|Channels||Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
|Founded||March 7, 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||DNI = reverse of INDianapolis|
|Former callsigns||W53AV (1989–1999)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
53 (UHF; 1989–1999)
65 (UHF; 1999–2009)
19 (UHF; 2009)
|Former affiliations||America One (until 2001)
Independent/music videos (2001–2013)
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Height||137 m (AGL)|
WDNI-CD is the Telemundo-affiliated television station in Indianapolis, Indiana. The station broadcasts on UHF digital channel 19 from a transmitter on North Hawthorne Lane on the city's near-northeast side. Owned by Radio One, WDNI maintains studios located at Radio One's Indiana headquarters on East St. Joseph Street in downtown Indianapolis. The station is carried by several Central Indiana cable television providers.
The station was founded on March 7, 1989 on UHF channel 53 under the callsign W53AV, it was branded on-air as either "WAV53" or as "Hoosier TV 53". The station aired a variety of programming including public-domain movies, Cincinnati Reds baseball games and was also the local affiliate to carry ECW Hardcore TV on Sunday evenings. The station was also once a network affiliate of the defunct Network One, and also had local celebrity Bill Shirk host certain shows. In 1999, the station moved from UHF channel 53 to channel 65 and changes its callsign to W65DW.
As "Indy's Music Channel"
The station was purchased from Hoosier Radio and TV in 2000, and was given the call sign WDNI-LP in 2001; at the same time, the station rebranded as Indy's Music Channel, adopting a format that carried music videos from the rock, alternative rock, hip-hop, R&B, dance and heavy metal genres.
The station's weekday programming featured music shows such as Drive Time with Reka, The Tease (with host and music director) Deacon, The Main Attraction with Scotty Davis, Max Hits with Mikey V, Free Style with JJ, The Rock Block with Rusty, The List with Stick, Hip Hop Rhythm & Vibes with Jay Rio and The After Party with DJ Wrekk1. Previously, a regular featured on weekdays was The Amos Brown Show, a one-hour local talk show spotlighting notable figures in the local African-American community. It was discontinued as of 2007. Religious programming under the banner "IMC Goes to Church" aired much of the day on Sundays.
Switch to Telemundo
On March 6, 2013, Radio One announced that WDNI-CD had signed an affiliation agreement with Telemundo, making it the first television station in the Indianapolis market to carry programming from a major Spanish-language commercial network since WIIH-CA discontinued its affiliation with Univision in 2008 (CBS Corporation-owned Tr3s affiliate WBXI-CA had been the only commercial Spanish station in the market since that point). WNDI-CD's affiliation switch to Telemundo became official on March 11, 2013. The station plans to develop a news department and will eventually produce nightly local Spanish-language newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. weeknights. The station plans to hire new staff members for its news operation (including journalists, reporters, producers, anchors and photographers). Telemundo Indy airs "En Contexto" on weekend mornings from 10-11 a.m. and weekdays from 5-6 a.m. and anchored by Luis Navarro. Navarro was formerly the weatherman on WIIH Noticias at 6 & 11 p.m. WIIH 17 was the Univision affiliate from 2003-2008.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming|
|19.1||1080i||4:3||Main WDNI-DT programming||Telemundo|
The station flash-cut its signal from analog to digital television and moved to UHF channel 19 prior to February 2009. Because it became a class-A station after it transitioned to a digital signal, its broadcast callsign was not given an -LD or -CA suffix, but rather the rarely used "-CD" suffix.
- WDNI to Become First Local Spanish-Language Station in Indianapolis, TVSpy, March 6, 2013.
- Telemundo replaces Indy's Music Channel on Channel 19, Indianapolis Star, March 11, 2013.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WDNI-CD
- Listing 1027512 in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Antenna Structure Registration database