Morgan joined WXIX in 2010 as the weekend morning meteorologist. She will sign off from the station when her contract expires on December 31. “We certainly don’t blame her for taking his opportunity, because we have a chief (Steve Horstmeyer) and we are very happy with him,” general manager Bill Lanesey told the Enquirer.
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According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, general manager Bill Lanesey announced the news to the staff saying, “I know this has been a very emotional couple days around here but I wanted to end the week on what I’m sure all of you will find to be great news. Joe Danneman will be the next Sports Director at WXIX.”
Danneman started his career at Raycom owned WXIX in 2001. In 2009, he left to work at Raycom’s Evansville, IN, station WFIE and returned to WXIX in 2011. He replaces Brian Giesenschlag who will leave the station September 22.
In a rare moment of transparency revealing the oft-hidden world of local anchor contracts, WXIX general manager Bill Lanesey confirmed with TVSpy he told the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter Gray is leaving after she turned down the station’s multi-year offer.
>UPDATE: Gray confirmed with TVSpy it was her decision to leave adding, “I can’t comment more, except today that I am exploring my options.”
“We feel we made a very fair offer for her to stay with us for multiple years, which did not include a reduction in pay. She even told me that she felt it was a very fair offer,” Lanesey told the Enquirer. “But she said it was in the best interest for her and her career to leave.” Read more
“Amy is an aggressive, hard working, experienced local reporter and all around terrific person; and she is a native of Cincinnati,” said Kevin Roach, WXIX news director.
Wagner will anchor on Friday and Saturday nights. Her first day will be next Tuesday, July 16.
“Amy’s knowledge of our community makes her the perfect addition to our local news team,” said general manager Bill Lanesey.
From 2004 until 2011, Wagner worked for Cincinnati’s WLWT before leaving to work for Susan G. Komen of Greater Cincinnati. Wagner has also worked at WLKY in Louisville, KY, and WBKO in Bowling Green, KY.
“After 2 ½ years at WXIX Fox 19, the time has come for me to explore other opportunities,” Swann said in a station announcement posted to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Swann also hosts a popular series on facebook titled “Full Disclosure” where he asks questions about controversial subjects he says are ignored by the national media.
“Ben has informed us he would like to take his career in a different direction,” FOX19 general manager Bill Lanesey told the Enquirer. “We will miss Ben’s work ethic and intellect and appreciate him giving us enough notice so we can begin the search for his replacement as soon as possible.” Read more
“The depth of knowledge and experience Kevin has in both broadcast and digital news will be a huge asset to our station,” WXIX general manager Bill Lanesey said in a statement. “Kevin is familiar with the Tri-State and has proven himself to be a great leader in the industry. His leadership and experience will help us continue demographic ratings victories in both the morning and late news races.”
Roach, who fills the empty slot left by Matt Miller‘s departure in December, was vice president and United States broadcast news director for the Asociated Press. He has also served as the assistant news director for WCPO in Cincinnati, news director for WDTN in Dayton, OH, and executive producer for WFSB in Hartford, CT. Read more
Miller has been news director at WXIX since 2010. In an email to staff obtained by the Enquirer, general manager Bill Lanesey said Miller’s resignation was handed in yesterday and is effective immediately.
Assistant news director Marita Matray will be the interim news director until a permanent replacement is named, Lanesey said.
WXIX, Raycom Media’s Cincinnati station, has renewed its Fox affiliation through 2017.
“Our corporate officers at Raycom have been working diligently over the past few months negotiating a renewal with the network,” WXIX general manager Bill Lanesey said in a statement. ““Fox is a big part of our brand and this renewal allows us to continue to provide viewers in the Tri-State with quality programming like American Idol, Bones and Glee, not to mention coverage of the Reds and Bengals. We are very pleased our partnership will continue for several years to come.”
Tricia Macke has been absent from the WXIX anchor desk for the past two nights. The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting Macke was suspended from the Cincinnati Fox affiliate after comments she made on Facebook about MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow:
Fox 19 managers aren’t talking about why news co-anchor Tricia Macke wasn’t anchoring Sunday’s newscasts, as she usually does. I’m hearing she was suspended for her Facebook remarks calling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow an “angry young man.”
“We don’t comment on personnel matters,” says WXIX-TV General Manager Bill Lanesey. And then he volunteered: “We expect Tricia to be back on the anchor desk Tuesday (tomorrow).”
Macke apologized for her comments on Friday. WXIX has not responded to TVSpy’s request for comment.
Cincinnati Fox-affiliate WXIX is launching weekend morning newscasts beginning August 18.
The newscasts will air from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. WXIX has hired Jessica Brown (pictured) to co-anchor the morning newscast. Previously, she was a weekend anchor and reporter at KSNF in Joplin, MO.
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