THE UPN ERA
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
WBQC UPN25 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
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
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
7.WBQC UPN25 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 UPN25 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
9. WBQC UPN25 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 UPN25 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
11. WBQC UPN25 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 UPN25 partners with Wifflepalooza. In August
2000, we got back into the community with the sponsorship
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
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 UPN25 was added to DirecTv.
Unlike Time Warner Cable, DirecTv carries WBQC UPN25 all 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
Big Quest X champion.
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