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WEWS - Channel 5
60th Anniversary

WEWS Cleveland TV Channel 5 60th anniversary cake

WEWS Channel 5 60th anniversary cake


WEWS, Channel 5, was the first licensed television station in the state of Ohio. They launched 60 years ago on December 17, 1947. Since then they have maintained the same channel position, ownership and call letters - the only Cleveland station to do that.

WEWS was also first in other ways.

  • They were the first in Ohio to Broadcast live from a helicopter
  • They were the first in Cleveland to broadcast a major league baseball game the Cleveland Indians in 1948.
  • WEWS was the first station to offer a full college credit course taught over the air.
  • They were the first in Ohio to broadcast a live, remote news report via "Action Cam."
  • They were the first TV station in Cleveland to launch a website, newsnet5.com, in 1998.
  • WEWS was the first station to televise a live cooking show.
  • WEWS was the first station to receive the distinguished George Foster Peabody Award for public service.
  • WEWS was the home to Dorothy Fuldheim, the country's first female news commentator

Here are some photos of current and past WEWS employees from the WEWS 60th Anniversary Luncheon held December 17, 2007.

Congratulations Channel 5!

WEWS Anchors Danita Harris and Ted Henry

WEWS Anchors Danita Harris and Ted Henry reading congratulatory proclamations from Governor Strickland, Mayor Jackson, Cuyahoga County Commissioners and Congresswoman Tubbs Jones


WEWS Anchors Danita Harris and Ted Henry

WEWS Anchors Danita Harris and Ted Henry reading more proclamations


Weatherman Mark Johnson carried the cake during the singing of Happy Birthday

Weatherman Mark Johnson carried the cake during the singing of Happy Birthday


TV Legends Fred Griffith and Miss Barbara

TV Legends Fred Griffith and Miss Barbara


Cameraman Bill Ringen with anchor Leon Bibb

Cameraman Bill Ringen with anchor Leon Bibb


Linda and Bob Short

Linda and Bob Short


Pat Ferlin

Pat Ferlin


Bill Smoochie Gordon telling a story

Bill Smoochie Gordon telling a story from the old days


Don Unger, Jim Lentz, Lee and Mary Bailey

Don Unger, Jim Lentz, Lee and Mary Bailey


Ed and Delores Miller

Ed and Delores Miller


Peter Noll and Mark Johnson

Peter Noll and Mark Johnson


TV Pioneer Paige Palmer with Audrey one of her models from the show

TV Pioneer Paige Palmer with Audrey one of her models from the Paige Palmer Show who came in from California for the celebration


Ruth Sindelar with Dr. Buttons, the sock puppet her late husband Ernie Sindelar used on air.

Ruth Sindelar with Dr. Buttons, the sock puppet her late husband Ernie Sindelar used on air.


Fred Griffith, Lee Jordan, Alicia Booth and Jason Nicholas

Fred Griffith, Lee Jordan, Alicia Booth and Jason Nicholas with a corporate boss from Cincinatti


Gary Stark showing Five

Gary Stark showing Five, of course


Leon Bibb interviewing Paige Palmer

Leon Bibb interviewing Paige Palmer


Jean Rosner, Linda Muglick,  Alan and Bobbi Bush and Ruth Sindelar

Jean Rosner, Linda Muglick, Alan and Bobbi Bush and Ruth Sindelar


Telling stroies about the old days

Telling stories about the old days


TV legend Miss Barbara Plummer greets fellow legend Paige Palmer

TV legend Miss Barbara Plummer greets
fellow legend Paige Palmer


Fred Griffith shares a story

Fred Griffith shares a story


Old WEWS camera

Old WEWS camera


Ted Henry and Fred Griffith

Ted Henry and Fred Griffith


TV legends Bill 'Smoochie' Gordon and Paige Palmer

TV legends Bill Gordon and Paige Palmer


Miss Barbara and Mark Johnson

Miss Barbara and Mark Johnson


Anchors Ted Henry and Danita Harris MC'ed the event

Anchors Ted Henry and Danita Harris MC'ed the event


Painting of Dorothy Fuldheim

Painting of TV Pioneer and Legend Dorothy Fuldheim


WEWS Channel 5 60'th Anniversary Banner

WEWS Channel 5 60'th Anniversary Banner



Congratulations TV 5!

Be sure to read (and see photos of) profiles of the following Channel 5 Personalities (and stay tuned for the Paige Palmer interview!)

Miss Barbara Plummer

Liz Richards

Jenny Crimm

Gib Shanley

Fred Griffith

Jan Jones

Don Webster

See more WEWS History at the Channel 5 website



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