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Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel co-host and Thurgood Marshall biographer Juan Williams will speak about the former U.S. Supreme Court judge 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Miami University Hamilton.

His presentation, part of the Michael J. Colligan History Project, is free and open to the public.

John Kiesewetter

I'm pleased to announce that classical music reporter Janelle Gelfand is bringing her "Janelle's Notes" arts blog to Cincinnati Public Radio before the grand reopening of Music Hall this weekend.

Gelfand, my long-time colleague and friend laid off by the Enquirer two weeks ago, is blogging for wguc.org here. She'll also comment about the arts and music scene on sister station WVXU-FM (91.7), starting with "Cincinnati Edition" at 1 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 6) about this weekend's opening of Music Hall after a $135-million renovation in the past year.

WNKN-FM

Middletown's FM 105.9 – the "Country Rebel" when bought by Northern Kentucky University in 2011 – returns to its country roots today as "Southwest Ohio's Classic Country Giant."

Jeff Ziesmann's Grant County Broadcasters, which operates Classic Country WNKR-FM (106.7) in Northern Kentucky, will duplicate the classic country music on the powerful Middletown station that reaches from north of Dayton International Airport to south of CVG. The station will start broadcasting sometime Monday, Oct. 2.

WLW-AM

Versatile radio veteran Gary Jeff Walker takes over WLW-AM's 9 p.m.-midnight slot Monday, Oct. 2, with "The Nightcap with Gary Jeff Walker."

John Kiesewetter

There's not much left at WNKU-FM for broadcast classes or students hoping to start a campus or internet station.

Northern Kentucky University sold most of the WNKU-FM studio equipment with the transmitters for FM 89.7 on campus; FM 105.9 and AM 910 in Middletown; and FM 104.1 in Portsmouth.

WNKU-FM

Before beloved WNKU-FM vanishes into thin air at 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 28, here's another installment of remembrances from loyal listeners and former staffers.

WNKU-FM will play requests and listener comments all day Thursday on FM 105.9, which has been sold by the university to Grant County Broadcasters. A new station debuts Monday, Oct. 2.

NBCUniversal

Live from New York, it's Luke Null!

The 2008 Lakota East High School graduate will be one of three new "featured players" starting Saturday, Sept. 30, when Ryan Gosling hosts the season premiere.

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Herb Reisenfeld of Provident Travel loves to say that his mother-in-law, singer Ruby Wright,  was responsible for Doris Day's career.

Before Wright became a regular on Ruth Lyons' "50-50 Club" TV show, she sang for her husband, bandleader Barney Rapp. When Ruby was pregnant with her daughter Susie, Rapp hired a local teenager singer named Doris Kappelhoff.

CBS Broadcasting Inc.

Here they come! Ten new shows premiere during the Fall TV season's biggest week. Get ready to see Mergyn Kelly, Young Sheldon, The Brave, The Inhumans, Will & Grace and Me, Myself and I.

And chances are you have at least one favorite in the 34 returning series starting this week: "The Big Bang Theory," "Grey's Anatomy," "NCIS," "Saturday Night Live," "Empire," "This is Us," "Designated Survivor," "How To Get Away With Murder," "MacGyver," "Blue Bloods" and "The Simpsons," to name a few.

WVXU-FM archives

Middletown's historic Sorg Opera House reopens with a concert Sunday, two weeks before Cincinnati's Music Hall's grand re-opening.

John Kiesewetter

Great news at the end of another lousy Reds season: Marty Brennaman will return to the Reds Radio booth for a 45th season in 2018.

Brennaman, 75, last year signed just a one-year deal after having multiple-year contracts since 1974.

John Kiesewetter

The end is near: WNKU announced Thursday that it will cease broadcasting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, on Middletown's WNKN-FM (105.9), the university's last signal.

A new format will be heard Monday, Oct. 2, on FM 105.9, says Jeff Ziesmann, who agreed to buy Northern Kentucky University's last radio asset July 19.

WKRC-TV

WKRC-TV adds another hour to "Good Morning Cincinnati" on Oct. 2 by bumping Harry Connick Jr.'s "Harry" to WSTR-TV.

Chip Chinery

What do TV's top-rated drama "NCIS," the new Billy Jean King-Bobby Riggs "Battle of the Sexes" movie, ABC's "Speechless" and Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" have in common?

Chip Chinery.

The St. Xavier High School (1982) and Miami University (1986) graduate is enjoying his biggest fall of his Hollywood career.

John Kiesewetter

And then there were none.

Classical music reporter Janelle Gelfand was one of at least four Enquirer newsroom employees to lose their jobs Tuesday, the last of the Enquirer's arts writers.

CBS

Did someone in your family know young Doris Day?

Did they know her as Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff, the promising young dancer-turned-singer from Evanston who grew up to be America's most popular movie star?

Maybe they took lessons with her at Hessler's Dance Studio in Mount Adams? Or went to Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard with her? Or heard her sing on WLW-AM or with Barney Rapp's band?

PBS

Ken Burns' highly anticipated look back at "The Vietnam War" premieres Sunday, Sept. 17, opposite the annual  Emmy Awards.

PBS devotes 18 hours to the film at 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for two weeks.

WVXU-FM

It's the end of the road for NPR's beloved "Car Talk" after 30 years, which will bring changes to WVXU-FM's weekend and weekday lineups in October.

The final repeats of "Car Talk," hosted by brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, air 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

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Midwestern Hayride was one of the many early radio and television programs produced in Cincinnati that made the city famous for live broadcasting. 

Anchor Mark Hayes, who left WLWT-TV in August, has returned to Atlanta, where he and his family lived for 10 years.

Media Heritage

Former "Midwestern Hayride" producer Dick Murgatroyd will be in the WVXU-FM studio Thursday to talk about WLWT-TV's iconic country music show and the Golden Age of Live Cincinnati Television on our 1-2 p.m. "Cincinnati Edition" show.

Film Cincinnati

Film Cincinnati celebrates its 30th anniversary with a cool video montage of 30 years of movie scenes shot here, from "Rain Main" and "Airborne"  to "Carol," "Miles Ahead" and "Goat."

iHeartMedia

2:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 11 update: Tracy Jones was let go from WLW-AM Friday afternoon in "a corporate decision over which no one (at the station) had any control," said Bill Cunningham on his show Monday afternoon.

Cunningham told listeners several hours after my blog post Monday that the decision to lay off Jones, the afternoon co-host for nearly 10 years, "had nothing to do with Tracy Jones."

WGUC-FM

Classical music WGUC-FM (90.9) will celebrate the $135-million renovation of Music Hall with a two-hour special, "Music Hall: Welcome Home," at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

Former WUBE-FM and WGRR-FM part-time DJ Gina Matthews takes over the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. shift on Dry Ridge classic country WNKR-FM (106.7) on Monday, Sept. 11.

NBCUniversal

Here's my Fall TV guide, as the season kicks off tonight with the first Thursday night NFL game.

My list includes:

Thumbnails descriptions for the 19 new prime-time shows, starting with Seth MacFarlane's "The Orville" Sunday, Sept. 10.

Returning shows season premieres.

ABC

Nick Lachey has taken his reality TV life to yet another level.

After being "Newlyweds" with Jessica Simpson on MTV, and marrying Vanessa Minnillo on TLC in 2011, Nick and Vanessa will compete against each other – and the rest of the celebrities – on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

WUBE-FM

Congratulations to WUBE-FM's afternoon drive hosts Jesse Tack and Amanda Valentine on their first nomination for a Country Music Association Broadcast Award.

NBCUniversal

Daytime TV host and former Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer says he'll decide soon whether to leave television and return to Ohio politics.

Pete Souza / White House Photo

Stars are coming out for the multi-network live "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief" telethon set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, shortly after Hurricane Irma could slam into Florida.

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