Bill Rinehart is Senior Correspondent for 700WLW News. Though despite his best efforts, no-one else will refer to him by that title.
He came to the Big One in August, 2004. His beat covers City Hall, Hamilton County Commissioners, breaking news, and anything else that comes along.
In his private life, he likes books, movies, television shows, and music. He is also a big fan of certain foods, and beverages. His hobbies include doing things, not doing other things, and blogging.
This blog takes an unflinching look, behind the scenes, in the newsroom. But mostly, it's just an excuse for you to not do any real work.
This weekend, in Cincinnati, there's a salute to the USO. It includes the Cincinnati Pops concert at Music Hall, and the traveling replica of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial at the Cincinnati Museum Center. And that's fitting, considering Union Terminal's relationship with the USO, reaching back to World War II.
Scott Gampfer is Director of History Collections and Library at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and talked with us about that relationship.
I stopped by Pandoracon this afternoon, to see it all for myself. (See Pandoracon story in previous blog entry, and see Pandoracon photos HERE.) There were a lot of costumes, representing Firefly, The Legend of Zelda, Pirates of the Carribbean, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, steampunk, and of course, Doctor Who.
And while there, I met the people who built the TARDIS in the photo. They submitted to an interview, and you can listen in.
At the Cincinnati Zoo this weekend, they're celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the birth of a Maasai giraffe. There will be cake for Lulu, and her parents, and treats for humans, starting at 10:30, Friday morning.
Here's video of Lulu, on the morning of her first venture outside, shortly after she was born. There's also an interview with Thane Maynard, of the Cincinnati Zoo, as mentioned on the air with Jim Scott this morning.
Anyone who knows me, knows what a huge nerd I am, especially when it comes to Doctor Who.
(A rare selfie)
So, when I was at the Cincinnati Film Festival last month, I was excited to come across a scale replica of the TARDIS, one of the icons of the long running British sci-fi programme. From there, I learned it will be at a convention this weekend in Springdale: Pandoracon is a celebration of "dorkdom", as the director, Aloysius Fox calls it.
Fox sat down for an interview with me on Thursday, to talk about Pandoracon, sci-fi, nerds, steampunk and all things geek. Listen to 700WLW newscasts, Saturday morning, for excerpts from that interview.
ICYMI: Thursday, fire departments from around the Tri-State gathered at the Firefighters Memorial, on Central Avenue, to remember the sacrifices of fallen comrades.
For photos from the event, Click Here.
Last year, we toured the Dent Schoolhouse and Kings Island's Halloween Haunt. This year, we traveled north, to Springboro for the Haunted Hayride and Black Bog. This is the 24th year for the seasonal tour, and on a chilly Friday night, it was easy to see why its been going so long, and with so many returning cast members.
I'd like to review both attractions, but don't want to give their secrets away. So, I'll say this: the Haunted Hayride is the tamer of the two, but, it has some amazing stunts. The set up and cast members of Black Bog do a great job of keeping visitors unsettled, sometimes in subtle ways.
Listen to an interview with show runner Bill Danishek:
To get you further into the spirit of the season, (which is the season of spirits). Washington Park is screening some classic horror films. They're showing the Universal monster films Dracula, and Frankenstein, and the neo-classic Gremlins. Details about Friday Fright Nights at their site.
3CDC is accepting entries for their annual Halloween contest at Fountain Square. And the prizes look to be worth dressing up for.
And for those of you more into the colors of autumn, the fall show is underway at the Krohn Conservatory. It bears mentioning again that they're featuring "Mitate: A Japanese Garden", now through October 27th. Go to their site and download a coupon for a buck off your admission.