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WCPO-TV has found a new way for 9 to be on your side. If you have an Amazon voice-activated virtual assistant, getting local news headlines from Channel 9 will be as simple as asking, "Alexa, what's the news?"

Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Company has brought local TV news headlines in 23 Scripps local TV markets to users of Amazon Echo and all Alexa-enabled devices, the company announced Wednesday.

Chuck Fredrick and Bo Matthews, the top two executives at WLW-AM, WEBN-FM and three other stations, were laid off  Tuesday by iHeartMedia.

One of the Cincinnati Hubbard Radio stations usually comes home from the National Association of Broadcasters convention with a NAB Crystal Award for excellent public service. This year they came home with two.

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Filming resumes today in Dayton on "The Old Man and The Gun," starring Robert Redford, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek.

Second Street in downtown Dayton, between Ludlow and Wilkinson streets, will be closed for a second consecutive day for the movie production, according to Dayton news reports. It is scheduled to reopen at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday May 2.

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Do you have a stash of rare junk or antiques worthy of "American Pickers," the History Channel's hit TV show?

Stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are coming back to Ohio in June, and they're looking for you.

When WLWT-TV posted a meteorologist job opening last week, I was surprised to learn it was for Jennifer Schack, the Northern Kentucky native on maternity leave.

"As you know, Jennifer left a few weeks back to have her third child…. You will see her on air for a few days in May, but will not return in June," explains Branden Frantz, Channel 5 president and general manager, in an email.

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Lights! Cameras! Auction! Yes, I've used that line before, but not for 50 straight years…. which is what WCET-TV is celebrating with its 50th annual "Action Auction" Tuesday April 25 through Saturday April 29.

Yes, it's old school fund-raising. It's also fun to watch because you can get some great deals on wine, art, pottery, hotels, restaurants, Reds tickets and all kinds of stuff while supporting public television.

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Reds public address announcer Joe Zerhusen went on the disabled list Friday to seek treatment for a "health issue," he says.

Zerhusen, the PA announcer since Great American Ball Park opened in 2003, told me Friday he will miss the remaining games this weekend, and most of the 14 games in May.

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You knew her as Anna Townsend when she anchored WKRC-TV's "Good Morning Cincinnati" 2005-2009 with John Lomax and Steve Horstmeyer.  She replaced Cammy Dierking in November 2005, when Channel 12 moved Dierking to afternoons after 13 years.

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Main sports anchor Brad Steinke is leaving WKRC-TV after two years, so Channel  12 is looking for a "great sports anchor/reporter" with "solid experience" creating online and social media content.

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"The Killing Of A Sacred Deer," the Nicole Kidman-Colin Farrell thriller filmed here last summer, will premiere in the Cannes Film Festival competition lineup next month.

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Rocky Carroll continues to expand his role with CBS' "NCIS" franchise with the Cincinnati native narrating CBS News' "48 Hours: NCIS" real-life detective series.

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"Dave's Mom, Dorothy Mengering." That's how she signed her note to me. It was Dorothy Mengering's way of saying she didn't consider herself as a celebrity.

Mengering, 95, died at her suburban Indianapolis home Tuesday, according to the Indianapolis Star.

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After a six-week absence, the GET TV network returned to Cincinnati Monday on over-the-air Channel 25.3 and Cincinnati Bell Fioptics Channel  292.

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Baseball is back, so where is "Pitch?" The Fox drama about a woman (Kylie Bunbury) pitching for the San Diego Padres has been benched since Thanksgiving – and might not be seen again.

It's one of the dozens of shows on the bubble, along with "24: Legacy," "Elementary," "The Great Indoors," "Quantico," "Code Black," "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" and ABC's new "Imaginary Mary" created by Green Township native Patrick Osborne.

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After 35 years, Procter & Gamble has sold the "People's Choice Awards" to the E! Entertainment cable channel.

E!, which telecasts live from the red carpet before many Hollywood award shows, will air the show in 2018. NBCUniversal, which owns E!, will produce the show through its Wilshire Studios, which produces E!’s live red carpet shows.

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I've interviewed hundreds, if not thousands, of people in my journalism career, and my most memorable one was during StoryCorps' visit here in 2008.

I interviewed my dad.

Attorney and former WLW-AM weekend talk show host Lisa Wells has pleaded guilty to four felony counts of drug possession to enter an "in lieu of conviction" treatment program in Miami County Common Pleas Court in Troy, Ohio.

The West Chester Township resident was stopped for "driving recklessly" on Interstate 75 near Piqua, north of Dayton, on Jan. 25, 2016.

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Oscar winners Casey Affleck, Robert Redford and Cissy Spacek will be in Bethel Tuesday to start filming "The Old Man and The Gun."

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Happy birthday to WKRC-TV, which began broadcasting on April 4, 1949 from the Taft family's old Cincinnati Times-Star building built at 800 Broadway (now a Hamilton County courts building).

Local 12 – or Tall 12 as it was called in the 1960s – actually started on Channel 11.  It moved to Channel 12 on Oct. 20, 1952, after the federal government re-allocated the nation's TV stations.

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Juuusssst a bit outside!  Ten years ago, Mayor Mark Mallory uncorked the wildest Opening Day ceremonial first pitch in Reds history.

With Eric Davis standing behind home plate, and the sold-out crowd watching in Great American Ball Park, Mallory took the mound before the Reds-Cubs game on April 2, 2007.

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Exactly a year after his death, local musicians will celebrate the life of legendary guitarist Lonnie Mack on April 21 at Madison Theater.

Called "Mackfest," the concert features Sonny Moorman, Gary Burbank, Scott Bratcher, Jay Jesse Johnson, Chuck Sullivan, Johnny Fink, Wayne Bullock, Junior Spivey, Greg Schaber, Bob Herrmann, Brian Tarter, Raul Watson and Tom Kaper.

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Academy Award-winning director Patrick Osborne thought of his little brother's imaginary friend when creating potential TV series for Hollywood producers.

That's why Jenna Elfman ("Dharma & Greg") returns to ABC in "Imaginary Mary" with an animated imaginary friend who gives her relationship advice (8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Channel 9).

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From Aaron Sharpe, WNKU-FM general manager:

This Weekend, We Say Goodbye to Some of WNKU's Most Beloved Programs

Well, there's just no good way to say this. Several of WNKU's longest-running and most popular weekend programs will air for the last time this Saturday and Sunday.

Provided / FC Cincinnati

Starting with the season opener Saturday at Charleston Battery, FC Cincinnati fans can watch 31 games on television-- home and away -- this season on one of three Sinclair Broadcasting Group stations.

WSTR-TV (Channel 64) will air Saturday's game at 7 p.m., the first of 23 games on the channel.

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Born 130 years ago today was Leonard "Chico" Marx, the piano-playing "Italian" Marx Brother who uttered one of the most famous lines in film history:

"You can't fool me! There ain't no Sanity Claus."

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Jack C. Doll Jr. never wore a Reds uniform, but he played for the team 25 years. And for the fans.

Doll, who died Monday at 69, was hired as the Reds organist in 1981 to perform between innings at old Riverfront Stadium.

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How do you tell the difference between real news, fake news and alternative facts?

That's the agenda  for a Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists panel discussion called "Truth Matters, Facts Matters" Thursday, March 23, at the National Voice of America Museum, 8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester Township.

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Alex Bernstein was a Wyoming High School senior when he made stand-up comedy debut at Cincinnati's D.W. Eye bar on Calhoun Street in 1981.

"I was at the right place at the right time," says Bernstein, who performed 78 times in a year as a teen at D.W. Eye, the Sand Bar, Lakewood Tavern and the old Wishing Well restaurant at Reading and Galbraith roads.

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Reds fans can watch 145 games on Fox Sports Ohio this season, plus four games on Fox Sports 1, according to the FSO schedule released Wednesday.

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