Looking back today, it seems strange, but 1995 was a long year for Tri-State TV watchers.
January was ushered in with rumors that WTVW, which was then our ABC affiliate, was being courted by Petracom, a Florida-based company. The station was, at the time, owned by Bank of America's Banam Broadcasting division, which had picked up WTVW when its previous owner, Woods Communications, found itself in financial trouble.
Several previous sale attempts had been scuttled at the last minute, so nobody really gave much thought to the possibility of Petracom actually following through on the deal.
Indeed, we didn't hear much more about it until mid-May, when it was actually finalized.
The Petracom purchase ended up not only changing WTVW's ownership, but it kicked off months of deal-making, program swaps and confusion the likes of no one has seen either before or since. I should note here that not even last year's DTV transition captivated Tri-State viewers the way the "Grea…
WEVV has unveiled the new logo for its new Fox channel, and one look will tell you that the name is shorter than originally announced. Yes, that's right ... the new station will be called "Fox44," the name that WEVV used from 1987 to 1995, when it became a CBS affiliate. (This time around, CBS programming will remain on CBS44 - channel 44.1 - and Fox programming will be on channel 44.2.) But why the name change from the previously-publicized "MyFox44?" "(W)e felt it was necessary to utilize 'Fox44' instead as a means of bringing everyone back home to the original Evansville Fox affiliate," said Eric Stremming, WEVV's creative services director, "especially since the Fox44 brand was and still is very recognizable in this market." As previously announced, the new Fox44 will go live on July 1.
Will be a freelance fill-in meteorologist for Eyewitness News
It's been a little over four years since Stacey May left NEWS 25 to raise her three children, but the popular former Daybreak meteorologist is making something of a comeback.
I'm told this evening that she'll be working at WEHT/WTVW as a freelance fill-in meteorologist when Eyewitness News' regular meteorologists — Wayne Hart, David Heckard and Ron Rhodes — need time off.
"We’re excited to get Stacey back on the team and can’t wait to see her on the
air again," said WEHT/WTVW news director Bob Freeman.
Welcome back to the air, Stacey!