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Sorry, it wasn't you. The winner of HGTV's remodeled Dutch Colonial Revival "Urban Oasis Giveaway" home in Oakley is Lois Anderson of Detroit.

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Ken Broo claims to be the only guy to hit the Cincinnati TV trifecta – reporting and anchoring at Channels 5, 9 and 12.

Some might not remember that he was the Bengals second radio play-by-play guy, following legendary original Bengals voice Phil Samp.

Or that he first came to town in 1977 as morning sports reporter for Jim Scott's WSAI-AM morning show – and moonlighted evenings as the first public address announcer at the new Riverfront Coliseum (now US Bank Arena) for the WHA Cincinnati Stingers games.

It's been quite a ride for Broo, who anchors his final TV sportscast at 11 p.m. on WCPO-TV on Sunday, Dec. 30.

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"Lots of extras" are needed for Cincinnati's next movie production to be directed by Todd Haynes, a Golden Globes nominee for Cate Blanchett's Carol filmed here in 2014.

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Update Monday, Jan. 7: The deadline to register for StoryCorps' One Small Step recordings at Miami University Regional campuses has been extended through Sunday, Jan. 13.

The Peabody Award-winning oral history project is doing a "special initiative" matching a conservative and a liberal for recorded conversations in an effort for both sides to better understand each other's point of view.

"We had far more liberal folks sign up than conservatives, so in order to match up people, StoryCorps gave us another week for people to register to participate in February," says Claire Wagner, Miami University News and Communications director. A registration link is in the story below.

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Another year down the tubes! Here's a look at 2018 TV/media/radio/movie stories from A to Z:

A is for comedian Harry Anderson, star of NBC's Night Court and CBS' Dave's World, who died in April at 65. We've lost a lot of classic TV stars in 2018: actress-director Penny Marshall (Laverne & Shirley), Bill Daily (Bob Newhart Show, I Dream Of Jeannie), Robert Guilliame (Benson), David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H), John Mahoney (Frasier), Rose Marie (Dick Van Dyke Show), Charlotte Rae (Facts of Life), Monty Hall (Let's Make A Deal) and Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC).

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Want to spend Christmas with your old TV friends?

Here's my guide to classic Christmas episodes with Ross, Rachel, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, Lucy, Seinfeld, Sheldon and Dr. Bob Hartley and Dr. Johnny Fever.

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What a great Christmas present from Lance McAlister: He'll interview Bob Trumpy, the father of Cincinnati's sports talk radio format, on WLW-AM's Sports Talk 6 p.m. Monday.

Trumpy, the former Bengals tight end, will talk about his broadcasting career in a 90-minute show recorded this week with McAlister. He quit WLW-AM's Sports Talk in 1990 to work full-time for NBC Sports on football, golf and Olympics telecasts.

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Reporter Tom McKee and sportscaster Ken Broo -- who roomed together as WCPO-TV interns in the summer of 1973 -- will both retire this month from Channel 9.

Together they've spent 67 years on Cincinnati television – 40 for McKee and 27 for Broo.

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Thirty years? Really? Lisa Cooney has been living on the air at WLWT-TV since 1988, mostly as a morning news co-anchor on what was the city's top-rated morning newscast during November sweeps.

"I love the camaraderie among the team in the mornings. We are a different breed. We come in the night before or in the middle of the night," says Cooney, a Northern Kentucky native.

Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the new host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.

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Jason Momoa's Aquaman, opening Friday, Dec. 21, reminds me of Patrick Duffy's similar  Man From Atlantis on NBC more than 30 years ago, the first TV series for the future Dallas star.

Duffy played Mark Harris, the lone survivor of the legendary sunken continent of Atlantis. He could breathe underwater, swimming with his webbed hands.

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Tuesday, Dec. 11 update:  Visitation for Allan White will be 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, immediately prior to his funeral Mass at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. Elizabeth Foundation, 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, Ky., 41017.

From his obituary: "He is a model member of what is often called America's "Greatest Generation."

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Caitlin Steininger's prayers weren't answered, she told Bravo viewers after being eliminated in the Top Chef season 16 premiere telecast Thursday night.

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Ernie Brown, Pete Miller and Jimmy Salzurulo didn't get to say goodbye or thanks to their listeners on WYGY-FM "97.3 The Wolf" country station Tuesday.

That's what often happens in radio.

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Robert Redford, who says he retired from acting after The Old Man & The Gun, received a Golden Globe Award nomination Thursday for the film shot in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southwestern Ohio in 2017.

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Update Monday Dec. 2: Here's a link to my Sam Straley interview from Around Cincinnati Sunday night. 

Original post Thursday, Nov. 29: Thanks to his Guardian Angels School education, actor Sam Straley is sort of an assistant director for church scenes on ABC's The Kids Are Alright.

"We do a lot of church stuff," says Straley, the Anderson Township native who plays oldest son Lawrence Cleary in the new fall sitcom about a blue collar Irish Catholic family with eight boys in the 1970s.

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Mason's Brant Daugherty finished seventh on Dancing with the Stars five years ago, but that's OK with him.

"Mostly my exposure until then was Pretty Little Liars. It helped me be seen in a different light," says Daugherty, who stars in his first Hallmark Channel film, Mingle All The Way, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. It repeats several times in December, which are listed in my 21-page Holiday Program Guide.

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In Cleves, Walter W. Harrell was also known as "Finn" during and after his service as a village councilman  and Miami Township trustee.

To listeners of WNOP-AM, Newport's "Jazz Ark," which floated on the Ohio River in the 1970s, he was DJ Bunky Tadwell.

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It's official: Jerry Springer, whose daytime talk show ceased production last spring, will debut next fall as TV's Judge Jerry, and likely air on Cincinnati television.

In late October, I reported that Springer – the former Cincinnati attorney, mayor and news anchor turned TV talk host – had taped a TV court show pilot for NBCUniversal, which produced and distributed the Jerry Springer talk show, which ended production earlier this year.

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From Rudolph to Ralphie, John Legend to Johnny Cash, the Grinch to Amy Grant, Elf to Ed Sullivan, Lucy Van Pelt to Lucy Ricardo, they’re all here in my Holiday Program Guide.

It’s my biggest list ever, and it has something for everyone. Here’s the link to a downloadable PDF so you can print the list, circle your favorites and share with family and friends.

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