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John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV

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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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Early Start For American Idol Tonight

Just wanted you to know that Fox's "Idol Gives Back" special tonight will start at an usual time -- 7:30 p.m. (Channels 19, 45) -- instead of the normal 8 p.m. "American Idol" time. The concert, taped Sunday in Los Angeles, airs 7:30-10 p.m.

Performing on the show are Mariah Carey, John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Gloria Estefan, Snoop Dogg, Sheila E, Fergie, Heart and the "American Idol" finalists. Brad Pitt, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, and Peyton and Eli Manning also are on the show. Barak Obama, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Jim Carrey, Kiefer Sutherland, Ellen DeGeneres and Whoopi Goldberg appear in taped segments.

The goal for this year's telecast is to rasie $100 million for a variety of charities. The first "Idol Gives Back" last year raised $76 million.


at 4/09/2008 3:15 PM Blogger House of Cards said...

John, since there is no blog post about it I figured I would drop this here. Hats off to channel 12 for their coverage of the funeral of the Colerain Twp Fire fighters today.

at 4/09/2008 4:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, I think you meant to say UNusual time, not usual time!

at 4/10/2008 9:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched both channels 9 & 5 at work, so didnt have audio. Excellent job under very difficult circumstances by all involved
from the neighborhood.

at 4/11/2008 10:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about the coverage of Channel 12 for the funerals of the fallen firefighters. It was classy, non-invasive and not constant talk as was the case on Channel 9.

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