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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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Larry Handley Reportedly Out at WCPO

Handley_wcpoJohn Kiesewetter, media writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer reports Meteorologist Larry Handley is no longer with Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO.

Handley worked this morning’s show, but was replaced by Sherry Hughes at 7:25 a.m. for the cut-ins during Good Morning America. His bio has been removed from the station website and his twitter page has been taken down.

Handley has worked at WCPO since April 1999. He has also worked at three stations in Florida, WFTV in Orlando, WPTV in West Palm Beach and WCJB in Gainesville.

TVSpy hasn’t received confirmation yet from WCPO.

Cincinnati’s WXIX Shows Progress of Newsroom Renovation

WXIX news director Kevin Roach gave Cincinnati Enquirer media writer John Kiesewetter a tour of the construction taking place in the station’s newsroom.

“There’s no one in the newsroom now because they’re all down in the basement,” said Roach. “We’re renovating our newsroom. As you can see, it’s a mess.” Click here to view the video. The Enquirer site doesn’t allow embedding.

The FOX affiliate’s newsroom will be about 50% bigger than the previous one. The construction includes a new control room, new green room and new bathrooms. It is expected to be completed by November.

While Kiesewetter was taping the tour, he stumbled across new investigative reporter Hagit Limor, which at the time was a scoop. Though the video was posted after her arrival was announced.

The station also posts weekly updates of the renovation’s progress on its website. Click here to view the latest. View a time lapse of the construction after the jump. Read more

Cincinnati ‘TV Anchor Dream Team’ Contest Takes a Mulligan

The Cincinnati Enquirer has decided to re-do the round of voting for the “TV Anchor Dream Team” contest pairings that were hacked, this time with security measures in place to ensure the purity of the vote.

For those who haven’t been following the drama surrounding the local anchor popularity tournament, eight anchors ranked from one to eight were paired off against each other in four categories: male, female, sports and weather in NCAA style brackets. However, the first round of meteorologists and one sports anchor pairing was hacked by an Internet bot which supercharged the totals for some anchors. One pairing drew more than 105,000 votes in a little more than ten hour period.

The Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter told TVSpy the paper still doesn’t know who hacked the contest or why. Voters will now have to enter a security code for each vote they cast. Read more

Cincinnati ‘Anchor Dream Team’ Voting Spoiled by Hackers

First Major League Baseball had BALCO, then the Tour de France had Lance Armstrong, now the Cincinnati Enquirer’s “TV Anchor Dream Team Tournament” is in jeopardy because of Internet bots.

John Kiesewetter, the Enquirer’s media writer, told TVSpy between Wednesday at noon and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, more than 105,000 votes were cast in the meteorologist race between Steve Horstmeyer (WXIX) and John Gumm (WKRC). For what it’s worth, according to Nielsen’s 2012-2013 rankings, Cincinnati market has 897,890 households.

A clearly frustrated Kiesewetter wrote the competition would go on despite the hacking, “I never thought that people would abuse the system. I was wrong. We don’t have a way right now to prevent autobot voting. So we’ve decided not to shut down the voting on my blog here, which ends at Thursday noon.” Read more