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WCPO-TV is a broadcast television station in Cincinnati, Ohiomarker, USAmarker affiliated with the ABC network. It broadcasts digitally on channel 10. WCPO's studio is located in the Mount Adamsmarker neighborhood of Cincinnati, just outside of Eden Parkmarker. Its transmitter is located along Symmes Street, just south of East McMillan Street in Cincinnati. The station's currently owned by The E. W. Scripps Company, which had previously owned the now-defunct Cincinnati Post (which ceased publication at the end of 2007) and its Kentuckymarker edition (which became an online-only publication simultaneously with the closure of the Cincinnati Post).

History

The station first signed on the air on July 26, 1949 as Cincinnati's third television station. The call letters came from the Post, who also owned WCPO radio, Cincinnati's original Top 40/Rock station (AM 1230, now WDBZ and FM 105.1, now WUBEmarker). Originally on channel 7, it moved to channel 9 in 1952.

The station was originally a primary ABC affiliate, and also carried a secondary affiliation with the DuMont Television Network. With DuMont's demise in 1956, WCPO was left with just ABC until it swapped affiliations with WKRC-TVmarker in 1961, becoming a CBS affiliate. This deal came because WKRC-TV's owner, Taft Broadcasting, had very good relations with ABC.

WCPO logo in 1991, while the station was a CBS affiliate


In 1994, Scripps and ABC announced a long-term affiliation deal, which called for four Scripps-owned stations switching to ABC. WCPO was included in the deal, which ABC agreed to as a condition of keeping its affiliation on Scripps' two biggest stations, WXYZ-TVmarker in Detroitmarker and WEWSmarker in Clevelandmarker. Both of those stations had been heavily wooed by CBS, which was about to lose its longtime Detroitmarker and Clevelandmarker affiliates to Fox. However, while three other Scripps-owned stations included in the same deal switched to ABC in December 1994 and January 1995, Scripps had to maintain CBS affiliation on WCPO for an additional one and a half years because WKRC's affiliation contract with ABC did not run out until June 6, 1996. On that day the two stations finally reversed the 1961 affiliation swap, with WCPO rejoining ABC and WKRC reuniting with CBS.

In recent years, WCPO and WKRC have been battling each other for first place in the local television viewership ratings, while NBC affiliate WLWTmarker has been lagging behind in third or fourth place. Typically, WCPO leads the evening news race while WKRC-TV leads in mornings and late nights.

All Scripps-Howard ABC affiliates, including WCPO, preempted Saving Private Ryan in 2004.

WCPO produced The Uncle Al Show, a children's show that ran from the early 1950s to the mid-1980s. Beginning in the early 60s, WCPO was the undisputed leader in local newscasts, led by anchor and news director Al Schottelkotte, and remained Cincinnati's news leader for over 20 years.

Hostage situation

On the early morning of October 15, 1980, WCPO and most of its news staff became part of a major news story when a terrorist seized control of WCPO's newsroom.

James Hoskins, a radical, held reporter Elaine Green and her cameraman at gunpoint in the parking lot of WCPO's studios. Then after barging his way into the newsroom, took seven more hostages. An admitted terrorist, Hoskins stated in a videotaped interview with Green that he had, among other things, murdered his girlfriend before arriving at the studios. After voicing his displeasure with local government, Hoskins ended by saying that he would let his hostages go, but only after they helped him to barricade himself in their newsroom in anticipation of a bloody shootout with police. Green and the others pleaded with Hoskins to get help, but to no avail.

WCPO's news staff ran special newscasts from the parking lot most of that morning. True to his word, Hoskins eventually let all the hostages go, and the standoff ended later that morning when Hoskins shot himself dead while on the phone with SWAT negotiators.

Green was awarded a Peabody Award for her handling of this situation. She later married anchor and then-news director Al Schottelkotte. The two remained married until his death in 1996.

Digital television

The station's digital signal, VHF 10 is multiplexed:

Digital channels
Channel Programming
9.1 main WCPO-TV/ABC programming
9.2 Weather Tracker


Subchannel 9.2 carries the same 24-hour local weather programming as the Weather Tracker channel on many local cable systems.

Post-analog shutdown

After the analog television shutdown occurred on June 12, 2009 , WCPO-DT remained on its pre-transition channel number, 10. However, since many viewers are having reception issues since the digital transition, even an increase of power just weeks after the transition, the station has filed a Petition for Rulemaking to abandon VHF Channel 10 and move to UHF Channel 22. On October 7, 2009, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for WCPO-TV, which gives the public 25 days to comment on the proposed channel change.

High-definition newscast

WCPO launched its high-definition newscast on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 6:00 PM ET. Improvements around the station include upgraded weather graphics that match WHIO-TVmarker's upgrade (see above), new panel displays on set (to replace rear-projection CRT monitors on set and old plasma displays with obvious burn-in) and Scripps purchasing JVC HDPro equipment for WCPO. Currently the studio cameras are HD, while live field reports are SD widescreen. WCPO broadcasts local news in 720p HDTV, which is the same HD format as ABC programming.

Weather

WCPO's forecasters are chief meteorologist, Steve Raleigh and meteorologists Larry Handley, Steve Norris and Cyndee O'Quinn. Cincinnati has always been a battleground for weather coverage, especially since the Montgomery / Blue Ash tornado of 1999. WCPO bills their radar as Ultimate Doppler 9, VIPIR 9, and TrueView. Their main radar in Bataviamarker is one of the fastest radars in the nation, with an update usually every ten seconds.

On July 1, 2003, WCPO began to operate a second Doppler weather radar out of the Clermont County Airport in Batavia. In combination with the radar located at WCPO's transmission tower site, both radars were named Ultimate Doppler Radar. The new radar operates at a height of 100 ft. with its base 834 ft. above sea level. Currently, only the Batavia radar is used, even when attenuation at the site leaves a radius around the radar blank. The old radar at the transmission site is no longer used.

In July 2007, WCPO showed its new capability of placing actual satellite images (such as those from Google Earth) on the ground rather than just the green topo map. This helps the meteorologists at the station by showing them exactly where it's raining in relation to streets, buildings, ballfields, etc.

The TrueView system allows for local and nationwide radar sweeps. During local sweeps, National Weather Service NEXRAD radars in Wilmington, Ohiomarker, Indianapolis, Indianamarker, and Louisville, Kentuckymarker are used. The VIPIR 9 technology also utilizes the NEXRAD radars and Ultimate Doppler 9 to create its 3D images.

Newscasts

Weekdays

  • Good Morning Tri-State 4:55-7 AM
Kathrine Nero, Larry Handley (weather), Denise Johnson (traffic), Lance Barry (Breaking News Center anchor), Bill Price (live reporter), Jennifer Moore (News Forecast reporter) and Suzanne Murray (News Forecast reporter)
  • 9 News @ Noon: 12-1 PM
Tanya O'Rourke, Larry Handley (weather)
  • 9 News @ 5: 5–5:30 PM
Clyde Gray, Carol Williams, Steve Raleigh (weather)
  • 9 News @ 5:30: 5:30–6 PM
Brendan Keefe, Tanya O'Rourke, Steve Raleigh (weather), Dennis Janson (sports)
  • 9 News @ 6: 6–6:30 PM
Clyde Gray, Carol Williams, Steve Raleigh (weather), Dennis Janson (sports)
  • 9 News @ 11: 11–11:35 PM
Clyde Gray, Carol Williams, Steve Raleigh (weather), Dennis Janson (sports)

Weekends

  • Good Morning Tri-State 8–9 AM
Jenell Walton, Cyndee O'Quinn (weather)
  • 9 News @ Noon: 12-12:30 PM
Jenell Walton, Cyndee O'Quinn (weather)
  • 9 News @ 6: 6–6:30 PM
Julie O'Neill, Steve Norris (weather), John Popovich (sports)
  • 9 News @ 11: 11–11:35 PM
Julie O'Neill, Steve Norris (weather), John Popovich (sports)
  • Sports of All Sorts: 11:35 PM-12:30 AM
John PopovichCincinnati's longest running sports show

2007 Controversy

On March 7, 2007 at 5:45 AM, AM anchor David Rose was pulled off the air for slurring his words. He was let go 3 weeks later.

WCPO News Staff

This list includes not only on-air personalities. Producers, photographers, and other news department staff are listed here.

  • Clyde Gray
  • Carol Williams
  • Steve Raleigh
  • Dennis Jansen
  • Kathrine Nero
  • Larry Handley
  • Julie O'Neill
  • Denise Johnson
  • Jenell Walton
  • Tanya O'Rourke
  • Steve Norris
  • Cyndee O'Quinn
  • Mike Mattingly
  • John Popovich
  • Lance Barry
  • Lynn Giroud
  • Shannon Kettler
  • Hagit Limor
  • John Matarese
  • Tom McKee
  • Bill Price
  • Deb Silverman
  • Jay Warren
  • Mona Morrow
  • Ian Preuth
  • Lisa Toerne
  • Peter Kasprzycki
  • Lechelle Burke
  • Neil Relyea
  • Greg Ruschman, Jr.
  • Michael Benken
  • Richard Blake
  • Glenn Brockman
  • Wayne Chaney
  • Roger Fletcher
  • John Heheman
  • Greg Hill
  • Steve Hinton
  • Rob Hoffman
  • Greg Ireland
  • Leon Jones
  • Joe Martinelli
  • Thomas Powers
  • Greg Reams
  • Kristi Schalk
  • Dave Schwarberg
  • Mike Strotman
  • Kim Sullivan
  • Dan Tackett
  • Tom Talley
  • Brian Van Dolah
  • Steve Wilson
  • Matt Luken
  • Casi Mueller
  • Phyllis Parker
  • Kim Speagle
  • Michael Benedic
  • Eric Clajus
  • Phil Drechsler
  • Sean Dunster
  • Ron Fischer
  • Jason Garrison
  • Jeremy Glover
  • Terry Helmer (Chief Photographer)
  • Gary Hughes
  • Tom Jordan (Editor)
  • Phillip Lee
  • Dave Marlo
  • Anthony Mirones
  • Greg Singleton
  • Mark Slaughter
  • Dwayne Slavey
  • Tyson Thorp
  • Scott Wegener
  • Bill Fee- President & General Manager
  • Jana Soete
  • Robyn Tyndall
  • Kevin Delaney
  • Jeannine Gallenstein
  • Sheri Hammel
  • Doug Lillibridge
  • Suzanne Murray
  • Carole Rawlins
  • Tasha Thomas
  • Mary Tignor
  • Mark Sickmiller
  • Jennifer Moore
  • Brian Haitz
  • Annette Peagler
  • Nicholas Helton


Notable alumni



News/Station Presentation

Newscast titles

  • Channel 9 News (1989–1995)
  • 9 News (1995–present)


Station Slogans

  • Reach for the Stars on Channel 9 (1981–1982; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • 9 Stands for News (1994-2001)
  • On Your Side (2001–present; news slogan)
  • Always On (2004–present; general slogan)


External links



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