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Rachel Murray

I am thrilled to be taking on the new role of Consumer Reporter for WHIO-TV/Radio, WHIO.com and the Dayton Daily News.  I have always been interested in how to save money, just ask me about my skills as a bargain shopper!  Dresses for $7, shoes for $5 dollars?  Yes, it can be done and it can be fun!  I have my mom to thank for showing me the art of shopping and saving.   I hope to learn along with you, our viewers, readers, and listeners, even more about how to get the most for our money, avoid products that can be dangerous, and stay away from scams.    I’m a southeastern Ohio native, and graduated from Wright State…GO RAIDERS!   I have been a radio anchor and reporter for many years.  I have worked for WHIO radio several times, first as an intern, then a night news writer.  I quickly moved up to morning anchor, and then after few years in Cincinnati, returned to be the afternoon anchor on WHIO before making my current move into Consumer Reporter.  I received an Edward R. Murrow award for a series I did on alternate reality games, and I recently received an Ohio AP award for best anchor.  I have a wonderful son, who keeps me laughing all the time, an amazing boyfriend, and three cats. (One of those cats was found right here in the parking lot of work.)   In my spare time, I crush candy like it's my job, I play Xbox and sports with my kiddo, and I love to keep up on the latest consumer and tech news.    You can contact me at Rachel.murray@coxinc.com Q & A: What was your favorite TV show when you were little?Duck Tales What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?A dolphin trainer at Sea World, or Madonna.  How might someone have described you in high school?nice What was your first job?Waitress What was your first job in radio?Jock/ Board Op What do you like about your job?Helping people What might people be surprised to know about you?I play video games and  I have the sense of humor of a 13 year old boy. Also, my co-worker Sandy Collins says I should have my own you tube channel highlighting my outrageous and ridiculous antics.  What would be a perfect day for you?Sleeping in, and heading to the beach. What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?Be willing to change and learn new things. Stress is temporary.  Coffee, lots of coffee. If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?The 9-11 tribute which featured my voice-over, my live coverage of Michael Jackson's funeral, funny character segments I did for Jerry Springer's radio show, my recent TV work, and all of my many bloopers. Favorites: Favorite book: Lisey's Story. Stephen King Favorite radio program: I really enjoy listening to Roxy on K99.1FM. Favorite dream car: Bumblebee Favorite food: Pizza, and anything involving ranch dressing. Favorite hobby: video games Favorite Miami Valley place: my house, my friend’s pool, King's Island Favorite movie: Iron Man (all of them), Avatar, Avengers, Hobbit, LOTR, Grease Favorite music: hip-hop, pop Favorite travel destination: Hawaii, or anywhere with a beach.

Latest from Rachel Murray

Homeopathic flu treatment gaining popularity
 A homeopathic flu treatment is flying off the shelves of health food stores here in the Miami Valley and around the country. Oscillo, or oscillococcinum, is touted as a temporary relief of flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fever, chills, fatigue and headache, according to Boiron, the manufacturer’s, website.   It comes in a...

Posted: 18 hours ago

A homeopathic flu treatment is flying off the shelves of health food stores here in the Miami Valley and around the country. Oscillo, or oscillococcinum, is touted as a temporary relief of flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fever, chills, fatigue and headache, according to Boiron, the manufacturer’s, website.   It comes in a...
RECALL ROUNDUP: What consumer items were recalled this week?
 Hair dryers, baby clothes, and electric blankets are among the latest potentially dangerous products under recall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  ISO is recalling Ionic Pro hair dryers after 35 reports of them sparking and smoking – and two reports of flames coming from the dryers due to a faulty cord. ...

Posted: 3 days ago

Hair dryers, baby clothes, and electric blankets are among the latest potentially dangerous products under recall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  ISO is recalling Ionic Pro hair dryers after 35 reports of them sparking and smoking – and two reports of flames coming from the dryers due to a faulty cord. ...
Transaction data used to improve entertainment at Scene 75
 Customer transaction data is being used to improve the entertainment and games at Scene 75 in Dayton. The entertainment center has partnered with Wright State students and faculty in the Raj Soin College of Business to analyze credit card and game card swipes to determine how often people visit, how much they spend, and what attraction they...

Posted: 4 days ago

Customer transaction data is being used to improve the entertainment and games at Scene 75 in Dayton. The entertainment center has partnered with Wright State students and faculty in the Raj Soin College of Business to analyze credit card and game card swipes to determine how often people visit, how much they spend, and what attraction they...
The FBI and CIA warn consumers about using cell phones made in China
 The FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies are warning consumers about using smartphones from Huawei and ZTE.  In a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, intelligence chiefs said they would advise Americans against using products or services from the Chinese smartphone makers, according to CNBC.  Intelligence leaders...

Posted: 5 days ago

The FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies are warning consumers about using smartphones from Huawei and ZTE.  In a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, intelligence chiefs said they would advise Americans against using products or services from the Chinese smartphone makers, according to CNBC.  Intelligence leaders...
Shattering sunroofs is a growing problem
 Some drivers say it happened to them on the interstate highway and others said they weren't even moving. But, they all describe the sound the same way. "All of a sudden we heard what we thought was a gunshot," said Kate Vasiloff, of Virginia.  It was the sound of her sunroof shattering into pieces. "I was one hundred percent...

Posted: 6 days ago

Some drivers say it happened to them on the interstate highway and others said they weren't even moving. But, they all describe the sound the same way. "All of a sudden we heard what we thought was a gunshot," said Kate Vasiloff, of Virginia.  It was the sound of her sunroof shattering into pieces. "I was one hundred percent...
A popular holiday gift could make your pets sick
  A popular holiday gift could potentially make your pets sick and even cause death.  Essential oil diffusers are inexpensive, small, cool-mist humidifiers. But when they are used with droplets of essential oils, they can harm dogs and cats, according to a local veterinarian. Gina Lombardo of Miamisburg knows the dangers of essential...

Posted: 7 days ago

 A popular holiday gift could potentially make your pets sick and even cause death.  Essential oil diffusers are inexpensive, small, cool-mist humidifiers. But when they are used with droplets of essential oils, they can harm dogs and cats, according to a local veterinarian. Gina Lombardo of Miamisburg knows the dangers of essential...
Dayton startup company working to curb hacking of medical devices
 UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m.: Hannah Hays of Dayton has been in the hospital before, but she never realized the devices used to treat her could have been hacked.  "It's very scary, especially because being in the hospital is a very vulnerable time for someone," said Hays.  Dayton startup MediTechSafe is working to stop the...

Posted: 11 days ago

UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m.: Hannah Hays of Dayton has been in the hospital before, but she never realized the devices used to treat her could have been hacked.  "It's very scary, especially because being in the hospital is a very vulnerable time for someone," said Hays.  Dayton startup MediTechSafe is working to stop the...
What is the best type of ice-melt to use on your driveway?
 Shovel, salt, a chemical mixture, or even kitty litter,  there are many ways to clear your driveway of snow and ice.  If you are looking for a bargain ice-melt, sodium chloride/rock salt is your best bet, but it can damage your driveway and plants, and is also toxic for pets, according to Consumer Reports. To keep your pets safe...

Posted: 12 days ago

Shovel, salt, a chemical mixture, or even kitty litter,  there are many ways to clear your driveway of snow and ice.  If you are looking for a bargain ice-melt, sodium chloride/rock salt is your best bet, but it can damage your driveway and plants, and is also toxic for pets, according to Consumer Reports. To keep your pets safe...
Mortgage rates climb nearly half a percentage point in a month
 People in the market to buy a home in the Miami Valley are seeing higher mortgage rates this week.  A local mother meeting with a mortgage officer in Beavercreek said she hopes to get a good rate on a condo for her daughter.  "This being her first experience with home-buying we want to do the best we can for her to have affordable...

Posted: 14 days ago

People in the market to buy a home in the Miami Valley are seeing higher mortgage rates this week.  A local mother meeting with a mortgage officer in Beavercreek said she hopes to get a good rate on a condo for her daughter.  "This being her first experience with home-buying we want to do the best we can for her to have affordable...
RECALL ROUNDUP: What consumer products have been recalled this week?
 Infant bodysuits, cribside heaters, pain and itch cream, and some recessed lighting units are among the latest recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  The Alstyle infant bodysuit is being recalled because the crotch snaps can come off and pose a choking hazard.  There is one report of the snaps detaching, but...

Posted: 17 days ago

Infant bodysuits, cribside heaters, pain and itch cream, and some recessed lighting units are among the latest recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  The Alstyle infant bodysuit is being recalled because the crotch snaps can come off and pose a choking hazard.  There is one report of the snaps detaching, but...