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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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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dan Patrick In Town

When Dan Patrick broadcast his nationally syndicated radio show from Clear Channel in Kenwood today, I hoped he twisted some arms into carrying it here.

Patrick, a 1974 Mason High School graduate, came home last night to speak at Miami University. He did his show from here 9 a.m.-noon, carried by Clear Channel's WONE-AM (980) in Dayton, and streamed and podcast on

His topic at "Miami of Ohio" last night -- a phrase that the university is trying to eradicate -- was "Athletes As Heroes: Are There No Role Models Any More?" Of course, that meant talk of Pete Rose. Here are some sound bites:

--Pete Rose: Patrick says he'd put Rose in the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player, but not a manager. He talked about growing up in Mason idolizing Rose and wearing No. 14. He says he once interviewed Rose at Pete's Florida home, back when he was denying he bet on the game. Patrick says: "I told him, 'Pete, you're embarrassing Cincinnati.' I knew the bookie he bet through. He was a neighbor."

--On his college days: "I wasn't smart enough to get into Miami of Ohio (that phrase again), but now I'm here giving a speech? What happened to standards?" said Patrick, a University of Dayton gradaute. Later he 'fessed up to being a poor college student. "I skated through, much to my regret. A 2.2 (GPA), looking pretty good to me! I was an idiot."

--On making commitments: Patrick says he had a spirited debate over dinner with Miami president David Hodge over why university presidents let popular coaches out of their contracts to take jobs at bigger schools. He also said he turned down offers from CBS and NBC while at ESPN, to honor his contract with ESPN. "Once you lose your word, you're lost your integrity. But players don't care. Owners don't care. It's a cesspool."

--On pregame shows: Patrick, who left ESPN after 18 years in August to do a syndicated show and write for Sports Illustrated, took a swipe at ESPN and former colleague Chris Berman when saying he didn't find pregame shows enlightening: "I don't know if I get anything from it but 'back-back-back.' Is that a subtle dig at ESPN?"

I enjoy listening to Patrick. I wish Clear Channel's WCKY-AM (Homer 1530) would carry him 9 a.m.-noon. He should be on in his hometown.


at 2/12/2008 1:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I enjoy listening to Patrick. I wish Clear Channel's WCKY-AM (Homer 1530) would carry him 9 a.m.-noon. He should be on in his hometown."

Dude, are you insane? You'd bump Mo Egger? Mo rocks! Dump Alan Cutler!

at 2/12/2008 1:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. people like mo-ron egger should be stuck with setting up remotes and getting the chewing gum off of jim scott's shoes

at 2/12/2008 2:01 PM Anonymous Steve A. said...


Homer already has a show on from 9-noon, a local show. Mo Egger does a heck of a job, and I think it's a slap in the face for you to recommend that we lose another local host, when we already have too few, for yet another national show.

at 2/12/2008 2:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Dan Patrick is a native and great personality, why put another middle aged sports guy on in this city?

Mo Egger is a great fit between 9 and noon on Homer He adds a different approach that i CAN ACTUALLY RELATE TO. He can talk sports and screw around at the same time. I hope Mo is around a long time in Cinci radio. Mainly because I'll have a middle aged sports talk guy to relate to... thus saving myself from griping about the lack of sports guys that "get me" on random blogs.

at 2/12/2008 3:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't want him on 1530Homer @ 9:00. We are quite happy with Mo, thank you. Dan Patrick can stay right where he's at. If you want to listen to him get sattelite, but him off my radio.

at 2/12/2008 3:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Patrick should be doing "Just For Men" commercials instead of replacing one of our local sports talk shows.

at 2/12/2008 3:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Patrick!!! He would be a welcome change for 1530Homer.

at 2/12/2008 3:24 PM Anonymous Ryan P said...

Your crazy old man, Mo rocks.

at 2/12/2008 3:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Although the interview with Dan was great, how can you take a stab at Mo Egger like that? You're right that Dan would be great to have on radio around here, but not over a local show where a local (UC) guy has established himself. That would be like me telling you I would rather read the headlines in the New York Times in place of anything you write! Think about what you are saying is being perceived before you write it. Journalism 101!

at 2/12/2008 3:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a big sports fan, but I did enjoy listening to DP on ESPN radio esp. the hour each day with Keith O.

at 2/12/2008 3:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boot Cutler and keep Mo!

Let Lexington and the bluenecks have Cutler and his mustache back! WE don't want him!

at 2/12/2008 4:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 2/12/2008 4:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn John, why don't you kick Mo's dog and slap his wife while you're at it.....

Stick to TV, you obviously know nothing about radio.

at 2/12/2008 4:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My god, how many times can Mo write in and you guys still publish his comments? Mo, three comments are enough. We get your point.

at 2/12/2008 4:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John did not say anything negative about Mo with his comment above. Dont assume that by what you are what you are reading. While it appears listeners like Mo Egger, if the Homer decided to carry Dan Patrick, that does not necessarily mean MO would get booted. I personally like the lineup the way it is. I wouldnt be too upset if Cutler got canned...

at 2/12/2008 4:17 PM Anonymous Andrew said...

Dan Patrick still is relevent??? I thought he was retired and living off the residuals he is getting from the old Sportscenter commercials. No real offense to Dan but Cincinnati likes local guys talking about local sports like Mo and Lance. If I would have to hear Dan Patrick go on for three hours then have him turn over the reins to Jim "schtick" Rome and his "clones" I would rip the radio out of the dashboard of my car. Sincerely, (Enter name of an athlete or celebrity that did something dumb)

at 2/12/2008 4:29 PM Anonymous IU fan said...

Mo Egger is a must listen for us up here in Dayton and we dont even have a local carrier! You are lucky Cincy to have Mo on 1530

at 2/12/2008 4:29 PM Blogger Antonio said...

Mo forever, Dan, never.

at 2/12/2008 4:38 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

Simple solution... Cut the "cut man" and move Mo up to the 6 - 9 shift. That would allow and opening to carry Patrick's show. There! Problem solved!

at 2/12/2008 4:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a hell of an idea bmurdock. The "cut man" sucks. They need to retire his Albert Einstein looking a**! I am sick of hearing that guy talk, all he does is babble about the Bengals. "It's unbelievable" over, and over again!

at 2/12/2008 4:49 PM Anonymous Dave said...

I thought you were the TV reporter. Mo Egger does a damn good job and you'd know that if you had ever listened before you wrote this drivel. Personally I'd rather not be subjected to Mr. Patricks schtick.Him not being on ESPN anymore is one less guy who thinks he is bigger than the topic he covers.

at 2/12/2008 5:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw Dan Pugh (his real name). Mo Egger is much better.

at 2/12/2008 5:26 PM Blogger Aaron said...

You guys are forgetting that maybe 1360 could carry Dan. I don't really like Colin Cowherd that much. And for people in the northern areas of Cincinnati, WONE's signal is pretty decent. I have no troubles trying to listen to Patrick on there.

at 2/12/2008 5:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the solution is to listen to the Angry Guys on 96.5

at 2/12/2008 7:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dump Rome!

Keep Mo!

Dump Rome!

Move Mo to 12-3.


i know i'm shouting, but jim rome is irrating and doesn't enlighten or entertain me. Premiere should DUMP HIM!

at 2/12/2008 7:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John what did you think of the weather coverage on tuesday into wednesday?

at 2/12/2008 8:11 PM Anonymous Bengals Bob said...

Mo and Lance are the future of radio in this town. The Big 1 is old and tired. 1530 is clear channel's best kept secret on purpose.

at 2/12/2008 8:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely dump Cutler and Rome before Mo! I listen to Mike and Mike because I can't stand to listen to Cutler ask and answer his own questions. Put Dan Patrick on at noon and get rid of Rome!!!

at 2/12/2008 8:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

at 2/12/2008 7:07 PM Anonymous said...
Dump Rome!

Keep Mo!

Dump Rome!

Move Mo to 12-3.


i know i'm shouting, but jim rome is irrating and doesn't enlighten or entertain me. Premiere should DUMP HIM!


Rack Him!

at 2/12/2008 8:23 PM Anonymous hemmel said...

Or another solution is to cut Rome and the "jungle" and move Mo to Noon-3, either way Mo and Lance are two guys that definitely need to stay

at 2/12/2008 8:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Standards at Clear Channel have dropped a ton if they're touting the likes of Mo and the Tracy/Eddie show as the new wave of great local hosts. I can feel the brain cells dying just thinking about it.

There are some promising folks out there, like blogger C. Trent Rosecrans. Clear Channel Cincy hired him during an apparent corporate mandated hiring freeze. I can see him getting a regular show in time, in an effort to justify the hire (his blog is outstanding, but I doubt they'll keep CTR on payroll just for that). His time in the booth with Marty Brennaman was good, plus his brief segments with Lance and others. I think he'll be a regular host before long.

Young hosts like Nick Brunker and Mark Chalifoux also have potential, but they're ready for a Monday-Friday gig yet. Give them more time on their weekend college hoops show on Homer, and let 'em develop. That's a smart strategy by the Yid Man (I think he's the one who gave them the airtime).

I'm a big Dan Patrick fan, but think he's past his prime. Before he left ESPN, he seemed to have mailed it in most days on his radio show. Dan was at his best paired with Rob Dibble, and later when he had the one hour with Keith Olbermann. Maybe he has recharged his battery since getting his new show...but I'm not so sure.

But Mo? C'mon....

at 2/12/2008 8:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Kiesewetter really has his finger on the pulse of what Cincinnati wants to hear. No one cares about Dan Patrick in 2008. Mo rules.

at 2/13/2008 12:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Rome is Phe-nom-e-nal!

Rome has 10 times the number of listeners as Dan Patrick. Dan Patrick had his show on the air in Cincinnati when he was on ESPN radio and it didn't get good ratings. Why would it now?

1530 has a fine lineup, save for Cutler. He's the real annoying one.

That take was.... awesome.



Late. I'm out.

at 2/13/2008 1:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never heard of Miami of Ohio. Miami University, however, I have heard of. Please use that one.

at 2/13/2008 9:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mo is infinitely superior than a nationally syndicated blowhard like Cowherd or Patrick. I like him and Doyel but I'll take Mo by himself over a national show in which Cincinnati gets one mention a month, and then only as a joke about criminal football players.

at 2/13/2008 9:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

1530 already made a mistake by dumping Greg. Why would they make another mistake and dump Mo too?!?!
I agree with almost everyone here. Get rid of Cutler. Him and Rome can take they're cockiness somewhere else. Anywhere else. I want to hear local sports, not some has-been who USED to live in Cincinnati...

at 2/13/2008 9:52 AM Blogger RPA said...

i like dan patrick and all, but the last thing we need is more syndicated national radio shows. one of the things i like about cincy is that it still has (a little bit) of a local personality in talk radio.

i know that's an old-school idea. kind of like newspapers. i don't understand why the enquirer has a tv/radio reporter. they could just get their articles from the associated press, couldn't they?

at 2/13/2008 9:54 AM Blogger Kent said...

DPs interviews are nothing more than a search for a sound bite. He tries to bait people into saying something inflammatory, and then use it against them. He jumped the shark after he and Olberman quit doing SportsCenter together.

at 2/13/2008 10:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but I don't care much for Mo Eggers show. He doesn't have the personality of a Andy Furman/Bob Trumpy/Chris Collinworth host or the hardcore sports prep of Lance.

I do like having a local show though. I get tired of hearing about the NY and Boston teams constantly.

at 2/13/2008 10:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's only good if they KEEP MO and move him to 6-9 and GET RID OF CUTLER. Alan Cutler is the most annoying person in radio. I think 3 hours of dead air would be better than Cutler.

at 2/13/2008 11:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

McAlister, Jones, Egger.....

McAlister with his statstalk (no sportstalk)and his obsession with female celebs. (can someone just get him a Playboy subscription?)----Jones with his All Tracy, all the time talk--- Egger, with his.... (nothing)

Air America would be better than any of these guys.

at 2/13/2008 12:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Gray Beard....keep writing your boring articles, and leave the radio to someone else. Mo Egger's show is very good. Dan Patrick is an idiot. Leave your opinions on show line-ups to the professionals.

at 2/13/2008 12:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mo is a board op/production hack who got a show because he's cheap and, I guess, can read. I don't go near Homer until at least noon (Alan Cutler is an abomination) and unually not until 3. However, Dan Patrick would get me back there then back over to Cowherd.

What I don't get is why so many people want so many local sports shows when the teams here bring nothing but bitchin' and moanin' least with the national shows we can hear about winning.

at 2/13/2008 1:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 2/13/2008 6:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

MO, quit writing in and pretending to be different people. You are not that well liked in Cincinnati.

at 2/13/2008 7:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mo Egger is a complete nerd. You'll know all you need to know about him by looking at the goofy pictures he put up on his blog. I'll take the sophistication of Patrick over the unfunny, uncool Eggers any day.

at 2/13/2008 10:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how some of you refer to this BLOG as one of John's ARTICLES. See, THIS is a BLOG - full of opinion and readers' posts. An ARTICLE appears elsewhere - say, as part of the Enquirer - outside of the BLOG section.

So actually, John's most certainly entitled to his opinions - especially in his own BLOG. Don't like it? Start your own - so people can point out how irrelevant and stupid YOU are.

P.S. - Mo sucks.

at 2/14/2008 1:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard DP rip on ESPN before.. there was a point during the NFL playoffs on his radio show that he invited Rich Eisenberg to do a segment and there were multiple references to the anti-legitimate journalistic practices of "their former employer." Certainly nothing new.

at 2/14/2008 11:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to love the two angry guys, when they talked about sports. This new station has ruined them by making them play music and trying to turn them into a regular morning show, not a sports talk show. Today they spent the morning having guys call in to tell about their special valentine day memories and what they did for their ladies. I threw up a little knowing how far they have fallen.

at 2/14/2008 12:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mo is the most entertaining and original of any of the 1530 talk show hosts. Dan Patrick would be a nice replacement for Cutler. He needs to go. Cutler spends 90 percent of his time patting himself on the back for his obvious observations. Dan would also be a reasonable substitute for Rome.

at 2/14/2008 1:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. What's happened to the Angries is a crime. I guess they have to do what they are told in order to keep a job.

at 2/19/2008 1:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog entry by Kiesewetter proves that he has absolutely no clue about what the Cincinnati radio audience wants to hear on the air.

He's 180 degrees off as usual. So take whatever he says and assume the opposite. Example: WLW will NOT be sold to the Mormons.

at 2/19/2008 4:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon 1:54...Kiesewetter's clueless? You might be interested to know that between 9 and noon, Mo got beaten by WCIN and WDJO, two AM music stations. The Buzz also beat him. In Men 25 to 54 he got beat by the female station, Warm 98. Yeah, he's real good. WCKY's own sister station with ESPN radio might be their own worst nightmare. WSAI is gaining on them, and they're local. Cutler is already getting soundly whipped by Mike & Mike.

at 3/29/2008 9:57 AM Anonymous Don said...

Cutler is a joke. If he was restricted from using "I" "me" or "my" from his rants there wouldn't be anything left. Dan Patrick is first class, I catch him on 980 out of Dayton every day. He is a national talent with a local perspective, and he needs to be here in town. Since I listen to Dan, I don't have an opinion on Mo, but it seems to me that Cutler should be booted back to Lexington, let Mo take his spot, and put Dan Patrick on the air here.

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