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1963 - 1976
Public Broadcasting Television Station WGSF operated in Newark, Ohio, from 1963 to 1970 as Channel 28, and then as Channel 31 until it ceased operation in 1976.
The First Day of Broadcasting
The first day of television broadcasting in Newark, Ohio, began at 2:30 PM on Monday, March 18, 1963.
WGSF Chief Engineer Robert Brooks was at the controls of the transmitter on Horn’s Hill. Brooks was the station’s first paid employee, and kept a hand-written program log, which has the note: “First test programming started this day,” and initialed RRB.
To the best of my knowledge, Robert
Brooks was the first paid employee of WGSF.
He worked during the construction phase of the station, and operated the station during the broadcast schedule from March 18, 1963, through the summer of 1964,
I met him only briefly: He came into the station to pick up his FCC license while Dana Cox was showing me the facility.