Lafayette, Indiana
United States
Branding Fox 16 (general)
NBC 16 (general; LD2)
Star City News (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 16 (UHF)
Virtual: 16 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations Fox
Owner Mike Reed and Bill Christian
(Star City Broadcasting, LLC)
Founded February 22, 2011
First air date October 25, 2016 (2016-10-25) [1]
Call letters' meaning W-Purdue Boilermakers, Indiana
Sister station(s) WPBY-CD
Former callsigns W16DB-D (2011–2016)
Transmitter power 15 kW
Height 178 feet (54 m)
Facility ID 194193
Transmitter coordinates 40°24′8″N 86°50′59″W / 40.40222°N 86.84972°W / 40.40222; -86.84972
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

WPBI-LD is a dual Fox/NBC-affiliated digital low-powered television station that is licensed to and serving Lafayette, Indiana. The station is owned by Star City Broadcasting, LLC, a partnership between Waypoint Media and upstate New York-based Vision Communications. Star City Broadcasting also operates ABC affiliate WPBY-CD under a LMA with Vision, which directly owns the station.[2][3] The station broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 16, and it originates in a directional transmitter on the east side of Lafayette on McCarty Lane. The signal is oriented to the northwest.[4] On cable/satellite, WPBI's Fox station is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 16, Metronet channel 11, and Dish Network channel 59. WPBI's NBC station is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 17, Metronet channel 12, and Dish Network channel 13.[5]

Digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming [6]
16.1720p16:9WPBIMain WPBI-LD programming / Fox
16.21080iLPBIWPBI-LD2 / NBC
16.3720pWPBYSimulcast of WPBY-CD / ABC


The station’s construction permit was issued by the FCC on February 22, 2011, under the callsign of W16DB-D. The station’s callsign was changed to the current WPBI-LD in August 2016.[7] The station signed on in late October as the Lafayette area’s Fox affiliate, with NBC being launched on the WPBI-LD2 subchannel. Prior to the launch of WPBI-LD, Star City Broadcasting also purchased Lafayette-area radio stations WSHY, WBPE, WYCM, and WAZY-FM.[8]

WPBI-LD and WPBI-LD2 are the first Fox and NBC affiliates ever based in the market. Cable television providers Comcast Xfinity and Metronet began carrying WPBI in November 2016.[9] On March 29, 2018, Satellite television provider Dish Network started carrying WPBI's Fox and NBC channels in High definition.[10] Despite discontinuing carriage of Indianapolis-based Fox and NBC affiliates, satellite television provider DirecTV has said it plans to carry WPBI-LD and WPBI-LD2 but has not announced its timetable for doing so.[11][12]

From 1953 until WPBI's 2016 launch, WLFI-TV had been the only "Big Three" (ABC, CBS and NBC—or, including Fox, "big four") network television broadcaster in the Lafayette market.

News operation

After beginning local weather coverage on January 1, 2017,[13] WPBI aired its inaugural "Star City News" newscast on May 29, 2017.[14] WPBI presently broadcasts 7½ hours of local newscasts each week, all on weekdays. The newscasts air at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. on NBC 16 and at 10:00 p.m. on Fox 16.[15][16] The 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts also simulcast on WPBY-CD.[14]

Chris Morisse Vizza, a 10-year veteran of WLFI-TV, is WPBI's first news director. Sarah Blakely is the station's inaugural news anchor, broadcasting from a Media Gateway-owned studio in Little Rock, Arkansas,[17] airing segments from Lafayette-based reporters.[18] Blakely also anchors similar newscasts on sister station KJNB-LD in Jonesboro, Arkansas.[19]

Radio tie-ins of the newscasts are planned for WSHY, WBPE, WYCM, and WAZY-FM.[20]


  1. McGowan, Dane (October 27, 2016). "Lafayette Radio, TV Landscapes Shaking Up". Inside Indiana Business. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  2. http://www.fccinfo.com/CMDProFacLookup.php?tabSearchType=Lice&sLicensee=STAR%20CITY%20BROADCASTING,%20LLC
  3. http://www.starcitybroadcasting.com
  4. http://rabbitears.info/contour.php?appid=2003926
  5. "WPBI bursts onto local TV news scene". Purdue Exponent. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  6. RabbitEars TV Query for WPBI-LD
  7. Digital TV Market Listing for WPBI-LD
  8. "Fox, NBC stations broadcasting in town". Journal & Courier. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  9. "WPBI will offer local news service". Journal & Courier. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  10. http://uplink.jameslong.name/updates/2018/03/3-29-18-at-200am-et-v06-324-changes-seen/
  11. "DirecTV issues continue for subscribers". Journal & Courier. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  12. https://www.directstartv.com/city/lafayette-indiana/. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  13. "WPBI will offer local news service". Journal & Courier. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  14. 1 2 "WPBI begins news broadcast, launches ABC affiliate". Journal & Courier. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  15. [http://tv.twcc.com/listings/wpbild2-wpbi-ld2?offset=5. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  16. [http://tv.twcc.com/listings/wpbild-wpbi-ld?offset=4. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  17. https://www.facebook.com/SarahBlakelyNews/photos/a.819509348126294.1073741829.790189274391635/1337911226286101/
  18. "WPBI bursts onto local TV news scene". Purdue Exponent. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  19. [https://neareport.com/2017/07/17/new-jonesboro-tv-news-launches-tonight/ New Jonesboro TV news launched Monday night
  20. "WPBI-TV plans weather, news broadcasts". Journal & Courier. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
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