Randy Michaels makes news by getting arrested

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He recently launched All-News FM stations in Chicago and New York, but now Randy Michaels is making news back in his home market of Cincinnati. Scripps’ WCPO-TV (ABC) reports that Michaels was arrested for driving while impaired early Friday morning by police in Middletown, OH.


Middletown is north of Cincinnati. According to the Middletown Journal Michaels now lives at Lawyers Point, a tony neighborhood east of Cincinnati. The arrest at 2:05 am came where a state highway intersects Interstate 75.

WCPO reported that Benjamin Homel, Michaels’ legal name, paid $615 bond and exited the jail at 5:20 am. But, of course, he’d stood in front of the Middleton PD’s camera for a mug shot, which WCPO quickly obtained and displayed on its website. Other local media quickly followed suit.

The Middletown Journal added that Michaels’ bail was posted by WLW-AM talk host Bill Cunningham, who also has a new TV talk show syndicated by Tribune Broadcasting.

More details emerged in a report by Gannett’s Cincinnati Enquirer. It quoted the Middletown PD report as saying an officer found Michaels’ car stuck in mud and water in a construction zone. He stayed in the car until a tow truck pulled it out of the construction area. The officer then smelled alcohol and noticed that Michaels was unsteady on his feet. He was arrested after failing field sobriety tests and refusing a breathalyzer test. In addition to the drunken driving charge, Michaels was also charged with driving on a closed road.

While Michaels doesn’t currently own or operate a station in Cincinnati he is a well known media figure for the many years that he ran locally-based Jacor Communications and then Clear Channel Radio. Prior to starting Merlin Media, which bought three stations in New York and Chicago, Michaels had been CEO of Tribune Company, where he was forced out a year ago.

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