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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.

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Sheila Gray to Join Sinclair Broadcasting as Special Correspondent

Sheila Gray, the anchor who left Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX last Friday, was announced today as a special correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Gray will be reporting for all Sinclair’s news stations but will be based at WKEF and WRGT, the ABC and FOX affiliates for Dayton, OH, where she will also contribute breaking news coverage.

“I am very happy to have this opportunity,” said Gray in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with several colleagues I have known for many years, and becoming part of the Sinclair Broadcasting family.”

Jon Lawhead, group manager for Sinclair Broadcast Group who brought Gray to Cincinnati in 1999, said “I’ve known Sheila for years and have always had great admiration for her both personally and professionally. She brings so much skill and credibility and really connects with viewers and the community. We’re delighted that she’s joining us.”

Joe Danneman Named WXIX Sports Director

Joe Danneman has been named sports director for Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX, effective September 23, TVSpy has confirmed.

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.”

Friday was the last day for both Sheila Gray, who rejected a contract offer from the station, and traffic reporter Stephanie Woods who is moving to Philadelphia.

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.

Sheila Gray Turns Down New Contract, Opts to Leave WXIX

Sheila Gray, morning anchor for Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX, is leaving the station tomorrow.

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

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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Power Outage Hits WXIX During Morning Newscast

Cincinnati Fox-affiliate WXIX had to do its morning newscast with limited power this morning after an area power outage knocked out much of the station’s electricity.

The outage hit the station around 5:10 a.m., shortly after the newscast began, and power wasn’t restored until right after the show had ended.

“This should be interest[ing],” WXIX anchor Sheila Gray tweeted this morning, “doing our newscast with limited power, no computers, and very little light in studio.” Read more

VIDEO: WXIX Viewers Dare Meteorologist Frank Marzullo to Belly Dance

“If my girlfriend is watching, I love you. Please don’t break up with me,” Frank Marzullo pleaded as he adjusted his outfit on the WXIX newscast this morning.

Marzullo is nearing the end of “Dare Frank” week on WXIX, the Cincinnati Fox-affiliate. Each morning for seven days, the station has picked a viewer-submitted dare for the meteorologist to tackle, such as driving a race car and feeding a Komodo dragon. This morning’s task, however, involved significantly more practice … and significantly less clothing (video inside). Read more

WXIX Morning Team Celebrates Meteorologist Katy Morgan’s Wedding With a Flash Mob

WXIX morning meteorologist Katy Morgan got married this weekend, and her co-workers were at the party — with their dancing shoes on.

The morning team staff, led by co-anchors Rob Williams and Sheila Gray alongside meteorologist Dan Wells, celebrated the newlyweds with a flash mob choreographed to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” (watch the video above).

WXIX posted the video on their website, noting that the dance was choreographed by anchor Tracey Johnson‘s daughter and took two weeks of practicing, in the basement of the station, to perfect.