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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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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Craig Kopp Named WNKU-FM News Director

Former WEBN-FM newsman Craig Kopp has impressed WNKU-FM folks in his three-month stint as "Morning Edition" anchor that he's been named news director. Smart move.The position had been vacant for 2-1/2 yeas, since Maryanne Zeleznik left WNKU-FM for WVXU-FM, after Cincinnati Public Radio/WGUC-FM bought the Xavier station.

Kopp moves from part-time to full-time status. He'll oversee two reporters, Steve Hirschberg and Matthew Kelly. It's the first personnel move by Chuck Miller, the general manager hired from New Orleans in December.

Kopp did news for WEBN-FM 1976-96, then moved over to sister Clear Channel station WKRC-AM. He lost his job as WKRC-AM morning co-host when Jerry Thomas retired in December 2006.

"My first professional passion is radio news," he says in the NKU announcement today. "To be given this chance to head up the news department at such a special radio station is a real blessing. WNKU is probably the coolest station in town with the most unique and hip music you'll ever hear. If WNKU News is as clued in as the rest of the radio station, we'll do very well."

Says Miller in the statement: "We’re thrilled to have Craig on board. He has long been a respected asset to our region. We look forward to our news department's growth and service to the community at large as we all join Craig in the creation of local service with a difference."

It's good news for NKU, and for Kopp.


at 1/22/2008 5:06 PM Blogger utech said...

congratulations Craig!

at 1/22/2008 5:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its about time we had some good news in the media about someone who deserves it!!!
Congrats to Craig!!!

at 1/22/2008 6:28 PM Blogger Toddy-O said...

That's wonderful news. Congrats Craig!!!

at 1/22/2008 8:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig - congratulations to you and good luck!

at 1/22/2008 10:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always considered Craig Kopp one of the top newspeople in the city, but never got the chance to hear him. Now we will.Good turn of events.

at 1/22/2008 11:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

We always thought Craig Kopp was one of the best newspeople in our area, and happy to know he will be around and now easy to find and hear.

at 1/23/2008 8:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, little 'NKU must have some budget, to have three fulltime newsies, including Kopp and Hirschberg, who have both been around FOREVER...and should be making a decent wage by now. Or else they are just happy to be working and not worrying about the $. Good luck to all, and to the station Maryanne helped build.

at 1/23/2008 11:03 AM Blogger Screaming Mimes said...

Spoke with Craig about his move last week - this is very smart by WNKU. He's a great asset and blends in well (no traces of his Dawn Patrol roots!). He's also a big music fan and a rooter for this region... good addition to an already great station!

at 1/23/2008 12:54 PM Blogger Kyle said...

anon 8:12

NKU isn't so smal any more..have you seen the campus latley with the addtion of the Bank Of Kentucky Arena?
No..NKU WAS SMALL in 1980-85 when I attended college
there. Thats when Rick Bender was the station manger and WNKU was only on from noon till 6 PM.
AND they did not let ANY Communications majors work or intern at the station at all!
I hope that still isn't the case.
Again congrats to Craig!!!

at 1/23/2008 1:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you Craig! You bring some hope to those of us who want more than the crap that is corporate radio. There might not be a lot of money in working for a Mom and Pop station, but trust me, I ain't getting rich in the corporate radio world either. And there was more fun to be had in the Mom and Pop day's than the sterile environment now.

Carry the torch for us Craig!

at 1/23/2008 10:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great move to hire Craig as N.D.

Now, if they would do something about the afternoon drive programming. You know what I'm talking about...the infomercials between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Not my idea of good public radio!

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