Cincinnati Television

WCPO-TV

Kristyn Hartman, main evening co-anchor at Columbus' WBNS-TV, will replace WCPO-TV news anchor Carol Williams in mid-April.

Williams, whose 30-year tenure began in the Al Schottelkotte era, will retire after February sweeps, says the WCPO-TV announcement.

WCPO-TV

Weekend news anchor Ryan Houston from Jackson, Miss., will debut the week of Jan. 16 as co-anchor of WCPO-TV's "The NOW Cincinnati" with Tanya O'Rourke.

WLWT-TV (Channel 5) has been restored to DirecTV after a one week absence, along with 29 other Hearst TV stations in 29 markets.

Negotiations continued Tuesday to restore WLWT-TV (Channel 5) to DirecTV, along with network affiliates in 25 other Hearst markets.

DirecTV and AT&T U-verse pulled the plug Jan. 1 on the Hearst stations when retransmission talks broke down. Hearst's contract expired at midnight Dec. 31.

Braden Frantz, new Channel 5 president and general manager, in a media release said DirecTV was making "unreasonable demands" by "seeking to carry our stations at below-market rates."

John Kiesewetter

Another year down the tubes: A basket of not very deplorable TV, movies and media stories in 2016 from A to Z.

A  is for Anchors Away! Jonathan Hawgood left WLWT-TV in May. Newlywed Julie Dolan left WCPO-TV for Louisville in November.

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You might not know Ron Fischer's name, but you've seen his work.

In nearly 51 years at WCPO-TV, he has photographed presidents (dating back to Lyndon Johnson), parades, press conferences, plane crashes, court proceedings, World Series, natural disasters, arrests, murders, meetings and all kinds of events for Channel 9.

WLWT-TV

Colin Mayfield from Louisville's WLKY-TV will join WLWT-TV's "News 5 Today" anchor team in January, when morning anchor Mark Hayes moves to evenings.

CBS News

What's Ira Joe Fisher been up to since he left WKRC-TV in 1989? And how did he learn to write his weather forecasts backwards?

Ask him yourself! He'll be on WVXU-FM's "Cincinnati Edition" show with me at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

WEWS-TV

WKRC-TV viewers will see a female meteorologist on "Good Morning Cincinnati" next month, but she's not who you might expect.

Channel 12 hired morning meteorologist Tera Blake from Cleveland's WEWS-TV Monday to do mornings newscasts with John Lomax, Bob Herzog and Sheila Gray. Evening meteorologist Erica Collura had been seen on "Good Morning Cincinnati" in late October.

WCPO-TV

The TV ratings "sweeps" period starts Thursday Oct. 27 with still no WCPO-TV news director after eight months, and no WKRC-TV chief meteorologist to replace Tim Hedrick who died six months ago.

Why the delay? Here's what the TV bosses say, and a look at what else you need to know about local news during November sweeps:

WCPO-TV

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a …. drone!

WCPO-TV was the first with Chopper 9. Now it's the first with Sky 9, a drone which debuted this week.  And more are coming.

John Kiesewetter

Changes are coming to WKRC-TV weather sooner or later. My guess is sooner. In 10 days, the November ratings' sweeps start. Don't be surprised if WKRC-TV names a chief meteorologist to succeed the late Tim Hedrick before sweeps start Oct. 27.

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Kit Andrews says her new job as ArtWorks' Director of Individual Giving requires a patience that's contrary to the journalism instincts she used on WKRC-TV for 33 years.

WCPO-TV

Jaclyn DeAugustino came here by accident as a child. This time she plans to stay around a lot longer.

"When I was a kid, a plane I boarded from Pittsburgh had to make an emergency landing in Cincinnati. But other than Gate A at CVG, I had never been here," says DeAugustino, who took over WCPO-TV traffic duties last week.

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Live from Lawrenceburg, it's me! I'll be doing a Ryan Seacrest imitation Saturday, as one of the backstage interviewers at the 52nd Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards at the Lawrenceburg Event Center.

Awards will be presented Saturday for TV excellence to 346 nominees in 83 categories in the four-state Ohio Valley region which includes Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Lexington and Louisville.

Ken Fouts

Longtime Reds fans will recognize the name Lou Rainone, producer-director of Reds games when WLWT-TV (Channel 5) was the Reds flagship station until the mid 1990s.

Rainone died last week in Colorado at age 78, after a five-year battle with Alzheimer' disease.

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Rod Serling's first Cincinnati TV drama, "The Keeper of the Chair," aired on WKRC-TV's "The Storm" drama series 65 years ago, on July 10, 1951.

John Kiesewetter

Updated 4/25/16: Meteorologist Tim Hedrick "died of complications from prostate cancer," WKRC-TV has announced.  He was 55, the station said.

When Hedrick died Saturday, Channel 12 did not reveal a cause of death, only saying that he had lost "a very long battle against a devastating illness."

Hedrick, a Green Township resident, is survived by his wife, Cindy, and three children. No details have been announced for any services.

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That vacant red brick building at Ninth & Elm Streets downtown bought by Kroger recently was once the studios for WLW-AM’s Jim LaBarbara, Rich King and James Francis Patrick O’Neill, and WLWT-TV’s Peter Grant, Gene Randall, Phil Samp and meteorologist Tony Sands.

For about 20 years, the COMEX building housed WLW’s radio operations and TV news across the street from WLW headquarters at Crosley Square, now the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy-Armleder campus.

From the mid 1950s until 1976, people could sometimes watch WLW TV newscasts or radio shows through the huge plate glass windows and hear via outdoor speakers. Channel 5 viewers also saw announcer Bill Myers and DJ Jim “The Music Professor” LaBarbara do weather from the building’s roof.

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Make it four for four. When WCPO-TV News Director Alex Bongiorno announced Tuesday she was leaving Channel 9 in early March, she'll be the fourth of the four TV newsroom bosses here to step down in eight months.

With changes at Channels 5, 12 and 19 since July, Bongiorno is the longest-tenured current local TV news director, at 2-1/2 years. She was hired in July 2013, three months after Scripps executive Jeff Brogan was named WCPO-TV general manager.

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With “American Idol” ending this year, I looked up a few former local singers who got huge career boosts from Fox’s music competition reality show.

Almost every year we could count on meeting a young talented performer from this area on the show.  They became instant celebrities here… and known to the nation.

Here are some updates, and list of a dozen other locals who found a few minutes of fame on “American Idol.”

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WLWT-TV premieres the city’s third 10 p.m. newscast on Jan. 11 by pre-empting “Hogan’s Heroes” on sister Me TV Channel 5.2.

Promos aired during the Bengals-Broncos game Monday night on Channel 5 featured news anchor Sheree Paolello, meteorologist Kevin Robinson and sports director George Vogel. That’s three-fourths of the 11 p.m. team who will do half-hour newscasts at 10 p.m., says Richard Dyer, Channel 5 president and general manager. All are Cincinnati natives.

Why not main co-anchor Mike Dardis, who came to Channel 5 from Seattle in 2012?

Tribune Broadcasting

Before we welcome 2016, let’s look back at this year in TV, movies, radio and media from A to Z.

Connie Wernet

Bonnie Lou, the last remaining star from Ruth Lyons’ TV show and Cincinnati’s Golden Age of Live TV, died Tuesday at age 91.

The country, rockabilly and pop music singer performed for 30 years on WLW’s iconic “Midwestern Hayride,” “Boone County Jamboree,” Lyons’ “50-50 Club” and the “Paul Dixon Show,” the crazy weekday morning host who inspired young David Letterman. 

After leaving TV when Dixon died in 1974, she continued to entertain for another 30 years at fairs, festivals, pageants and concerts. Her last major public performance here was at the 2006 Tall Stacks riverboat festival.

Mike Berk

Anchors Scott Schneider, Jack Atherton and Mike Berk have left the TV airwaves, changes since November sweeps ended last week.

And WLWT-TV is looking for a newsroom boss to replace news director Mike Neelly, who heads home to Mississippi to become general manager at sister Hearst station WAPT-TV in Jackson.

Kings Island

“The Brady Bunch” kids raced around Kings Island looking for lost architectural plans on ABC Television on this date in TV Kiese history, Nov. 23, 1973.

Here’s the story of a show called “Brady”… Stars Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Susan Olsen, Mike Lookinland, Christopher Knight, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis and Robert Reed were shown looking all over Kings Island for Mike Brady’s (Reed) architectural drawings for the park’s expansion.

Tribune Broadcasting

The Antenna TV channel will return to Cincinnati airwaves on one of WSTR-TV’s (Channel 64) digital multicast channels before Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" reruns begin Jan. 1.

When low-power WOTH-TV (Channel 20) dropped Antenna TV earlier this month, I wrote that Antenna’s owners were seeking a stronger signal before the Carson show comeback. And that’s what happened.

Tribune Broadcasting today announced with Sinclair Broadcast Group and four other station owners to add 26 new outlets for Antenna TV. 

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Low power WOTH-TV has added the BUZZR game show network on over-the-air Channel 20.3 and dropped Antenna TV, which I’m hearing could move to a stronger Cincinnati signal before Johnny Carson “Tonight Show” reruns premiere in January.

BUZZR airs reruns of Monty Hall’s “Let’s Make A Deal,” “Family Feud,” “Match Game,” “Super Password,” “To Tell The Truth,” “What’s My Line,” “I’ve Got A Secret," "Press Your Luck” and “Tattletales.”

Antenna TV, owned by Tribune Media Co., adds  much anticipated Carson "Tonight Show" reruns on Jan. 1, as I reported on in August

“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly…”

Those words were first spoken on TV 37 years ago today after “WKRP in Cincinnati” dropped live turkeys, which hit the “ground like sacks of wet cement,” at a shopping mall parking lot in a Thanksgiving promotion gone horribly, hilariously wrong on this date in TV Kiese history, Oct. 30, 1978.

“They’re crashing to the earth right in front of our eyes!” says WKRP newsman Les Nessman  in this clip below from the most memorable episode of “WKRP” (1978-82).

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

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.

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