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WRTV Indianapolis

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WRTV
Indianapolis, Indiana
BrandingRTV6(general)
6 News(newscasts)
SloganOn Your Side
ChannelsAnalog: 6 (VHF)

Digital: 25 (UHF)

AffiliationsABC
OwnerMcGraw-Hill
LicenseeMcGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company, Inc.
First air dateMay 30, 1949
Former callsignsWFBM-TV (1949-1972)
Former AffiliationsPrimary:
CBS (1949-1956)
NBC (1956-1979)
Secondary:
DuMont (1949-1955)
ABC (1954-1956)
Transmitter Power100 kW (analog)
898 kW (DT)
Height279 m (analog)
294 m (DT)
Facility ID40877
Website6 News' Website

WRTV, ch. 6, is the ABC TV affiliate in Indianapolis, Indiana. It's transmitter is located in Indianapolis.

The station's audio signal can be heard on 87.7 MHz on the FM dial in much of central Indiana. This is because the audio signal of ch. 6 is located @ 87.75 MHz. This frequency assignment applies to all ch. 6 TV stations in countries using the NTSC-M standard. However, this service will no longer be available after the full switch to DT in February 2009.

History[]

The station signed on the air on May 30, 1949 under the call sign WFBM-TV with a documentary entitled Crucible of Speed covering the history of the Indianapolis 500, followed by the inaugural live TV broadcast of the event. It's Indiana's oldest TV station. It was owned by Consolidated TV & Radio Broadcasters along with WFBM-AM 1260 (now WNDE).

It was originally a CBS affiliate with secondary ABC & DuMont affiliations. When WTTV signed on a few months later, WFBM shared ABC programming until 1954, when WISH-TV signed on & took over the ABC affiliation. In 1956, WFBM took the NBC affiliation from WTTV.

Consolidated merged with Time-Life in 1957. As part of an FCC-mandated sale, WFBM-TV was sold to McGraw-Hill in 1972 along with sister station KLZ-TV (now KMGH-TV) in Denver, Colorado; KOGO-TV (now KGTV) in San Diego & KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California. At that time, the station assumed it's current calls, WRTV. In 1979, WRTV traded affiliations with WTHR & became an ABC affiliate. NBC was the lowest rated network in the late 1970s while ABC rose to the ranks of the highest rated network that same time & was seeking out stronger local stations in many markets, thus motivating this affiliation switch in Indianapolis. WRTV is 1 of the few stations in the country to have been a primary affiliate of all 3 original networks.

DTV[]

The station's DT channel is multiplexed. After the analog TV shutdown & DT conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on February 17 2009, WRTV will continue DT broadcasts on it's current pre-transition ch. #, 25. However, through the use of PSIP, DTV receivers will display WRTV's virtual ch. as 6.

Virtual
Channel
Physical
RF Channel
Video Aspect Programming
6.125.1720p16:9Main WRTV-TV programming / ABC HD
6.225.2480i4:36 News 24/7 / 24-hour news, weather & sports updates

WRTV today[]

WRTV has been a leader in adding innovation to Indiana broadcasting. Some of WRTV's innovations over the years, have included the 1st station in the state to broadcast in color, the 1st use of videotape, the 1st to use news mini-cams, the 1st use of microwave (a pre-runner to satellite) (Insta-Cam), the 1st satellite truck (NewStar 6), the 1st cable news on NewsChannel 64 (now 6 News 24/7), the 1st use of non-linear digital editing, the 1st use of digital news cameras, the 1st entry into web publishing (TheIndyChannel.com) & the 1st into cellphone delivery of news (6 News On The Go) & VODcasting.

RTV6 has lagged in the ratings behind WTHR & WISH in the market. This has gone on since the mid 90's.

On September 10 2007, the same day the new anchor team of Todd Wallace & Trisha Shepherd debuted, WRTV launched a 7 PM newscast, a 1st for the Indianapolis market (& the 2nd in Indiana). Station VP & GM Don Lundy attributes the decision to "longer commutes & longer work days" that prevent viewers from being home by 5 or 6. 6 News First @ 5, the 1st 5 PM newscast launched in 1988 remains @ 5 PM. The syndicated EXTRA airs @ 5:30 followed by 6 News @ 6, then followed up by ABC World News with Charles Gibson @ 6:30 & the new 6 News @ 7.

Newscasts[]

WRTV continues to air the entire ABC network schedule, although the station has no weekend morning local newscasts.

On October 12 2008, WRTV-TV became the 3rd station in Indiana (& Indianapolis) to broadcast their newscasts in HD. In the 6 PM weekend newscast, the station unveiled a number of new aspects to their newscasts. Featuring all new graphics, an updated news set, all new opens & rejoins. As well as updated music from the ABC O&O news music package & an updated logo for all newscasts. The new graphics are brighter & much more vibrant. Featuring shades of bright yellow & blue.

ABC in the Terre Haute Market[]

When WBAK in Terre Haute (now WFXW) left ABC for FOX, WRTV became the default ABC station for the Indiana side of the market. It's viewable in Terre Haute with a rooftop antenna & is carried by all cable systems on the Indiana side of the Terre Haute market. For the Illinois counties in the Terre Haute TV market, many systems offer WICD from Champaign, Illinois or WEHT from Evansville, Indiana.

Personalities[]

Anchors[]

  • Todd Wallace - Weeknights @ 5, 6, 7 & 11
  • Trisha Shepherd - Weeknights @ 5, 6, 7 & 11
  • Grace Trahan - Weekday mornings & noon
  • Dan Spehler - Weekday mornings
  • Erica Flye - Weekend evenings @ 6 & 11

Weather:

  • Kevin Gregory - Weeknights (Chief Meteorologist)
  • Paul Poteet - Weekday mornings & noon
  • Crystal Wicker - Weekend evenings @ 6 & 11
  • Bob McLain
  • Scott Akin

Sports:

  • Dave Furst - Weeknights (Sports Director)
  • Kip Lewis - Weekends
  • Brad Brown

Reporters[]

  • Jennifer Carmack
  • Norman Cox
  • Tom Davis
  • Rick Hightower
  • Cheryl Jackson
  • Renee Jameson
  • Stacia Matthews
  • Joni Michaels (Good Morning Indiana LiveDrive traffic reporter in SkyCam 6)
  • Ben Morriston
  • Julie Pursley
  • Jack Rinehart
  • Rafael Sanchez
  • Tanya Spencer
  • Derrik Thomas

Notable WRTV Alumni[]

  • Ken Beckley (former news anchor, recently retired as VP of Advertising for the H. H. Gregg appliance store chain)
  • Barbara Boyd (longtime consumer reporter)
  • Phil Bremen (former weekend anchor, currently Telecommunications Professor @ Ball State University)
  • Jeremy Brilliant (reporter; now reporter @ WTHR)
  • Cullen Browder (reporter/anchor 1996-1998; now @ WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC)
  • Angela Cain (weekend anchor in the late 80s/early 90s; now Community Affairs Director @ WTHR)
  • Howard Caldwell (anchor for many years, now retired)
  • Tom Carnegie (longtime Sports Director & public address announcer @ the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; retired in 1985)
  • Ray Cortopassi (anchor until 2007; reporter until 2008; now @ competitor WTHR)
  • Bill Crawford (former weatherman, died in 1964)
  • Chris Denari (former sports reporter; now Indiana Pacers play-by-play announcer for FSN Indiana)
  • Gerry Dick (reporter, now host of Inside Indiana Business)
  • Reid Duffy (feature reporter, critic & pundit; now correspondent for "Across Indiana" on WFYI)
  • Paul Emmick (weekend meteorologist; now evening meteorologist @ WDRB in Louisville)
  • Dave Erickson - Weekend Anchor/Reporter (Currently Main Anchor @ KXLY-TV in Spokane, WA)
  • Frances Farmer (former actress, hosted Frances Farmer Presents afternoon movie show; died in 1970)
  • Gilbert Forbes (1st news anchor; died in 1961)
  • Hal Fryar (aka "Harlow Hickenlooper"; host of the Three Stooges show, now with a Senior Relations firm in Indianapolis)
  • Don Baker Director of News, now teaches broadcasting @ Columbus East High School
  • Bob Gamble (longtime news director/editorial commentator; retired in 1986)
  • Jim Gerard (midday talk show host, now retired)
  • Brian Hammons (sports anchor, now @ The Golf Channel)
  • Scott Hoke (former sports anchor; currently @ WFYI-FM 90.1 & TV 20)
  • Shane Hollett (meteorologist/reporter; now Associate Director of the National College Access Network)
  • Tracey Horth (reporter/anchor, now with the Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis)
  • Durward Kirby (sidekick of Garry Moore & Allen Funt)
  • Karen Layton (investigative reporter)
  • Clyde Lee (anchor 1976-2001, now married to former co-anchor Diane Willis)
  • Barbara Lewis (anchor from the late 1980s to mid 1990's, now health reporter for Inside Indiana Business)
  • Dave McGhee (former reporter/assignment editor; died 7-23-07)
  • Mindy Mintz (reporter; currently with Maryland Public Television)
  • Marilyn Mitzel (reporter; now Adjunct Professor @ Florida International University)
  • Gerald "Curley" Myers (personality/performer; still performs with Hal Fryar, among others, on occasion)
  • Dan O'Rourke (anchor/reporter, 1976-1979; video & film producer/director, Twin Lion Communications Houston)
  • Jim Parsons (reporter, now @ WTAE in Pittsburgh)
  • Joe Pickett (former booth announcer & personality, now retired)
  • Dave Piontek (former NBA star later sports anchor, died in 2004)
  • Phil Ponce (reporter, now @ WTTW in Chicago)
  • Rob Powers (sports reporter; now Sports Director @ WTVG in Toledo)
  • Jake Query (sports intern; now @ WIBC radio)
  • Vytas Reid (Meteorologist, now @ WBFF in Baltimore)
  • Craig Roberts (1970s sports anchor, a popular sportscaster in Houston for decades; now host of Sports Off Center @ KTBU-TV)
  • Karen Rowe (Anchor/Reporter, Good Morning Indiana, 1995-1997)
  • Rick Sallinger (reporter, now @ KCNC in Denver)
  • Lou Sherman (booth announcer/personality; died in 1998)
  • Ed Sorenson (Former Sportscaster, Current status unknown)
  • Hendrik Sybrandy (reporter, now @ KMGH in Denver)
  • Greg Todd (weekend anchor 1980-1994, now Managing Editor @ XETV in San Diego, CA)
  • John Totten (former sports anchor, deceased)
  • Brian Trauring (reporter; now News Director @ WTVG in Toledo)
  • Jerry Vance (aka Captain Starr, co-star of local children's show "All Hands On Deck"; died in 1975)
  • Judy Waugh (public affairs director)
  • Martha Weaver (main anchor 1995-2007; moved home to Minnesota with her husband & their daughter)
  • Eric Weisfeld (morning anchor; now morning anchor @ WZVN in Fort Myers, FL)
  • Diane Willis (anchor 1987-2001, now married to former co-anchor Clyde Lee)
  • Scott Edwards (aka Scott Lawler (on Facebook)) Carmel,IN

Trivia[]

  • One of WRTV's former news staff was Emily Gimmel. Gimmel was the youngest of news reporters @ WRTV @ the age of 22.
  • Dan O'Rourke, after news internship became WRTV's youngest reporter @ age 21 & youngest anchor @ 22.
  • Kevin Gregory (the chief meteorologist) is the son of former WTHR chief meteorologist Bob Gregory.
  • Bob McLain, who still appears occasionally, was the station's primary meteorologist from 1972-2001; he covered the Super Outbreak of 1974 & the Great Blizzard of 1978.
  • In 1993, local video of hockey game & the station logo is used in the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
  • Hal Fryar (aka "Harlow Hickenlooper") was 1 of 9 local Three Stooges show hosts from across the country cast as villains in the Three Stooges full-length feature "The Outlaws Are Coming! The Outlaws Are Coming!"
  • Bill Crawford, weatherman during the 1950s & early 1960s, was really a dentist by profession. Meteorology was only his hobby.
  • 1 of the station's newest projects is a hilarious online series of videos called "Off the Cuff" featuring their meteorologist Paul Poteet & traffic reporter Tom Davis. The shows features random comedic antics from Paul & Tom & other players such as Morning News Anchor Grace Trahan & Director Betty Barista.
  • Harlow Hickenlooper's famous rendition of "Happy Birthday", which always resulted in his getting a pie in the face, was patterned after Jerry Colonna who always exaggerated certain songs. It can be heard on Hal Fryar's website www.harlowhickenlooper.com.

External links[]

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WRTV

ABC affiliate in Indianapolis

For the former New Jersey TV station, see WRTV (New Jersey).

Television station in Indiana, United States

WRTV, virtual channel 6 (UHFdigital channel 25), is an ABC-affiliatedtelevision stationlicensed to Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. WRTV's primary studios are located on Meridian Street in northwestern Indianapolis (in the middle of Indianapolis' Television Row), with a secondary studio at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis; its transmitter is located on the city's northwest side near Meridian Hills, Indiana.[3]

History[edit]

WFBM-TV[edit]

The station first signed on the air on May 30, 1949, as WFBM-TV. Founded by the Consolidated Television and Radio Broadcasters subsidiary of the Bitner Group, owners of radio station WFBM (1260 AM, now WNDE), it is the oldest television station in the state of Indiana. The first program broadcast on the station was a documentary titled Crucible of Speed, about the early history of the legendary Indianapolis 500 auto race; this was followed by the inaugural live television broadcast of the event. The station originally operated as a CBS affiliate, although it maintained secondary affiliations with ABC and the DuMont Television Network.

WFBM-TV began to split ABC programming with Bloomington-based primary NBC affiliate WTTV (channel 10, which moved to channel 4 in February 1954) when that station signed on in November 1949; both stations lost their affiliations with ABC to WISH-TV (channel 8) when that station signed on in July 1954. WFBM-TV also aired programs from the short-lived Paramount Television Network, among them Time For Beany,[4]Dixie Showboat,[5]Hollywood Reel,[6]Cowboy G-Men,[7] and Hollywood Wrestling.[8] Channel 6 acquired an FM sister in 1955 with the sign-on of WFBM-FM (94.7 FM, now WFBQ). In 1956, WFBM-TV became the market's NBC affiliate, taking the affiliation from WTTV. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[9]

Bitner sold its broadcasting interests to magazine publisher Time-Life in 1957.[10][11] In the mid-1960s, WRTV became the first television station in Indiana to begin broadcasting its programming in color.

WRTV[edit]

In late October 1970, WFBM-AM-FM-TV were sold to McGraw-Hill in a group deal that also involved Time-Life's other radio and television combinations in Denver, San Diego and Grand Rapids, Michigan; and KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California.[12] In order to comply with the Federal Communications Commission's new restrictions on concentration of media ownership that went into effect shortly afterward, McGraw-Hill was required to sell the radio stations in Indianapolis, Denver, San Diego and Grand Rapids to other companies. Time-Life would later take WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids out of the final deal and retain ownership of that station.[13] By the time the sale was finalized in June 1972, the purchase price for the entire group was just over $57 million. KERO-TV, KLZ-TV (now KMGH-TV) in Denver and KOGO-TV (now KGTV) in San Diego were retained by McGraw-Hill along with WFBM-TV. The radio stations retained the WFBM designation; McGraw-Hill asked for a set of call letters containing the letters "TV"[2] and received the call letters WRTV on June 2.[14]

By the late 1970s, NBC's national ratings crashed to third place, becoming the lowest-rated of the three major U.S. broadcast networks, while ABC rose to the ranks of first place around that same time; as a result, it sought stronger stations to serve as its affiliates in several markets. The two networks swapped affiliations in Indianapolis on June 1, 1979, with WRTV becoming the market's new ABC affiliate, and WTHR (channel 13) becoming an NBC affiliate.[15] As a result, WRTV became the third television station in the Indianapolis market to affiliate with ABC. In the process, it became the first television station in the Indianapolis market (WTTV would become the second Indianapolis station 35 years later when that station became a CBS affiliate), and of the few television stations in the United States to have served as a primary affiliate of all three heritage broadcast networks. NBC first approached WTTV about negotiating an affiliation deal, ultimately to be turned down by its then-owner Teleco. Later on, VideoIndiana, owned by the Dispatch Broadcast Group, reached an agreement with NBC to shift the network's affiliation rights to WTHR.[16]

In 1994, CBS bought out KCNC-TV in Denver and KUTV in Salt Lake City from NBC in exchange for WCAU in Philadelphia. In November 1994, however, ABC and McGraw-Hill signed a long-term deal with that kept WRTV as the network's Indianapolis outlet; this deal forced sister outlets KMGH-TV in Denver and KERO-TV in Bakersfield to affiliate with ABC.[17]

On January 31, 1995,[18] WBAK-TV in Terre Haute (which changed its call letters to WFXW in 2005) ended its 22-year affiliation with ABC to become that market's original Fox affiliate, citing the low viewership it had suffered due to the then-overabundance of higher-rated ABC stations in adjacent markets (including WRTV) that were receivable in the area. This left viewers with only fringe access from WRTV (which can be received in Terre Haute via an outdoor antenna and became the default ABC affiliate on cable providers on the Indiana side of the market), and other out-of-market ABC stations from Evansville, Indiana and Champaign, Illinois (both of which were carried on cable on the Illinois side of the market) as Terre Haute did not have enough stations to support full-time affiliations from four networks (only three commercial full-power stations—WTWO, WTHI-TV and WBAK—are licensed to the market, and ABC opted not to relegate itself to a secondary affiliation). On September 1, 2011, WFXW (which changed its callsign to WAWV-TV) voluntarily disaffiliated from Fox and rejoined ABC as part of a long-term affiliation renewal between ABC and the Nexstar Broadcasting Group (which manages the station through owner Mission Broadcasting) involving the company's existing ABC stations in nine other markets;[19] WRTV was dropped from most Terre Haute area cable providers by May 28, 2012.

WRTV became the first television station in the Indianapolis market to launch its own website (theindychannel.com) in the late 1990s; it later became the first to offer a mobile website (6News OnTheGo) the following decade. In 1998, the station changed its on-air branding to "RTV6," however its newscasts were instead branded as 6 News until 2001 and again from 2006 to 2012. On October 3, 2011, The McGraw-Hill Companies announced that it would sell its seven-station broadcasting division, including WRTV, to the E. W. Scripps Company for $212 million.[20] The sale received FCC approval on November 29, 2011, and was formally consummated on December 30.[21] The deal made WRTV a sister station to Scripps flagship and adjacent-market ABC affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. In June 2012, WRTV opened a secondary facility at the studios of news/talk radio station WIBC (93.1 FM) in downtown Indianapolis; most of the station's newscasts are produced out of the Monument Circle studio, which underwent renovations to house production facilities. This resulted from a multi-year agreement with WIBC's owner Emmis Communications that was signed that April, in which WRTV also provides news content for WIBC with some staff appearing on both stations.[22]

In May 2014, Scripps announced that WRTV's North Meridian Street studios would begin handling the master control operations of the company's 19 television stations as early as July of that year, expanding upon an existing regional centralcasting hub built under McGraw-Hill ownership. The expanded operations created 10 new jobs.[23] Scripps renewed ABC affiliations for WRTV and nine other stations through 2019 on December 10, 2014.[24]

On August 13, 2020, WRTV dropped its longtime "RTV6" moniker, and began branding itself as simply "WRTV: Working for You". Concurrent with the move, the station introduced a new logo; for the first time in WRTV's 71-year history, the station's analog/virtual channel number was not shown. The station's newscast was rebranded from RTV6 News to WRTV News.[25] On the same date, WRTV updated to the latest Scripps standard graphics package.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

On March 17, 2010, WRTV announced a partnership with Hometown Sports Indiana (HTSI) to air live high school and collegiate sporting events on digital subchannel 6.2. The subchannel was branded by WRTV as "Hometown Sports and News," (HTSN) and the HTSI/HTSN content replaced a 24-hour news and weather channel ("6 News 24/7"), which aired rolling news and weather updates and simulcasts of WRTV newscasts. HTSI/HTSN carried local high school and collegiate football, basketball, and baseball game telecasts, as well as Indy Fuelhockey and Indianapolis Indians baseball. Some HTSI/HTSN content was simulcast on WRTV's primary channel, including a half-hour report in the early morning hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Citing the rising monetary cost of sports content, WRTV dropped HTSI/HTSN content from subchannel 6.2 on October 1, 2016, in favor of an affiliation with the digital network Grit.[27]

On October 3, 2011, WRTV began carrying the health and lifestyle-oriented service Live Well Network (which is owned by ABC corporate parent The Walt Disney Company) on digital subchannel 6.3. Comcast began carrying the subchannel on digital channel 246 later that month. The network was carried until its national discontinuation on April 15, 2015, when the sitcom/comedy film network Laff replaced it as part of a bulk affiliation deal with Scripps' former LWN stations.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WRTV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 6, at 8 a.m. on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal continued to broadcast on its pre-transition UHF channel 25.[28][29] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 6.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programs seen on WRTV include Live with Kelly and Ryan, Right This Minute (which is co-produced by Scripps), and Judge Judy. WRTV clears the entirety of ABC's network schedule and typically airs all network programs in pattern, except during instances where the station carries breaking news or severe weather coverage, or special programming. During the 1987-88 season, WRTV preempted ABC's 9:30 p.m. time slot on Fridays, following the move of Max Headroom to Thursdays, in favor of the short-lived Suzanne Somers vehicle She's the Sheriff.[30] In 2004, WRTV, among the McGraw-Hill stations preempted a showing of the 1998 Steven Spielberg war drama Saving Private Ryan.[31] McGraw-Hill, at the last minute, opted to air the film instead.[32]

Sports programming[edit]

For most of the time since ABC began airing live, flag-to-flag coverage of the Indianapolis 500 in 1986, WRTV aired the race in prime time on a tape delay rather than airing it live. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway insisted on this arrangement to encourage residents and tourists in the Indianapolis metropolitan area to attend the race. During the time slot in which the race aired live, that day's ABC prime time schedule aired early under special dispensation from the network. In 1999, WRTV televised the Indianapolis 500 live, in addition to the tape-delayed prime time broadcast, as part of WRTV's 50th anniversary. On May 25, 2016, with the 100th anniversary event sold out, IMS and WRTV announced that channel 6 would air the Indianapolis 500 live in the market for the first time since it carried the 1949 and 1950 races as WFBM.[33][34] WRTV lost its role as the local broadcaster of the Indianapolis 500 after the 2018 race, when ABC lost the rights to air the race after 54 years (WRTV had aired each race since 1980, a year after it became an ABC station); beginning in 2019, with the broadcast rights to the race going to NBC, WTHR (which previously aired the race between 1958 and 1979) serves as the local broadcaster. The blackout policy, however, has continued.[35]

The station once carried select Indianapolis ColtsNFL games broadcast by ABC as part of the network's Monday Night Football package from the 1984 season until the 2005 season. The station acquired the local rights to two Colts regular season games during the 2014 season between the Philadelphia Eagles (on September 15) and between the New York Giants (on November 3), both of which aired on ESPN's Monday Night Football—whose Colts broadcasts are normally carried over-the-air by WNDY-TV (channel 23).[36] In both situations, the station rescheduled ABC's Monday lineup: Dancing with the Stars aired the following Tuesday afternoon before the station's 5 p.m. newscast on the night of its original broadcast, but did not open a separate voting window for the Indianapolis market, while it aired Castle after ABC's late night programming. In addition, all Indiana Pacers games aired through ABC's NBA coverage are aired on Channel 6.

News operation[edit]

RTV6 News open used from September 2012 through July 2020.

WRTV presently broadcasts 29½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5½ hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays).

For most of its first four decades on the air, WFBM/WRTV was Indianapolis' dominant news station. As late as the early 1980s, WRTV's news viewership often exceeded the combined audience of WISH and WTHR. WISH surged into first place in the mid-1980s, although WRTV managed to remain at a solid second place even after the retirement of longtime anchor Howard Caldwell in 1994. However, channel 6's ratings flatlined after a botched format revamp in 1996, coinciding with WTHR's surge to first place. It fell to last place for the first time in its history, and for most of the time from then until 2013, it finished third behind WTHR and WISH-TV. On some occasions, it fell to fourth behind Fox affiliate WXIN (channel 59). Since 2014, the station has been part of a spirited four-way battle for second place along with WISH, WXIN, and WTTV.

WRTV 6 Newslogo used from 2006 to 2012. The HD part of the logo was added in 2008. The numeric "6" had been used in various forms since 1989.
Former primary weeknight anchors, Todd Wallace and Trisha Shepherd, taken in 2007; Wallace and Shepherd respectively left WRTV in 2010 and 2011.

As Indiana's oldest television station, WRTV has brought forth several technological innovations over the years. It was the first television station in Indiana to record local programming on videotape and to use mini-cams for newsgathering purposes. Channel 6 was also the first in the state to use microwave relays (years prior to the use of satellite transmissions for newsgathering) to provide live remote footage from the field ("Insta-Cam"), the first to use a mobile satellite uplink vehicle (NewStar 6) to provide live video from remote locations, the first to convert to non-linear digital editing for news content, the first to use digital news cameras and the first to provide VODcasting. In 1988, the station debuted a half-hour 5:00 p.m. newscast, becoming the first station in the market to carry an early evening news program in that timeslot. In the mid-1990s, the station launched a 24-hour cable news channel NewsChannel 64, which later evolved into "6 News 24/7" and began to be carried on digital subchannel 6.2 by the late 2000s.

On September 10, 2007, WRTV expanded its 5:00 p.m. newscast to one hour (replacing syndicated programming in the 5:30 p.m. timeslot) and debuted a half-hour early evening newscast at 7:00 p.m., the first such newscast in the Indianapolis market in that timeslot. Station vice president and general manager Don Lundy stated that it launched the latter program in order to reach viewers whose longer workdays and commutes prevented them from arriving home in time to watch a 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. newscast. The station's weekend morning newscasts were cancelled around this time, as a cost-saving measure imposed by McGraw-Hill.[37]

On October 12, 2008, WRTV became the third television station in the state of Indiana to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. With the upgrade, the station unveiled a new graphics package (replacing one based on Denver sister station KMGH-TV's graphics of that time) and updated music from Gari Media Group's "Eyewitness News: New Generation" package, along with a refresh of its news set and a revised logo for all newscasts. In September 2012, WRTV implemented a standardized graphics package and news theme ("Inergy" by Stephen Arnold Music) for Scripps' stations that originated on West Palm Beach sister station WPTV-TV the previous month. The station also began broadcasting its newscasts from its Monument Circle studio facility that month.

On September 7, 2013, WRTV debuted weekend morning newscasts (a one-hour block running from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m., and an additional two-hour block at 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays and for a half-hour on Sundays), restoring morning newscasts to its weekend schedule. The expansion resulted in the hires of eight on-air and behind-the-scenes employees to the station. As a result, WRTV moved the weekend edition of Good Morning America to 7:00 a.m. (the network's recommended timeslot for the program in all time zones) on both days.[38][39]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

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