Network Era (1998-2006)

NETWORK ERA
(1998-2006)

1. A new transmitter and a new affiliation. August 8, 1998. That was the day we became a larger player in the Cincinnati market. And we’re not just talking about an affiliation change. WBQC implemented a new transmitter which introduced our station to more people than before. With a signal increase complete, we signed a deal with UPN on our 7th anniversary, September 29, 1998.

2. WBQC Channel 25 has Star Trek: Voyager marathon. Since Star Trek fans were happy to see Voyager back in Cincinnati after a year haitus, we decided to enter the fall with our guns loaded. To allow the Trekkies to catch up on what happened the previous season, we ran a Star Trek: Voyager marathon the weekend prior to UPN’s new fall season launch!

3.Scizone and Outdoor Connection launched. While the Friday Night FU continued to be the major local program on the station, we wanted to produce more local programming. After talks with several different parties, we introduced our audience to two shows: the Scizone and the Outdoor Connection. The Scizone explored things not of this world; the Outdoor Connection explored things of this world.

4. Cap’n Dave is named best local TV host. CityBeat Magazine named Cap’n Dave as best local TV host for the Friday Night FU in their Best of Cincinnati issue. CityBeat also named WBQC as the best local station not on the majority of cable.

5. Goodbye Scizone and Outdoor Connection. Hello Mr. Little. The Scizone and the Outdoor Connection had core audiences and potential, but neither show managed to maintain the support from the community and was deemed to be changed or cancelled. With producers leaving both shows, we decided to shift gears and change directions. Keith Little’s Mr. Little’s Hangout introduced Cincinnati to the jazz community. As a one time special, The Al Beasley Show pushed one-on-one talk shows to another level, discussing life and politics with Rev. Leslie Isiah Gaines!

6. Rick Flynn returns; B-Movie is created. Since we received a good response with the FU, we wanted to create another program with the same mass appeal. Lou Vockell created;B-Movie Theater, the best in b-movies on a Saturday night! Not to be forgotten in the new surgence in local programming, the Nature Boy Rick Flynn returned, hosting Rick Flynn Presents! The show’s format was a one hour open forum show… a show about nothing!

7.WBQC Channel 25 gets into the digital age. Our journey was just beginning. Besides programming, we upgraded our infrastructure and moving towards the digital age. We implemented a digital commercial spot insertion server, becoming the first station in Cincinnati to broadcast commercials digitally!

8. WBQC Channel 25 and NBC get together. In 1999, we carried NBC’s 1999 French Open Men’s Final, NBA Hoop-It-Up, Women’s U.S. Open Final, Saturday Night Live, Sunset Beach and the Profiler.

9. WBQC Channel 25 becomes the Official Kentucky Lottery station. In order to better serve our Kentucky viewers, we struck a deal to become the only place to find the Kentucky Lottery.

10. WBQC Channel 25 lends a hand to the Flying Pig Marathon. WCPO broadcasted the complete event and needed some extra shots. When they needed a mobile mast camera, we answered the call.

11. WBQC Channel 25 grows on cable. In addition to being placed on Lebanon, Ohio’s a new fiber optic cable system, we were also picked up by Insight Communications, the second largest cable provider in the area.

12. The FU returns. Cap’n Dave and the FU Crew returned on Saturdays for the third season of The FU.

13. WBQC Channel 25 partners with Wifflepalooza. In August 2000, we got back into the community with the sponsorship of Wifflepalooza.

14. Time Warner adds WBQC. In the summer of 2001, negotiations began with Time Warner Cable. Time Warner placed WBQC on the system from 6pm to 11pm on channel 20.

15. WBQC is added to DirecTv local channel lineup. Can you see me now? That was the question behind the campaign informing viewers that WBQC Channel 25 was added to DirecTv. Unlike Time Warner Cable, DirecTv carries WBQC Channel 25 all day, every day.

16. WBQC sponsors The Big Quest X. In search of innovative local programming, WBQC decided to air something refreshingly different. Four teams raced throughout Cincinnati in a quest to defeat the GameMasters and be crowned The Big Quest X champion.

18. Adelphia Cable places WBQC on its entire cable system. Some Adelphia customers could watch WBQC, while others couldn’t. That’s not the case anymore.

17. America’s Next Top Model casting call creates buzz. The WIZ 100.9fm and Club Ritz joined WBQC in search women looking to become America’s Next Top Model on UPN.

18. Lincoln Ware Live! on Sunday mornings. Venturing back into live local television, Lincoln Ware Live! highlights Sunday mornings with a live talk show forum hosted by radio talk show host Lincoln Ware. The show premiered on October 20, 2003. It aired every Sunday at 10:00 AM.

19. Another Top Model Casting Call creates more buzz. Q102, Barbizon Modeling and Newport On The Levee introduced another cycle of casting calls.

20. More Power! Isn’t it great when the service you enjoy decides to give you more? WBQC didn’t have to do it, but they did anyways.

21. Suscom Adds WBQC. With the increased signal, viewers in Indiana who subscribe to Suscom Cable could finally get WBQC on their cable system.

22. Lincoln Ware Live! Wins An Emmy. Maybe LWL didn’t win an Emmy, but the local affairs program did win a Community Broadcasters Association award. Who said paying off the judges doesn’t work? LOL.

23. Champboat Races Here We Come. It had been over ten years since racing boats hit the Ohio River. WBQC hit the riverfront with live shows on Saturday and Sunday.

24. The Merger. In January 2006, CBS and Warner Brothers announced the UPN and The WB would merge into a new network. A month later FOX announced the creation of another network, MyNetworkTV.