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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.

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WKRC Adds Anchor from Terre Haute

benter wkrc croppedSydney Benter is set to join Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC as an anchor and reporter, tomorrow.

This is a return to WKRC for Benter, who interned in the newsroom while working on her degree from the University of Cincinnati.

“When she was a student at UC and an intern in our newsroom, we were very impressed by her enthusiasm and work ethic,” WKRC news director
Kirk Varner said in a statement.

Benter comes from WTWO-WAWV in Terre Haute, IN, where she started her career.

Longtime WKRC Anchor Says She’s Leaving

kit-andrews_15134Kit Andrews has announced she is leaving Cincinnati CBS station WKRC after more than 33 years.

“It’s time! After one network change, five different newscasts, seven owners, and more than 33 years I’m hanging up my microphone and leaving WKRC-TV,” wrote Andrews in a letter she sent to co-workers.

Andrews started her on-air career at KHQ in Spokane, WA. She came to WKRC in 1981 as a reporter.

“Having been news director for just a small fraction of her long career, it is with deep gratitude and admiration that I say on behalf of the entire newsroom that we salute her for all of her work here at Local 12,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “She is simply a consummate professional in every sense of the word.”

Her last day will be next Thursday, July 31.

[Cincinnati Enquirer]

WKRC Adds Sheila Gray to Morning Team

gray_croppedCincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC has announced the addition of Sheila Gray to its morning news team.

Gray is a familiar face to Cincinnati viewers. She left Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX in August 2013 after turning down a contract offer and was named special correspondent for Sinclair Broadcasting one week later.

WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement, “We are so pleased to have this opportunity to bring one of Cincinnati’s favorite morning anchors back home to become part of the market’s number one morning news team, right here at Local 12.”

Gray will co-anchor Good Morning Cincinnati from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. with John Lomax. She will join Bob Herzog on the 7:00 a.m. show on MyTV affiliate WSTR.

Erica Collura Joining WKRC in Cincinnati

WHIO_collura_croppedErica Collura, the meteorologist who recently left WHIO in Dayton, OH, isn’t moving far. Cincinnati’s WKRC announced she will join the Sinclair owned CBS affiliate next Thursday, October 24.

“We are happy to have a meteorologist like Erica joining The Weather Authority team at Local 12,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “Her experience in forecasting the weather for our part of the country makes her a great addition to what is now the largest team of broadcast meteorologists in the Tri-State.”

Collura, who started her career at WHIO, will work on the WKRC 4:00 p.m. news and the 10:00 p.m. news on the digital CW subchannel.

WKRC Adds Sunday Morning News

Cincinnati’s CBS affiliate WKRC is adding two Sunday morning newscasts to its lineup.

“We are very happy to have the opportunity to bring viewers across the Tri-State the kind of quality local news coverage that is their number one choice—every other morning of the week,” said  WKRC news director Kirk Varner. “The opportunity to surround the long running excellence of CBS Sunday Morning and Face The Nation with breaking news and weather alerts from The Local Station, is something that we are very excited about.”

The news premieres July 7 with an hour show at 8:00 a.m. and then again for a half-hour at 11:00 a.m.  Liz Bonis will anchor along with meteorologist Josh Knight.

[Cincinnati Enquirer]

WKRC Adds Meteorologist Josh Knight

Josh Knight is joining Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC as a meteorologist.

Knight comes from WHSV in Harrisonburg, VA. He posted the news to his facebook page Saturday along with a map of the route to Cincinnati from West Virginia, “Goodbye for now Harrisonburg! Thanks again for all of the well wishes and support. I’ve had the time of my life being your meteorologist in the Shenandoah Valley. Cincinnati … here I come!”

WKRC news director Kirk Varner told the Cincinnati Enquirer, Knight is replacing Michelle Boutillete who left in January.

Knight started his broadcast career with WHSV in July 2009.

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Michelle Boutillette Signs Off From WKRC

Meteorologist Michelle Boutillette has left WKRC, the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Boutillette, who was the meteorologist for the 4 and 4:30 p.m. newscasts on WKRC and the 10 p.m. newscast on a digital subchannel, has accepted a position at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.

“While we are very sad to lose her, at the same time we are very happy for her and her husband who are staying in the area,” news director Kirk Varner told the Enquirer.

Tim Hedrick Back on Cincinnati’s WKRC

After being off the air for two months, WKRC‘s Tim Hedrick will return to the weather desk at 5 and 6 p.m. for the Cincinnati CBS affiliate.

Kirk Varner, WKRC news director, posted a statement to the station’s website saying in part,

“Tim has been on an extended personal leave.  He will back to also doing the weather at 11 p.m. by week’s end.

I would like to take a moment to personally thank meteorologists Michelle Boutillette, John Gumm, Scott Dimmich and freelancer Erin Sebree—who each did a great job on all of our weather.”

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WKRC’s Bob Herzog to Leave Weekend Anchor Desk

WKRC is scaling back anchor duties for Bob Herzog, who works six days a week at the Cincinnati CBS-affiliate, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

In addition to being the morning traffic reporter for WKRC, Herzog anchors the 7 a.m. hour on WKRC’s CW-affiliated subchannel and anchors WKRC’s weekend morning newscast, meaning he works six-day weeks.

Going forward, Herzog’s weekend co-anchor Tiffany Wilson will be anchoring the Saturday morning newscast solo, news director Kirk Varner told the Enquirer.

Herzog, who joined WKRC in 2005, is famous for his “Dance Party Fridays.”

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