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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, April 18, 2008


WCIN-AM has been sold. Robert Cox of St. Louis, the receiver appointed over J4 Broadcasting assets by a Cincinnati federal court last year, has sold the station to American Broadcasting LLC, a Denver-based private equity firm.

The station had been in receivership for 17 months when Cox took over last May and changed the format to smooth jazz.

Founded in 1953, WCIN-AM was the city's heritage African-American station until WDBZ-AM (1230, The Buzz) signed on in 2000.

Here's the listing from Radio & Records:

PRICE: Undisclosed
TERMS: Terms unavailable
BUYER: American Broadcasting LLC, headed by President Randall Dietrich. It owns no other stations. This represents its entry into this market.
SELLER: J4 Broadcasting Company Incorporated, headed by Successor Receiver Robert Cox. FREQUENCY: 1480 kHz
POWER: 5kw day/500 watts night
FORMAT: smooth jazz
COMMENT: Robert L. Cox, Successor Receiver for the assets of J4 Broadcasting Company Inc's WCIN-AM/Cincinnati, Ohio, to American Broadcasting for an undisclosed price.

Can you help my list past WCIN employees and formats? (Remember when it briefly went all classical music under former Channel 5 anchor Ken McDowell in the late 1980s?)

For starters:
Lincoln Ware
Sports anchor Bill Meredith
Everett Cork
Fredd E. Redd
Maxcine Hardwick
Jazzman Wilbert Longmire


at 4/18/2008 3:54 PM Anonymous Mike M said...

How about "Buggs Scruggs, the Man with the Plugs"?

And James Alexander (Jimmy Wonder, the Ball of Thunder")?

And Tom "TKO" Knox?

And Jockey Jack Gibson?

And Bob "Sweet Daddy" Long?

at 4/18/2008 9:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget:
"WCIN-Soul Motivation"
Little Abraham
Charles Herron Jr aka Chuck Diamond
Bob "Bob-a-Lu" Lewis
Bill "Spider" Webb
"Rap'n" Ron Scott
Cindy Hamilton
Mike "The Toy" McCoy

at 4/22/2008 10:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are some more:
Everette Cork
Sweet Alice Hoskins
Tyrone Cannon ("TC")
Sweet Jelly Roll
Mark J. Neill
Donna Franklin
"Dark Soldier"
Marsha Robinson
Courtis Fuller

I am getting old, will add more as they come to me.

at 4/26/2008 2:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former WLW newsmen Jimmy Morris and Pat Brogan did stints there too.

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