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WISH Announces Addition of Two Reporters

kylie-jeffWISH announced the hiring of reporters Kylie Conway and Jeff Wagner, who started at the Indianapolis CBS affiliate Friday.

“Kylie brings a wealth of experience, drive, compassion and talent as a reporter,” said WISH news director Steve Bray. “Likewise, we are thrilled to add someone with the skill set that Jeff brings to the table.”

“I’m excited to call Central Indiana home once again and looking forward to covering stories about my fellow Hoosiers and news that impacts their daily lives,” Conway said in a statement.

Conway, who once interned at WISH, started her career at WKAG in Hopkinsville, KY. She has also worked at WNWO in Toledo, OH, WKEF-WRGT in Dayton, OH, and KTVX in Salt Lake City where she was an evening anchor.

“The Midwest has been a great place to both grow up and grow my career,” said Wagner. “I look forward to starting this new chapter in my life here in Central Indiana.”

Wagner comes to WISH from WCIA in Champaign, IL, where he was the weekend anchor and reporter.

After 36 Years, Norman Cox to Retire from WRTV

cox_wrtvWRTV has announced the retirement of reporter Norman Cox after 36 years at the Indianapolis ABC affiliate.

“Norman has been a great journalist for central Indiana for decades,” said WRTV news director Terri Cope-Walton in a statement. “His work is second to none, and we are proud to have had him on our staff. Not only will we miss his journalism, but we will also miss his humor, and the special brand of friendship he brought to the newsroom every day.”

“The people of Indiana have benefitted from Norman’s coverage, his thoroughness, his professionalism and his integrity,” said Indana Governor Mike Pence, the seventh Governor Cox has covered. “I respect the way he has done his job, always prepared, tough but fair, a truly objective journalist.”

Cox started at WRTV in 1976 as the Statehouse reporter. His last day will be Friday, November 1.

Ratings Climb For WTHR After Angela Buchman’s Debut

buchman_wthrWTHR‘s hiring of meteorologist Angela Buchman looks like it’s paying off.

The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting WTHR has seen a big ratings increase since Buchman’s debut after she made the switch from cross-town rival WISH.

The NBC affiliate posted double-digit ratings gains in all newscasts during September except at noon, versus the same month in 2012. Buchman first appeared Sept. 3. She reports the weather weekdays at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The IBJ also said CBS affiliate WISH has seen the opposite movement for its 6:00 p.m. news with ratings dropping by 31 percent. Ratings for WTHR in the same time-slot have risen by 14 percent over September of last year. Read more

WXIN Says Goodbye to Sports Anchor Jeremiah Johnson

johnson_wxin_goodbyeIndianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN said goodbye to sports anchor and reporter Jeremiah Johnson.

Johnson, who graduated from Ball State University in 2000, was joined on set by the school’s mascot Charlie Cardinal who said nothing at all.

“This was a dream come true having a job working as a sportscaster in Indianapolis,” said Johnson. “I couldn’t think of a better place.”

Johnson, who had worked at WXIN for nine years, told viewers he was staying in Indianapolis to produce pregame shows for the Indiana Pacers on FOX Sports Indiana.

You can see a video the station put together for Johnson after the jump. Read more

WISH Anchor Debby Knox Announces Retirement

WISH_knox_Debby Knox, anchor for Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH, has announced her retirement after more than 33 years on air in Indiana.

“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to be part of the community as well as an incredible journey to cover the important events and people over my career at WISH-TV,” Knox said in a statement.

Knox started her career in the South Bend-Ekhart, IN market. According to WISH, she is the “longest running female news anchor in Central Indiana” and is eclipsed for the overall title by former WISH anchor Mike Ahern who retired in 2004.

“It is with mixed emotions that we say so long,” Jeff White, WISH president and general manager, said in a statement. “While we’re sad to see her retire, we’re happy for the next chapter in her life and the additional time she’ll have to spend with her family.”

Knox currently anchors the 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts. The Emmy award winning anchor started anchoring the station’s noon show in 1980. Her last newscast will be November 26.

Former WISH Reporter Rick Dawson Dies

rick dawson Former WISH reporter Rick Dawson has died, the Indianapolis CBS affiliate reports. Dawson was 51.

In his local news career, which included 24 years at WISH, Dawson also worked as a reporter at stations in Fort Wayne, Ind. and Huntington, W. Va. Most recently, he was the news director for WFYI Public Media, according to the Rushville Republican.

“WISH would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Rick’s family during this difficult time,” the station said in a statement.

WXIN Pokes Fun at Rivals With ‘Only One Angela’ Billboards

Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN is taunting their rival stations with tongue-in-cheek billboards in Indianapolis. The ads feature WXIN anchor Angela Ganote along with the text “Only One Angela,” an obvious reference to weathercaster Angela Buchman, who recently jumped from Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH to NBC affiliate WTHR. The Indianapolis Business Journal has details:

Every couch potato knows Fox59 is poking fun at WTHR-TV Channel 13’s Angela Buchman. The popular weather prognosticator returned to the air early this month following a yearlong noncompete period from her contract with former employer WISH-TV Channel 8.

[...] “Why, I don’t know what you mean,” said Michael Brouder, WXIN’s director of creative services. Brouder’s not fooling anyone. “It was done with tongue firmly planted in cheek,” he confessed. “If you know about the local news market, you would certainly get it.”

WRTV Adds Two to ‘Good Morning Indiana’

WRTV, the Indianapolis ABC affiliate, has announced the addition of a multimedia journalist and a traffic reporter to “Good Morning Indiana.”

Katie Heinz (pictured right) joins the station as a multimedia journalist for both “Good Morning Indiana Weekend” and the weekday morning show. Lauren Casey (pictured left) joins WRTV weekday morning anchors Beth Vaughn, Marc Mullins and meteorologists Todd Klaassen and Ashley Brown as traffic reporter on Monday September 16.

“Knowing what is happening right now is a priority for our morning viewers,” says Cope-Walton. “The addition of Lauren and Katie expands our morning coverage. We are pleased they chose to join our team.”

Heinz last worked at WICS in Springfield, IL, while Casey comes from Franklin College.

WISH Adds 30 Minutes to Morning Newscast

Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH has expanded its morning newscast, moving the broadcast’s start time up to 4:30 a.m.

“We have seen an increase in viewers’ desire for earlier news, so we wanted to deliver our great Daybreak news product to that audience,” WISH news director Steve Bray said in a statement. “From bringing viewers up-to-date on overnight news, and breaking news, weather and traffic; our team works hard to get our viewers ready for their day ahead with all the information they need.”

The weekday morning newscasts are anchored by Scott Sander and Lauren Lowrey, with meteorologist Randy Ollis and traffic reporter Julie Patterson. The newscasts now air from 4:30 to 7 a.m. on WISH and 7 to 8 a.m. on sister station WNDY, Indianapolis’ MyNetworkTV affiliate.

WRTV Expands ‘Good Morning Indiana’ to The Weekend

Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV has announced its morning news show “Good Morning Indiana” will now air on Saturday and Sunday.

Beginning Saturday “Good Morning Indiana” will air from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. with ABC’s “Good Morning America” in between. On Sunday, the show will air from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. followed by “This Week” with George Stephanopolous.

“With the growth of our newly reformatted Monday through Friday edition of ‘Good Morning Indiana,’ we felt the time was right to expand to weekend mornings,Larry Blackerby, WRTV vice president and general manager said in a statement. “Delivering fresh, relevant content for Hoosiers on TV, on RTV6 mobile apps, and on-line seven days a week, 24 hours a day is our top priority.”

The weekend news shows will be anchored by Jade Hindmon and meteorologist Kyle Mounce.

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