WPDS-TV Channel 59 (now WXIN), Indianapolis IN
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.

WXIN Fox 59 Sermonette, Sign-Off and SSB recorded circa 1989

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