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WANE-TV

WANE-TV

WANE-TV is a television station in Fort Wayne, Indiana, broadcasting as a CBS affiliate under the name NewsChannel 15. WANE-TV also broadcasts in high-definition on digital channel 31. Its transmitter is located in Fort Wayne. The station is currently owned by LIN TV, which owns three other CBS affiliates in Indiana: WISH-TV in Indianapolis, WLFI-TV in Lafayette, and WTHI-TV in Terre Haute.

History

Originally located in Waterloo, Indiana, with the call letters WINT-TV and with a transmitter near Auburn, Indiana, the station signed on September 26, 1954, as a CBS affiliate, which it remains today. Licensed to serve Angola, Indiana, the station's owners took advantage of peculiarities in FCC rules to direct the signal to Fort Wayne, a circumstance that attracted the attention of Congress and led to changes in how licenses were assigned. The station was purchased by Indiana Broadcasting Company in 1956 and operations were moved to Fort Wayne. The transmitter, with its 910-foot spire, remained at its rural Auburn location until 1957. Indiana Broadcasting became Corinthian Broadcasting Company in 1957. In 1983, LIN TV purchased WANE-TV along with its sister-station WISH-TV in Indianapolis from Belo Corporation.

Awards

WANE-TV has been the recipient of the Jack R. Howard Award in 1998 for reporting on drug abuse, the Peabody Award in 1999 for reporting on organ donation, and the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2003 for flooding and sports coverage.

Programming

Like the majority of CBS affiliates, WANE-TV carries CBS programming along with local news and syndicated programming. WANE-TV's digital signal features two feeds: the main WANE-TV channel in high definition and Local Weather Station (LWS), which airs live doppler radar, current conditions, and severe weather updates. Prior to the formation of The CW, WANE-TV aired UPN programming as well as syndicated programs, newscast repeats, and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne basketball games on the digital subchannel that LWS occupies. From September 1990 to September 1999, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune aired on Fort Wayne's NBC affiliate WKJG-TV (now WISE-TV). Since then, WANE-TV has carried both shows, however, WANE-TV aired Wheel of Fortune from its debut until 1990.

Newscasts

WANE-TV produces five newscasts using three different "news teams" under news director Ted Linn. Since May of 2005, WANE has taken over as the leader in all newscast categories in the Fort Wayne market according to Nielsen Media Research.

Current News Team

Personalities as of August 2008.

Anchors

  • Terra Brantley, co-anchor of First News and NewsChannel 15 at Noon
  • Heather Herron, co-anchor of First at 5, NewsChannel 15 at 6, and Nightcast
  • Pat Hoffmann, co-anchor of First News and NewsChannel 15 at Noon
  • Alyssa Ivanson, anchor of Weekend Report
  • Mark Mellinger, co-anchor of First at 5, NewsChannel 15 at 6, and Nightcast

Weather

  • Drew Blair, fill-in weather reporter (also general assignment reporter)
  • Kelly Greene, meteorologist for Weekend Report
  • Greg Shoup, meteorologist for First News and Midday Report
  • Sandy Thomson, chief weather specialist of First at 5, NewsChannel 15 at 6, and Nightcast

Sports

  • Ross Kinsey, anchor for Weekend Report
  • Glenn Marini, anchor for First at 5, NewsChannel 15 at 6, and Nightcast

General Assignment Reporters

  • Janice Allen
  • Drew Blair
  • Lindsay DeWitte
  • Chris Hopper
  • Matt McCutcheon
  • Megan Stembol

Notable WANE-TV Alumni

  • Paul Barys, former meteorologist in the 1970s, (now chief meteorologist at WRCB in Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  • Brad Brown, former sports anchor and reporter, (now at WRTV in Indianapolis)
  • Niccole Caan, former education reporter, (now at WLFI in Lafayette, Indiana)
  • Jennifer Cross, former Weekend Report anchor, (now in Providence, Rhode Island)
  • Katherine Dorsett, morning news producer from 1995-1996, (CNN news producer since 2000)
  • Mike Dowling, former sports director from 1981 to 1984, (now at WCVB in Boston)
  • Larry Ell, former sports anchor and reporter from 1992-1999, (current status unknown)
  • Joe Gregory (now known as Joe Pagonakis), former main anchor, (now at WEWS in Cleveland)
  • Karen Hensel, National Peabody Award winner and former main anchor, (now at sister-station WISH-TV in Indianapolis)
  • Lee Kelso, former main anchor from 1978-1996, (now a free-lance reporter for competitor Indiana's NewsCenter)
  • Scott Kline (now known as Scott Jones), former co-anchor for Midday Report and First at 5 newscasts, (now at WXIN in Indianapolis)
  • Kelly Koh, former reporter, fill-in anchor, and meteorologist (now out of the television business)
  • Nicole Manske, former reporter, (now co-host of NASCAR Now on ESPN)
  • Doug Moats, former Weekend Report meteorologist from 2001-2008, (now chief meterologist at sister-station WUPW-TV in Toledo, Ohio)
  • Julia Moffit, former co-anchor for Midday Report and First at 5 newscasts, (now morning anchor at WTHR in Indianapolis)
  • Meghan Mongillo, former reporter, (now at WXIX in Cincinnati)
  • Brian Mylar, former main anchor from 1997-1999, (now at KSAT in San Antonio)
  • Anthony Ponce, former reporter, (now at WMAQ in Chicago)
  • Steve Roggie, former anchor and reporter
  • Steve Rudin, former weather anchor, (now at WJLA in Washington, D.C.)
  • Randy Schiffman, former sports anchor and director from 1987-2008 (now retired)
  • David Scott, former main anchor from 1999-2007, (now at WDRB in Louisville)
  • Angelica St. John, former Weekend Report anchor

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