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|City of license||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Slogan||Back On the Air in Cincinnati|
|Channels||Digital: 47 (UHF)|
(Elliott B. Block)
|First air date||1990|
|Call letters' meaning||W Other|
|Former channel number(s)||
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Height||254 m (833 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WOTH-CD, branded WKRP-TV, is a digital, Class A low-power television station in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, broadcasting locally on UHF channel 47 (virtual channel 25) as an affiliate of Cozi TV. WOTH's studios are located in a 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) complex in the Roselawn neighborhood of Cincinnati, while its transmitter, shared with WCPO-TV (channel 9), is located along Symmes Street, just south of East McMillan Street in Cincinnati.
Elliott B. Block's Block Broadcasting has owned WOTH since its inception in 1990 as W25AI. Under the callsign WBQC-LP/CA, it affiliated with The WB Television Network in 1995, then UPN in 1998. By that time, the callsign WOTH was assigned to "The Other Channel", a sister station on channel 38 that would trade places with WBQC in 2005. WBQC became an independent station in 2006, eventually affiliating with various minor broadcast networks on its digital subchannels. In 2008, WBQC adopted the branding "WKRP-TV", recalling the 1970s sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Throughout its history, Block Broadcasting has struggled to gain access to local cable systems.
According to its website, WBQC was the first television station to be fully automated, as well as the first in Cincinnati to perform "digital spot insertion" and to air Spanish-language commercials.
WOTH-CD broadcasts its digital signal on UHF digital channel 47. Its digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|25.2||THIS TV||This TV|
|25.6||TUFF TV||Tuff TV|
WOTH's digital subchannels formerly aired NBC's Universal Sports network, as well as a live feed of the view atop its broadcast tower. Block has long expressed interest in adding more subchannels.
All five of WOTH's subchannels are carried by Cincinnati Bell FiOptics (channels 24, 246, 290, 292, 293, 259) and Aereo. Time Warner Cable in Kentucky only carries WOTH's Cozi TV subchannel (channel 189).
The station signed on the air in 1994 as low-power television station W25AI on UHF channel 25. It originally ran mostly infomercials. All of Cincinnati's full-power stations, in contrast, carried programming from national networks. Needing an affiliate in Cincinnati, The WB, which launched on January 11, 1995, signed an affiliation agreement with channel 25. The station then changed its call letters to WBQC-LP to reflect its new affiliation and began to brand itself on-air as "WB Channel 25".
In July 1997, the Sinclair Broadcast Group signed an affiliation deal with The WB, that resulted in a number of the company's UPN affiliates and independent stations switching to The WB. One of the stations included in the deal was WSTR-TV (channel 64). As a result, the WB affiliation moved to WSTR in January 1998, leaving WBQC without a network affiliation. UPN struck an affiliation deal to air its programming on NBC affiliate WLWT-TV (channel 5), which carried UPN programming from 2 to 4 a.m. on weekend mornings as a secondary affiliation. Meanwhile, as an independent station, WBQC carried NBC programming that WLWT chose not to carry, including various sporting events, as well as series such as The Profiler and Sunset Beach. After a few months of poor late night ratings on WLWT, UPN resumed discussions with WBQC to join the network. In the fall of 1998, UPN agreed to affiliate with WBQC.
WBQC had been pushing for carriage on local cable and satellite providers for many years. In 2005, WBQC swapped channel allocations with America One-affiliated sister station WOTH-LP (channel 38). In 2001, WBQC became a Class A television station, with the call sign WBQC-CA, in hopes of receiving must-carry status on cable providers and protection from displacement by the full-power stations' digital channel allocations. As a Class A station, WBQC had to meet all the requirements of a full-power station. Ultimately, Class A stations did not receive must-carry status, though they did receive protection from displacement. In negotiating with the cable and satellite providers, WBQC claimed "should-carry" status, in the absence of federal must-carry recognition.
Several small satellite master antenna television (SMATV) systems and the Delhi Township cable system carried the small independent station. Meanwhile, talks with InterMedia Cable (Northern Kentucky), Time Warner Cable (Cincinnati), and Adelphia Cable (Cincinnati) saw no progress for years. Shortly after WBQC became a UPN affiliate, however, a number of systems began offering WBQC on their lineups:
- DirecTV, Insight Communications (which purchased InterMedia), and Adelphia all added WBQC on channel 25.
- The city of Lebanon, Ohio began competing with Time Warner with its own municipal cable service. Lebanon Cable, which has since been sold to Cincinnati Bell, carried WBQC on channel 17 (later channel 97).
- SusCom Cable (Indiana) added WBQC on channel 6.
Although Time Warner Cable had long included WBQC on its Oxford, Ohio system, on channel 13, the station remained off of Time Warner's Cincinnati offerings. According to WBQC, some Cincinnati customers were told by Time Warner representatives that the station operated out of Indianapolis, Indiana; Dayton, Ohio; or "some guy's basement". At one point, Time Warner considered carrying WSBK-TV from Boston, Massachusetts, rather than WBQC.
Once UPN acquired Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Time Warner Cable resumed discussions with WBQC. After months of talks, Time Warner agreed to carry WBQC. Unlike the other cable systems, Time Warner Cincinnati would only air WBQC nightly from 6 to 11 p.m. on channel 20, a leased access cable channel. Time Warner later purchased Adelphia, but kept WBQC on the latter's lineup until after Time Warner Cable had fully transitioned Adelphia viewers into the Time Warner system.
From the late 1990s until at least 2001, WBQC aired a rebroadcast of WCPO-TV (channel 9)'s 6:00 p.m. newscast at 7:00 p.m. Later, WBQC formed a joint broadcast venture with Fox affiliate WXIX-TV (channel 19), allowing WBQC to air that station's 10 p.m. newscast during sporting events, such as Cincinnati Bearcats basketball. WBQC would also air some basketball games produced by WXIX.
With the shutdown of UPN and The WB in September 2006 and replacement by The CW (which was initially composed primarily of programs from both predecessor networks), there was a question where the network's affiliation would land in Cincinnati. WSTR was the WB affiliate and a full-power station; WBQC was the UPN affiliate, a low-power Class A station with full cable carriage (except for Time Warner Cable's Cincinnati system). On March 2, 2006, it was announced that WSTR would affiliate with MyNetworkTV. This seemingly opened the door for WBQC to potentially become The CW's Cincinnati affiliate, however on April 19 it was confirmed that the network would be carried on digital subchannel 12.2 of Cincinnati's CBS affiliate WKRC-TV (channel 12). As a result of the shuffle, WBQC became an independent station upon the dissolution of UPN in September.
By July 4, 2006, in a stunt to promote its "Independence Day", UPN network programming was moved out of primetime, and was replaced with marathons, and then a schedule of older off-network dramas and comedies. UPN aired early Tuesday to Saturday mornings from 2 to 4 a.m. until its closure. The station then changed its logo, which had some elements of the Ohio state flag. The same year, WBQC moved from Golf Manor to its newly built studios in Roselawn.
With the launch of WKRC's "CinCW" digital subchannel, Time Warner Cable dropped WBQC on October 18 to carry WKRC-DT2 full-time on channel 20. The CinCW also replaced WBQC on channel 25 on both Insight Communications and DirecTV, which created some confusion to viewers who thought WBQC was the CinCW. Insight moved WBQC to digital cable channel 189. In 2007, Time Warner Cable Cincinnati experienced a change in management. Early the next year, WBQC and Time Warner Cable started discussions for cable carriage. However, Time Warner Cable stated it did not have any channels available, either on the analog or digital tier.
On November 28, 2008, the station adopted the branding "WKRP-TV", drawing on the 1970s CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. According to Elliott Block, general manager and chief engineer for the small station, the move was made to promote the station's move to digital broadcasting. The change reflected only the branding of the station, as its legal callsign remained WBQC-LD.
In 2007, Block transitioned WOTH from analog to digital broadcasts and established a digital simulcast of WBQC-CA on channel 25.2, a subchannel of WOTH-LD. In April 2009, WOTH added Retro Television Network to its digital subchannel 25.3. Later that year, WBQC ended analog broadcasts on channel 38. WBQC's WKRP-TV programming moved to channel 25.1, while WOTH's America One programming moved to channel 25.5, where it remains today. In January 2011, WKRP replaced its primary subchannel with programming from the Retro Television Network. Block put the station up for sale that April.
In November 2010, Cincinnati Bell's local fiber-optic service, FiOptics, began carrying all five of WKRP's subchannels. In January 2014, Aereo entered the Cincinnati market also carrying all five subchannels.
The Other Channel
The callsign WOTH was previously assigned to "The Other Channel", Block Broadcasting's other low-power station. It began in 1998 as W35BA, channel 35, broadcasting programming from America's Store and Urban America Television that had previously aired on WBQC. It soon moved to channel 39, becoming W39CG. In 2001, the station became WOTH-LP and moved to channel 38. WOTH adopted a simplified version of WBQC's old "25 TV" logo.
In 2005, WBQC switched places with WOTH, leaving WOTH at channel 25. In 2009, WBQC's WKRP-TV programming moved to channel 25.1, while WOTH's America One programming moved to channel 25.5, where it remains today. "The Other Channel" branding ceased some time thereafter.
Virtually all of WOTH's programming is syndicated programming. Until 2011, Block Broadcasting produced several local programs, including:
- New Xtreme Sounds – music entertainment
- Scizone with Bill Boshears – commentary on political and paranormal topics
- Lincoln Ware Live! – community public affairs
- Friday Night Fu – campy kung fu movies hosted by Cap'n Dave and the Fu Crew
- After Midnight – music talent showcase
- On the Mark – call-in talk show hosted by Mark McDonald
WOTH continues to air a half-hour-long informational program at 7:00 AM on weekdays, as well as church service in the same time slot on Sundays, to fulfill the FCC's community programming requirements for Class A stations.
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- "First Contact (1993-1997)". Block Broadcasting. Archived from the original on March 12, 2003.
- Note: The FCC conventions indicate that such a D in the front indicates a deleted license.
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- WKRP-TV Schedule
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- "Tired of Waiting to Watch Your Favorite Shows?" (PDF). Town Hall News (Lebanon, Ohio: City of Lebanon). Fall/Winter 2006. p. 3.
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- "Station takes call letters of TV show". Yahoo! News (Yahoo!). Associated Press. 2008-11-29. "A low-power TV station has changed its call letters to WKRP, the same as the fictional radio station in the 1970s hit series 'WKRP in Cincinnati.'"
- Kiesewetter, John (2008-11-28). "Really on air in Cincinnati". The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio: Gannett Company). "Block began plotting the change two years ago, tied to TV stations' transition nationwide from analog to digital broadcasting scheduled for Feb. 17. Although low-power stations aren't required by law to switch to digital next year, Block made the investment so viewers here with digital TV converter boxes could continue to see his stations next year."
- Kiesewetter, John (2010-11-15). "Cincinnati Bell Adds All WKRP-TV Subchannels". Cincinnati.com TV & Media Blog. Gannett Company. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
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- Radelat, Ana (June 7, 2008). "Small television stations struggling with digital conversion". USA Today.
- WKRP-TV official website
- The Other Channel at the Wayback Machine (archived December 3, 2008) – former WOTH-LP website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WOTH
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WBQC
- WBQC historical documents at the Wayback Machine (archived July 19, 2008) – formerly "The War"
- WBQC Channel 38 on YouTube – overview of the station's history, including a glimpse of the WB25 logo, as well as promotions for local and network programming
Original WBQC programming: