Submit Content  |  Subscribe  |  Customer Service  |  Place An Ad 
* Weather * Events * Visitor's Guide * Classifieds * Jobs * Cars * Homes * Apartments * Shopping * Dating


CiN Weekly
Community Press & Recorder
Data Center

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.

Powered by Blogger

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Hey, That's Jay!

If you're watching the "Today" show Thursday, keep an eye out for Jay Shatz, the Covington-based TV producer and former Channel 9 reporter.

Shatz, who produces the "Desperate Landscapes" yard make-over show for Scripps' DIY Network, will be watching four finalists from the "America’s Most Desperate Landscape" contest compete on a Rockefeller Plaza obstacle course. (He thinks it will be in the 8:30 a.m. half-hour.) The four contestants are from Wayne, Penn.; Miami, Fla.; Fontana, Calif.; and Ohio’s Sagamore Hills Township, near Akron.

The winner receives a free yard makeover from "Desperate Landscapes," DIY's top-rated series. On June 5, "Today” will broadcast from the winner's beautiful new yard. Then Shatz will produce a one-hour "Desperate Landscapes" speical for DIY about the transformation of the winner's property. For more info about the series – which has been shot mostly in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky – go to

What a promotional coup for Shatz and his JayTV shop in Covington. Two live shots on TV’s No. 1 morning show! Way to go, Jay!


at 5/07/2008 12:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you, Jay. Came to Cincinnati with a lot of good ideas, fresh, got others to listen to you, and you went on channel 9 with new stuff. Gotta hand it to you, success came easy to you, hold on to it.

at 5/07/2008 2:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Jay's old show would return to the airwaves of brrrrrrrrring channel 9. Much better programming than seeing an old Jack LaLaine juicer being hawked.

at 5/07/2008 4:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a fellow University of Illinois alumnus, I say "Congratulations!" Jay.

I have enjoyed "Desperate Landscapes" on DYI. I'm sure (almost) every neighborhood has that one house lacking decent landscaping that all the neighbors grumble about, so Jay's show should last a long time.

The show is produced in a way that the "bad" neighbors are treated gently and the outcomes are usually outstanding.

Good luck and best wishes for much future success, Jay.

at 5/07/2008 5:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those cheering Jay Shatz don't know him very well. Ask some of his co-workers about his attitudes. Here's a hint: the name "JayTV" isn't exactly modest and unassuming, is it?

at 5/09/2008 9:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the Shatz once...but it got better.

Post a Comment*

* Our online blogs currently are hosted and operated by a third party, namely, You are now leaving the Cincinnati.Com website and will be linked to's registration page. The site and its associated services are not controlled by Cincinnati.Com and different terms of use and privacy policy will apply to your use of the site and services.

By proceeding and/or registering with you agree and understand that Cincinnati.Com is not responsible for the site you are about to access or for any service you may use while on the site.

<< Home

Jim Borgman
Today at the Forum
Paul Daugherty
Politics Extra
N. Ky. Politics
Pop culture review
Who's News
Roller Derby Diva
CinStages Buzz....
The Foodie Report
Classical music
John Fay's Reds Insider
High school sports
UC Sports
CiN Weekly staff

Site Map:   Cincinnati.Com | |  Enquirer |  CiN Weekly |  CincinnatiUSA
Customer Service:   Search |  Subscribe Now |  Customer Service |  Place An Ad |  Contact Us
Classified Partners:   Jobs: |  Cars: |  Homes: HOMEfinder |  Apartments: |  Shopping:
Copyright © 1996-2005:   Use of this site signifies agreement to terms of service and privacy policy updated 10/05/2005