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Old 03-07-2015, 11:44 AM
 
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^Purely speculation, but my guess would be that Cox Media wanted all of their news outlets consolidated under one roof. If anything just to make it more efficient - why have both WHIO and DDN doing two separate weather analyses and news reporting when it could all be under one umbrella?
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Old 03-07-2015, 12:00 PM
 
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I just noticed that WHIO on Wilmington has been razed. It's there on the 1956 aerial photos. There is nothing in the forum discussing this. Does anyone know why they wanted to move? WHIO just has some photos, but no story: www.whio.com//gallery/news/remembering-1414-wilmington-ave/g6zS/ (Remembering 1414 Wilmington Ave.) I suppose that they were downtown before the located on Wilmington.

Did they just want a better supply of interns?

On google street view it's still there, and the new HQ is still under construction.
I must say you aren't local(lol). DDN moved to that old NCR building in 2007. Apparently, with Cox Media merging everything into one "operation", the idea of moving the radio stations and WHIO seemed like a good idea. And the WHIO building was starting to fall into disrepair. Per Rich Wirdzek in 2011 talking about this at Skywarn, the ceiling tiles caved in during high winds in October 2010. There was water shorting out the equipment. I know for a fact they went off the air for at least 30 minutes that day during a tornado warning.

Apparently the building had other issues before that, so the move was announced sometime in 2009 to move everything over to the current 1611 S Main St. The building and tower sat for quite awhile. I think it was 2012 when they finally got rid of everything over there. The building first, then the tower

In short, the building was the original home for the station since their sign on in 1949. Old age
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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I must say you aren't local(lol).
Yup. I moved out in 1985, but visited regularly from then till about 2008. I went to my dad's funeral in 2011 and that's it.

I thought I might visit this year, but I think it won't be for another year.

I'm like the many who post - saying that they want to move here and want to know about the area. I already know about as much as anyone who is a regular here with the exception of some of the recent stuff like the WHIO move.

I'll probably move back some day, but one never knows. There isn't anyplace that feels like a hometown to me any more except Dayton.

Thanks for the summary though. I'm sure I'll be asking about something else in the future.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:26 PM
 
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Yup. I moved out in 1985, but visited regularly from then till about 2008. I went to my dad's funeral in 2011 and that's it.

I thought I might visit this year, but I think it won't be for another year.

I'm like the many who post - saying that they want to move here and want to know about the area. I already know about as much as anyone who is a regular here with the exception of some of the recent stuff like the WHIO move.

I'll probably move back some day, but one never knows. There isn't anyplace that feels like a hometown to me any more except Dayton.

Thanks for the summary though. I'm sure I'll be asking about something else in the future.
AS a side, 22/45 WKEF/WRGT also moved to the old "WB" studios on Corporate place in Miamisburg. It's off Byers Road near the Perkins and Bob Evans. They also upgrade to HD News. Strangley, WDTN was able to do the HD upgrades and still stay at their S Dixie studios.
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