WPDS-TV Channel 59 (now WXIN),
Indianapolis IN - Inaugural Sign-On
from 1 February 1984

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Featured here is a fifteen and one-half minute video bringing forth the birth of Indianapolis' current Fox 59. It commences with a twenty-three second countdown to the legal sign-on announcement. Following that is a seven-minute video piece chronicling the trials and tribulations of launching a new television stations, including the erecting of the WPDS-TV tower during a unusually cold December in 1983. After this comes the SSB video, which is followed by an three-minute address by Roman Catholic Achbishop Edward T. O'Meara on the subject of peace. Then we are greeted by two unidentified WPDS-TV personalities who speak briefly about the new Channel 59 and introduce a music video montage featuring clips of WPDS-TV's programming and scenes of downtown Indianapolis. The clip ends with the final thirty seconds of that evening's 59 Headline News announcing the birth of a bay by the wife of news photographer Larry Deal only an hour or so after the station's birth earlier that evening.

For whatever reasons, however, WPDS-TV was sold the following year (1985), and the new owners rechristened the station with the current call letters, WXIN. In 1986 WXIN became a charter affiliate of the new Fox Television Network. Fox 59 would change hands several times before being acquired in 1997 by its current licensee, Tribune Broadcasting, owners of WGN-TV in Chicago.

WXIN Fox 59 Sermonette, Sign-Off and SSB from 1989

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NOTE: The video files featured on this website are taken from my VHS home recordings of over-the-air and cable video captures, clips contributed by others and clips downloaded from YouTube and similar sites. The quality varies from clip to clip, due to TV reception and recording issues. None of the clips that are featured here have been authorized by the various television stations, networks or any other entity.