WTWO, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 36), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Terre Haute, Indiana, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group, which also operates ABC affiliate WAWV-TV (channel 38) under joint sales and shared services agreements with owner Mission Broadcasting. The two stations share studios and transmitter facilities on US 41 in unincorporated Sullivan County (south of Farmersburg). On cable, WTWO is available on Charter Spectrum channel 7 in standard definition and in high definition on digital channel 707.
History[edit | edit source]
The station first signed on the air on September 1, 1965. Founded by Illiana Telecasting, the first program ever broadcast on WTWO was NBC's morning news program Today, which aired at 7:00 that morning. WTWO, whose call letters were originally assigned to what is now fellow NBC affiliate WLBZ in Bangor, Maine, from 1954 to 1958, originally operated as a primary NBC affiliate with a secondary affiliation with ABC; it carried ABC network programs either on tape delay or by airing them live from the network feed through occasional preemptions of NBC programs (the most notable preemption being the 1967–1969 science fiction series Star Trek).
Eleven days after its sign-on, on September 12, 1965, WTWO began broadcasting network programming in color. Illiana Telecasting sold the station to Booth Newspapers in 1968. ABC programming was split between channel 2 and primary CBS affiliate WTHI-TV (channel 10) until April 1973, when the network moved to upstart WIIL-TV (channel 38, now WAWV-TV, which would eventually drop ABC to join Fox in September 1995 and rejoin ABC in September 2011). In July 1975, Booth Newspapers sold the station to Malcolm Glazer's Fabri Development Corporation. Malcolm Glazer sold WTWO and two of its sister stations WRBL in Columbus, Georgia and KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri to TCS Television Partners in 1990. TCS Television Partners sold both WTWO and KQTV in St. Joseph to Irving, Texas-based Nexstar Broadcasting Group in 1997.
In the spring of 2006, the station dropped on-air references to its channel 2 allocation in its branding, opting to brand simply by the WTWO call letters; the channel 2 branding was restored on October 18, 2010, when it changed its on-air brand to "NBC 2" (concurrent with the introduction of a new logo that was originally used by fellow NBC affiliate WGRZ in Buffalo, New York, from 1998 to 2012).
On July 9, 2012, Time Warner Cable replaced Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT with WTWO on its systems in southwestern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky, due to a carriage dispute with WLWT owner Hearst Television, that resulted in its stations being pulled from TWC's systems in several markets. Nexstar complained that Time Warner Cable substituted the Hearst stations with its own outside of their market areas without permission, while the provider alleged it was within its rights to carry select Nexstar-owned stations as replacements until it reached a new agreement with Hearst, which Hearst and Time Warner Cable reached on July 19, restoring WLWT on its Cincinnati area systems.
News operation[edit | edit source]
WTWO presently broadcasts 14½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 2½ hours each weekday and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). Unlike most NBC affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, the station does not produce a midday newscast or an early evening newscast at 5:00 p.m.; this is due to the fact that it produces such programs in those timeslots for sister station WAWV-TV, with channel 2 opting to run syndicated programming during the noon and 5:00 p.m. timeslots.
Newscasts on the station began when it debuted on September 1, 1965, under the title W-2 News. In early 1968, the station rebranded as "TV-2" (while retaining a hyphen for the branding of the station's callsign, rendered as "W-TWO"), its evening newscasts were accordingly renamed Total News Tonight (the title was later amended to Total News at Twelve, when the station added a midday newscast at noon, and to Total News Today for the 6:00 p.m. newscast). The TV-2 News title was used in conjunction with the Total News brand from 1971 until January 1972, when the former became the full-time newscast branding. The station became the first station in the market to begin broadcasting its newscasts in color in 1971, with Johnny Palmer being appointed as anchor of WTWO's evening newscasts (Palmer remained with the station until he retired in 1992). In 1973, the station adopted the Eyewitness News format for its news programs, which remained in use by the station until 1994, when its newscasts were renamed NewsChannel 2 (which was amended to WTWO NewsChannel 2 after Nexstar bought channel 2 in 1997, and then revised as WTWO NewsChannel in 2007).
The station debuted an hour-long news and talk program in September 1998, titled Live at Five. After WTWO entered into a joint sales agreement with Fox affiliate WBAK-TV, WTWO assumed production responsibilities for channel 38's half-hour primetime newscast at 10:00 p.m. on January 1, 2004 from WTHI (which had been producing the program since WBAK became the market's Fox affiliate in 1995), in addition to allowing the station to rebroadcast the 6:00 a.m. hour of channel 2's weekday morning newscast at 7:00 a.m. In May 2007, WTWO began using digital camera equipment for newsgathering purposes. In 2010, the station unveiled a new set for its newscasts, along with a new graphics and music package (using the "Look B" package originally developed by graphics firm NBC ArtWorks for NBC's owned-and-operated stations, along with Stephen Arnold Music's "The Rock" package); the station's news operation was also rebranded as NBC 2 News.
WTWO aired a one-minute promo on 2006 that criticized WTHI's weather coverage, claiming that WTHI's Doppler radar system was inferior to WTWO's because it was located within downtown Terre Haute, resulting in a "dead zone" – the area within the radius of the radar dome where reflectivity cannot be detected – over the city proper, stating that the WTWO radar's "dead zone" was positioned over a corn field and claimed that the combined experience of WTWO's weather staff was more than that of WTHI's staff; it also stated that WTHI's power had multiple points of failure in contrast to WTWO's. The promotion, though technically accurate, became a source of amusement on Comedy Central's The Daily Show because of its use of hyperbole and techniques reminiscent of political "attack ads". After general manager Duane Lammers called the Daily Show "hard-up for material" in a Tribune-Star article, host Jon Stewart mocked WTWO further in the following night's opening segment. A response video to The Daily Show and Stewart that was supposed to be for internal uses at the station was leaked on YouTube; it has since been taken down, but was uploaded once more on iFilm.
When what became WFXW discontinued its Fox affiliation to rejoin ABC as WAWV on September 1, 2011, WTWO moved its 5:00 p.m. newscast to WAWV (at the same time, the 10:00 p.m. newscast was relegated to live streaming broadcast, which was carried on WTWO/WAWV's shared website until it was discontinued on December 28, 2012). WTWO began producing a half-hour midday newscast at noon of channel 38 on September 10, 2012. In addition to handling production of those newscasts, WTWO produces local weather updates seen on WAWV during AgDay and Good Morning America, as well as morning news updates seen the during the latter network morning program.
On September 28, 2016, WTWO (along with sister station WAWV) began airing local newscasts in HD with a new set. WTWO also changed the newscast title to WTWO News, formerly NBC 2 News.
Newscast titles[edit | edit source]
- W-2 News (1965–1968)
- Total News (1968–1972)
- TV-2 News (1971–1973; used in conjunction with "Total News")
- TV-2 Eyewitness News (1973–1994)
- NewsChannel 2 (1994–2003)
- WTWO NewsChannel 2 (2003–2007)
- WTWO NewsChannel (2007–2010)
- NBC 2 News (2010–2016)
- WTWO News (2016–present)
Station slogans[edit | edit source]
- Your No. 1 Color Station (1965–1967)
- Good News (1971–1973)
- The News People (In Touch with People) (1977–1983)
- TV-2, Let's All Be There
- Come on Home to TV-2 (1987-1988, localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Your Hometown Team (1987–1990)
- Your 24-Hour News Source (1991–1992 & 1995–1997)
- In Touch with the Wabash Valley 24 Hours a Day (1992–1994)
- Moving Ahead with the Valley (1994)
- Working for You (1994–1995)
- The Wabash Valley's 24-Hour News Team (1997–2003)
- This is Your News (2003–2006)
- Live and Local (2007–2008)
- Making Good Things Happen (2008)
- Your #1 Source for News, Weather and Sports (2010–2012)
- Keeping It Local (2012–2016)
- Local News That Matters (2016–present)
News team[edit | edit source]
Anchors[edit | edit source]
- Mike Tank - weeknights at 6:00 & 11:00 p.m.
- Dana Winklepleck - weeknights at 5:00 (WAWV) and 6:00 p.m.
- Nicole Krasean - weekday mornings
- Sadie All - weekends at 6:00 & 11:00 p.m.; also reporter
Weather[edit | edit source]
- Jesse Walker - chief meteorologist;
- Dan Reynolds - meteorologist;
Sports team[edit | edit source]
- Grant Pugh - sports director;
- Omar Tellow - sports anchor; weekends at 6:00 & 11:00 p.m.
Reporters[edit | edit source]
- Demetrios Sanders
- Taylor Johnson
- Lindsey Jackson
Notable former on-air staff[edit | edit source]
- Mark Allen - Reporter-Anchor-News Director-General Manager
- Ray Dalessio – sports anchor
- Kathy Dash – anchor
- Nancy Hauskins – anchor
- Julie Nelson – anchor
- Johnny Palmer - anchor (deceased)
- Jim Payne – anchor (now at WESH in Orlando, Florida)
- Jennie Runevitch – weekend anchor/reporter (now at WTHR in Indianapolis)
- Matt Seigel – sports reporter
- Ann Shea – anchor/reporter