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.
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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.

Operating as usual

1983
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1983

March 31, 1973
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March 31, 1973

March 31, 1979
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March 31, 1979

NY Daily News - March 31, 1981
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NY Daily News - March 31, 1981

1976
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1976

March 28, 1964 -
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March 28, 1959
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March 28, 1959

March 28, 1981
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March 28, 1981

34 yrs ago today -
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34 yrs ago today -

My first TV job.  What a thrill to sign on a brand new station and anchor the first newscast, at age 23.
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My first TV job. What a thrill to sign on a brand new station and anchor the first newscast, at age 23.

1987
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1987

March 27, 1976
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March 27, 1976

March 27, 1977
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March 27, 1977

March 27, 1971
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March 27, 1971

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Carmel, IN
46032

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This report from Russ Dodge came yesterday: Another WTLC Air Force member gone but not forgotten. Fred Moore died today in Memphis from Covid complications. He was PD when I came to WTLC in 77. Always fun to work with. He actually let me fill in a few times as "The Unknown Disc Jockey". I did visit with him when he was at WDIA Memphis. RIP to a friend and class act. Prayers to his family.
Indy radio veteran Steve Cooper passed away today at his Indianapolis home at age 72 after an extended illness. Steve came to Indy to work on-air at WNDE shortly after their call letter change from WFBM in 1973. He later moved over to WIFE-am near the end of that station's top 40 days and stayed on as they switched to news-talk. Steve also did mornings at WFBQ in the early 80s prior to the arrival of Bob & Tom. He's probably most remembered for his 21 years doing mornings on WTPI (107.9), from 1984 until the format and calls were changed in 2005. In a 2005 interview, Steve told Nuvo's Marc Allan: "I love radio because it's a real personal, real one-on-one medium. I'm going to miss that. But if I never get behind a microphone again, I will consider that I had a good career."
We lost WTHI's Wayne Jenkins (left) earlier this year and December 2 would have been his 94th birthday. He was one of the first TV weathermen in Terre Haute as well as farm director. In the '80s, he created the syndicated farm show, "Ag Day." I had the privilege of working with Wayne early in my career. In this picture from '81, he's with reporter Bob Sabo and sports reporter/anchor Bob Ramsey at Ambrosini's, a favorite WTHI spot. Bonus: on the wall behind them are framed personality sketches from WTHI artist Pete Johnson.
Happy 71st Anniversary to WTTV! What will you do when you hit 75 in 4 years?
Click the Dropbox link to view the interview. Thanks to Ann Craig-Cinnamon for interviewing 2020 Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame Inductee Linda Jackson. The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during the IBA Spectrum Awards and Hall of Fame virtual program on Thursday, October 22nd at Noon ET. You can watch it premiere at IndianaBroadcasters.org and parts of these interviews will be used during the program. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/18d7fbetgpxvyxx/AABMXQVzW_ejY_o6LjDrx2sHa?dl=0&preview=IBA_HoF_LindaJackson_FULL_Interview_2020_V1.mp4
Hi, this is Len Clark, longtime Indiana broadcaster/educator. My colleague, Mike Castellucci and I have created a global mobile journalism initiative called CREATE WITH MOBILE. Here's a story from journalism,co.uk - https://www.journalism.co.uk/…/new-smartphone-j…/s2/a759883/
Photos and story from The Elkhart Truth reviewing media coverage of the Palm Sunday tornadoes, April 11, 1965, which killed more than 138 people in Indiana (62 in Elkhart County near Elkhart and Goshen).
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Good morning. I would like to wish a belated Happy 71st anniversary to Channel 6 (WRTV), who incidentally on this day in 1979 switched network affiliates with WTHR (Channel 13). WRTV (formerly WFBM) became an affiliate of the ABC Television Network after many years with NBC, and WTHR (formerly WLWI) became an NBC affiliate after 22 years with ABC. And as recent history has shown, this would not be the last time two local stations would switch to different networks.
really enjoyed Chris Connors and Bruce and Tom on the broadcast today.great memories of the great days in Indy radio.