Inspire U: The Podcast

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In an office park in Pike Township, one of the city’s most racially diverse areas, sits Indiana’s oldest TV station, 66 year old WTTV/Channel 4 and at 36 years old one of the city’s youngest WXIN/Channel 59.  The two stations have embarked on a new journey brought about by some unprecedented changes in Indianapolis Television and local TV news.  Afternoons with Amos originated a special broadcast from the headquarters of Fox 59 and the nearly one month old CBS 4. In September 2013, Afternoons with Amos originated special broadcasts from the city’s other major commercial television stations to discuss and inform the audience and community about the many changes in local TV stations.  This January, the program finally visited the Fox affiliate and Indianapolis’ Fox Affiliate and the new home for CBS programming.  In a wide ranging broadcast the top officials of the station, owned by Tribune Broadcasting one of the country’s largest owners of local TV stations, talked openly and frankly about their stations and their unprecedented commitment to local news.  Fox 59/CBS 4 Vice-President & General Manager Paul Rennie and News Director Kerri Cavanaugh talked about the unprecedented nearly 60 hours of local news on Fox 59 and over 30 hours of local news on CBS 4.  They were joined by three of Indianapolis’ veteran TV broadcasters and one of the new generation of Indianapolis broadcasters.  Debby Knox, who retired over a year ago from WISH-TV, is now part of CBS 4 as Anchor with Bob Donaldson, who has been with Fox 59 News since their beginning in 1991. Bob and Debby were joined on the broadcast by Meteorologist Chris Wright, who began his Indianapolis TV career at Fox 59 and after stints at Channels 8 and 13 has rejoined both Bob and Debby on the new CBS 4.  Fanchon Stinger came to Fox 59 nearly five years ago. The veteran, award winning TV journalist and anchor in Detroit is lead anchor on Fox 59’s evening newscasts and is one of a new generation of Black female Indianapolis prime time TV anchors. Fanchon, Chris, Bob and Debby talked about their different newscasts and commitment of both stations to report the news.  They along with Paul Rennie and Cavanaugh, as top management of the stations, appealed to the community to engage the stations with news tips, ideas and suggestions.  Fox 59 and CBS 4 don’t have dedicated investigative reporters.  Instead all the stations’ reporters are encouraged to find stories that not only touch people, inform but than can create positive community change.  During the broadcast the anchors and management explained how good news can make its way on their newscasts.  Especially during the station’s extensive weekday and weekend morning newscasts. They also explained that the Fox59.com, CBS4.com and the new IndyWeatherAuthority.com websites are important parts of the two stations’ outreach and engagement with viewers. Click the Media Player to Hear the Afternoons with Amos Broadcast from Fox 59 & CBS 4. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. Part 1 Runs 54 Minutes.    Part 2 Runs 45 Minutes.