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What's Ira Joe Fisher been up to since he left WKRC-TV in 1989? And how did he learn to write his weather forecasts backwards?

Ask him yourself! He'll be on WVXU-FM's "Cincinnati Edition" show with me at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

WEWS-TV

WKRC-TV viewers will see a female meteorologist on "Good Morning Cincinnati" next month, but she's not who you might expect.

Channel 12 hired morning meteorologist Tera Blake from Cleveland's WEWS-TV Monday to do mornings newscasts with John Lomax, Bob Herzog and Sheila Gray. Evening meteorologist Erica Collura had been seen on "Good Morning Cincinnati" in late October.

WCPO-TV

The TV ratings "sweeps" period starts Thursday Oct. 27 with still no WCPO-TV news director after eight months, and no WKRC-TV chief meteorologist to replace Tim Hedrick who died six months ago.

Why the delay? Here's what the TV bosses say, and a look at what else you need to know about local news during November sweeps:

John Kiesewetter

Changes are coming to WKRC-TV weather sooner or later. My guess is sooner. In 10 days, the November ratings' sweeps start. Don't be surprised if WKRC-TV names a chief meteorologist to succeed the late Tim Hedrick before sweeps start Oct. 27.

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The Bengals-Dolphins game on WKRC-TV Thursday night scatters CBS' prime-time lineup to sister stations CW Cincinnati (Channel 12.2) and WSTR-TV (Channel 64).

Channel 12 will simulcast the Thursday night football game from the NFL Network. (It's not a CBS Thursday night game).

WKRC-TV

The investigative reporting wars are heating up in Cincinnati with the hiring of an award-winning journalist by a second TV station this month.

WKRC-TV has added Duane Pohlman, who has won more than 100 national, regional and state awards, according to his Channel 12 biography.

Provided by Kit Andrews

Kit Andrews says her new job as ArtWorks' Director of Individual Giving requires a patience that's contrary to the journalism instincts she used on WKRC-TV for 33 years.

WEBN-FM

Great music, great memories.

Great fireworks. Great TV.

That, to me, sums up the return to TV of the WEBN-FM fireworks for the 40th annual last blast of summer, after the telecast took a year hiatus, as they say in the television business.

WEBN-FM

If you're not heading to the Ohio River banks Sunday, here are the broadcasting plans for the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks on WEBN-FM (102.7) and WKRC-TV (Channel 12).

WEBN-FM will celebrate its 40th annual fireworks with Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks choreographed to a "40 years of fireworks themed soundtrack" on the radio station, WEBN-FM announced in July.

The fireworks will air at 9:05 p.m. Sunday.

Rich Jaffe / Provided

A couple of things to know about WKRC-TV's Rich Jaffe -- and what made him one of the city's best TV reporters -- before he retires Wednesday:

HE STARTED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER: Jaffe first worked in television at WLWT-TV as a photographer, so he knows how to tell a story in words and pictures. Jaffe also shot news at WKRC-TV in the mid 1970s, often paired with Howard Ain. He left Channel 12 just before the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club story.

Provided by Jessica Schmitt

Seven years after graduating from Lakota West High School, Jessica Schmidt is coming home to anchor and report for WXIX-TV (Channel 19).

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

WKRC-TV announced Wednesday that it will broadcast the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks Sept. 4, returning the last blast of summer to TV after a one-year absence.

This year is special for WEBN – the 40th annual fireworks started in 1977 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the station.

John Kiesewetter

Seven weeks after the death of Tim Hedrick, WKRC-TV has posted his job.

The Channel 12 job description  says the station is looking for a chief meteorologist who is an "excellent communicator, (has) a professional on-air presence, possess a strong science background (and is) able to clearly explain the weather story by utilizing graphics and video in a way that helps our audience prepare for various weather conditions."

John Kiesewetter

The Enquirer and WXIX-TV are close to finalizing a partnership agreement to share news content.

TV viewers saw the first evidence of the co-operation on Channel 19's 10 p.m. news Tuesday, when Fox 19 reporter Frankie Jupiter did an update on the Piketon murders and thanked "our partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer."

WKRC-TV

Shortly after Tim Hedrick came to town in 1988, he told me about his passion for science, storytelling,  teaching and television.

It's an incredible insight into Hedrick, who would become the most popular Cincinnati TV personality in my 30+ years covering broadcasting. Hedrick, just 27, knew what he wanted starting his first TV chief meteorologist job, as part of WKRC-TV's main anchor team.

John Kiesewetter

Tim Hedrick's obituary has been posted, which says a public memorial service will be 7:30 p.m. in Xavier University's Cintas Center.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, says Michael Riesenbeck, manager for Cintas Center arena events and guest services.

John Kiesewetter

Updated 4/25/16: Meteorologist Tim Hedrick "died of complications from prostate cancer," WKRC-TV has announced.  He was 55, the station said.

When Hedrick died Saturday, Channel 12 did not reveal a cause of death, only saying that he had lost "a very long battle against a devastating illness."

Hedrick, a Green Township resident, is survived by his wife, Cindy, and three children. No details have been announced for any services.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Lauren Hill always wanted to make a documentary chronicling her battle with an inoperative brain tumor.

WKRC-TV gave her a video camera, and she filmed herself a couple of times, at least. You'll see the footage in "#Play for 22: The Story of Lauren Hill," a new documentary by Channel 12 news anchor Brad Johansen and photo journalist Eric Gerhardt airing Thursday (7 p.m., Channel 12).

Lauren, who died a year ago, would be very pleased, says her mother Lisa Hill.

"This is an amazing piece. She would be really proud," Hill told the audience after Sunday night's screening at Kenwood Theatre. "I wish she was here to see it."

Provided by Brad Johansen

Truth be told, Brad Johansen didn't want to give up his CBS play-by-play career or leave WKRC-TV sports in 2014. But his bosses really wanted him to switch back to news, where he started his career at Channel 12 in 1992.

In a tearful discussion with his wife Colleen, they decided she would return to teaching full-time at Mason Middle School, and Johansen would switch to news so he could "stay at home and put the kids (ages 13 and 8) on the bus."

Soon after he started co-anchoring the 4 p.m. news in September 2014, "the first story that came my way was Lauren Hill," he says.

WKRC-TV

WKRC-TV will air a commercial-free hour Monday on  “Childhood Poverty: Cincinnati’s Crisis,” a topic explored by Channel 12 reporters since last fall.

Anchor Brad Johansen will host the discussion with local poverty experts before an invitation-only audience at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 7 p.m. Monday.

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