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WISH Unveils Floor-To-Ceiling Studio Rebuild

WISH, the CW affiliate in Indianapolis owned by Nexstar, just completed a major overhaul of its studios. I got a note from Scott Hainey, WISH’s creative services director, detailing the process along with some pictures of the finished product.

Scott Hainey

WISH does nearly 70 hours of local news and programming in the market. Almost half of its broadcast day, 11.5 hours, is produced in its studios. So Hainey says the station needed a set “which could provide the versatility and space to support our current news production, as well as future growth opportunities.

“In designing the new studio space, we utilized technology to create that functionality and flexibility,” says Hainey.

“From color-changing walls, and monitor arrays, to the nearly 100 LED micro-tiles used in our desks and background scenery; the entire set can change with the push of a button. Rehearsal feedback, from talent and production, has been very positive. We hosted a set preview party a couple weeks ago with partners, clients and community leaders. Of course, it was nice to hear all the ‘oohs and aahs,’ and comments that ‘it looks like a network set,’ but the best compliment, by far, was ‘this set looks like you’.”

“When someone basically says, your set is an extension of your brand as the local news source, you know you’ve accomplish your goal.”

Hainey says when WISH became a Nexstar station last year, the station told Nexstar corporate that they needed a new set to “give us more versatility for presentation and storytelling.”

“They not only said yes, but encouraged us to evolve what was a simple set plan, into what we have today — an entire floor to lighting grid studio remodel. This includes new cameras, robotic pedestals, LED lighting and a list of other technology upgrades, including a new graphics system.”

“We’re lucky to have a great internal design team here at WISH, and at our Nexstar Nashville Design Center. We worked together on this project.”

WXIN Ahead On Indianapolis’ Facebook Actions

When it comes to Facebook, TV stations are finding inventive, new ways to generate high engagement.

Social Scorecard this week reveals how WXIN, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Indianapolis, uses search tools to find local stories. But that’s only part of its strategy. Facebook Live and inventive use of resources also contribute to its high engagement.

WXIN leads in social media actions in the market over the last six months, according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee.

WXIN has more than 5.8 million actions on social, 34% of the total engagement generated by the DMA (No. 28), with more than 17.1 million social actions.

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WXIN Food Drive Provides 300,000 Meals

WXIN, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Indianapolis, held a 13-hour telethon that raised more than $102,000, enough to provide over 300,000 meals for hungry Hoosiers.

This marks the fifth year that WXIN has made a measurable difference with its Pack The Pantries program.

WXIN produces stories every month in conjunction with the City of Indianapolis and its two local food banks, Midwest and Gleaners, to shine a light on the need to help feed neighbors.

The Pack the Pantries telethon is one of two annual drives to replenish food bank shelves and provide assistance to those in need.

“This is the kind of day that brings out the very best in our viewers to feed the neediest in our community,” said Kerri Cavanaugh, WXIN’;s news director.

“It doesn’t get better than that.”

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WRTV Names Justin Welnack Creative Services Director

Justin Welnack

WRTV, the Scripps ABC affiliate in Indianapolis, has named Justin Welnack as its new creative services director. He starts in April.

Welnack comes to WRTV from WAPT, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Jackson, Miss., where Melnack was CSD for four years and during which the station’s ratings reached an all-time high, according to Welnack.

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Broadcasters Eye Irma While Fundraising For Harvey

As Harvey swoons, Irma looms. Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters are barely receding from some Gulf Coast states as a powerful Atlantic hurricane, Irma, threatens another part of the country.

Even as broadcast companies are continuing to raise donations to help victims and of Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, they’re keeping a wary eye on Irma, knowing that broadcast assets — reporters, photographers, producers, equipment — will be needed to move into place to cover what Irma brings ashore.

What plans does your company have in place to deploy to local TV stations that might be in the path of Irma?

If you or someone at your station is headed into any region where Irma is expected to make landfall, I’d like to write about it.

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WISH Earns ‘Outstanding News’ Award From Indiana AP

WISH, Nexstar’s CW affiliate in Indianapolis, was named Outstanding News Operation for 2016 by the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

It’s the second consecutive year the station has won the award, according to WISH.

“Through our breaking news, weather, and investigative reporting, we are committed to providing viewers with coverage that impacts their lives,” said Randy Ingram, WISH’s general manager.

WISH also earned first place for Best Continuous Coverage of a Single Event for its coverage of the August 2016 tornado that hit Kokomo, and also won second place for Best Feature Reporting.

Click here to see WISH’s winning Outstanding News submission.

Picture Yourself In Indy As An Executive Producer


From the job description, an executive news producer for a local TV news operation would be akin to being the bench manager for a baseball team. You’re in a league of your own.

You manage the field, the day-to-day, the newscasts, the stories and production.

So you work with editors and newscast producers, supervise the work flow, provide regular feedback and interaction with staff.

WXIN-WTTV is the Fox-CBS duopoly in Indianapolis owned by Tribune, and they need a proven newsroom leader who’s used to deadlines, and has a bold, creative vision for local news.

Indianapolis is the 27th market, not bad.

It’s the state capital, and after Chicago, the second most populous city in the Midwest. It’s a big city, the area has more than a couple million residents.

Median home value in the metro is $137,100. And apartments in the city rent for about $900 a month.

Click here to go the TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center listing for more information and how to apply.


What’s New? 2017 Local TV Promos

Here are some fresh-from-the-edit-room promos from around the country.

Have you just finished some new promos you’d like to share, email me at [email protected]. And you’re always invited to call at 817-578-6324 any time for any reason. Free marketing and brainstorm sessions are available.

WWBT, Raycom’s NBC affiliate in Richmond, Va., has a storybook approach to promote its morning news. Great concept and very well produced.

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WISH Surprises Family Who Escaped Abuse

An Indianapolis mother and her seven children escaped with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

“He got that gun, he already had it out and he shot. The bullet went so close near me, it shot out my back car window,” said Tamika Peterson.

Where do a mom and seven kids with just the clothes on their backs go?

“We slept in a car, we slept anywhere and when I say anywhere, I do mean anywhere,” described Peterson.

A chance meeting with a police officer from the Indianapolis police department changed all that after she contacted Media General’s CW affiliate WISH about the family.

The station joined with some local businesses to help the family and launch a new franchise, WISH Patrol. WISH and its partners were able to give the Petersons food, gifts for the kids, clothes and furniture.

“This is such a heartwarming story to be able to share,” said Joe Abouzeid, WISH general manager. “We’d like to thank our corporate and community partners, especially Godby Home Furnishings, Kroger, and Goodwill. Without their generosity, this would not have been possible.”

WTTV-WXIN Score In Indy’s Election Coverage

indyWTTV and WXIN, Tribune’s CBS and Fox affiliates, respectively, in Indianapolis, partnered with Gannett’s The Indianapolis Star to deliver impressive digital results of election night coverage, according to a statement from the stations.

IN Focus: Election Day, was streamed on both stations’ websites and Facebook pages as well as the Indy Star website, putting the coverage in front of more people than any other local news source.

WXIN won the market with 17% more unique online and mobile visitors than any station in the market with 256,032 unique visitors, according to its statement.

WXIN’s Facebook page reached 2.5 million people with its election day posts, while delivering 47% of the digital audience according to Share Rocket measurement.