Carol Williams

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On July 26, 1949, WCPO-TV debuted on Channel 7 as Cincinnati's third television station.

WCPO-TV – which was moved to Channel 9 by the federal government in 1952 – has done a wonderful job in recent weeks recalling its rich history.  And it will air a one-hour anniversary special Thursday, July 25 (7 p.m., Channel 9).

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WCPO-TV has such a rich history that it's taking several months to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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WCPO-TV is searching for a news director after Chip Mahaney's promotion to a newly created position at the E.W. Scripps Company headquarters downtown to recruit and mentor journalists.

Mahaney, who came to WCPO 2-1/2 years ago from being Scripps' regional digital general manager, will be replaced for now by Mike Canan, Scripps senior director of content strategy.

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Update 8:45 a.m. Thursday April 18:  Clyde Gray says he's "blown away." Carol Williams quoted a Macklemore/Kesha song. Here's what the former WCPO-TV news co-anchors told me about heading into the Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame June 27:

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Tuesday, Dec. 11 update:  Visitation for Allan White will be 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, immediately prior to his funeral Mass at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. Elizabeth Foundation, 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, Ky., 41017.

From his obituary: "He is a model member of what is often called America's "Greatest Generation."

John Kiesewetter

Another year down the tubes! Here's a look at 2017 TV/Media/Radio/Movies stories of 2017 from A to Z:

A is for abolishing the area's admired Adult Album Alternative (Triple A) station, WNKU-FM.

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For more than 30 years, people here have eaten dinner while watching Carol Williams deliver the evening news on WCPO-TV.

Starting Monday, she'll be at home watching the evening news like the rest of us. Williams, who has been working part-time since the start of 2016, retires Friday.

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Kristyn Hartman, main evening co-anchor at Columbus' WBNS-TV, will replace WCPO-TV news anchor Carol Williams in mid-April.

Williams, whose 30-year tenure began in the Al Schottelkotte era, will retire after February sweeps, says the WCPO-TV announcement.

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Another year down the tubes: A basket of not very deplorable TV, movies and media stories in 2016 from A to Z.

A  is for Anchors Away! Jonathan Hawgood left WLWT-TV in May. Newlywed Julie Dolan left WCPO-TV for Louisville in November.

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Catching you up on the Comings & Goings of Cincinnati TV/radio personalities:

CHERI LAWSON: The last member of WNKU-FM's news team, "Community Stories" reporter Cheri Lawson, was let go last week. After 7-1/2 years and "numerous NPR features and spots for NPR," acting general manager Aaron Sharpe and program director Liz Felix "gave me the boot…. I was told my stories didn't fit the format. No one ever asked me to do it differently," Lawson says.

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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:

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WCPO-TV has posted anchor openings to replace Julie Dolan and the retiring Carol Williams.

Dolan, a Montgomery native and Sycamore High School graduate, has hosted "The Now Cincinnati" since it premiered two years ago.

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"This Week in Cincinnati" and "The Race" premiere Sunday on WCPO-TV as the presidential race heats up.

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With February sweeps ending Wednesday, viewers soon will start seeing local TV news changes.

Again WKRC-TV was first for all local weekday newscasts in the Nielsen overnight household ratings in sweeps (Feb. 4-March 2).

WLWT-TV finished second at 6-7 a.m., 5-6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. WXIX-TV was third 6-7 a.m., and first for local news at 10 p.m. (tying Channel 5’s 11 p.m. audience with a 4.7 rating, or 39,193 TV homes). WCPO-TV was fourth 6-7 a.m., and third in the evening for Channel 9's new Craig McKee-Tanya O’Rourke team that debuted in January.

Now get ready for these moves:

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Before we welcome 2016, let’s look back at this year in TV, movies, radio and media from A to Z.

Meghan Mongillo

Former WXIX-TV morning news anchor Meghan Mongillo returns to Cincinnati TV in March as weekend anchor on WKRC-TV (Channel 12). And she can’t wait.

“I don’t start till March, but I’m thrilled with this opportunity! I’m going to be working in a city I love at the number No. 1 station. It’s truly a dream job for me,” says Mongillo, who will fill the vacancy created last summer when weekend evening anchor Curtis Jackson took a Detroit TV job.

For six years, Mongillo was a very popular “Fox 19 Morning News” reporter and news anchor when Sheila Gray, now at Channel 12,  co-hosted the program. 

John Kiesewetter

After 29 years at WCPO-TV – most of them as main co-anchor – Carol Williams will leave the 11 p.m. anchor desk in January.

Williams, the longest-tenured 11 p.m. female news anchor in town, will work part-time in 2016, and retire in 2017, said Alex Bongiorno, Channel 9 news director, in a note to staffers late Friday.

The departure of Williams, hired in 1986, means that three-fourths of the main anchor team will change in less than three years, following the exits of sports anchor Dennis Janson (2013) and news anchor Clyde Gray (2014).

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.