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Meteorologist Jason Adams Joining WCPO

Jason Adams WCPO

Meteorologist Jason Adams is heading to Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, where he’ll join co-anchors Chris RivaKathrine Nero and traffic reporter Adam Marshall on ”Good Morning Tri-State,” airing weekend mornings.

“Jason is a great addition to an already strong weather team,” said Alex Bongiorno, WCPO news director. “Our viewers rely on 9 First Warning Weather for accurate, breaking weather information. Jason is a great fit for the Tri-State.”

Adams comes from NBC affiliate WEYI in Flint, Mich., where he was morning meteorologist for the past two years.

His first day at WCPO is December 20.

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How One Landslide Win on Election Day Cost Two Stations $10 Million

pic-kasich*304xx3648-5472-0-0In local TV, nobody likes a landslide. Close races are more intriguing to cover for the newsroom, and they are far, far more lucrative for the sales department. An analysis by the Cincinnati Business Courier concludes the runaway win on Election Night by Ohio Governor John Kasich cost two Scripps stations, Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS and Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO $10 million in lost revenue:

“Political spending is about the footprint and the competitiveness of each individual race,” Scripps CFO Tim Wesolowski said during a conference call for Scripps executives to talk to investors and analysts about the company’s third-quarter earnings. (Some) races that we thought would be competitive never materialized. The best example of that was a lack of a competitive gubernatorial race in Ohio.”

Kasich’s wide early lead likely cost Scripps TV stations in Cleveland and Cincinnati more than $10 million, Wesolowski said.

Reporter Shannon Kettler Departs WCPO for PR Job at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

kettler3_1375895354586_696860_ver1.0_640_480Shannon Kettler has left Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, announcing via Twitter that she’s taken a public relations job at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Kettler joined WCPO in 2001 after working at WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Kettler graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.

WXIX Hires Kara Sewell as Morning Anchor

635494858269400008-Kara-Sewell-headshot-10.21.14Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX has hired a replacement for morning anchor Jacki Jing, who was ousted by the station in August. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Wichita anchor Kara Sewell will join co-anchor Rob Williams starting December 8:

Sewell will move to Cincinnati after November sweeps to work with Williams, meteorologist Frank Marzullo and traffic reporter Denise Johnson.

“She gelled instantly with Rob, Frank and Denise. We think she will be a tremendous addition to the Cincinnati morning landscape,” said Bill Lanesey, vice president and general manager, in the station’s announcement.

Her KWCH-TV bio says she “even tried her hand at doing the weather and appeared on a reality show” before going to Wichita in 2008.

Kendall Herold Gets New Gig at WXIX After Last Year’s DUI Arrest

The day after Christmas last year, we wrote about Kendall Herold, then a reporter for Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, who was arrested for a DUI. Herold left the station a few months after her arrest and has been laying low ever since.

Now, Herold is back in action. Earlier this month, she joined Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX as a reporter. Check out her Facebook announcement above.

WCPO Adds Morning Meteorologist

ketchmark WCPOCincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO has added Jennifer Ketchmark as meteorologist for Good Morning Tri-State.

Ketchmark comes to WCPO from WXIN in Indianapolis. She started her career with WCIA in Champaign, Illinois in 2006.

In a statement, Ketchmark said. “We started our TV journey in Champaign, IL, drove down I-74 to Indianapolis for our next stop, and now we’re back on I-74 for our latest journey to Cincinnati. I guess that road brings good luck!”

Cincinnati’s WKRC Shuffles Anchor Teams

Wkrc_news_logoCincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC shuffled its anchor teams Wednesday, with new assignments for Paula Toti, Cammy Dierking, Curtis Jackson, Brad Johansen and new hire Sydney Benter.

The Cincinnati Enquirer breaks down the new lineups:

Toti, weekend anchor since 1997, will co-anchor the 4 p.m. weekday news starting Monday with Brad Johansen, who leaves sports after 18 years. They replace anchor Kit Andrews, who quit in July after 33 years.

The Johansen-Toti team gives Channel 12 two high-profile anchors in the competitive 4-5 p.m. time slot against Ellen DeGeneres’ “Ellen,” which moved to WLWT-TV (Channel 5) on Monday, and the premiere of the hybrid local/national “The NOW Cincinnati” newscast, hosted by Cincinnati native Julie Dolan on WCPO-TV (Channel 9).

In another change, viewers will see Channel 12′s primary anchor team – Rob Braun and Dierking – for the entire 5-6:30 p.m. evening news, and again at 11 p.m. as usual. Jackson had anchored at 5:30 p.m. with Andrews until she left.

More announcements could come from the station Thursday, including where anchor Curtis Jackson goes after the shuffle.

Todd Dykes Leaving Morning Anchor Desk at WLWT

Lisa-Cooney-and-Todd-DykesTodd Dykes, who has been a weekday morning anchor at Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT since 2008, will step away from the anchor desk later this month to lead the station’s investigative unit. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Mark Hayes, who left NBC owned KXAS in Dallas-Ft. Worth earlier this year, will replace Dykes:

Dykes’ departure means all four local TV stations have changed morning news personalities this year: Sheila Gray replaced WKRC-TV’s Tiffany Wilson in March; Larry Handley left WCPO-TV in July; and Jacki Jing abruptly vanished from WXIX-TV in August. Dykes’ change was posted on the station’s website Wednesday, the same day Channel 12 announced a big musical chairs for its 4, 5 and 10 p.m. anchors.

Brad Johansen Named WKRC News Anchor

Brad JohansenWKRC has announced, starting next Monday, sports director Brad Johansen will anchor the Cincinnati CBS affiliate’s 4:00 p.m. newscast.

“Brad has always been an incredible storyteller,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “He’s able to handle complex situations easily and his work as sports director here has only helped to enhance those abilities.”

Johansen started at WKRC as a reporter in 1992 and was named sports director four years later.

Kyle Hill, Former WKRC Anchor, Has Died

1408986253000-Kyle-Hill-1976-Nick-Clooney-WKRC-TVKyle Hill, former reporter and anchor at Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC, has died, his wife told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“He always knew what he was doing, because he had all that experience. He had this air of authority,” said Howard Ain, Channel 12′s semi-retired “Troubleshooter” consumer reporter.

“I followed his lead. He taught me how to get a story and get it right. I still use what he taught me,” said reporter Deborah Dixon, who was hired by Hill. “Kyle chased stories. It was fun to watch. He would hear a possible story on the police radios and jump up grab a photog and run out as if he were a 20-year-old.”

His former station remembered Hill as a “kind man and devoted husband and father.”

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