Rob Williams and Sheila Gray celebrate 10 years together on FOX19 - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Rob Williams and Sheila Gray celebrate 10 years together on FOX19

CINCINNATI- FOX19 (WXIX-TV) will have a weeklong celebration of the tenth anniversary of FOX19 Morning News anchor team Rob Williams and Sheila Gray. 

"Very few anchor teams maintain longevity, it takes a special chemistry and a tremendous amount of cooperation to remain a team for a decade," says FOX19 Vice President/General Manager Bill Lanesey.  "This market has seen a lot of change in the last ten years - we are privileged to recognize the fact that Rob and Sheila have been the constant."

Their first broadcast together was on August 23, 1999 on what was then known as 19 in the Morning.  Williams began at FOX19 as co-anchor of the weekend edition of FOX19 Ten o'clock News in 1995.  He joined the morning show four years later and upon teaming with Gray, the pair struck a cord with the audience that ignited a rejuvenation of the show that lead to FOX19 Morning News becoming the city's most successful morning news show.  "Sheila and Rob bring the perfect chemistry to morning viewers who count on them and the rest of the FOX19 team to get their days started," says FOX19 News Director Steven Ackermann.

The ratings success story continues in the most recent AC Nielsen survey this July in which FOX19 Morning News finished first place among all adult demographics (A18-49, A25-54) in every hour of the four and one half hour broadcast. 

"Rob and I are lucky to have a natural chemistry on the air, and we are good friends off the air.  I think most of our success can be attributed to the goals we share for the newscast and the comfort level we have with each other.  We care about the news, and we care about our team," says Gray.  Williams concurs:  "Chemistry usually takes time but it was immediate between Sheila and me.  I can't believe it's been 10 years.   It has gone by so fast, probably because we have had so much fun."  FOX19 Morning News remains the only all local morning news and the only broadcast to deliver four and one half hours of news each day.   "Rob and Sheila also share the distinction of being the longest running anchor team currently on local morning news," says Lanesey.  "They have a very loyal viewership that has helped us grow FOX19 Morning News into the top rated morning show in Cincinnati."

FOX19 Morning News will begin a week long celebration of Rob & Sheila's tenth anniversary on Monday, August 24th which includes local celebrity greetings and special guests.  Included among the guest list are names considered "good friends" of the show who have appeared several times during the past ten years including Chef Jean Robert de Cavel, IT Expert Dave Hatter, Ohio Travel Expert Frank Satullo and Chef, Columnist and Author Rita Heikenfeld. 

Raycom, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation's largest broadcasters and owns and/or operates 46 television stations in 36 markets and 18 states.  Raycom stations cover 12.6% of U.S. television households and employ nearly 3,500 individuals in full and part-time positions.  In addition to television stations, Raycom owns Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and events management and distribution company in Charlotte); Raycom Post (a post production facility in Burbank, California), Broadview Media (a post production/telecommunications company based in Montgomery), and CableVantage (a cable advertising sales group based in Columbia, South Carolina). 

Further information about Raycom can be found at the corporate website, http://www.raycommedia.com.

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