Indiana Broadcast Pioneers

Indiana Broadcast Pioneers We’re archiving the rich history of Indiana broadcasting

The Indiana Broadcast Pioneers was organized in 1979, following the lead of several other national and state groups. We are dedicated to offering opportunities for fellowship, education, public service, and the preservation of broadcast history. Ongoing projects include a quarterly newsletter, this website, the Richard M. Fairbanks Indiana Broadcast Hall of Fame, an exhibit at the Indiana State Museum, and occasional public programs featuring retired broadcasters. It is our hope to grow this website into an interesting digital repository for the rich history of broadcasting in Indiana.


Join us this Thursday at 1:00 p.m. for the first in a series of Facebook Live events featuring Indiana Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame inductees as they reflect on their careers, share their favorite stories, and take your questions. Our first guest is the legendary Cris Conner from WNAP-FM.

August 23, 2019 - Former Journalist Ken Owen Speaks at SPJ's 110th Anniversary Celebration

Happy 111th, Society of Professional Journalists. The nation's largest journalism org was founded on 5/6/1909 at DePauw University. I was honored and humbled to speak at the 110th celebration last year. #journalism #FactsMatter

The event took place outside of East College at DePauw University, where the Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi) was founded in 1909. Owen ...

Jim Gerard Obituary - Indianapolis, IN | The Indianapolis Star
Jim Gerard Obituary - Indianapolis, IN | The Indianapolis Star

Jim Gerard Obituary - Indianapolis, IN | The Indianapolis Star

Jim Gerard James (Jim) Gerard, age 93, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 1, 2020, at Marquette Manor in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jim was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfathe



Ray Rice is one of my all time favorite reporters.

Can anyone help Larry?

Can anyone help Larry?

Indy - On The Town

Indy - On The Town

Some good news for the people of Indy during these challenging times:

After more than a year in development, Ashton Wolf, Aaron Henze, Chris Zazzetti and Dustin Jenkins are thrilled to announce that their new TV Series, Indy - On The Town, will premiere April 5th at 11:30 AM on WHMB (AT&T U-verse channel 40 / Comcast Xfinity channel 9 / Charter Spectrum channel 22). "We're hitting the street to find out what you and Indy are all about!"

Here’s the promo video that got us on the air!


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Indiana RadioWatch
Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998
3 April 2020
Good Evening,

This will be a short, but really important issue:

First off, the IBA sent me this communication from FCC attorney David Oxenford:

"The FCC has not extended the April 1 license renewal filing deadline for Indiana radio stations – even though the IBA requested a blanket extension. But the FCC did say that they have adopted a liberal policy for any stations that request extensions of time to file their renewal applications. Extension of time requests can be submitted to Audio Division Chief Albert Shuldiner, [email protected], by email and simply request additional time based on lack of resources or lack of access to necessary documentation. Outside counsel also are welcome to file consolidated requests in a single email on behalf of multiple stations or multiple owners. The FCC says that they believe they will be able to address these requests on a case-by-case basis. Also, to the extent that stations file during the month of April, even without a formal extension request, the FCC does not intend to take any enforcement action or impose fines in recognition of the current emergency situation. However, they strongly encourage those stations that can file on time to comply with the April 1st deadline. Under FCC rules, stations that file after April 1 extend the time during which objections to their renewals can be filed."

Second, I've heard about layoffs and furloughs at radio and TV stations. I'd like to compile a list of impacted people, so that I can share demos, websites, LinkedIn, contact information, etc. for interested hiring managers to see. If this impacts you, or you know someone who is impacted, please share my name and e-mail address. IRW reaches nearly one thousand readers, including owners, GMs, OMs, and PDs.

Last, I'd like to also highlight the great things that Indiana radio and TV stations are doing to serve their local audiences during this pandemic. If you have something to share, please e-mail me.

That's all for this issue. Thank you for your continued support. Be safe and wash your hands!

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June 21, 1973 - Two 12-Year-Olds Try Announcing A's-White Sox Game

I'll bet a bunch of us have something similar from our youth. Thanks for sharing this, Ken Owen.

My buddy Blake Dancer and I, Ken Owen, took a cassette recorder to White Sox Park (as it was then known). The audio -- digitally transferred 47 years later -...

March 30, 1993 - Indianapolis 11PM Newscast (Complete)

March 30, 1993 - Indianapolis 11PM Newscast (Complete)

Debby Knox and Ken Owen anchor with Cliff Nicholson on weather and Mark Patrick sports. This is the replayed edition, which aired after midnight on 3/31.


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My third 'Isolation Station/Pandemic Playlist' show for my college station, WGRE 91.5 FM Your Sound Alternative , went live today. Fun!
Ray Rice is one of my all time favorite reporters.
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Found this and it reminded me doing Peggy's 59er Diner the time we taped two weeks of shows in one evening. As always the animals did great....Early 80s I believe...
Ever since I got the From Crystal to Color WFBM book I have been looking for the original transmitter location that was in the old school house on the South side. Looking in the book they give two coordinates. I'm not sure if one of those coordinates was a typo? One was 39° 40' N, 86° 10' W. I don't think that was the location because it is South of I 465. The second one was this one 39° 44' N, 86° 10' W and this one is closer to downtown but still South. I'm hoping somebody in this group knows exactly where it was. That last coordinates is very close to the present day 1310 AM WISH/WIFE/WTLC transmitter site. I'm posting up the locations with coordinates at the top of the page and then two maps pulled from Google Earth one of them is zoomed in. I have gone to images from 1941 but I have had no luck in finding remains of the the old WFBM transmitter site. I find it interesting that WFBM was once on 1190 KC which is now WOWO in Fort Wayne. If needed please download those pictures and zoom in. That 2nd location is close to or on Bluff road.
Anyone have any info on Jack O'Hara? It would be interesting to see something here on his TV career. I always though he was a very talented entertainer.
Some screen captures of localized programming from WTTV 4, 1986-88