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Longtime Cincinnati Anchor Retiring

clyde gray wcpoClyde Gray, longtime Cincinnati anchor, has announced his retirement from ABC affiliate WCPO.

Gray started at WCPO in September 1990. According to his bio, he’s worked at four stations in three cities including Winston-Salem, NC, where he started his career.

““When I started in broadcasting 37 years ago, I set certain goals for myself which, through my relationship with WCPO, have all come to fruition,” Gray said in a statement posted to the station’s website. “Over the last several years, I have felt a strong tug to reinvent myself, to refresh myself and to take my life in a new direction, which includes more time with my wife and three children.”

Gray looks forward to exploring opportunities in media relations, executive coaching and crisis management. “I am excited about opportunities to continue to serve the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area by lending my experience to its many fine business and governmental institutions. I am putting the finishing touches on my future plans,” said Gray.

The station also announced the move on its facebook page saying, “We’ll miss him, and we know you will, too.”

Meteorologist Catherine Bodak Joins WXIX

catherine bodakMeteorologist Catherine Bodak is joining WXIX, Raycom’s Fox affiliate in Cincinnati. Beginning next month, she will appear on the morning newscasts.

Bodak joins WXIX from WNEM, the CBS affiliate in Saginaw, Mich.

“We’re excited to add a meteorologist of such superb caliber to the FOX19 team,” WXIX news director Kevin Roach said in a statement. “Catherine is smart, personable, and knows what people want from the forecast. She also has plenty of experience forecasting severe weather. She’s the perfect fit for the Storm Tracker team.”

WXIX Adds Reporter, Hires EP from Rival Station

WXIX_304Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX has announced the hiring of executive producer Robin Tyndall and morning reporter Megan O’Rourke.

“As our competitors know, we’re busy making key upgrades to our newsroom,” WXIX news director Kevin Roach said in a statement. “These additions bring home-grown talent and experience to FOX19 News and that will benefit Tri-State viewers.”

Tyndall worked for 23 years at what the press release vaguely calls a competing station though her Linkedin profile lists ABC affiliate WCPO as the last place she’s worked. Tyndall once worked with current WXIX news director Kevin Roach at WCPO.

O’Rourke comes to WXIX from WDTN in Dayton where she is a weekend anchor. She worked with Roach while he was ND at WDTN. She starts in July while Tyndall has already started at WXIX.

Former WCPO Reporter Known For Hostage Interview Dies

Elaine Green Hoskins interviewElaine Green, a former reporter at WCPO who won a Peabody Award for an interview she conducted while being held hostage inside the Cincinnati ABC affiliate’s building, died Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Green and several other WCPO employees were held at gunpoint in the WCPO newsroom for more than an hour by James Hoskins in 1980. While she was captive, Green interview Hoskins, who admitted he had just killed his girlfriend. The Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter recalls talking with Green about the incident:

I interviewed Green several times about that night. She called it “bone-chilling.” She was a very classy, old-school journalist who didn’t seek fame or fortune from her brush with death.

On the 25th anniversary in 2005 she told me: “I still get chills. It’s a terrifying thing. You don’t know what you’re going to say or do that might set him off. … We all survived because nobody did anything stupid. Everybody stayed calm and nobody panicked.”

Watch video of the interview, via WCPO, after the jump. Read more

Cincinnati Fox Affiliate Debuts New Set

WXIX set

Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX today unveiled a new set designed by FX Design Group.

The set has a color-changing LED display and multiple high quality monitors. For weather reporting, there are five working weather positions.

“FOX19 wanted a contemporary and versatile set,” FX set designer Stephen Ricker said in a statement. “We used the LED curtains to give them the ability to change color, morph the look and add motion within the many background opportunities.”

‘Light Pop’ Scares Cincinnati Weatherman

Cincinnati meteorologist Frank Marzullo had his morning forecast interrupted by an exploding light.

While the meteorologist for FOX affiliate WXIX may have escaped physical injury, he was taunted by his fellow anchors after his on-air reaction.

“At least you handled it well,” said anchor Rob Williams. “The thing is, it popped, he yelled, and then he grabbed his heart. Thank you. Thank you.”

Marzullo then took a deep breath and continued with his forecast.

Chris Riva Joins WCPO as Morning Anchor

Chris Riva _wcpoCincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO announced the addition of Chris Riva as co-anchor of “Good Morning Tri-State.”

“We conducted a national search for the right person, and Chris was the perfect fit for the team,” Jeff Brogan, WCPO VP and GM said in a statement. “He was born and raised here and understands the significance of this in telling a community story.”

Riva comes to WCPO from KCRA in Sacramento, CA. He has also worked in Denver, Green Bay, WI, and Dayton, OH.

He begins co-anchoring with Kathrine Nero on April 21.

Tricia Macke Signs Multi-Year Deal with WXIX

macke_wxixWXIX says evening anchor Tricia Macke has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Cincinnati FOX affiliate.

“Tricia has brought stability and consistency to our evening newscasts for the last twenty years, and we couldn’t be happier that she will remain a key member of our team,” WXIX GM Bill Lanesey said in a statement.

Macke was named main anchor in 1999 after starting with the station in 1993.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sheila Obermeyer Named WKRC Creative Services Director

Wkrc_news_logoCincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC has named Sheila Obermeyer as creative services director.

“I’m so pleased to have someone of Sheila’s ability and reputation join us,” WKRC GM Jon Lawhead said in a statement. “Her work has always been outstanding and will take our group of stations to another promotional level.”

This will be Obermeyer’s second time with WKRC. She originally began working there in 1992, leaving in 2002 to work at cross-town rival ABC affiliate WCPO as creative services director. She has also worked at KOVR and KXTV in Sacramento, CA, and WKOW in Madison, WI.

Parodies of Song from Disney Movie ‘Frozen’ Are the New Ice Desk


Is the Polar Vortex relentlessly gnawing away at our collective good taste and dignity? Is singing a customized version of the song “Let it Go ” from Disney’s animated film “Frozen” the musical version of the Ice Desk?

You remember the wave of stations putting their anchors in harms way by making them broadcast from news desks made of ice to show how cold it was outside?

Last month, a traffic reporter at Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC did a “Let it Go” spoof for his traffic report. Since he’s always singing on his traffic reports anyway, it wasn’t too much a of a stretch.

But today, TVSpy learned that WTEN the ABC affiliate in Albany, NY, did a version of the song with its staff.

Also, via Hypervocal we learn Dan Ponce from Chicago CW affiliate WGN performed a version for the Windy City. Check it out after the jump. Read more

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