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Armed with five guns and 600 rounds of ammunition, Over-the-Rhine resident James Hoskins held nine WCPO-TV employees hostage inside the station at Fifth Street and Central Avenue downtown on Oct. 15, 1980.

Hoskins, 41, gained entry after approaching reporter Elaine Green and photographer John Ehrhart with a semi-automatic rifle about 2 a.m. in the parking lot behind the station (which was torn down in 2004 for the convention center expansion).

The 40th anniversary of WCPO-TV hostages held at gunpoint in the newsroom will be marked Thursday with a virtual discussion about "Journalists & Stress: Coping Mechanisms in Unusual Times" by the Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.

Retired reporter Tom McKee, one of the nine employees held at gunpoint by James Hoskins at 2 a.m. on Oct. 15, 1980, will moderate the Zoom session about mental health for journalists and first responders 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday.

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What was supposed to be some short website videos turned into a two-hour special about the creation of FC Cincinnati and how it captured the hearts of Greater Cincinnati.

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A Middletown K9 officer and a murder suspect have been shot Monday afternoon after a police pursuit ended at the 2600 block of Mason-Montgomery Road.

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WCPO-TV has hired Iraq war veteran Adrian Whitsett to co-anchor Good Morning Tri-State with Julie O'Neill.

The former Marine comes from Orlando's WESH-TV, where he was morning anchor.

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In a Cincinnati TV first, WCPO-TV will broadcast one hour of local news at 7 p.m. weekdays starting Monday, Aug. 31.

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Update at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19: Retired WCPO-TV program director Rick Reeves says he learned about Cincinnati's love for the Uncle Al Show shortly after he was hired by the station. The popular WCPO-TV children's show – hosted by Al Lewis and wife Wanda – was the first telecast from the new 17,556-seat Riverfront Coliseum (now Heritage Bank Arena) in 1975.

He watched the 1989 video below on this blog about Wanda's death, and emailed me this:

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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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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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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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Local TV news ratings have dramatically increased while we're stuck at home – but TV stations haven't been able to cash in much, since many of the businesses which advertised were closed the past two months. 

And the worst may be yet to come.

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Prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards for outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism were announced Tuesday for WLWT-TV, WCPO-TV and Dayton's WHIO-TV.

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If you didn't stay up after the Academy Awards for WCPO-TV's newscast, here's Tanya O'Rourke's scoop that Channel 9 was promoting all night: Producer Randall Emmett says he might shoot three more movies and possibly a TV series in Greater Cincinnati.

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Minutes before Chopper 9 reporter Dan Carroll turned in his keys and phone to WCPO-TV Thursday he was talking about returning to the airwaves.

"I have plenty of gas in the tank for another act. I'd like to have another turn on radio, or a shot at TV if the right job came along," says Carroll, a 1980 McNicholas High School graduate who has worked at WCPO-TV, WXIX-TV and WLW-AM over three decades.

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When the impeachment trial ends, Fox News Channel congressional correspondent Chad Pergram finally can get back to normal covering news on Capitol Hill.

Whatever that is.

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We start with breaking news because TV stations always start with breaking news: The Channel 9 news branding is no longer on your side.

WCPO-TV has unveiled new imaging, reverting back to its call letters and huge channel number – WCPO 9 – similar to the logo used about 60 years ago. It dropped the orange and brown "9 On Your Side" slogan mentioned repeatedly by anchors and reporters, and seen on logos and news vans for nearly two decades.

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Update Friday, Jan. 24:  Just found this clip on YouTube of an early 1950s Paul Dixon Show with Len Goorian broadcast on the ABC network from WCPO-TV.

The show opens with "Lennie" Goorian, who died Jan. 20, as a Sid Caesar-like character doing a gag involving Dixon.  This 10-minute clip features a song pantomime -- a great example of live TV in the early 1950s, when entertainers pantomimed to popular records, an extension of the radio stations which put the first TV stations on the air.

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It's a long way from Cincinnati TV sports to Fox News Channel's New York headquarters, where Bill Hemmer takes another career step by hosting his own Fox News show starting Monday, Jan. 20.

Hemmer, an Elder High School (1983) and Miami University (1987) alum, debuts Bill Hemmer Reports at 3 p.m. weekdays, taking over the hour that Shepard Smith vacated when he left Fox in October.

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As the FTVLive.com TV news website asks: Scripps is OK with this?

FTVLive broke the story Wednesday Jan. 15 about Jasmine Minor, a reporter for Scripps' WCPO-TV, offering a 20% discount on byCassandre swimwear on her Instagram account.

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This story was posted Jan. 13, 2020. 

Happy 86th birthday to Nick Clooney, the generous Cincinnati broadcasting icon, born on Jan. 13, 1934, in Maysville, Ky.

Clooney likes to joke that most of his life he's been known as George Clooney's father or singer Rosemary Clooney's baby brother.

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Illustrator Kevin Necessary, who did editorial cartoons for WCPO-TV's website for three-and-a-half years, is returning to the Enquirer to do a Sunday editorial cartoon starting this weekend.

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Dan Carroll's "Chopper 9" helicopter reports will end in February, as WCPO-TV will rely on less expensive drones for aerial news video.

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Chris Riva, Amber Jayanth and meteorologist Ashley Smith will help main anchors Tricia Macke, Rob Williams and Steve Hortsmeyer share the load when WXIX-TV premieres a 90-minute local news block 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6.

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Update 10:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30: The TV network changes scheduled for today have been delayed until later in the week. 

Scripps-owned Bounce network will debut on WCPO-TV's Channel 9.5 on Wednesday, according to WCPO-TV. Bounce will vanish from WXIX-TV's Channel 19.2 at noon Wednesday, Jan. 1, when Fox 19 shuffles its digital channel lineup.

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John Popovich's 40-year career as a WCPO-TV sportscaster can be summed up by the title of the Sunday night show he launched, Sports Of All Sorts.

"Popo," as everyone calls him, covered all kinds of sports, which endeared him to viewers of all ages – or at least those old enough or enterprising enough to watch the one-hour show starting  at 11:30 p.m. Sunday night.

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Fox News Channel has promoted Bill Hemmer to take over Shepherd Smith's 3 p.m. time slot, and to lead all breaking news coverage on the Fox News Channel.

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Former WCPO-TV morning anchor Chris Riva will return to local airwaves next week in preparation for  WXIX-TV's early evening news expansion.

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Monday, Dec. 9 update: WCPO-TV anchor Ryan Houston is heading to Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV (Channel 11), the NBC affiliate owned by Cox Media Group.

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Anderson Township native Chip Chinery makes a brief appearance on The Conners Tuesday night as a resident of Landford.

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