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Frank K. Jones III -Sepeatone portrait - date unknown

Frank Kenneth Jones IIIAge: 55 years19271983

Name
Frank Kenneth Jones III
Type
birth name
Given names
Frank Kenneth
Surname
Jones
Name suffix
III
Also known as
Bud
Birth April 12, 1927 21 29
Birth of a sisterWenonah Lee “Winnie” Jones
October 22, 1929 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a sisterSarah Alice Jones
January 21, 1931 (Age 3 years)

Note: Name: Sarah A Jones
Census April 1940 (Age 12 years)
Military
US Army Enlistment
April 12, 1945 (Age 18 years) Age: 18
Agency: US Army

Death of a fatherFrank Kenneth Jones II
February 16, 1947 (Age 19 years)
Occupation
Photographer
1956 (Age 28 years)
Employer: Obsorne Photograhy
Death of a paternal grandmotherMartha Alice Blanton
November 16, 1958 (Age 31 years) Age: 88
Cause: Coronary Arteriosclerosis
Burial of a paternal grandmotherMartha Alice Blanton
November 18, 1958 (Age 31 years)
Resthaven Cemetery, Harlan County, Kentucky, USA
Latitude: N36.85190 Longitude: W83.36530

Address: Resthaven Cemetery Keith, Harlan County Kentucky USA
Death of a motherFrances Willard Chapman
January 2, 1963 (Age 35 years)
Burial of a motherFrances Willard Chapman
January 4, 1963 (Age 35 years)
Occupation
Chief Photographer - Film Editor
between 1957 and 1983 (Age 29 years)
Employer: WCPO-TV
Death January 3, 1983 (Age 55 years)
Burial January 11, 1983 (8 days after death)
Address: Photo by FKJ-IV 04/20/2018
Cemetery: Sunset Memorial
Unique identifier
32DC116FD625D81187500000C07217C759F0

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Marriage: December 4, 1925Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky, USA
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Frank K. Jones III -Sepeatone portrait - date unknownFrank Kenneth Jones III
Birth: April 12, 1927 21 29Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky, USA
Death: January 3, 1983Pleasant Ridge, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
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Wenonah Jones BrownWenonah Lee “Winnie” Jones
Birth: October 22, 1929 23 32Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky, USA
Death: March 30, 2015Sylvania, Lucas County, Ohio, US
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Frank K. Jones III -Sepeatone portrait - date unknownFrank Kenneth Jones III
Birth: April 12, 1927 21 29Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky, USA
Death: January 3, 1983Pleasant Ridge, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
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Census1940 United States - Census transcript - Frances Willard Chapman - Household

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7TQ-VSF : 8 December 2019), Saraha A Jones in household of Francis C Jones, Harlan, Magisterial District 1, Harlan, Kentucky, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 48-1, sheet 15B, line 51, family 194, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1313. Harlan, Harlan County, KY

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Frank Kenneth Jones IIIsonM12S21USAUSAUSAPhotographer
Wenonah Lee “Winnie” JonesdaughterF10MUSAUSAUSA
Sarah Alice JonesdaughterF9MUSAUSA
Wenonah Ellen Chapmanelder sisterF44WUSAUSA

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MilitaryUS Army Enlistment - Frank K. Jones III 04/12/1945US Army Enlistment - Frank K. Jones III 04/12/1945
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Media objectFrank K. Jones - WCPO Chief Photographer - (photo date 1967-1968)Frank K. Jones - WCPO Chief Photographer - (photo date 1967-1968)
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Frank K. Jones - WCPO -TV

"Channel 9 News: In The Beginning" was written by Allan White and was last updated in February 1999.

Although WCPO Television went on the air in 1949, the WCPO NewsDepartment did not come into being for another 10 years ... in thesummer of 1959.

At that time, CEO Mort Watters contacted Al Schottelkotte andoffered Al the job of organizing a WCPO-TV News Department andhimself anchoring a daily television news broadcast.

Schottelkotte, then 33, was working at the Cincinnati Enquireras a featured columnist. Al also had a radio job -- broadcasting a15-minute 6 p.m. news program from WSAI-AM, with studios located inthe old Hotel Sinton, at Fourth and Vine streets downtown (site ofthe present Provident Bank Tower).

WCPO Television for 10 years had been airing daily entertainmentand feature film syndication programs, and had hired a few peopleto work towards news programming: Paula Jane Schultz, the "weathergirl" who produced nightly "Paula Predicts"; Frank Jones, a stillphotographer who would become the Channel 9 chief newsphotographer, and Marvin Arth, a Cincinnati Times-Star editor.

In that summer of 1959, Scripps Howard owned and operated theCincinnati Post, WCPO-AM radio, and WCPO Television, now an ABC-TVNetwork affiliate.

I was a reporter for the Cincinnati Post at the time, and onweekends did radio news for WCPO-AM. My friend Jack Fogarty was thenews director for WCPO radio, and had asked me to help out during amanpower shortage.

WCPO radio operated a news broadcasting booth off the CincinnatiPost newsroom. (The Post was located in the former Times-Starbuilding at 800 Broadway, now the Juvenile Court building). Fogartybroadcasted from the Post weekdays, but on weekends we did the news"up on the hill" from the WCPO transmitter and studio location forboth radio and television, on Symmes Street.

It was on one of those weekend radio shifts, November 1959, thatSchottelkotte approached me with the offer to join him on the TVnews adventure. My wife and I discussed the unknowns, and decidedto give it a one-year try. I was 35, with four children and amortgage.

(How new was television? The first TV broadcast was at the 1939New York World's Fair. In 1946, there were 12 TV stationsnationwide; in 1948 there were 46 stations nationwide.)

When I signed on, Marvin Arth left. So, the WCPO-TV NewsDepartment was born: Al Schottelkotte, news director; Allan White,news editor (and staff); and Frank Jones, chief photographer.

Our first newsroom was one end of a trailer located in theparking lot of the WCPO studios on Symmes Street. But we were soonmoved inside to share a small office with Al and Wanda Lewis, ofthe Uncle Al childrens' show.

Our equipment consisted of:

  • Three typewriters
  • One desk
  • Two typewriter stands
  • One telephone
  • Three office chairs
  • One 16-millimeter film projector
  • One Auricon Pro600 sound film camera
  • One Bolex silent film camera
  • Several reams 8 1/2 x 11 white paper
  • Two packs 8 1/2 x 11 carbon paper

We started with one 11 p.m. program of 15 minutes length.

None of us...Schottelkotte, Frank Jones nor myself knew anythingabout television production. We taught ourselves, learned as wewent... 12-14 hours a day, 6 days a week. Schottelkotte continuedworking at the Enquirer, broadcasting his 6 p.m. radio news atWSAI, and then he came to WCPO-TV that evening, to help puttogether the news program that Frank Jones and I had accumulatedthat day.

Frank Jones' film camera shot 16 mm. negative film...negativefilm in the same sense as the negative film roll developed out ofstill cameras.

How was movie film processed? We had a small processing tankabout the size of a large aquarium you would have at home. The newsphotographers mixed the chemicals, and were in charge ofprocessing. Film rolls were 100 feet, 200 and 400 feet.

Processing a 100-foot roll of negative news film took 30-40minutes. The processor contained a heated dryer compartment thatworked most of the time. Sometimes, however, the film came out ofthe processor still wet...or at least very damp.

So, what did we do since we couldn't put wet film into theprojector for viewing? There was a long hallway between thenewsroom and the studio. Using masking tape, we would unroll thefilm and tape it to the wall...back and forth, and let the filmhang there until dry.

Our newsroom had two film editing tables...a small film viewerin the center of the table, and spindles on each side of the tablefor winding the film back and forth through the lighted viewer.

Our scripted news items ran 15-20 seconds generally. The newsfilm items were separated by opticals. Opticals were two secondvisual sprays, such as spinning circles or bulls-eyes, contractingor twisting 9's.

In the '60's and '70's, all film was in black and whitenegative. So how did it come out positive on your TV screen? Thestation's film projectors did it. The projectors contained abuilt-in system of changing the polarity to positive, as the filmfed through the system.

RELATED INFORMATION
WCPO-TV started with four newsroom staff members:

  • Frank Jones, photographer - Hired 2/59, Departed 1/83
  • Al Schottelkotte, news director - Hired 6/59, Departed 12/96
  • Waite Hoyt, sports - Hired 10/59, Departed 4/61
  • Allan White, news editor - Hired 11/59, Departed 11/89
  • Bill Kelenbrink, photographer - Hired 11/59, Departed 7/62

The staff worked at WCPO's original location, 2345 Symmes Streetin Walnut Hills.