Friday, January 11, 2002

Fuller's new radio program will cover news, civic affairs

Left anchor job to run for mayor

By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Courtis Fuller, the former WLWT—TV (Channel 5) news anchor and unsuccessful Cincinnati mayoral candidate, is going into radio.

        Mr. Fuller will debut a talk show, 1480 Talk with Courtis Fuller, Monday morningon WCIN-AM (1480).

        The talk show will air 10 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday. It will have a public affairs magazine format, featuring interviews with authors, entertainers, athletes and experts.

        “It was a rare opportunity and I'm glad I made the decision to run,” Mr. Fuller said Thursday of his bid for mayor. “Now it's time to focus on my craft at WCIN as a journalist. The talk show will be a great opportunity to do just that.”

        John Thomas, WCIN general manager, said Mr. Fuller should be a breath of fresh air in the crowded area talk show market — a lot of which, he said, is negative and not solution-oriented.

        “His (Mr. Fuller's) experience as a journalist, involvement in community and civic events will bring a refreshing and exciting change to the talk show arena,” Mr. Thomas said.

        A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Fuller worked at WLWT as a reporter and news anchor for 14 years before resigning in June to become the Charter candidate for a four-year term as strong mayor. He was defeated by Democrat Charlie Luken.

        Shortly after the November election, Mr. Fuller was attempting to return to work at Channel 5.

        “I'm looking forward to working something out, and I'm confident I can,” he said in late November. However, Channel 5 officials said then it was unlikely Mr. Fuller would rejoin the station as an anchor because it would be hard for him to be viewed as an objective reporter after he expressed his political views during the mayoral campaign.


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