Action Auction

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Action Auction items will be available for preview online starting Monday, Aug. 31, before the Cincinnati-Dayton public television stations' first joint auction.

Courtesy WCET-TV

Summer is here, and so are deals on golf, travel, outdoor adventures, gardening and other seasonal specials at WCET-TV.

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The joint WCET-TV and WPTD-TV Action Auction, the biggest fundraiser for the Southwestern Ohio public television stations, has been posted a second time, until Sept. 9-12.

Courtesy Kitty Lensman

Kitty Lensman, chief operating officer for the Public Media Connect partnership that runs Cincinnati and Dayton public TV stations, will become president and general manager for WCET-TV, WPTD-TV and WPTO-TV on July 1.

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"Out of respect for the health of the volunteers, employees and other community members," Public Media Connect of Southwestern Ohio will delay April's Action Auction joint fundraiser for WCET-TV and WPTD-TV until June 17-20.

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For the first time, the annual spring TV auctions for Cincinnati and Dayton will be completely simulcast on WCET-TV and WPTD-TV April 20-25.

Unlike last year, Channel 48's Action Auction and Channel 16's Great TV Auction will be combined into "one fully integrated regional event," says Kellie May, manager of communications and digital initiatives for CET and Dayton's ThinkTV.

Courtesy WCET-TV

Update 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23: WCET-TV and Dayton's ThinkTV managers have announced Action Auction pick-up schedules for Cincinnati and Dayton bidders.

WCET-TV

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

WCET-TV

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.

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

WCET-TV

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.

WCET-TV

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.

WCET-TV

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.

WCET-TV

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.

WCET-TV

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.

Courtesy WCET-TV

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.