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Western & Southern Open Needs Volunteers

Mar 8, 2013

One of the truly great events the Cincinnati area hosts every year is the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. This year’s event will happen August 10 -18, and the real backbone of this successful tournament is the army of volunteers who help visitors, players and sponsors enjoy being at a world-class tennis tournament. Mary O’Connor, the volunteer coordinator for the Open, joins Robyn Carey-Allgeyer with all the information about how to volunteer, positions available, and the perks that come with the job.


It’s March and that can only mean one thing: the college basketball March Madness tournament is near. But around here, University of Kentucky fans keep the madness going year round for their Wildcats. If you’re not sure you have the encyclopedic knowledge of UK basketball you would like, author Ryan Clark is here to help. He (along with co-writer Joe Cox) has written 100 Things Wildcats Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die and he’s in The Front Row with Betsy Ross. He’ll be appearing at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills on Thursday, March 14 for a talk and signing event.


Reds start selling single game tickets tomorrow

Mar 1, 2013
Mark Heyne / WVXU News

Spring training is underway, next comes ticket sales as another sure sign that baseball season isn't far off.

Single game tickets for Reds regular season home games go on sale Saturday morning at 9, excluding Opening day on April 1.  

The Cincinnati Rollergirls - 2013 Season Preview

Mar 1, 2013

It’s almost time for more bouts, pivots, jammers and blockers. The Cincinnati Rollergirls, stars of the flat track roller derby world, kick off their 2013 home season on March 23 at the historic Cincinnati Gardens. The Front Row with Betsy Ross welcomes in a couple of the Rollergirls to preview the upcoming season, talk a bit about the team and the sport, and how their fan base has grown over the years.


Interview with Eleanor Kluszewski

Feb 26, 2013
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WVXU Reporter Mark Heyne interviews Eleanor Kluszewski, wife of one of the greatest Cincinnati Reds ever, first baseman Ted Kluszewski, for the special program Saluting Big Klu.


Tee 'Em Up at French Lick Resort

Feb 22, 2013

The occasional warm days we’ve had are glimpses into the spring and summer ahead, and the many hours of golf that will be played here and throughout the region. Jan Tellestrom, the golf pro emeritus from the magnificent French Lick Resort in Indiana, is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about the courses at the resort, the famed architects who designed them, and the LPGA Legends Tournament the resort will be hosting later this year.


The New Bockfest 5K

Feb 15, 2013

It’s growing very close to the serious running season, and there’s a new run on the horizon that’s part of a newly dubbed Christian Moerlein Beer Series and part of the ever-growing Flying Pig Marathon events. The new Bockfest 5K will be part of the annual Over the Rhine beer festival. Iris Simpson Bush from the Flying Pig Marathon is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about all three stages of the Beer Series, some additions to the Flying Pig, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles for people of all ages.


UC Baseball and the Reds New Partnership

Feb 8, 2013

The Cincinnati Reds and University of Cincinnati Baseball program announced a unique business partnership Friday night. Learn more about it today from Brian Cleary, the head coach of the U.C. Bearcats baseball team when he's  in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.


Sports Reporting

Feb 5, 2013
Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Sports Reporting
Pumped Up Reds and Their Fans Deflate
Reporter: Ann Thompson

Feature 1:
Reds Players Talk About Playoff Pressure

Feature 2:
Waiting to Clinch

News Documentary

Feb 5, 2013

News Documentary
Cincinnati Baseball: Waite Hoyt
Reporter:  Lee Hay and Mark Heyne

 

More information about the special can be found here:

Sports Tourism in Greater Cincinnati

Feb 1, 2013

The exciting news last week was that Cincinnati will host the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. How do events like these get awarded to cities and what does it mean for the local economy? Linda Antus, president of the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about the impact of big events and sports tourism.


Sports PR Missteps

Jan 25, 2013

The last week or so has been a PR nightmare for two big names in sports: Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o. How these situations have been handled thus far is the topic in The Front Row with Betsy Ross. Betsy’s business partner at Game Day Communications, Jackie Reau, is in the studio to discuss what’s been done well and how both athletes have struggled with their admissions.


It's a double header for the Cincinnati Reds... the team will host the 2015 All-Star Game and become the first team in the Midwest with a Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig was in the city Wednesday to make both announcements.

Best Feature Reporting

Jan 23, 2013
Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Best Feature Reporting

Pumped Up Reds and Their Fans Deflate
Reporter: Ann Thompson

Feature 1:
Rally Towels and Rally Caps Don't Help: Reds Lose to the Giants

Feature 2:

Waiting to Clinch

Feature 3:

Best Documentary or Series

Jan 23, 2013

Best Documentary or Series
Cincinnati Baseball: Waite Hoyt
Reporter:  Lee Hay and Mark Heyne

 

More information about the special can be found here:

"The Ultimate Book of March Madness"

Jan 18, 2013

College basketball is in full swing, conference play has started around the country, so that means we are moving quickly towards March and the NCAA Tournament. If you are a rabid fan, and especially if you are a fan of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, you are going to love a newly published book. Author Tom Hager is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about The Ultimate Book of March Madness, which ranks the 1963 University of Cincinnati vs. Loyola-Chicago championship game as the #1 game in tournament history.


2013 Flying Pig Kids' Incremental Marathon

Jan 11, 2013

The 2013 Flying Pig Marathon is now just a few months away, but this is the time to start getting ready, especially the kids who want to be part of the incremental Kids' Marathon. This program encourages children to learn a healthy lifestyle including eating right and exercising. Robin Penderey, the Kids’ Marathon program organizer for the Flying Pig, has details about how schools and other youth groups can get involved with this program when she’s in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.


Sarah Ramsey WVXU

Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis likened himself to the Susan Lucci of coaching. He's been to the playoffs four times and hasn't had a single win. Lewis was a good sport about it when talking to the media Monday about the Bengals loss to Houston. He called it an incredible fall off the cliff but is hopeful for next season.

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UPDATE:  Bengals lose to the  Texans 19-13.  Houston is 3-0 against Cincinnati going back to the 2011 regular season.    

The Bengals predict the outcome is going to be different this time as the team heads back to Houston this weekend for a playoff re-match.

Right before the team had it's final practice spirits were up Thursday in the Bengals locker room. Cornerback Leon Hall says it's exciting to go to the playoffs two years in a row.

First Steps to Getting Healthy in 2013

Jan 4, 2013

Now that it’s 2013, have you, like many others, made a resolution to get in shape, lose weight, exercise more, etc.? Before you decide to take off on a 3 mile run after many sedentary years, take a listen to The Front Row with Betsy Ross as she talks with Athletic Trainer Brad Wagner of Oxford Physical Therapy about how to safely start an exercise regimen that will succeed.


Bengals aiming to break playoff drought

Jan 3, 2013

As the Bengals head to Houston to face the Texans in a Wild Card playoff game Saturday, they'll be looking for more success than they've had the past few years when they lost both their opening round games. 

Chick Ludwig is the host of the Monday Morning Quarterback Show on Fox Sports 1360.  He likes the Bengals chances of moving ahead this year, even though they're playing the same team that ousted them last year.

Josh Brown, signed to replace injured Bengals kicker Mike Nugent, kicked a 43-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Cincinnati a hard fought 13-10 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

The win puts the Bengals at 9-6 and secures them a postseason spot for the second straight season.  The Steelers had their playoff hopes dashed.

The Bengals wrap up the regular season next Sunday when they host the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium.

Visiting Charlotte for the Belk Bowl?

Dec 21, 2012

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats football team is off to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina to take on the Duke Blue Devils on Thursday, December 27. If you are heading down for the game, then this episode of The Front Row with Betsy Ross is for you.

"Sid Gillman: Father of the Passing Game"

Dec 14, 2012

Former Cincinnati Post sports reporter Josh Katzowitz, now with CBSSports.com, has written a fascinating book about one of the most innovative minds in the history of pro football, Sid Gillman. The dynamic, passing offenses we’ve become accustomed to in the current NFL all originated with Gillman, though he never wanted to take the time to write them down. Josh Katzowitz is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about Sid Gillman: Father of the Passing Game.


Miami University

Miami University is naming David Sayler as its new Director of Athletics. Sayler comes from the University of South Dakota where he was in charge of intercollegiate athletics for two-and-a-half years.

Sayler replaces Brad Bates who left in October to take the athletic director position at Boston College.

The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Ryan Ludwick to a two year deal worth $15 million. The contract goes through the 2014 season with a mutual option for 2015. During last season Ludwick hit .275 with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs. In a Reds news release General Manager Walt Jockety said the 34 year old was important to the Reds success last year and the team is looking to keep that momentum going into next season.

UC quickly finds new head coach

Dec 8, 2012
gobearcats.com

One day after Butch Jones resigned to leave for Tennessee, the University of Cincinnati has a new coach.  Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville was being introduced at a Saturday evening event at Fifth Third Arena as the 41st football head coach at UC.  

Tuberville coached the Red Raiders for 3 years, leading the team to a 20-17 record and two bowl appearances.  In 17 years as a head coach, he holds a 130-77 record.

Jones leaving UC for UT

Dec 7, 2012

UC football coach Butch Jones  resigned today to take the coaching spot at the University of Tennessee. 

Jones will not coach the Bearcats in their upcoming bowl game against Duke.  UC has named assistant head coach Steve Stripling as interim head coach.  Stripling, a 30-year coaching veteran who joined UC in 2010, will lead the team in the Belk Bowl December 27 if a new head coach isn't hired by then.

UC Athletics Director Whit Babcock said the search for a new coach will begin immediately.  He did not specify a time frame for concluding the search.

SI Kids "Big Book of Why Sports Edition"

Dec 7, 2012

If you have a child on your gift list who is a sports fan, or who just wants to know the “why” of everything, we may just have the book for you! Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Why Sports Edition answers questions like why three goals in hockey is called a hat trick; why don’t the Cleveland Browns have a logo on their helmet; and why do golf balls have dimples. One of the book’s editors, Bob Der, is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about how all these questions are answered, not just in words, but in photos, illustrations, graphs and more to keep the young ready engaged and entertained.


Jones turns down CU

Dec 6, 2012

UPDATE 12:45 pm:  Associate Sports Communications Director for football Ryan Koslen confirms that Jones has withdrawn his name for the Colorado position. 

UPDATE:  Several media outlets are reporting Thursday that Jones has turned down the Colorado position.    There's  a link to Dennis Janson's story in the WCPO news section of this web page.  More on this story as it develops.

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