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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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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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All 162 Reds games will be televised again this year – with 159 games on Fox Sports Ohio, and three national games on Fox Sports 1.

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Former WKRC-TV anchor Brad Johansen starts today  as an anchor/reporter at WCMH-TV, the NBC affiliate (Channel 4) in Columbus.

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Kyle Inskeep and Paula Toti, who have co-anchored WKRC-TV newscasts for nearly two years, were named Channel 12's permanent primary anchors replacing Cammy Dierking and Rob Braun.

The announcement came five days after the Inskeep-Toti team won the household ratings at 6 and 11 p.m. in February ratings' "sweeps," which ended Wednesday, Feb. 26.

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Amy Wagner's consumer reports are back on WXIX-TV, where "Simply Money" co-founder Nathan Bachrach started them 15 years ago before they moved to WKRC-TV last August.

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It's not small ball, it's Thrall Ball!

Tommy Thrall takes over Cincinnati Reds radio play-by-play this spring from Marty Brennaman, who retired last fall after 46 seasons. Thrall will call all of the spring training games from Arizona, many of them with analyst Jeff Brantley. The Reds' spring opener is 3:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in Goodyear, Ariz.

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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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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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Cammy Dierking is one of us. I don't just mean she was born in Cincinnati, and went to Sycamore High School and Miami University.  

She was different from the other Cincinnati-area born and bred folks who we like to get our news and information from: Steve Horstmeyer, Rob Braun, Tricia Macke, Kevin Robinson, Lisa Cooney, Dennis Janson, Tanya O'Rourke, Sheree Paolello, Joe Danneman, George Vogel, part of a tradition going back 60 years to Cheviot native Al Schottelkotte.

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When I asked Cammy Dierking if she knew what she may do after leaving WKRC-TV on Dec. 20, she surprised me with an emphatic “YES!”

She smiled and slid her new business card across the table to me.

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Update at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2: Perry Schaible decided it's time to use her Northern Kentucky University law degree – and stop working weekends and holidays.

Schaible signed off as WKRC-TV's weekend morning anchor Saturday at WKRC-TV, where she had worked since 2010. She earned a law degree from NKU's Chase College of Law in 2013.

"I’ve really enjoyed my career at Local 12, but I decided it was time to move on at the end of my contract," she told me in an email Sunday.

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5:40 p.m. Friday Oct. 25 update:  Low-power WKRP-TV (Channels 20 and 25) returned to the airwaves at 5:30 p.m. Friday for the first time in more than a week.

The 10 WKRP multiplex channels went dark Thursday, Oct. 17,  for the digital channel "repack" (TV frequency changes) on Oct. 18.

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In his first broadcast interview since leaving WKRC-TV in June, former news anchor Rob Braun told WVXU's Cincinnati Edition Wednesday about how owners Sinclair Broadcast Group changed Channel 12 news; why he decided to leave; and how all of us need to be discriminating news consumers.

The son of long-time Cincinnati TV/radio personality Bob Braun also gave a rare glimpse into his unique childhood with Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Dick Clark and his father's famous friends.

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Got a question for Rob Braun? The former WKRC-TV news anchor will talk to callers during his visit to WVXU's Cincinnati Edition noon Wednesday with host Michael Monks.

Braun, 62, left Channel 12 in June after 35 years when his contract expired. He turned down a new deal from owners Sinclair Broadcast Group because he didn't "fit well with the Sinclair News model."

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If you watch TV with an antenna in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, mark Friday, Oct. 18, on your calendar.

That's when Cincinnati TV stations move to new digital TV frequencies. If you watch TV over the air, you'll need to rescan your TV tuner after 10 a.m. that day.

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A couple days after Rob Braun left WKRC-TV in June, a high school friend asked if he'd like to be the corporate spokesman for family-owned Heritage Bank based in Burlington, Ky.

The more he thought about it – and the more he enjoyed spending new-found time on his Northern Kentucky farm – he decided to accept the contract position after conversations with WCPO-TV and WLWT-TV executives.

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And this one belongs to Sinclair!

Sinclair Broadcast Group – which owns 193 TV stations including WKRC-TV, WSTR-TV, WKEF-TV and WRGT-TV in Southwestern Ohio – has bought Fox Sports Ohio and 20 other Fox regional sports networks.

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CBS' live Big Brother episode will air 9 p.m. Thursdays for three weeks on WSTR-TV because of Bengals preseason games on WKRC-TV.

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