Jeff Piecoro, who covered the Cincinnati Reds for Fox Sports Ohio - rebranded last year as Bally Sports Ohio - for 22 seasons, is the new sports director at WTVQ-TV, ABC36News in Lexington, according to a tweet Wednesday from the station's news director, Miranda Combs.
Combs added that Piecoro, a former University of Kentucky Wildcats football player who is expected to continue to work as a color analyst on the UK football radio network, will be on the air starting next week:
— Miranda Combs (@MirandaCombs56) July 6, 2022
From Piecoro via Twitter:
Thanks to everyone for the kind words, can’t wait to get started @ABC36News! Check us out, I think you’ll like the changes!
— Jeff Piecoro (@JeffPiecoro) July 7, 2022
Piecoro, Doug Flynn and Danny Graves were informed ahead of the 2021 season that they would not be part of the Reds' TV or radio broadcast teams.
"It was a little bit of a shock," Piecoro said last February, per The Enquirer's Bobby Nightengale. "I mean they don’t owe me anything. I’ve been there for 23 years and I thought I had a great rapport with the people that I work with, the players, the coaches, the managers and the front office people, but they make changes. They decided they wanted to get a little younger and it’s just the way it goes."
Piecoro's TV career started at WTVQ.
LOVE SPORTS? [ Subscribe now for unlimited access to Cincinnati.com ]
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Jeff Piecoro named sports director at Lexington TV station WTVQ