Jim LaBarbara

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Longtime WLW-AM morning news anchor Bill Ridenour died Sunday in a Northern Kentucky nursing home from COVID-19. He was 94.

WNKN-FM

What a country: Pat Barry, who quit oldies WDJO-AM last week, returns to the airwaves Monday May 14 at classic country WNKN-FM (105.9) and WNKR-FM (106.7).

Provided / Jim LaBarbara

After nearly four decades on Cincinnati radio, DJ Jim LaBarbara has left the airwaves to enter politics.

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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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Kids are back in school, and the Music Professor is back on the radio.

Jim LaBarbara, known as the Music Professor for nearly three decades on WLW-AM and WGRR-FM, now can be heard 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Classic Country WNKR-FM (106.7) and streamed  at 1067wnkr.

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I had fun interviewing Beatles fans who attended the Beatles Crosley Field concert in 1966 and Beatles experts for a two-hour radio special airing 8-10 p.m. this Saturday on WVXU-FM (91.7), WMUB-FM (88.5) and wvxu.org.

Tune in "The Beatles: 50th Anniversary Of The Concert At Crosley Field Radio Special," and you'll hear great  stories about how the concert almost didn't happen (after the Saturday night rain-out), why promoters lost money (the only time in Beatles history, they say) and what it was like at Crosley Field that day.

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Fifty years to the day, come celebrate the Beatles final Cincinnati appearance at Crosley Field on Sunday, Aug. 21.

Fans who saw the Beatles concert – and local Beatles experts – will share stories during a free event 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Blue Ash Sports Center's Crosley Field, 11540 Grooms Road, from WVXU/WMUB.

Provided / Jim LaBarbara

That vacant red brick building at Ninth & Elm Streets downtown bought by Kroger recently was once the studios for WLW-AM’s Jim LaBarbara, Rich King and James Francis Patrick O’Neill, and WLWT-TV’s Peter Grant, Gene Randall, Phil Samp and meteorologist Tony Sands.

For about 20 years, the COMEX building housed WLW’s radio operations and TV news across the street from WLW headquarters at Crosley Square, now the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy-Armleder campus.

From the mid 1950s until 1976, people could sometimes watch WLW TV newscasts or radio shows through the huge plate glass windows and hear via outdoor speakers. Channel 5 viewers also saw announcer Bill Myers and DJ Jim “The Music Professor” LaBarbara do weather from the building’s roof.