Happy Birthday Channel 5!
Channel 5 won't make a big deal out of this, but I will: WLWT-TV turns 60 years old on Saturday. Happy Birthday!
The city's first TV station began commercial operation on Feb. 9, 1948, when experimental W8XCT became WLWT-TV (then Channel 4). Six days later, on Feb. 15, WLWT-TV celebrated "T Day," inaugurating the new "Mount Olympus" telecomunications studios beneath the new TV tower on Chickasaw Street in University Heights. (The aging historic building still owned by Channel 5 is slated for demolition soon.)
I'm told that Channel 5 newscasts will mention the birthday Saturday, but hold off making a big deal until April 19, the 60th anniversary of WLWT-TV becoming the first NBC affiliate, says Richard Dyer, Channel 5 president and general manager.
But I won' wait to celebrate
Here's a list TV history list I've compiled over the years from interviews, publications and old WLWT press releases:
April, 1937: Crosley Radio Corp. starts experimental TV station, W8XCT, which becomes WLWT (Channel 4) in 1948.
April 26, 1939: Crosley demonstrates "modern television"’ for reporters on the roof of
June 4, 1946: W8XCT resumes broadcasts, which had been suspended in 1942 due to World War II.
Jan. 20, 1947: Construction permit issued by FCC for WLWT.
July 31, 1947: W8XCT broadcasts first regular program, a variety show, from
Sept. 21, 1947: First Cincinnati Reds telecast on W8XCT from Crosley Field.
Oct. 11, 1947: First W8XCT football game, UC vs.
Nov. 30, 1947: First W8XCT professional basketball telecast from Music Hall, Harlem Globetrotters vs.
Feb. 9, 1948: W8XCT becomes WLWT on first day of commercial operation. Before then, W8XCT was averaging 20 hours of broadcasting per week. That number steadily increased to 35 hours a week by the end of 1948.If you were producing a 60th anniversary special for WLWT-TV, what would you include in the show other than Ruth Lyons, Paul Dixon and "Midwestern Hayride?" What favorite moments/personalities would you like to see again?
Help me compile a list.