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Broadcast technician Craig Keirstead adjusts a microphone for Cynthia Ford as she and husband Jack Ford prepare to tape a segment of their show 'Coffee with the Fords' at WTVG Channel 13 in this 2009 file photo.

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Coffee with the Fords, a local half-hour talk show hosted by former Toledo Mayor Jack Ford and his wife, Cynthia, is ending after a nearly four-year run Sunday mornings on WTVG-TV, Channel 13. The final show airs at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

“We’re ending this at the request of the Fords,” said Brian Trauring, WTVG news director. “This wasn’t a decision we made. It’s a decision they made. Cynthia approached me, we talked, and she said she had a full plate right now. I think that’s understandable.”

Ford, 63, a Toledo Board of Education member, four-term Toledo councilman, and state representative, has been hospitalized for weeks, according to a recent statement released to The Blade by his daughter, Jessica Ford.

From his hospital room Saturday morning, Ford said he hoped to return to broadcasting when he completed his rehabilitation.

Ford was first hospitalized because of kidney complications but later suffered respiratory complications, Jessica Ford wrote in an e-mail to The Blade. His prognosis is good, but he will remain hospitalized for some time.

Coffee with the Fords debuted at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 9, 2007, offering a light, breezy look at Toledo and northwest Ohio that was free of politics. Instead, its focus was on the arts, children, and ways to improve the quality of life.

Contact Kirk Baird at: kbaird@theblade.com or 419-724-6734.

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