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RCN Publisher Debuts as Host of WVXU's Cincinnati Edition on Monday

Michael Monks, founder, editor, and publisher of The River City News debuts as host of Cincinnati Edition Monday on 91.7 WVXU, Cincinnati's NPR member station.

The show airs weekdays at a new time, noon.

On Monday, the first show featuring Monks will highlight the friendly and complicated relationship between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, with a focus on the possibility of having competing observation wheels on both the Cincinnati and Newport riverfronts.

With Cincinnati Edition's move to noon, Fresh Air will broadcast at 1 p.m. on weekdays in the local show's former time slot.

Monks replaces interim host and longtime local media personality Dan Hurley who had been filling in as interim host for ten months.

Monks was announced as the new host on December 17 after a lengthy search by Cincinnati Public Radio, which owns WVXU and classical music station WGUC. He is a longtime local journalist with stints at WXIX News, WLW radio, and Grant County Broadcasters where he presented the morning news on 106.7 WNKR and 105.9 WNKN. He also taught public speaking at Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

There was a two-fold reason for the time change to noon, according to Chris Phelps, VP of Content for Cincinnati Public Radio. "The noon time slot provides added exposure for Cincinnati Edition, a signature program of WVXU and Cincinnati Public Radio," Phelps said. "Those listeners who have not been able to listen because of work, may be able to tune in while at lunch. Guests are also more likely to be on the move at the noon hour and better able to fit an appearance into their schedule."

A few of the topics that will be featured during the first week of the relaunched Cincinnati Edition include a look at regional opportunities and challenges on both sides of the river; a conversation with award-winning local mixologist Molly Wellmann; how Ohio and Kentucky legislatures are addressing marijuana issues; the roles being played by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell in the current political climate; and Friday shows will still feature local reporters reviewing the news of the week.

Listeners are encourage to interact with Cincinnati Edition via phone (513.419.7155), email ([email protected]), or by Facebook or Twitter.

-Staff report

Photo: Michael Monks