WXIX-TV

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WXIX-TV
Fox19 Logo
Newport, Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio
BrandingFox 19 (general)
Fox 19 News (newscasts)
SloganBalanced News
ChannelsDigital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
Subchannels19.1 Fox
19.2 Bounce TV
OwnerRaycom Media
(WXIX License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air dateAugust 1, 1968
Call letters' meaningChannel XIX = 19 in Roman numerals
Former channel number(s)Analog:
19 (UHF, 1968–2009)
Former affiliationsIndependent (1968–1986)
Transmitter power227 kW (digital)
Height290 m (digital)
Facility ID39738
Transmitter coordinates39°7′19″N 84°32′52″W / 39.12194°N 84.54778°W / 39.12194; -84.54778
Websitewww.fox19.com/
 
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WXIX-TV
Fox19 Logo
Newport, Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio
BrandingFox 19 (general)
Fox 19 News (newscasts)
SloganBalanced News
ChannelsDigital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
Subchannels19.1 Fox
19.2 Bounce TV
OwnerRaycom Media
(WXIX License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air dateAugust 1, 1968
Call letters' meaningChannel XIX = 19 in Roman numerals
Former channel number(s)Analog:
19 (UHF, 1968–2009)
Former affiliationsIndependent (1968–1986)
Transmitter power227 kW (digital)
Height290 m (digital)
Facility ID39738
Transmitter coordinates39°7′19″N 84°32′52″W / 39.12194°N 84.54778°W / 39.12194; -84.54778
Websitewww.fox19.com/

WXIX-TV is the Fox-affiliated television station in Cincinnati, Ohio. Licensed to Newport, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, it broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 29 (virtual channel 19.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in the South Fairmont neighborhood of northwestern Cincinnati. Owned by Raycom Media, it maintains studios on 7th Street in downtown Cincinnati. Syndicated programming featured on the station includes America Now, Better, The Wendy Williams Show Starting September 17, 2012, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy will air on this channel.

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History

Channel 19's original logo in 1968

WXIX-TV began operation as an independent station on August 1, 1968 and 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 WCET). The FCC had allocated one full-power UHF station to Cincinnati—channel 65 (later 64). 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 more signal at less cost.

While WXIX was running test transmissions before its inaugural broadcast, the station intermittently aired "mini-shows" featuring The Larry Smith Puppets promoting the sale of UHF converters which can be used 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" [8] – played by Dick VonHoene, known for his weekend late night sci-fi/monster movie program "Scream-In" – also hosted a weekday children's show in the afternoons. There was an afternoon show called "Kim's Cartoon Caper's". It had a girl of about 13 hosting the afternoon cartoon show.

WXIX logo, 1996–2001. 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 Metromedia bought it 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 pm and subscription TV at night. However, that competition was short-lived, ending when WBTI became a full-time subscription station by 1982. The over-air subscription TV phenomenon occurred in larger markets in the U.S. where cable had yet to penetrate city centers before the late 1980s.

WXIX logo, 2001–2009

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. Also in 1986, WXIX became a charter affiliate of the Fox network (which, coincidentally was based around some of WXIX's former Metromedia sister stations). The station changed its on-air branding from "19XIX" to "Fox 19" in 1996. In 1998, Malrite merged with Raycom Media, which continues to own WXIX today.

Around 2000, WXIX operated a large open space inside Tri-County Mall called the "FOX19 Station Break."[7]

As of September 17, 2012. WXIX is among six Fox affiliates to air the game shows--the others are WBFF Baltimore, WSYT Syracuse (NY), WVUE in New Orleans, WLUK Green Bay, and WALA Mobile.[8]

Digital television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP short nameProgramming
19.1720p16:9WXIX-DTMain WXIX-TV programming / Fox
19.2480i4:3THIS-TVBounce TV / some local sports[9]

WXIX originally aired The Tube Music Network on channel 19.2 until the network's closure in 2007. This TV then began to broadcast from this channel from January 2009 to December 2011.[9] In turn, Bounce TV took its place on January 1st, 2012.[10] The This TV affiliation was then acquired by WBQC-LD (25.2).

Analog-to-digital conversion

WXIX-TV ended programming on its analog signal, on UHF channel 19, on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States[11], and remained on its current pre-transition channel number, 29[12] PSIP is used to display its virtual channel as 19.

News operation

WXIX newscast title card; seen nightly at 10

The station launched a 10 p.m. newscast in 1993 and a morning newscast in 1997. It also aired a newscast at the late timeslot of midnight in the mid-1990s and a midday newscast at 11:30 a.m. during the late 1990s. WXIX partnered with WBQC-TV to air channel 19's evening newscast during the Cincinnati Bearcats basketball season. After basic cable systems in Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio dropped WBQC, 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). 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.

Paul Horton became WXIX's chief meteorologist on January 31, 2007. He left channel 19 on August 7 that year to take the morning meteorologist position at CBS affiliate KPHO-TV in Phoenix. Steve Horstmeyer left his longtime morning and noon position at CBS affiliate WKRC-TV to replace Horton as chief meteorologist on August 7, 2008.[13] 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 began airing a 6:30 p.m. newscast[14] aimed at the 18–54-year-old demographic. The broadcast competes with national newscasts airing at 6:30 on WLWT-TV, WCPO-TV, and WKRC-TV. On September 21, 2009 the program was extended to a full hour beginning 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 station to broadcast its news in high definition, after WCPO. However, the station continued to broadcast most field reports and weather radar in standard definition. By mid-December, nearly everything was in HD. In December 2009, WXIX reached an agreement with local ABC affiliate WCPO-TV (channel 9) to pool videographers at press conferences.[15] On March 31, 2010, it was announced that WXIX reached an agreement with Clear Channel to have hourly news and weather updates heard on WLW. These updates began on WLW on April 1.[16]

On September 20, 2010 WXIX expanded its weekday morning newscast to 5½ hours, from 4:30–10:00 a.m. with the 9:00–10:00 a.m. extension of the newscast called FOX 19 Morning Xtra.[17] On July 25, 2011, WXIX debuted a half-hour weather-focused newscast called FOX 19 First Weather, which airs weekday mornings at 4:00 a.m.; the program is hosted by meteorologists Frank Marzullo and Katy Morgan, with news headlines read by weekday morning anchor Rob Williams.[18] On August 18, 2012, WXIX will launch morning newscasts on weekends, the two-hour long programs will air from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.[19] In addition on September 10, 2012, the weekday morning newscast will be expanded to seven hours from 4:00-11:00 a.m., as the Morning Xtra portion of the program will be expanded by one hour.[20]

News/station presentation

19XIX News title sequence in 1993

Newscast titles

Station slogans

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On-air staff

Current on-air staff[21]

Anchors

FOX 19 StormTracker Weather

Sports team

Reporters

Notable former on-air staff

References

  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]
  7. ^ "Station Break". WXIX. 1999. Archived from the original on August 23, 2000. http://web.archive.org/web/20000823150646/http://www.fox19.com/stationbreak.asp. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Updates on Wheel, Jeopardy, Couric, General Hospital". Cincinnati.com. March 27, 2012. http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2012/03/27/updates-on-wheel-jeopardy-couric-general-hospital/. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Kiesewetter, John (May 20, 2009). "Florence Freedom On TV Thursday". The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio: Gannett Company). http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=PluckPersona&U=5c49394b12564ab6832411d82ad3a991&plckPersonaPage=BlogViewPost&plckUserId=5c49394b12564ab6832411d82ad3a991&plckPostId=Blog%3a5c49394b12564ab6832411d82ad3a991Post%3a2f16e710-5adf-465d-99f6-f503557a43cc&plckController=PersonaBlog&plckElementId=personaDest. 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). http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2011/05/11/fox-19-adding-new-tv-network/. 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. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
  12. ^ CDBS Print
  13. ^ Steve Horstmeyer's Official Webpage
  14. ^ Kiesewitter, John. The Cincinnati Enquirer Aug. 3, 2008.
  15. ^ Kiesewetter, John (December 11, 2009). "What Does The Ch 9–19 Pool Video Agreement Mean?". http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2009/12/11/what-does-the-ch-9-19-pool-video-agreement-mean/. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  16. ^ http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2010/03/31/fox-19-gets-webn-fireworks-wlw-weather-deal/
  17. ^ http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100905/ENT11/9050318/1175/ENT/New-faces-in-news-at-Fox-19
  18. ^ WXIX Launching Half-Hour Of Weather At 4 A.M., TVNewsCheck, July 7, 2011.
  19. ^ WXIX Launches Weekend Morning Newscasts, Hires Jessica Brown as Co-Anchor, TVSpy, July 18, 2012.
  20. ^ WXIX Adding An Hour To Its Morning News, TVNewsCheck, August 2, 2012.
  21. ^ News team

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