Indiana Broadcast Pioneers

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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.

Thank you WRTV (WFBM to me) for 70 years of TV. Thank you Ken Speck for sharing this. Be sure to watch the Save The Pace...
05/13/2019
70 Years

Thank you WRTV (WFBM to me) for 70 years of TV. Thank you Ken Speck for sharing this. Be sure to watch the Save The Pacers Telethon clip.

RTV6 is celebrating 70 Years Together! May 30th marks the 70th anniversary of Channel 6, originally WFBM, going on the air in 1949 as the first TV station in the state of Indiana.

Here are two Future Pioneers. After all, most Pioneers are recognized for what they did when they were younger.
05/06/2019
Project Involving Seniors Brooks Hepp & Tilly Marlatt Wins 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award - DePauw University

Here are two Future Pioneers. After all, most Pioneers are recognized for what they did when they were younger.

Students in the Carnegie-Knight News21 investigative reporting project at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University -- a cohort which included two current DePauw University seniors -- are winners of the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

Talk about a Broadcast Pioneer.
04/30/2019

Talk about a Broadcast Pioneer.

This is Bill Crawford. He was the station’s first weatherman. He balanced his dental practice and forecasting for 15 years starting in 1949. His weather training came in the Air Force. We will celebrate 70 years of WRTV history all month long in May.

04/30/2019
WISH-TV Living Local

Thanks, Jim Shella.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: "My candidacy is grounded on faith that Americans care deeply about their country. Faith that Americans know the presidency is not entertainment."

Sen. Richard Lugar was no-nonsense when he announced his run for the White House on April 19, 1995. Jim Shella covered the announcement for WISH-TV.

Not all Broadcast Pioneers are old. Some are pioneering right now. It's good to see them get recognition.
04/29/2019
Side Effects Public Media

Not all Broadcast Pioneers are old. Some are pioneering right now. It's good to see them get recognition.

Side Effects reporters Araceli Gómez-Aldana, Jake Harper, Lauren Bavis and Emily Forman were named Indiana's Journalists of the Year by the Indiana Professional Chapter of SPJ. This is the first time a group of journalists has been honored with the award rather than a single reporter.

Read more about Side Effects' recent awards and honors.

WGRE Begins Broadcasting - DePauw University
04/28/2019
WGRE Begins Broadcasting - DePauw University

WGRE Begins Broadcasting - DePauw University

On this day, WGRE began broadcasting as the first radio station in Putnam County. As the student station signed on, it paid tribute DePauw University President Clyde Wildman, who was hospitalized after being involved in an accident and was unable to be on hand for the festivities. President Wildman....

04/26/2019

Does anyone remember “Hoosier Schoolmaster of the Air?” Please see this from Dr. Mary Meyers:
I wanted to let you know that my research on Dr. Clarence M. Morgan, the Hoosier Schoolmaster of the Air, is quite involved and moving forward. Indiana State University will be honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Morgan as well as celebrating 90 continuous years of radio broadcasting this October. Because Dr. Morgan is a Hall of Famer, I though you all might be interested. We are working to compile artifacts and stories from former students, fellow employees, and acquaintances of Dr. Morgan, who passed away in 1995. You are all invited to the ceremony and more details will be released over the summer regarding the entire scope of activities, which range from a city proclamation to artifact installation in the Vigo County Historical Society Museum to a meet-and-greet with Dr. Morgan's son. This event is open to the public.

I am still searching for any remaining recordings, artifacts, etc. as I am still working on the Morgan story, though now in book form. I'd appreciate any assistance you may lend and hope to see you all in October at the ceremonies in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Mary E. Myers, Ph.D.
Regent University

Kevin Gregory, RTV6
04/25/2019

Kevin Gregory, RTV6

Four decades…Forty years…40! Derrik Thomas just celebrated that milestone here at RTV6 this month. He's humble and will cringe at this post. There’s a reason for Derrik's long distinguished career. He’s not only a guy you want as a co-worker, but also as a friend. He’s calm, competent, genuine and friendly. He’s a wordsmith as well. CONGRATS!

Ed Squires shared this item about our friend Chet.https://wgntv.com/2019/04/18/legendary-chicago-sportscaster-chet-coppo...
04/19/2019
Legendary Chicago sportscaster Chet Coppock dies after car crash

Ed Squires shared this item about our friend Chet.
https://wgntv.com/2019/04/18/legendary-chicago-sportscaster-chet-coppock-dies-in-car-crash/?fbclid=IwAR3uGakV2glWTDMDKAd11zwhLBAnzjgmithLcsY1FYynV-5Y9mEohZapwg8

CHICAGO — Legendary Chicago sportscaster Chet Coppock died Wednesday from injuries he sustained in a car accident, his family confirms on social media. "His passing is untimely, unexpected and painfully sad, but all we can do at this time is remember how lucky we were to have such a unique and cre...

Randy Ollis
04/19/2019

Randy Ollis

Chet Coppock recently passed away. He was a sportscaster here at WISH-TV in the 1970s. Here's a few pictures we found of Chet when he worked here in Indy. Take a look at him wrestling a bear!!!

More info on Chet: http://bit.ly/2IOfTrB

04/11/2019
CHICAGO AT GREEN BAY 12/4/83. First of two meetings in 2 weeks. Both went down to the wire.

I attached this to another clip of Joe so sorry if it's redundant. Joe McConnell is a part of the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. Joe passed away just about a year ago. As Broadcast Pioneers president and researcher for The Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame video biographies, I got to know and work with Joe on his induction/Indiana State Museum video. We both were Franklin College and WFCI alumni and instantly clicked. I visited him in his home several times. I knew his air presence and wonderful voice for decades. What blessing to get to know him personally. He was every bit the warm, wise and knowledgeable guy he seemed to be on the air.

The Bears and Packers were both in the hunt for a wild card spot. Both were 6-7, one game behind Minnesota and Detroit. Bart Starr's job was in jeopardy. Joe...

04/11/2019
Chicago Bears

Joe McConnell passed away just about a year ago. As Broadcast Pioneers president and researcher for The Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame video biographies, I (Dave White) got to know and work with Joe on his induction/Indiana State Museum video. We both were Franklin College and WFCI alumni and instantly clicked. I visited him in his home several times. I knew his air presence and wonderful voice for decades. What blessing to get to know him personally.

Greatest Of All Time. 🐐

Sammy Terry Fan Page
04/05/2019

Sammy Terry Fan Page

Sammy Terry Show Tonight!! 8:00PM FB LIVE "Grave of the Vampire"

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04/05/2019
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Indiana RadioWatch Serving Hoosier Broadcasters Since 1998 4 April 2019 Good Evening, Northeast The Associated Churches' WHNH-LP (101.3fm, New Haven) goes temporarily silent over several concerns raised by the licensee. Kevin Leininger at the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel has more details. Sarkes Tarzian...

04/02/2019
WIRE WIBC

I believe it was Dana Webb who uploaded this a couple of years ago. It has 1970's scenes from WIRE, WIBC and WNAP. Ken Speck or Dan Stevens may be able to verify Dana made the film. I see Jerry Mason in one of the clips. I (Dave White) worked with him at WFMS as part of the new country music staff.

Susie Keller originally shared this several years ago. She found it while cleaning her garage.
03/30/2019

Susie Keller originally shared this several years ago. She found it while cleaning her garage.

This is a photo of Paul Brady's late brother David. He posted it on what would have been David's 78th birthday Thanks fo...
03/29/2019

This is a photo of Paul Brady's late brother David. He posted it on what would have been David's 78th birthday Thanks for sharing a memory Paul.

WRTV is celebrating it's 70th anniversary. With your help we were able to put them in contact with Jim Gerard's son. Tha...
03/28/2019

WRTV is celebrating it's 70th anniversary. With your help we were able to put them in contact with Jim Gerard's son. Thank you!

03/27/2019
April 1999 - Ken Owen Joins WRTV Morning News Team

We wish Ken well as he does what media people seem to do often- prepare for a job change.

This promo with Grace Trahan and Paul Poteet aired April 29, 1999 in prime time. Owen came to the station from WISH, where he worked from 1989 through 1998.

Indianapolis is one of the cities without enough newspapers to have Facebook give them a local news feed. Nuvo is in tra...
03/27/2019
Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news

Indianapolis is one of the cities without enough newspapers to have Facebook give them a local news feed. Nuvo is in transition and The owners of Indianapolis Star have gotten rid of all but a tiny core of staff.
https://www.apnews.com/790d194cbec347149be8b598009ad1c4?fbclid=IwAR0dJ2NiVlzsOLYufherq1sAlO8M7iHldXkqLOkNhoZiyhiQJ_93IxNTr_0

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company's technicians can find...

‎We have just received sad news from Ezra Todd Shelton‎ to Indiana Broadcast Pioneers:"Bob Warren, passed at 2400hrs...
03/24/2019

‎We have just received sad news from Ezra Todd Shelton‎ to Indiana Broadcast Pioneers:

"Bob Warren, passed at 2400hrs, March 24, 2019."

Bob's daughter, Kathleen, and the rest of his family are in our prayers.

Indiana Music and Entertainment Museum - IMEM
03/22/2019

Indiana Music and Entertainment Museum - IMEM

Do you remember Janie? Indiana Historical Bureau: “On March 21, 1986, the last telecast of WTTV's popular children's program Popeye and Janie aired. Janie, or Jane Woods Hodge, was one of two local television hosts beloved by Hoosier children during the 1980s along with "Cowboy Bob." Janie's show premiered in 1963 and soon became a classic with its segments featuring cartoons, crafts, music, and joke-telling by local Girl and Boy Scouts.”

Learn more about Hodge here: http://indianabroadcastpioneers.org/jane-woods-hodge/

Photo courtesy of Indiana Broadcast Pioneers.

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03/22/2019
Indiana RadioWatch

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We all will want to watch the anniversary special. Maybe one of you has something they would want to share?
03/20/2019

We all will want to watch the anniversary special. Maybe one of you has something they would want to share?

Here’s where I need your help. The station’s 70th anniversary is this May. RTV6 alumni will share memories all month. However, we haven't signed up Ed Sorensen yet. We need his energy, larger than life personality and amazing story telling ability to be a part of this celebration. He made his mark on this station and Indianapolis. Consider this a petition to get Ed to join us and share his memories! Ship this request to your friends too!

Thanks for sharing this, Gregg Todd.
03/17/2019

Thanks for sharing this, Gregg Todd.

Here's more from Andrew E. Stoner. Thank you! The lower photo is of long time anchor Roland Kelly.
03/17/2019

Here's more from Andrew E. Stoner. Thank you! The lower photo is of long time anchor Roland Kelly.

Here's a local Boy Scout troop visit - 1971 to WSBT studios in South Bend. From BSA Scouting magazine, May-June 1971. Th...
03/17/2019

Here's a local Boy Scout troop visit - 1971 to WSBT studios in South Bend. From BSA Scouting magazine, May-June 1971. Thanks to Andrew E. Stoner for sharing these. Click each photo to better read the text and captions.

This photo is from Andrew E. Stoner.
03/17/2019

This photo is from Andrew E. Stoner.

Here's more from Andrew E. Stoner. Click the photo to see the complete attribution.
03/17/2019

Here's more from Andrew E. Stoner. Click the photo to see the complete attribution.

From Andrew E. Stoner here is  former WNDU weatherman Dick Addis - who drew out his weather maps with a magic marker on ...
03/17/2019

From Andrew E. Stoner here is former WNDU weatherman Dick Addis - who drew out his weather maps with a magic marker on most of his early broadcasts.

This is the 70th anniversary of the introduction of the 45 rpm record by RCA. Dave Arland, did RCA make 45s here in Indy...
03/16/2019
How the 45 RPM Single Changed Music Forever

This is the 70th anniversary of the introduction of the 45 rpm record by RCA. Dave Arland, did RCA make 45s here in Indy? Steve Pyatte has a link to a list of where RCA made records in his comment below.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/45-vinyl-singles-history-806441/?fbclid=IwAR2f0-f292DhqPSV28opku7Ht7dRJQhJpg7hd60c83oZCqtaFMomDusOL24

Charting the rise, fall, resurrection and legacy of the beloved vinyl format, which helped bring rock & roll to the masses

Randy Ollis
03/16/2019

Randy Ollis

Twenty five years ago today (March 16) I spoke to an elementary school in Columbus. Today my picture is in the local newspaper, The Republic (Columbus) in the "Looking Back" section. A big thank you to Mike Hackman for sending this to me(I haven’t changed a bit in 25 years😀

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03/15/2019
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Debby Knox
03/15/2019

Debby Knox

The lower picture of my first St Pat’s parade in downtown Indy #tbt @CBS4. Gorilla style!

https://mailchi.mp/e466364da8e9/indiana-broadcast-pioneers-richard-m-fairbanks-hall-of-fame-nominations-due-march-22?e=b...
03/12/2019
Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame Nominations Due March 22

https://mailchi.mp/e466364da8e9/indiana-broadcast-pioneers-richard-m-fairbanks-hall-of-fame-nominations-due-march-22?e=b5644a979f

The Indiana Broadcast Pioneers are now accepting nominations for the Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame.  Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 22nd.   The 2019 class will be announced this summer and honorees will be inducted during the annual Indiana Broadcasters Conference on Thu...

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