Around the Miami Valley
3:23 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Springfield to get new TV station

SPRINGFIELD - A Dayton based television station that airs programs like Ozzie and Harriet along with the Rifleman, is relocating to Springfield. The station is looking to produce local programming to go along with its format of airing classic television shows.

Dayton's WWRD is known as RTV 32 and is an affiliate of the Retro Television Network. The low powered commercial station has been on the air since 1989. The station's General Manager Randall Hulsmeyer, says moving to Springfield will be good a good opportunity to get more locally produced shows on the air.

RTV 32 began broadcasting Clark County sports in the fall, including Shawnee High School's appearance in the state championship football game.

Hulsmeyer says a local show is already scheduled to air on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The program is called Our Town, Our Time. It's a weekly show focused on local people and events and will be hosted by Springfield resident Michele Hemphill.

The station's biggest challenge right now according to Hulsmeyer is to find a studio in Springfield. He says having a studio and broadcast space will allow the station to broadcast more local programming and give residents a chance to be hands on with production.

For now, Hulsmeyer actually handles most of the studio board programming from his smartphone. He says there is no firm date for the station to move to Springfield or to relocate its transmitter from Dayton.

But Hulsmeyer says the station has every intention of operating out of Springfield.