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The Cincinnati streetcar will have extended hours for the Bengals game Thursday night. Here are the details from the Cincinnati Bell Connector.


What happened to Bob Herzog’s weekly “Dance Party Friday” segments on WKRC-TV? Why did Local 12 stop the music – or make them so sporadic?

Why so few sequels to the clever “Bridgetown Funk” (to “Uptown Funk,” with Green Township firemen and police, and  John Lomax driving Ron Roost’s “Roostermobile”), or “Just Don’t Go” (advising people not to drive during bad snow storms to the tune of “Let It Go” from “Frozen”), or "Traffic Man" (to Elton   John’s “Rocket Man”).

There are two reasons, explains Herzog, co-anchor on top-rated “Good Morning Cincinnati” (4:25-9 a.m., Channels 12, 64):

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Bengals fans are excited about Saturday's playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  But for law enforcement, it's just another day at the office. 

Hamilton County Sheriff's Lieutenant Dave Daughtery says deputies, troopers, and police officers have been keeping the peace at Paul Brown Stadium for years.

Unlike most years, the Bengals’ AFC North rivalry game with the Cleveland Browns Sunday won’t air on CBS affiliate WKRC-TV, “Your Bengals Station.”

The NFL moved the game to Fox from CBS, which broadcasts most AFC games. So Fox affiliate WXIX-TV (Channel 19) will air the Bengals for a second straight Sunday, and be able to promote its Dec. 12 telecast of the Crosstown Shootout.

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In the words of one Longworth Hall employee, "The floodgate of tailgaters" began at 2:00 Monday, six and a half hours before kickoff between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans.

Everything from Bengals decorated buses, to campers, to trucks with heavy-duty grills streamed into 700 West Pete Rose Way all afternoon.

Jake Murray, Mike Steirs and friends have one of the flashiest set-ups complete with Bengal-themed cornhole competitions and a big spread of food.

NFL Network

While you’re watching the Bengals-Browns game, set the DVR to record “Paul Brown: A Football Life” (9 p.m. Friday, NFL Network), an excellent profile about the innovative genius who founded the Bengals and Browns.

Brown was the first coach to use game film to scout opponents and create a playbook for his team. He was the first to put a radio receiver inside the helmet worn by his quarterback (in 1954!) and put a face mask on it.

“There’s nobody in the game that I have more respect for than Paul Brown (and) his contributions to the game, to the way it's played, to protective equipment, to the playbook,” says Bill Belichick, New England Patriots coach.

CBS Television

It’s elementary: When WKRC-TV (Channel 12) broadcasts prime-time Bengals games, some of your favorite shows get punted to another station or time period.

On Thursday, when Channel 12 airs the Bengals-Browns, here’s how you’ll find the season premieres for “Elementary” and “Mom,” plus new episodes of the “Big Bang Theory,”“Life in Pieces” and “Entertainment Tonight”:

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TV stations which loved the web traffic for the naked Bengals locker room video would hate losing unrestricted access to players immediately after games.

WCPO-TV’s John Popovich, WLWT-TV’s George Vogel, WXIX-TV’s Joe Danneman and Bengals announcer Dan Hoard do appreciate the concerns of Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth, who doesn’t like having media in the locker room while players shower and dress. He said the NFL’s policy “is dated, it’s old, and it needs to change.”

But local sports broadcasters are wary of any limitations or changes after the NFL’s own network crew positioned a camera to show naked men in the background while interviewing Bengals for the NFL Network Sunday.


Your chances of being able to watch live Cincinnati Bengals' games on TV just got better.

The Cincinnati Bengals say they are opting in to the NFL's relaxed blackout rule. That rule allows teams to have TV blackouts lifted when 85 percent of non-premium tickets are sold.

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The NFL is suspending Cincinnati Bengal DeQuin Evans for the first eight games of the season. The league says Evans violated its policy on performance enhancing substances.