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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.

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Shopping arounds helps save money on prescription drugs
 We’ve all heard that asking for the generic brand will get you up to 90 percent off on your medications, but there are other tactics you can use to save big. Karen Smith of Dayton said she spends a couple hundred dollars a month on prescription meds. To save money, she drove from pharmacy to pharmacy, asked about prices and found huge...

Posted: 8 days ago

We’ve all heard that asking for the generic brand will get you up to 90 percent off on your medications, but there are other tactics you can use to save big. Karen Smith of Dayton said she spends a couple hundred dollars a month on prescription meds. To save money, she drove from pharmacy to pharmacy, asked about prices and found huge...
GARAGE SALES: How to avoid a ‘sale fail’
 Garage and yard sale season is heating up but not all sales are successful. “I’ve come across garage sales where the items were very dirty, they are not priced, they are not laid out, so you can’t see them,” said Mark Moots of Sugarcreek Twp. The day, the time, and how you display your unwanted stuff can turn a decluttering...

Posted: 8 days ago

Garage and yard sale season is heating up but not all sales are successful. “I’ve come across garage sales where the items were very dirty, they are not priced, they are not laid out, so you can’t see them,” said Mark Moots of Sugarcreek Twp. The day, the time, and how you display your unwanted stuff can turn a decluttering...
Workers not taking given vacation time, new study shows
 “I feel like nobody takes vacation anymore. I work until I can’t work anymore and that usually sucks up all my time.” That’s what Lindsi Shultz of Xenia said when I told her about a new survey that shows U.S. workers are not taking time off. The study by Project Time Off found 662 million vacation days were left behind...

Posted: 13 days ago

“I feel like nobody takes vacation anymore. I work until I can’t work anymore and that usually sucks up all my time.” That’s what Lindsi Shultz of Xenia said when I told her about a new survey that shows U.S. workers are not taking time off. The study by Project Time Off found 662 million vacation days were left behind...
New bill aims to stop hot car deaths
 A bipartisan group of lawmakers, parents and safety advocates introduced a bill Wednesday that they hope will stop children from dying in hot cars. The Hot Car — Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats — Act of 2017 would make back seat alert systems standard equipment in new cars to prevent child deaths. &ldquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, parents and safety advocates introduced a bill Wednesday that they hope will stop children from dying in hot cars. The Hot Car — Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats — Act of 2017 would make back seat alert systems standard equipment in new cars to prevent child deaths. &ldquo...
New tool for saving on cable/Internet
 If you think you are paying too much for your cable and internet there is a new service that launched Monday in Dayton that may be able to find you a better deal. Cincinnati-based Billbusters.co (yes-just “.co”) is a website that will find the best prices for the services you want and will even negotiate a better deal for you...

Posted: 20 days ago

If you think you are paying too much for your cable and internet there is a new service that launched Monday in Dayton that may be able to find you a better deal. Cincinnati-based Billbusters.co (yes-just “.co”) is a website that will find the best prices for the services you want and will even negotiate a better deal for you...
Security experts warn about doll susceptible to hackers
 The box says “It's amazing what she knows,” but security experts say the My Friend Cayla doll also makes it easy for strangers to know your child. The doll uses Bluetooth technology to connect to a device with no PIN or password required.  “On a scale of one to 10 this doll was definitely one to hack,”  Ken Munro...

Posted: 27 days ago

The box says “It's amazing what she knows,” but security experts say the My Friend Cayla doll also makes it easy for strangers to know your child. The doll uses Bluetooth technology to connect to a device with no PIN or password required.  “On a scale of one to 10 this doll was definitely one to hack,” Ken Munro...
5 things to know about post-storm insurance claims
 Storm damage cleanup is more than just getting your house back in order — it’s also making an insurance claim to recoup some of the costs. Here are five things to know to help the process move along quickly and smoothy, provided by Kettering State Farm agent Becki Taylor:
               Call your insurance agent right away.
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9:56 PM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

Storm damage cleanup is more than just getting your house back in order — it’s also making an insurance claim to recoup some of the costs. Here are five things to know to help the process move along quickly and smoothy, provided by Kettering State Farm agent Becki Taylor: Call your insurance agent right away. ...
Dolls that spy on your children
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9:21 PM Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

The box says "it's amazing what she knows," but security experts say the "My Friend Cayla" doll also makes it easy for strangers to know your child. The doll uses blue tooth technology to connect to a device with no PIN or password required.  "On a scale of one to ten this doll was definitely one to hack,"...
Ohio man says new cancer tech helped save his life
 Mike Minshall was devastated when he was told he had two months to live. “The tears well up in your eyes. I was standing there with my wife and my son and almost break down completely,” said the 74-year-old Plain City, Ohio, man. Now - more than a year later -his prognosis is much brighter due to a critical second opinion. Doctors...

6:23 PM Tuesday, May. 23, 2017

Mike Minshall was devastated when he was told he had two months to live. “The tears well up in your eyes. I was standing there with my wife and my son and almost break down completely,” said the 74-year-old Plain City, Ohio, man. Now - more than a year later -his prognosis is much brighter due to a critical second opinion. Doctors...
Health organizations warn of raw milk risks
 Jim Roberts of Springboro is an advocate for raw milk. People call him weekly to find out where they can get it in the Miami Valley, he said. “We like the fact that a lot of the enzymes and a lot of the live things that are killed through pasteurization are still in the milk,” said Roberts, who has been drinking raw milk for 10...

10:24 PM Thursday, May. 18, 2017

Jim Roberts of Springboro is an advocate for raw milk. People call him weekly to find out where they can get it in the Miami Valley, he said. “We like the fact that a lot of the enzymes and a lot of the live things that are killed through pasteurization are still in the milk,” said Roberts, who has been drinking raw milk for 10...
Grocers allowing your to stock your groceries without the stress
 “You lose a lot of time in the grocery store when you could be doing other things.” “I do my grocery shopping later at night to avoid the crowds.” Cameron Walker of Dayton and Danielle Kniess of Kettering both said grocery shopping can be stressful and too time consuming, but now shoppers in the Miami Valley don&rsquo...

12:57 AM Wednesday, May. 17, 2017

“You lose a lot of time in the grocery store when you could be doing other things.” “I do my grocery shopping later at night to avoid the crowds.” Cameron Walker of Dayton and Danielle Kniess of Kettering both said grocery shopping can be stressful and too time consuming, but now shoppers in the Miami Valley don&rsquo...