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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.

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

Middletown's Sorg Opera House dates back to 1891 and has a long history of hosting music, theatre, opera and movies, but fell into disrepair in recent times. 

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Growing up in Middletown, I've known about the Robert E. Lee memorial in nearby Franklin for most of my life.

I've always found it curious that there would be a memorial to Lee, who led the Confederate Army into battle to destroy the United States of America, in the North.

And that the Robert E. Lee memorial also was there "to mark the route of the Dixie Highway."

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Update 8/17/17 at 8:40 p.m.:  Northern Kentucky University issued a press release Thursday evening stating WNKU's programming on 89.7 FM will end Friday morning at 8:59 a.m.

Original post: It's the beginning of the end.

WNKU-FM stops broadcasting on its original frequency (FM 89.7) at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 – although the station's beloved adult album alternative (Triple-A) format will continue to be heard throughout most of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati on Middletown's powerful WNKN-FM (105.9) and streamed on line.

The Middletown Arts Center offers a wide variety of classes, exhibitions and even a program that gets art out into the community. 

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Stephen L. Hightower isn't sure how CNBC will portray his "mud, sweat and tears" success story on "Blue Collar Millionaires" at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25.

"I haven't seen it. I'll see it when everyone else does," says Hightower, president and CEO of Hightowers  Petroleum and HP Energy. "I don't know what they're going to show."

Carmon DeLeone will conduct the final season of the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, its 75th and his 35th on the podium, beginning with a November 12 concert featuring the music of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”

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Founded by the Cincinnati School Board in 1966, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College was originally known as The Cincinnati Cooperative School of Technology.

Preserving The Sorg Opera House In Middletown

Jul 8, 2016
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Music Hall isn't the only historic local theater undergoing renovations – the Sorg Opera House in downtown Middletown is trying to be saved by a dedicated group of volunteers.

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Northern Kentucky University has given Tucson-based Kalil & Co., one of the nation's biggest media brokers, a one-year contract to explore selling the three WNKU-FM stations.

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"The Funhouse Massacre" filmed at the Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park north of  Middletown last year is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.

Horror movie veteran Robert Englund ("Nightmare on Elm Street," "Freddy vs. Jason") stars as the warden of an asylum from which the nation's "most notorious and colorful serial killers escape," says the funhousemassacremovie website. 

Sacred Heart Radio

Northern Kentucky University is selling Middletown's WPFB-AM (910) to Sacred Heart Radio, the Catholic station broadcasting on WNOP-AM (740).

The Middletown AM station, which reaches north of Dayton and west of Oxford, will allow Sacred Heart Radio "to cover all the major cities in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It's a monster signal during the day," says Bill Levitt, general manager. 

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Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns says he will "explore the possibility of a sale of WNKU-FM and its assets" in light of "the very real prospect of significant funding cuts from the state."

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AK Steel has announced plans to build a "World-Class Research and Innovation Center" one mile east of I-75's Middletown exit near the Atrium Hospital.

The $36 million facility will replace the current one on another Middletown site. Groundbreaking is scheduled for late spring or early summer on the 15-acre site.

AK Steel's Director of Government and Public Affairs Barry Racey says the new research facility will focus on three key areas:

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