WHIO-TV’s Otte inducted into Broadcasters Hall of Fame tonight

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 12:33 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 2:18 AM

WHIO-TV reporter Jim Otte interviews Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express in Dayton and the American Trucking Association. Otte will be inducted into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame in September. CONTRIBUTED
WHIO-TV reporter Jim Otte interviews Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express in Dayton and the American Trucking Association. Otte will be inducted into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame in September. CONTRIBUTED

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m.

WHIO-TV reporter Jim Otte, who also is the host of “WHIO Reports,” was unducted tonight into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Jim Otte, WHIO-TV reporter was inducted Sept. 21, 2017, into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame

EARLIER REPORT

WHIO-TV reporter Jim Otte and the host of WHIO Reports is among those slated this year to be inducted into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

The hall announced in March its 2017 slate of inductees. This year, six broadcasters will be inducted along with four broadcasting “pioneers” and a Community Service Award honoree.

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The 10 inductees will be honored at a ceremony at the Marriott at the University of Dayton tonight.

These honorees are:

Christopher Geisen: A popular co-host of the No. 1 rated “Kerrigan & Christopher Morning Show” on WTUE ratio from (1988 to 1999). First introduced to broadcasting in 1973 in Erlanger, Ky., he has continues working in radio, as well as volunteering to charity events including: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, breast cancer awareness, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and animal well-being shelters, the organization said in its announcement.

Joe Smith: Smith is the long-time host of “Clubhouse 22” on WKEF-TV from 1970-1979 and vice president of production from 1980 to 1986. Smith is working today on-air in Portland, Ore., the hall said.

John King: With 30 years of radio broadcasting experience, King served as regional president, senior vice president, general manager, operational manager, program director and on-air talent at stations in Dayton and around the country. Today, he is the senior vice president/market manager at Alpha Media USA in Dayton.

Natasha Williams: Presently, anchor and reporter at WKEF Television, Natasha has a history in the broadcasting industry dating back to 1990 in Jackson, Tenn. where she began her career.

“Along with her extensive career in broadcasting, her commitment to the community is equally as dedicated,” the hall said. “Williams enjoys mentoring aspiring journalists, as well as volunteering countless hours annually to lend her voice to local not-for-profit organizations.”

Jeff Stevens: Today, he is senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia/Dayton, program director at WMMX and morning show co-host of the “Jeff, Gina and Dave Show.” He is also the host of the Time Warp Cafe weekdays at noon and host of the 80’s Show, which is broadcast on over 40 iHeartRadio stations across the country.

James (Jim) Otte: Otte is the reporter and producer of the WHIO I-Team at WHIO-TV and the host of “WHIO Reports,” a weekly public affairs program. His tenure with the station dates back to 1988. He began his broadcasting career on Ohio Public Radio in 1982.

“Jim is known for his investigative work covering the Ohio Statehouse, government and politics,” the hall said. “At WHIO-TV, he began the ‘Wastebusters’ segment covering government waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayers’ dollars in Dayton.”

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And those named “pioneers” include:

Dick Bieser: He began his broadcasting career in 1952, in his hometown of Centralia, IL. He rose to the position of news director and managed the station for nearly two years before getting back into news.

He joined the WHIO-TV news department as daytime assignment editor before he became news director. He worked as a contributing reporter on-air and anchored the newscasts Saturday evenings. Dick worked at WHIO-TV from 1965 to 1993.

Ed Hamlyn: Hamlyn was the former news director at WDTN Television. He was born in Hamilton in 1917. He began his broadcasting career with stops in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Texas, before landing in Dayton.

“He knew the importance of giving back to community and served on numerous boards and community committees including: the Montgomery County Historical Society, Aviation Trail board and The League of Woman Voters,” the hall said.

Joe Rockhold: Rockhold hosted one of the first live entertainment television shows in the Dayton area on WHIO-TV. He created the popular character “Uncle Orrie,” entertaining thousands of Miami Valley young people. In addition to his work as “Uncle Orrie,” Joe Rockhold hosted various public affairs programs on WHIO.

Jack Jacobson: Jacobson created many popular characters, including “Nosey the Clown.” Both Jacobson and Rockhold made television history at a time in the early 1950s when television was just coming of age.

Every two years, the hall names someone who “has been a friend of the media, as well as a dedicated and innovative leader in the community.”

This year’s Community Service Award will be given to Judge Alice O. McCollum.

Judge McCollum is the first woman to serve on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Probate Division, having been first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008. Prior to sitting on the bench in the Probate Division, she was the first and only woman elected to the Dayton Municipal Court bench.

McCollum served the Dayton Municipal Court for 24 years and has served on many community boards.

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New spam impacts some Gmail accounts

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:37 PM

A new form of spam is causing some computer experts to scratch their heads.  

Messages you didn’t send but appear to come from your Gmail account may wind up in your sent messages folder.

The trick lets the spammers bypass Gmail’s spam filters, according to Gizmodo.com.

This doesn’t mean your account has been compromised, in fact, the problem continues for some users who have changed their password, or use two-factor authentication, according to Cnet.com.  

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Kohl’s to partner with ALDI grocery stores

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:45 PM
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 3:37 PM

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Kohl’s will partner with discount grocer ALDI, company officials told analysts in March.

Kohl’s will cut five to 10 stores in half and put ALDI in the other half of the stores, Kohl’s CEO Kevin Mansell told securities analysts last month after the company reported positive fourth-quarter financial results.

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ALDI will be separate from the Kohl’s entrance, and customers would have to go outside to get from one store to another. The locations of these stores have not been disclosed yet.

The move comes after the retailer announced last September that it would partner with Amazon to offer free  returns for Amazon customers in stores. The retail store announced that 82 stores across Los Angeles and Chicago will offer free returns for Amazon customers starting in October. Kohl’s will “pack and ship eligible Amazon return items for free, providing an additional service and convenience to Amazon customers within select Kohl’s stores,” the company announced.

Kohl’s ended the fiscal year with 1,158 Kohl’s stores in 49 states. During 2017, the company opened four Kohl’s stores and relocated one Kohl’s store.

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3 big changes happening at Mall at Fairfield Commons

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 12:58 PM
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Mall at Fairfield Commons anchors retail in Beavercreek

Several changes are coming to the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

The mall, featuring more than 135 stores like Elder-BeermanJCPenneyMacy’sSearsAbercrombie & Fitch, is going through several changes this spring. Some stores have closed recently, including Osterman Jewelers. That store was located next to Nirvana and across from H&M.

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Victoria's Secret is expanding at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. “Right now, they’re still located next to Macy’s but be on the lookout later this year as they’ll be bigger and better than ever!” the mall posted on social media.(Kara Driscoll)

Victoria’s Secret will move locations and expand their footprint at the mall. Currently, the store is still located next to Macy’s. Victoria’s Secret sells lingerie, beauty products, fragrances, cosmetics and women’s apparel.

“Right now, they’re still located next to Macy’s but be on the lookout later this year as they’ll be bigger and better than ever!” the mall posted on social media.

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Factory One, a women’s clothing store, opened near Sears. The store offers women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and other items at affordable prices. A store associate told this news organization that the store celebrated its grand opening earlier this week.

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Women leadership program launched in Dayton area

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM


            Keynote speaker Beth Mooney, KeyCorp CEO, addressed the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF
Keynote speaker Beth Mooney, KeyCorp CEO, addressed the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF

A new program in the Dayton area is designed to empower the next generation of women in executive leadership.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is working with Aileron to launch a new program called Empower to help women in management grow their careers.

The new program was presented Tuesday morning at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, held at Sinclair Community College.

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Empower will be a 10-month intensive cohort, said Kevin Weckesser, board president of the chamber.

“Created for women in mid to to upper management, Empower will guide participates as they identify their own leadership strengths, values and goals while empowering them to eliminate barriers to advancement,” Weckesser said.

Participants will attend in-depth leadership workshops, day-sessions and business coaching.

Weckesser said those in the cohort will get hands on business coaching to develop “their own personal brand” and build a support system to help them build their career.

“Our goal is to change the culture in the business community and pave the way to the top for all motivated business leaders,” he said.

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The goal of the program is to eliminate barriers that keep women from advancing their careers, encourage authentic self reflection, connect women with peer leaders and change the culture within organizations in the Dayton area.

Candidates for Empower should be someone who is already in a manager or leadership role and has been identified as a candidate for future growth opportunities or wants to take their leadership to the next level.

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Applications will be accepted for the inaugural 2018 Empower program year through May 31. Participants will be selected in July, and the program will begin in September.

Program pricing is $3,000 for Dayton Area Chamber members and $4,800 for non-chamber members.

Aileron is a Tipp City-area campus that supports businesses and entrepreneurs and was founded by Clay Mathile, former CEO of Iams Co.

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