WTTV

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WTTV / WTTK
WTTV Logo.png
WTTV: Bloomington/Indianapolis, Indiana
WTTK: Kokomo/Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
Branding Indiana's Channel 4 (general)
Channels Digital:
WTTV: 48 (UHF)
WTTK: 29 (UHF)
Virtual:
WTTV: 4 (PSIP)
WTTK: 29 (PSIP)
Subchannels 4.1/29.1 The CW
4.2/29.2 The CW (temporary simulcast of main feed)
Affiliations The CW
(to become a CBS affiliate on January 1, 2015; The CW remain on digital subchannel 4.2/29.2)
Owner Tribune Broadcasting
(Tribune Broadcasting Indianapolis, LLC)
First air date WTTV:
November 11, 1949 (1949-11-11)
WTTK: May 6, 1983 (1983-05-06)
Call letters' meaning WTTV:
Tarzian TeleVision
(after founding owner Sarkes Tarzian)
WTTK: WTTV Kokomo
Sister station(s) WXIN
Former callsigns WTTK: WWKI (1983–1987)
Former channel number(s) WTTV:
Analog:
10 (VHF, 1949–1954)
4 (VHF, 1954–2009)
WTTK:
Analog:
29 (VHF, 1983–2009)
Digital: 54 (UHF, –2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
NBC (1949–1956)
ABC (1956–1957)
Independent (1957–1993)
PTEN (1993-1995)
UPN (1995–1998)
The WB (1998–2006)
Secondary:
ABC (1949–1954)
DuMont (1949–1956)
Transmitter power WTTV: 870 kW
WTTK: 550 kW
Height WTTV: 318 m
WTTK: 300 m
Facility ID WTTV: 56523
WTTK: 56526
Transmitter coordinates WTTV:
39°24′27″N 86°8′52″W / 39.40750°N 86.14778°W / 39.40750; -86.14778
WTTK:
39°53′20″N 86°12′7″W / 39.88889°N 86.20194°W / 39.88889; -86.20194 (WXIN/WTTK)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: / WTTK Profile
/ WTTK CDBS
Website www.indianas4.com

WTTV, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 48), is a CW-affiliated television station serving Indianapolis, Indiana, United States that is licensed to Bloomington. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of Tribune Media, as part of a duopoly with Fox affiliate WXIN (channel 59). The two stations share studio facilities located on Network Place (near 71st Street & I-465) at the Intech Park office development in northwestern Indianapolis; WTTV maintains transmitter facilites located on State Road 252 in Trafalgar.

The station operates a full-time satellite station WTTK (virtual and UHF digital channel 29) in Kokomo, which maintains transmitter facilities on a tower shared with WXIN located on West 73rd Street/Westlane Road on the northern outskirts of Indianapolis (west of Meridian Hills). WTTK covers northern portions of the market that receive a marginal to non-existent signal of WTTV (including the cities of Kokomo, Muncie and Lafayette), though there is significant overlap between the coverage areas of both WTTV and WTTK's signals otherwise. On-air references to WTTK are limited to FCC-mandated hourly station identifications during newscasts and other programming.

On cable, WTTV is available on Comcast Xfinity, Bright House Networks and AT&T U-verse channel 4 in standard definition and in high definition on Xfinity, Bright House and AT&T U-verse channel 1004.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The station first signed on the air on November 11, 1949, originally broadcasting on VHF channel 10; it was the second television station to sign on in the state of Indiana, debuting almost 6½ months after WFBM-TV (channel 6, now WRTV) signed on in May 1949. It has made the claim to being Indiana's oldest "continuously operating" television station because WFBM-TV had experienced a transmitter failure which took it off the air for an extended period of time shortly after WTTV signed on. Founded by original owner Sarkes Tarzian, a Bloomington-based radio manufacturer and broadcaster, the station originally operated as a primary NBC affiliate with secondary affiliations with ABC and the DuMont Television Network. WTTV originally transmitted its signal from a shorter tower near Cloverdale. In its early years, instead of buying most of the expensive items needed to run a television station, Tarzian had his own engineers and technicians design and build the items needed. For example, an overhead microphone boom cost approximately $300. Tarzian employees built one for less than $30. When Tarzian decided to start broadcasting network programs, establishing a coaxial cable link from Cincinnati would prove impractical, so Tarzian built his own microwave relay system from Cincinnati to Bloomington.[1]

WTTV moved to VHF channel 4 on February 21, 1954 (the VHF channel 10 allocation was later reassigned to Terre Haute, and was used by WTHI-TV, which signed on in July 1954); the station lost the ABC affiliation after WISH-TV (channel 8) signed on two months later in April of that year. In 1956, the station lost the NBC affiliation to WFBM-TV; WTTV rejoined ABC after WISH-TV took a primary affiliation with CBS. That same year, it relocated its studio facilities to a site at Bluff Road on the south side of Indianapolis, although the station retained its original studios in Bloomington as an auxiliary site for many years afterward. In the late 1950s, the station began producing some of its local programs in color; WTTV would convert to full color broadcasts in the fall of 1965, after it purchased color-capable camera equipment.

The station activated its current tower in Trafalgar, the tallest structure in Indiana at 1,132 feet (345 m) above ground level, in 1957. The transmitter facility is located farther south than Indianapolis' other major television stations due to Federal Communications Commission regulations that require a station's transmitter site be located no more than 15 miles (24 km) from its city of license (in this case, Bloomington, which is 50.5 miles (81.3 km) south of Indianapolis). WTTV only provided a grade B ("rim-shot") signal to the city's northern suburbs and could not be seen at all in the far northern portions of the market. As a result, most of these areas only got a clear signal from channel 4 when the Indianapolis market received its first cable television franchises in the late 1960s. Because of this rule, when WTTV regained the ABC affiliation, the network's Muncie affiliate WLBC-TV (channel 49, allocation now occupied by PBS member station WIPB) served as the de facto ABC affiliate for the northern part of the market.

As an independent station[edit]

On October 30, 1957, WTTV became an independent station after losing the ABC affiliation to upstart WLWI (channel 13, now WTHR). At that point, the station signed on at 2:00 p.m. each weekday, running a test pattern until regular programming began at 4:00 p.m. The station initially ran older movies and low-budget syndicated programs as well as some of its own locally produced programming. By the 1970s, WTTV began signing on by 6:00 a.m. and stayed on the air until at least 2:00 a.m. In addition to local programming, WTTV aired plenty of movies during the early afternoon hours and in primetime. It also aired cartoons, which were mixed in with locally produced children's programs in the afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. as well as off-network sitcoms in the evenings.

As cable television expanded in the Midwest during the 1970s, WTTV became a regional superstation. At its height, it was available on nearly every cable system in Indiana (except the northwest). It was also carried in large portions of Ohio and Kentucky, including Cincinnati, Dayton, Louisville and Lexington. Its distribution was relegated to cable systems within Indiana by the mid-1980s. Sarkes Tarzian sold WTTV to Teleco for $26.5 million in September 1978; the station was then sold to the Tel-Am Corporation in March 1984. By the mid-1980s, WTTV began airing more cartoons and first-run syndicated talk shows during the daytime hours, as well as an increased number of recent off-network sitcoms during the evening. The station also began broadcasting 24 hours a day of programming by that time. Although it was one of the strongest independent stations in the country, WTTV opted against affiliating with the upstart Fox network in 1986—one of the few long-established independents to do so. This was mainly because most of the markets in its large cable footprint had enough stations to provide Fox affiliates of their own, making the prospect of being a multi-state Fox affiliate unattractive to channel 4. The Fox affiliation in the Indianapolis market was awarded to eventual sister station WXIN (channel 59), which became a charter affiliate of the network when it launched on October 6 of that year.

In 1987, Tel-Am purchased fellow independent station WWKI-TV (channel 29) in Kokomo (located 52 miles (84 km) north of Indianapolis), which signed on the air on May 6, 1983; it converted that station into a full-time satellite of WTTV as WTTK to improve its over-the-air coverage in northern portions of the market that could not receive the WTTV signal. Tel-Am filed for bankruptcy in 1987; Capitol Broadcasting purchased WTTV and WTTK in July 1988, after a sale attempt by locally based Emmis Communications fell through. The stations were then sold to River City Broadcasting in 1991. In September 1993, the station became an affiliate of the Prime Time Entertainment Network syndication service.

From UPN to The WB[edit]

WTTV became a charter affiliate of the United Paramount Network (UPN), when the network launched on January 16, 1995. In April 1996, River City Broadcasting merged with the Sinclair Broadcast Group in a $1.2 billion deal. However, due to Federal Communications Commission regulations at that time which prohibited the common ownership of two full-power commercial television stations in the same market, Sinclair had to obtain a cross-ownership waiver to retain ownership of WTTV/WTTK and the company's existing Indianapolis station, inTV affiliate WIIB (channel 63, now Ion Television owned-and-operated station WIPX-TV), which the company eventually sold to DP Media two years later. After Sinclair signed a deal with The WB to affiliate with several UPN-affiliated and independent stations that the company either managed or owned outright,[2] WTTV became the market's WB affiliate in September 1998 and changed its on-air branding to "WB 4 Indiana"; this resulted in an affiliation swap with WB charter affiliate WNDY-TV (channel 23), which took the UPN affiliation after being acquired by network sister company Paramount Stations Group.

As The WB pushed for market exclusivity for its local affiliates as the network increased its national distribution beyond the Tribune Company's television stations and the superstation feed of its Chicago affiliate WGN-TV, Sinclair decided to wind down carriage agreements that the station had with cable providers located outside of the Indianapolis market (the station remains available on cable systems on the Indiana side of the Terre Haute market, which does not have an over-the-air CW affiliate; the network is only available through cable-exclusive CW Plus affiliate "WBI").

On April 19, 2002, Sinclair Broadcast Group sold WTTV and WTTK to Tribune Broadcasting for $125 million, creating the market's first television duopoly under current FCC regulations with Fox affiliate WXIN;[3][4] the purchase was finalized on July 24 of that year[5] (Tribune held an ownership interest in The WB at the time; however, WTTV could not technically be considered an owned-and-operated station since Time Warner held a 78% majority interest in the network).

Although WTTV was the longer-established of the two stations, Tribune chose to keep the Fox affiliation on WXIN due in part to WTTV's then-weaker analog signal in the northern part of the market. Additionally, the NFL on Fox only carries around two Indianapolis Colts home games with National Football Conference (NFC) opponents each year as the team is part of the National Football League's American Football Conference (AFC), so the need for Fox to have an analog-era VHF affiliate in the market was less important than in NFC markets. WTTV merged its operations with those of WXIN in 2004, when the latter moved its operations into new facilities at 6910 Network Place at the Intech Park office development on the city's northwest side.[6]

CW affiliation[edit]

On January 24, 2006, Time Warner and CBS Corporation (which split from Viacom in December 2005) and announced that they would dissolve The WB and UPN (which CBS had acquired one month earlier in December 2005 following its split from the original Viacom), and combine the respective programming of both networks to create a new "fifth" network, The CW.[7][8] The network signed a ten-year agreement with Tribune to affiliate with 16 of the 19 WB-affiliated stations that the company had owned at the time, including WTTV/WTTK;[9] WTTV/WTTK became the market's CW affiliate when the network launched on September 18, 2006; its on-air branding was also changed to "CW 4". In August 2008, the station rebranded as "Indiana's 4" as part of a corporate effort by Tribune to strengthen the local branding of its stations and reduce the dependence on the use of references to The CW in its stations' branding in part due to the network's weak national ratings.

Pending switch to CBS[edit]

New logo as a CBS affiliate, effective January 1, 2015.
New logo for CW subchannel, effective January 1, 2015.

On August 11, 2014, CBS and Tribune Broadcasting announced that WTTV would become Indianapolis' CBS affiliate beginning on January 1, 2015. The deal, which was part of an agreement that also renewed the CBS affiliations on Tribune-owned stations in five other markets, was driven by CBS' desire for reverse retransmission consent compensation from its affiliates; WISH-TV had been in negotiations to renew its agreement with the network, but station management reportedly balked at CBS' demands. This led to CBS reaching a deal with WTTV, which Tribune was eager to land since the network holds the broadcast television rights to the AFC, which includes rights to most of the Indianapolis Colts' regular season games. This marks the second time that WTTV has taken a network affiliation away from WISH, the first being when it took the ABC affiliation in 1956. At present, the CW affiliation will shift to WTTV's second digital subchannel upon the switch. This will make Indianapolis the largest market where The CW is carried as a subchannel-only affiliation, a title now held by Cincinnati, where WKRC-TV carries the network on its second subchannel.[10] On December 7, 2014, This TV moved from WTTV's 4.2 subchannel to WXIN virtual channel 59.3 on WXIN, with 4.2 simulcasting the station's primary feed until CW programming moves to the subchannel full-time upon the switch.[11] It is not known if 4.2 will be carried over-the-air in high definition; however, it is expected that WTTK will map the CBS and CW subchannels in the same manner as WTTV.

WTTV will become the third television station in Indianapolis to affiliate with CBS. The network had originally been aligned with WFBM-TV (now WRTV) beginning in 1949, before moving to WISH in 1956. WTTV will become one of the few stations in the United States, and the second in Indianapolis (after WRTV) to have served as a primary affiliate of all three heritage broadcast networks. It will also be the only American television station to have carried affiliations with each of the "Big Three" networks (excluding the "Big Four" era's Fox), three of the four "netlets" (excluding MyNetworkTV and not counting the PTEN programming service) and have independent status on its primary channel through its history.

In preparation for the move to CBS, WTTV unveiled a separate website in November 2014, after three years of being relegated to a section of WXIN's website. At the same time, the station announced that it will change its branding from "Indiana's 4" to "CBS 4" upon affiliating with the network.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

WTTV WTTK Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
4.1 29.1 1080i 16:9 WTTV: WTTV-DT
WTTK: WTTK
Main WTTV-WTTK programming / The CW
4.2 29.2 1080i 16:9 WTTV: N/A
WTTK: N/A
Simulcast of 4.1

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WTTV and WTTK shut down their respective analog signals, over VHF channel 4 and UHF channel 29, 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.[12] WTTV's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48;[13] through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4. WTTK relocated its digital signal from its pre-transition UHF channel 54, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era UHF channel 29.[14]

As part of the SAFER Act,[15] WTTV kept its analog signal on the air until June 26 to inform viewers of the digital television transition through a loop of public service announcements from the National Association of Broadcasters.

After WXIN shut down its analog signal on June 12, WTTK began broadcasting its signal from a newly installed common antenna atop WXIN's transmitter tower on Westlane Road in northwestern Indianapolis.[16] Prior to the digital transition, WTTK operated its analog transmitter on State Route 213, just south of Windfall;[17] the site remains owned by Tribune, although the FCC does not have an application on file for use of the transmitter as a backup Digital Auxiliary Service.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on WTTV includes Friends, The People's Court, America's Court with Judge Ross, Seinfeld, and Two and a Half Men. Upon the switch to CBS, WTTV will clear the entire CBS schedule as well as Judge Mathis, The People's Court, and The Big Bang Theory.[18] The remainder of WTTV's syndicated programming will move to WTTV-DT2.[19]

Sports programming[edit]

For over half a century, WTTV was central Indiana's home for college basketball games from the Big Ten Conference, with a focus on games involving Indiana University and Purdue University. Until the late 1990s, it produced telecasts of Hoosiers and Boilermakers games, earning it the nickname of "Indiana's Sports Station." In fact, many cable providers in Indiana began carrying WTTV simply so viewers across the state could watch the Hoosiers and Boilermakers. Due to cost-cutting measures in the 1990s, channel 4 opted for syndication deals with Raycom Sports and ESPN Plus. WTTV also presented other Big Ten football and men's basketball telecasts on Saturdays, until the station lost the rights to those games when the athletic conference launched the Big Ten Network in August 2007. From 2007 to 2013, WTTV aired basketball games from the Big East Conference, presumably due to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish's large following in the area.

WTTV also previously served as the flagship station for Indianapolis Colts NFL preseason games (which have since moved to WISH and WNDY). WTTV traditionally produced statewide boys' and girls' high school basketball tournament finals and high school football championship games; however, after the Indiana High School Athletics Association converted its basketball tournament from a single-class to a multi-class format in 1997, WTTV chose not to renew those rights citing a decline in ratings (the broadcasts subsequently moved to WHMB-TV (channel 40)); a new agreement with the IHSAA returned these events to WTTV in the fall of 2010.

WTTV also served as the television flagship for the Indiana Pacers from the team's days in the original American Basketball Association (except from 1984 to 1985, when those rights were held by present-day sister station WXIN due to Pacers owner Melvin Simon's part-ownership of the station). WTTV lost the rights to the Pacers telecasts after the 2005-06 season,[20] when the NBA team moved their local game telecasts to Fox Sports Midwest's regional subfeed, Fox Sports Indiana.

In August 2008, WTTV debuted Hoosier High School Sports Overtime, a weekly half-hour program devoted to Indiana high school athletics that airs Sunday mornings at 11:30 a.m.; it is hosted by WXIN sports anchor Jeremiah Johnson. In November of that year, the station also began running Hoosier High School Sports Classics, a two-hour program that features rebroadcasts of past Indiana high school football and basketball state championship games, interspersed with present day interviews of coaches and athletes that were involved; it aired on Sundays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The station's upcoming switch to CBS will make WTTV the unofficial "home" station of the Colts, due to CBS' contract with the team's NFL division, the American Football Conference. As the affiliation switch will occur before the scheduled start of the 2015 NFL playoffs, and since the Colts made the playoffs this season, WTTV will carry the team's CBS playoff game telecasts, with regular season games set to begin airing in the following NFL season. However, WISH and WNDY will keep rights to the Colts' preseason games. The switch to CBS will also bring WTTV the rights to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, which has traditionally ranked among the highest-rated programs in the market during tournament season.

Local programming[edit]

Newscasts[edit]

WXIN primary morning anchors seen weekdays.

In 1950, WTTV began operating an in-house news department; after losing its ABC affiliation in 1957, it became one of the few independent stations outside of the ten largest television markets that had a functioning news department. In 1979, the station began airing the first primetime newscast in the Indianapolis market, when it moved its nightly evening news program to 10:00 p.m. (predating WXIN's first and shorter-lived primetime news effort by five years). Capitol Broadcasting abruptly shut down WTTV's news department on November 1, 1990 due to financial problems, with the last 10:00 newscast airing the night before on October 31; 34 staffers were laid off as a result.[21]

The station replaced the newscast in the 10:00 p.m. slot with syndicated programmming for the next few months, before it entered into a news share agreement with ABC affiliate WRTV in April 1991 to produce a half-hour 10:00 p.m. newscast[22] – titled WRTV 6 News at Ten and later 6 News at Ten – which debuted that fall. After Tribune bought the station, WTTV terminated the news share agreement with WRTV, so as to not compete with new sister station WXIN's longer-established 10:00 p.m. newscast; the WRTV-produced newscast was discontinued on December 31, 2002, with channel 4 filling the 10:00 p.m. slot with syndicated programming thereafter.[23]

Since becoming a sister station to WXIN, WTTV has carried that station's primetime newscast during instances where Fox's MLB playoff game telecasts run into the 10:00 p.m. timeslot (the station does not use a News at Ten logo on-air in place of the Fox 59 News branding, unlike what Hartford, Connecticut sister station WCCT-TV does during broadcasts of sister station WTIC-TV's newscasts). On January 2, 2008, the station began simulcasting the 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. block of WXIN's weekday morning newscast;[24] the 5:00 a.m. hour of the program began to be simulcast on WTTV on March 31, 2008. The simulcast was briefly discontinued on September 18, 2009, before returning the following month on October 12; the simulcast – by then, running only from 4:30 to 6:00 a.m. – was moved to WTTV/WTTK's This TV-affiliated second digital subchannel on September 13, 2010, later expanding to include the full six-hour broadcast from 4:00 to 10:00 a.m. along with the three-hour weekend morning newscast; the simulcast was discontinued again in September 2013. The only locally produced programming on WTTV/WTTK that was close to a news product after the simulcast moved from the stations' main channel was the business showcase Indy's MarketPlace (or Indiana's Market), which aired weekdays at 8:00 and 11:30 a.m.; the program ended on September 10, 2010.

Other than simulcasts and default carriage of WXIN's newscasts due to Fox Sports programming delays, WTTV has not carried traditional local newscasts produced specifically for itself since the 2002 cancellation of the WRTV-produced newscast; it is one of only five Tribune-owned stations that do not carry daily newscasts (alongside WNOL-TV in New Orleans, WCCT-TV in Hartford/New Haven, WDCW in Washington, D.C. and WSFL-TV in Miami) of any kind.

However, with the announcement of the CBS affiliation's move to WTTV, the station announced plans to launch a separate news operation from WXIN with its own on-air staff (similar to, though also differing in structure from the shared news operation of St. Louis sister duopoly KTVI/KPLR-TV, the latter of which maintains separate anchors from KTVI for certain newscasts), which will be housed out the two stations' shared facility on Network Place.[25] This would make WXIN/WTTV the first known duopoly (legal or virtual) involving a Big Three affiliate and a Fox station, in which the two stations maintain separate news departments and newscasts in competing timeslots (the presence of two separate, but jointly based news departments controlled by one company structured in this manner is more common with duopolies involving stations affiliated with two of the Big Three networks).

In December 2014, WTTV announced the hirings of its weekday morning, noon and evening anchor teams, which include weeknight anchors Debby Knox (who had previously retired from WISH in 2013) and Bob Donaldson (who will also remain anchor of WXIN's 10:00 p.m. newscast), morning anchors Marianne Lyles (formerly of WISN-TV in Milwaukee) and Tim Doty (formerly of Grand Rapids sister station WXMI), and meteorologists Chris Wright (formerly of WTHR and WXIN) and Lindsay Riley (formerly of KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth).[26]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

  • Bob Carter as Sammy Terry - late night horror movie show host (died on June 30, 2013)
  • Hilliard Gates - longtime Indiana University men's basketball announcer and reporter (deceased)
  • Frank Edwards - host of Stranger Than Science, a locally produced program on UFOs and the paranormal from 1955 to 1959 and 1961 to 1962 (died 1967)
  • Barbara Stock - host of the talk show Mid-Morning (best known for her role as Susan Silverman on the detective drama Spenser: For Hire)

Other locally produced programming[edit]

From the 1960s to the early 1980s, WTTV was known in Central Indiana for its local programming, including children's shows Janie (previously titled Popeye and Janie) and Cowboy Bob's Corral (previously titled Chuckwagon Theatre, both starring Bob Glaze in the role of Cowboy Bob). Late night horror movies during this timeframe were presented by Sammy Terry, a ghoulish vampire character portrayed by Bob Carter. The station frequently ran local advertising including from Dave Mason Buick, featuring the catchphrase "Old Dave needs the money"; Mason was often shown in the stands during coverage of the Marion County fair. In the late 1980s, the station produced a film noir-styled mystery show titled Hide & Sneak, which was related to a scratch-off game distributed at local supermarkets. Solving the mystery presented in one of the skits led to prizes. Each episode aired only once, however, because of its time-sensitive nature.

In 1989, WTTV obtained the local rights to the Hoosier Lottery's daily drawings and its companion game show, Hoosier Millionaire; the station lost the lottery rights to WNDY-TV in September 1995;[27] WTTV regained the rights to the lottery in 1999, partnering with WRTV in the production of the Hoosier Lottery's daily drawings to fulfill requirements of channel 4's contract with the lottery commission, which required the evening drawings to air during local newscasts.

In August 2008, Clear Channel-owned radio station WFBQ (94.7 FM) formed a partnership with the Tribune Company to produce a television broadcast of the nationally syndicated radio program The Bob & Tom Show (hosted by Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold);[28] the pre-recorded hour-long program – featuring highlights taken from that day's radio broadcast – aired on WTTV and co-owned Chicago-based cable superstation WGN America, in an effort by Tribune to bring back programming distributed by the company on its stations. The program debuted on November 3, 2008; WGN America dropped the program on September 10, 2010.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV Comes to Small Town." Popular Mechanics, August 1952, pp. 128-132/228.
  2. ^ WB woos and wins Sinclair, Broadcasting & Cable, July 21, 1997. Retrieved June 19, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  3. ^ Tribune to Acquire WTTV-TV (WB4), Indianapolis; Purchase Creates Company's Fourth Duopoly
  4. ^ Tribune Co. lands duopoly in Indy with WTTV buy, Indianapolis Business Journal, April 29, 2002. Retrieved June 19, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  5. ^ Tribune wraps up purchase of WTTV, Indianapolis Business Journal, July 29, 2002. Retrieved June 19, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  6. ^ WXIN-TV Channel 59 and WTTV-TV Channel 4 are making their move, Indianapolis Business Journal, December 22, 2003. Retrieved June 19, 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. ^ Tribune TV Stations to Lead Affiliate Group of New Network, Tribune Company corporate website, January 24, 2006.
  10. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (August 11, 2014). "CBS Switches Indianapolis Affiliation in Tribune Pact, Bumping CW to Digital Channel". Variety. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ "TV Listings - Station: WTTVDT2". December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  13. ^ CDBS Print
  14. ^ CDBS Print
  15. ^ "UPDATED List of Participants in the Analog Nightlight Program" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. June 12, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ WTTV's CBS-era schedule
  19. ^ WTTV 4.2's schedule
  20. ^ PACERS ANNOUNCE FOX SPORTS Partnership, NBA, August 15, 2006.
  21. ^ INDIANAPOLIS' WTTV-4 CANCELS NEWS OPERATION, Post-Tribune, November 3, 1990. Retrieved June 19, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  22. ^ WTTV, WRTV discuss joint newscast, Indianapolis Business Journal, April 1, 1991. Retrieved June 19, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  23. ^ Channel 6 early news may sign off Dec. 31, Indianapolis Business Journal (via HighBeam Research), December 23, 2002. Retrieved June 19, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  24. ^ WXIN to simulcast morning news on WTTV, Indianapolis Business Journal, December 3, 2007. Retrieved June 19, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  25. ^ Schoetle, Anthony (August 11, 2014). "CBS affiliation switch means major changes at WTTV". 
  26. ^ Rakes, Amanda (November 12, 2014). "WTTV announces anchor teams for new newscasts beginning January 1". Fox59.com. WXIN/Tribune Media. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  27. ^ Numbers game: lottery seeks 'Millionaire' bidders, Indianapolis Business Journal, April 13, 1998. Retrieved June 19, 2014 from HighBeam Research.
  28. ^ "The Bob & Tom Show", Indianapolis Business Journal, August 25, 2008.
  29. ^ "Radio's Bob & Tom are off their nightly TV show". Radio-Info.com. September 21, 2010. 

External links[edit]

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