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WCPO-TV, channel 9, is a broadcast television station in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA affiliated with the ABC network. WCPO's studio is located in the Mount Adams neighborhood of Cincinnati, just outside of Eden Park. Its transmitter is located along Symmes Street, just south of East McMillan Street in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati, Ohio
Branding Channel 9 (general)

9 News (newscasts)

Slogan On Your Side (newscasts)

Always On (general)

Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)

Virtual: 9 (PSIP)

Subchannels 9.1 ABC

9.2 Weather Tracker

Affiliations American Broadcasting Company
Owner The E.W. Scripps Company

(Scripps Media, Inc.)

First air date July 26, 1949
Call letters' meaning Cincinnati POst

(A now defunct Scripps newspaper)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

7 (1949–1952) 9 (1952–2009)

Former affiliations Primary:

ABC (1949–1961) CBS (1961–1996) Secondary: DuMont (1949–1956)

Transmitter power 16.3 kW (digital)
Height 272 m (digital)
Facility ID 59438
Transmitter coordinates 39°7′30″N 84°29′56″W / 39.125°N 84.49889°W / 39.125; -84.49889

The station is 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 Kentucky edition (which became an online-only publication simultaneously with the closure of the Cincinnati Post). It is the only major Cincinnati television station under the same ownership since its inception as well as the only major station in town to remain owned by a locally-based company. As such, it is the flagship of Scripps' broadcasting division.[citation needed]

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[edit] 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 WUBE). 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-TV in 1961, becoming a CBS affiliate. This deal came because WKRC-TV's owner, Taft Broadcasting, had very good relations with ABC.

[2][3]WCPO station identification in 1991, while the station was a CBS affiliateFor 35 years, WCPO had been one of CBS' strongest affiliates. However, 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-TV in Detroit and WEWS in Cleveland. Both of those stations had been heavily wooed by CBS, which was about to lose its longtime Detroit and Cleveland 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 December 2009, WCPO reached an agreement with local Fox affiliate WXIX-TV to pool videographers at press conferences.[1]

[edit] 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.[2]

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.

[edit] 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.[3]

[edit] Post-analog shutdown

After the analog television shutdown occurred on June 12, 2009,[4] WCPO-DT remained on its pre-transition channel number, 10.[5] However, since many viewers had reception issues after the digital transition, even with 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.[6][7] On October 7, 2009, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" for WCPO-TV, which gives the public 25 days to comment on the proposed channel change.[8] On December 10, 2009, the FCC issued a Report & Order, approving WCPO's move from Channel 10 to 22.[9] On January 19, 2010, WCPO filed a minor change application for a construction permit for their new allotment. The FCC granted the construction permit on July 9.[10] The station expects to switchover to channel 22 on November 15. [11]

[edit] Programming

All Scripps-Howard owned 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 1960s, 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.

[edit] News operation

In recent years, WCPO and WKRC have been battling each other for first place in the local television viewership ratings, while NBC affiliate WLWT 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. Even after the affiliation switch in 1996 involving two of the strongest affiliates of their respective networks at the time, both stations have remained among the strongest affiliates of their current respective networks. Consumer reporter John Matarese's reports have been syndicated to nine other stations, five of which are Scripps-owned, since 2003. However, as of October 12, 2010, Matarese's consumer reports have been aired on 11 other stations, of which the majority of them are Scripps owned.[12]

[edit] 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-TV'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.[13] 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.

[edit] 2007 controversy

On March 7, 2007 at 5:45 am, morning anchor David Rose was pulled off the air for slurring his words. He was let go three weeks later.[14]

[edit] 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 Batavia 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, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky are used. The VIPIR 9 technology also utilizes the NEXRAD radars and Ultimate Doppler 9 to create its 3D images.

[edit] Newscasts

[edit] Weekdays

  • Good Morning Tri-State 4:30-7 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: noon-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)

[edit] Weekends

  • Good Morning Tri-State 8–9 am: Jenell Walton, Cyndee O'Quinn (weather)
  • 9 News @ Noon: noon-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 Popovich - Cincinnati's longest running sports show

[edit] News staff

[edit] Current


  • Lance Barry - breaking news anchor
  • Clyde Gray - weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 pm
  • Brendan Keefe - weeknights at 5:30 pm
  • Kathrine Nero - weekday mornings "Good Morning Tri-State"
  • Julie O'Neill - weekend evenings (also weekday reporter)
  • Tanya O'Rourke - weekdays at noon and weeknights at 5:30 pm
  • Jenell Walton - weekend mornings (also weekday reporter)
  • Carol Williams - weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 pm


  • Denise Johnson - traffic reporter
  • Shannon Kettler - general assignment reporter
  • Hagit Limor - "I-Team" investigative reporter
  • Adam Marshall - general assignment reporter
  • John Matarese - consumer reporter (also reports for eleven other stations throughout the U.S.; including a handful of Scripps stations)
  • Tom McKee - general assignment reporter
  • Anthony Mirones - "I-Team" investigative reporter
  • Jennifer Moore - "News Forecast" reporter, seen weekday mornings
  • Suzanne Murray - "News Forecast" reporter, seen weekday mornings
  • Bill Price - morning reporter
  • Deb Silverman - Butler and Warren County reporter
  • Jay Warren - general assignment reporter

9 News Forecasters

  • Steve Raleigh (AMS/NWA Seals of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 pm
  • Larry Handley - meteorologist; weekday mornings "Good Morning Tri-State"
  • Steve Norris - meteorologist; weekends at 6 and 11 pm
  • Cyndee O'Quinn (AMS Member; NWA Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekend mornings

Sports Team

  • John Popovich - Sports Director; weekends at 6 and 11 pm (also host and producer of Sports of All Sorts)
  • Dennis Jansen - Sports Anchor; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 pm
  • Scott Kyser - Fill-In Sports Anchor
  • Mike Mattingly - Sports Reporter


  • Bill Fee - President & General Manager
  • Bob Morford - News Director
  • Robyn Tyndall - Executive Producer
  • Carole Rawlins - Executive Producer
  • Kevin Delaney - News Producer
  • Stephanie Edmunds - News Producer
  • Jeannine Gallenstein - News Producer
  • Sheri Hammel - News Producer
  • Doug Lillibridge - News Producer
  • Suzanne Murray - News Producer
  • Tasha Thomas - News Producer
  • Mary Tignor - News Producer
  • Kelli Fulk - Editor
  • Tom Jordan - Editor
  • Lechelle Burke - Assignment Editor
  • Jana Soete - Assignment Editor
  • Mona Morrow - Public Affairs Director
  • Brooke Anderson - Executive Producer of New Media
  • William Bullock - Director of New Media
  • Anthony Yarro - New Media Sales Coordinator
  • Sean Dunster - Executive Producer of Special Projects
  • Mike Mattingly - Special Projects Producer
  • Annette Peagler - Broadcast Television Apprentice
  • Ian Preuth - WCPO Web Team
  • Neil Relyea - WCPO Web Team
  • Kerry Duke - KYpost Web Team
  • Jessica Noll - KYpost Web Team
  • Terry Helmer - Chief Photographer
  • Michael Benedic - News Photographer
  • Eric Clajus - News Photographer
  • Phil Drechsler - News Photographer
  • Ron Fischer - News Photographer
  • Jason Garrison - News Photographer
  • Jeremy Glover - News Photographer
  • Phillip Lee - News Photographer
  • Dave Marlo - News Photographer
  • Larry Shields - News Photographer
  • Greg Singleton - Special Projects Photographer
  • Mark Slaughter - News Photographer
  • Dwayne Slavey - News Photographer
  • Tyson Thorp - News Photographer
  • Scott Wegener - News Photographer


News/station presentation

[4][5]1975 TV Guide advertisement for The Al Schottelkotte News===Newscast titles===

  • The Al Schottelkotte News (1959–1986?)
  • Channel 9 News (1960s-1982 and 1986–1995)
  • 9 Newswatch (1982–1986)
  • 9 News (1995–present)

Station slogans

  • The Best is Right Here on Channel 9 / Channel 9 is Easy on the Eyes (1973–1974; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • See the Best...Channel 9 (1974–1975; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Where News is First (c. 1975)
  • Catch the Brightest Stars on Channel 9 (1975–1976; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Channel 9, We're the Hot Ones (1976–1977; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • There's Something in the Air, on Channel 9 (1977–1978; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Channel 9, Turn Us On, We'll Turn You On (1978–1979; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We're Looking Good on Channel 9 (1979–1980; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Looking Good Together, Channel 9 (1980–1981; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Reach for the Stars on Channel 9 (1981–1982; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Great Moments on Channel 9 (1982–1983; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch, You and Channel 9 (1983–1984; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You and Channel 9, We've Got the Touch (1984–1985; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch on Channel 9 (1985–1986; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Share the Spirit on Channel 9 (1986–1987; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Channel 9 Spirit, Oh Yeah! (1987–1988; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You Can Feel It on Channel 9 (1988–1989; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Cincinnati, Get Ready for Channel 9 (1989–1990; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Get Ready for Channel 9 (1990–1991; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Look of Cincinnati is Channel 9 (1991–1992; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • This is CBS, on Channel 9 (1992–1993; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • 9 Stands for News (1994–1998)
  • Your Hometown Station (1998–2001)[16]
  • 9 On Your Side (2001–present; news slogan)[16]
  • Always On (2004–present; general slogan)

[6] This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.==External links==


  1. ^ Kiesewetter, John (2009-12-11). "What Does The Ch 9-19 Pool Video Agreement Mean?". Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  2. ^ McKee, Tom (2005-10-14). "October 15, 1980: Gunman Takes Control Of WCPO-TV". (Scripps Howard Broadcasting Company). Retrieved 2007-09-29.
  3. ^ Matarese, John (2009-01-13). "Some Cable Customers Losing Weather Radar Channel". WCPO-TV (Scripps TV Station Group). Retrieved 2009-01-26.
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  5. ^ CDBS Print
  6. ^ Petition for Rulemaking by WCPO-TV
  7. ^ Eggerton, John (2009-10-07). "FCC Proposes Changing WCPO Channel Assignment". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  8. ^ "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by WCPO-TV"
  9. ^ "Report & Order by WCPO-TV"
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  13. ^ JVC (2007-06-04). "Scripps Speeds Conversion to HD News with Adoption of JVC ProHD". Press release. Retrieved 2007-09-29.
  14. ^ Television: What's Up With David Rose?
  15. ^ Kiesewetter, John (2007-02-02). "Ch 9 in & Randy Little out at B105". Retrieved 2007-09-29.
  16. ^ a b Bird, Rick (2002-01-18). "Ch. 9 'On Your Side'". The Cincinnati Post (E. W. Scripps Company). Retrieved 2009-12-03. "...Channel 9 has subtly dropped its 'hometown' moniker, used in promos and news features since 1998. ... Now the station's new positioning statement is '9 On Your Side.'"
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