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With Brad Johansen's departure for Raleigh, N.C., Bengals fans will see and hear a new preseason TV play-by-play announcer for the team's game against the Chicago Bears at 7 p.m. Thursday on WKRC-TV.

Meet Mike Watts, just 25 years old, but who already has a very impressive list of ESPN credentials calling professional and college soccer matches (including FC Cincinnati). Plus, he's done Big East, American Athletic Conference, Atlantic 10 and  Patriot League games, as well as play-by-play for Saint John University and Fordham University basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball.

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If you've watched Northern Kentucky University basketball games on ESPN3 – or Cincinnati CW Channel 12.2 – you probably didn't know that NKU students are producing the telecasts.

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It's official: WKRC-TV announced the hiring of former ESPN anchor Gary Miller at 7 p.m. Friday. He will start in mid-August, says Jon Lawhead, Sinclair group manager.

"Cincinnati is a big sports town. With our multi-station, multi-platform commitment to everything from high school sports, Reds, Bengals and FC Cincinnati, we think our viewers and users will agree that Gary's experience is a great addition to the team," Lawhead said in the station announcement.

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WSTR-TV will simulcast ESPN3's "USL Game of the Week" Saturday in Louisville between Cincinnati and Louisville City FC, with Cincinnati native Heather Mitts as a sidelines reporter.

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My old friend Jim Freidman was the most creative Cincinnati TV producer I ever wrote about – and I wrote a lot about his   "Best & Worst of Cincinnati," "Celebrate Cincinnati," "The Magic of Television" and Dreambuilders specials.

So it's no surprise to me that Friedman has been honored for his creativity in his current career at Miami University, as the White Family Clinical Faculty in the Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Farmer School of Business.

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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."

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NFL Films’ “Super Bowl 1: The Lost Game” of the historic 1967 championship game between Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers and Hank Stram’s Kansas City Chiefs, replays 8 p.m. Friday Jan. 22 on the NFL Network.

The 90-minute program includes NFL Films’ footage of all 145 plays, combined with the NBC Radio broadcast by announcer Jim Simpson and George Ratterman, the Cincinnati native who became Campbell County sheriff after playing football for Notre Dame, the Buffalo Bills,  New York Yanks and Cleveland Browns.

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.

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Call him a comedian, call him a political satirist, call him an unabashed liberal. But to me, Jon Stewart is arguably the most influential comedian of our time.

Stewart leaves “The Daily Show” (11 p.m., Comedy Central) Thursday after 16 years with 19 Emmys for his blistering satires and holding politicians accountable. He turned a late-night comedy show originally hosted by former ESPN anchor Craig Kilborn (1996-98) into Must See TV, skewering politicians on the right and left. He wasn’t afraid to argue with President Barack Obama, members of congress or political commentators.

Here’s his final guest list:

To me the TV choice tonight is clear: I’ll be watching  the “ESPYS" awards on ABC (8-11 p.m., Channel 9) to see Devon and Leah Still be honored….and tape the Lachey Brothers’ new “Lachey’s Bar” reality show premiere (10:30 p.m., A&E).

The Bengals lineman and his daughter will be presented the ESPYS' Jimmy V Perseverance Award during the live broadcast from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC says Devon will be honored for “his unwavering strength, determination and devotion to his daughter, Leah, in her fight against cancer and in the face of a continuing serious personal struggle.”

Here’s how to see the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, all the live national TV specials from Great American Ball Park, Reds features on Fox Sports Ohio, and TV appearances by Barry Larkin, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose and more baseball stars today and Tuesday.

Rose will be on “MLB Whiparound – All-Star Game at the Park” live 5-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on Fox Sports 1 cable from Great American Ball Park. He’ll join Joe Buck and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas on the “Fox All-Star Pregame Show” 7 p.m. Tuesday on Fox (Channel 19), before going on the field when Fox airs the “Franchise Four” and four “Greatest Living Players” during the pregame ceremony.

Here’s how to see all the baseball fun on TV:

For the second consecutive year, a suburban Cincinnati resident will be presented the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for broadcasting career achievement at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton.

Former Denver Broncos linebacker Tom Jackson, who has lived in Indian Hill most of his 28 years at ESPN, will receive the award August 8. Glendale resident Bob Trumpy, former NBC commentator and WLW-AM “SportsTalk” host, won the award last year for ''longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”

All-Star Game specials, Reds retrospectives, repeats of the 1975 World Series, a two-hour Pete Rose interview and a nightly “All-Star Live” show will fill Fox Sports Ohio July 6-16.

“All-Star Live” debuts at 6 p.m. Monday on FSO, prior to the “Reds Live” pregame show. Starting Thursday, “All-Star Live” and the “Reds Live” pregame and postgame shows will be telecast from Major League Baseball’s FanFest at the Duke Energy Center downtown.

Other highlights include five “Spotlight” shows on Reds history; a replay of the 1988 All-Star Game from Riverfront Stadium; a 30-minute film about the 1970 All-Star Game at Riverfront; highlight films from the 1990, 1975  and 1976 World Series; and four entire games from the Big Red Machine’s 1975 World Series victory over the Boston Red Sox.  The details:

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred headlines the scheduled guest list for the “Mike & Mike” show national broadcasts on ESPN2 and ESPN Radio from the Moerlein Lager House next week.

On Monday and Tuesday, Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will host All-Star Game themed shows 6-10 a.m., which will be open to the public.  The scheduled guests so far are: