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Ninety-nine years ago today – March 23, 1922 – was the official "grand opening" for WLW-AM, when the station advertised its first regular broadcasting program schedule.

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It wasn't Cincinnati's first radio station, but WLW-AM is still the biggest.

Cincinnati industrialist Powel Crosley, Jr. began broadcasting WLW-AM over a 20-watt station from his College Hill home on March 2, 1922 – which means that the station is entering its 100th year today.

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America's Truckin' Network has returned to WLW-AM as a one-hour recorded show two months after the station dropped the live overnight show hosted by Steve Sommers.

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After 36 years, it's the end of the road for WLW-AM's overnight trucking show.

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Steve Sommers, host of WLW-AM's overnight America's Truckin' Network show, says he was "dismissed" by owners iHeartMedia Friday morning, ending the Sommers' family 36-year tradition on Cincinnati's most powerful radio station.

Sommers, 56, announced the news on Facebook shortly before 9 a.m.

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In response to unspecified complaints, WLW-AM'S right-leaning overnight America's Truckin' Network show has eliminated all talk about politics, the Confederate flag and the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on Memorial Day.

"Suffice it to say we’re going to avoid such topics," host Steve Sommers told listeners early Monday morning.

"There are some things we’re not going to talk about anymore."

Since he was 10, Tommy Thrall dreamed of being the play-by-play voice of a Major League Baseball team.

His 25-year dream, delayed four months by the coronavirus pandemic, finally comes true at 6:10 p.m. Friday on WLW-AM and the Reds Radio Network.

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The Reds delayed 2020 Opening Day game will air on WKRC-TV at 6:10 p.m. Friday July 24, as Channel 12 again simulcasts Fox Sports Ohio's telecast of the Reds first game of the season.

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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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Furloughs, job eliminations and suspended print publications – the stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted Greater Cincinnati media companies in various ways.

Here's what's happening to local radio and print outlets. I'll do the same for TV stations next week.

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Longtime WLW-AM morning news anchor Bill Ridenour died Sunday in a Northern Kentucky nursing home from COVID-19. He was 94.

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What does a sports announcer do when there are no sports? Offer his services to voice videos and deliver smiles to all of us cooped up at home.

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Rod Serling's 1955 comedy involving the Cincinnati Reds – broadcast only once on NBC Television – will premiere as a radio play on WVXU-FM 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

Written during the Cold War, Serling's O'Toole From Moscow is about confusion between Russians and the Reds in which a Soviet Union embassy staffer ends up playing outfield for the Cincinnati Reds. 

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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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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.

Cooking guru Marilyn Harris and auto expert Dale Donovan were among the Cincinnati radio cutbacks at iHeartMedia's Kenwood facility in massive nationwide cuts after the company announced a "new organizational structure" and "technology transformation" to modernize the company with "Centers of Excellence."

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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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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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After a year sitting in the back of the booth, Tommy Thrall is looking forward to taking over the Reds' main broadcasting role starting with the weekly Hot Stove League talk show Wednesday, Nov. 6.

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Play ball! Fox Sports Ohio's Opening Day plans again call for the 4:10 p.m. Thursday game to be simulcast on WKRC-TV (Channel 12).

WCPO-TV, WLWT-TV, WXIX-TV and WKRC-TV will provide extensive Opening Day coverage on their morning newscasts. All four stations, plus FSO and CitiCable, will air and stream the noon parade.

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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.

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We knew this day was coming, and it's here: Marty Brennaman announced at the annual Reds Radio Network affiliates lunch today that this will be his final season broadcasting Reds games.

At least he told us before the season, until waiting until it was over, as he had said many times.

Brennaman, who turns 77 in July, revealed his decision to retire after 46 seasons on the eve of the Reds promotional caravan through Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. The Reds 150th anniversary season will be the last we'll hear him say, "And this one belongs to the Reds."

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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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Monday, Nov. 26 update: Cris Collinsworth: A Football Life repeats at 8:15 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 26, if you missed it last weekend. It follows NFL Total Access.

Original post Friday, Nov. 23: “Probably to this day the smartest football player that I’ve ever played with on the field.”

That’s how former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason describes his pal – and favorite target -- Cris Collinsworth in Cris Collinsworth: A Football Life premiering 8 p.m. tonight (Friday Nov. 23) on the NFL Network.

Former Bengals Esiason, Ken Anderson, Anthony Munoz and Sam Wyche – plus NBC Sunday Night Football partner Al Michaels -- are among the 12 people interviewed for the one-hour documentary.

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Back to baseball! After all the political advertisements vanish from the airwaves Wednesday, baseball returns with the weekly Reds Hot Stove League season premiere 6 p.m. on WSAI-AM (1360) from the Holy Grail Banks.

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Will Marty Brennaman retire when the Reds season ends Sunday, Sept. 30? Is this his final week in the Reds Radio Network booth after 45 seasons?

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Update noon Tuesday, Aug. 7: Yes! A Football Life producers have found video of Cris Collinsworth racing a bay horse at Latonia Race Course in 1983, and video of Collinsworth's Wilmbledon features for HBO, his first sports broadcasting.  The NFL Network also has set the date for the Collinsworth episode.

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Are we witnessing a changing of the guard at WKRC-TV? Veteran news reporter Larry Davis retired from Channel 12 today, the third long-time newsroom employee to go in five months.

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Did you wake up to Ken Broo hosting WLW-AM's morning show? Don't worry, things will be back to normal on WLW-AM Wednesday – at least for a while.

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