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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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Friday, April 18, 2008

40 Years Of Channel 5

Former Channel 5 reporter Michael Collins saw my stuff on the 60th anniversary of WLWT-TV, and sent me a youtube link to his 1988 piece for the 40th anniversary.

It has wonderful clips of Peter Grant, Ruth Lyons, Paul Dixon, Midwestern Hayride and old B&W shows, plus interviews with former anchorman Tom Atkins, sportscaster Red Thornburgh, bandleader Cliff Lash and Nick Clooney. "The First 40 Years (1988)" runs 4 minutes and 43 seconds. Enjoy!


at 4/18/2008 3:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Michael Collins now? What's he up to?

at 4/18/2008 4:04 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Anon 3:29 pm: I just emailed Michael and asked him what he's up to. I'll post the reply, when I get it. Last I heard he was in LA.

at 4/18/2008 7:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great piece. Thanks to Collins for sharing, and thanks to you, John, for letting us know about it.

at 4/18/2008 11:32 PM Anonymous Jeremy Moses said...

9 and 19 have already begun running ads about the earthquake coverage on their respective stations...just a quick notation.

at 4/19/2008 3:40 PM Blogger SophiaZ123 said...


OFF TOPIC but WLW radio is no longer going to carry Paul Harvey, starting April 28th?

Can you find out the reason why? Cunningham announced his show starting earlier and D Parks confirmed in email, they are dropping Paul Harvey.

at 4/21/2008 1:56 PM Blogger House of Cards said...


I think it might be because Paul Harvey is about to say "Good DAY! " for the last time. He has had guest newsreaders for the last few weeks now. Maybe he is ailing??

at 4/21/2008 2:37 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Its about time they dropped Paul Harvey.

at 4/21/2008 4:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tribute to the next 40 years of WLWT will fit into a 20 second promo.

at 4/21/2008 11:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:01 Good point! This decade will be known as the "Dark Age" at WLWT. I suspect someone has, and will continue to, burn all on-air evidence so any retrospective will be sparse. The only vestige of this era will be an old logo, a broken revolving door, and an anemic peacock with missing feathers.


at 4/21/2008 11:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet there are more people throughout the tri-state wearing those dated argyle socks than are watching that dated Argyle station!

at 4/21/2008 11:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather watch re-runs of He-Haw than watch News 5!

at 4/22/2008 4:02 PM Blogger SophiaZ123 said...

Thanks House of Cards but the guy filling in the last two weeks said Paul would be back at the end of April.

That's when WLW drops Paul. I could totally understand if the man was retiring.

Thanks for your input though, if you know something the rest of us do not. :)

at 4/23/2008 10:42 PM Anonymous Bill Fenbers said...

YouTube also has the whole video of Channel 5's coverage of the 1988WEBN Fireworks, including coverage before and after the fireworks. It's broken up into four separate videos though.

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