|Gary, Indiana-Chicago, Illinois
|City of license||Gary, Indiana|
|Branding||Lakeshore Public Television|
|Slogan||We're Your Indiana Neighbor|
|Channels||Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 56.1 (PSIP)
|Owner||Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting, Inc.|
|First air date||November 15, 1987|
|Call letters' meaning||We're Your Indiana Neighbor|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
56 (UHF, 1987–2009)
|Transmitter power||300 kW (digital)|
WYIN, virtual channel 56 (UHF digital channel 17), is a PBS member television station serving Chicago, Illinois, United States and the northwestern portion of Indiana that is licensed to Gary, Indiana. The station is owned by Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting, Inc., and is sister to NPR radio outlet WLPR-FM (89.1 FM). The two stations share studios located on Indiana Place/Mississippi Street in Merrillville, WYIN's transmitter is located near Lake Dalecarlia (due south of Cedar Lake, Indiana). WYIN serves as one of three PBS member stations serving the Chicago television market, alongside Chicago-licensed WTTW (channel 11) and WYCC (channel 20).
WYIN evolved from non-commercial station WCAE, originally licensed to the Lake Central School Corporation in St. John and airing on channel 50. The school system was unable to maintain broadcast operations and the station went dark in 1984. The station's license was swapped with Metrowest Corporation's WGMI, a construction permit on channel 56 and licensed to Gary that had never been built. Metrowest eventually took the channel 50 signal to air as commercial station WPWR-TV (now a MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station). The non-commercial license (now reassigned to channel 56) was secured by the founding group of WYIN, who signed it on the air on November 15, 1987.
For many years, WYIN fought to try to have its transmitter relocated to either the Sears Tower or the John Hancock Center in Chicago's Loop neighborhood. This was opposed by WTTW and WYCC, both of which were very critical of the move as it would make WYIN a full competitor in the Chicago market. Currently, WYIN pays a lower license fee for carriage of PBS programs; by moving the transmitter to Sears Tower or John Hancock, WTTW claimed they would get the same coverage and pay less for their programming, leaving WTTW at a disadvantage as well as taking pledges from the station. WYIN eventually ended all efforts[when?] to try to move its aging broadcast transmitter and instead built a new transmitter tower in Cedar Lake, Indiana.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|56.1||1080i||16:9||WYIN-D1||Main WYIN programming / PBS HD|
|56.3||480i||WYIN-D3||PBS Kids "Lakeshore Kids"|
WYIN began transmitting a digital signal on UHF channel 17 in 2003. WYIN shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 56, 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 17. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 56, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
Aside from airing PBS shows, the station produces Lakeshore News Tonight, a weeknight prime time newscast focusing on local issues in northwest Indiana that debuted on September 4, 1990 as the Indiana Nightly Report. This newscast (which also re-airs at midnight each weeknight) originally competed with the hour-long 9 p.m. newscasts that air on Chicago CW affiliate WGN-TV (channel 9) and Fox owned-and-operated station WFLD (channel 32). The station also produces the weekly news and public affairs program Lakeshore Focus on Friday evenings.
Production of the program was suspended in December 1999, due to the lack of equipment to present a program at a viable technical quality and the issue of the cost of producing the newscast took assets away from WYIN's other programming. The station entered into a news share agreement with AT&T Broadband to simulcast the local news program it produced for the provider's local origination channel; WYIN resumed production of Lakeshore News Tonight on February 5, 2001. On May 6, 2013, the station expanded its newscasts to two broadcasts, with an early evening edition added at 6:00 p.m. while the late evening broadcast was moved to 10:00 p.m.
On January 29, 2014, WYIN announced that it would discontinue Lakeshore News Tonight as a daily news program after the January 31 broadcast due to a reduction in the station's funding; WYIN management has plans to possibly bring back the program in the spring in a retooled format as a weekly program. Lakeshore Public Media will reassign members of WYIN's news staff to WLPR-FM, Lakeshore Public Media's website, and to work on other projects for WYIN as well as for the revamped newscast. In the interim, news programming on WYIN will be reduced to daily live weather updates that will debut on February 3.
News Anchors and reporters
- Kristyn Estes - host
- Sarah Holst - assignment editor; host
- Hilary Powell - general assignment reporter
- Weather team
- Matt Wintz - weather director and meteorologist; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Morgan Voss - fill-in weathercaster
- Sports team
- Joe Arredondo - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Tommy Williams - sports anchor; fill-in
- Wayne Svetanoff - sports commentator
- RabbitEars TV Query for WYIN
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "WYIN to Launch Local News Hour Sept. 4.", Post-Tribune (via HighBeam Research), August 28, 1990. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
- WYIN making news again, Northwest Indiana Times, January 29, 2001.
- Lakeshore Public Media's TV Newscasts Move To Twice Nightly, Chicagoland Television & Radio, April 29, 2013.
- Lakeshore Public Media's WYIN-TV Cancelling 'Lakeshore News Tonight' Nightly Newscast, Chicagoland Television & Radio, January 29, 2014.
- Meet the Lakeshore News Tonight Team
- Lakeshore Public Television official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WYIN
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WYIN-TV