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WTHI-TV is a CBS affiliated television station in Terre Haute, Indiana. It operates on virtual and VHF digital channel 10. Its transmitter is located in Farmersburg, Indiana. Syndicated programming on WTHI includes: Ellen, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Entertainment Tonight, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

WTHI-TV
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Terre Haute, Indiana
Branding News 10
Slogan Leading the Way
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Subchannels

10.1 CBS 10.2 theCoolTV

Affiliations CBS
Owner LIN TV Corporation

(Indiana Broadcasting, LLC)

First air date July 22, 1954
Call letters' meaning Theatre Hulman, Inc.

(sometimes interpreted as Terre Haute, Indiana)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

10 (1954-2009)

Former affiliations All secondary:

NBC (1954–1965) ABC (1954–1973) DuMont (1954–1955) UPN (1995–2006)

Transmitter power 27 kW (digital)
Height 293 m (digital)
Facility ID 70655
Transmitter coordinates 39°14′36″N 87°23′7″W / 39.24333°N 87.38528°W / 39.24333; -87.38528
Website www.wthitv.com

History

Starting operations on July 22, 1954, WTHI served as the market's only television station until 1965, when WTWO broadcast for the first time. The station has always been a CBS affiliate. However, on various occasions, it has also carried selected programs from ABC, NBC, UPN, and until its demise, DuMont.

The station was founded by local businessman and Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman. His family owned the station until 1999, when it was sold to Emmis Communications. Emmis, in turn, sold the station to LIN TV in August 2005. LIN also owns three other CBS affiliates in Indiana (including WISH-TV in Indianapolis).

Local news had been in existence since the beginning. The newscast was known during the late 1970s and early 1980s as "NewsCenter 10". The title was changed to "Action 10 News" in 1985, and modified to "Action 10 News-WTHI" in 2001. On September 18, 2006, the branding was changed to "News 10". A new logo and graphics package was also premiered. The news graphics they choose were the old Gannett graphics. It is currently the only station in the country to use the "old Gannett graphics."

Local programs of the past featured Jerry Van Dyke of Coach and My Mother the Car fame, and "Captain Jack" Hanes, whose most famous guest was Larry Bird.

On-air staff

Current on-air staff

Anchors

  • Patrece Dayton - weeknights at 6, 10PM and 11PM
  • Susan Dinkel- Weekdays at 5PM
  • Heather Good - co-anchor at 5-7AM
  • Kit Hanley - weekend anchor/MMJ (multi-media journalist)
  • Jon Swaner - fill-in anchor/reporter
  • Rondrell Moore - Weeknights at 6, and 11PM

Reporters

  • Gary Brian - Bureau Chief
  • Brianna Shackelford
  • Porsha Williams
  • Tucker White
  • Hannah Follman
  • Blake Dollier

Storm Team 10

  • Kevin Orpurt (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, 10 and 11PM
  • Anissa Claiborne - Weekend Evening Weather Forecaster
  • Brady Harp - Weekend Evening Meteorlogist
  • Rick Semmler - Sports Director; weeknights at 6, 10 and 11PM

Notable former staff

  • Mark Allen - 6 & 11PM Main Anchor (1990-2013; retired)
  • David Bailey - former WTHI General Manager (1966-2005; passed away in 2021, due to complications from COVID-19)
  • Howard Caldwell - former news manager (1955-1959; left to become anchor at WRTV ((then known as WFBM)), and stayed there for 35 years; he died in 2017)
  • Betty Chadwick - First female news photographer in television broadcasting (1958-1981; died in '81, due to cancer).
  • Bob Forbes - Voice of Indiana State University sports; former longtime WTHI Sports Anchor (1954-1985)
  • Harry Frey - former reporter and anchor/news director (1962-1982; passed away in 2008)
  • Phil Jones - CBS News Washington DC reporter
  • Joseph Benti - CBS News
  • Mike King - sports director (1986-1998) (Voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network)
  • David Goodnow - CNN anchor
  • Wayne Jenkins - AgDay
  • Pamela Gardner - Weekend Meteorologist (Now at WBTS NBC 10 in Boston, MA)
  • Jessica Hayes - general assignment reporter/Fill In Weather Anchor (Now at WXIN Fox 59/WTTV CBS 4 In Indianapolis, IN)
  • Amanda Jarrett - Weekends at 6 and 11PM (also crime reporter) (Later at WOOD-TV 8)
  • Cheryl Lemke - meteorologist (now at The Weather Channel)
  • Mary Jo Mitchell (now at CNN Headline News)
  • Martin Plascak - former longtime news director/anchor (1976-1996)
  • Anne Ryder - former anchor/reporter (1981-1984; left to become an anchor/reporter at WTHR, she stayed there for 20 years, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at IU)
  • Jerry Van Dyke - talk show host (later co-star of 1990s sitcom Coach; brother of Dick Van Dyke)
  • Abby Walton - Weekdays News 10 This Morning and Noon (Now anchor at WCTV in Tallahassee, FL)
  • Bill Weber - NASCAR anchor for TNT and NBC sports
  • Darrell Wible - former news director (1957-1977; was then invited to be trackside announcer on worldwide Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, continuing through 1980 with a distinguished staff of Indiana broadcasters. Was also a professor of telecommunications at Ball State University for 25 years, retiring in 1991. He passed away in 2013.)
  • David Wire (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; (1999-2013)

[2] This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.==[edit] News/station presentation==

Newscast titles

  • Video Views of the News (1954-late 1950s)
  • News Picture (late 1950s)
  • The Six O'Clock Report/The Eleven O'Clock Report (Ten O'Clock Report during summer hours) (1960s-1976)
  • NewsCenter 10 (1976-1985)
  • Action 10 News (1985-2001)
  • Action 10 News-WTHI (2001-2006)
  • News 10 (2006-present)

Station slogans

  • Bringing It Home To You (1979-1980; used during period station used Mayoham Music's "Bringing It Home To You")
  • Reach For the Stars on TV-10 (1981-1982; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Great Moments on TV-10 (1982-1983; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch, You and TV-10 (1983-1984; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You and TV-10, We've Got the Touch (1984-1985; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The News Station (1985-1987)
  • Turn to 10 (1986-1987; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Turn to News")
  • Leading the Way (1987-1996 & 2006-present)
  • The Wabash Valley's 24-Hour News Leader (1996-2001)
  • The News Leader/Clear, Accurate, To The Point (2001-2006)
  • Leading the Way (2006-2010)
  • Leading The Way In The Wabash Valley (2010-2018)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (2018-Present)

[3] This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.==See also==

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