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Update noon Friday, March 22: Services for WGUC announcer Frank Johnson will be private. A private gathering in memory of Frank is being planned by his family and friends.

Award-winning photographer Gordon Baer -- whose work appeared in Life, Time, Newsweek, People, National Geographic, The New York TimesLondon Daily Mail and other publications -- has died at age 78.

taking the stage
Courtesy MTV

Nick Lachey had this crazy idea – making a Fame-style national TV series starring the talented students at Cincinnati's School for Creative & Performing Arts.

It became a reality 10 years ago today, when MTV premiered Taking The Stage on March 19, 2009.

John Kiesewetter

The Williams Hall TV studio where former NBC executive Rick Ludwin got his start will be named in his honor in a ceremony Tuesday, March 19, on the Oxford campus.

It's a fitting tribute to Ludwin, a 1970 Miami graduate who has returned to the Williams Hall studio for 36 years at his own expense to talk to students about TV trends and answer their questions.

Courtesy CBS

Tickets go on sale Friday for actor Rob Lowe's one-man show, Stories I Only Tell My Friends Live!, at the Aronoff Center's Procter & Gamble Hall Saturday June 1.

Courtesy WLWT-TV

Courtis Fuller hosts a town hall-style broadcast called Where We Stand 2019 with Cincinnati city leaders 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 (Channel 5).

The discussion, part of Hearst Television's corporate-wide Project CommUnity announced in December, will focus on four main topics -- crime and justice; employment; poverty and health; and education.

Courtesy CBS

The Big Bang Theory, TV's No. 1 sitcom, will sign off Thursday, May 16, with a one-hour episode, says CBS, which has announced season finale dates for its prime-time lineup.

Courtesy WLWT-TV

Fifty years ago today, WLWT-TV broadcast one of the most memorable telecasts in Cincinnati history: the wedding of two rubber chickens.

On a live broadcast of the Paul Dixon Show.

Courtesy Kristin Suess

Voting opens today for the 10th and final historic Cincinnati woman to be featured in a multimedia event this summer honoring "'10 ___ Women."

Courtesy Cincinnati Reds

Get an audio tour of the renovated Reds Hall of Fame and Museum on WVXU's Around Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

Rick Walls, Hall of Fame executive director, reveals details about the first major upgrade for the Reds' celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1869 Red Stockings, baseball's first all professional team.  

Courtsey Steve Herman

We've all seen the press corps shouting questions to President Donald Trump on the White House south lawn, before boarding a helicopter taking him to Air Force One.

How does a reporter get his attention? That's one of the many stories shared by Steve Herman, White House bureau chief for the Voice of America, when he visited the National VOA Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township Wednesday.

Courtesy VOA Museum

From the West Wing to West Chester, Voice of America White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman comes home to talk about "Covering the White House and the World" at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting on Tylersville Road Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

John Kiesewetter

Former Q102 DJ Brian Douglas' career switch to shooting movie production promotional shots came at just the right time.

"I couldn't work there now," Douglas says in slightly more than a whisper when we met for lunch last week during a break from his movie and TV photography.

Courtesy WLWT-TV

Update at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1:  This just in from Branden Frantz, WLWT-TV general manager, about Let's Talk Cincinnati, premiering 7:30 p.m. Saturday March 2 on WLWT-TV (Channel 5) with Courtis Fuller and Alexis Rogers:

Courtesy WKRC-TV

UPDATE AT 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28:  Jeff Hirsh's coworkers praise him for being able to do it all. And he did.

In 40 years of Cincinnati television – 21 years at WKRC-TV after 19 years at WLWT-TV – he did breaking news; features; live shots; taped packages; stories about long, tedious court trials and complicated government issues; and wrote and produced several one-hour documentaries.

Courtesy WYEP-FM

Liz Felix, one of the last voices heard on WNKU-FM, will return to playing Triple A music as evening host on Pittsburgh's WYEP-FM.

Felix was WNKU-FM's assistant program director and program director from early 2015 through September 2017, when Northern Kentucky University sold FM stations in Highland Heights and Middletown.

Courtesy FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati will have a new radio affiliate for its new league. Under a two-year deal announced Tuesday, FC Cincinnati's inaugural Major League Soccer season will be broadcast on oldies WDJO's three frequencies: 1480 AM, 99.5 FM and 107.9 FM.

Courtesy Cincinnati Reds

Play ball! Half of the Reds' spring training games will be televised by either Fox Sports Ohio or the MLB Network, starting with two telecasts this weekend.

FSO will air 10 games live, while the MLB Network will carry nine games, with some duplications of the FSO schedule.

John Kiesewetter

Three TV series "are actively considering" filming in Greater Cincinnati, says Kristen Schlotman, Film Cincinnati executive director.

A series could start shooting here in "a couple of months," Schlotman told WVXU-FM's Cincinnati Edition listeners Wednesday.

tommy thrall
Bill Violona / Courtesy Pensacola Blue Wahoos

A few things to know about Tommy Thrall, new Reds radio announcer: He loves baseball and he loves radio. He grew up listening to Hall of Famer Denny Matthews call Kansas City Royals games.

And Reds fans have heard him a couple times – during spring training a year ago, and last September when Marty Brennaman was off hosting his annual golf classic.

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