Best Of 2020

Best Local Rock Doc: "The Who: The Night That Changed Rock"

In December, the WCPO special The Who: The Night That Changed Rock — about the 1979 Rock concert at Riverfront Coliseum that left 11 area fans dead — aired on the 40th anniversary of the tragedy. The well-produced documentary was a good primer for those who weren’t aware of the tragic events, during which fans were crushed and trampled in the push to get into the arena, an incident that led to widespread safety changes in the concert industry. It was also healing for many of those who remember or lost family and friends that night. After some have for many years questioned their long silence regarding the tragedy, the hour-long special marked the first time that The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey talked extensively about the tragedy in an interview. WCPO also scored another major scoop with the special — The Who used it to announce a 2020 concert at Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena, marking the first time they’ve played in Greater Cincinnati since the Coliseum concert 40 years ago. The band will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the April concert to the P.E.M. Memorial scholarships for Finneytown High School students looking to pursue the arts. The grants are given in the name of the three Finneytown students killed on that night in 1979.