WTHI-TV’s History

WTHI-TV is a CBS, FOX & ION affiliate serving Western Indiana and Eastern Illinois from its studio in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana.

Established by the legendary Anton “Tony” Hulman, Jr., WTHI-TV took to the air July 22, 1954. WTHI-TV has been the news leader in the Wabash Valley. We were first on the air, first with film, first with
videotape, first with live capability, first with a computerized newsroom, first with digital news gathering equipment, first with satellite uplink, first with live, local Doppler radar and first as the local news choice.

This tradition of leadership is one we’re proud of and speaks volumes about the quality and dedication of our employees.

WTHI-TV has been the stepping stone for many distinguished journalists, including former CBS newsman Phil Jones, former CNN anchor David Goodnow, The Weather Channel’s Cheryl Lemke, legendary Indianapolis newsman Howard Caldwell, as well as entertainer/actor Jerry VanDyke.

Community involvement is an everyday issue with WTHI-TV. Our position of leadership continues with the outstanding support we give to local United Way agencies, schools, churches, businesses and our own event participation, such as “Share Your Thanksgiving” and the Riley Children’s Hospital “Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.”

WTHI-TV has been committed to broadcast excellence from the beginning and continues with the best in programming from the CBS television network, the top programs in syndication and a local news organization that has dominated the competition.

In an effort to focus their efforts more on motorsports, the Hulman family sold WTHI-TV and it’s sister radio stations to Emmis Communications in 1999. Emmis owned and operated WTHI-TV for six years before selling the station in November of 2005 to LIN TV Corporation.

Through technological innovation, and the production of high quality local news and weathercasts, webcasts and other programming, WTHI-TV is dedicated to serving the needs of the Wabash Valley in the tradition of excellence that you have come to expect.

In September 2011, WTHI-TV signed on myFOX10 on the station’s secondary digital channel 10.2

In October 2012 WTHI television moved into a state of the art television and digital facility. The new location broadcasts in high definition and contains the latest technology available to broadcasters.

In December 2014, LIN Media merged with Media General.

Media-General-Logo-134x63Media General was one of the nation’s largest multimedia companies that operates or services 71 television stations in 48 markets along with the industry’s leading digital media business. We offer consumers and advertisers premium quality entertainment and information, content and distribution on every screen. Our robust portfolio of broadcast, digital and mobile products informs and engages 23% of U.S. TV households and 43% of the U.S. Internet audience.

Media General had the industry’s largest and most diverse digital media business with a growing portfolio that includes LIN Digital, LIN Mobile, HYFN, Dedicated Media, Federated Media and BiteSizeTV. We deliver integrated digital marketing solutions utilizing our comScore Top 15 Video and Top 25 Display market share, as well as the latest in content marketing, video, display and mobile advertising solutions, social intelligence and reporting across all screens. With unmatched local-to‐national reach, Media General is a one‐stop‐shop for agencies and brands that want to effectively and efficiently reach their target audiences on all screens.

On March 4th, 2016 Heartland Media, LLC agreed to purchase WTHI and 4 other Media General stations through its USA Television MidAmerica Holdings joint venture with MSouth Equity Partners. The sale was complete in January, 2017.

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