WKRP TV25 Cincinnati

First Contact


1. WBQC is on the air. We first went on air in 1990 above a location called Dollar Bills Saloon.

2. Two shows make their debut. Our first program was called "Stump Stoney," hosted by Mark "Stoney" Shoner, of course. Shortly thereafter, "Ask The Program Director"
was shown starring Bryan Hollon.

3. Live production begins with a bang. Rick Flynn is introduced to the public. Live production went to another level as we produced a "New Year's Eve Special with Rick Flynn." Our desire to produce local programs was realized as we produced and televised the first ever Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game in March of 1991 using five cameras.

4. WBQC moves to new location. With success comes growth and that's what we did. After having the most live coverage of the Sanders Hall implosion, we moved out of Dollar Bills Saloon and relocated to our new studios in Golf Manor. Our transmitter was moved shortly thereafter from the Clifton location to the top of the Vernon Manor Hotel.

5. Marcus T. is In The House. The live show "In The House with Marcus T" was produced in 1991. Featuring live phone in callers, in-studio guests and a variety of music videos, Marcus T. Franklin hosted a show that became a channel 25 cult hit. We recorded over 100 episodes and syndicated the show to cities such as Philadelphia, where it ran for 24 hours straight in an "In The House" marathon!

6. Local events hit the air. 1992 marked the year when we developed several relationships with other media outlets. We aired a men's Xavier basketball game during primetime, a production done by Xavier's Cincinnati's station, WCPO Channel 9. Later that year we put our mark on the community by collaborating with Citicable to produce the annual "Findlay Market Parade," and "Riverfest."