Friday, November 05, 1999

Pat Barry gets WKRC-AM show




BY JOHN KIESEWETTER
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Pat Barry's stint subbing for WLW-AM's Mike McConnell last week has resulted in his own radio talk show.

        Mr. Barry, who left radio to become a TV weatherman in 1984, will replace the G. Gordon Liddy syndicated show on WKRC-AM (550) by the end of the month.

        The move was made by Darryl Parks, the former WKRC-AM program director who returned to Cincinnati in August as Clear Channel's AM operations director for WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (1360), WSAI-AM (1530) and WKRC-AM.

        Mr. Parks wanted to replace Liddy 31/2 years ago, before he left for WTVN-AM in Columbus. But he never found the right person.

        Mr. Barry, 48, who left Channel 19 on May 26, wasn't looking for a full-time radio gig when he sat in on WLW-AM recently.

        “It was one of those things where it was kind of fun, and they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. It should be fun,” he says.

        Mr. Barry isn't a total stranger to talk radio. He hosted WLW-AM's Midday in the summer of 1985, after Alan Gardner and before Mr. McConnell took the shift.

        The Springfield native has spent more than 25 years on Tristate airwaves. He came to town for the old WSAI-FM in 1973, then worked most of the next 10 years at WKRQ-FM. He quit Q102 in 1984 to become the primary weatherman at WLWT (Channel 5).

        Mr. Barry will begin his 3-6 p.m. shift on Nov. 29, he says.

        ROCK LEGENDS: Four former Tristate rock 'n' roll DJs — Steve Kirk, Shad O'Shea, Steve “Ironjaws” Palmer and Dick Von Hoene — will be honored Saturday at the Legends of Rock 'n' Roll III 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Music Hall ballroom.

        • Mr. Kirk was with old WSAI-AM (1360) in 1964 when the station brought the Beatles to Cincinnati. He spent 25 years at Dayton's WING-AM before retiring to Florida.

        • Mr. O'Shea did mornings in 1963-64 with Mike Gavin on old WCPO-AM (1230). The Westwood author and record producer owns the Fraternity Records label.

        • Mr. Palmer hosted Yours for the Asking, a WCPO-AM call-in show, in the 1950s. The Hyde Park resident also did announcing for WCPO-TV, and owned an advertising business.

        • Mr. Von Hoene, best known as the “Cool Ghoul” TV host, spun records on WCPO-AM in the 1960s too. The Western Hills resident hosts Northern Kentucky Magazine at 10 a.m.-noon weekdays on Northern Kentucky's Insight cable Channel 6 (formerly known as InterMedia, TKR or Storer Cable).

        Previously honored have been Bob Braun, Dusty Rhodes, Jim LaBarbara, Gill Sheppard, Bugs Scruggs, Jim Dandy, Jack Stahl and Jim Scott.

        The Anderson Hills Kiwanis Club sponsors the induction and dance as a benefit for the Kiwanis I.D.D. Fund to help prevent mental retardation. Tickets are $15 at Ticketmaster (562-4949). (For information about the entertainment, see Larry Nager's “Nightbeat” on Page 31 of Weekend.)

        SHORT FALL: Martin Short's tenure at 10 a.m. weekdays on WLWT was short, indeed. Channel 5 will banish the syndicated Martin Short Show to 2:05 a.m. on Monday, and return the Donnie & Marie talk show to 10 a.m.

        In October, Short averaged 0.6 of a rating point, tied with instructional programming on WCET-TV (Channel 48)!

        Channel 9's Rosie O'Donnell won the time period (4.9 rating), followed by Channel 19's rookie Divorce Court (3.3), Channel 64's Jenny Jones (1.6) and Channel 12's Dr. Joy Browne (1.5).

        ENQUIRERING MIND: Enquirering minds have wanted to know: When will Ballykissangel,an English drama about a Catholic priest, resume on Oxford's WPTO-TV (Channel 14)?

        Good news: Channel 14 is repeating all of the Ballykissangel episodes, starting with the pilot, through Jan. 2. Catch the first episode at 8 p.m. Saturday or 6 p.m. Sunday.

        The second episode, and all subsequent installments, will air three times at week: 9 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

        A Channel 14 spokeswoman says new episodes may air early next year.

        BURSE HIRED: Former Channel 5 meteorologist Tom Burse has found work up the road at Dayton's WKEF-TV (Channel 22).

        Before being named chief meteorologist at the NBC station, he had been doing fill-in work at Dayton's WDTN-TV (Channel 2). Mr. Burse was Channel 5's chief meteorologist for three years (1994-97).

        BLUES NOTE: Dan Strunk, former Roadhouse Blues overnight host on Clermont County's WOBO-FM, hosts blues on WNOP-AM (740) Saturday midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday. Until last week, his show had aired Saturday mornings.

        CHANNEL 19 NEWS: WXIX-TV weekend anchor Regina Carswell has been honored for her community service by the National Council of Negro Women, a nonprofit voluntary service organization founded in 1935. Ms. Carswell, a board member of the Race Relations Council of Greater Cincinnati, “is an active volunteer for such causes as AIDS awareness, youth mentoring and adult literacy,” says Mary Taylor of the NCNW.

       



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