WYIN Merrillville

WYIN Merrillville, Indiana

WYIN owned by Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting, Inc. is a Public Broadcasting Service affiliate operating in Chicago, Illinois. Licensed to Gary, Indiana, it serves as a sister to NPR: National Public Radio WLPR 89.1 FM. The two sisters are headquartered at same place on Indiana Place (Mississippi Street) in Merrillville while having a transmitter installed near Lake Dalecarlia. It along with WTTW makes the only two stations that serve Chicago television market on behalf of Public Broadcasting Service.

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Slogan: We’re Your Indiana Neighbor

Sisters: WLPR-FM

Website: www.lakeshorepbs.org/


Early History

WCAE was the first channel in northwest Indiana market and was held by Lake Central School Corporation in St. John; it signed on air on UFH ch 50 on Sep 26, 1967 and remained on air until March 31, 1983. Notwithstanding the financial troubles it went into dark in 80s.


Branded as Lakeshore PBS, WYIN hit the waves in northwest Indiana on Nov 15, 1987 after acquiring WCAE’s non-commercial license against ch 56. WYIN for a number of years tried to replace its aging transmitter and build a new tower either at Sears Tower or the John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago. These plans were confronted by WTTW which was very critical of the decision as it would allow Public Broadcasting Service to fully serve the Chicago market. Presently WYIN pays lower license fee for its carriage of PBS content. The station management claimed that if WYIN was given permission to relocated its transmitter to Chicago, it would pay far less money for the rights to Public Broadcasting Service programs while having coverage in much of the same area. This would leave WTTW at a significant disadvantage. WYIN on June 12, 2009 terminated its analog signal and replaced it with digital however, it remained on pre-transition UHF ch 17.

News and other Programs

News programs broadcasted by the channel include Indiana Nightly Report, 56 Nightly News, Lakeshore News tonight, Lakeshore Focus and Lakeshore Report. You can watch WYIN online for latest news, weather and sports updates, political talk shows, features, community events, educational programs, documentaries, kid’s shows and more.  Featured PBS shows include Masterpiece, Frontline, NOVA, Nature, This Old House, Ask This Old House, Amanpour & Co, The Woodwright’s Shop and Martha Bakes. Follow the channel on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Here is the website: https://lakeshorepbs.org/