Ch. 19 does its viewers a big favor

The Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter – who happens to have one of the most interesting blogs in Cincinnati for TV/radio and local TV/radio history junkies – has a nice post about what WXIX-TV (FOX19) is doing this month as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Ch 19 folks are planning a terrific 40th birthday celebration in August with overnight repeats of their best stuff — 1980s “Video Projects” based on WEBN-FMs “Album Projects,” Hattie the Witch and Larry Smith puppets, Michael Flannery’s “Club Nineteen,” the Cool Ghoul, the 1984-86 Hudy Gold/WEBN fireworks, and premieres for the 10 p.m., morning and midnight news.

Even “Bus Full of Nuns,” the 1984 music video with Al Schottelkotte from “Album Project Three.”

I already missed week one of this, which is a bummer. Hoping WXIX puts the videos online somewhere (easy, like YouTube) so I can watch them at my leisure. I just programmed recording on my Tivo through their nifty Web site (another reason I just loves me some Tivo).

Kiesewetter also makes a good point about bad TV practices at WLWT-TV, Ch. 5 regarding their recent 60th anniversary:

This should be great fun. Isnt it nice when a TV station gets it — in contrast to Ch 5, which refused to replay anything from its great wealth of local programming for its 60th anniversary earlier this year? Ch 19 is setting the bar high for Ch 12 and Ch 9, which celebrate their 60th next year.

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As the first station in town – with an amazing history – the management there has an alarmingly detached view of what viewers might want to see of back then. I think they missed a great opportunity. If places like Ch. 5 don’t want to air old shows/footage, they ought to donate at least a copy to a public library so the public can see it.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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