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Indianapolis, Indiana
Branding WISH-TV 8 (general)
24-Hour News 8 (newscasts)
Slogan We're Indiana's Own (general)
Your 24-Hour News Source (news)
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels 8.1 CBS
8.3 Forecast 8 Doppler
Owner LIN TV
(Indiana Broadcasting, LLC)
First air date July 1, 1954
Call letters’ meaning wish (as in making a wish)
Sister station(s) WNDY-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
Channel 8 (1954-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
ABC (1954-1956)
DuMont (1954-1955)
CBS (1954-1956)
NBC (1954-1956)
Transmitter Power 19.5 kW (digital)
Height 284 m (digital)
Facility ID 39269
Transmitter Coordinates 39°53′25″N 86°12′20″W / 39.89028°N 86.20556°W / 39.89028; -86.20556
Website www.wishtv.com

WISH-TV channel 8 is the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, Indiana. Its transmitter is also located in Indianapolis. The station is owned by LIN TV, which also owns area station WNDY-TV (a MyNetworkTV affiliate). WISH-TV & WNDY-TV are co-located in a building on Meridian Street, which also serves as an operations hub for other LIN TV stations in the Midwest.

WISH also offers a 24-hour weather service, LWS, to central Indiana cable systems, on its 2nd digital subchannel, on its website as live video, and on WIIH-CA.



The station began broadcast operations at 6pm on July 1, 1954 and was owned by C. Bruce McConnell along with WISH-AM 1310 (now WTLC). It was a primary ABC affiliate with a secondary DuMont affiliation. It also carried several CBS and NBC shows turned down by WFBM-TV (now WRTV) and WTTV, respectively. In 1956, McConnell sold the station to the Indiana Broadcasting Company, who also owned WANE-TV in Fort Wayne. The new owners persuaded CBS to move its affiliation from WFBM-TV. Indiana Broadcasting became the Corinthian Broadcasting Corporation in 1957, with WISH-TV as the flagship station.

Corinthian merged with Dun & Bradstreet in 1971. Dun sold its entire broadcasting unit to Belo in February 1984. However, the merger left Belo two stations over the FCC's ownership limits of the time. Belo sold WISH and WANE to LIN Broadcasting (the predecessor of LIN TV) one month later. LIN was headquartered in Indianapolis for many years; it has since moved to Providence, Rhode Island.

From the mid-1980s until 2002, WISH was the leading news station in the Indianapolis market until WTHR took over the position. This was due largely because most of its news team has been at the station for over 20 years. At one time, WISH boasted that "more people in Central Indiana get their local news from 24-Hour News 8 than from any other source" at the close of many newscasts and in promos.

Mike Ahern was the station's main evening news anchor, as well as the de facto face of WISH's newsroom for more than thirty years--longer than anyone in Indianapolis television history. He joined the station as a reporter in 1967 and became the station's top anchorman in 1974. He retired from the anchor chair on December 1, 2004. His longtime co-anchor, Debby Knox, joined him in 1980 and is still on the air today. Stan Wood served as the station's main weatherman for much of the 1960s through 1991, while Patty Spitler was an afternoon news anchor and entertainment reporter from 1982 to 2004. News director Lee Giles, who left the station in 2004, was one of the longest-tenured news directors in local broadcasting.

Currently, WISH is a distant runner-up behind WTHR in most timeslots, except during the early news when it runs neck and neck with WRTV. However, due to the recent strength of CBS' primetime lineup (and being the lead-in for Indianapolis native David Letterman), WISH has recently regained the lead at 11 pm. WISH-TV does not air the weekend editions of the CBS Evening News. The Saturday edition of The Early Show airs on sister station WNDY. Also helping WISH regain ratings is the success of the Indianapolis Colts, whose games air on WISH as part of CBS' coverage of the NFL on Sunday afternoons, and whose games have not been blacked out due to strong ticket sales.

WISH-TV's newsroom began to produce WNDY's 10pm newscast in 2005, when LIN purchased WNDY from Viacom.

Since 1991 all of WISH's news music themes have used components of the song Back Home Again in Indiana. The first theme to do so was specially composed for WISH by Stephen Arnold Music. The current theme is a version of 615 Music's "In-Sink" music package.[1]

On April 25, 2007, WISH-TV debuted a new state of the art FX Group set and Giant Octopus Graphics.

On May 18, 2007, LIN TV announced that it was exploring strategic alternatives that could result in the sale of the company.[1]

On September 8, 2008, WISH-TV and WNDY became the second station in Indiana (and Indianapolis) to broadcasting their newscasts in high definition.

Retransmission consent dispute

On September 15, 2008, it was announced that LIN TV, owners of WISH and WNDY, and Time Warner Cable were at an impasse in retransmission consent deals. Bright House Networks, a major cable provider for Indianapolis, negotiates retransmission consent through Time Warner Cable. LIN TV was requesting compensation for carriage, much like cable networks. The deal with Bright House expired October 2[2]. By 12:35am on October 3, LIN TV stations were replaced by substitute programs. 26 days later, LIN TV and Time Warner Cable reached an agreement, and LIN TV service was restored.



Current Staff

WISH 5:30 PM/WNDY 10:00 PM primary anchors seen weeknights.
WISH/WNDY Chief Meteorologist seen weeknights.


  • Scott Sander, morning anchor
  • Joy Dumandon, morning anchor
  • Deanna Dewberry, Noon and 5 PM anchor
  • David Barras, Noon and 5 PM anchor
  • Karen Hensel, 5:30 and 10 (WNDY) anchor
  • Debby Knox, 5, 6 and 11 anchor
  • Eric Halvorson, 5, 6 and 11 anchor
  • Daniel Miller, Weekend morning anchor
  • Ruthanne Gordon, Weekend morning anchor
  • Mike Corbin, Weekend evening anchor
  • Gene Rodriguez, Weekend evening anchor


  • Randy Ollis, Daybreak and NOON Meteorologist
  • Steve Bray, 5 PM Chief Meteorologist and Technology Reporter
  • Angela Buchman, 5:30, 6, 10 on MyNDY and 11 PM Meteorologist
  • Ken Brewer, Weekend Daybreak Meteorologist
  • Alicia Roman, Weekend 6, and 11 PM Meteorologist


  • Anthony Calhoun, sports director
  • Chris Widlic, sports anchor, reporter
  • Jeane Coakley, weekend sports anchor
  • Derek Daly, racing expert


  • Julie Patterson, traffic
  • Rick Dawson investigative reporter/fill-in anchor
  • Jay Hermacinski, reporter
  • Phil Sanchez, reporter
  • Liza Danver, reporter/fill-in anchor
  • Mary McDermott, reporter
  • Jim Shella, reporter
  • Dick Wolfsie, reporter

Notable WISH-TV Alumni

  • Mike Ahern (anchor 1967-2004, now retired)
  • Sean Ash, Weekend evening meteorologist Now Weekend Meteorologist at WXYZ-TV in Detroit
  • Bill Aylward (news anchor 1964-1967 later anchor WJZ-TV Baltimore, WABC-TV NY, WRC-TV Washington NBC News Now retired)
  • Sandra Chapman (reporter, now at competitor WTHR)
  • Tom Cochrun (former news director, PM Magazine co-host, now with Nineteenth Star Productions)
  • Chet Coppock (sports director, 1975-1981, now at WMVP ESPN Radio 1000 AM in Chicago)
  • Bill Crafton (former co-anchor)
  • Ray Gray ( weekend anchor/reporter mid-late 1960s, retired in Indianapolis )
  • Jeannie Crofts, weekday morning reporter/fill-in anchor 2005-2008
  • Pam Elliott (investigative reporter, now at sister LIN station WDTN in Dayton, Ohio)
  • Tim Fritz (reporter, later went to WTHR)
  • Doug Garrison, investigative reporter (2003-2004)
  • Marlee Ginter (reporter, now at KOMO in Seattle)
  • Ed Harding (former sports director, now at WCVB in Boston)
  • Kimberly Harms (sports reporter, weekend sports anchor)
  • Rick Hightower (1993-2006, now at competitor WRTV)
  • Kim Hood (reporter, PM Magazine co-host, now retired)
  • Renee Jameson (reporter, now at competitor WRTV)
  • Fred Kalil (former sports director, now sports director at WXIA in Atlanta)
  • Shana Kelley (weekend evening news anchor)1997-2006
  • Carol Krause (anchor, mid to late 70s)
  • Kathy Layne (weekend weathercaster, late mid-late 70s)
  • Josh Littman (reporter, deceased)
  • Nicole Manske (sports anchor/reporter, current host of NASCAR Now on ESPN)
    • Jennifer McGilvray, (reporter 2006-2008)
  • Scott McKain [2] (entertainment reporter; anchor of weekend morning news; now bestselling author and professional speaker)
  • Leticia Miele (reporter)
  • Mike Morris (PM Magazine co-host)
  • Cliff Nicholson (chief meteorologist in the early 1990s, now at competitor WTHR)
  • Leslie Olsen, education reporter
  • Ken Owen (evening co-anchor 1989-1998, later went to WRTV, now Executive Director of Media Relations at DePauw University)
  • Mark Patrick (Sports Director until late 1990s and former host of Hoosier Millionaire on WTTV, current radio host on Sirius Satellite Radio)
  • Jane Pauley (former co-anchor, former anchor/correspondent for NBC News)
  • Joe Pickett (host of the afternoon "Money Movie", now retired)
  • Anthony Ponce (reporter, now at WMAQ in Chicago)
  • Dick Rea (sports anchor 1981-1998, now at competitor WTHR)
  • Ray Rice (weekend, noon anchor)
  • Connie Rosenthal (reporter)
  • John Samples (Nightbeat & Daybreak Anchor/Producer 1982-1985, now with Christian HolyLand Foundation)
  • Twila Snyder (feature Weekend Morning News Reporter, now director and narrator for several WFYI-TV programs)
  • Ray Sparenburg (Horror movie host known as "Selwin", deceased)
  • Patty Spitler (noon anchor/entertainment reporter/film critic/reporter, now retired)
  • John Stehr (anchor/reporter/host of "Nightbeat" 1982, now primary anchor at competitor WTHR)
  • AJ Sterling (reporter, now at WFLD Chicago)
  • Sage Steele (sports reporter, now at ESPN's First Take)
  • Scott Swan (anchor, now at competitor WTHR)
  • Derren Taylor (reporter, weekend weathercaster, PM Magazine co-host)
  • Anne Marie Tiernon (anchor, now at competitor WTHR)
  • Maureen Tighe (reporter, weekend weathercaster)
  • Mark Voigtmann (reporter 1978-1989, now a partner at the law firm of Baker & Daniels)
  • Vince Welch (sports reporter, now at ESPN/ABC)
  • Anna Werner (reporter, now at KPIX-TV in San Francisco)
  • Stan Wood (chief meteorologist until 1991, now retired)
  • Chris Wright (meteorologist, now chief meteorologist at competitor WTHR)
  • Rob Youngblood, 5:30 and 10 (WNDY) anchor 2007-2009

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • 24-Hour News 8 (1990-present; sometimes called simply News 8)

Station Slogans

  • Hey Indy, Get Ready for WISH-TV / Get Ready for WISH-TV (1989-1991; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Central Indiana's Only 24-Hour Television News Service (1990)
  • Central Indiana's Only 24-Hour News Service (1990-1999)
  • News 8 Gets You Closer (1997-1999)
  • Your 24-Hour News Station (1999-2006)
  • We're Indiana's Own (general) / Your 24-Hour News Source (news; 2006-present)
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Digital television

Channel Programming
8.2 Local Weather Station (LWS)
8.3 Live Doppler Radar

WISH-TV permanently ceased its analog signal on June 12, 2009, continuing digital broadcasts on its pre-transition channel number, 9. [3] Through the use of PSIP, WISH-TV's virtual channel is displayed as 8.



External links

Coordinates: 39°47′34″N 86°09′28″W / 39.7929°N 86.1578°W / 39.7929; -86.1578


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