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.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, one country radio station in the Tri-State stood head and shoulders above the rest, and it, in turn, stood upon the shoulders of a large man with a heart of gold.
You may not remember his full name, William T. Hughes, but that's all right. He preferred to be known by his nickname: Tiny.
Tiny was born and raised in Owensboro, and it was there he got his start in radio at WVJS (1420 AM) in 1955, but it was his stint at WROZ (1400 AM), which lasted from 1974 until his death, that brought him recognition to match his outsized body.
He had a special gift, and young and old alike tuned in each morning just to hear what Tiny would be talking about and which records he'd be spinning. It didn't hurt that he bridged the gap between the earlier country music and that which we hear today. He hit WROZ at the time when country's move from its roots in the "hills and hollers" to the more modern sound we know today was at its zenith.