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WNDU-TV
WNDU logo.png
South Bend, Indiana
Branding WNDU Channel 16 (general)
Newscenter 16 (newscasts)
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Your Severe Weather Station
Channel Digital: 42 (UHF)
Subchannels 16.1 NBC-HD
16.2 SDTV
Affiliations National Broadcasting Company
Owner Gray Television, Inc.
(Gray Television Licensee, Inc.)
First air date July 15, 1955
Callsign meaning Notre
Dame
University
Former channels Analog:
46 (1955-1957)
16 (1957-2009)
Effective power 560 kW
Height 282 m
Facility ID 41674
Antenna coordinates 41°36′19″N 86°12′45″W / 41.60528°N 86.2125°W / 41.60528; -86.2125
Website www.wndu.com

WNDU-TV is a television station in South Bend, Indiana. The station is an affiliate of the NBC television network. Its transmitter is located in South Bend. WNDU-TV broadcasts in HDTV on Channel 42, additionally simulcasting a local Doppler radar image.

WNDU-TV's broadcasts has been digital-only since 11:59pm February 16, 2009.

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Station History

WNDU-TV went on the air on July 15, 1955 on Channel 46. It was owned by the University of Notre Dame through a subsidiary, Michiana Television Corporation. In 1957, to much fanfare, WNDU-TV moved to analog Channel 16.

An NBC affiliate from the very beginning, WNDU-TV's early broadcast schedule included programs like Romper Room, and the first local telecast of a Notre Dame football game. WNDU aired the non-commercial Sesame Street from 1970 to 1974 until PBS member station WNIT came on air. WNDU-TV used a helicopter for its news broadcasts from 1980's until 2006. Due to an increased focus on news, WNDU-TV stopped airing Saturday morning cartoons in 1994 to make room for a three-hour newscast. However, WNDU currently airs NBC's qubo programming block for 3 of the four hours on Saturday with the final hour airing on Sunday mornings at 7am due to E/I requirements.

On March 5, 2006, the University of Notre Dame sold the station to Gray Television for $85 million cash, which the university is planning to put into an endowment fund.

Controversy

Under Notre Dame's ownership, WNDU opted not to air some NBC shows out of concerns over their content; such shows included the animated series God, the Devil and Bob and the American version of the British sitcom Coupling. The station also aired the contentious Notre Dame commencement address of President Barack Obama in full on May 17, 2009, in lieu of the first half of an NHL playoff game.

Notable WNDU Staff Members

Many of the WNDU staff members perform double duties as anchors or news correspondents, but only the most significant roles are listed.

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Current personalities

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  • Cindi Clawson - meteorologist (also fills in on CLTV based in Chicago)
  • Angelo Di Carlo - sports anchor/reporter
  • Ryan Famuliner - reporter
  • Alana Greenfogel - reporter
  • Mike Hoffman - chief meteorologist and severe weather expert
  • Jeff Jeffers - sports; "The Dean of Local Sports"[2]
  • Brandon Lewis- reporter
  • Erin Logan - anchor/reporter
  • Maureen McFadden - anchor
  • Terry McFadden - anchor
    • Maureen and Terry McFadden are brother and sister.[3]
  • Nick McGurk-reporter
  • Mark Peterson - senior reporter
  • Joel Schipper - morning reporter/Saturday morning & weekend anchor
  • Gary Sieber - weekend morning anchor/meteorologist
  • Tricia Sloma - morning anchor
  • Stephanie Stang - reporter
  • Gordy Young - morning anchor/weathercaster

Former Personalities

  • Dick Addis (weathercaster; died March 19, 2006[4])
  • Jim McAteer (weekend sports anchor)
  • Robert Borelli (reporter/anchor)
  • Mike Collins (main anchor, went to competitor WSBT-TV)
  • Bonnie Druker (reporter) (went to WISH-TV Indianapolis)
  • Dawn Meyer (5PM anchor, now retired)
  • Tracie Strahan (reporter and producer) (now at reporter WNBC-TV)
  • Jennie Runevich (reporter,weekend anchor) (now a reporter/weekend anchor at WTHR Indianapolis)
  • Jack Nolan (sports anchor) (Now at Notre Dame)
  • Jen Strathman (reporter) (now at KSHB-TV)
  • Kimberly Torres (reporter)
  • Anqunette Jamison (reporter) (now at WFXT-TV)
  • Cathy Ray (anchor/reporter) (last at KTNV-TV)
  • Janelle Hall (Reporter) (now at WTAE-TV)
  • Virginia Johnson (weekend anchor)
  • Michelle Relerford (weekend anchor/reporter) (now reporter at WHDH-TV)
  • Hannah Storm (?) (last anchor of The Early Show on CBS)
  • Jay Hermizinski (weekend anchor)(now at WISH-TV Indianapolis)
  • Marcie Kobriger (reporter/anchor) (2006-2008)
  • Sarah Platt (reporter/weekend anchor) (2006-2009) (now at WITI-TV Milwaukee)
  • Tom Randles (news photographer/editor) (now news anchor at WSMV-TV Nashville)
  • Judi Lykowski (night side weekday reporter 2002-2006)(now TV broadcasting teacher/adjunct prof.)
  • Lisa Green (weather intern) (now at KVLY-TV)
  • Claudine Wong (reporter, weekend anchor)
  • Kimberly Torres (reporter)
  • Tiffany Tucker (reporter) (now at KTVU-TV)
  • Mike Jacobson (reporter-2000-2002)
  • Rod Johnson-(reporter 1968-1974)

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Newscenter 16 (1986-present)

Station Slogans

  • Channel 16, Proud as a Peacock! (1980-1981; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Your 24-Hour News Source (1991-1994)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1994-2007)
  • Your Severe Weather Station (2007-present)
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