CORRECTION 8:15AM 3/2: Ummm, oops.
We misspoke as far as the date of his funeral. It's SATURDAY, not Friday.
We'll correct the information in the original item:
We just received word at 10:00pm that "Uncle Al" Lewis, a beloved children's TV show host in Cincinnati for over 35 years, has died.
Lewis, 84, entertained Tri-State area kids and parents from 1950 to 1985 on WCPO-TV 9. The station's website says that Lewis started the show as a call-in, where viewers could request songs for Lewis to play on his accordion. The show quickly became popular with children across the Tri-State, and was eventually christened "The Uncle Al Show".
Here's WCPO's report. Also here's a report from WLWT-TV 5, and here's one from WKRC-TV 12.
Lewis' wife, Wanda, survives her husband. Wanda Lewis became part of the show in 1956, and was dubbed "Captain Windy".
A statement issued by WCPO-TV reads: "Wanda Lewis wants the community to know how happy she and Al were to be a part of children's lives for 35 years."
In lieu of flowers, the Lewis family has asked for donations to be made to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Services will be held in Hillsboro, Ohio on Saturday, March 7.
We at Tri-State Media Watch extend our heartfelt condolences to the Lewis family in this difficult time.
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