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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, April 17, 2008

Michael Moely Leaving Channel 5

Reporter Michael Moely is leaving Channel 5 to be an anchor at a Myrtle Beach TV station not yet on the air.

Moely leaves May 2 for WMBF-TV, Raycom Media's new NBC affiliate (Channel 32) in Myrtle Beach/Florence, S.C. The all-digital station plans to sign on Aug. 8 (8-8-08), in conjunction with NBC's Summer Olympics opening ceremonies, says the station's website. (Like the CinCW here, it will be available to HDTV and digital TV owners, and to analog TV owners with the new digital converter boxes.)

Moely, hired two years ago by Channel 5, will be working for News Director Matt Miller, who resigned as Channel 9 assistant news director in January to assemble the Myrtle Beach TV news team.

Moely had done some fill-in anchoring at Channel 5. Before coming here, he was weekend anchor and reporter at the Indianapolis Fox station. The South Bend native also has worked for stations in Grand Rapids, West Lafayette and his hometown.


at 4/17/2008 11:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of former channel 9 employees, I see Pete Delkas will have new competition: J.Lo! Jennifer Lopez from The Weather Channel. How's that long term contract???

at 4/18/2008 3:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Michael. I always thought he was good on the anchor desk. Sad to see another talented person go though.

at 4/18/2008 8:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese who had the best coverage of the earth quake in your professional opinion?

at 4/18/2008 8:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know who they should hire to replace him? Randy Little.

at 4/18/2008 11:57 AM Blogger House of Cards said...

Derek said he would....

at 4/18/2008 12:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness - the only person who remembers Randy Little on the anchor desk around here is Randy Little.

at 4/18/2008 2:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the above post, Randy. I'm sure you'll be considered for the opening.

at 4/18/2008 3:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to be snarky about it, but Randy Little was unable to put together coherent sentences without tripping over words when he was 20 years younger. How in the world would he ever compete in today's market, with the talent that's out there, and be out of practice at the same time? Of course, he couldn't be any worse than Janelle Walton.

at 4/18/2008 3:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Michael!! Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. And those poor spring/summer breakers who turn on the TV.. They'll have no idea what hit them.

P.S. Gotta love the random posters - er, TROLLS - on here..who just can't WAIT to post all the senseless crap their little brains can muster up... But hey, if you're like me, Michael - you'll still be reading it once you split town! Hahaha. Let us know if they have just as many bitter babies down south ;-)

at 4/18/2008 6:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Moely was one of the best TV reporters in town. I say that being a person who handles media interviews on a regular basis. Good luck, Michael.

at 4/18/2008 10:23 PM Blogger curt said...

Good luck Michael! I know you will kick butt. I guess now you won't have to get winter tires for the Lex.

at 4/18/2008 11:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

that earthquake bit was a little over done....breaking earthquake 150 miles rocked parts of cincinnati and northern injuries reported. then before the weather, they said..."i didn't feel it, did you?"

at 4/19/2008 3:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Michael. Never really caught on here as one of the top reporters, but I'm sure he does a nice job anchoring and deserves the chance. Even better, way to get out of the channel 5 hell-hole.

at 4/20/2008 12:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Randy Little should replace Bernard Watson

at 4/22/2008 11:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top Reporters? You kidding me. There are no Top Reporters in this market.

at 4/22/2008 11:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - the bleeding continues at TV 5. Here's who's left the past 14 months:
Bina Roy, Candice Hunter, Dave Wagner, Tom Sussi, Pete Scalia, Emily Longnecker, Juilette Vara and now Michael Moely. See a trend? Oh, and that weather guy Jim something or another left, too.

at 4/23/2008 10:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The crawl on 5 this morning was hysterical. To admit that "we don't have the information needed to report" says a lot. Isn't that the job of a news organization? To seek and find out information.

And to the chyron operator: it's judGe, not jude.

And to the producer: do you know how to proofread before the crawl hits the air. And do you ever watch your air signal? The jude crawl not only was during the 6am news...but during the first hour of Today. Embarassing!

Definitely the Dark Age at 140 West Nin...errrr.... 1700 Young.

at 4/23/2008 12:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You cannot keep good people when the work environment is toxic. And that kind of environment is allowed to fester at 5.

It starts at the top. What can you expect from a place where the management openly plays favorites and promotes back biting in the ranks.

I bet if you checked in with those folks mentioned that have left in the past 16 would find them doing great.

Good Luck Michael!!! You deserve it.

at 4/23/2008 9:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It starts at the top. What can you expect from a place where the management openly plays favorites and promotes back biting in the ranks."

Anon 12:22 - are you sure you're talking about channel 5 or someplace else?

at 4/25/2008 11:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the exception of your new boss, it sounds like a great deal Michael. Best of luck.

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