Howard Ain has been on the air in Cincinnati for 37 1/2 years. At the end of the month he’s retiring from WKRC.
Ain, 67, says he has been working on a series of one-year contracts as the station's “Troubleshooter” in recent years as he considers leaving TV. He was hired by Channel 12 in December 1975, from Dayton’s Channel 2, to take over the ”Troubleshooter” consumer franchise. It was a new concept back then, with only stations in Atlanta, Houston and Cincinnati having full-time consumer reporters, he says.
Was he pushed out the door in a budget cut by new owners Sinclair Broadcast Group?
“No, no, no! They said, ‘Stay as long as you like.’ And I said, ‘I think it’s time.’ My contract was up in June. My last day in July 31, a week from today,” said Ain, who wants to continue writing consumer columns for our Community Press papers and occasionally appear on the WKRC newscasts.
Howard Ain asks this question: Is his 37 1/2 years on Cincinnati TV news a record? Can you think of anyone who has been on the air longer?