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What is the history of WEWS-TV?

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The idea of WEWS became a reality when President Jack Howard of Scripps Howard radio planned to build a television station. The WEWS letters were inspired by the initials of Scripps Howard's founder, Edward Willis Scripps. The first broadcast of WEWS NewsChannel5 took place on Dec. 17, 1947, making it the first television station in the state of Ohio. It was the 16th television station in the entire United States.

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WEWS was initially CBS-affiliated but lost the affiliation to rival WJW-TV in 1955 after the new station's owner Storer Broadcasting used its influence with CBS to secure the affiliation. As of 2015, WEWS is affiliated with ABC.

The WEWS-ABC partnership began in the 1960s. In those days, ABC offered very little in terms of daytime programming, so WEWS developed its own shows including "The Gene Carroll Show," "The One O'Clock Club," "Upbeat" and "Polka Varieties."

The most influential show developed by WEWS, however, was "The Morning Exchange," which ran from 1972 to 1999. It was the first morning show to utilize the now-familiar living room setting. It was also the first to establish the practice of providing news and weather updates at the top and bottom of the hour. During its peak in the 1970s, nearly 70 percent of all television households in Cleveland were tuned to the program. The format also served as a template for ABC's future morning show, "Good Morning America."

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