In 1954, Empire Coil sold two of its television interests—WXEL and KPTV in Portland, Oregon, the United States' first UHF station—to Storer Broadcasting. Storer, the company's founder and president, was a member of the board of directors of CBS, and used his influence to take the CBS television affiliation from WEWS in March 1955.—now radio stations WKNR and WQAL, respectively.
All three stations later moved to the former Esquire Theater building at 1630 Euclid Avenue, near Playhouse Square.
After Bob Wells departed channel 8 in September 1979, his position was filled by local jeweler and little person "Lil' John" Rinaldi, who had also previously performed in skits on the show.
The program was renamed The Big Chuck and Lil' John Show, and it continued airing on Friday nights before moving to Saturday nights in the early 1990s.
The station aired such Paramount Network programs as Hollywood Wrestling, Following the 1952 release of the Federal Communications Commission' s Sixth Report and Order, a realignment of VHF channels in the Midwest forced WXEL to move to channel 8 on December 10, 1953.
Its former channel 9 allocation was moved to Steubenville and given to a new station, WSTV-TV (now WTOV); the switch took place only two weeks before WSTV-TV went on the air.
Some of the daytime shows originated at Cinecraft Productions on Franklin Boulevard in Ohio City.
Channel 8's partnership with the team continued through 1979, when the Indians moved to then-independent station WUAB (channel 43).
until late 1976, when the group sold the radio station to Lake Erie Broadcasting.
The AM station's new owners were allowed to keep the WJW call letters, forcing channel 8 to change theirs, per a since-repealed FCC rule that prohibited radio and television stations in the same city, but with different owners from sharing the same base call letters.
After nearly reaching agreement on November 23 before talks collapsed, the two sides finally came to an agreement on November 27.
Wearing a bad fright wig and phony beard and a pair of sunglasses with only one lens, he interacted with the movies and created an ongoing patter and rehearsed skits during the movie breaks.