Saturday, February 28, 2009

Quick Recap of Last Two Days' Media News

Just because I was (and technically will again be) on hiatus til Monday, doesn't mean I wasn't keeping one eye glued to the TV and radio world (and doesn't mean I can't post administrative announcements, either). I did want to update the last two days, which isn't much...but since we never know what might happen Monday, I did not want to leave this stuff out there...

Former WCPO Reporter Released From Jail: Several years ago, WCPO-TV/DT 9 reporter Stephen Hill was accused of, and admitted to, sexually abusing several teenage boys. At the time, Hill received a sentence of 5 years in prison. Hill subsequently quit/was fired from WCPO.

His sentence expired Thursday, and he was released from the Lima-area Allen Correctional Center, reports WLWT.

Hill now must register as a sex offender and alert neighbors whenever he moves to where he lives.

B105 Receives Another Nod: WUBE-FM Program Director Travis Moon has been honored by Radio Ink, reports John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer. The publication gets nominations from radio executives, staffers, and others and then compiles the list following interviews with each nominee.

In a press release, Bonneville Cincinnati Vice President and B105 GM Jim Bryant said, "Travis, in his short time with B105, has upgraded the overall sound of our station and the overwhelming positive feedback from our listeners since his arrival is a testament to his programming skills. We feel fortunate to have him at the helm."

Congratulations to Travis on the well-deserved nod.

WXIX-TV Game Shot by High Schoolers:
Kiesewetter also reports that WXIX-TV/DT 19's live broadcast of the Princeton-Middletown high school basketball game last Saturday was shot by 7 Princeton TV Production class students, along with 2 Princeton alums. Students also ran the audio, replays and floor directing, while WXIX supplied three producers and three announcers. WXIX's Program Director Rick Oliver and two teachers also worked on the game. The equipment used also belonged to Princeton.

It sounds like this may be a first for commercial TV anywhere in town. And the telecast last Saturday night did decent numbers, even beating "Cash Explosion" on WLWT-TV 5, "House" on WSTR-DT 64 and "Two and a Half Men" on Local12.2 (CW Cincinnati) in its last half hour.

Congratulations to the kids at Princeton! Well done!


emery_r said...

Just heard the final sign-off of locally produced radio on WMUB-88.5 from Miami University in Oxford. John Hingsbergen did the sad honors as midnight approached and the takeover by Cincinnati Public Radio became a fact.

It's good the station survives as a public broadcaster, of course, but unfortunate to lose this unique local voice just as it was to celebrate its 59th anniversary. You will be missed, WMUB, you will be missed!

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

I had forgotten all about that...we'll cover it Monday morning.