones think, BURBANK was a LEGEND in this industry here for over 23 years.

His retirement was a huge deal. It just happened to be on a station that has been swimming and jumping the shark for sometime.

Thus a blog about the new people and the lame, insipid stunts WLW kept pulling to keep us all in the dark was a good thing for locals to read and comment on.

I did not hear Marty's call or comment but he is right. That was STUPID to bring the new boys on at 4.25pm?? I wondered what the deal was when they played the music for SPORTS of CONSEQUENCES after the 4pm news.

anyway, talk radio people do not care about FM music stations and what they do enough to blog on about it (and commercial FM was ruined back in the 80's and gotten worse, sadly)...though I remember reading somewhere about Kitty and somebody getting dumped when some country station changed things around in the mornings a couple years ago.

And it STANK SUPERTALK got dumped so quickly before getting a chance to find itself. Then again, TV shows get yanked after 1 or 2 showings in this ADD world we live in. :(

For folks used to local radio, and in their cars or listening to radio from 3-6pm after 23 years of listening to Gary, it's a MONUMENTAL adjustment. It's not like just watching a TV show..many of us picked up the phone to call Gary and speak to him on or off the air over those decades.

Then again, long time work of decades could be lost on the mp3 young crowd of today, and their short attention span attitudes. Not a put down, just the way many are today. Job security isn't what it used to be either as we all know.

I just want to thank John for addressing this retirement so much. WLW loves ripping on John, but Gary was always nice and I enjoyed John on Gary's show on Mondays.

I would just like to add that the egotistical D Parks makes me sick.

at 1/10/2008 7:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Traditional radio died along time ago, Sirius and XM killed it. None of this matters anymore, the ante has been upped dramtically and WLW cannot keep up.

at 1/17/2008 7:20 PM Blogger DMorris4300 said...

Could you please give us an update on David Rose. Where did he land.
Those of us who faithfully watched his show would love to know.
Thank you.

at 1/18/2008 8:55 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To DMorris4300:
David Rose has been weekend anchor at KCPQ-TV, Fox13, in Seattle since July. See my "David Rose's Greetings From Seattle" from July 18:

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