Perkins in red top posing on beach
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March 7, 2018 update:  Here are links to my lengthy March 6 interview, "Angela Perkins Compares 'Survivor' Experience To Army Life,"  and to my March 7 story from her viewing party at Mason's Buffalo Wings & Rings, "Crowd Cheers Angela's 'Survivor' Narrow Escape." 

Both have lots of new photos. The March 7 story also has information about Perkins' viewing parties through the "Survivor: Ghost Island" finale on May 23.

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Confessions from the "Remembering Radio's Rock Rivalries" panel discussion at the downtown public library Sunday:

--WEBN-FM's Jay Gilbert was the person who plastered WEBN stickers all over the WKRQ-FM van parked in Hyde Park.

--Former WLW/WEBN executive Randy Michaels didn't really think a station would change formats from rock to country when he started spreading speculation that Q102 would change from rock to country.


They're back! Low-power WKRP TV (Channel 25) has added two networks from sister station WOTH-TV (Channel 20), which stopped broadcasting Tuesday.

Actor Zac Efron spent Thursday in the Clermont County Jail…. as serial killer Ted Bundy.

The Clermont County Sheriff Facebook page today posted:  "Film crews, vintage police cars, and Actor Zac Efron spent the afternoon at the Clermont County Jail today shooting scenes for a upcoming chronicle of the crimes of the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. The film is titled "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile."

The sheriff's office also posted eight photos.

Original post 1:04 p.m. Thursday Jan. 25: John Malkovich and Angela Sarafyan could be seen soon here for Zac Efron's movie about serial killer Ted Bundy.

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Even more fun! Bob "The Producer" Berry says he's attending the "Remembering Radio’s Rock Rivalries" program Sunday along with Eddie Fingers, Jay Gilbert, Mike McConnell, Pat Barry and Kevin "Doc" Wolfe. Berry worked for WKRQ-FM/WKRC-AM before joining Fingers on the WEBN-FM "Dawn Patrol."

The program is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the main public library downtown.

Sure-handed receiver A.J. Green's juggling wasn't good enough to make the final cut for CBS' live talent show airing Thursday, Jan. 25.


What took them so long? Six weeks after Kara Sewell went home to Texas, WXIX-TV executives decided to reunite Jessica Brown and Dan Wells Monday to co-anchor the "Fox 19 Now Morning News.


"Laugh-In" is 50 years old? You bet your sweet bippy.

I can see by the old clock on the wall that "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premiered as a regular series on NBC on Jan. 22, 1968, and became an overnight sensation.  You can look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls.

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The end is near for WOTH-TV viewers. Channel 20 will stop broadcasting  the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Shout! Factory

Hugh Wilson, who created "WKRP In Cincinnati" without visiting the Queen City, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at his Virginia home. He was 74.

Pete Souza / White House Photo

Good news for George Clooney fans: You'll see him a lot on TV this year in a new "Catch-22" TV miniseries, his interview with David Letterman and the streaming of "ER" reruns. 

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When TV stations would unveil a new anchor set after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, station managers would ask me how I liked it. Frankly, I didn't care.

CBS News

CBS celebrated the sixth anniversary of "CBS This Morning" Tuesday by announcing that  "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson will join Nora O'Donnell and Gayle King on the morning show Wednesday, Jan. 10.

He replaces Charlie Rose, who was fired in November for sexual misconduct. The news came a week after NBC promoted Hoda Kotb to co-anchor the "Today" show, replacing Matt Lauer, who also was fired in November for inappropriate sexual behavior.

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Former President Barak Obama will be David Letterman's guest on the premiere of Dave's comeback interview show premiering Friday Jan. 12 on Netflix.

Hixson Brothers Funeral Home

Organist Ronnie Dale, who entertained Reds fans for 14 years, died Dec. 31 at University of Cincinnati Hospital. He was 86.

You might have missed it: His obituary appeared in the Friday Jan. 5 Enquirer under his real name, Erwin Ronald "Ronnie" Grubb.