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WCET-TV's "Action Auction," the public television station's biggest annual fundraiser, airs Tuesday through Saturday this week.

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It's that time of the year again: WCET-TV needs your help for another successful "Action Auction," the public TV station's biggest annual fundraiser.

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The narrator for the Science Channel's new "Deadly Intelligence" series Sunday (10 p.m. April 8) may sound familiar.

Versatile radio host Hugh Lutton, best known for his work on WCKY-AM, died Wednesday at his Bridgetown home. He was 69.

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Larry Smith, who entertained thousands of kids with his Hattie the Witch, Teaser the Mouse, Snarfie R. Dog and Nasty Ole Thing puppets, died Monday. He was 79.

Smith's puppet show was the first program broadcast by WXIX-TV in 1968, and helped make Channel 19 the nation's highest-rated independent station in a year.

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It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood… when the nation recognizes one of TV's greatest stars: Fred Rogers.

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which premiered 50 years ago on national public television on Feb. 19, 1968, has prompted another PBS special, a new Tom Hanks movie, a stamp, a feature-length documentary, a  sold-out Cincinnati party and a conversation about him Wednesday on WVXU-FM's "Cincinnati Edition" talk show.

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Another year down the tubes! Here's a look at 2017 TV/Media/Radio/Movies stories of 2017 from A to Z:

A is for abolishing the area's admired Adult Album Alternative (Triple A) station, WNKU-FM.

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A memorial service for Grace Hill, former WCET-TV program director, will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at St Ignatius Loyola Church in Monfort Heights.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m. at the church, 5222 N. Bend Road, next to the Interstate 74 interchange. She will be buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.

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"Music Hall: The Next Movement" is television at its best – taking viewers to places they could never see otherwise.

Thanks to WCET-TV, viewers can travel through time to watch the $135-million Music Hall renovation from the removal of the seats and treasured artwork 17 months ago through the grand re-opening last month in the one-hour program (9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, Channel 48).

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"Cincinnati LEEDs The Nation," a documentary about the innovative design of Cincinnati Police District 3 headquarters in Western Hills, premieres 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 on WCET-TV (Channel 48).

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Dayton educator Kevin Cornell ("Mr. C") is bringing his lighthearted science lessons to public television this fall. The one-minute segments called "Full STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Ahead" air between kids shows and tease experiments that are later explained in full on a website.

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Woodward Career Technical High School building technologies instructor West Davis will be one of many mentors featured on PBS' sixth annual national "American Graduate Day" telecast 2-6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 14 on WCET-TV (Channel 48).

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Music Hall visitors attending the grand re-opening Oct. 6-7 will get a sneak peek of "Music Hall: The Next Movement," WCET-TV's documentary about the massive $135-million renovation.

The rest of us must wait until Thursday, Nov. 16, to see the film by producer Richard Wonderling and co-producer Don Hancock.

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Lights! Cameras! Auction! Yes, I've used that line before, but not for 50 straight years…. which is what WCET-TV is celebrating with its 50th annual "Action Auction" Tuesday April 25 through Saturday April 29.

Yes, it's old school fund-raising. It's also fun to watch because you can get some great deals on wine, art, pottery, hotels, restaurants, Reds tickets and all kinds of stuff while supporting public television.

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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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If you don’t have tickets to see “Lumenocity” in person, here’s how you can watch or hear the Washington Park concert.

And you definitely should watch.

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