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Traffic Reporter Kyla Woods Joins WLWT

Kyla Woods started this week as a traffic reporter and general assignment reporter for Cincinnati NBC-affiliate WLWT.

Woods was most recently a freelance traffic reporter at WRTV, the ABC-affiliate in Indianapolis. She has previously worked as a traffic and features reporter for WXIN, the Indianapolis Fox-affiliate.

WLWT creative services director Pete Salkowski told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Woods will also be a station ambassador for local events in addition to her duties as a reporter.

“I feel right at home in my new role at WLWT and I couldn’t have asked for a better station or community to join,” Woods said in a statement. “I look forward to preparing our viewers for their daily commute, and I’m grateful to be part of a team that’s leading the way – every day.”

WLWT’s Brandon Hamilton Set to Join KNXV

Brandon Hamilton, a traffic reporter at Cincinnati NBC-affiliate WLWT, is moving to Phoenix. He has been hired as a special assignment reporter for ABC-affiliate KNXV.

“I just needed more opportunity overall,” Hamilton told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “General assignment reporting and hard news isn’t what I want to do. In the long run I want to get into hosting, but Phoenix is giving me the opportunity to be a special assignment reporter and let my creativity shine, therefore I will get some more hosting-like experience.”

Hamilton has been at WLWT since 2008. His last day at the station will be November 23.

NBC Stations Across Ohio Teaming Up for Debate

NBC-affiliates across Ohio are partnering to present a statewide debate centered on Issue 2, a controversial state referendum up for repeal. The debate will be moderated by NBC News political director Chuck Todd and broadcast from Columbus on Tuesday, October 25th.

The debate will be carried by WLWT Cincinnati, WKYC Cleveland, WCMH Columbus, WDTN Dayton, WLIO Lima, WNWO Toledo, WTOV Wheeling-Steubenville, WFMJ Youngstown, and WHIZ Zanesville. It will also be streamed live on each of the stations’ websites. Read more

Ohio Stations Yank Ad Featuring Grandmother

Thirty TV stations across Ohio have reportedly pulled a political ad off the air over its controversial use of footage featuring a great-grandmother from Cincinnati.

78-year-old Marlene Quinn recently signed on to appear in an ad opposing an upcoming ballot initiative.  The ad (embedded above)–in which Quinn recounts how a group of brave firefighters saved her granddaughter’s life–was apparently so effective at swaying voter opinion that a group supporting the ballot initiative used footage of Quinn in its own ad (video inside). Read more

WLWT Adds Morning Anchor to 5 p.m. Newscast

WLWT has shuffled its anchor lineup to take advantage of a “Dr. Oz” lead-in at 5 p.m. The NBC-affiliate has added popular morning anchor Lisa Cooney (near right) to its 5 o’clock newscast, where she’ll work alongside Sheree Paolello.

“The departure of Oprah and the arrival of Dr. Oz will create a great opportunity for WLWT News 5 to appeal to a new set of viewers,” WLWT president and general manager Richard Dyer said, in announcing the move.  “In addition to playing a major role anchoring our #1 morning show… Lisa’s experience includes health reporting, which we feel provides an opportunity for a unique connection with our 5 pm audience coming out of ‘Dr Oz.’” Read more

Cincinnati Rivals Both Claim to Be #1

In a classic case of sweeps spin, rival Cincinnati stations WLWT and WKRC are both claiming to be #1 in the mornings.

In WLWT’s press release, president and general manager Richard Dyer boasted that the NBC-affiliate “is once again proving to be the Tri-State’s choice for how to wake up in the morning.”

Across town, Les Vann, Dyer’s counterpart at WKRC, proclaimed that his CBS-affiliate is “proud to once again be the market leader,” with “Good Morning Cincinnati” claiming the top spot in the morning.

So who’s really #1? Well they both are, to an extent.

WLWT finished in the top spot at 4:30 a.m. as well as 6:00 a.m. in Adults 25-54, while WKRC was #1 in Adults 25-54 from 5:30-7 a.m. Everyone’s a winner! [Via John Kiesewetter]

WLWT Anchor Sheree Paolello Issues Apology Following Hot Mic Mockery of Former Congressman

WLWT anchor Sheree Paolello has apologized for a hot mic gaffe that occurred a couple of weeks ago in which she mocked former Ohio congressman Steve Driehaus during a segment about his future plans following a loss in last November’s election.

The Cincinnati NBC-affiliate was airing a report on Driehaus’s decision to accept a position with the Peace Corps. as director of HIV and AIDS education and move his family to South Africa when the segment’s audio was abruptly swapped out for Paolello’s live mic, catching her impersonating Driehaus.

“I’m completely depressed that I’m joining the Peace Corps.,” Paolello is heard saying, over footage of WLWT’s interview with Driehaus. “How did I lose to Steve Chabot and –” (at which point the station, and Paolello, realized the mistake and went back to the correct audio).

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