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Duke Hamilton – the Queen City's reigning royalty of country music radio – will retire from WUBE-FM (B105.1) on Thursday, July 2.

Hamilton, inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters' DJ Hall of Fame in 2003, debuted on WUBE in December 1977, eight years after the station went country.  His 50-year radio career began in 1970 at KPCR-AM in Bowling Green, Mo.

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The show must go on! With the coronavirus canceling the Cincinnati Opera's 100th anniversary season, opera fans can enjoy some of the company's greatest hits on WGUC this summer and a one-hour special about its history.

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Summer is here, and so are deals on golf, travel, outdoor adventures, gardening and other seasonal specials at WCET-TV.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns WKRC-TV and 190 other stations, will launch a national newscast early next year on its local CW or My Network affiliates and on Stirr, Sinclair's free streaming platform.

One of the nation's biggest TV station owners, Sinclair is hiring 25 new anchors, reporters, producers, editors, photographers and directors for the project.

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Legendary Cincinnati news anchor Al Schottelkotte – called "the first name in news" by WCPO-TV – would be the last man you'd think of seeing in a TV western.

But on Oct. 10, 1964, the no nonsense news anchor appeared as a bailiff in Gunsmoke, the popular CBS western starring James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake and a young Burt Reynolds. Schottelkotte's  "Old Man" episode airs 7 p.m. Saturday on ISPN, formerly the Inspiration Network (Spectrum Channels 53 and 1387; Fioptics 506; DirecTV 364; Dish 259; AT&T U-verse 564; Verizon Fios 286).

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May sweeps ratings, Part Two: The demographics are in for May, and WXIX-TV is the big winner.

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From his childhood in the Cincinnati Reds' clubhouse to playing outfield next to his father in Seattle, the MLB Network premieres a 90-minute film about Ken Griffey Jr. on Father's Day.

MLB Presents: Junior (8 p.m. Sunday) chronicles Griffey Jr.'s journey from Cincinnati to "becoming the face of baseball throughout the 1990s," MLB Network announced Monday. The network will devote all of Sunday programming to Junior.

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"I think I've eaten enough," says Polly Campbell announcing her retirement as Cincinnati Enquirer restaurant critic and food writer on June 19.

Campbell has been one of the most influential – if not the most influential – person on the Greater Cincinnati  food scene since her hiring in 1996. More than anyone, she chronicled the Vine Street restaurant explosion which fueled the revival of Over-the-Rhine.

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You can listen to my interview with author Richard Haw here.  

I thought I knew a lot about the Roebling Suspension Bridge. Maybe you do, too.

I knew that construction was suspended during the Civil War…. It was the first bridge linking the North with the South when it opened in 1867… And it became the prototype for Roebling's Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

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UPDATED 11 A.M. FRIDAY JUNE 12:  The Wheeler family will do an online Zoom memorial service for Lonnie at 2 p.m. Sunday June 14.

"We wish we could gather every single one of Lonnie's friends and family together in one big room, hear every one of your stories in person, and hang around as you inevitably tell inappropriate jokes as the crowd thins.

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WVXU's revival of Rod Serling's 1955 O'Toole From Moscow show about the Cincinnati Reds is now available on podcast platforms.

O'Toole From Moscow, the Cold War comedy about a Russian Embassy security guard playing outfield for the Reds, premiered on Cincinnati Public Radio March 25.

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The Cincinnati Bengals' last Super Bowl appearance from 1989, and the Reds' "Johnny Bench Night" with his final Riverfront Stadium home run, replay this week on cable sports channels.

At 8 p.m. Friday, the Bengals' Super Bowl XXIII loss to Joe Montana's San Francisco 49ers will air during "Super Bowl Week" on the NBC Sports Network and NBC, which also features Joe Namath and the Jets upset victory in 1969 and Mike Ditka's dominating Bears in 1986.

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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.

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A drama from Emmy-winner David E. Kelley (Picket Fences, Big Little Lies, The Practice) and a Kyra Sedgwick comedy will join 19 returning series on ABC's 2020-21 fall TV roster.

The ABC announcement did not include a fall lineup.

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Fox Sports Ohio digs deep in its vault for some memorable Reds games during the coronavirus pandemic baseball stoppage.

Tom Seaver's 1978 no-hitter against the Cardinals, Johnny Bench's dramatic home run on "Johnny Bench Night" in 1983, Pete Rose's record-breaking hit No. 4,192 from 1985 and the 1990 Reds clinching the National League Championship Series over the Pirates will air in primetime on Fox Sports Ohio.

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WKRC-TV's new Kyle Inskeep-Paula Toti anchor team won the May sweeps' household ratings, according to the overnight Nielsen meters.

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Tim Allen's Last Man Standing and The Resident medical drama were renewed by Fox for the 2020-2021 TV season. They join three new series and a dozen renewals announced last week.

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UPDATE 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY, MAY 20: Services for Jim Fox, the former WKRQ-FM and WUBE-FM DJ who died Monday at 71, will be streamed on Facebook from the First Baptist Church in Slidell, Texas, at 3 p.m. today Cincinnati time.  

He was born Allen Duaine Pruett in Texas on Dec. 1, 1948, and graduated from Slidell High School in 1967. Here is a link to his obituary.

"In lieu of flowers, at Duaine's request, please make memorial contributions to the Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department," the obit says.  

The address is Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 153, Slidell Texas 76267.

ORIGINAL POST MONDAY, MAY 18: Jim Fox, the popular "Q102 Morning Zoo" DJ who later hosted country music on WUBE-FM (B105), died this morning of pancreatic cancer in Texas.

In the 1980s, Fox and Chris O'Brien hosted the hugely successful WKRQ-FM (101.9) morning show in a heated radio war for listeners with the WEBN-FM Dawn Patrol.

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Cincinnati and former ESPN sports anchor Betsy Ross is one of the many female sportscasters indebted to Phyllis George, the first woman to co-host a high-profile sports show on a major broadcast network.

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Another postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic: CW will delay until January the return of its regularly scheduled lineup and premieres for Superman & Lois, a Walker Texas Ranger revival and other new 2020-21 season series.

The fall lineup will be filled with alternative shows and scripted series acquired from international sources, such as Coroner from Canada and Dead Pixels from BBC Studios in England, and the DC Universe canceled series Swamp Thing.

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