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Fort Wayne, Indiana
Branding WANE-TV 15 (general)
NewsChannel 15 (newscasts)
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)
Affiliations CBS
Owner LIN TV Corporation
(Indiana Broadcasting, LLC)
First air date September 26, 1954
Call letters’ meaning Fort WAyNE
Former callsigns WINT-TV (1954-1956)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
15 (1954-2009)
Former affiliations UPN (DT2)
ABC Family (DT2)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW (digital)
Height 242 m (digital)
Facility ID 39270
Transmitter Coordinates 41°5′38.3″N 85°10′48.8″W / 41.093972°N 85.180222°W / 41.093972; -85.180222
Website www.wane.com/

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. WANE-TV will be going to be a 24-hours news source like their tv sister stations, WISH-TV and WOOD-TV in the near future.[citation needed]



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. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[1]

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 and renamed the present call letters into WANE-TV. 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.



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.


Digital television

Channel Programming
15.1 WANE-DT
15.2 Local Weather Station (LWS)

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). In 1999, WANE-TV bought the usage rights of those shows from WISE-TV.


WANE-TV produces five newscasts using three different "news teams" under news director Ted Linn. Since May 2005, WANE has taken over as the leader in all newscast categories in the Fort Wayne market according to Nielsen Media Research. WANE-TV will be going to be a 24-hours news source like their tv sister stations, WISH-TV and WOOD-TV in the near future.[citation needed]

Time Warner Cable/Bright House Networks Dispute

On September 15, 2008, WANE-TV announced that LIN TV and Time Warner Cable/Bright House Cable have not been able to reach an agreement for carriage of WANE-TV on the cable service. LIN TV is seeking compensation for carriage, as other cable networks receive. LIN TV has reached agreements with all television service providers in the Fort Wayne area except Time Warner/Bright House. The current agreement with Time Warner/Bright House expired on October 2, 2008.

At 12:35 am on October 3, 2008, LIN Television's broadcast stations were removed from Time Warner/Bright House Cable. WANE-TV was replaced with Starz Kids & Family on a preview basis, while WANE-DT was not replaced.

October 29, 2008: WANE programming was restored on Time Warner cable systems in Northwest Ohio. However, WANE-TV did not reappear on Bright House Networks cable systems.[2]

News Team

Current Personalities

Mark Mellinger and Heather Herron during NewsChannel 15 at 6.
Chief Weather Specialist Sandy Thomson.

Personalities as of March 2010.


  • Drew Blair, anchor of First News Weekend
  • 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


  • Nicholas Ferreri, meteorologist for First News Weekend
  • Kelly Greene, meteorologist for Weekend Report
  • Greg Shoup, meteorologist for First News and NewsChannel 15 at Noon
  • Sandy Thomson, chief weather specialist for First at 5, NewsChannel 15 at 6, and Nightcast


  • Ross Kinsey, anchor for Weekend Report
  • Glenn Marini, anchor for NewsChannel 15 at 6, and Nightcast
  • Matt DeBolt, fill-in sports anchor/reporter

General Assignment Reporters

  • Janice Allen
  • Drew Blair (also fill-in weather reporter)
  • Aishah Hasnie
  • Chris Hopper
  • Matt McCutcheon

Notable WANE-TV Alumni

  • Paul Barys, former meteorologist in the 1970s, (now chief meteorologist at WRCB in Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  • Mitch Blacher, former investigative reporter, (now investigative reporter at KGTV in San Diego)
  • 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 WNDY-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 morning & midday anchor at WXIN in Indianapolis)
  • Kelly Koh, former reporter, fill-in anchor, and meteorologist (now out of the television business)
  • Judi Krall-Loomis, former weekend anchor and weekday reporter from 1981-1984 (now president of Creative Writing-Marketing Concepts/Fort Wayne)
  • Nicole Manske, former reporter, (now co-host of NASCAR Now on ESPN)
  • Doug Moats, former Weekend Report meteorologist from 2001–2008, (now chief meteorologist 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)
  • Rick Moll, former news director from 1995-2004 (now at WMBD in Peoria, Illinois)
  • 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)
  • Sam Shriver, former assignment manager from 1997–2006, (now reporter/videographer at WLIO in Lima, Ohio)
  • Angelica St. John, former Weekend Report anchor

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • News 15 (1980s)
  • NewsChannel 15 (1992–present)
  • 24-Hour News 15 (Future)[citation needed]

Station Slogans

  • We Know Fort Wayne (1992–1997)
  • This is CBS, on WANE-TV (1992–1994, local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1997–present)
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