WEWS - Channel 5
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 reading congratulatory proclamations from Governor Strickland, Mayor Jackson, Cuyahoga County Commissioners and Congresswoman Tubbs Jones
WEWS Anchors Danita Harris and Ted Henry reading more proclamations
Weatherman Mark Johnson carried the cake during the singing of Happy Birthday
TV Legends Fred Griffith and Miss Barbara
Cameraman Bill Ringen with anchor Leon Bibb
Linda and Bob Short
Bill Smoochie Gordon telling a story from the old days
Don Unger, Jim Lentz, Lee and Mary Bailey
Ed and Delores Miller
Peter Noll and Mark Johnson
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.
Fred Griffith, Lee Jordan, Alicia Booth and Jason Nicholas with a corporate boss from Cincinatti
Gary Stark showing Five, of course
Leon Bibb interviewing Paige Palmer
Jean Rosner, Linda Muglick, Alan and Bobbi Bush and Ruth Sindelar
Telling stories about the old days
TV legend Miss Barbara Plummer greets
fellow legend Paige Palmer
Fred Griffith shares a story
Old WEWS camera
Ted Henry and Fred Griffith
TV legends Bill Gordon and Paige Palmer
Miss Barbara and Mark Johnson
Anchors Ted Henry and Danita Harris MC'ed the event
Painting of TV Pioneer and Legend Dorothy Fuldheim
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
See more WEWS History at the Channel 5 website
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