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Sportscaster Dennis Janson Takes On New Role at WCPO

After 18 years as a sportscaster for WCPO, Dennis Janson is taking on a new role at the Cincinnati ABC affiliate. Starting this summer, Janson will be a columnist on the air and on the station’s website.

“A chance to be part of the cutting edge efforts being exerted on our digital platforms is particularly intriguing,” Janson said in a statement. “And there will be a role for me on-air with an edge of its own.”

“Dennis has tremendous knowledge of the area, is well connected and can get people thinking,” WCPO VP-GM Jeff Brogan said. “The days of local media having columnists are nearly extinct and we feel Dennis is positioned to fill that void by bringing insight and context to our users and viewers.”

News of a new role for Janson was first reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Kiesewetter.

Jeff Brogan Named General Manager of WCPO

The E.W. Scripps Company has named Jeff Brogan vice president and general manager of Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO. He was serving as interim general manager after Steve Thaxton left in January.

“WCPO has a long history of agenda-setting journalism that serves the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division in a statement. “As a seasoned media executive who values creative storytelling and impactful journalism, Jeff will now have the opportunity to work in his hometown to help define the role of a local media organization in this new digital era.”

Before coming to WCPO, Brogan was in a corporate role at Scripps, overseeing news strategy at several of its owned stations.  He began his career at WXIX in Cincinnati and began working for Scripps in 2000 when he got a job as a producer at WCPO. In 2004, he was promoted to executive producer. He was named assistant news director in 2008. Two years later, he was promoted to news director of Scripps NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach, 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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KARE, WBNS, KUSA Win Cronkite Awards

The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has announced the 2013 winners of the Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

KARE, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul, won for local broadcast station. The judges cited its coverage of the marriage equality debate, calling KARE’s reporting “fair, balanced and deeply personal.” WBNS in Columbus received a special commendation for citizen engagement. Denver’s KUSA was the winner of the Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages, a category that was just introduced to the awards this year.

Two reporters were honored for individual achievement at a local broadcast station. Marshall Zelinger, a content producer and presenter at KMGH in Denver, won for his “clarity of presentation” and “modern production techniques.” Tom McKee, a reporter at WCPO in Cincinnatti, received the special commendation for citizen engagement for his his extensive fieldwork. Read more

WCPO GM Steve Thaxton Leaving Station

According to Cincinnati.com, Steve Thaxton, vice president and general manager of Cincinnati’s Scripps owned ABC Affiliate WCPO, has announced he will be leaving the station tomorrow.

Thaxton announced to the staff that he starts Monday as a temporary GM at Cleveland’s WEWS-TV, a sister Scripps station, as he begins a transition to teaching and consulting. He  came here March 21, 2011, to replace Bill Fee, who retired in December 2010.

According to the article, Thaxton agreed to Scripps’ request that he, “remain with the company and serve as the interim General Manager at WEWS in Cleveland on a temporary basis as Sam Rosenwasser remains out on a medical leave of absence.” Read more

Bill Price to Retire After 26 Years at WCPO

After 26 years at WCPO, reporter Bill Price (pictured) will retire from the Cincinnati ABC affiliate next month.

“I would like to thank Bill for his many years of service and dedication. Bill will only be on the job until December 9th but he will always be part of the 9 On Your Side family,” news director Lane Michaelsen said in a statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Enquirer also reports WCPO has hired Larry Smith as a multimedia journalist and weekend co-anchor. Smith joins the station from Turner Sports, where he was a freelance anchor. He will co-anchor the weekend evening newscasts with Julie O’Neill.

Local ABC Meteorologists Match Wits To Aid ‘Sandy’ Victims

Four meteorologists from ABC affiliates around the country will go head to head on the game show “Let’s Ask America” in order to benefit the American Red Cross.

(Pictured from left to right) Denis Phillips, chief meteorologist for Tampa Bay’s WFTS, Lisa Hidalgo, morning news meteorologist for Denver’s KMGH, Ashley Brown, meteorologist for Indianapolis’ WRTV, and Steve Raleigh, chief meteorologist for Cincinnati’s WCPO, won’t have to travel far to appear on the show which allows viewers to call in from anywhere via Skype.

The following description from the show’s websitetells what the forecasters can expect,

The game is simple: “Let’s Ask America” polls America about fun and irreverent topics to find out what people are thinking (e.g. Which of these shows did a group of prison inmates say they would choose to watch in their cell for an entire year? a) “Dr. Phil,” b) “Days of Our Lives,” c) “The View”). Then, all the contestants have to do is correctly predict the answer. The prize money increases with each question. There are three rounds and at the end of each round, the contestant with the lowest cash total is eliminated from the game.

The “Let’s Ask America” sweeps special benefits the American Red Cross to help out Hurricane Sandy victims and airs this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  For a listing of cities where you can catch the show click here.

[cincinnati.com]

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]

Mario Ramirez Set to Join WCPO in Cincinnati

Mario Ramirez is moving from WGXA, the Fox-affiliate in Macon, to WCPO, the ABC-affiliate in Cincinnati.

Ramirez joined WGXA, where he is the 5:30 and 10 p.m. anchor, in 2010. He begins as a general assignment reporter at WCPO on August 27.

“I’m excited to live in Ohio for the first time and experience a vibrant city with 2 major sports teams and while working for a great station,” Ramirez told TVSpy via email. “I’ll definitely miss the southern charm of Macon, Ga. and all the opportunities that I had starting out in such a welcoming market. The station and news staff will be terribly missed.”

Bob Morford Joins KRIV as Assistant News Director

Bob Morford is joining KRIV, the Fox O&O in Houston, as assistant news director. He begins his new role on August 6.

Morford joins the station from WCPO, the ABC-affiliate in Cincinnati, where he has been the news director for 11 years. Prior to that, he held the news director position at KNXV in Phoenix, WPXI in Pittsburgh and WLWT in Cincinnati.

“Bob is an accomplished news manager with more than 30 years of experience. His track record of excellence speaks for itself,” Tom Doerr, KRIV’s vice president and news director, said in a statement. “Bob will be a tremendous asset to our station and leader in the newsroom.”

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