WHIO-TV News Center 7 names McCall Vrydaghs to Chief Meteorologist


(DAYTON, Ohio) November 19, 2018– WHIO-TV, the number one CBS affiliate in the country, is pleased to announce McCall Vrydaghs as the new Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist.

Vrydaghs is an Emmy Award-winning, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, who has been a leading member of the Storm Center 7 team for more than 6 years. She is a proven severe weather storm tracker, who alerted the public to dangerous weather during the Vandalia, Cedarville and Beavercreek tornadoes, the 100-year-flood on I-70 in 2014, and the tornado outbreak of 2016. Most recently, in April of this year, she tracked tornadoes live on the air in Greene and Clark counties, and in Troy in May. After the touchdowns, McCall performed site surveys of the damage.   “I’m very excited to start this next chapter of my life,” said Vrydaghs.  “The Miami Valley is my home, and it means everything to me to keep families safe from severe weather by leading the very best weather team in Southwest Ohio.”

Before joining the Storm Center 7 team in 2012, Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs spent nearly 24 hours on TV tracking Hurricane Irene as it moved ashore in New York and New Jersey.

McCall’s proven track record covering severe storms and winter weather made it a simple decision to promote her to Chief Meteorologist when Eric Elwell made a personal decision to move to be closer to family in Columbus. Eric will be leaving News Center 7 at the end of the year.

Cox Media Group Ohio Market Vice President Rob Rohr said, “McCall Vrydaghs has been a leader on the Storm Center 7 team for years.  Her expertise and experience at tracking Miami Valley storms is exactly what makes Storm Center 7 weather coverage you can count on.”

Joining Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Meteorologists Kirstie Zontini, Jesse Maag and Molly Coates, will be Meteorologist Dontae Jones, an Ohio State Buckeye and Ohio native who has been enjoying warmer weather in the Carolinas for the past 5 years. He most recently tracked Hurricane

Michael as it came ashore and devastated coastal North Carolina where he’s been working as morning Meteorologist. Dontae is excited to return home to Ohio, its four seasons, and his family.  He’ll be joining the Storm Center 7 team in late December.

WHIO-TV Channel 7 continues to invest in the resources that keep the Miami Valley safe from severe weather.

“Weather affects how we plan our lives every single day, and it’s critical that we have trained scientists, professional meteorologists, who know Ohio, who know our weather patterns and topography in the Miami Valley,” said News Director Caryn Golden.  “Our experts deliver the most accurate forecast, so you can plan your day, and most importantly, keep your family safe.”

WHIO-TV has made it a priority to have a team of expert Meteorologists and to invest in the tools they need.  Channel 7 is the only local station with its own local radar, Live Doppler 7 Radar, and most recently, a Storm Tracker 7 mobile weather vehicle, to keep watch over Miami Valley weather 24-7.

McCall Vrydaghs will take on the Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist role beginning today at 5pm.

For more information contact Emily Broughton at emily.broughton@coxinc.com




The Cleveland Browns are now heard on Dayton’s Newest Radio Station

The Cleveland Browns are back on the radio in Dayton and The All New Eagle at 95.3 and 101.1 is where you can hear them.

The All New Eagle Radio is the new radio home for the Browns in the Miami Valley beginning with Sunday’s game vs. the Chiefs through the 2019 NFL season.

“The No. 1 piece of feedback we hear from the community is the lack of hearing the Browns on the radio on Sunday,” said Nick Roberts, Cox Media Group Ohio Vice President of Marketing and Radio. “We’ve heard you loud and clear. Now you will be able to hear every game, every week.” In addition, the games will be simulcast on 99.1FM HD2. “If you have an HD radio you can hear the Browns loud and clear anywhere in the Miami Valley on 99.1 HD2.”

This move comes on the heels of a programming change on The Eagle from Classic Rock to 80’s Classic Hits.  “The 80’s produced legends of music and massive superstars.  From Michael Jackson, Madonna, Journey, U2, Duran Duran, Hall & Oates, Prince, Bon Jovi, the incredible of variety of music from that decade is in high demand on the radio and we’re glad to provide it.” added Nick Roberts.  “Plus we play fewer commercials than most stations in the area, and removed the DJ’s to put the music front and center. No other station plays the kind of music we do, and we’re really excited about the changes.”

The All New Eagle at 95.3 and 101.1FM (WZLR) is a product of Cox Media Group.

Concert for a Cause Raises over $15,000 for K-12 Gallery and TEJAS

October 23, 2018 (DAYTON, OHIO) — Cox Media Group hosted a sold-out Concert for a Cause at Miami Valley Gaming on September 26, raising over $15,000 for K-12 Gallery and TEJAS.

Performers included Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, and Tyler Rich. This was the 10th Concert for a Cause and all ticket proceeds were donated to charity.

“Once again the synergy and team effort were terrific! Thanks to our partners MVG, Ohio Eagle and of course our very own Nancy and Frye who make this possible and their incredible relationships with the labels and artists. Thanks of course to the marketing team and Street Team for the seamless behind the scenes effort, and the hard work of the MVG staff,” said Karen Kelly, Manager of Events and Promotions with Cox Media Group.

K12 Gallery & TEJAS is a regional visual arts center offering innovative visual arts programs for all ages in Dayton, Ohio. Find more information here

For more information, contact Emily Broughton at emily.broughton@coxinc.com.

WHIO Radio Personality Larry Hansgen Raises Money for Breast Cancer

October 3, 2018 (DAYTON, OHIO) — Larry Hansgen, local celebrity and WHIO Radio personality, will be working in the month of October to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for their Real Men Wear Pink campaign.

“My wife, Laura is a breast cancer survivor.  However, we both lost our dear friend Carol to this disease and have other friends who are currently fighting for their lives. Breast cancer affects everyone – it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman. That’s why I’m stepping up to fight breast cancer with all I have. Since I’m in a position to make a difference within my community, I believe I have an obligation to do so. By raising money and awareness through Real Men Wear Pink, I’m helping to save more lives from breast cancer,” said Hansgen.

Real Men Wear Pink participants agree to raise at least $2,500 for the cause and funds are used to raise awareness and support for breast cancer initiatives, including innovative research, patient services, and education around screenings and risk reduction.

Larry is accepting donations for his campaign here

To find a Making Strides event please visit their website here

For more information, contact Emily Broughton at emily.broughton@coxinc.com

K99.1FM Concert For A Cause Raises $11,500 for Dayton Children’s Hospital

August 30, 2018 (DAYTON, OHIO) — K99.1FM hosted their latest concert, featuring Trent Harmon and Danielle Bradberry at Milano’s Restaurant, raising $11,500 for Dayton Children’s Hospital.

“We’re so thankful that the community is supportive of the mission of their local Dayton Children’s Hospital. Every dollar matters, and there’s no better cause in the Miami Valley region,” said Nick Roberts, Vice President of Marketing at Cox Media Group.

The concert started at 7 p.m. and featured  American Idol winner Trent Harmon and winner of The Voice Danielle Bradbery at Milano’s in Miami Township.

All concert proceeds were donated to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Dayton Children’s Hospital serves over 300,000 children each year. Visit their website to learn more about their staff, services, and impact on the community.

K99.1FM Announced as Finalists for CMA Awards

August 28, 2018 (DAYTON, OHIO) — K99.1 FM (call letters WHKO) has been nominated as a finalist for a CMA Award in the Medium Market category for Station of the Year.

“K99.1FM is honored to be recognized by the Country Music Association with a nomination for Medium Market Radio Station of the Year. Every person on our staff believes in what we do: playing the best and newest country music, concert ticket and cash giveaways and — most important — giving back to the Miami Valley. We are very proud to support local charities and causes. But none of this would be possible without our loyal listeners. So this CMA Station of the Year nomination is really for them, our entire K99.1FM family.”

WHKO was one of only five stations to be nominated as a finalist in this category nationwide. Winners will be notified prior to and honored on ABC-TV‘s Nov. 14 telecast of the 52nd Annual CMA Awards.

The Country Music Association heightens the awareness of Country Music and supports its on-going growth by recognizing excellence in the genre, serving as a repository for critical and timely information and communication, while providing a forum for industry leadership dialogue toward its goals. Get more info about the awards here

For more information regarding K99.1FM, visit their website

Neighbors Helping Neighbors and WHIO-TV “Stuff the Bus” with the United Way

DAYTON, OHIO (August 3, 2018) — The United Way is partnering with Neighbors Helping Neighbors, WHIO-TV and the Greater Dayton RTA to host their “Stuff the Bus” event to gather school supplies for area after-school programs in need on August 3rd from 5:00-9:00 during Art in the City on Courthouse Square.

Crowds will already be gathered downtown for Art in the City, a downtown Dayton event featuring visual and performing arts, and the United Way is featuring their school supply drive as part of the overall event.

Cox Media Group is donating thousands of dollars worth of school supplies, part of which were raised through an employee supply drive, and will be live with Kate Bartley of WHIO-TV from 5:00-6:30 covering the event and asking viewers to consider a donation.

“This program will do so much for kids in our community and we are happy to be promoting and donating to helping their school year start off on the right foot,” said Emily Broughton, Community and Public Relations Manager at Cox Media Group.

The RTA has donated the use of one of their buses, with the hopes of stuffing it full of school supplies to donate to area schools.

For more information about Art in the City click here

For more information about Cox Media Group contact Emily Broughton at emily.broughton@coxinc.com


July 29th Concert for a Cause Raises $16,000 for GDAA

Dayton, Ohio (August 1, 2018) — On July 20th, K99.1FM  hosted a sold-out Concert for a Cause at Miami Valley Gaming, raising over $16,000 for the non-profit, GDAA (Greater Dayton Apartment Association Rent Foundation).

This Concert for a Cause was another big win for listeners and a local charity. Artists Scotty McCreery, Eric Paslay, and Craig Campbell played to a sold out enthusiastic crowd at Miami Valley Gaming and got caught up in the excitement.

Paslay told K99.1FM, “I love knowing my fans came out to help support people who are struggling to stay in their homes.  That makes it even more special. I was honored to play with my friends Scotty and Craig.”

K99.1 FM representatives presented The Greater Dayton Apartment Association with a check totaling over $16,000  before the headliner, Scotty McCreery, took the stage.

“When you can give listeners the chance to see their favorite artists and help a local charity at the same time, all of us at K99.1FM feel like winners!” said Program Director Nancy Wilson.

The Greater Dayton Apartment Association Rent Foundation is a charitable organization that helps one resident a month with their next month’s rent and funding comes only from donations. The GDAA Rent Foundation Committee Review Board meets at the end of every month to select one applicant to award the funds. Learn more here

WHIO Raises Monumental Donations for House of Bread

DAYTON, OHIO (July 20, 2018) — WHIO personalities Larry Hansgen and Kirstie Zontini rallied together with sponsors McAfee Heating and Air to raise money and donations for the House of Bread.

WHIO Radio spent the morning broadcasting live, engaging with listeners and asking them for monetary and item donations. The drive raised over $ $7500 and donors filled three vans with donated items that the center desperately needed.

“The power of WHIO Radio is amazing–Melodie Bennett ( Executive Director at the House of Bread) asked for butter–and folks went out and bought butter.  Melodie asked for basketballs, folks literally stopped and bought them.  All the needs on the House of Bread list were fulfilled–from non-perishable food items to teddy bears to other useful items such as paper towels and plates and toothpaste,” said Karen Kelly Brown of Cox Media Group.

“Thank you all, so very very much.  It’s wonderful to have such great supporters of our mission to offer meals with sides of kindness and compassion to our neighbors,” said Bennett.

This semi-annual drive is a partnership between Cox Media Group and House of Bread. Listen to AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO for more information about this program.

About the House of Bread:
The House of Bread was founded with the belief that no one deserves to go hungry. Over 30 years since the first meal was served, the House of Bread today operates with that very principle. They prevent hunger by offering a hot, nutritious, lunchtime meal 7 days a week. Staff and volunteers work together, primarily using donated food, to prepare the meal each day.

For more information contact Emily Broughton at emily.broughton@coxinc.com