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WOTH-CD, virtual and UHF digital channel 20, is a defunct low-powered, Class A television station with multiple affiliations that was licensed to Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The station had been owned by Elliott B. Block's Block Broadcasting since its inception[1] and was sister to WBQC-LD (channel 25). WOTH's transmitter was located along Symmes Street, just south of East McMillan Street in Cincinnati (shared with ABC affiliate WCPO-TV, channel 9).

WOTH-CD
(defunct)
WOTH-CD logo 2015.png
Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
BrandingWOTH
ChannelsDigital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
Subchannels(see below)
AffiliationsDefunct
OwnerBlock Broadcasting
(Elliott B. Block)
Founded1988[citation needed]
First air date1990 (29 years ago) (1990)
Last air dateJanuary 23, 2018 (18 months ago) (2018-01-23)
Sister station(s)WBQC-LD
Former callsignsW35BA (1998–?)
W39CG (?–2001)
WOTH-LP (2001–August 2007)
WBQC-LD (August 2007–April 2010)
WOTH-LD (April 2010–February 2011)
WBQC-LD (February 2011–July 2013)
WOTH-CD (July 2013–January 23, 2018)
Former channel number(s)39 (1998–2001)
38 (2001–2005)
25 (2005–2009)
38 (2009)
Former affiliationsAmerica's Store (1998–2006)
UATV (1998–2006)
Jewelry Television (2006–2009)
America One (2009–2014)
AMG TV (2009-2010)
Retro TV
Cozi TV
Networks at the time of shutting down
Decades
Movies!
BUZZR
Heroes & Icons
Newsmax TV
The Action Channel
HSN
Evine
Transmitter power15 kW
Height252 m (827 ft)
ClassCD
Facility ID168414
Transmitter coordinates39°7′30.4″N 84°29′56″W / 39.125111°N 84.49889°W / 39.125111; -84.49889Coordinates: 39°7′30.4″N 84°29′56″W / 39.125111°N 84.49889°W / 39.125111; -84.49889

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HistoryEdit

 
Former station logo

WOTH was previously branded as "The Other Channel." It began in 1998 as W35BA, channel 35, broadcasting programming from America's Store[2] and Urban America Television that had previously aired on WBQC. It soon moved to channel 39, becoming W39CG.[3] In 2001, the station became WOTH-LP and moved to channel 38. WOTH adopted a simplified version of WBQC's old "25 TV" logo.[4]

In the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s incentive auction, WOTH-CD sold its spectrum for $13,266,948; at the time, the station indicated that it would enter into a post-auction channel sharing agreement.[5] On-screen messages later announced that WOTH would go off the air permanently on January 23, 2018.[6]

ShutdownEdit

WOTH went off the air permanently on January 23, 2018, at 5:03 p.m. The station posted a photo on Facebook depicting its transmitter being turned off.[7] According to WOTH's Facebook page, WOTH would move some, but not all, of its subchannels to its sister station WBQC-LD (branded as WKRP-TV). Subchannels already moved at the time WOTH was shut down were HSN and Evine. Elliot Block, the station owner, stated that within two weeks of WOTH's closing, Decades, Movies! and Heroes & Icons would also be moved to WBQC-LD.[8]

Digital televisionEdit

The station's digital signal was multiplexed on Channel 20.

ProgrammingEdit

WBQC aired network programming except for four hours per week of locally produced programs:[9]

  • Heart of Compassion
  • Inform Cincinnati

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ownership Reports, WOTH-CD". January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Smith, Doug (2005-03-10). "Ohio". W9WI.com TV Database Online. Archived from the original on 2005-03-10. Retrieved 2006-07-13.
  3. ^ Federal Communications Commission. "Call Sign History". TV Query Results. Retrieved 2006-07-13.
  4. ^ "Old WBQC van". Block Broadcasting. Archived from the original (JPEG) on September 27, 2007.
  5. ^ "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Auction 1001 Winning Bids" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. April 4, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "WOTH-TV Goes Dark Tuesday Jan. 23". WVXU. January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "A picture is worth a thousand words". January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Goodbye". January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Block, Elliott (July 3, 2015). "Certification of Continuing Eligibility for Class A Status" (PDF). Retrieved August 26, 2015.

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