Provided by Brad Johansen

Before Brad Johansen leaves WKRC-TV Wednesday, Feb. 28, and heads to WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., I asked him to tell me his favorite moments, experiences and people from 26 years in Cincinnati at Channel 12.

"I arrived in Cincinnati in 1992. I planned on staying for two years," he tells me. "WKRC became home to me. I owe so much to this station, and more importantly to the people who watched this station…. This is a special place. Thank you Cincinnati. I owe you."

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Larry Smith, who entertained thousands of kids with his Hattie the Witch, Teaser the Mouse, Snarfie R. Dog and Nasty Ole Thing puppets, died Monday. He was 79.

Smith's puppet show was the first program broadcast by WXIX-TV in 1968, and helped make Channel 19 the nation's highest-rated independent station in a year.

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And this one belongs to Marty!  I recently heard Reds radio voice Marty Brennaman  give his overview of the 2018 Reds, and I thought Reds fans would want to read it.

Brennaman spoke to the Joe Nuxhall Chapter of the Reds Hall Of Fame and Museum in Hamilton. He starts his 45th season on Reds radio at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, on WLW-AM. It's quite long, but here's how he sizes up the team:

NBC Sports

Have you noticed the voice for women's hockey games on NBC's Winter Olympics games?

It's John Walton, former Cincinnati Reds public address announcer, radio voice of the old Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and a traffic/sports reporter for WLW-AM back in the late 1990s.


Fans of former WKRC-TV meteorologist Michelle Boutillette are lighting up the web over her return to  Channel 12 on weekends.

How else can I explain that my July 2015 story, "Michelle Boutillette Returns To WKRC-TV Newscasts,"  was trending on our website 2-1/2 years later?


If you've watched Northern Kentucky University basketball games on ESPN3 – or Cincinnati CW Channel 12.2 – you probably didn't know that NKU students are producing the telecasts.

National Weather Service

Producers of Ann Curry's "We'll Meet Again" series on PBS are looking for survivors of the tornadoes which ripped through southwestern Ohio, from Sayler Park to Xenia, on April 3, 1974.


When Chuck Dougherty was hired by WLW-AM in the 1976, he felt he'd come full circle.

Dougherty, who died last month in Florida, grew up in Falmouth, KY, listening to WLW-AM. He enjoyed success as a radio DJ in New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta and Nashville before coming home to the 50,000-watt station.  


Former TV meteorologist Jennifer Schack has joined the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as director of media relations.

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Broadcaster Jim Day heads to spring training today to get his baseball announcing skills into shape.


Commercial television in Cincinnati turns 70 on Friday, Feb. 9, when WLWT-TV started commercial operation in 1948 – Cincinnati's first television.

Crosley Broadcasting had been experimenting with television for nearly a year with W8XCT. WLWT-TV was the city's only TV station for 14 months, until Taft Broadcasting's WKRC-TV signed on in April 1949. WCPO-TV followed in July 1949.

David Letterman "had a wonderful time" in Augusta, Ky., during his trip to interview Nick and Nina Clooney about their famous son," Nick Clooney tells the Maysville Independent-Ledger.

"He even took a ride on the Augusta ferry," Nick Clooney said.

U.S. Postal Service

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood… when the nation recognizes one of TV's greatest stars: Fred Rogers.

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which premiered 50 years ago on national public television on Feb. 19, 1968, has prompted another PBS special, a new Tom Hanks movie, a stamp, a feature-length documentary, a  sold-out Cincinnati party and a conversation about him Wednesday on WVXU-FM's "Cincinnati Edition" talk show.

John Kiesewetter / Procter & Gamble

Congratulations to Procter & Gamble, which swept the top Super Bowl commercials, according to ADWEEK.

"Tide, which aired four brilliant commercials across four quarters… easily won the night with the best campaign," ADWEEK wrote. 

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How did George Clooney meet his future wife, Amal Alamuddin? She came to his house in Italy. That's revealed in the new Netflix teaser for David Letterman's Clooney interview available Feb. 9.