John Gumm

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What took them so long? More than four years after the death of Tim Hedrick, WKRC-TV named John Gumm chief meteorologist Friday.

The Glen Este High School graduate, who has worked at WKRC-TV for 15 years, had been the late-night forecaster since Hedrick left the airwaves in February 2016. He died of cancer in April 2016.

John Kiesewetter

After 30 years of getting up before the bars close, WKRC-TV morning anchor John Lomax finally will have some more daylight to enjoy his family and photography.

Starting Monday June 1, Lomax will go part-time to anchor the second half of Good Morning Cincinnati, from 7-9 a.m. on WSTR-TV (Channel 64) and 9-10 a.m. on Channel 12.

WEWS-TV

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.

WCPO-TV

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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Changes are coming to WKRC-TV weather sooner or later. My guess is sooner. In 10 days, the November ratings' sweeps start. Don't be surprised if WKRC-TV names a chief meteorologist to succeed the late Tim Hedrick before sweeps start Oct. 27.

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Seven weeks after the death of Tim Hedrick, WKRC-TV has posted his job.

The Channel 12 job description  says the station is looking for a chief meteorologist who is an "excellent communicator, (has) a professional on-air presence, possess a strong science background (and is) able to clearly explain the weather story by utilizing graphics and video in a way that helps our audience prepare for various weather conditions."

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Updated 4/25/16: Meteorologist Tim Hedrick "died of complications from prostate cancer," WKRC-TV has announced.  He was 55, the station said.

When Hedrick died Saturday, Channel 12 did not reveal a cause of death, only saying that he had lost "a very long battle against a devastating illness."

Hedrick, a Green Township resident, is survived by his wife, Cindy, and three children. No details have been announced for any services.

Apuzzo family

Friends of TV meteorologist Rich Apuzzo, who died last month at 52 without insurance, have launched a GoFundMe effort for his widow Ruthie and their three sons.

“Without him, I wouldn't have the career I have today. He changed my life,” says John Gumm, WKRC-TV’s “Good Morning Cincinnati” forecaster and Apuzzo’s first intern at WXIX-TV (Channel 19).

“He also helped many others in the broadcast meteorology community. With that in mind, we have come together to create a Go Fund Me page to help Ruthie and the boys. If you could pass along the link on your blog, it would be great. “

So here is the link to the Support Meteorologist Rich Apuzzo fund.