Bill Boshears Scizone Returns to Ch. 38
Bill Boshears returns to TV at midnight Saturday with a new version of his "Scizone" call-in show on low-power WBQC-TV (Ch. 38).
His "Scizone," which aired on the station in 1999-2000, is part of the strategy to develop local programming on Ch. 38, which became an independent station a year ago. Ch. 38 also airs the live "Lincoln Ware" call-in show at Sundays. Boshears weekend "Scizone" radio show was dropped by WLW-AM in January.
"Our goal is to broadcast more local stuff. We’ve got to build on local programming," says general manager Elliott Block, who founded the station in 1990.
It has been a year of transition for Ch. 38. After UPN went out of business, Ch. 38 was dropped in October by Time Warner Cable, where it aired only , and by DirecTV. In December, the station moved from Golf Manor into a bigger building with two TV studios on
Only being on Time Warner five hours a day confused viewers. "It wasn’t good. Losing DirecTV was more of a hit, because we were on there 24/7," he says.
Losing cable and satellite distribution has not hurt revenues that much. Income from per-inquiry infomercials is "still about the same, so people are still watching. We’re surviving fine," he says.
Do you watch Ch. 38? What would you want to watch on the low-power station? Last year they tried a "King of Cornhole" tournament. How about a revival of "King of TV Bowling?" Any suggestions?