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WFIE
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Evansville, Indiana
Branding 14 WFIE (general)
14 News (newscasts)
Slogan The Tri-State's News & Weather Leader
Channels Digital: 14 (UHF)
14.1 (Main Station)
14.2 (14 Xtra)
14.3 (This TV)
Affiliations NBC
Owner Raycom Media, Inc.
(sale pending to Drewry Communications Group)
(WFIE License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air date November 15, 1953
Call letters’ meaning We're
First
In
Evansville
Former callsigns WFIE-TV (1953-2003)
Former channel number(s) 62 (1953-1961)
14 (1961-2009)
Former affiliations Both secondary:
DuMont (1953-1955)
ABC (1953-1956)
Transmitter Power 250 kW (digital)
Height 310 m (digital)
Facility ID 13991
Transmitter Coordinates 37°53′14.3″N 87°31′7.7″W / 37.887306°N 87.518806°W / 37.887306; -87.518806
Website www.14wfie.com

WFIE, owned and operated by Raycom Media, is the NBC network affiliate serving the Evansville, Indiana metropolitan area, known as the "Tri-State" area of Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. It operates on channel 46 on the UHF dial.

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History

The station began broadcasting on November 15, 1953 on channel 62, originally co-owned by Jesse, Isadore, and Oscar Fine. It was the sixth television station in Indiana. The station, with FCC approval, moved to channel 14 in August 1961. The station was an affiliate of NBC, ABC, and DuMont.[1] The station's call letters mean "We're First In Evansville". While it was the first station with its main studio in Evansville, WEHT had actually beaten it to the air by a few months from its studios in Henderson, KY.

1956 to 2000

The Fines sold WFIE to the Norton family of Louisville, owners of fellow NBC affiliate WAVE-TV, in 1956. The Nortons' broadcasting holdings would eventually become known as Orion Broadcasting. In October 1981, Orion merged with Cosmos Broadcasting Corporation, a subsidiary of insurance and broadcasting conglomerate Liberty Corporation. Liberty bowed out of the insurance business in 2000, bringing WFIE directly under the Liberty banner.

2001 to Present

In May 2002, WFIE began broadcasting digitally on channel 46.

In Fall 2005, WFIE launched a 24 hour, local, weather channel on digital channel 14.2. "First Alert Weather Now" features continuous weather and news information, with local and national forecasts, as well as metro Evansville and regional traffic updates. It is similar to the former network NBC Weather Plus.

On February 1, 2006, the Liberty Corporation merged with Raycom Media.

On April 3, 2006 WFIE abandoned 615 Music's popular "News One" theme music in favor of "NBC Flagship," part of "The NBC Collection," by Gari Communications. This marked the station's first theme change since 1996.

In early August 2006, WFIE began branding their newscasts as "14 News," dropping the "Newswatch 14" identity. In a further transition, WFIE rebranded their weather department under the "First Alert" label on September 22, 2006. This is a departure from the "Storm Team" brand used since the mid-nineties. Later, on April 16, 2007, WFIE introduced "Dual Doppler" to the market, with weather radars in both Evansville (at the WFIE studios) and Owensboro (atop Owensboro Medical Health System's main hospital building).

In November 2006, WFIE added The Tube Music Network on digital channel 14.3, in accordance with many Raycom Media stations. In summer 2007, The Tube shut down and WFIE ceased programming on 14.3 for that time.

On February 4, 2009, WFIE, along with many Raycom Media stations, added the This TV Network to digital channel 14.3.

"First's" in Evansville

WFIE claims to be the first television station in Evansville. While technically true, the market's first television station is actually WEHT, which began operations on September 27, 1953. Although WEHT is licensed to Evansville, its studios and transmitter are located across the Ohio River in Henderson, Kentucky. WFIE, like WEHT, also has its transmitter and tower in Henderson.

WFIE was the market's first television station to telecast color programs, in 1956. It was the first in Evansville to telecast live and local color programs, beginning on March 10, 1966. The station also became the first in the market to broadcast local news, sports and weather outside its studios in August 1977.

In the ensuing years, WFIE would have three more "firsts". It became the first television station in the market to broadcast in stereo in September 1985; it was the second station in Indiana (first in Evansville) to build its own Doppler weather radar system (located next to the television station building), in February 1988; and on April 16, 2007, WFIE introduced a second radar to the market, this time in Owensboro, Kentucky, on top of the Owensboro Medical Health System hospital building.

Programs

WFIE airs many syndicated programs such as Dr. Phil, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune. Until the mid-2000s, it also carried Live with Regis & Kelly, before moving to WEHT. Like many other Evansville market stations, WFIE airs infomercials as part of its daytime schedule in the afternoons.

On-Air Talent

Current

Anchors

  • David James - 14 News at 5, 6 & 10
  • Ann Komis - 14 News at 5, 6 & 10
  • Mike Blake - Midday with Mike
  • Dan Katz - 14 News Sunrise
  • Beth Sweeney - 14 News Sunrise

Reporters

  • Brandon Bartlett - Anchor / 14 News Weekend
  • Nicole DiDonato - Anchor / 14 News Weekend
  • Becky Graham
  • Nathan Ryder
  • Gretchen Ross

Western Kentucky Newsroom

  • Ben Garbarek - Owensboro Videojournalist
  • Jasmin Embers - Owensboro Videojournalist
  • Cory Stark - Madisonville Videojournalist

Weather

  • Jeff Lyons - Chief Meteorologist / 14 News at 5, 6 & 10
  • Byron Douglas - 14 News Sunrise & Midday with Mike
  • Chad Sewich - 14 News Weekend

Sports

  • Mike Blake - Sports Director / 14 News at 6
  • Joe Danneman - 14 News at 10
  • Bo McFall - 14 News Weekend

Notable WFIE Alumni

Affiliated Network

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • The Runyan/Etzel Report a.k.a. Channel 14 News (1960s-1970s)
  • Newslens (1970s)
  • Newswatch (1978-1994)
  • NewsWatch 14 (1994-2006)
  • 14 News (2006-present)

Station slogans

  • (This is) 14 Country (1970s)
  • The Tri-State's News Leader (1991-2006; primary)
  • Live. Local. Latebreaking (1994-1999; secondary)
  • The Tri-State's News & Weather Leader (2006-present)
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