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‘A Very Dark Place,’ Cincinnati Meteorologist Describes Former Station

Handley_wcpoLarry Handley, the WCPO meteorologist who left the station Friday, told fellow staffers in his goodbye email he was not happy at the Cincinnati ABC affiliate.

“Recently, Channel 9 has become a very dark place for me,” Handley wrote in the email. “Nearly every day was heavy and bleak and that is no way to spend so many hours week after week.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Kiesewetter who first posted the email, reports Handley left after his contract had not been renewed after 15 years at the station.

His exit, coupled with the departure of meteorologist Sarah Walters earlier this month, means Channel 9 has lost half of its weather staff during the July ratings “sweeps” while looking to replace main news co-anchor Clyde Gray, who retires in August.

Handley could not be reached for comment. General manager Jeff Brogan said Channel 9 doesn’t comment on personnel matters, and added: “We appreciate Larry’s time spent at WCPO and wish him the very best.”

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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.”

WCPO Hires Ken Broo as Sports Anchor

ken broo_304Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO has added Ken Broo as sports anchor and reporter.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with the pros at 9 On Your Side,” Broo said in a statement. “I’ve always admired them as competitors. It will be terrific working alongside the incomparable John Popovich and with former colleagues Clyde Gray and chief meteorologist Steve Raleigh.”

Broo is a veteran in Cincinnati sports. He worked for nearly 17 years at WLWT and six years at WKRC. He has also worked in Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City, OK, Tulsa,OK, and Tampa, FL.

March Anchor Madness: Cincinnati Paper Launches ‘Favorite Anchor’ Tournament

The Cincinnati Enquirer is hosting its own ‘March Madness’ tourney. The paper is asking readers to vote for their “TV Anchor Dream Team.”

Who’s the Cincinnati Anchor Dream Team?  You can help select it by voting below in my bracket-style tournament with 8 male anchors, 8 female anchors, 8 meteorologists and 8 sports anchors.

The winners will be re-seeded in each round, leading to Cincinnati’s favorite anchor team. You can check out the rankings after the jump.

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Clyde Gray to Return to WCPO After Hip Replacement Surgery

Clyde Gray will be back on the air tomorrow for the WCPO 5 p.m. news.  Gray left the ABC affiliate in September to have hip replacement surgery.

Gray, who has been at the station since 1991, posted the news on his facebook page, saying, “Doctor Shockley gave me the green light. Back tomorrow. Thanks to all of your for your prayers and words of encouragement over the last 6 weeks.”

When he left WCPO, he initially told viewers he had hoped to return to the station a few weeks after leaving. “If things go according to plan, I’ll be back in late October, without the hitch in my get-along.”

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Clyde Gray Taking Medical Leave From WCPO

WCPO anchor Clyde Gray says he will take medical leave from the Cincinnati ABC affiliate to address an “ongoing and nagging mobility issue.”

Gray, the station’s evening anchor, shared the news with viewers during Tuesday’s 5 p.m. newscast. “I have the support of the world’s best wife and children, my friends here at work, and those of you who are friends at large,” he said. “And with all of you in my corner, I am confident 100 percent and strong.”

Gray, who has been at the station since 1991, said he hopes to be back on the air in late October. [h/t Cincinnati Enquirer]

Lance Barry Says Goodbye to Cincinnati’s WCPO

Lance Barry announced this morning that he is leaving Cincinnati ABC-affilaite WCPO, the Cincinnati

“I never took it for granted that I was being mentioned in the same sentence as an anchor as the likes of Clyde Gray, Carol Williams and the woman sitting next to me, Katherine Nero,” Barry said on today’s newscast. “So now with my dream realized, it is time once again to say goodbye and express my gratitude. I’m extremely excited about what’s ahead for me.”

Barry joined WCPO in 2005 as a reporter. He is the solo anchor of the 4:30 a.m. newscast and the news anchor for the morning newscast.

WCPO Anchor Clyde Gray Addresses Controversial Involvement with Agency On-Air

During WCPO‘s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts on Tuesday evening, veteran anchor Clyde Gray tried to set the record about his controversial involvement with a recently launched marketing agency.

On February 25th, Gray debuted C. Gray & Associates with a list of clients that included a local casino. Bowing to pressure from members of the journalism community who predicted major conflict of interest issues, as well as his bosses at Scripps, Gray read a prepared statement to viewers last night (video above).

Gray said that he will no longer be involved with the agency besides a “very small, passive minority interest.” Read more

Facing Criticism, WCPO Anchor Clyde Gray Reduces Role with New Marketing Agency

Veteran WCPO anchor Clyde Gray has been forced to change his involvement with the advertising and marketing agency he launched two weeks ago amid criticism that the agency presented significant conflict of interest issues.

Gray, who has been a marquee anchor with Cincinnati’s WCPO for the past two decades, launched C. Gray & Associates on February 25th, listing a local casino among its clients.

Facing criticism from the journalism community and concern from executives at Scripps, WCPO’s parent company, Gray announced this week that he will be taking a less prominent role with the agency and changing its name. Gray, who was CEO when the agency launched, did not go into further detail about what his future role with the company will be and what it would be named. Read more