Sunday, July 18, 1999

Kathy Lehr in new career at cable company




BY DEVIN KRISTI PARRISH
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The word fun comes up a lot when Kathy Lehr describes her life.

        Her new job as regional director of community relations at Northern Kentucky's Intermedia Cable is “a lot of fun. I'm really enjoying it.”

        She's been in Cincinnati for 19 years and calls it her second home. (She was born near Cambridge, Ohio.)

        Until April, those 19 years were spent as news director, then co-host of the city's top-rated morning show on WLW-AM (700).

        Because of the legal issues surrounding her exit from the station, she cannot discuss it.

        One thing she can say:

        “Everyone's been so great and supportive. There've been a lot of kind people telling me they missed me — people that listened for 19 years — and I really appreciated it. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

        A place in the media wasn't always her first career choice. As a young girl she wanted to be a veterinarian but decided “the blood made me sick, so I changed directions.”

        “I love the media,” she says. “I've always been interested in the news, keeping abreast of and keeping up with what's going on. (Wondering) how does it work and how can I be a part of it — the whole ball of wax.”

        Her family was encouraging. “My mom always told me to follow my dreams and follow my heart.”

        Ms. Lehr is working on the story of her life. The book, “a work in progress,” is compiled of “19 years worth of notes scrawled on pieces of paper all over the house.”

        “It's been a lot of fun (writing the book),” she says. “I haven't come up with a title. I've got five or six titles drifting around in my head. Once I'm finished, I'll probably find some cut phrase. At this point it's just The Book.”

        In the near future, she can't see her children, 8-year-old twins and a 14-year-old daughter, following in her footsteps.

        “I have a son who sleeps in his Michael Jordan shoes,” and a daughter with whom Ms. Lehr watches WNBA games.

        Ms. Lehr doesn't know if she'll return to radio. She's enjoying everything she's doing now.

        She's working on Focus 48, a community show, and she oversees the local cable news station for Intermedia.

        “Life's one giant roller coaster,” Ms. Lehr says. “I'll tell you what, I'm buckled in and ready to ride this one.”

       



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