Sunday, March 1, 2009

BREAKING TONIGHT: Beloved Local Icon "Uncle Al" dead at 84

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.


emery_r said...

WCPO's extended coverage at 11 PM tonight of Uncle Al's passing was excellent -- very moving and informative. Al Lewis was a part of the lives of all who watched Cincinnati television between 1950 and 1985, and will never be forgotten by any of us.

Deep condolences to his wife Wanda and their entire family.

joe beans said...

"here comes the happy mailman / he brings to us each day / his bags all full of letters / he brings to us each day / hooray!"

rest in peace, unc.