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OK, people, listen up. We all need to help make WCET-TV's 50th "Action Action" fund-raiser a big success.

It's a great way of saying thanks to the nation's first licensed public TV station for Big Bird, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops concerts, "Downton Abbey," Ken Burns documentaries and yes, even those nostalgic rock music specials packed with pledge breaks.

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Starting Jan. 16, the around-the-clock public TV children's programming on Channel 14.3 will be changed to PBS Kids. Why?

Adopting the PBS Kids national lineup and branding allows Cincinnati's WCET-TV and Dayton's WPTD-TV/WPTO-TV to provide a live stream of the channels online.

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To celebrate the 50th "Action Auction" in April 2017, WCET-TV wants viewers and former volunteers to share their memories about the station's – and city's – biggest annual fund-raiser.

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Here's a holiday gift for Cincinnati TV viewers: Plenty of chances to see the last "Lumenocity" concert by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops.

WCET-TV will replay the concert 15 times between Thanksgiving week and Christmas.

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You can't watch the annual LIVE on CET! fund-raiser on TV this year, so the folks at WCET-TV are hoping you'll buy a ticket to attend and bid on the auction items in person.

LIVE On CET! will be Wednesday, Sept. 21, at  JACK Casino downtown, since the usual location – Music Hall Ballroom – is closed for the massive Music Hall renovation.

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The fourth Lumenocity light and music show this weekend presents new challenges – instead of capturing the sights and sounds outside Music Hall, radio and TV producers and directors will be broadcasting a live show from inside Taft Theatre.

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WCET-TV kicks off its "Veterans Coming Home" campaign with a forum Tuesday, July 19, at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., downtown.

It's part of a national project aimed at closing the military-civilian divide by encouraging conversations across the country, says Kellie May, CET public relations and digital media specialist.

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If you watched a local show on WCET-TV in the past 42 years,  you saw the work of producer-director Taylor Feltner.

Feltner, 65, who retires as production manager Thursday, was behind the scenes for all kinds of Channel 48 shows – back in the day when Channel 48 produced all kinds of local shows.

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Longongtime WCET-TV volunteers Barbara Kellar and Sharon Roehm were honored at the PBS annual meeting last week for their dedication to public broadcasting in Cincinnati.

Kellar, a volunteer for Channel 48's first Action Auction nearly 50 years ago and host of CET's weekly arts "Showcase with Barbara Kellar," was presented the 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award by the National Friends of Public Broadcasting.

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Veteran broadcasting engineer and executive Clyde Haehnle will be honored Friday when the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting names its new meeting and exhibit space Clyde Haehnle Hall.

Haehnle, 93, a VOA Museum board member, has been a huge supporter of the museum effort at the VOA's Bethany Relay Station, where he worked as a University of Cincinnati electrical engineering co-op for Crosley Broadcasting. Crosley built the facility in 1942-44 during World War II.

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Cincinnati's first home shopping show returns for the 49th year when WCET-TV's five-day "Action Auction" opens 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Channel 48).

The station's largest fund-raiser continues 5:30-10:30 p.m. through Friday, and concludes 3-11 p.m. Saturday.

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What a great way to start a local music series: The Blue Wisp Big Band will be featured on WCET-TV's "River Valley Rhythms" premiere Friday (10:30 p.m., Channel 48).

It's the first of three one-hour music performance shows planned this year for the new CET series.

First up: The Blue Wisp Big Band led by drummer John Von Ohlen, with guest trumpeter Terell Stafford, taped at the Xavier Jazz Series.

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Eight months after WCET-TV debuted in July 1954, the FCC license finally arrived on this date in TV Kiese history, March 11, 1955.

The Federal Communications Commission issued License No 1, for the nation’s first “Non-Commercial Educational Television Broadcast Station,” to the Greater Cincinnati Television Education Foundation.

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Bob’s back! Tell the kids!

The “Bob the Builder” children’s show has returned to WCET-TV (8:30 a.m. Saturdays, Channel 48) with new voices and new episodes.

PBS stations sing a new tune this week – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

On WCET-TV and CET Arts you’ll see some great old shows (with pledge breaks), such as  HBO’s 1981 Simon & Garfunkel concert in New York’s Central Park, and a repeat of the 1983 Jackson 5 reunion at the “Motown 25” celebration (following performances by Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Martha Reeves).

Fund-raising time also means a fun time with old clips of John Denver, Julie Andrews, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Dick Van Dyke, Joel Gray, Richard Burton, Neil Sedaka, Harry Chapin, Andy Williams, Charlie Rich, Dusty Springfield and Dolly Parton.

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