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Anchor Mark Hayes has left WLWT-TV after three years as anchor-reporter. Mollie Lair joined the News 5 team from Cape Girardeau, MO.

Hayes was hired in 2014 to co-anchor mornings with Lisa Cooney. 

Cameron Cochran

Local steel guitarist Cameron Cochran will spend September celebrating King Records Month with a series of performances and a tribute to the iconic locally-produced TV show, Midwestern Hayride

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WLW-AM's iconic diamond-shaped radio tower and historic transmitter building on Tylersville Road soon will be casting their shadows on retail stores, restaurants and offices beneath it.

The "Tower Park" planned unit development along Mason's booming Tylersville Road corridor was approved by city council earlier this year, a city staffer tells me.

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Cameron Cochran isn't old enough to have watched the WLWT-TV's legendary "Midwestern Hayride" Saturday night TV show, but he's heard plenty about it from "Hayride" steel guitar player Chuck Rich.

And that inspired his "Hayride," a live country music-and-comedy sketch show Sept. 17 at the Woodward Theater in Over-the Rhine.

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If you want to see the 40th anniversary WEBN-FM fireworks, plan on seeing them in person.

Managers of all five Cincinnati TV stations – WLWT-TV, WXIX-TV, WCPO-TV, WKRC-TV and WSTR-TV -- tell me they're not planning to broadcast the Western & Southern/WEBN-FM Riverfest fireworks live at 9:05 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.  

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TV meteorologists come and go at Cincinnati TV stations, but fill-in Steve Norris doesn't get the gig.  What's up with that?

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Indianapolis meteorologist Ashley Brown soon will be forecasting on WLWT-TV, filling Jennifer Schack's vacancy.

The Indianapolis native has been the morning meteorologist for five years at ABC affiliate WRTV-TV (Channel 6).

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Maybe you've heard her on the national "Bob & Tom" radio show, or seen her at NBA Indiana Pacers games in Indianapolis. Soon you'll see Vanessa Richardson on WLWT-TV's "News 5 Today."

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My favorite memory of Adam West, the 1960s TV icon who starred as "Batman," was when he swung by to visit a local TV icon, Bob Shreve, on Channel 12's "Past Prime Playhouse."

West, who died Friday June 9 at age 88, visited the crazy overnight movie host in late 1975 or early 1976 while in town for a custom car show.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY MAY 31: This just in from Jennifer Schack: "I can finally talk about my new job. I am working for the Diocese of Covington in a new role titled, New Media Correspondent. I work under 'The Messenger' staff, and will focus on online digital content for the diocese, as well as reporting for the weekly diocesan newspaper.

"I'm excited to share my faith in my work. I'm an active member of the St. Joseph Cold Spring parish, and as you've mentioned a Bishop Brossart High School and Thomas More College alum. I think the work will be a natural fit for me as I transition out of the TV business."

WLWT-TV is "actively recruiting" for a full-time traffic reporter in addition to replacing weekend morning meteorologist Jennifer Schack,  says Branden Frantz, Channel 5 president and general manager.

When WLWT-TV posted a meteorologist job opening last week, I was surprised to learn it was for Jennifer Schack, the Northern Kentucky native on maternity leave.

"As you know, Jennifer left a few weeks back to have her third child…. You will see her on air for a few days in May, but will not return in June," explains Branden Frantz, Channel 5 president and general manager, in an email.

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"Dave's Mom, Dorothy Mengering." That's how she signed her note to me. It was Dorothy Mengering's way of saying she didn't consider herself as a celebrity.

Mengering, 95, died at her suburban Indianapolis home Tuesday, according to the Indianapolis Star.

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For the second time in two months, WLWT-TV and parent Heart Television have been removed from a national satellite TV service.

Channel 5 announced early Friday it was dropped at midnight by DISH Network after an impasse in renewing a transmission consent agreement.

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Folks at WXIX-TV (Channel 19) are all smiles as they start February sweeps on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The "Fox 19 Now" 10 p.m. newscast has been the No. 1 late news with viewers age 25-54 – the "money demographic" most advertisers want to reach—through fall (August-November).

WLWT-TV (Channel 5) has been restored to DirecTV after a one week absence, along with 29 other Hearst TV stations in 29 markets.

Negotiations continued Tuesday to restore WLWT-TV (Channel 5) to DirecTV, along with network affiliates in 25 other Hearst markets.

DirecTV and AT&T U-verse pulled the plug Jan. 1 on the Hearst stations when retransmission talks broke down. Hearst's contract expired at midnight Dec. 31.

Braden Frantz, new Channel 5 president and general manager, in a media release said DirecTV was making "unreasonable demands" by "seeking to carry our stations at below-market rates."

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Another year down the tubes: A basket of not very deplorable TV, movies and media stories in 2016 from A to Z.

A  is for Anchors Away! Jonathan Hawgood left WLWT-TV in May. Newlywed Julie Dolan left WCPO-TV for Louisville in November.

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Happy anniversary, Ralphie! For the 20th year, "A Christmas Story" marathon will air on the Turner networks this weekend.

Jean Shepherd, a former Cincinnati radio and TV personality, narrates the 1983 film adapted from his story about Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wanting a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas in the 1940s. 

And in a year or so, "A Christmas Story" fans could be able to see a documentary about Shepherd.

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Catching you up on the Comings & Goings of Cincinnati TV/radio personalities:

CHERI LAWSON: The last member of WNKU-FM's news team, "Community Stories" reporter Cheri Lawson, was let go last week. After 7-1/2 years and "numerous NPR features and spots for NPR," acting general manager Aaron Sharpe and program director Liz Felix "gave me the boot…. I was told my stories didn't fit the format. No one ever asked me to do it differently," Lawson says.

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