Indiana Broadcast Pioneers

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

The Indiana Broadcast Pioneers organization has a primary mission of recognizing outstanding career achievement by individuals, especially those demonstrating a lifetime of distinctive service in the public interest. Our goal is to induct broadcasters, alive or deceased, who have shown exemplary qualities and standards in their industry-related work that would make them valued members of the India

na Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. Founded in 1979, the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers is a non-profit organization in support of public service, diversity, education, fellowship and the preservation of our state's rich Broadcast history. Current on-going projects include this webpage, a semiannual newsletter, an exhibit at the Indiana State Museum, and the plan of expanding our outreach to other Indiana museums and sites.


One of my all-time favorite sunsets

2 yrs ago today - former WISH-TV colleagues Mark Patrick & Ken Owen catch up in Fletcher, NC.

2 yrs ago today - former WISH-TV colleagues Mark Patrick & Ken Owen catch up in Fletcher, NC.

Thompson's guest on the cable access show is David Rawnsley, communications director for Indiana Special Olympics. Pulled from a 3/4" U-matic cassette.


Carmel, IN


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Anyone remember this from WLFI
Less than a minute of Hoosier-ness of 1980's WTTV inspired Hoosier Garage...
, I'm trying to get in contact with as many people from and 1500.

My father, Gene Baker, was WBRI's operation manager, and is in poor health. He had me record a video for his former coworkers and listeners.

He has been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma (skin cancer), which has metastasized to his parotid gland (saliva duct), destroying it and the nerves for the right side of his face. He is scheduled for a long and tricky surgery this coming Friday, March 25 to attempt to remove the cancer and tumors, and to attempt to correct some of the paralysis.

If anyone could help me track down any WXIR and WBRI alumni, I would appreciate it.
RIP Bob Ramsey. While he spent much of his career in other states, he got his start as a sports anchor/reporter at WTHI in Terre Haute and later was part of the launch of WEVV in Evansville. Class act and a great guy.
Emmy award winning Director David Fulton, Broadcaster and Ball State Professor Emeritus David Smith, and a guy not named David, who knows a gal named Emmy, Ron Adams

Indiana Broadcasters Luncheon, Indianapolis, Dec. 9, 2017
Ryan White would be 50 years old today. During his short 18 years on earth he taught all of us the truth about AIDS. Ryan gave me the honor of being the first reporter to interview him. He was still in grade school. After my interview the national media picked up the story and Ryan became famous worldwide, making many close friends, including Elton John who sang at his funeral!
As a reporter at WRTV in Indianapolis in the early 80's, I'd heard about a boy in Kokomo, Indiana who was kicked out of school & ostrasized because he got AIDS from blood products for hemophilia. I called his mom Jeanne to see if she would let me interview him, allowing him to tell his story. Jeanne, told me, "That's up to Ryan." She put him on the phone & after a short conversation he said, "Yeah, you're cool, you can interview me." The story went viral, as we say today & contributed to Congress passing the "Ryan White Act."
Happy Birthday in Heaven Beautiful Boy - Forever Young and Forever in our Hearts!

From my time at WXIN FOX 59.
I had a day to go and do a photo-essay. No reporter track, just video and sound.
The 6 year old was in this was my niece Morgan Brittany. She is now a twenty-something successful business woman in Chicago.
I am thinking my lemonade story might have been the catalyst. 🎙😎🤷🏻‍♂️
My mother (R), when she worked at WIRE Radio in Indianapolis. It's 1945 and she's with Bess Myerson, to date the only Jewish woman to be named Miss America. (I don't know the name of the woman on the left.) Jean (Doris Genevieve) Williams was born October 20, 1917 in Lebanon, Indiana, grew up on a farm near Greencastle, and graduated from De Pauw University. She left what looked to be a promising radio career to attend the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she met my father, Delbert E. Wylder. They were married in 1949.
This is a bio I (Dave White) created for Indiana Broadcast Hall of Famer Bill Shirk in 2016. Since 2003, I have been involved in creating these bios at end up on a Kiosk at the Indiana State Museum.
Ken Owen posted a great picture he took with Mark Patrick and I was reminded of this lost bit...Anyone have anymore info?

Found this clip on Mark Patrick circa 1984, for RTV, I guess a late night music video show as videos were the rage. a funny stunt was pulled and it can be seen in this promo on WRTV 6
Good morning. Yesterday, Indianapolis lost a true giant in sports broadcasting when former Pacers star and sports broadcaster Jerry Harkness, formerly of WLWI/WTHR passed away at the age of 81. Here is a clip as a tribute to him as shown in the following link:

With Band Day coming in two days at this year's Indiana State Fair, here's a clip from my high school alma mater of Anderson High School from Band Day 1984 that was broadcast by WTTV. Please enjoy!