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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, March 17, 2008

Basketball Tourney TV Plans

Details are trickling in for TV coverage of the basketball tournaments starting this week. As I get info, I'll post it here. This will be a work in progress...

Channel 12 Thursday: The first two games Thursday will be Xavier-Georgia at 12:20 p.m., likely followed by Kentucky-Marquette at 2:30 p.m. As of 1:30 p.m., Channel 12 doesn't know its evening games. And CBS says that "virtually all" NCAA men's games this week will be in HDTV, says Rick Wager, Channel 12 program manager. Ch 12's complete CBS Thursday lineup will be confirmed Tuesday after noon, he says.

UC Wednesday: THIS JUST IN AT 4:15 P.M.: The UC-Bradley game will air on Fox Sports Net Ohio in the Cincinnati-Dayton-Northern Kentucky area, instead of the scheduled Cavalier game. Cleveland-based FSN Ohio will do a split feed so Cincinnati area can see the Bearcats. They did this after local stations (Ch. 19, Ch 12 and CinCW) turned down chance to broadcast the game.
6 P.M. MON. UPDATE FOR DISH OWNERS: For now, the UC game will not be seen on FSN Ohio channels on DirecTV or Dish Network, UC says. Negotiations were ongoing late Monday for distribution to satellite customers, says Mark Waddell, UC senior associate athletic director. Any satellite deals will be announced on

Below is what I wrote earlier today...

I haven't heard of any local station televising the UC-Bradley game in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational Wednesday night at Bradley, though it should be one of the Fox College Sports cable/satellite channels (Time Warner Chs. 171, 172, 173). The likely suspects -- Channels 12's CinCW and Channel 19 -- aren't going to carry it. Channel 12 and its CinCW digital sister station will NOT carry the game, says Rick Wagar, program manager. As of 2:30 p.m., Fox 19 has declined to carry due to previous Fox programming commitments to the "American Idol" results show and "Moment of Truth." The game has been offered to local stations by Fox Sports Net Ohio, which has a Cleveland Cavaliers game Wednesday night.


at 3/17/2008 1:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not give digital TV a boost and run some of the tournamet basketball games on one of 12's other ditigal channels...12.1/ 12.2 etc.?

at 3/17/2008 2:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because the HD will suffer. I would rather watch one game in HD verses 3 in SD.

at 3/17/2008 2:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, simply put on the digital channel 12 stations: 12.1 is the digital (HD when available) version of channel 12. Channel 12.2 is what is known as the CinCW, which has already said, they will not carry the game. Along those same thought lines though, Kies, what is wrong with channel 19.2. WXIX used to run the low brow music tv channel known as InnerTube. That has since been discontinued, with just a lone screen airing saying they no longer run the InnerTube channel on 19.2. Why not throw some alternate programming on 19.2? Any answers WXIX folks?

at 3/17/2008 2:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know WKRC keeps saying that CBS requires them to show the same thing on both their digital and analog channel (see the FAQ on their front page), but other affiliates continue to use their digital channels to simulcast all the games. Any word from WHIO on what their plans are?

at 3/17/2008 3:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about FOX Sports Cincinnati?
I have Direct TV. Any rumors?

at 3/17/2008 4:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the Enquirer even realize Miami made the CBI tournament too? How pathetic that there has not been a single mention, in this story or otherwise (unless hidden quite well on the sports page).

I don't expect them on TV either, but do your jobs.

at 3/17/2008 4:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

UC Athletics and FSN Ohio are pleased to announce that the UC/Bradley men’s basketball game in the first round of the CBI will be seen on FOX Sports Net Ohio’s cable package. Tip-off time is set for 7 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

The game will not be seen on the FSN Ohio feed on DIRECTV or DISHNETWORK, but exclusively via the cable television system distribution of FSN Ohio.

Fans and area businesses can also tune in the game on FOX College Sports ATLANTIC, exclusively via cable. Time Warner Sports Tier customers have this channel, channel 171 in Cincinnati, and channel 143 in Dayton.

Negotiations are ongoing for distribution to satellite customers. For the latest information stay logged on to

Complete online coverage of the game can be seen at the following web site for a nominal fee:

at 3/18/2008 12:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the Time Warner customers that used to be part of Adelphia? Is Time Warner going to stick it to us again, like they did with that Xavier fiasco last week?

at 3/18/2008 1:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone care if Miami is on TV? They barely have enough fans that go to their games, much less watch them on TV. UC barely rates a mention for this pithy little tourny that is nothing more than a money grab for someone, which will more than likely be a money drain for another. So don't get your Redhawk panties in a bunch.

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