KIXE-TV in Redding, Calif., is launching a television version of the On The House home-improvement AM radio call-in show. KIXE General Manager Mike Quinn tells the local Record Searchlight that the new show, set to debut in January, likened the project to a West Coast version of This Old House, originally produced by WGBH in Boston. Heard on around 200 stations, On The House offers advice from the Carey Brothers, James and Morris, experts in home building and renovation. Their first projects for the KIXE television version will be a remodel of the station's Redding studio and construction of its new satellite studio in Oroville, Calif.
James Carey says the regional difference is important. "If you watch This Old House, you see a lot about basements, a lot about oil-burning furnaces, snow and issues that surround snow." He believes viewers in KIXE's 10-county Northern California area will want to hear about issues dealing with crawl spaces, forced-air furnaces and traditional water heaters.
Carey says he foresees the TV version of On The House going into syndication for pickup by other PBS member stations.