|WPDS-TV Channel 59 (now WXIN),
Inaugural Sign-On from 1 February 1984
Page modified Sunday, 31 May 2020
|Featured here is a fifteen and
one-half minute video bringing forth the birth of
Indianapolis' newest independent TV station, current Fox
59. It commences with a twenty-three second countdown to
the legal sign-on announcement. Following that is a
seven-minute piece chronicling the trials and
tribulations of launching a new television station,
including the erecting of the WPDS-TV tower during a
unusually cold December in 1983, causing problems which
would delay the debut of Channel 59 one month. 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 WPDS-TV
personalities who don't even bother to identify
themselves. They 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 baby by the wife of news photographer
Larry Deal only an hour or so after the birth of WPDS-TV
earlier that evening.|
For whatever reasons, however, WPDS-TV was sold the following year (1985), and the new owners rechristened the station with its current call letters, WXIN. In 1986 WXIN became a charter affiliate of the new Fox Television Network. Fox 59 would change hands numerous times before being acquired in 1997 by Chicago-based Tribune Broadcasting. After almost being bought out by the Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2017, Tribune was purchased by Nexstar Media Group, Fox 59's current licensee, in September 2019.
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