WLFI-TV

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WLFI-TV
WLFI 2012 Logo.png
Lafayette, Indiana
BrandingWLFI 18 (general)
News 18 (newscasts)
SloganNews From Where You Live
ChannelsDigital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 18 (PSIP)
AffiliationsCBS
OwnerLIN Media, LLC
(sale to Media General pending)
(Primeland Television, LLC)
First air dateJune 15, 1953
Call letters' meaningWest LaFayette, Indiana
Sister station(s)WISH-TV, WNDY-TV, WTHI-TV, WANE-TV
Former callsignsWFAM-TV (1953-1960s)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
59 (1953-1957)
18 (1957-2009)
Transmitter power30 kW
Height214 m
Facility ID73204
Transmitter coordinates40°23′20″N 86°36′46″W / 40.38889°N 86.61278°W / 40.38889; -86.61278
Websitewww.wlfi.com
 
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WLFI-TV
WLFI 2012 Logo.png
Lafayette, Indiana
BrandingWLFI 18 (general)
News 18 (newscasts)
SloganNews From Where You Live
ChannelsDigital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 18 (PSIP)
AffiliationsCBS
OwnerLIN Media, LLC
(sale to Media General pending)
(Primeland Television, LLC)
First air dateJune 15, 1953
Call letters' meaningWest LaFayette, Indiana
Sister station(s)WISH-TV, WNDY-TV, WTHI-TV, WANE-TV
Former callsignsWFAM-TV (1953-1960s)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
59 (1953-1957)
18 (1957-2009)
Transmitter power30 kW
Height214 m
Facility ID73204
Transmitter coordinates40°23′20″N 86°36′46″W / 40.38889°N 86.61278°W / 40.38889; -86.61278
Websitewww.wlfi.com

WLFI-TV, channel 18, is a CBS television affiliate that serves the Lafayette, Indiana metropolitan area. Licensed to Lafayette, it operates on digital channel 11. Its transmitter is located in Rossville, Indiana. It is owned by LIN Media, who also owns WISH-TV and WNDY-TV in Indianapolis, WANE-TV in Fort Wayne and WTHI-TV in Terre Haute.

History[edit]

WLFI began broadcasting on June 15, 1953 [1] on channel 59, as WFAM-TV. It was owned by Sarkes Tarzian, a radio manufacturer in Bloomington, and was a sister station to WTTV in Indianapolis and WPTA in Fort Wayne. The station was a CBS and DuMont affiliate. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[2]

It moved to Channel 18 in 1957 and changed its call letters to WLFI-TV around 1967. Formerly, the news division of WLFI was known as "News Service 18" and then for many years as "Lafayette Live TV-18." Jeff Smith, Chris Morisse, Larry Clisby, and Steve Scherer have been associated with the station for more than twenty years.

The station was owned by Block Communications from 1979 until 2000, when current owner LIN Television acquired WLFI in exchange for 67 percent of then-ABC (now NBC) affiliate WAND in Decatur, Illinois. LIN TV has since sold off the remainder of WAND to Block Communications.

In September 2012, WLFI began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition becoming the third station in the area to do so.

On March 21, 2014, it was announced that Media General would acquire LIN.[3]

Digital television[edit]

ChannelProgramming
18.1Main WLFI programming / CBS
18.2Blank (formerly TheCoolTV -2013[4])
18.3Weather

News operation[edit]

Station's logo until 2012

News/Station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

Station slogans[edit]

News music packages[edit]

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News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[5][edit]

Current anchors

Weather team

Sports team

Journalists

Notable WLFI Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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