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What happened to Bob Herzog’s weekly “Dance Party Friday” segments on WKRC-TV? Why did Local 12 stop the music – or make them so sporadic?

Why so few sequels to the clever “Bridgetown Funk” (to “Uptown Funk,” with Green Township firemen and police, and  John Lomax driving Ron Roost’s “Roostermobile”), or “Just Don’t Go” (advising people not to drive during bad snow storms to the tune of “Let It Go” from “Frozen”), or "Traffic Man" (to Elton   John’s “Rocket Man”).

There are two reasons, explains Herzog, co-anchor on top-rated “Good Morning Cincinnati” (4:25-9 a.m., Channels 12, 64):

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Make it four for four. When WCPO-TV News Director Alex Bongiorno announced Tuesday she was leaving Channel 9 in early March, she'll be the fourth of the four TV newsroom bosses here to step down in eight months.

With changes at Channels 5, 12 and 19 since July, Bongiorno is the longest-tenured current local TV news director, at 2-1/2 years. She was hired in July 2013, three months after Scripps executive Jeff Brogan was named WCPO-TV general manager.

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Jeff Benscoter, once a WKRC-TV executive news producer, has been named news director at WLWT-TV (Channel 5).

He comes from sister Hearst station KMBC-TV in Kansas City, where he was assistant news director for 18 months.

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WLWT-TV premieres the city’s third 10 p.m. newscast on Jan. 11 by pre-empting “Hogan’s Heroes” on sister Me TV Channel 5.2.

Promos aired during the Bengals-Broncos game Monday night on Channel 5 featured news anchor Sheree Paolello, meteorologist Kevin Robinson and sports director George Vogel. That’s three-fourths of the 11 p.m. team who will do half-hour newscasts at 10 p.m., says Richard Dyer, Channel 5 president and general manager. All are Cincinnati natives.

Why not main co-anchor Mike Dardis, who came to Channel 5 from Seattle in 2012?

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For the second time this month, a Bengals AFC North rivalry game will air on Fox instead of CBS, which normally carries AFC games.

The Bengals will play their final regular season game hosting Baltimore at 1 p.m. Sunday on WXIX-TV (Channel 19), not on WKRC-TV. The NFL "flexed" the Bengals to Fox.

CBS’ 1 p.m. games include these games with playoff implications: 

Unlike most years, the Bengals’ AFC North rivalry game with the Cleveland Browns Sunday won’t air on CBS affiliate WKRC-TV, “Your Bengals Station.”

The NFL moved the game to Fox from CBS, which broadcasts most AFC games. So Fox affiliate WXIX-TV (Channel 19) will air the Bengals for a second straight Sunday, and be able to promote its Dec. 12 telecast of the Crosstown Shootout.

Mike Berk

Anchors Scott Schneider, Jack Atherton and Mike Berk have left the TV airwaves, changes since November sweeps ended last week.

And WLWT-TV is looking for a newsroom boss to replace news director Mike Neelly, who heads home to Mississippi to become general manager at sister Hearst station WAPT-TV in Jackson.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich brings his presidential campaign to CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Friday.

Kasich follows Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to Colbert’s two month old CBS show (11:35 p.m., Channel 12).

Also scheduled as Friday guests are Whoopi Goldberg and Irish songwriter Glen Hansard.

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It’s elementary: When WKRC-TV (Channel 12) broadcasts prime-time Bengals games, some of your favorite shows get punted to another station or time period.

On Thursday, when Channel 12 airs the Bengals-Browns, here’s how you’ll find the season premieres for “Elementary” and “Mom,” plus new episodes of the “Big Bang Theory,”“Life in Pieces” and “Entertainment Tonight”:

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump helps Sinclair Broadcast Group launch its new Sunday morning public affairs program this weekend airing here on Sinclair’s Channels 12.2 and 64.

Trump discusses immigration on “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson,” the first national series produced by Sinclair. The Baltimore-based company owns or operates 162 stations, including WKRC-TV, WSTR-TV and Dayton’s WKEF-TV (Channel 22) and WRGT-TV (Channel 45).

“Full Measure” premieres at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on Channel 12.2, and repeats at 10:30 p.m. Sunday on Channel 64.

On Oct. 11, it moves to 11 a.m. on Channel 12, replacing “Good Morning Cincinnati Sunday.”

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The public is invited to a “community conversation” about media coverage of the July shooting death of Sam DuBose by former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 8 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s Harriet Tubman Theater.

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Before Adam West comes to the Cincinnati Comic Expo this weekend, I want you to see his most famous appearance here – with crazy movie host Bob Shreve on WKRC-TV’s “Past Prime Playhouse.”

West, in his “Batman” mask and cape, visits Channel 12’s all-night movie show while in town for a custom car show in late 1975 or early 1976. 

TV’s former “Batman” (1966-68) swings onto the set on a rope and tells Bob he’s working on his first case here in Cincinnati. To which Bob says: “It’s funny that you say you’re working on your first case, because I’m working on my third!”

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Sheila Gray and Bob Herzog will be working longer starting Sept. 21, when WKRC-TV expands “Good Morning Cincinnati” to 7-9 a.m. on sister station WSTR-TV (Channel 64).

Gray, who jumped to WKRC-TV last year from WXIX-TV, will be competing longer with her old station. Channel 19 airs local news until 11 a.m. Channel 12’s morning show will air 4:30-9 a.m.

The expanded “Good Morning Cincinnati” premieres Sept. 21, the week most of the new fall TV prime-time series debut.

The majority of daytime changes start the week of Sept. 14, including WCPO-TV’s new 7 p.m. half-hour newscast.  See the list below.

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Will Stephen Colbert on CBS’ new “Late Show” Sept. 8 be as funny as the self-important character Colbert played hosting Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report?”

He’s no dummy. He won six prime-time Emmys, two Peabody Awards and a Grammy for his satirical “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central from 2005 to 2014.  And if he’s not an immediate sensation – as Jimmy Fallon was replacing Jay Leno – I think he’s smart enough to figure it out in the first few months hosting the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS, Channel 12).

It comes down to this: Will the real Colbert be as entertaining on CBS as the fake Colbert was on Comedy Central?

That’s the question I asked WKRC-TV’s Brad Johansen, who interviewed Colbert for Channel 12 promos on the air now and a story to air Tuesday night before Colbert’s premiere. (Have you seen the one where Colbert calls him “Brad So Handsome?”)

“Big Brother” fans can watch Thursday’s episode live on WSTR-TV (Channel 64) when the final Bengals preseason game airs Thursday on WKRC-TV (Channel 12).

The CBS feed will air live in its regular time period (9:01-10 p.m.) Thursday on Sinclair sister station Channel 64, says Rick White Sinclair Broadcast Group regional program coordinator.

The reality show also will be broadcast on delay on Channel 12 at 11:37 p.m., after the 11 p.m. news.

The Channel 12 lineup Thursday:

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If you want to see the Western & Southern/WEBN-FM Fireworks this year, you’ll have to be near the Ohio River downtown on Sept. 6.

For the first time since 1984, WEBN-FM doesn’t have a TV deal for the hugely popular "last blast of summer."

Tim Geraghty, whose experience as a TV news director reaches from Florida to California, starts Monday as news director at WKRC-TV (Channel 12).

Geraghty had been senior director for news at Central Florida News 13, a 24-hour news operation covering seven counties. He left that position in January after three years, according to Rick Gevers’ weekly TV news talent newsletter.

He replaces Kirk Varner, who left the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate here on July 3.

WKRC-TV remained No. 1 in all weekday newscasts in July – but Channel 12 wasn’t the station most viewers watched for Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters’ live press conference Wednesday.

More watched WCPO-TV (Channel 9) at 1 p.m., when local news viewing nearly doubled for the breaking news about the murder indictment of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing.

Channel 12 maintained its streak of winning the weekday morning, noon, early evening and late night local news ratings in July sweeps (July 2-29), even with news director Kirk Varner stepping down July 3. At 11 p.m., Channel 12 had more viewers (8.3 rating) than the combined audience for competitors WCPO-TV (4.3) and WLWT-TV (3.9). One ratings point equals 8,762 TV homes here.

It’s just temporary, but viewers will see meteorologist Michelle Boutillette on WKRC-TV at 8 a.m. Sunday doing forecasts for the Liz Bonis-Adam Clements anchor team.

She says she’s doing some freelance fill-in work to replace Josh Knight, who left “Good Morning Cincinnati” Sunday for WJLA-TV in Washington D.C., a sister Sinclair station.

For the first time since 1984, you might not be able to watch the WEBN-FM Riverfest fireworks on TV.

With the fireworks less than two months away, WXIX-TV (Channel 19) has ended its agreement with iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) to televise the annual “last blast of summer” and provide weather to WLW-AM (700).

“We have decided not to renew the deal,” said Debbie Bush, Channel 19 vice president and general manager. She took over the station in February from Bill Lanesey, who had obtained the fireworks and weather rights in 2010. “It didn’t make financial sense for us.”

On Thursday, WLW-AM newscasts started referring to forecasts from the “700 WLW weather center” instead of the Fox 19 Stormtracker center.

WLWT-TV in second place for news at 11 p.m.? WCPO-TV tied with longtime news leader WKRC-TV at 6 p.m.? Will these May household rating trends continue in July sweeps starting today?

Sure, the four week July Nielsen ratings (today through July 29) are the least important of the sweeps months. But TV managers and advertisers will be watching closely to see if our viewing habits continue the shift revealed in May.

Before the July ratings sweeps start tomorrow, here’s an update on the changes at TV stations since the first of the year:

WKRC-TV: The biggest news by far is that Channel 12, first in the news ratings for years, is changing news directors. Kirk Varner’s last day is Friday. I can’t remember a TV station letting the news director go  during a sweeps month.

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