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WXIX-TV
WXIX 2009.png
Newport, Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
City of license Newport, Kentucky
Branding Balanced News
Slogan Fox 19 (general)
Fox 19 News (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
Subchannels 19.1 Fox
19.2 Bounce TV
Affiliations Fox
Owner Raycom Media
(WXIX License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air date August 1, 1968; 45 years ago (1968-08-01)
Call letters' meaning Channel XIX = 19 in Roman numerals
Former channel number(s) Analog:
19 (UHF, 1968–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1968–1986)
DT2:
The Tube (2006–2007)
This TV (2009–2011)
Transmitter power 227 kW (digital)
Height 290 m (digital)
Facility ID 39738
Transmitter coordinates 39°7′19″N 84°32′52″W / 39.12194°N 84.54778°W / 39.12194; -84.54778
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.fox19.com/

WXIX-TV, virtual channel 19 (UHF digital channel 29), is a Fox-affiliated television station serving Cincinnati, Ohio, United States that is licensed to Newport, Kentucky (it is the only major television station in Cincinnati that is licensed to the Kentucky side of the market). The station is owned by Raycom Media. WXIX maintains studios on Seventh Street in downtown Cincinnati, and its transmitter is located in the South Fairmount neighborhood on the northwest side of Cincinnati.

History[edit]

Channel 19's original logo in 1968.

WXIX-TV began operation as an independent station on August 1, 1968; it was founded by U.S. Communications Corporation, which also owned UHF independent stations in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.[1] WXIX-TV was the first new commercial station in the market since 1949, and the second UHF station in the area (behind PBS member station WCET, channel 48). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had allocated one full-power commercial UHF station to Cincinnati – channel 65 (later 64, now occupied by WSTR-TV). However, when U.S. Communications found out that the FCC had dropped in a channel 19 allocation across the river in Newport, it sought a license for that allocation in order to provide wider signal coverage at less cost.

While WXIX was running test transmissions before its inaugural broadcast, the station intermittently aired "mini-shows" featuring The Larry Smith Puppets that promoted the sale of UHF converters for use with pre-1964 television sets which were only equipped to receive VHF signals at the time. Larry Smith and his puppets (a witch named "Battie Hattie from Cincinnati" and her dog "Snarfy" among other characters) later hosted a daytime children's program in the weekday afternoons for several years. Afterward, "The Cool Ghoul" [7] – played by Dick VonHoene, known for his weekend late night sci-fi/monster movie program "Scream-In" – also hosted a weekday afternoon children's program. There was an afternoon show called "Kimberly's Cartoon Capers", an afternoon cartoon variety hour hosted by Kimberly, a 13 year old teenage girl.

WXIX logo, used from 1996 to 2001. The "19" dated from the early 1990s and was used until 2009.

By the early 1970s, U.S. Communications encountered financial difficulties, largely due to poor advertising revenues and partially from the failure of a planned merger with the short-lived Overmyer Network. The firm wound up taking its San Francisco, Atlanta and Pittsburgh stations off-the-air (all would resume operations under different ownership) and also considered the same for WXIX-TV.[2] Instead it put the station up for sale, and would find a buyer for WXIX in Metromedia for $3 million in 1972.[3][4] Metromedia's deep pockets helped stabilize channel 19's entire operation, and the station benefited from Metromedia's aggressiveness in purchasing syndicated programming as well as developing its own first-run programming. After nearly a decade on air, channel 19 finally received competition in 1980 with the launch of WBTI (channel 64, now WSTR-TV), which ran general entertainment and religious programing before 7 p.m. and subscription television at night. However, that competition was short-lived, ending when WBTI became a full-time subscription station by 1982. The over-air subscription television phenomenon occurred in larger markets in the U.S. where cable had yet to penetrate city centers before the late 1980s.

WXIX logo, used from 2001 to 2009.

Malrite Communications bought channel 19 from Metromedia in December 1983.[5][6] The station remained the leading independent station in the market, even after WBTI returned to full-time general entertainment programming in 1985. On October 6, 1986, WXIX became a charter affiliate of the upstart Fox network (which, coincidentally used some of WXIX's former Metromedia sister stations as its charter owned-and-operated stations).

The station changed its on-air branding from "19XIX" to "Fox 19" in 1996. In 1998, Malrite Communications merged with Raycom Media. Around 2000, WXIX operated a large open space inside the Tri-County Mall called the "Fox 19 Station Break."[7]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8]
19.1 720p 16:9 WXIX-DT Main WXIX-TV programming / Fox
19.2 480i 4:3 THIS-TV Bounce TV / some local sports[9]

WXIX originally carried The Tube Music Network on digital subchannel 19.2 until the network's closure in 2007. The subchannel was reactivated in January 2009 as an affiliate of This TV, which remained with the subchannel until December 2011.[9] Bounce TV replaced This TV on January 1, 2012[10] (the This TV affiliation was then acquired by WBQC-LD for its 25.2 subchannel).

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WXIX-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 19, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 29,[11][12] using PSIP, to display WXIX-TV's virtual channel as 19 on digital television receivers.

Programming[edit]

WXIX-TV clears the entire Fox network schedule (nightly primetime, Saturday late night, and Fox Sports programming, along with the network's Saturday morning infomerical block, Weekend Marketplace and the political talk show Fox News Sunday). Syndicated programs airing on WXIX include Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Insider, Rachael Ray, Judge Judy, The Middle, America Now and The Simpsons.

On September 17, 2012, WXIX began carrying the syndicated game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, picking up both programs from ABC affiliate WCPO-TV (channel 9), after its owner E. W. Scripps Company replaced both shows with original first-run syndicated programs. WXIX is among six Fox affiliates to air Jeopardy! and Wheel; the others being located in Baltimore, Syracuse, New York, New Orleans, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Mobile, Alabama.[13]

News operation[edit]

WXIX newscast title card; seen nightly at 10.

WXIX-TV presently broadcasts 51½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with nine hours on weekdays, three hours on Saturdays and 3½ hours on Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output among the Cincinnati market's broadcast television stations. Atypical for most television stations with such a newscast, while WXIX does broadcast a local newscast in the traditional 11 p.m. timeslot, the program (which debuted in 2012) only airs on Sunday evenings with syndicated programming filling the 11 p.m. half-hour on weeknights and Fox's Animation Domination HD block filling the half-hour on Saturdays. In addition to its regular newscasts, WXIX provides one-to-two-minute cut-ins at the top of each hour on weekdays, as well as halftime cut-ins during network sportscasts.

The station launched its news department in 1993, with the debut of a 10 p.m. newscast; it was the first successful attempt at a primetime newscast in the Cincinnati market. The station eventually expanded its news programming over time: it added a three-hour weekday morning newscast in 1997; during the mid-1990s, WXIX also aired a newscast at the late timeslot of midnight (one of the few late night local newscasts ever attempted on U.S. television in the modern era); it later added a midday newscast at 11:30 a.m. in the late 1990s. WXIX partnered with WBQC-CA (channel 25) to air channel 19's evening newscast during the Cincinnati Bearcats college basketball season. After cable providers in Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio dropped WBQC from their basic tiers, these newscasts were moved to Insight Communications channel 6 in Kentucky and Time Warner Cable channel 2 in Ohio (WXIX no longer broadcasts Bearcat football or basketball games).

Paul Horton joined WXIX as its chief meteorologist on January 31, 2007; he left channel 19 seven months later on August 7 to become a morning meteorologist at Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO-TV. Steve Horstmeyer left his longtime morning and noon position at CBS affiliate WKRC-TV (channel 12) to replace Horton as chief meteorologist on August 7, 2008.[14] Horstmeyer traveled to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to assist sister station KPLC, as part of a Raycom effort to cover Hurricane Gustav.

On August 11, 2008, WXIX debuted a half-hour early evening newscast at 6:30 p.m.,[15] which is aimed at the 18 to 54-year-old demographic. The broadcast competes with national network newscasts airing at 6:30 on WLWT (channel 5), WCPO-TV and WKRC-TV. On September 21, 2009, the program was extended to a full hour, with the addition of a half-hour of news at 6 p.m. On September 19, 2011, WXIX reverted the start time of the newscast to 6:30 p.m., though retaining its one-hour time length.

On November 4, 2008, WXIX became the second Cincinnati television station (after WCPO) to begin broadcast its local newscasts in high definition. However, the station continued to broadcast most field reports and weather radar imagery in standard definition. By mid-December, nearly all aspects of its newscasts (including in-studio and field footage, and select video from affiliate news services) were available in high definition. In December 2009, WXIX entered an agreement with WCPO-TV to pool videographers at press conferences.[16] On March 31, 2010, WXIX entered into an agreement with Clear Channel Communications to provide hourly news and weather updates on local radio station WLW (700 AM), these updates began airing on WLW on April 1.[17]

On September 20, 2010, WXIX expanded its weekday morning newscast to 5½ hours, from 4:30 to 10:00 a.m. with the addition of an extension of the newscast during the 9:00 a.m. hour called Fox 19 Morning Xtra.[18] On July 25, 2011, WXIX debuted a half-hour weekday morning weather-focused newscast at 4:00 a.m. called Fox 19 First Weather.[19] On August 18, 2012, WXIX launched two-hour long Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts, airing from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.[20] In addition on September 10, 2012, the weekday morning newscast was expanded to seven hours from 4:00 to 11:00 a.m., as the Morning Xtra portion of the program was expanded by one hour.[21] But as of 2013, the 4:00 a.m. half-hour of the morning newscast was cut. The program is now run from 4:30-11:00 a.m.

News/station presentation[edit]

19XIX News title sequence in 1993.

Newscast titles[edit]

  • The 19 WXIX Headline Report (1980s)
  • 19XIX News (1993–1996)
  • 19 News (1996–2001)
  • Fox 19 News (2001–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "First. LIVE. Local." (2001–2009)
  • "Your Home For News" (2009–2011)
  • "Balanced News" (2011–present)
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On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[22][edit]

Anchors
  • Jessica Brown - weekend mornings on Fox 19 Morning News (8:00-10:00 a.m.); also weekday reporter
  • Tracey Johnson - weekday mornings on Fox 19 Morning News Xtra (9:00-11:00 a.m.)
  • Tricia Macke - weeknights at 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Scott Schneider - weeknights at 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Amy Wagner - weekends at 10:00 and Sundays at 11:00 p.m.; also investigative reporter
  • Dan Wells - weekend mornings on Fox 19 Morning News (8:00-10:00 a.m.)
  • Rob Williams - weekday mornings on Fox 19 Morning News (5:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Jacki Jing - weekday mornings (4:30-9:00 a.m.)
Fox 19 StormTracker Weather
  • Steve Horstmeyer (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Jeff Creighton - meteorologist; weekends at 10:00 and Sundays at 11:00 p.m.
  • Frank Marzullo (AMS Seal of Approval; member, NWA) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Fox 19 Morning News (4:30-9:00); also anchor of Fox 19 Morning News Xtra (9:00-11:00 a.m.)
Sports team
  • Brian Gisenschlag - sports director; weeknights at 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Ron Millennor - sports anchor; weekends at 10:00 and Sundays at 11:00 p.m.
  • Joe Danneman - sports reporter
Reporters
  • Gordan Graham - general assignment reporter
  • Lisa Hutson - general assignment reporter
  • Brett Hoffland - general assignment reporter
  • Ben Katko - general assignment reporter
  • Matthew Nordin - investigative reporter
  • Hagit Limor - investigative reporter
  • Kelly Rippin - weekend morning reporter (8:00-10:00 a.m.)

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

  • Kevin Frazier - sports reporter/anchor (later a weekend host for Entertainment Tonight, now co-host of omg! Insider)
  • Jonathan Freed - anchor/reporter (1999–2000, later Chicago bureau correspondent for CNN)
  • Sheila Gray - morning anchor (now with rival WKRC)
  • Greg Hoard - sports writer and commentator
  • Chris Rose - sports intern (host on MLB Network, and Fox Sports)
  • Ben Swann - anchor/reporter (2010–2013)
  • Dick VonHoene - news anchor and news director in the early days of WXIX; also known as the "Cool Ghoul", host of "19's Scream-In", a late night weekend horror movie show (early 1970s)
  • Michael Flannery - Host of the Weekday/Weekend Cartoon Show "Club Nineteen" from the late '80's to the mid '90's

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WXIX-TV on air Aug. 1." Broadcasting, August 12, 1968, pg. 61. [1]
  2. ^ "Group mothballs two U's, cites low ad revenues." Broadcasting, March 29, 1971, pg. 96. [2]
  3. ^ "WXIX-TV to Metromedia in $3 million sale." Broadcasting, October 11, 1971, pg. 48. [3]
  4. ^ "Metromedia gets its Cincinnati U." Broadcasting, August 14, 1972, pg. 37. [4]
  5. ^ "Through the roof with Metromedia." Broadcasting, August 30, 1982, pp. 25–26. [5] [6]
  6. ^ "Changing Hands." Broadcasting, December 5, 1983, pg. 72
  7. ^ "Station Break". WXIX. 1999. Archived from the original on August 23, 2000. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WXIX
  9. ^ a b Kiesewetter, John (May 20, 2009). "Florence Freedom On TV Thursday". The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio: Gannett Company). Retrieved May 20, 2009. "The Florence Freedom's first night game will air live at 7 pm Thursday on WXIX-TV's digital subchannel, digital Ch. 19.2 ("This TV"). Fox 19 is picking up the telecast from Ted Bushelman's All-Volunteer Cable One crew..." 
  10. ^ Kiesewetter, John (May 11, 2011). "Fox 19 Adding New TV Network". The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio: Gannett Company). Retrieved May 12, 2011. "WXIX-TV (Channel 19) will add the new Bounce TV ... on its digital side channel in January. It will replace THIS TV on digital Channel 19.2." 
  11. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  12. ^ CDBS Print
  13. ^ "Updates on Wheel, Jeopardy, Couric, General Hospital". Cincinnati.com. March 27, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ Steve Horstmeyer's Official Webpage
  15. ^ Kiesewitter, John. The Cincinnati Enquirer Aug. 3, 2008.
  16. ^ Kiesewetter, John (December 11, 2009). "What Does The Ch 9–19 Pool Video Agreement Mean?". Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  17. ^ Fox 19 Gets WEBN Fireworks, WLW Weather Deal, The Cincinnati Enquirer, March 31, 2010.
  18. ^ New faces in news at Fox 19, The Cincinnati Enquirer, September 4, 2010.
  19. ^ WXIX Launching Half-Hour Of Weather At 4 A.M., TVNewsCheck, July 7, 2011.
  20. ^ WXIX Launches Weekend Morning Newscasts, Hires Jessica Brown as Co-Anchor, TVSpy, July 18, 2012.
  21. ^ WXIX Adding An Hour To Its Morning News, TVNewsCheck, August 2, 2012.
  22. ^ News team

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