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Apuzzo family

Meteorologist Rich Apuzzo died three weeks ago, but his grieving family has yet to plan a memorial service or publish an obituary.

“We’re still very broken,” says Ruthie Apuzzo, his wife of 28 years, who has been dealing with her own health issues the past month.

Apuzzo, 52, died on July 7, six months after announcing he had terminal brain cancer and no health insurance.

WKRC-TV remained No. 1 in all weekday newscasts in July – but Channel 12 wasn’t the station most viewers watched for Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters’ live press conference Wednesday.

More watched WCPO-TV (Channel 9) at 1 p.m., when local news viewing nearly doubled for the breaking news about the murder indictment of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing.

Channel 12 maintained its streak of winning the weekday morning, noon, early evening and late night local news ratings in July sweeps (July 2-29), even with news director Kirk Varner stepping down July 3. At 11 p.m., Channel 12 had more viewers (8.3 rating) than the combined audience for competitors WCPO-TV (4.3) and WLWT-TV (3.9). One ratings point equals 8,762 TV homes here.

Here’s how to see the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, all the live national TV specials from Great American Ball Park, Reds features on Fox Sports Ohio, and TV appearances by Barry Larkin, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose and more baseball stars today and Tuesday.

Rose will be on “MLB Whiparound – All-Star Game at the Park” live 5-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on Fox Sports 1 cable from Great American Ball Park. He’ll join Joe Buck and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas on the “Fox All-Star Pregame Show” 7 p.m. Tuesday on Fox (Channel 19), before going on the field when Fox airs the “Franchise Four” and four “Greatest Living Players” during the pregame ceremony.

Here’s how to see all the baseball fun on TV:

For the first time since 1984, you might not be able to watch the WEBN-FM Riverfest fireworks on TV.

With the fireworks less than two months away, WXIX-TV (Channel 19) has ended its agreement with iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) to televise the annual “last blast of summer” and provide weather to WLW-AM (700).

“We have decided not to renew the deal,” said Debbie Bush, Channel 19 vice president and general manager. She took over the station in February from Bill Lanesey, who had obtained the fireworks and weather rights in 2010. “It didn’t make financial sense for us.”

On Thursday, WLW-AM newscasts started referring to forecasts from the “700 WLW weather center” instead of the Fox 19 Stormtracker center.

John Kiesewetter

The All-Star Game celebration goes into high gear on TV tonight with WCPO-TV’s one-hour “9 On Your Side’s Guide To All-Star Week” (7 p.m., Channel 9) and Fox Sports Ohio’s first “All-Star Live” telecast from FanFest (6 p.m.) in the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Channel 9 has been designated “an official television-sponsor of the 2015 MLB All Star Week,” says Jeff Brogan, vice president and general manager.

WLWT-TV in second place for news at 11 p.m.? WCPO-TV tied with longtime news leader WKRC-TV at 6 p.m.? Will these May household rating trends continue in July sweeps starting today?

Sure, the four week July Nielsen ratings (today through July 29) are the least important of the sweeps months. But TV managers and advertisers will be watching closely to see if our viewing habits continue the shift revealed in May.

Before the July ratings sweeps start tomorrow, here’s an update on the changes at TV stations since the first of the year:

WKRC-TV: The biggest news by far is that Channel 12, first in the news ratings for years, is changing news directors. Kirk Varner’s last day is Friday. I can’t remember a TV station letting the news director go  during a sweeps month.

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