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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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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ch 19's New Meteorologist

WXIX-TV's weather team will be up to full staffing by the end of June with the hiring of Christie Dutton from Lexington's WTVQ-TV (Channel 36). The Fox 19 weather staff has been minus a third person since Rich Apuzzo was fired in October.

Dutton, the morning and noon forecaster, has been at Channel 36 since 2001.

Dutton grew up in Nicholasville, just south of Lexington, and earned a journalism degree from UK. She started in TV at Channel 26 in 1999 as a news producer, then left to take an on-air reporting job at WKAG-TV in Hopkinsville, Ky. She did a fill-in weather stint there, which resulted in a career change.

She has a meteorology certificate from Mississippi State University, and seals of approval from the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Assocation.

THIS JUST IN: And since someone asked in a posting a few minutes ago if this means the end for fill-in Pat Barry, a former Ch 19 and Ch 5 weatherman, here's what Barry tells me: "I have a ton of nights through the first week of July. I'm working something like 22 of 40 nights. After July 7, I don't know when they might need me again."


at 5/31/2007 11:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

so then does pat barry stay or go at 19.

at 5/31/2007 12:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What shift will this new meteorologist work? Morning? Night? Weekends?

at 5/31/2007 3:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still have a problem with Pat Barry's credibility, based on some dumb stuff he did at channel 5.
from the neighborhood

at 5/31/2007 5:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like seeing Pat on 19 again. With Regina anchoring it's like the old days of 19 In the Morning when Pat did weather and Regina gave the news.

at 5/31/2007 8:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

she is working with former news 5 weather guy jon james

at 5/31/2007 8:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Rich?
P.S. I hear former TV 5 consumer guy Tom Sussi is returning to 19. True?

at 6/01/2007 12:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich Apuzzo's breach of contract lawsuit against the station is set to go to trial in May, 2008.

at 6/01/2007 7:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding this new meteorologist, is she hot? Valeria Abati hot? Maria Larosa hot?

at 6/01/2007 7:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John were is Val. Paul has been on in the a.m. and there has been no mention of her

at 6/01/2007 7:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Val?

at 6/01/2007 7:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barry Tingley , whoops I mean Pat Barry, is not a weatherman. He is nothning more than a 60's disc jockey!!!! Play your oldies on that Sarasota radio station Pat. I mean Barry.

at 6/01/2007 11:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

5, 9, 12, 19... morning, noon, night... they are all just weatherguessers. Who's to say Pat can't read a computer model developed by some outside weather company just as well as Derrick, Paul, Chin, Tim, Rich, Jim, or any of the local weatherguessers past or present. So he played records for a living... Regan acted in b-movies and he was elected president.

at 6/01/2007 12:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

5,9,12,19. Revenue and ratings. Thats it, nothing else matters. Fat Barry is a hoot!!

at 6/01/2007 2:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 11:06 AM, Reagan was elected President, Regan was his Treasury Secretary.
Let's all keep our wits about us!

at 6/01/2007 3:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

valerie is on vacation.

at 6/03/2007 9:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, I LIKE Pat Barry... I like the fact that he has been around here for a long time, and not just one of the pretty faces that stop here for a few moments in time.
And as to a previous poster, I too believe that it's all just a crapshoot. Meteorologist, schmedeorologist--it means nothing!

at 6/05/2007 10:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John,
How about 12's story that Cincy is the "most tornado prone city" in the US?

This from a company that apparently sells seismic detectors to TV stations.

at 6/06/2007 4:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

re Anon 10:25 am. Thanks 12. Thanks for getting all the old geezers worked up about a weather item!!!

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