Bill Hemmer's early career: From local radio station to CBS affiliate

By: Anthony Norman  |   | 

Bill Hemmer’s early interest in media broadcasting led him to start a radio program playing 15 minutes of music before starting the class. His time as a disc jockey in high school probably increased his passion for broadcasting. So, he joined WMUB – FM as a radio disc jockey intern while in college. That same year, he also got an opportunity to intern at the WOXY-FM which was considered to be one of the first’s alternative music station in America at that time.

He got his first real break while in a senior year at Miami University and was offered a position at WLW-TV as a sports producer in the mid-1980s. It was then, he discovered that he was passionate about live television. Soon enough, he made his way to a CBS affiliate WCPO-TV, as the weekend sports anchor. 

Hemmer took a break from his broadcasting job and went backpacking around the world. Instead of taking a long vacation as most people prefer to something like luxury, he traveled through China, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Egypt, Israel and Eastern Europe. In India, he spent a couple of weeks performing voluntary activities in the children's clinics run by Mother Teresa.

During his long trip, he assembled written dispatches and submitted tapes & photos for both The Cincinnati Post, a local newspaper, and CBS's local affiliate finally making a documentary called Bill's Excellent Adventure. The program won two regional Emmys award for Best Entertainment Program & Best Host. His return from hiatus with the award-winning project helped him gain wide exposure as a TV host. 


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