Wednesday, September 13, 2000

KIESEWETTER: WVXU manager asks listeners to share

        Never have I heard such a public display of affection.

        With public radio WVXU-FM (91.7) nearing its fall fund-drive goal a day ahead of schedule, General Manager Jim King suggested that listeners share the wealth Tuesday with public station WGUC-FM (90.9).

        “We're all in the same financial boat together,” said Mr. King, whose Xavier University station successfully raised more than $275,000 by Tuesday afternoon, the seventh day of a scheduled eight-day campaign.

        “If you are also a listener to WGUC-FM, and if you listen to them more than us, and have only a few dollars to spend, put your money elsewhere where you listen the most,” Mr. King said.

        For the first time, campaigns for a trio of Tristate public stations — WGUC-FM, WVXU-FM and WCET-TV — have overlapped in September.

        Channel 48's solicitations have lingered into September because political conventions interrupted the August pledge drive.

        Usually WGUC-FM campaigned later in the month, but the drive was pushed forward a week because some staffers were going to be out of town. WGUC-FM General Manager Rich Eiswerth also wanted the drive completed before the station's 40th anniversary on Sept. 21.

        Mr. Eiswerth appreciated the helping hand from the Xavier broadcaster. “That was nice of him,” he said.

        “Cincinnati is very fortunate in that it has three public stations (including Northern Kentucky's WNKU-FM, 89.7), and three community stations as well. So this market is more diverse than many bigger cities,” Mr. Eiswerth said, referring to WAIF-FM (88.3), WOBO-FM (88.7) and WMKV-FM (89.3).

        WGUC-FM's eight-day drive to raise $250,000 started Monday.

        Birthday bash: WGUC-FM plans two 40th anniversary parties in the next three weeks.

        On Sept. 21, the actual date, WGUC-FM will sponsor a free classical music concert at noon on Fountain Square. At 4 p.m., WGUC-FM will replay the first sounds of the station — the University of Cincinnati chimes and announcer George Brengel.

        On Oct. 1, violinist Cho-Liang Lin and pianist Andre-Michael Schub will perform at an anniversary gala dinner at the Omni Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors. Tickets are $125 per person. For information call the station, 241-8282.

        Kiese-watching: For the record, I was 7-for-13 picking the winners for the 52nd annual Emmy Awards.

        I guessed right on The West Wing (best drama), Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays With Morrie (TV movie), Sela Ward (drama actress), Michael J. Fox (comedy actor), Richard Schiff (drama supporting actor), Allison Janney (drama supporting actress), and Megan Mullally (comedy supporting actress).

        NBC was the big winner with 23 Emmys, followed by HBO (20), ABC (15), Fox (11) and CBS (7).

        Talk show highlights: John Gray and Barenaked Ladies on Live with Regis (9 a.m., Channel 9); cheating spouses on Jerry Springer (11 a.m., Channel 5) and Sally Jessy Raphael (noon, Channel 19); author Gary Zukav on Oprah Winfrey (4 p.m., Channel 9).

        Normal stuff: Joely Fisher (Ellen) will play John Goodman's sister in his new Fox sitcom set near Cincinnati. (She performed at the Aronoff in Cabaret, too.)

        Ms. Fisher will co-star as the “tough and sexy” single mother of two teen-age children who lives in the fictional town of Normal, Ohio, the show's title.

        In his first sitcom since Roseanne, Mr. Goodmanplays Butch Gamble, a divorced father who returns home from Los Angeles after announcing that he's gay to live with his sister.

        Ms. Fisher also will guest star in several episodes of WB's Grosse Pointe, Darren Star's situation comedy spoofing Beverly Hills 90120 and other teen soap operas. It premieres Sept. 22 (8:30 p.m., Channel 64).


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