By Mona Morrow and Melinda Zempher
Clyde Gray returns to WCPO as the host of “Cincy Lifestyle.” “Cincy Lifestyle” is an original, local lifestyle show focused on providing viewers with informative, useful and entertaining content. It features a variety of community organizations, businesses and happenings in Greater Cincinnati. It is a marketing-friendly program dedicated to offering businesses the opportunity to showcase their companies and products.
“Cincy Lifestyle” premiered in June 2017 and has grown in popularity with viewers and advertisers. This prompted the station to expand the show to a weekday program. The show currently airs Thursdays at 12:45 p.m. On May 7, the show expands to a half-hour show weekday mornings at 10 a.m.
Gray returns to WCPO after retiring from broadcasting in 2014 to start his own company. “I’m excited about hosting this show, because it’s a radical departure for me after four decades of news. It allows me to stretch and develop new muscles and at the same time have fun,” said Gray. “I look forward to working with the professionals at WCPO 9 On Your Side and am eager to provide something new for our viewers.” He joins current host, Mona Morrow, as co-host. Morrow has been with the station for nearly 18 years as its community affairs director. She will continue in this role, spearheading community projects and station partnerships.
Gray joined WCPO in 1990 to anchor the evening news and work with the I-Team investigative reporting unit, which won the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award. Gray also won regional Emmy® Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast. In 2014, Gray retired from broadcasting and founded Blackboard Marketing.
Gray had a 37-year career as a television news journalist, beginning his career at WXII in Winston-Salem, N.C., his hometown. He worked at WLWT (Channel 5) in Cincinnati from 1979 through the 1980s, leaving Cincinnati for a stint from 1983-85 as a reporter at WBAL-TV in Baltimore. He moved to WCPO in 1991, where he anchored the evening news and worked with its investigative reporting unit, the I-Team.
He has served on the board of the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the board of trustees of the Scripps Howard Foundation, and board of the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting’s board of directors.
He lives in Symmes Township with his wife and the youngest of his three children.