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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.

Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Co. grew to 51 TV stations in 36 markets with the purchase of 15 stations from Cordillera Communications today for $521 million.

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"Pickler & Ben," starring country singer Kellie Pickler and "Extra" contributor Ben Aaron (husband of "Good Morning America" meteorologist Ginger Zee), will air on 38 stations, including WCPO-TV (Channel 9).

As I reported in May,  the daytime entertainment and lifestyle show premieres Sept. 18 (3 p.m., Channel 9).

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Country singer Kellie Pickler and "Extra" contributor Ben Aaron (husband of "Good Morning America" meteorologist Ginger Zee) will co-host a weekday lifestyle show for WCPO-TV and 19 other Scripps TV stations this fall.

WCPO-TV has found a new way for 9 to be on your side. If you have an Amazon voice-activated virtual assistant, getting local news headlines from Channel 9 will be as simple as asking, "Alexa, what's the news?"

Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Company has brought local TV news headlines in 23 Scripps local TV markets to users of Amazon Echo and all Alexa-enabled devices, the company announced Wednesday.

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After a 10-month national search, WCPO-TV found its next news director at Scripps corporate headquarters downtown.

Anderson Township resident Chip Mahaney, who has worked in news management for CBS News and local TV stations, joined E. W. Scripps in 2008 as one of the charter members of what is now the digital division. He spent seven years in digital, as director of digital content, senior director of local operations and regional general manager, before becoming the company’s first national director of news recruitment.

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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.

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Rich Boehne, the former Cincinnati Post business reporter and business editor who has served as president and CEO of parent Scripps since 2008, will retire in the second half of next year.

Boehne, 60, was elected chairman of the E.W. Scripps Company board in 2013. He is expected to remain as chairman, the company announced Wednesday.

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The Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center is under twin investigations launched by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its inspector general.

Cincinnati based  E.W. Scripps Company has agreed to merge its broadcast operations with Journal Communications and spin off and then merge their newspapers.  A release says it will create two focused and separately traded public companies that offer long-term opportunities to create value for shareholders.

The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Company name, and the Scripps family shareholders will continue to have voting control.