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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Ch 9 in & Randy Little out at B105

The TV wars on radio continue. Channel 9 folks today added country WUBE-FM (B105) to its list of stations airing Channnel 9's news and weather reports. Kathrine Nero and Larry Handley were on this morning, and Clyde Gray or Carol Williams will do news chats with Duke Hamilton during afternoon drive (3-5 p.m.). The deal has been in the works since Ch. 5 pulled off the station to do top-rated WLW-AM last summer.
The odd man out is Randy Little. You could say this is the second time he has been bounced by Ch. 9. His 20-year TV career ended in 2001, when Ch. 9 dropped his contract. For three years, Little did morning drive news for B105 and sister WGRR-FM (103.5). He stayed with B105 when WGRR-FM was swapped to Cumulus for WYGY-FM (97.3), the country Wolf, in November.
Technically, Little works for the Metro Networks radio traffic/news folks. He was told last Friday that B105 no longer needed him, but Little hopes to continue working "behind the scenes" for Metro Networks. His day job is in the NKU communications department. Metro Networks still provides B105 with the "Traffic Twins" airborne traffic reports.
Starting Monday, Ch 9's John Matarese will start a weekly morning chat with Bill Whyte and Amanda Orlando, and Williams will do a health feature.
Ch. 9 also services WRRM-FM (WARM98), the new WMOJ-FM (MOJO 100.3), Christiasn WAKW-FM (93.3), WFTK-FM (SupertalkFM 96.5). Add up all their listeners, and Ch 9 reaches more on radio that Ch. 5 on WLW-AM. And Ch. 12 cut back on radio at the end of the year, no longer providing local news to Clear Channel's WKRC-AM (550).
Meanwhile, Ch 9 wants to expand to more radio stations. "I'd like to provide weather and news headlines to as many radio stations that we possibly can," says Bill Fee, Ch. 9 general manager.
Is this a good strategy for Ch 9? You tell me.


at 2/02/2007 10:58 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was told that when WLWT and WLW made their deal, a group at 55KRC discussed having a similar deal with WCPO. It was immediately nixed. Remember Jerry Thomas and Craig Kopp chuckling about trying for $250,000 promotion package? Where are both now? One retired and the other out of CC Radio. A shame.

Poor Randy! Does he still have his real estate license?

at 2/02/2007 11:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good move for Ch 9: more exposure.
But, I seriously doubt Clyde and Carol and John M are going to pocket any more money for the extra work.

A good move for B105 (or in this case, Metro Networks). One less person they have to pay. Plus WUBE will have a reduce commercial load to run from Metro, allowing their own sales people to fill those ad slots.

Bad move for Randy Little and the countless other broadcast journalists, who one-by-one, are being forced into other careers.

It wasn't that long ago that there were full news departments at WKRC, WLW, WUBE,WSAI and WCKY, not to mention a bunch of one or two person shops up and down the FM dial.

Where have all those people gone?

at 2/02/2007 12:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

unrelated question just out of curiousity:

Does Paul Horton have any credentials? (AMS, NWA, etc.) They don't show any.... (?)

Also, why is Channel 5 not exposing Derek's broadcast AMS seal? You would think they would jump at the chance of putting it next to his name on the graphic during his weathercast.....

at 2/02/2007 12:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like WCPO has plugged all of their talent into this radio spot, but David Rose is noticeably missing. What gives?

at 2/02/2007 5:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i believe that 9 is going to bite the hand that feeds them by oversaturating the market with all of their "appearances"

at 2/02/2007 5:12 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I thought I was hearing things this morning when I heard Bill (or Amanda) say that Kathrine Nero would be providing the news. For a brief moment I thought "oh Randy has the day off" then I remembered it's been years since Randy worked at WCPO.

Seems like a good partnership but I do feel for Randy Little.

at 2/02/2007 5:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Tanya O'Rourke on the B105 morning show one day last week. She was filling in for Amanda Orlando while Big Dave filled in for Bill White. She was pretty funny! Especially when she was talking about strange things she gets from male fans.

at 2/02/2007 9:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is a good move. How would this be bad....its all promotion for their news.

at 2/03/2007 3:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, I think 9 may be over-doing it a bit. I understand the concept of what they're doing, but I think they're going to over-run their presence everywhere.

at 2/03/2007 6:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You missed one. WGRR also has Channel 9's weather and other stuff. John Matarese has already been on every week with Chris and Janeen for some time now. Too bad about Randy Little. He sounded good when he was on WGRR too.

at 2/06/2007 10:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does Randy Little do for NKU? Does he teach and in administration for the RTF dept? A 1985 graduate from NKU would like to know

at 2/06/2007 12:57 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Randy Little is an "academic specialist" in the NKU Communications Department. He helps the 70 teachers in the department who teach 150 classes, he says.

at 2/06/2007 7:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got some more sports names for you. Donn Burrows(Now ladies basketball coach at Fenwick, your alma mater.
The grand Pooh Bah, Walt Maher,who is out here near West Chester, Debbie Banker Merritt(or what ever her name is now, and the weirdest one of all Zip Rzeppa.
from the neighborhood

at 2/07/2007 6:04 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

...then there was Jeff Beimfor on 9 circa early 80s. Fred Kalil and JD Hayworth on 5.

at 2/09/2007 3:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually heard Cylde Gray and Steve Raleigh do the B-105 radio udpates today. It sounded fine. Sorry for Randy tho...I always kind of liked him.

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