WHIO-TV broadcasters share memories

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 10:49 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 10:49 AM

Read some memories from current and past WHIO-TV broadcasters who took the time to tell us what the remember the most about working at 1414 Wilmington Avenue.

Jim Otte:

It's not so much the building at 1414 Wilmington Avenue that I will miss, it will be the people who worked there.

Don Wayne and Jim Baldridge come to mind first.

I arrived in 1988 and found an amazing amount of professionalism and pride in Channel 7. The close quarters of the building forced people to work together in ways most businesses never see. We could get things done despite the emerging technology.

So many famous people made their way through the hallways at one time or another in both radio and TV.

What will I miss about the building? It will certainly not be the decor or design.

It had outlived its usefulness long ago. Still, it was home for so long.


Steve Baker:

One of my memories of 1414, as an employee of WHIO, is that I never had a desk. 

But my real memories date back to the 1950s when my dad was employed at WHIO for 14 years in a number of capacities.  As a youngster, on many occasions, I would go with my dad to 1414 on Saturday mornings when he would go into work for just a few hours.  I would sit in a small booth above Studio C and watch live TV involving Uncle Orrie, Nosey the Clown, Ferdie Fussbudget, and Whitey the Baker.  On occasion, I would even be in the audience. 

I was in awe of Don Wayne and that he knew my dad and called me by name.  Stan Mouse, Chuck Upthegrove, Winston Hoener, Kenny Roberts, Betty Rogge, Lou Emm, and Ted Ryan are a few of the names I recall from those early years.  I remember the children’s Christmas parties on live TV when I was a kid.  That all ended for me on July 1, 1959, when my dad, C. Oscar Baker, took over ownership of WPTW Radio in Piqua and we moved from 2510 Catalpa Drive in Dayton to Piqua after I graduated from 8th grade at Our Lady of Mercy. 

I was back again at 1414 on April Fool’s Day, 1980, when I became an employee at WHIO-TV.  I then remember taking my own kids to see Santa (Denny Cheatham) on live TV as WHIO celebrated Christmas year after year with the children of their employees. 

My dad started at WHIO in the Dayton Daily News building on Ludlow Street and moved to 1414 Wilmington.  My career started at 1414 and has moved into the Dayton Daily News building on S. Main Street.   And I still don’t have a desk!

Sher Patrick: Former WHIO-TV broadcaster

This past weekend, I drove past the former home of WHIO-TV and Cox Radio on Wilmington Ave. with the words of Jim Otte in mind. “The building is coming down next week.” My son was with me and I told him the news. He of course didn’t perceive the emotion behind it. So I told him why it mattered to me.

The building was the site of my first “real job.” It was my home away from home where I learned the business of news. I learned intensity and irreverent humor there. I spent five years of 10-12 hour days there beginning in a newsroom where we all shared the four manual typewriters that sat on desks ringing a central column.

The anchors had their own typewriters but the reporters shared. Whoever had the lead at 6 got “first dibs.” If your story was buried in the lineup or worse, scheduled for the 7pm, you had to wait to get a typewriter. I learned on an electric typewriter in school and had to develop the finger strength to type on a manual. It was in that building that I learned to love the “bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz” sound of paper being ripped out of the typewriter the wrong way spinning the roller when a story wasn’t coming together. We couldn’t even imagine at that time using a computer to type our stories with the option of editing a sentence you didn’t like.

We eventually got a new newsroom with electric typewriters and nice desks for ourselves. We were a family in that room where occasional tantrums were not out of place. Smoke lingered there in the air where our senior anchor, Don Wayne, puffed away while working. It was there with a gulp in my throat that I approached Ed Krahling with my script for his Noon show. He always bled red ink on my scripts and they were always better for it. One of my best memories, just a little thing, was Ed going out to check the “Accu-Door” to see what the weather was doing before the Noon News. It was his word for a garage door referencing our weather information provider, AccuWeather. Ed had a smile like a mischievous little boy, that light in his eyes bright with intelligence and humor

The lobby was spacious and filled with comfortable furniture and a centralized reception desk that was accessible and friendly. It shrank over the years until it was a small foyer with a receptionist behind glass for security reasons. But until then, it was a place where we shot interviews with the proverbial plant and lamp in the background of our subject. It was a place people slept when major news events kept staff around the clock. It set the tone of WHIO. Visitors knew they were visiting a prestigious location, the number one CBS affiliate in the country.

The back door, actually the side door, was the door we in the newsroom used. It was only feet from the AccuDoor. Who could have fond memories of a door? Me I guess. I burst out that door so many times in a rush to get to a story and meet up with the photographer waiting in the parking lot in a news car or live truck. I crept quietly through that door some days hardly breathing thinking I might get a full lunch break if somehow the building didn’t notice me leaving—hoping my pager would not go off before I got halfway through a meal. The newsroom always knew I was “on lunch,” but as they say “news happens.”

When Cox moved to the south end of downtown, it became more convenient for me as a PR/marketing person for Community Blood Center to visit. Seeing the abandoned building on Wilmington always saddened me though. It seemed to deserve better. When it becomes an empty lot, I will no doubt find a way to avoid driving past it for awhile.

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

Election Board Moves Carefully On Husted Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Board of Elections attorney will review voting residency laws before the board decides if it will move forward on an investigation of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering.

The four-person board has asked for the legal review after member Dennis Lieberman, a Democrat, said an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News article raised questions about Husted's residency and voter registration.

"I think we have an obligation to look into it," Lieberman said.

Republican board members Jim Nathanson and Greg Gantt, county party chairman and chairman of the board, both referred to an investigation of Husted as a "witch hunt." Nathanson said he does not think it "serves anyone" to look into Husted's residency this close to the election.

Husted, elected to the House in 2000, said, "if they haven't filed a complaint (then) they must not think there is a problem."

He is running for a Senate seat from the 6th District against Centerville School Board member John Doll, a Democrat.

The deadline to remove names from the ballot has passed, but the board can review the validity of Husted's voter registration.

A legislator must be a legal resident of his district and can be forced to forfeit the seat if he is not.

Ohio law on residency for voting purposes says a person's residence is the "place where the family of a married person resides."

Husted has been dogged by questions about his residency for several years because he stays with his wife and children in Upper Arlington and is rarely seen at his home in Kettering, 148 Sherbrooke Drive.

He is registered to vote in Montgomery County. His wife, Tina, is registered in Upper Arlington. Jon Husted voted absentee every time he cast a ballot since 2005 and voted in person every time prior to that, according to Montgomery County board of elections records.

Since their marriage in 2005, the Husteds have simultaneously owned or co-owned properties that they've called "principal residences" and received 2.5 percent property tax reductions allowed for owner-occupied homes. The law states that a couple can take the tax break on only one house. Neither Husted applied for an exception.

On Friday, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said Tina Husted should repay a tax break the Husteds claimed on the Columbus condominium she and Jon co-owned as a "principal residence" at the same time she got a $207.46 tax break on a different home she owned.

Husted said he and his wife have now repaid $27.22 to the auditor, who told him there are no other problems. Testa could not be reached for comment. Husted said Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith informed him "everything is fine" in this county.

However, Keith said he's only verified that the tax break was properly taken on the Kettering home since 1995 and that Husted is registered to vote there. He said it is up to Testa to review that information for possible conflicts with Tina's tax breaks. Keith said he will continue his inquiry.

As of last week, the couple was renting a home at 2672 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington. Husted would not directly say if they moved over the weekend to a house Tina owns at 2305 Haverford Road, Upper Arlington.

"We are no longer renting the Coventry and the only Columbus residence or Columbus property that we own, that my wife owns, is the property on Haverford," Husted said.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

Husted Residency Still Questioned, To Appear Before Board

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, must appear on Jan. 7 before the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which is investigating whether he lives in his district at the Kettering address where he is registered to vote, the board decided on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

A letter will be sent to Husted outlining what documents the board is requesting he provide to prove his residency, said Steve Harsman, board director. Requests for an investigation came from a Kettering Republican and a liberal nonprofit group after an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News story raised new questions about Husted's residency.

Husted, who could not be reached for comment, says his home is at 148 Sherbrooke Ave. in Kettering. However, he said he sometimes stays with his wife, Tina, in an Upper Arlington house she owns because the demands of his job as House Speaker frequently keep him in Columbus. Jon and Tina have one son and Jon has a son from his first marriage.

Husted took an apartment in Columbus shortly after becoming 37th District representative in 2001 and bought a Columbus condominium in 2003. He became speaker and married Tina in 2005. They co-owned a Columbus condominium they sold in 2007. Husted's wife is registered to vote at the Upper Arlington home.

Husted rarely had official business scheduled on his calendar after mid-August, when the House was not in session this year, according to a daily calendar provided by his office. It also shows few trips to his district. A travel expense report Husted signed for a 2005 trip to a conference in Las Vegas listed his home address as 911 Manor Lane, Columbus, which was the first condo he owned. A 2005 traffic citation handled in Upper Arlington Mayor's court also lists that as his home address.

In January Husted will take office as a sixth district senator. Ohio law requires that legislators live in their district.

In October the Daily News reported that Jon and Tina Husted had simultaneously claimed homes in Upper Arlington and Kettering as "principal" residences and taken property tax breaks for owner-occupied homes on them. They also claimed the condo they co-owned as a principal residence, while claiming the same tax break on homes in Kettering and Upper Arlington.

Tina was ordered by Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to repay the tax break for the condominium. Testa said he considers the matter closed. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said he believes Husted qualifies for the tax break in Kettering, and he said state payroll records list it as Husted's home.

"If the board of elections determines that his voter registration is invalid at that address then I will have to take another look," Keith said.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Snake Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.