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WXIN Changes Facebook Profile Image to that of Missing College Student Lauren Spierer

Indianapolis Fox station WXIN has changed its Facebook profile image to a picture of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

Spierer, from Greenburgh, NY, has been missing for a week, last seen at 4:30am last Friday three blocks from her apartment in Bloomington, after a night out with friends.

“We wanted to do something that constantly reinforces the need for tips from the public and volunteers for searches,” WXIN news director Lee Rosenthal tells TVSpy.

WXIN’s page has more than 86,000 likes, the largest in the local news market and one of the largest for a local news station in the nation.

“We have a lot of eyeballs on our Facebook page,” says Rosenthal, “and they now see her photo constantly with the number to call with information.”

WXIN Staffer Helps Police Nab Burglary Suspects

An employee of WXIN helped police nab two men who are believed to be responsible for a recent string of burglaries in the Indianapolis area.

Jeff Degler, the Fox-affiliate’s interactive sales manager, was at home Monday night when a man kicked in his front door. The would-be burglar was startled to see Degler at home and, after a tense stare-down, he started running.

Degler gave chase and, when the man jumped into one of two cars waiting outside, quickly called 9-1-1 (video above). Police arrested the burglary duo just a few minutes after receiving Degler’s 9-1-1 call.

“We heard one of our online content managers talking about how Jeff got his door kicked in, and then we realized, ‘Wait, this has to be the same thing police just alerted us to.’ (They sent a news release about a quick thinking homeowner who helped catch these guys),”  WXIN news director Lee Rosenthal told TVSpy via email. “We called Jeff right away– and sure enough, he was the guy, at home, with a piece of plywood covering his door.”

In Indy, WXIN’s Aggressive News Expansion Pays Off with Sweeps Gains

In January, WXIN became the first station in Indianapolis–and one of the first in the country, for that matter–to begin its weekday sign-on at 4:00 a.m. The Fox-affiliate’s aggressive expansion of its morning news programming, which now includes six hours from 4-10 a.m., appears to have paid off, with the station seeing big increases during the February sweeps period.

After expanding to 4:30 a.m. in 2009, WXIN saw its morning newscasts gain on NBC’s “Today” and now, with the new 4:00 a.m. start time, the station inches even closer to NBC-affiliate WTHR during the 7-10 a.m. hours.

In February, WXIN was up 18.1% from 7-9 a.m. and a whopping 48.1% in the 9:00 hour, compared to the 2010 sweeps period.

While WXIN’s early morning newscasts themselves didn’t display strong gains last month, it’s apparent that they served as a solid lead-in. The station’s 6:00 a.m. hour was up 36.3% following two full hours of local news.

WXIN news director Lee Rosenthal attributes his station’s ratings growth to, among other things, the amount of local news that they currently offer. “We’ve become a station of every time you turn around, we’re on,” he told TVSpy.

Tisha Lewis, the Butt of ‘Daily Show’ Jokes this Week, Jumps to Chicago’s WFLD

Reporter Tisha Lewis has some good news to counter the skewering she received from Jon Stewart earlier this week. Lewis has been hired by Chicago Fox-affiliate WFLD, jumping from Indianapolis Fox-affiliate WXIN.

Channeling Lebron James, Lewis tweeted today, “I’m going to take my talents to North Michigan Avenue… and join the team at FOX Chicago News!”

Lewis was the butt of “Daily Show” jokes on Tuesday night when Stewart called out WXIN for conducting what was essentially a homeless talent show. Inspired by the story of Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice, the station sent Lewis out on the streets of Indianapolis to see if the city’s homeless had any secret talents.

While the story may have been poorly executed–WXIN news director Lee Rosenthal released a statement saying, “our story came across the wrong way”–Lewis displayed an impressive commitment to her reporting. When one homeless woman stumbled while singing “Amazing Grace,” Lewis pitched in and sung a few lines. “Daily Show” video inside… Read more

Indianapolis’ WXIN to Begin Morning Newscast at 4:00 a.m.

Seeing even more potential in the early risers, late shifters, and insomniacs of the Indianapolis area, WXIN will now begin its early morning newscast even earlier. Beginning in January, the Fox-affiliate will begin its day at 4:00 a.m.

WXIN has seen positive audience gains since it expanded its morning news to 4:30 a.m. earlier this year and now it hopes to make an even bigger imprint with a six-hour programming stretch on weekday mornings, from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00.

“We have seen viewers waking up earlier and watching earlier, ever since we moved up our start time to 4:30am,” said Jerry Martin, WXIN’s general manager. It appears that Martin’s objective is to provide enough early morning time to build viewers for the station’s big competition against NBC’s “Today” from 7:00-10:00 a.m.
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