Fifty years ago Wednesday, (August 1,) WXIX signed on as Cincinnati's first independent television station. Over those years the station pioneered some of the most innovative local programming in the country. Among the early shows produced by WXIX were The Cool Ghoul (featuring the Larry Smith Puppets), Scream-In and Club Nineteen, featuring local comedian Michael Flannery. To this day, Tri-State viewers who grew up during those early years fondly remember rushing home after school to watch their favorites on channel 19.
In 1986, WXIX signed-on as one of the first affiliates of the new FOX network, reshaping the image of the station and bringing a more youthful appeal to primetime with shows like 21 Jump Street, In Living Color and the Simpsons. In 1993, the station launched its first full-fledged newscast, The Ten O'clock News. Three years later the newscast expanded to a full hour. Then in 1994, the three-hour long 19 in the Morning debuted, targeting viewers who were looking for a local alternative to the national news shows.
Vice President and General Manager Debbie Bush stated, "In its first 50 years, WXIX has grown into a remarkably strong player on the local media landscape. Starting out as a fledging independent station in 1968, WXIX has developed into a powerful FOX affiliate with programming like Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and NFL plus our nearly ten hours of FOX19 NOW news each weekday. 50 years ago, no one could have imagined the changes and success FOX19 NOW has seen. We're so proud of what the staff has done over the years to build such a great station and thank Tri-State viewers for welcoming FOX19 NOW into their homes!"
FOX19 NOW celebrates another milestone this year, Emmy-winning anchor Tricia Macke marks her 25th anniversary with the station. Tricia joined FOX19 NOW on October 8, 1993. She's has been a driving force in the FOX19 NOW newsroom since the day she arrived. Over the years, Tricia has reported the big stories that affect the entire Tri-State, and told the emotional, heartwarming stories that touch viewers on a very personal level. Storytelling is in Tricia's DNA and her passion for reporting has been one of the reasons for FOX19 NOW's success.