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John Kiesewetter

WLW-AM's iconic diamond-shaped radio tower and historic transmitter building on Tylersville Road soon will be casting their shadows on retail stores, restaurants and offices beneath it.

The "Tower Park" planned unit development along Mason's booming Tylersville Road corridor was approved by city council earlier this year, a city staffer tells me.

Here's all you need to know about how beloved sportscaster Dale McMillen was throughout Northern Kentucky:  Facebook and sports blogs are filled with tributes to McMillen, who hadn't been on radio regularly for 25 years.

McMillen, of Villa Hills, died Sunday of complications from kidney disease. He was 74.

WREW-FM

After 15 years on WKRQ-FM (101.9), Holly Morgan has moved down the hall to sister Hubbard station WREW-AM (Mix 94.9) to co-host mornings with Sandy McIlree.

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

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.

1989 NFL Pro Set

Happy birthday to Bob Trumpy, Cincinnati's original "Trump." He created radio sports talk here in 1976 while still playing tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Trumpy, born 72 years ago today in Springfield, Ill., hosted a weekly one-hour show in 1976 on WCKY-AM (1530), before "Monday Night Football" broadcasts – after WLW-AM turned down the idea.

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Play ball! Reds can will hear 34 of the club's 38 spring training games on radio or online, and can see five games on TV from Arizona this spring.

Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley call the Reds spring openers against the San Francisco Giants from Scottsdale 3 p.m. Friday on WLW-AM. The pregame show starts at 2:30 p.m.

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Another year down the tubes: A basket of not very deplorable TV, movies and media stories in 2016 from A to Z.

A  is for Anchors Away! Jonathan Hawgood left WLWT-TV in May. Newlywed Julie Dolan left WCPO-TV for Louisville in November.

Turner Broadcasting System

Happy anniversary, Ralphie! For the 20th year, "A Christmas Story" marathon will air on the Turner networks this weekend.

Jean Shepherd, a former Cincinnati radio and TV personality, narrates the 1983 film adapted from his story about Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wanting a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas in the 1940s. 

And in a year or so, "A Christmas Story" fans could be able to see a documentary about Shepherd.

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I must be off!

Doesn't seem like it, but Gary Burbank broadcast his final WLW-AM show nine years ago today, on Dec. 21, 2007. So what's he up to today?

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For years Dusty Rhodes has told me about his passion project: A 90-hour year-by-year look at the history and evolution of rock 'n' roll.

And finally, he's found a station to play it – now that the election is over.

Premiere Networks

Andy Furman is staying up late to watch "Monday Night Football" or "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and sleeping in – for now.

After four years hosting Fox Sports Radio's morning show, Furman has been moved to Sunday mornings with partner Mike North.

Mike Martini

Judy Perkins was best known for WLWT-TV's "Midwestern Hayride" country music show, but she also enjoyed the national country music spotlight.

Perkins, who died Sept. 9 at 92, was a cast member of Eddy Arnold's national "Checkerboard Jamboree" morning radio show from Nashville's Andrew Jackson Hotel in 1947, and appeared on legacy radio stations WLS in Chicago, KMOX in St. Louis, WLAC in Nashville and WIBC in Indianapolis.

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Kids are back in school, and the Music Professor is back on the radio.

Jim LaBarbara, known as the Music Professor for nearly three decades on WLW-AM and WGRR-FM, now can be heard 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Classic Country WNKR-FM (106.7) and streamed  at 1067wnkr.

Cincinnati Reds

Update at 3:10 p.m.: Enquirer President and Publisher Rick Green says that Enquirer Media is "always looking at different kinds of adjustments to our budgets," but eliminating covering Reds road games in September is "a ridiculous notion."

Green was reacting to my blog post at 12:18 p.m. today (below) saying Enquirer editors were considering not traveling with the Reds to away games in September. The proposal had been mentioned to Reds beat writers C. Trent Rosecrans and Zach Buchanan in the past week, I'm told.

"I don't have any plans to stop covering Reds games on the road. The Cincinnati Reds are a franchise topic, not just in Cincinnati but throughout Reds country," Green said.

When I asked if there had been internal discussions to skip some road games, Green said: "It would be foolish to stop covering the Reds on the road."

So I asked if there was talk about cutting back on Reds' travel expenses, and he said:

"We're always looking at different kinds of adjustments to our budgets, just as we did 25 years ago, when we'd consider whether we'd be sending someone to LA for the TV press tour, or look at other travel. We're always having discussions about our budget, and about cutting back expenses."

Original post at 12:18 p.m. Monday Aug 1:  I'm hearing that Enquirer editors are considering not covering all Reds road games in September – and that beat writers C. Trent Rosecrans and Zach Buchanan are pushing back against the idea.

It would be the first time since before World War II that the Enquirer baseball writers would not be traveling with the Reds during the season, according to my knowledge of Enquirer history.

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