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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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Thursday, February 07, 2008

McKeown Cultivating B105 Listeners

Denny McKeown says his move to country music WUBE-FM (B105.1) this Saturday (6:30-9 a.m.) is a homecoming. For three years, he broadcast from the same Reading Road studios on WGRR-FM (103.5), before the station was swapped to Cumulus in fall 2006. Cumulus then moved the show to the new SupertalkFM96.5 format on WFTK-FM... and scuttled the show and format last December, after a year.

McKeown, 66, says he had kept in touch with Jim Bryant, Bonneville market manager for B105, Q102 and the Wolf. And when the show was canceled in December, Bryant invited him back.

"This was meant to be. I'm very happy," McKeown says.

McKeown figures he'll cultivate an audience quickly at B105, which didn't happen at Supertalk. The FM talk station didn't have many listeners, particularly with his show on for four hours (7-11 a.m.). He's much happier with his old 6-9 a.m. slot.

"The audience is better for me at 6 a.m. than 9-11 a.m., because people are up early and doing stuff," he says. At Supertalk, "I would run out of roses and books to give away to anyone who would call. You can only talk for so long without callers. Those were very long days."

McKeown is a talk radio pioneer. He started on old WCKY-AM, which launched the city's first talk radio format in 1981. In his later years working for WKRC-AM (1992-03), his show was distributed nationally by Clear Channel.

He says Bonneville may syndicate the show – but only regionally, so callers questions would be about plants common in this area.

McKeown owns the Bloomin' Garden Center and landscaping service in Blue Ash. He's also a Sunday Enquirer columnist.

It will be good to hear him back on the air.


at 2/07/2008 5:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he still doing home segments on 12 News?

at 2/07/2008 8:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The following channels will no longer be available:

WKRC/CW, PUMA, Channel 1500 News & Info, History Channel, Biography, A & E, History International Channel, Inspirational Life, PassTime Games channel 1300 and the following On Demand services: Answers on Demand & Answers on Demand Espanol

john i saw this on time warners site is this true? and what is the story about this

at 2/08/2008 8:37 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Anon 8:16 p.m.:
The Time Warner programming change announcement is a legal technicality. TWC is negotiating with a half dozen channels -- WKRC-CW, A&E, Biography, History & History International and Inspirational Life -- and since there is a chance a new deal won't be reached, the cable company by law must give notice that the service could change. That's "highly unlikely," says Karen Baxter, TWC local spokeswoman.
Puma, formerly a Spanish language music channel, has changed formats and will be dropped.
Channel 1500 News & Info and Passtime Games Channel 1300 also are being dropped, she says.
TWC's supplier is "no longer supporting" Answers on Demand, and TWC is looking for a substitute.

at 2/08/2008 8:38 AM Blogger Robert Scott said...

Denny has natural radio talent and the result is his show is interesting to listen to even if your not into gardening. Steve Overbeck's Auto show has the same effect.

When I was in college one of my female class mates said she was not into talk about fixing automobiles but but she enjoyed listening to Steve Overbeck because he made it sound interesting.

I enjoyed listening to Denny long before I owned my own my own plot of land (but he still had a few helpful tips for my indoor potted plants)

at 2/08/2008 2:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the info

at 2/09/2008 9:26 AM Anonymous GreyWolf said...

It's too bad that Denny can't have his old producer, Dan Dalton, doing his show. They seemed to have been a great combination.

at 2/09/2008 1:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sometimes listen to Marilyn Harris's cooking show, because she makes it sound like fun----and I would sooner gnaw my arm off than cook!

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