WNDY-TV

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WNDY-TV
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Marion/Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
City of license Marion, Indiana
Branding My INDY TV (general)
24-Hour News 8 (newscasts)
Slogan Whatcha Wanna Watch
Channels Digital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
Subchannels 23.1 MyNetworkTV
23.2 Bounce TV[1]
Affiliations MyNetworkTV (primary)
CBS (secondary)
Owner LIN Media, LLC
(sale pending to Media General)
(Indiana Broadcasting, LLC)
First air date November 7, 1984; 29 years ago (1984-11-07)
Call letters' meaning WNDY (short for Indianapolis)
Sister station(s) WISH-TV, WIIH-CD
Former callsigns WMCC (1984–1995)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
23 (UHF, 1984–2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
Independent (1984–1995)
The WB (1995–1998)
UPN (1998–2006)
DT2:
TheCoolTV (2011–2013)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 284 m
Facility ID 39269
Transmitter coordinates 40°08′56.0″N 85°56′07.0″W / 40.148889°N 85.935278°W / 40.148889; -85.935278
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.wishtv.com/myindy-tv/

WNDY-TV, virtual channel 23 (UHF digital channel 32), is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station serving Indianapolis, Indiana, United States that is licensed to Marion. The station is owned by LIN Media, as part of a duopoly with CBS affiliate WISH-TV (channel 8). The two stations share studio facilities located on North Meridian Street (at the north end of Indianapolis' Television Row) in northwestern Indianapolis; WNDY maintains transmitter facilities located in White River Township. On cable, WNDY is available on Comcast Xfinity, Bright House Networks and AT&T U-verse channel 10 in standard definition and in high definition on Xfinity, Bright House and AT&T U-verse channel 1010.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The station first signed on the air on November 7, 1984 as WMCC. Founded by Cincinnati-based Kenko Inc., it originally operated as an independent station; it ran mostly paid programming, but slowly added classic sitcoms, cartoons and older movies. It began to maintain a traditional general entertainment programming format by 1987. WMCC continued to acquire more recent sitcoms, and added some talk and reality shows during the early 1990s. In December 1994, the station was sold to Wabash Valley Broadcasting.

WMCC became a charter affiliate of The WB when the network launched on January 11, 1995, and began branding itself as "INDY-TV WB 23". That year, the station was purchased by IMS Broadcasting, LLC, owned by the family of Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George. Channel 23's call letters were then changed to WNDY (which had previously been used as the calls for local radio station WBRI (1500 AM), and fictionally as the call sign of the television station in the 1990-91 CBS series WIOU (which predated channel 23's adoption of the WNDY calls by about four years) and for a fictional Chicago radio station in the 1992 Dolly Parton film Straight Talk); the station also began using a checkered flag as part of its logo – a nod to the Speedway and its signature Indianapolis 500 race, which covered the left diagonal line of the "W" in the calls. The Georges decided to sell off the station in 1997.

Spartan Communications – which planned on turning over WNDY's operations to Fox affiliate WXIN (channel 59) under a local marketing agreement with Tribune Broadcasting – acquired the station in August 1997,[2] only to back out of the deal an hour before it was scheduled to be finalized on October 3. Paxson Communications then made a $28.4 million offer for WNDY, before it was outbid by the Paramount Stations Group (now CBS Television Stations), which purchased the station for $35 million on October 26, 1997;[3] Paramount decided to buy the station after the Sinclair Broadcast Group signed an agreement to switch its UPN affiliates and independent stations to The WB, with UPN-affiliated WTTV (channel 4) and its Kokomo satellite WTTK (channel 29) slated to switch;[4][5] the sale was finalized late that year.

WNDY swapped affiliations with WTTV in September 1998, becoming a UPN owned-and-operated station and changing its branding to "UPN 23"; with the switch, the station became the first O&O of a major commercial broadcast network in the Indianapolis market. For part of that year, however, WNDY aired programming from both UPN and The WB. The station adopted the "UPN Indiana" branding in September 2003, dropping on-air references to its channel 23 allocation; this was done partly due to the fact that most cable providers in the Indianapolis market carry WNDY on channel 10. A few weeks before the start of the 2003-04 television season, WNDY began displaying a countdown of days until it rebranded as "UPN Indy". It was reported that the "UPN Indy" moniker was ditched in favor of "UPN Indiana" at the last minute to appeal to the larger audience across the state rather than just those living in the Indianapolis area, along with the fact that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway had stopped allowing the station to use the trademarked word "Indy". On February 10, 2005, Paramount sold WNDY and Columbus sister station WWHO to the LIN TV Corporation, owners of CBS affiliate WISH-TV (channel 8) and 24-hour weather service WIIH-CA (channel 17, now a fill-in translator for WISH), for $85 million;[6] the station rebranded as "WNDY UPN 23" that July.

As a MyNetworkTV affiliate[edit]

On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation (which acquired UPN in its split from Viacom one month earlier) and the Warner Bros. Entertainment unit of Time Warner announced that they would dissolve UPN and The WB that September in favor of creating The CW, a new "fifth" network that would combine the programming from its respective predecessors.[7][8] One month later on February 22, News Corporation announced the launch of another new network called MyNetworkTV; originally operated by its Fox Television Stations subsidiary and its Twentieth Television syndication division, it was designed to give UPN and WB affiliates that would not affiliate with The CW another option besides becoming independent stations.[9] WTTV/WTTK was named as Indianapolis's CW outlet through an affiliation deal with that station's owner Tribune Broadcasting that covered 16 of the company's 19 WB stations at that time; WNDY was named as the the market's MyNetworkTV affiliate in a four-station deal with LIN on April 26, 2006.[10] Shortly before becoming a charter affiliate when MyNetworkTV launched on September 5, the station accordingly rebranded as "My INDY TV".

On May 18, 2007, LIN TV announced that it was exploring strategic alternatives that could have resulted in the sale of the company.[11] On October 2, 2008, cable provider Bright House Networks pulled WISH-TV, WNDY and WIIH-CA from its Indianapolis area system as it and LIN had been unable to reach a new agreement for the stations regarding compensation for their carriage. WNDY and WISH were restored by Bright House as part of an agreement that was reached 20 days later on October 26.[12]

On March 21, 2014, Media General announced that it would merge with LIN Media in a $1.6 billion deal.[13][14]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[15]
23.1 1080i 16:9 WNDY-HD Main WNDY-TV programming / MyNetworkTV
23.2 480i 4:3 Bounce TV Bounce TV

WNDY formerly carried TheCoolTV on its second digital subchannel from 2011 to 2013, when LIN Media terminated its affiliation agreement with the music video network.[16]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

In October 2002, WNDY began transmitting a digital signal on UHF channel 32. WNDY-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 23, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 32.[17][18] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 23. The station's former analog-era channel 23 allocation was then used by Muncie PBS member station WIPB (channel 49) for its post-transition digital signal.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programs broadcast by WNDY include The Doctors, 30 Rock, Access Hollywood, Community, The Wendy Williams Show and Family Feud. WNDY carries the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning, the weekend editions of the CBS Evening News and the second half-hour of Face the Nation in lieu of WISH-TV (in the case of the former two programs, WISH declines to air them in order to run expanded Saturday morning and weekend 6:00 p.m. newscasts). Occasionally as time permits, WNDY may air other CBS programs that WISH-TV is unable to air due to extended breaking news or severe weather coverage, or other special programming, including certain NCAA Men's Basketball Championship games when more than one team of local interest is playing.

The Hoosier Lottery awarded WNDY the rights to televise its daily drawings the following year, assuming the contract from WTTV, which had been airing the drawings since 1989; WTTV would regain the broadcast contact to the drawings in 1999, before losing them again when the lottery discontinued the televised draws in 2001.

Sports programming[edit]

In 1995, the Indiana High School Athletics Association awarded WNDY the broadcast contract to air the statewide boys and girls high school basketball tournament games; after the station terminated its contract with the IHSAA in August 1999 due to declining overall interest in the tournament, the organization filed a breach of contract lawsuit against WNDY in March 2000, seeking $3.28 million in damages.[19]

WNDY occasionally airs Indianapolis Colts games that are televised on ESPN's Monday Night Football, as NFL regulations require games that air on one of the league's cable partners to be simulcast on a broadcast television station in the participating team's home market (the station had been carrying ESPN's Colts game telecasts since it held rights to the Sunday Night Football package, which it lost to NBC in 2006, when ESPN took over rights to Monday Night Football). One notable exception to this occurred in October 2013, when WTHR (channel 13) carried an ESPN-televised Monday night game involving the Colts.[20] The station also airs selected Ball State University men's basketball games as well as Mid-American Conference college football from ESPN Plus.

Newscasts[edit]

Nightly news open.

WISH-TV presently produces 12 hours of locally produced newscasts each week for WNDY-TV (with two hours on weekdays, and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays); in addition, WISH also produces the 15-minute sports highlight program Sports Zone Tonight, which airs nightly at 10:45 p.m. In early 1996, NBC affiliate WTHR entered into a news share agreement with WNDY to produce a nightly half-hour primetime newscast at 10:00 p.m. for the station, titled Eyewitness News at 10:00 on Indy TV (the title later being revised slightly to correspond with WNDY's branding changes to "UPN 23" in 1998 and "UPN Indiana" in 2002), which debuted on March 16 of that year. The program originally competed against two longer-established 10:00 p.m. newscasts: WXIN's then 35-minute in-house newscast and another outsourced newscast on WTTV that was produced by ABC affiliate WRTV (channel 6) (the latter newscast was cancelled in December 2002, after WXIN owner Tribune Broadcasting acquired WTTV).

WTHR terminated the news share agreement after WNDY was acquired by LIN TV; WISH-TV assumed production responsibilities for the newscast on February 28, 2005, relaunching the program as 24-Hour News 8 at 10:00 on UPN Indiana (now 24-Hour News 8 at 10:00 on My INDY TV); the WNDY newscast briefly gained another competitor on that date when WTHR began producing a 10:00 p.m. newscast for Pax TV owned-and-operated station WIPX-TV (channel 63, now an Ion Television O&O), which was cancelled five months later on June 30. On September 8, 2008, WISH-TV became the second television station in the state of Indiana and the Indianapolis market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition; the WNDY newscast was included in the upgrade.

On January 5, 2009, WISH-TV began producing an hour-long extension of its weekday morning newscast for WNDY, running from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. The station also began producing a weekly interview program produced by WISH, One on One with Mike Ahern, which was hosted by the former WISH-TV anchor; airing Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. (with a rebroadcast Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.), the program was cancelled in mid-2013. In 2012, the Sunday edition of the 10:00 p.m. newscast was expanded to one hour; the Monday through Saturday editions would follow suit on January 6, 2014, with the final 15 minutes of the program being padded out by a sports highlight program titled Sports Zone Tonight.[21]

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

^[a] Indicates reporter also serves as a fill-in news anchor
Anchors[22]
  • Karen Hensel - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.; also investigative reporter
  • Lauren Lowrey - weekday mornings on 24-Hour News 8's Daybreak (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
  • Brooke Martin - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Daniel Miller - weekends at 10:00 p.m.
  • Scott Sander - weekday mornings on 24-Hour News 8's Daybreak (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
Forecast 8 StormTrackers[22]
  • Robb Ellis - meteorologist; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Pamela Gardner (member, AMS; member, NWA) - meteorologist; weekends at 10:00 p.m.
  • Randy Ollis (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on 24-Hour News 8's Daybreak (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
  • Ken Brewer (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; fill-in
Sports team[22]
  • Anthony Calhoun - sports director; weeknights at 10:45 p.m., also host of Huddle Up Indy
  • Chris Widlic - sports anchor; weekends at 10:45 p.m.
  • Amanda Maynard - weekend sports reporter
  • Derek Daly - car racing expert
Reporters[22]
  • David Barras - general assignment reporter
  • Drew Blair - general assignment reporter
  • Adrienne Broaddus - general assignment reporter
  • Steve Bray - science and technology reporter; also news director
  • Kylie Conway - general assignment reporter
  • Jessica Hayes [a] - general assignment reporter
  • Julian Grace - multimedia journalist
  • Dustin Grove - general assignment reporter
  • Jay Hermacinski - general assignment reporter
  • Troy Kehoe - weekday morning reporter
  • Teresa Mackin - multimedia journalist
  • Keith McCutchen - "Chopper 8" pilot reporter
  • Julie Patterson - weekday morning traffic reporter
  • Jim Shella - political reporter
  • Lori Wilson - general assignment reporter
  • Dick Wolfsie - weekday morning reporter; also radio host on WFYI-FM (90.1) and WNDY (91.3 FM)
Local program hosts
  • Amy Owens - station spokesperson ("Face of My INDY TV")

References[edit]

  1. ^ WNDY website
  2. ^ South Carolina firm snatches WNDY-TV, Indianapolis Business Journal, August 25, 1997. Retrieved June 26, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  3. ^ WB, UPN woo WNDY-TV, Broadcasting & Cable, October 27, 1997. Retrieved June 26, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ WB woos and wins Sinclair, Broadcasting & Cable, July 21, 1997. Retrieved June 26, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  5. ^ Paramount purchase keeps UPN in Indy, Indianapolis Business Journal, October 20, 1997. Retrieved June 26, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  6. ^ LIN buys UPN pair, The Hollywood Reporter, February 10, 2005. Retrieved June 26, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  7. ^ 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September, CNNMoney.com, January 24, 2006.
  8. ^ UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
  9. ^ News Corp. Unveils MyNetworkTV, Broadcasting & Cable, February 22, 2006.
  10. ^ My LIN TV: 4 More For New Fox Net, Broadcasting & Cable, April 26, 2006.
  11. ^ http://www.lintv.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=298&Itemid=114
  12. ^ http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8908738
  13. ^ "Media General to buy WISH-TV parent in deal worth $1.6B". Indianapolis Business Journal. Associated Press. March 21, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ Sruthi Ramakrishnan (21 March 2014). "Media General to buy LIN Media for $1.6 billion". Reuters. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  15. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WNDY
  16. ^ http://m.thecooltv.com/stations.php?id=28
  17. ^ http://www.myndytv.com/dpp/local_guide/dtv_change/WNDY_DT_Information2102780
  18. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  19. ^ IHSAA seeking $33M in TV suit, Indianapolis Business Journal. March 13, 2000. Retrieved June 26, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  20. ^ WTHR To Air Two Indianapolis Colts Games, TVNewsCheck, August 6, 2013.
  21. ^ WISH Expands Its 10 P.M. News On WNDY, TVNewsCheck, January 3, 2014.
  22. ^ a b c d Meet the Team

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