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Indianapolis Colts Punter Pat McAfee Joins WTHR

WTHR-2Pat McAfee, a punter for the Indianapolis Colts since 2009, has landed a gig off the playing field: TV host. McAfee will soon be hosting his eponymous online show on WTHR in Indianapolis.

“Pat’s passion and enthusiasm for his team and community make him a perfect fit for our station, and we’re happy he’s chosen to make Channel 13 the new home for his show,”  WTHR president and general manager Larry Delia said in a statement.

This isn’t McAfee’s first time on TV. He has guest hosted NFL Network’s NFL AM and was a special red carpet correspondent for the 2014 ESPN ESPYs.

The Pat McAfee Show premieres September 27th at 7:30 p.m.

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WTHR Expands Morning Newscast

WTHR_NBC_13Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR is expanding its weekday morning newscast by 30 minutes beginning next month.

“Hoosiers wake up to Channel 13 and for those who need to get up extra early we’re pleased that they will be able to watch their favorite morning show and favorite morning team a half hour earlier,” general manager Larry Delia said in a statement.

Beginning February 24, the morning newscast will begin at 4 a.m. instead of 4:30 a.m. WTHR is moving NBC’s “Early Today,” which currently airs at 4 a.m., to COZI-TV.

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

Paul Rennie Named GM of WXIN-WTTV

Paul Rennie has been named vice president and general manager of WXIN-WTTV, the Fox and CW affiliates in Indianapolis. It is a move within Tribune for Rennie, who has been general sales manager of KCPQ-KZJO in Seattle since 2004.

“Paul brings significant industry experience, including time spent in Indy, and he understands the variety of opportunities and challenges generated by a major-market duopoly,” Tribune president of broadcast media Larry Wert said in a statement.  “He is a strategic and innovative thinker whom people trust and enjoy—Paul is the perfect fit for Indy.”

Before joining Tribune, Rennie oversaw the sales department for WRTV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis. At WXIN, he replaces Larry Delia, who joined rival WTHR earlier this year.

“I’m happy to be returning to Indianapolis, which is a great market that offers a lot of opportunity,” Rennie said. More in Tribune’s official announcement after the jump. Read more

Oops: WTHR Uses KTTV Meteorologist Pablo Pereira’s Headshot in Story About New GM

Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR gave an on-air welcome to its new general manager, Larry Delia, during the 6 p.m. newscast on Friday night.

“Our family here at WTHR is welcoming a new general manager to channel 13. Larry Delia has been named president and GM of WTHR by our parent company, the Dispatch Broadcast Group,” anchor John Stehr said. “We want to welcome Larry to Channel 13.”

One problem: WTHR used the headshot of Pablo Pereira, a meteorologist at KTTV in Los Angeles, in the graphic (above).

WTHR ran the correct picture during the 11 p.m. newscast and the 8 a.m. newscast Saturday (below).

WXIN General Manager Moves to Rival WTHR

Dispatch Broadcast Group has named Larry Delia president and general manager of WTHR-WALV in Indianapolis. Delia comes from rival WXIN, Tribune’s Fox affiliate, where he has been vice president and general manager since 2011.

“Larry is a highly respected broadcaster, with years of experience in skillfully managing high performance television stations,” Dispatch Broadcast Group CEO Michael J. Fiorile said in a statement. “His knowledge of the Indianapolis market is a wonderful asset, and I couldn’t be happier that he will be joining our station in Indianapolis.”

Before joining WXIN, Delia worked as VP-GM of WPMT in Harrisburg and WGNO in New Orleans.

Delia succeeds John Cardenas, who was recently promoted to president-GM of WBNS and vice president of news for Dispatch. More in the full press release after the jump. Read more

WXIN Names Kerri Cavanaugh News Director

WXIN, the Tribune owned FOX affiliate for Indianapolis, IN, has named Kerri Cavanaugh as news director.

“Kerri brings a wealth of news experience and leadership from several markets and I am thrilled to have her now take the helm of the FOX59 News franchise,” said WXIN-WTTV vice president and general manager Larry Delia. “Her proven ability to launch newscasts, grow ratings, and mentor talent will be extremely valuable as FOX59 continues to build on its ratings success.”

Cavanaugh starts June 17. She comes to WXIN from Tribune’s WXMI in Grand Rapids, MI, where she has been the news director since 2010. Before WXMI, she was news director at WSFL in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and has also worked at WFTS in Tampa, WPEC in West Palm Beach and WDBB in Tuscaloosa, AL.

“I’m honored to join the staff at FOX59,” said Cavanaugh. “The station has seen tremendous growth in recent years, producing by far the most local news in the market.  It is quickly becoming the go-to place for breaking news and weather coverage.  I’m eager to work with such a dedicated team and continue to build on its success.”

WXIN Slates Town Hall, Series of Reports on School Violence

This week, Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN will dedicate four days of extended coverage, including an hour-long televised town hall, to the topic of school violence.

“With the spate of violence in our schools, nationally and locally, we wanted to take the bold step in starting a real and constructive dialogue,”  WXIN VP-GM Larry Delia said in a statement. “This is an initiative that transcends our roles as journalists; we are empowering the local community to rise up, ask tough questions, and ultimately keep our children safe in their schools.”

Special reports on the school violence debate will air nightly on the 10 p.m. newscast and will feature a variety of topics, including gun control measures, mental illness and school security.

WXIN will air a televised town hall, moderated by anchors Angela Ganote and Ray Cortopassi, on Thursday, February 7. The panel discussion (pictured) will include school administrators and security experts, as well as a parent and a student.

Larry Delia Named VP-GM of WXIN-WTTV

Tribune announced this week that Larry Delia has been named vice president and general manager of WXIN-WTTV, the company’s Indianapolis duopoly.

Delia has been part of Tribune Broadcasting since 2002. He worked as VP-GM of the company’s New Orleans duopoly, WGNO-WNOL, from 2002-08, and has held the same position at Harrisburg’s WPMT since ’08.

“Larry is a talented, innovative executive who has great experience managing television duopolies,” said Jerry Kersting, Tribune Broadcasting’s president, in announcing the promotion.

Delia, who said that he’s “really proud of the success we’ve enjoyed in Harrisburg,” began his career as an account executive and gradually climbed the ranks of the sales team at Hartford’s WTIC. He served as general manager of WVNY in Burlington, VT for four years before becoming a station boss with Tribune.