WANE launched on Sep 26, 1954 as a CBS affiliate available in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The channel is headquartered at West State Boulevard in the Tower Heights section of the city and is owned by Nexstar Media Group.
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WANE first hit the waves on Sep 26, 1954 as WINT and aired its digital signal from a transmitter in Auburn. The old studios of the channel were located in Waterloo. Tri-State Television was the original owner of the channel that took advantage of peculiarities in FCC rules to divert the signal to Fort Wayne. Although the area could house three full network affiliate, Federal Communications Commission had originally sanctioned only channel, WKJG on UHF Ch 33 in the area.
WINT was bought by Indiana Broadcasting Company in 1956. Under the new ownership the calls were changed to WANE-TV to reflect the city name, Fort Wayne. The analog transmitter worked form Auburn location until 1957. Indiana Broadcasting soon became Corinthian Broadcasting Company in 1957. It has always maintained its positon as a CBS affiliate but also had secondary affiliations with ABC until losing to WTPA which was introduced to market in Sep 1957. It also had a small affiliation stint with NTA Film Network.
Local programs broadcasted by the channel included talk and variety programs most notably The Ann Colone Show. WANE radio was put on market in 1966. Corinthian was acquired by Dun & Bradstreet in 1970 which then released their asset to Belo Corporation in 1983. With the addition of WANE, Belo hand not much option because of the FCC mandated ownership limit and consequently they had to sold off the channel LIN Broadcasting. WANE in Sep 1999 bought the local right to Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy! Which started in Sep 1990.
It then became a United Paramount Network affiliate in 2003 and carried its programs until the closure of the network in 2006. Media General on March 21, 2014 confirmed that they had acquired LIN Media channels including WANE following a USD 1.6bn merger with the latter; the deal consummated on Dec 19, 2014. After the merger with Meredith Corporation fell through, Media General on Jan 27, 2016 that it was being bought by Nexstar Media Group. The service changed its CBS eye log with 15 on Oct 4, 2018 and also dropped NewsChannel 15 moniker after 26 years and renamed the channel as WANE 15.
It presently broadcasts 24 hours of locally produced news-bulletins each week with 4 hours on weekdays, 2 hours each on Sat and Sun. Sport highlight program The Highlight Zone is also among the notable programs carried by the CBS affiliate. Syndicated programs broadcasted by the channel include Rachael Ray, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! among others. Watch latest news, weather updates, sports stories, traffic reports, lifestyle programs, community news, videos and more. You can find the station using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Here is the website: https://www.wane.com/